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*Gardening seminar scheduled Friday*Senior center plans evening of bingo*Dallas church will host guest speaker*M-I food project pickup set Feb. 8*Square dance set for Saturday night*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*'Chocolate Sunday' fundraiser planned*Presentation about Switzerland on tap*New arts center has many offerings*Hospital volunteers selling chocolates*Claires Mercantile announces classes*Gentle House plans garden work parties

People wrap around the Pacific Room at Western Oregon University, helping themselves to a buffet of Chinese food on Friday in celebration the Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse. The event, a fundraiser for WOU’s Chinese club, sold all 250 tickets for dinner and a variety show featuring students dancing, singing and telling jokes.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

People wrap around the Pacific Room at Western Oregon University, helping themselves to a buffet of Chinese food on Friday in celebration the Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse. The event, a fundraiser for WOU’s Chinese club, sold all 250 tickets for dinner and a variety show featuring students dancing, singing and telling jokes.

February 04, 2014

Gardening seminar

scheduled Friday

Get free tips on how to plant trees and berries from Master Gardeners on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Inspiration Garden at Mountain Fir Park, located in the 700 block of F Street in Independence.

The Polk County Master Gardener bare root fruit tree and berry planting demonstration will include information on how to choose root stock, preparation and planting techniques, tree staking, and initial pruning.

Master Gardeners will also discuss what types of sprays are needed for fruit trees to produce a successful harvest. Dormant oil, copper and lime sulfur spraying requirements will be addressed.

For more information on the demonstration or Polk County Master Gardeners: 503-623-8395; visit the OSU Extension office at 289 E. Ellendale, Suite 301, Dallas.

Senior center plans

evening of bingo

The Dallas Senior Center will host another evening of bingo Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the senior center, 955 SE Jefferson St. (behind the Dallas Public Library). Bingo cards are $1 each or six for $5. Games include a progressive pot and a 50-50 drawing.

The public is welcome. You must be 18 or older to attend and play.

For more information: 503-623-8554.

Dallas church will

host guest speaker

Cross and Crown Ministries is hosting a presentation by Rev. Clark Seeley of Back to School Seminars on Friday beginning at 7 p.m.

Seeley travels the Pacific Northwest with a message interspersed with humor, personal experience and a profound testimony of God's dealings. He will focus on learning, education, and reaching young and old both spiritually and academically.

Cross and Crown Ministries is located at 1156 SE Holman Ave., Dallas.

For more information: 503-917-1625; email to

M-I food project

pickup set Feb. 8

The Monmouth Indepen-dence Food Project will conduct its next collection event on Saturday.

Volunteer neighborhood coordinators sign up neighbors to donate food. Each donor receives a reusable green food project bag. Every two months coordinators pick up the full bag and leave a new one, which is what is taking place on Saturday.

All food donated is taken to the Ella Curran Food Bank.

For more information or to sign up: 503-967-9058; online at

Square dance set

for Saturday night

Guthrie Park Community Center will host its next monthly country folk dance Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

All ages are welcome for an evening of dancing to the music of Cash & Company. Caller is Alan Ede. Dances include old-time squares, big circles, longway sets and waltzes. No experience is necessary; all dances are taught.

Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. A family rate of $15 for four or more people from the same immediate family is available.

The center is located at 4320 Kings Valley Highway, south of Dallas.

For more information: Sally, 503-623-0809; email to;

Grange schedules

Sunday breakfast

Buell Grange will host its monthly Second Sunday Community Breakfast on Feb. 9 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Cost is $6 per person, and the menu is scheduled to include your choice of pancakes, sausage and eggs; hash browns, sausage and eggs; or French toast and sausage. Meals include juice and coffee.

The event is a fundraiser. Proceeds go toward the maintenance of the Buell Grange Hall, located at 5970 Mill Creek Road, just off Highway 22 northwest of Dallas.

For more information: 503-623-8462 or 503-843-4703.

‘Chocolate Sunday’

fundraiser planned

Dallas Alliance Church is hosting its annual "Chocolate Sunday" fundraiser Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church, 775 E. Ellendale Ave.

An assortment of chocolate desserts will be available. Musical entertainment will be provided. Admission is by a donation and the public is welcome.

Proceeds from the event will benefit two church ministry projects.

For more information: Esther Ediger, 503-623-9055.

Presentation about

Switzerland on tap

Monmouth residents Al and Jayne Oppliger will share details about their recent travels to Switzerland during a free presentation Tuesday at the Monmouth Public Library.

"Switzerland By The Numbers," which begins at 7 p.m., is a photographic and narrative look at the country via hiking trails, bus, train, boat, funicular and gondola. The Oppligers recently spent 10 weeks traveling throughout Switzerland.

The public is welcome. Monmouth Public Library is at 168 S. Ecols St.

For more information: 503-838-1353; email to

New arts center

has many offerings

Ash Creek Arts Center of Independence has a variety of programs it is offering during the month of February.

Events include open art nights, family art classes, a fiction writing class and more.

All classes and programs are held at the Ash Creek Arts Center, 311 S. Monmouth St., Independence.

For more information, including a description of classes and programs: Robert Tomlinson, 509-607-2855; on Facebook.

Hospital volunteers

selling chocolates

West Valley Hospital Volunteer Services is conducting a See's Candies Valentine chocolates sale now through Feb. 13 in the front lobby of the hospital, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas.

A 1-pound box of nuts and chews or a 1-pound box of milk chocolates is $18. A 3-ounce milk chocolate butter heart is $5.25, and a 4-ounce "Labrador puppy" is $6.

Proceeds benefit the West Valley Hospital Volunteer Services Scholarship Fund.

For more information: 503-623-7323.

Claires Mercantile

announces classes

Claires Mercantile in Dallas is offering a series of classes and events during February.

Classes range from scrapbooking and a stamp club to Valentine's craft-making.

For a complete list of classes, costs and more information: 503-623-3343.

Gentle House plans

garden work parties

The Friends of Gentle House have planned their 2014 "garden days" and will meet the second and fourth Thursday mornings of each month, beginning in February.

The "garden days" address specific projects at the historic home at 855 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, and volunteers are welcome.

On Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcome to a backyard grape pruning demonstration and hands-on learning experience. On Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcome to a demonstration and hands-on experience in the spring care of roses.

Polk County Master Gardeners will lead the demonstrations and be on hand to answer spring gardening questions. Refresh-ments will be served. Attendees should bring work gloves and hand tools to participate in the "hands-on" instruction.

For more information:

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