March 2 Community Notebook

Darrell Ward checks on hibernating mason bees at the Inspiration Garden at Mt. Fir Park.

Photo by Emily Mentzer
Darrell Ward checks on hibernating mason bees at the Inspiration Garden at Mt. Fir Park.

Pentacle Theatre Diary of Anne Frank

The Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, Salem, will present The Diary of Anne Frank. The play begins Friday and runs through March 26.

An exhibit featuring Anne Frank photographs, historical artifacts and a documentary will be presented in the lobby. Shows run at 7:30 p.m. except for Sundays, which have 2 p.m. performances.

Tickets cost $20 for weekday performances and $21 for weekend shows.

For tickets or more information:

Movie fundraiser set for Monday

Friends of the Independence Public Library will hold its 10th anniversary movie fundraiser Monday at Independence Cinema 8.

“The Intern” will be played at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the Independence library.

Free popcorn and door prizes will be available.

MVCA to host banquet & auction

Mid-Valley Christian Academy will host its eighth annual banquet and auction Saturday at 5 p.m.

The auction will be held at Central Baptist Church, 655 S. Pacific Highway, Monmouth. Money raised will support MVCA. Polk County Commissioner Mike Ainsworth will serve as auctioneer.

Dinner tickets cost $20 each. Entrees include a choice of prime rib or chicken marsala.

Child care services are also available for kids ages 3-10. Cost is $5 for the first child, $10 max per family.

A pizza dinner is included. RSVP required: 503-838-2818.

Tickets may be purchased at MVCA, 1483 N. 16th St., Monmouth or via credit card over the phone at 503-838-2818.

Ash Creek offers two art camps

Ash Creek Arts Center will offer two art camps this year, free for those attending grades four through seven.

Previous camps have filled up quickly. The ACAC board of directors hopes to serve twice as many children by offering two camps.

The first camp will be March 21 through 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. daily at St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Monmouth. Children will work together to make a large-scale model of a South America cloud forest and populate it with drawings and ceramics featuring brightly colored beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds and other exotic creatures of the cloud forest.

The second camp will be held July 18 through 21 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children wishing to attend both camps may sign up for one and request to be added to the waiting list of the second.

To register: Advanced registration is required. Space is limited.

Monmouth Library to host concert

Monmouth Public Library will host Magic Mama Hip Hop and World Beats concert Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Magic Mama plays a variety of instruments, from an acoustic guitar to canning jars filled with water. She records and layers vocals and multiple instruments through a loop machine. Audience members will receive handmade, recycled instruments.

OSU Master food preservers wanted

Polk, Marion, and Yamhill county offices of Oregon State University Extension Service are recruiting volunteers to become Master Food Preservers.

Trainees require 48 hours of hands-on food safety and preservation instruction. Training classes will be held on Friday April 15 through June 3 at the Salem Health Community Health Education Center Gehlar Wellness Kitchen. Applications are due March 11. The classes cost $100.

Following the classes, volunteers are asked to provide 40 hours of service helping other safely preserve food.

For more information: go here; call 503-373-3763; or email

Author, illustrator visits Dallas library

The Dallas Public Library is hosting Oregon author and illustrator Mark Fearing Thursday at 4 p.m. Fearing has written and illustrated several books and graphic novels for kids and young teens, including “The Great Thanksgiving Escape,” “Earthling!,” and “How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans.”

Fearing’s presentation “Drawing Stories” will focus on narrative, examining visual art through powerful images and how stories are told through pictures and words.

The event will appeal to kids age 10 and older who are interested in art, drawing and creating stories.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

UO jazz band part of free DHS concert

JazzArts Oregon Combo, from the University of Oregon, will join the Dallas High School Jazz Band for a free concert Monday.

The show begins at 7 p.m. at Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Ave.

UO’s JazzArts Combo is a donor-funded scholarship ensemble, which debuted last fall. The group is performing in Dallas as part of a Northwest tour.

More info about the Jazz

Arts Oregon Combo go to

WOU symphony winter concert

Western Oregon University’s symphony winter concert, “It don’t mean a thing if you can’t make it sing,” will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at Rice Auditorium on campus.

Admission is $3. Students are $1. WOU students and faculty get in free with ID.

The symphony, directed by Ike Nail, will present a program of music that is mostly from singing, about singing or just sounds singable.

The program lasts about an hour.

Rickreall Grange to host market

The Rickreall Grange Flea Market will be Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the grange, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall.

The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will go toward the building fund. Fresh cinnamon rolls will be available daily.


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