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4/17 Community Notebook

*Interactive poetry event is Thursday*Gem, mineral show set at fairgrounds*Senior center will host Victorian Tea*Christmas pageant sets spring potluck*Benefit for Relay For Life is Friday*Kiwanis schedule bare root tree sale*Annual 'blossom Drive' is Saturday*Historical Society to present awards*Cancer survivors to gather at pool*Prevent child abuse walk set for Monday*'Edit Your Novel' class being offered

Eighteen-year-old Melissa Whitaker of Independence looks to her 17-year-old brother, Trevor, to keep their timing correct while performing a number in the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association's "Fiddle and Variety Show" on Friday, part of the organizationn's state convention at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

Photo by Pete Strong

Eighteen-year-old Melissa Whitaker of Independence looks to her 17-year-old brother, Trevor, to keep their timing correct while performing a number in the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association's "Fiddle and Variety Show" on Friday, part of the organizationn's state convention at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

April 16, 2013

Interactive poetry

event is Thursday

Friends of the Monmouth Library is hosting "Playing Around with Words," an interactive poetry reading, Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The event takes place in the library's meeting room and is open to adults.

Donna Henderson, a local poet, writing teacher and publisher, will read from her own work and will invite readers to participate in short, fun and optional poetry-generating activities to bring out everyone's inner poet.

Monmouth Public Library is located at 168 S. Ecols St.

For more information: Margaret Johnson, president, Friends of the Monmouth Library, 503-838-3995.

Gem, mineral show

set at fairgrounds

The 58th annual River of Gems gem and mineral show is coming to the Polk County Fairgrounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Show hours are Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $2, with children 11-and-under admitted free.

Dealers and exhibitors specializing in rocks, gems, jewelry, fossils and minerals from around the world will be on hand each of the three days.

There will also be educational displays all three days, a treasure hunt for kids under age 12 will take place Saturday at 1 p.m., and an oral auction is slated Sunday at 2 p.m.

For more information: 503-623-3048;

Senior center will

host Victorian Tea

Monmouth Senior Center is hosting a Victorian Tea on Friday.

The format will be different this year in that the event will feature two settings, one at noon and another at 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited to 40 people at each setting.

A style show will be put on by Dress Barn of Corvallis.

Cost is $7.50. Payment can be mailed to the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth, OR 97361.

For more information or to reserve a seat: 503-838-5678.

Christmas pageant

sets spring potluck

The Rickreall Christmas Pageant will hold its annual spring potluck Friday evening at the Masonic Lodge in Rickreall.

Any current or former cast, chorus, stage crew, parking crew or committee members are welcome to join the gathering that begins at 6 p.m. with social time and 6:30 p.m. for dinner.

Those attending are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert, plus their own table service and nonalcoholic beverage.

For more information: Mary, 503-851-2683.

Benefit for Relay

For Life is Friday

Footprints, an American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County team, is hosting a "Spring Gala for Hope" fundraiser to fight back against cancer.

The public is welcome to the Friday night gala at Christ's Church, 412 W. Clay St., Monmouth. It begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

The evening features poetry readings, a silent auction, and an "outcry auction" with Polk County Commissioner Mike Ainsworth as auctioneer. Desserts and beverages will be served during the gala.

All funds raised will benefit the ACS 2013 Polk County Relay For Life, May 18-19 at Dallas High School.

For more information: 503-510-6511.

Kiwanis schedule

bare root tree sale

West Salem Kiwanis will hold its fourth annual fruit and shade tree sale Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The sale takes place in the parking lot of the West Salem Safeway store, 1455 Edgewater St. NW.

An assortment of bare root trees and bushes, including cherry, apple, pear, peach, apricot, grafted fruit, lilac bushes and shade trees will be available.

Trees cost from $5 to $15. Proceeds support West Salem Kiwanis projects to help local children.

For more information: Richard Chesbrough, West Salem Kiwanis president, 503-409-0741.

Annual 'Blossom

Drive' is Saturday

The Polk County Historical Society will host its annual Blossom Drive Open House at the Harrison and Emily Brunk farm Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Brunk House, completed in 1861, is owned and operated by the Polk County Historical Society and contains many original Brunk homestead items.

The open house is an opportunity to experience spring in another century on a pioneer farm, with many signs of your grandparents' or great-grandparents' home life, fruit trees, farm outbuildings, vegetable gardens, grape arbors and more. You will be able to tour the home for a donation and enjoy homemade desserts in the home's large kitchen.

The Brunk House is located at 5705 Highway 22 near Oak Grove Road.

For more information: Jo Ann King, 503-838-6603.

Historical Society

to present awards

The Polk County Historical Society invites the community to the Polk County Museum on Saturday for the group's annual awards ceremony.

The group will use this occasion to recognize those volunteers and others who have supported the museum or who have provided services above and beyond the call of duty.

Saturday's event begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available.

The Polk County Museum is located at 560 S. Pacific Highway (Highway 99W) in Rickreall.

For more information: 503-623-6251;

Cancer survivors

to gather at pool

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County is celebrating cancer survivors and caregivers with a swim social on Sunday.

The free event for survivors, caregivers and their families will be at the Dallas Aquatic Center from 5 to 8 p.m. The three-hour event for all ages features swimming, bingo and snacks.

This annual event is hosted by the Dallas Aquatic Center and Relay For Life of Polk County. The pool is closed to the public during the event.

For more information: Tammy or Jen via email to

Prevent child abuse

walk set for Monday

Polk County Mid-Valley Parenting is hosting a "Child Abuse Prevention Walk" on Monday from noon to 1 p.m. starting at the Academy Building stage, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.

The walk commemorates April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Concerned community members and organizations and agencies advocating for children are welcome to participate. Walkers are asked to wear blue in support of child abuse awareness.

The walk begins at the Academy stage and follows Main Street south, turns east on Washington Street, heads north on Jefferson Street and turns west on Academy Street to return to the stage. Interested parties are welcome to join the walk anywhere along the route.

For more information: Lisa Shepard, 503-623-9664, ext. 2334; email to

'Edit Your Novel'

class being offered

A class on editing novels in a month will be offered in Monmouth on Thursdays beginning April 24.

This class will teach you how to edit your own writing for smoother, more readable prose. It is designed to help writers rework a first draft and aimed at people who want to edit a novel by participating in a deadline-driven, community-supportive atmosphere.

To participate you must have one completed manuscript, first or second draft (novel or memoir or 50 pages of narrative fiction).

The class meets at Rick's Place Cafe, 123 Main St., Monmouth, every Thursday from April 25 through May 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $70 and includes a required text. College course credit is available for an additional $50.

For more information: Maren Bradley Anderson via email to

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