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11/14 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners to meet Wednesday*Fall rose care topic of Thursday event*Seminar to address Medicare options*Child's ID program offered Saturday*Driver safety class on tap for Saturday*H2O set to conduct 25 cent toy sale*Old Mill schedules Santa pet photos*Local veterans will be topic of meeting*Gallery celebration slated for Saturday*Nov. 18 pie auction will benefit KVCC*CHS plans senior luncheon Nov. 21*Thanksgiving meal, service scheduled*Master Gardener training available

Eight-year-old Kyah Cannon, left, checks the directions for the next step in constructioning an ostrich out of ZOOB toys as her sister McKenna, 6, gets ready to try on a pair of spectacles she made. The pair were taking part in the Monmouth Public Library's "First Tuesday Builders Club" youth program Nov. 6.

Photo by Pete Strong

Eight-year-old Kyah Cannon, left, checks the directions for the next step in constructioning an ostrich out of ZOOB toys as her sister McKenna, 6, gets ready to try on a pair of spectacles she made. The pair were taking part in the Monmouth Public Library's "First Tuesday Builders Club" youth program Nov. 6.

November 13, 2012

Master Gardeners

to meet Wednesday

Who says gardening has to stop when winter arrives?

That's the topic to be addressed at the November meeting of the Polk County Master Gardeners, scheduled Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.

Lance Breiman of L & L Nursery Supply Inc. will discuss ways to keep the greens in your salad, the herbs on your pizza and fresh vegetables on the table using hydroponics.

You'll learn the basics of getting started: growing medium, pH, nutrients and light.

The public is welcome.

For more information: Judy Hillman, 503-930-9755; email to

Fall rose care topic

of Thursday event

The Friends of Gentle House will sponsor a demonstration of fall rose care by the Polk County Master Gardeners on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at Gentle House.

Topics covered will include pruning, disease control, sanitation, taking cuttings and mulching. Roses at Gentle House, located at 855 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, span the 20th century, including climbers, hybrid teas and floribundas. In addition, tulip pots will be planted to use in the "grandma garden" in the spring.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Attendees are asked to bring work gloves, pruners, questions and pots for starting cuttings.

For more information: Sarah, 503-399-9436.

Seminar to address

Medicare options

NorthWest Senior and Disability Services will conduct a free "Review Your Medicare Options" workshop Friday at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St.

The workshop, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., will provide attendees with information so they can make an informed decision regarding Medicare options. Medicare open enrollment runs through Dec. 7.

A representative from Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance will be on hand to provide counseling.

For more information: 503-838-5678.

Child's ID program

offered on Saturday

Salt Creek Baptist Church is the site for a child identification program, "Missing Children Clearinghouse," on Saturday.

From 9 to 11 a.m., members of local law enforcement agencies will fingerprint your child, take a DNA sample and take a photograph of your child. All information gathered will be sent home with the parents or guardian. If a child ever goes missing, this is the vital information the police could use immediately.

Salt Creek Baptist Church is located at 15075 Salt Creek Road, Dallas.

For more information: Gerald Scheel, 503-409-5210.

Driver safety class

on tap for Saturday

A one-day AARP Defensive Driver Safety Class will be offered Saturday at the Monmouth Senior Center.

The class meets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 180 S. Warren St.

Cost is $14 per person. A $2 discount will be given to those who present a current AARP membership card. Veterans and their dependents can attend this class session at no cost.

To register or for more information: 503-838-5678.

Old Mill schedules

Santa pet photos

Old Mill Feed and Garden will host its annual Holiday Pet Fair and Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join them for a picture of your pet with Santa, or have the family join in the picture. Proceeds from this fundraising event will be donated to local animal charities.

Saturday's event will also include a performance by Border Collies International from noon to 1 p.m., and Canine Corral's Scootin' Scottie and Izzie will do a musical freestyle performance at 2 p.m. There will also be cart rides, a question-and-answer session with veterinarian Trina Brotherton, and much more.

