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12/5 News in Brief

*Streetscape project celebration set*Reading for All needs youth books*Polk Democrats to meet Thursday*Dallas library will take food for fines

December 05, 2012

Streetscape project celebration set

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth will host a holiday lighting ceremony and ribbon cutting in the downtown area on Wedensday to celebrate the completion of its Main Street Streetscape project.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Catron streets. Community members are welcome to attend.

For more information: 503-838-0722.

Reading for Alll needs youth books

POLK COUNTY -- Have a stack of used children's books around the house? Why not put them to good use by donating to Reading for All's annual Holiday Book Drive, which continues through Dec. 12.

Books collected will be distributed to families with children at no cost through the Spring Break Lunch Program, the Community Book Nook project, afterschool programs, family literacy nights, and other community outreach events.

The most needed books are: picture books, story/board books for infants and toddlers, easy-reader books for grades K-3, books for youth grades 4-12, and Spanish and bilingual books. Coloring books, textbooks, encyclopedias, cookbooks and books for adults are not needed.

Collection sites are located at businesses, public libraries and county government offices throughout Polk County. A full list of drop-off locations can be found at

For more information: Michelle Bornfleth, 503-623-9664; email to

Polk Democrats to meet Thursday

DALLAS -- The Polk County Democratic Central Committee will hold its December holiday season meeting and potluck on Thursday at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas (enter from the Jefferson Street side).

Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

A short business meeting will be conducted before the potluck. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite potluck dish or holiday treat to share if possible.

The agenda includes reports on the election and election night party, and information about the 2013 annual fundraiser --- ticket sales for the Pentacle Theatre musical, "Legally Blonde," in March. Information will also be provided about the group's reorganization meeting on Jan. 3. Nominations and elections for officers, and representatives to the State Central Committee and Fifth Congressional District will be held.

For more information: Wanda Davis, 503-508-1428; email to; on Facebook at

Dallas library will take food for fines

DALLAS -- Library users in Dallas will be able to return overdue library materials, clear their overdue fines and help hungry neighbors in the community at the same time.

Library patrons may reduce or pay off library fines by contributing food items from Dec. 10-15. Fines will be reduced by $1 for each food item contributed.

Examples of accepted items include: 15 ounces 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.

Special fees and charges for lost library materials may not be reduced through the food for fines program.

The food items donated all go to the Dallas Food Bank and donations are welcome even if you don't have any fines to pay.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

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