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*Planting along trail set for Saturday*Library's food for fines' set to end*Nonprofits topic of chamber forum*United Way welcomes new director

December 10, 2013

Planting along trail set for Saturday

DALLAS — Polk Soil and Water Conservation District and the city of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department are conducting a planting of native species on Saturday.

The plantings will take place along the Rickreall Creek Trail System south of Barberry Avenue and Hawthorne Street from 8 a.m. to noon.

This event was to have taken place Saturday, Dec. 8, but was postponed due to the snow and ice.

Volunteers are needed to help with the plantings. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Dallas Aquatic Center, 1005 SE LaCreole Drive, at 8 a.m. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. If possible, bring marked gloves, shovels, buckets and wheelbarrows.

For more information: Liz Graham, PSWCD, 503-623-9680, ext. 107; email to

Library's ‘food for fines’ set to end

DALLAS — Dallas Public Library patrons will be able to return overdue library materials, clear their overdue fines and help hungry neighbors in the community all at the same time through Saturday.

Patrons may reduce or pay off library fines by contributing food items during the "Food for Fines" campaign. Library 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, free of dents and rust, and bear an expiration date.

Special fees and charges for lost library materials may not be reduced through the Food for Fines program. Anyone who would like to donate food during this time is welcome to do so.

For more information: 503-623-2633.

Nonprofits topic of chamber forum

DALLAS — Nonprofit organizations will be in the spotlight during the December Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon scheduled Monday at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

Nonprofit organizations are a big part of the Dallas area, providing a wide range of services for the people of the community, by the people of the community, noted Chelsea Pope, executive director of the chamber. December's chamber luncheon celebrates those nonprofits, as an expected 20 local organizations will be on hand to share their message about how they serve the community.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the program starting at noon. Lunch cost is $12, and includes choice of soups, bread, dessert and beverage. A portion of the proceeds will go back to nonprofits at the event thanks to North Dallas Bar & Grill Catering. All are welcome to attend, but an RSVP is requested by Saturday at 10 a.m. RSVP by sending an email to

For more information: 503-623-2564.

United Way welcomes new director

POLK COUNTY — Arturo Vargus has joined the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley team to engage nonprofit organizations, service providers, civic groups and businesses.

Arturo Vargus

Arturo Vargus

He is the new community engagement and impact director, and will serve the Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties.

For more information about United Way: 503-363-1651 or visit

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