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3/13 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

March 13, 2013

For those of us who studied English on purpose -- even in college -- "Beware the Ides of March" always rings a bell at this time of year.

Roman Emperor Julius Caesar didn't take the advice of a local soothsayer on March 15, in 44 B.C. As a result, he was assassinated as he was walking to meet with the senate, and that day proved to be his last. For many years in the USA, income taxes were also due on March 15, so even many centuries later it was not the most popular day on the calendar.

In MI Town, the Ides of March can be a preview to all kinds of good times and fun for everyone.

* The monthly meeting of the Monmouth Public Library adult book club is Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room. "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Deffenbaugh will be discussed. The book club meets the second Thursday of every month until June. For more information: Fran Kosko, 503-838-2412.

* Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, when St. Patrick's Church in Independence celebrates with the annual St. Patrick Day Dinner and Auction. Mass begins at 5 p.m. and is followed by a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and apple pie. Roundhouse will perform live music and there will be both silent and live auctions. Tickets are pre-sale only and cost $20 per person. For more information: Debbie Anderson, 503-838-6130.

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Last week's Itemizer-Observer featured a spring sports schedule for all of Polk County's high schools and Western Oregon University, and is chock-full of really good information. This gives everyone an opportunity to follow our students, friends and family members as they compete in various sports. It also gives us a chance to learn more about high school and college teams as well as individual performers ... and to catch some of that youthful enthusiasm.

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In this still-challenging economy, it's good to know that good medical care is available at no cost to people who don't have medical insurance.

The Polk Community Free Clinic, a satellite clinic of the Salem Free Medical Clinic, is open the first and fourth Saturdays of every month from 9 a.m. until noon, on a first-come, first-served basis. Primary medical care and mental health care and medication assistance is available.

The clinic is located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.

For more information: 503-990-8772 (in Salem) or 503-831-0551 (in Dallas). A Spanish interpreter is also available.

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