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4/10 News in Brief

*Extension district will hold meeting*'State of the County' address slated*Monmouth tree planting is Saturday*PSWCD, CRCS to co-host gathering*Garden plot space remains available*Polk dairy princess to be coronated

April 10, 2013

Extension district will hold meeting

DALLAS -- The next quarterly meeting of the Polk County OSU Extension Service District will be held Wednesday (today) at 1:30 p.m. at the Extension office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas.

The agenda will include a speaker forum composed of three area OSU faculty that serve Polk County: Chal Landgren, professor, Christmas tree specialist; Amy Garrett, instructor, OSU Small Farms Program; and Bernadine Strik, professor, berry crop specialist.

Additional business includes updates to the district board, chaired by Polk County Commissioner Craig Pope. Reports will also be presented by the regional administrator and the Polk Extension Citizen Advisory Network chairwoman.

District quarterly meetings are free and the public is welcome.

For more information: Barbara Nichols, chairwoman, Polk Extension Citizen Advisory Network, 503-623-9443.

'State of the County' address slated

DALLAS -- The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first "State of the County" address given by the Polk County Commissioners on Monday.

Jennifer Wheeler, Craig Pope and Mike Ainsworth will speak during the monthly Dallas Area Chamber Lunch Forum, to be held at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St. The commissioners will report to the community on progress and challenges affecting the residents of Polk County.

This is a chamber membership event; however, the chamber welcomes all business owners to attend to hear the message. RSVP is required Friday by 4 p.m. Cost is $15, which includes a catered lunch (members receive a discount).

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch begins at 11:45 a.m., and the program runs from noon to 1 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information: 503-623-2564.

Monmouth tree planting is Saturday

MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Tree Advisory Board is holding its annual Arbor Day Celebration at Gentle Woods Park on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

This year's project is to plant 20 trees in the greenway area between Highway 99W and Myrtle Drive.

During this year's celebration, Monmouth will be recognized for its 11 years as a Tree City USA.

Volunteers are always needed for planting and donations to cover the cost of trees are welcome.

For more information: Mark Fancey, 503-751-0147.

PSWCD, NRCS to co-host gathering

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold a "barn meeting" for residents of Zone 3 (Ash Creek) and Zone 5 (Luckiamute) on Tuesday.

The informal gathering takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room at Chatoe Rogue, 3590 Wigrich Road, southeast of Independence.

It will provide an opportunity to meet your Polk SWCD zone directors, meet Polk SWCD and NRCS staff, and learn about programs that could help you help your land, including the seasonal high-tunnel initiative, organic initiative, groundwater well head protection, Ash Creek Priority Area Action Plan and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

For more information: Liz Habley Graham, 503-623-9680.

Garden plot space remains available

POLK COUNTY -- Marion-Polk Food Share is still accepting sign-ups for community garden plots, including locations in Dallas, Grand Ronde and West Salem.

Seeds, plants and tools are provided for use and classes are available to help new gardeners get the hang of growing their own food.

While a plot fee may be requested, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Garden locations and contact numbers in Polk County are:

* Gathering Place Community Garden, 1247 SE Uglow St., Dallas, 503-930-2866.

* Grand Ronde Community Garden, 825 Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde, 541-921-2881.

* West Salem Community Garden, 925 Gerth St. NW, West Salem, 503-428-0285.

Polk dairy princess to be coronated

RICKREALL -- Polk County Dairy Women are hosting the 2013 Polk County Dairy Princess-Ambassador Coronation celebration April 17 at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

Tickets are free for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall, but must be reserved by Friday. Desserts will be served and a raffle for a quilt conducted.

Outgoing 2012 Polk County Dairy Princess-Ambassador and 2013 First Alternate Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador Emma Miller will crown the new Polk County Dairy Princess-Ambassador, Olivia Miller, during the ceremony.

For more information: Sarah Miller, 503-606-9614; email to Emma Miller at