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Community Calendar

Oregon Army National Guard soldiers from Polk County walk in a homecoming parade in downtown Dallas on Friday afternoon. People lined Main Street to greet the soldiers who returned home from deployment across the globe. Spc. David Leslie returned home last week after a year-long deployment mostly in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Oregon Army National Guard soldiers from Polk County walk in a homecoming parade in downtown Dallas on Friday afternoon. People lined Main Street to greet the soldiers who returned home from deployment across the globe. Spc. David Leslie returned home last week after a year-long deployment mostly in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Jolene Guzman.

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (ionews@polkio.com).

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

• Red Cross blood donation — 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Werner University Center, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.

• Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank — 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.

• Yoga in the Hopyard — 6 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Offered on the last Wednesday of every month. Free; bring your own yoga mat. 503-838-9813.

• Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank — 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.

THURSDAY, MAY 28

• James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.

• Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club — noon, First Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Visiting Rotarians, guests and prospective Rotarians are welcome to these luncheon meetings. Free. 503-838-4884.

• Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Near the Academy Building, corner of Main and Academy Streets, Dallas. 503-623-2564.

FRIDAY, MAY 29

• Altered Attitudes Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon, Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. 503-399-0599.

• Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session — 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.

• Arc of Polk County Dance and Karaoke Night — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Admission: $3 (staffers and providers admitted free. Snacks available for purchase). 503-949-5552.

SATURDAY, MAY 30

• The Original Independence Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Umpqua Bank parking lot, 302 S. Main St., Independence. 503-881-9950.

• Independence Riverview Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, 50 C St., Independence. 503-910-8193.

• American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Polk County — 10 a.m., LaCreole Middle School, 701 SE LaCreole Dr., Dallas. 24-hour relay to help fight against cancer. www.relayforlife.org.

• Monmouth-Independence YMCA — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Independence Heated Pool, I Street, Independence. Community, volunteer clean-up of pool to prepare for opening day, on June 6. 503-838-4042.

• Yeast breads STEP Class — 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Polk County 4-H/Extension Office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas. Learn about yeast and gluten and how it impacts raised bread products. Open to anyone ages 9 and older. Cost is $10 for 4-H members; $12 for nonmembers. 503-623-8395.

MONDAY, JUNE 1

• Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2

• James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.

• Polk County Bounty Market-Monmouth — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. 503-623-2564.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

• Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank — 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.

• Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank — 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.

• Scrabble with Betty — 1 p.m., Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St., Independence. Scrabble games first Wednesday of every month. Free; refreshments and prizes available. 503-551-7687 or 503-838-1811.

• Yarning for Others — 3 to 5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Knitters and crocheters gather to make clothing and accessories for those in need on the first Wednesday of every month. 503-689-7222.

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