For more information: 503-831-1222; Old Mill Feed on Facebook;

Local veterans will

be topic of meeting

Al Ratzlaff, Army veteran and American Legion District Commander for Yamhill, Polk and Marion counties, and Dennis Johnson, Marine Corps veteran, will present a program about Polk County Veterans through history at the Polk County Historical Society's Saturday meeting.

The free public event begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Polk County Museum, 560 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.

Ratzlaff and Johnson will discuss how Civil War veterans founded an organization to provide help for fellow veterans and fellowship through The Grand Army of the Republic and how this provided an example for other veterans groups to follow.

Light refreshments will be available.

For more information: 503-623-6251.

Gallery celebration

slated Saturday

The Independence River Gallery's annual Holiday Show starts this week and will run through Dec. 30. The event features the works of more than 40 local and regional artists.

An opening celebration will take place Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Joe Juff and Jim Hockenhull will perform traditional folk and modern fiddle music. Artists whose work is on display will also be on hand.

Saturday's gathering is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring canned food to donate to the Ella Curran Food Bank.

The gallery is located at 184 S. Main St.

For more information: 503-838-6171.

H2O set to conduct

25 cent toy sale

The Help and Hope to Others (H2O) charity in Dallas is conducting a "mammoth soft toy sale" Saturday.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at 451 SE Maple St., Dallas, and continues through 5 p.m. or when stock runs out.

The toys are priced at 25 cents each and all proceeds go to helping those in need in Polk County. There will also be games and puzzles available for purchase.

For more information: Ann Lindsay Wright, 503-817-6557; email to

Nov. 18 pie auction

will benefit KVCC

The Kings Valley Area Association will host its annual old-fashioned pie auction fundraiser Sunday at the Kings Valley Community Center, located at the corner of Kings Valley Highway (Highway 223) and Maxfield Creek Road.

Donated pies must be delivered by 6:45 p.m. The auction, conducted by Jerald Bush, begins at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Proceeds benefit the Kings Valley Community Center.

For more information: Mary, 541-929-6952, email to; Linda, 541-929-4222, email to

CHS plans senior

luncheon Nov. 21

Central High School will host its annual Thanksgiving luncheon for area senior citizens on Nov. 21.

The meal will take place inside Central High's cafeteria, with food purchased and served by the school's leadership students and prepared by cafeteria staff.

The menu includes turkey, mash potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn, rolls and pumpkin pie.

Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and lunch starts at noon. The event will also include a holiday musical performance by the Main Street Singers, Central's jazz choir, and a raffle for door prizes.

Seniors living in Monmouth can catch a ride over to the high school via a free shuttle that will depart from the Monmouth Senior Center.

For more information on the luncheon: Sylvia Warren, 503-838-0480. For information on the shuttle ride: Sue Teal, 503-838-5678.

Thanksgiving meal,

service scheduled

Trinity Lutheran Church of Dallas will host its 25th annual community Thanksgiving meal and worship service Wednesday, Nov. 21.

A traditional holiday meal of turkey and all the trimmings will be served at 5:30 p.m. at 320 SE Fir Villa Road. A community worship service follows at 7 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Child care will be provided.

Home meal delivery is available for Dallas residents with illness or disabilities. Call by noon on Nov. 21 to make arrangements.

Volunteers and donations of food are also being sought.

For more information: 503-623-2233.

Master Gardener

training available

Registration is being accepted for the 2013 OSU Extension Service-Polk County Master Gardener training.

Classes begin Jan. 9 and meet every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa, Dallas, or the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

Deadline to register is Dec. 14.

Volunteers receive training in a variety of garden topics, including insect and disease control, home orchards and vegetable gardening. After the training, students are required to contribute 60 hours of volunteer time to a variety of projects in Polk County.

Cost is $100, which includes books and materials. A Non-volunteer option is also available.

For more information: Gail Miles, OSU-Polk County Extension Service, 503-623-8395; or download a registration packet at

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