Community Notebook

Central High School's wrestling team honored its seniors Thursday at the last match of the season before district.

Photo by Jolene Guzman
Central High School's wrestling team honored its seniors Thursday at the last match of the season before district.

Film night, essay contest at library

The Dallas Public Library will show the film, “Never give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice” on Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m.

Born in Hood River, Minoru Yasui graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, and was the first Japanese American admitted to the Oregon State Bar. He fought against the legality of the Japanese curfew laws and the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II.

His legal efforts to fight discrimination and his struggle for equality before the law continued for the rest of his life. This film is for interested adults and high school and middle school students.

Students can enter an essay contest reflecting on the lessons they learn from his life. The contest offers a $500 first prize for the best essay.

Information about the contest can be found here: This is a free event.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

Celebrate smart tech on Saturday

The city of Independence and Pacific Power will host a Smart Tech Adventure Walk in conjunction with Smart Rural Community Day in downtown Independence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The event is focused on the technological advances the community has made over the past decade.

It’s a chance to try out a virtual reality experience, create and invent in a mini-makerspace with 3-D printing, and learn about tech innovations being tested in Independence by Intel and others.

The Smart Tech Adventure Walk is free.

Schrader to host town hall in Dallas

Congressman Kurt Schrader will hold a town hall meeting at Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday. Constituents will have a chance to hear from Schrader about his work in Congress, and to ask questions. The event is free and open to the public.

This event was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, but was rescheduled because of the government shutdown.

Walk around Monmouth Sunday

Join the Willamette Wanderers as they walk a 10-kilometer route in Monmouth on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. from Hi-School Pharmacy, 1357 Monmouth St, Independence.

The 10K goes through the Edwards Addition and other residential areas, the historic downtown and Western Oregon University. There is no charge to join the group on this walk. Monmouth walkers are especially invited to share their knowledge of Monmouth’s history. The club also has a 5-kilometer route in downtown Monmouth, but it doesn’t start at Hi-School and will not be walked. Leashed dogs are welcomed.

For more information: or contact Julia,

Evening with Abe on Monday

Come celebrate Lincoln’s birthday with the man himself. Renowned Lincoln impersonator, Steve Holgate, brings the American president to life with this live, interactive and historical program.

An Evening with Abe will be at 6 p.m. on Monday at Maxine’s Ballroom, 120 C St., Independence, upstairs from Ash Creek Animal Clinic. Doors open at 5. Beverages and birthday treats will be provided.

A folk band will perform live from 5 to 6 as people are milling about enjoying treats. There is no cost or registration. First come, first served.

Family, teen art classes this week

Ash Creek Arts Center will host a teen drawing class series on Friday and Saturday focusing on portraits.

The class will run Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the center, 311 S. Monmouth St., Independence.

Instructors Annaq Cottom and Felix Oliveros will teach participants about drawing portraits. Students will work with quick sketches and gesture drawings during the first class. On the second day, they will take on creating a self-portrait using a mirror.

On Monday, ACAC will host a special art class, “Shaving Cream Marbled Paper,” with Cheryl Lewis. Lewis will lead children in swirling food coloring through shaving cream to create patterns, and then transferring those patterns onto paper.

For more information about either event:

Dewey to discuss illustrating

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Dallas Public Library will host Oregon illustrator and author Benjamin Dewey.

His works include The Autumnlands, The Tragedy Series, I Was The Cat, and Beasts of Burden.

He will bring samples of his work and demonstrate and discuss his process of doing illustration. He will highlight the tools, process, and motivation of matching words and graphic art. Dewey has a unique perspective and sense of humor that he brings to his work.

Anyone interested in art, illustration, graphics, comics, and books will enjoy this evening. Visit his website at to view samples of his art.

This free event is made possible, in part, by funding from the Polk County Cultural Coalition and the Friends of the Dallas Library.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

Valentine’s comes to Gentle House

Warm up to Valentine’s Day early at the Historic Gentle House, 855 Monmouth Ave. N., in Monmouth, with a Smith Fine Arts Series fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The event, “Celebrate the Arts: An Evening with Someone Special,” will feature food, drinks, and live music. Roses and chocolates will be for sale, as well as raffle tickets for great prizes. Admission is $25 per person.

RSVP by Thursday: 503-838-8333, or

Valentine’s comes to Indy library

The Independence Public Library will host the Teen Cooking Club at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Participating teens will make Valentine’s treats.

The program teaches teenagers the basics of food preparation.

Also this week at the library, the Mystery Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday. This month’s selection is “When Gods Die,” by C.S. Harris. Don’t miss the Valentine’s Book Bingo for Kids at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Scrabble with Betty returns on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.

WOU students seek seniors

Would you be willing to help Western Oregon University gerontology students gather data for research projects? The Monmouth Senior Center is collecting a list of seniors who would be willing to be interviewed by students.

For more information: 503-838-5678.

Gentle Woods meeting

The Monmouth Engaged Bicycle-Pedestrian Friendly Town Committee will host an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday for the neighborhood surrounding Gentle Woods Park.

The committee is proposing the a bicycle campground be developed at the park. The goal would be to promote bicycle tourism and bicycle usage, according to a notice sent to those who live within a half a mile from the park.

If approved, the campground would have a one-season test period.

The meeting will start with an overview of the proposal by members of the committee, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Monmouth city council will make a final decision on the proposed campground in March or April. For more information: Scott McClure, 503-751-0146, or

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