Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County (space available) that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 25, Merry Christmas!
THURSDAY, Dec. 26
Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club — Noon, First Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Visiting Rotarians, guests and prospective Rotarians are welcome to these luncheon meetings. Free. 503-838-4884.
Mom and Me — Salem Health West Valley, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas (enter through emergency door on Clay Street). Breastfeeding support group. Free. 503-831-5593.
Dallas Senior Center Jam Session — 6:30 p.m., Dallas Senior Center.
FRIDAY, Dec. 27
Take Off Pounds Sensibly Club Meeting — 9:45 to 11 a.m. Church of Christ, 127 Heffley St. N., Monmouth. First meeting is free. 503-930-7936.
A.A. Meeting, Altered Attitudes group — Noon, 565 LaCreole Drive, Dallas. 503-930-7936.
The Arc of Polk County Dance and Karaoke Night — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Admission: $4 (staffers and family admitted free). Snacks available for purchase. 541-223-3261.
Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session — 6:30 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.
SATURDAY, Dec. 28
Polk Community Free Clinic — 7 to 11 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas. Free medical and mental health care for uninsured and underinsured. Held on the first and fourth Saturday of the month. 503-990-8772.
SUNDAY, Dec. 29
Last Sunday at River Gallery — 2 to 4 p.m., River Gallery, 184 S. Main St., Independence. Reception to honor corner and window focus artists. Free. 503-838-6171.
MONDAY, Dec. 30
Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.
Indoor Play Park — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 879 SW Levens. Large play area for children and conversation time for parents. Open to all. 503-623-3397.
TUESDAY, Dec. 31
James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., FALLS CITY: Falls City Methodist Church, 242 North Main St., 503-787-3371. DALLAS: Dallas Alliance Church, 775 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. 503-623-2265. Free. All welcome.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club — 6 to 7 p.m. weigh-in, 7 to 8 p.m. meeting, First Christian Church basement, 1079 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Meetings offer programs and activities aimed at losing weight. Open to anyone. First meeting is free.
Overeaters Anonymous — Noon to 1 p.m., Salem Health West Valley, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Support group meets in the quiet room/chapel immediately inside the emergency entrance on Clay Street. Dee Ann White, 971-718-6444.
Dallas Rotary — Noon, Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Lunch and speaker. Public is welcome.
Toastmasters — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Evangelical Bible Church, 1175 SE Howe St., Dallas. Learn how to effectively speak in public and increase your leadership skills.
Dallas Arboretum work day — 9 a.m. to noon, Delbert Hunter Arboretum, Dallas City Park. Coffee and snack provided to volunteers who help pull weeds, plant and maintain trails. 503-623-4845.
Al-Anon — 7 p.m., 1486 SE Levens, Dallas. 503-370-7363.
AA Women’s Meeting — 5:30 p.m., Methodist Church, 565 SE Lacreole Drive, Dallas. 951-203-9569.