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October 16, 2012
Central staging 'The Little Mermaid'
INDEPENDENCE -- Central High School's theater department continues its fall production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" this week.
Shows, which take place in the CHS auditorium, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence, are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. A special matinee performance is scheduled Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Children dressed as their favorite character will receive a discount. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
A story previewing the play can be found in the Oct. 10 issue of the Itemizer-Observer.
For more information: 503-838-0480.
K-8 book donation due in Falls City
FALLS CITY -- Falls City Elementary School's library will receive a donation of 2,000 books this week.
The gift was coordinated by Tracy Smiles, a professor of literacy education at Western Oregon University. Smiles was appointed three years ago to a national book award committee for the National Council of Teachers of English.
As a result of that position, she has received 2,000 -- "at least" -- new books for youths from dozens of publishers to review.
"Quickly, I've run out of space and found myself wondering where the books could be shared," Smiles said.
Smiles said one of her graduate students doing work in Falls City suggested she share the books with the school's K-8 library, which hasn't had the budget to buy new books for several years.
Smiles and her students will be moving the new books to the school on Thursday.
KVCS to host family literacy night
KINGS VALLEY -- Kings Valley Charter School is hosting an elementary-grade family literacy night Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at the school, 38840 Kings Valley Highway, between Dallas and Philomath.
The event, themed "Bears, Blankets and Books," will include games, storytimes, book giveaways and more.
Students are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear and come dressed in their pajamas.
For more information: 541-929-2134.
MES students ready for jog-a-thon
MONMOUTH -- Students at Monmouth Elementary School will hit the road on Friday for their annual "jog-a-thon."
The event is a fundraiser coordinated by MES and its Parent Teacher Association. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will run laps around the school for 30 minutes beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The students earn pledges for participating, either per lap or a straight donation. Those funds are split between the school and PTA and used to purchase playground equipment, supplies, or go toward special activities such as the PTA's popular Carnival Science Night.
Community members can still contribute to the jog-a-thon through Nov. 2.
Marge Meador, PTA member, said this year's goal is $10,000. Papa Murphy's Pizza and Fro-zone Yogurt are providing prizes for classes that earn the most money.
For more information or to contribute: 503-838-1433.
WOU `Fall Preview Day' is Saturday
MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host a fall preview day for prospective students on Saturday.
Advanced registration is recommended for the free event, which runs from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and meets in the Werner University Center.
Prospective students and their guests can learn more about Western Oregon University at Fall Preview Day. High school seniors and transfer students can apply for admission at check-in and receive a decision regarding their admission status at the conclusion of the program. Program activities will include an academic department and student services fair, campus tours, lunch at Valsetz Dining Hall and information sessions.
For more information: WOU Office of Admissions, 503-838-8211; http://www.wou.edu/student/admissions/previewday/fall.php.
Perrydale carnival tickets on sale
PERRYDALE -- Community members can now purchase tickets for Perrydale School's Harvest Carnival scheduled Oct. 25.
The annual event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the school, 7445 Perrydale Road. Tickets are 25 cents apiece or five for $1. The carnival will feature a dunk tank, bounce house, and games and prizes for children. A Spanish-themed dinner will include burritos, rice and beans.
Perrydale students will run the booths and all of the money raised will go toward purchasing new playground equipment, prom for the high school students and other activities.
Tickets can be purchased at the school.
For more information: 503-623-4186.
Author to speak Tuesday at WOU
MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's writing department continues its lecture series on Tuesday that's free and open to the public.
The Starving Artists' Brownbag Lunch Series will feature presentations by renowned Pacific Northwest authors. Maren Bradley Anderson, a writer, blogger and instructor at WOU, is scheduled to speak on Tuesday. Her first novel is "Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store: A Novel about Sex and Politics."
Events take place in the Calapooia Room in the Werner University Center and run from noon to 1:15 p.m.
The series runs weekly through Nov. 29.
For more information and a list of speakers: email to Maren Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.