Community notebook

The Dragons boys basketball seniors and their families are honored by the community Tuesday night at the game against Silverton.

Photo by Jennifer Biberston
The Dragons boys basketball seniors and their families are honored by the community Tuesday night at the game against Silverton.

SpaceX lands at Dallas library The third in our illustrated Dallas Public Library Astronomy and Space Exploration Series, “Elon Musk and his SpaceX Company,” will be presented by Dallas resident Donn W. Anderson at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Anderson is a docent at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully tested the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy. In the process, Musk’s personal all-electric car, a cherry red Tesla roadster convertible, was placed in orbit around the earth before heading out into the Asteroid Belt. Come learn about the who, what, when, where, and why of America’s premier Commercial Space Launch Company.

Future topics in this series will include, comets, the exploration of the outer planets, such as Saturn and Jupiter, and more.

This series is for space enthusiasts, and those who just like to learn new things, of all ages.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

‘Calendar Girls’ comes to Pentacle

The Pentacle Theater’s production of “Calendar Girls,” a comedy by Tim Firth, opens on Friday and runs through March 24.

The play is based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who became famous after they posed nude for a calendar created to raise money for the local hospital.

Tickets range from $25 to $29, depending on the showing. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m., with some matinee options.

For more information:

Hop Fiesta Chess Tournament Saturday

The Independence Public Library Chess Club’s third annual Hop Fiesta Chess Tournament on Saturday. The tournament is a OSCF 2018 state qualifier.

All players are welcome. No prior experience is required. The tournament is NWSRS rated. No annual membership fee or prior tournament playing experience is required.

Participation in the tournament counts toward the OSCF State Championship tournament attendance requirements.

Registration is free and includes lunch for players and families.

For more information or to register: 503-838-1181.

Live well with your water

The Oregon State University Extension Service will host “Rural Living Basics: Living with your well and septic system,” in Dallas to learn more about your drinking water well and septic system to protect your families and animals’ health, your property investments and the safety of the groundwater resource.

The first class is Wednesday (today) from 6 to 8:15 p.m. The class also will be offered from 6 to 8:15 p.m. on March 13 and again from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on April 11. All classes will be at the Polk County Extension Service Auditorium, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas.

Participants may bring a half-cup of untreated well water in a clean, water-tight container to receive a free nitrate screening.

The classes are free. Pre-registartion is requested by calling Chrissy at 541-766-3556 or emailing

First Thursday gets artsy

Ash Creek Arts Center will host First Thursday Adult Class Series, painting with Brynn Carter from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. The class is free and for adults only.

On Saturday, join ACAC at Indy Commons, 278 Main St., Independence, to hear from artists in the “Four Years of Ash Creek Arts Center” exhibit. Artists will speak of their work and about themselves, giving backgrounds to the art displayed at the business.

For more information or to register for the adult art class:

Become a season tracker

The Oregon State University Extension Service and Polk Soil & Water Conservation District have teamed up to recruit Oregon Season Trackers, an OSU Extension Citizen Science Program.

Volunteers collect and report local data on precipitation and native plant seasonal changes in backyards, farms, woodlands and schoolyards. They help fill in the gaps in data and expand the scope of research while contributing to the understanding and accuracy of weather forecasting and ecology.

The time commitment for trackers is about 20 minutes a week.

Register and complete self-paced online training at home, about two to three hours, and attend a local, hands-on skill building classroom session.

Online training opens Thursday. The classroom session is from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 15 at Polk County Extension Office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., in Dallas.

Cost is $40 for an individual or for a family sharing materials. Training costs cover a program-approved rain gauge.

To register:

For more information:, or call 541-766-6311.

Tech Tuesdays at Indy library

Independence Public Library will host Tech Tuesdays all month in March. The first starts this week at 4:30 p.m. Participants will code Ozobots to act in a variety of ways using colored line sequences.

Also coming up at the Independence library, Family Story Time is Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Families gather for an hour of songs, stories, finger-plays, crafts and more. The program is open to children of all ages, but is designed to meet the needs of children ages 3 to 5. Chess Club meets each Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Scrabble with Betty will be at 1 p.m. on March 7.

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