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Joe Shinkle & 99West brought their country sound to Main Street park in Monmouth on July 8. People packed the lawn for the performance, enjoying the shade on the hot summer evening. Music in the Park is each Wednesday through August at 6:30 p.m.

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Joe Shinkle & 99West brought their country sound to Main Street park in Monmouth on July 8. People packed the lawn for the performance, enjoying the shade on the hot summer evening. Music in the Park is each Wednesday through August at 6:30 p.m.

Picnic, auction to benefit SFA series

The Historic Gentle House will host the 15th annual mid-summer luau picnic and auction, “The Fabulous ’40s,” at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The event is a benefit for Western Oregon University’s Smith Fine Arts Series. Cost is $35 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Donations and sponsorships are available.

Live music will be provided by Swingers Unlimited. The evening will include a raffle, silent and live auction.

The Historic Gentle House is located on WOU’s campus at 855 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth.

RSVP by July 22 by calling 503-838-8333; email; online at

IDA Art in the Park will be on Tuesday

Independence Downtown Association will present Art in the Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Riverview Park and Amphitheater, 50 C St., Independence.

Ash Creek Arts Center will direct the creations of one-of-a-kind projects. Admission is free.

For more information, find Independence Downtown Association on Facebook.

Rep. Evans holds Measure 91 talk

Rep. Paul Evans will host an open forum Wednesday (today) on Measure 91, which made recreation marijuana use legal, and its implementation . The forum will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Monmouth Volunteer Hall located at 144 S. Warren St. in Monmouth.

For more information: 503-986-1420.

Outdoor cooking class is Saturday

STEP up to 4-H will offer an outdoor cooking class on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class is open to all students in grades four through 12.

The class will teach participants how to harness the sun’s power to make pizza box solar ovens to cook an appetizer, flip some pancakes/fritters on tin can stoves made from coffee cans, and work together as a group to construct an applebox oven to cook dessert.

Cost is $8 for 4-H members and $10 for non-members. Preregistration is required by Friday.

For more information: Polk County Extension Office, 503-623-8395.

Flower arranging for youth is July 23

STEP up to 4-H will be teaching the basics of flower arranging and principals of design, color and balance during a workshop July 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Maggie Triplett, of Petals & Vines in Monmouth, will teach the class, open to children in grades four through 12. Preregistration is required by July 22.

The workshop will be held at the Polk County Extension Office, 289 East Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas. Admission is $5 for 4-H members and $6 for non-members.

For more information or to register: 503-623-8395.

Polk job fair to offer opportunity

The Polk County Job Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence.

More than a dozen local employers will be present with jobs available. Help will be on hand to write or re-write resumes, fill out online applications or practice interviewing skills.

For more information:

Horse owners workshop Aug. 1

Registration is open for Old Mill Feed & Garden’s 2015 Horse Owner’s Workshop, to be held Aug. 1.

The workshop will feature presentations on caring for aging performance horses, proper nutrition for “equine athletes,” trail showing and pleasure riding and a demonstration by an equine chiropractor. Also on the schedule is a “myth busters” question-and-answer session.

Admission is free, but preregistration is required.

For more information: 503-831-1222.

Eola Hills hosts Friday Star Party

Eola Hills Wine Cellars will host a “Star Party” on Friday from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Members of the Salem-based astronomy club Nightsky 45 will be in attendance with telescopes and knowledge of features visible in the night sky.

The event is open to anyone ages 8 and older.

Festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a “Star Flight” of wines offered in the Legacy Hills tasting room for $10. Stargazers are also invited to bring supplies to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Optimal viewing time is suggested from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Telescopes will be provided.

For more information: 503-623-2405.

Reception honors BG restoration

The Dallas Downtown Association and new Blue Garden owner Bob Collins is inviting people to celebrate the “renaissance” of the downtown Dallas icon Thursday.

The reception will be held at Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar, 788 Main St., Dallas at 7 p.m.

Restoration on the building began in June, with the removal and refurbishing of the building’s sign.

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