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*Free container collection Friday*Ristau reads from new novel May 27*Wash your car, and benefit PC Relay*Fractal art at the Bread Board*Yeast breads class set for May 30*Library display to feature shells*County hazardous waste collection*Left Coast Cellars hosts 'Sip & Stroll'

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This is National Public Works week (May 17-23) and it gives us an opportunity to take time to think about how many good and positive things happen in MI Town because of the hard work and diligence of our public workers.

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*Rummage sale benefits Central High Band*Weight Watchers meets at Talmadge*Wind Down returns to Monmouth, Indy*Dance recital will benefit food bank*Container garden class is Thursday*Time to sign up for August Jazz Camp*Dallas youth state finalist for pageant*Learn defensive driving skills*Community fiesta at WOU on Friday*Genealogy seminar at Polk museum*Hiratsuka guest artist at gallery*Dallas Lions Club sale is Friday-Saturday*Tour historic Independence*Piano concert is Sunday at EBC*Wear your bonnet at DCS breakfast*PC Fair looking for superintendents*Heart to Heart host Master's Men

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Spring dance concert to inspire movement

The annual concert opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday at Rice Auditorium.

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Platinum moves to Ellendale

Salon owner McCarthy enjoys more traffic at new location

Platinum Spa and Salon owner Debbie McCarthy has transformed the small building into a cozy salon, moving her business from Court Street downtown.

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Thursday’s Bounty returns to Dallas

New vendor to feature Philly cheesesteak; returning vendors to bring veggies, berries

A new season of Dallas’ Polk County Bounty Market will kick off Thursday with all the familiar faces and few new vendors joining the weekly fun.

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*Pink House sales to benefit Relay*Artists reception celebrates Neal*Garage sale benefits center*Waffles to send students to Kenya*Stamp Out Hunger food drive returns*Registration for pesticide drop off*RFL fundraisers set for May 15*Free plant for mom on Mother's Day*Annual Mother's Day plant sale*Family art classes to focus on theater*Concert at Rogue celebrates moms*Dallas Ministerial prayer gathering

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Perrydale Parents Clubs auction set for May 16

Annual event is main fundraiser for the organization that assists school with all ‘the extras’

Perrydale Parents Club is inviting everyone to experience a “Taste of Italy” at its annual dinner and auction May 16.

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*Emeritus features military museum*Friends to host spring sale*County road cleanup Saturday*Garden Club to host plant sale*Writing 101 class sponsored by 4-H*Model train show this weekend*Lavender Lake Farms hosting tea*A capella groups honor teacher*WVH volunteers host fundraiser*RFL celebration dinner Saturday*Local artists at Guthrie Park

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Good soil key to garden blueberries

When it comes to fruit in the garden, blueberries rule.

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*WOU Relay for Life will be Saturday*Tea, fashion show at senior center*Art, cheesecake at Dallas Library*Dinner celebrating survivors May 2*YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day*Dallas Are Seniors host jam*RFL Scrap for a Cure is Sunday*Youth bakers' class teaches how to make breads

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s that time of year when many stores in MI Town are beginning to feature outdoor plants and flowers and, good bargains can be found everywhere.

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Mason bees: a plant’s friend

The gardening season is young, but mason bees are out for their short but productive foray into the blooms of your backyard.

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*Annual pow wow at WOU on Saturday*Gentle House to host bridal show*River Gallery to celebrate artists*4-H class to create art from trash*Cancer survivor dinner set May 2*Youth learn to preserve fruits*Dallas Mat Club begins fundraiser*Dinner and auction benefits Polk RFL*Swim celebrates cancer survivors*Explore spring through open house*Tea for two at Trinity Lutheran*Music, food and wine on Friday*Calvary Chapel to present 'the Truth Project' series

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*Master Gardeners to talk blueberries*Old-fashion square dance set Saturday*'Mind the Gap' reception Thursday*Caricatures topic of Saturday class*Urban and rural tensions topic of talk on Saturday*Teen art contest at Dallas Library*Children's portrait contest benefits cancer research*Libraries accept food for fines*LWC ivy pull slated for this Saturday*Bunco will raise money for baskets*Living with diabetes class*Library features variety of art by Charlotte Lamb

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