Western Oregon University displayed flags on campus in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 4. Each flag represented 500 people killed. There were 27,660 flags planted.

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Western Oregon University displayed flags on campus in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 4. Each flag represented 500 people killed. There were 27,660 flags planted.

MICC hosts PEP Talks on Tuesday

The Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce will hold PEP Talks: Promoting with a Purpose on Paper on Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. The talk will be held at Henry Hill Education Support Center, 750 S. Fifth St., Independence.

Topics will include learning about top marketing tools, review free/low cost tools and understanding the do’s and don’ts when promoting your business or organization on paper such as brochures, rack cards and flyers.

Pre-registration is required by Monday. Cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Cancelations must be received by noon on Monday or the fee will be charged.

For information and to register:

Dallas Yoga and Balance offers PiYo

Dallas Yoga and Balance Studio, 115 SE Court St., Dallas, will offer PiYo each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of May.

There is no cost to attend.

PiYo is a music-driven workout inspired by the practices of pilates and yoga. The class includes strength and flexibility training, conditioning and dynamic movement. Students who attend classes regularly can gain benefits including improved strength, flexibility, balance, stress reduction and overall fitness level improvement.

Classes will run from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.

For more information: 503-999-8016.

Guthrie Park hosts square dance

Guthrie Park Community Center will host its second-Saturday old-time square dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway.

The dance is open to all. Live music will be by Cash & Company.

The dance will be the last of the season. Dances will resume in September.

Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family of four or more. Children 12 and younger are free.

For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809.

Johan celebrates Norwegian Day

Johan Vineyards, 4285 North Pacific Highway W., Rickreall, will celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Viking Soul Food will have lefse wraps. The Scandinavian Chorus will sing and two youth dance groups will perform.

A wine tasting will also be available.

Cost is $5. Sons of Norway members and Scandinavian Heritage Foundation members will enjoy the tasting for free.

For information: Evelyn Moreland, 503-910-3302.

Dance School to perform Tuesday

The Polk County France School of Dance will hold its semiannual dance performance Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Talmadge Middle School, 51 16th St., Independence.

Admission is three cans of food or $3 donation per person. All food will benefit the Dallas Food Bank. Cash donations will benefit Joan Schmitt’s children’s fund.

Students will perform tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop numbers.

New classes begin on June 7.

For more information: Linda France Martin, 503-390-3481; online at

New exhibit arrives at Kunke studio

The Tom Kunke Art Studio and Gallery, 357 Main St., Dallas, will host a new exhibit through June 25.

Artist Therese Misner will display her “White Sky” series.

“These pieces all have a rustic feel and are inspired by old objects and old buildings around the farm,” Misner said.

For more information: 971-409-7686.

Stamp Out Hunger set for Saturday

The Marion-Polk Food Share and letter carriers invite the public to take part in Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday.

To participate, collect nonperishable food items and leave them in a bag near your mailbox on Saturday. A letter carrier or volunteer will pick up the donation.

All donated food stays in the community where it was collected. More than 95,000 pounds of food were collected in Marion and Polk counties in 2015.

Among the most “wanted” foods include shelf-stable milk, high protein foods (canned meats, canned or dry beans, etc.), canned fruits and vegetables, whole-grain items, soups and 100 percent vegetable or fruit juice.

Donations can also be taken to any post office through May 18. Dallas Post Office is not participating.

Local law officers to graduate basic

Three local law enforcement officers will be part of the 356th Basic Police Class graduates.

The class is a 16-week series by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and includes topics such as survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity and more.

Local officers who will graduate are Officer Alaster Graham (Monmouth Police Department), Deputy Sheriff Michael Smith (Polk County Sheriff’s Office) and Officer Jill Thissell (Independence Police Department).

A graduation ceremony will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem.

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