Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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*LVCS set to host planning session*Math seminar for young women set*Dallas FFA Alumni event is Saturday*WOU staffers release 'comma' book*Cartooning class for kids offered*Pre-Mr. Dallas fundraiser slated*Ash Creek play seeking donations*Run will raise money to end hunger

February 25, 2014

LVCS set to host planning session

DALLAS — Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools will hold a strategic planning session meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the LVCS Bridgeport Campus, 17475 Bridgeport Road, located south of Dallas off Kings Valley Highway (Highway 223).

Parents of current or prospective students as well as community members are welcome to attend the meeting as the school plans for its future.

Chili and cornbread will be served. Baby-sitting will be provided during the meeting for children who attend.

For more information or to RSVP: Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools, 503-623-4837.

Math seminar for young women set

MONMOUTH — The Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day will be held at Western Oregon University on Saturday.

The program is for high-school aged girls and their teachers, both women and men. It is a program of hands-on workshops and talks to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics and to assist teachers of female mathematics students.

The free program runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Werner University Center on the Western Oregon campus in Monmouth.

For more information: WOU Mathematics Department 503-838-8465, or

Dallas FFA Alumni event is Saturday

DALLAS — Dallas High School FFA Alumni's eighth annual Hearts and Wine Scholarship Fundraiser is Saturday at Eola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall.

The event begins with appetizers at 5:30 p.m., followed by a tri-tip dinner and a dessert auction. Baby-sitting is available next door at the Polk County Fairgrounds &?Event Center.

Tickets are $25 each or $160 for a table for eight. Tickets are available at the Dallas Les Schwab Tire Centers outlet, or by contacting Suzanne Burbank (Dallas FFA Alumni), 503-838-6003, or Arlene Kovash (Polk County Women for Agriculture), 503-838-3512.

Over the past seven years, the event has raised more than $18,500 that has been awarded to active FFA seniors to pursue college plans.

For more information: Lee Letsch, 503-507-6499.

WOU staffers release ‘comma’ book

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University writing instructors Maren Anderson and Kate Ristau will release their book, “Commas: An Irreverent Primer,” on Monday in celebration of Grammar Day.

The event takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 107 of Hamersly Library on the WOU campus. There will be a short workshop and book signing. Refreshments will be available.

For more information: Maren Anderson, 503-838-8713; email to

Cartooning class for kids offered

DALLAS — Registration is now open for an after-school cartooning class for students in grades K-3 at Lyle Elementary School, 185 SW Levens St., Dallas.

“Young Rembrandts” begins Tuesday and runs through April 22. Cost is $54 for the six-class session; scholarships are available. Classes are once a week on Tuesdays from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. and parents are responsible for transportation. No classes will be held on March 18 and March 25.

A trained instructor will offer a new lesson each week using a “see-touch-do” drawing method to teach students core art skills.

For more information, or to register and pay for the session: 541-357-7578;

Pre-Mr. Dallas fundraiser slated

DALLAS — Dallas High School Leadership is hosting a pre-Mr. Dallas Pageant fundraiser for Relay For Life at Abby’s Pizza, 174 W. Ellendale Ave., Dallas, on March 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Bring a fundraiser flier — available at the DHS main office, 1250 SE Holman Ave., or at Abby’s on March 5 — and 20 percent of your purchase will go to Relay For Life to support cancer research.

The bonus? You get to hear the 11 Mr. Dallas contestants sing and vote for your favorite performer ahead of the March 8 pageant — a talent competition fundraiser for Relay For Life — at DHS’s Bollman Auditorium.

For more information: 503-623-8336.

Ash Creek play seeking donations

MONMOUTH — Shannon Taylor is helping Ash Creek Elementary School music teacher Rachel Flugum with costumes for this year’s first- and second-grade play, to be performed April 9-10.

She is looking for donations of costumes that can be used as is, or can be easily transformed into something else. Costumes sought include: mosquitos, butterflies, pollywogs, bullfrogs, minnows, blackbirds, ducks, owl, swan, salamanders and dragonflies.

Taylor also is looking for large stuffed animals to borrow for the play, including snakes, alligators or anything typically found in a swamp. Donations are needed by Monday.

For more information: Shannon Taylor, 503-383-8718; email to; Tycie Ritchey at

Run will raise money to end hunger

MONMOUTH — The second annual Fun Run, Walk and Roll will be held Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting at the West House parking lot on the Western Oregon University campus. Cost to participate is $5 for the 5-kilometer course. All proceeds benefit the Governor’s Food Drive and the Race to End Hunger, specifically the Western Oregon University food pantry.

For more information: Health and Wellness Center front desk, 503-838-8250.