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September 04, 2012
Polk Democrats to meet Thursday
DALLAS -- The Polk County Democratic Central Committee will hold its September meeting Thursday at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas (enter from the Jefferson Street side).
The final night of the Democratic National Convention falls on the same evening as the meeting, so a television will be available so attendees can listen to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden give their acceptance speeches.
Social time begins at 6 p.m. to allow for the speeches. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will include a representative from Our Oregon to explain the ballot measures for the upcoming election. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: Wanda Davis, 503-508-1428; e-mail to email@example.com; on Facebook at facebook.com/PolkDemsOregon.
Library will accept food for fines
DALLAS -- Patrons of the Dallas Public Library will be able to return overdue library materials, clear their overdue fines and help hungry neighbors in the community at the same time beginning Monday.
Library patrons may reduce or pay off library fines by contributing food items from Sept. 10-15 as part of "Food for Fines." Fines will be reduced by $1 for each food item contributed. Donated items will benefit the Dallas Food Bank.
Examples of accepted items include: 15-ounce sized or larger canned fruit, vegetables, chili; bottled or canned fruit juice; boxed hot or cold cereal; pasta; pasta sauces; peanut butter; canned meats; cooking oil; and 5-pound bags of sugar, flour or rice.
All food items must be commercially processed, factory sealed, be free of dents and rust, and bear a future expiration date. Food may be delivered during regular library hours.
Special fees and charges for lost library materials may not be reduced through the Food for Fines program.
For more information: 503-623-2633.
Open house on fairgrounds plan set
RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fair Board will hold a public meeting Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Events Center.
The public is welcome to stop by during this time to speak with board members about the proposed fairgrounds and event center vision plan. Copies of the plan from the architect will be available at the open house and all input is appreciated as the planning process moves forward.
For more information: Tina Andersen, 503-623-3048.
Commissioners to hold public forum
INDEPENDENCE -- Community members are invited to discuss regional issues with Polk County Commissioners during an open forum on Sept. 13.
The event will take place at Independence Public Library and begins at 7 p.m.
Each of the commissioners will speak on the following topics: nonagricultural activities on farmland; the end or reduction of federal timber payments and the resulting consequences; and availability and conservation of water sources in the county.
The forum is hosted by the Friends of Polk County, a nonprofit organization that focuses on conservation and protection of farm and forest land, and how to improve the health and livability of local communities.
After a presentation on each topic, the host will ask questions to the commissioners, and then invite the public to do the same. The discussion will be followed by a social hour and free refreshments.
For more information: Tremaine Arkley, 503-838-4886; firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer counselors sought for seniors
POLK COUNTY -- Application deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 12, for individuals interested in becoming certified senior peer counselors.
Volunteers help provide free, confidential, supportive mentoring to older adults experiencing mild to moderate depression, loneliness, grief and changes in physical health, and struggles with other later life changes.
Volunteers must be 45 or older and commit to a maximum of 10 to 12 hours per month for client contact and supervision. All mileage is reimbursed. Bilingual (Spanish and Russian) speaking volunteers are especially needed.
Orientation for new volunteers is scheduled Sept. 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Salem. A training program takes place Sept. 24-27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Salem.
For qualifications, applications or more information: Jeff Lukehart, 503-304-3414; e-mail to email@example.com.