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On the first day of fall, the American Red Cross is asking the public to start the season off with a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes. Those who give this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help…

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The Dallas Library welcomes Oregon geology professor and author Marli Miller Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. for a program titled “Assembling the Northwest: A roadside view of Oregon and Washington Geology.”

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The 19th Fall Doll Show is Oct. 8 at the Polk County Fairgrounds. One hundred vendor tables will feature dolls of every kind, including antique, vintage, modern, collectable, miniatures and more.

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The Polk County Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Westside Pacific Restaurant, 670 Pacific Highway in Rickreall.

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Tickets are on sale now for the Third Annual Casino Night Fundraiser for CASA of Polk County. The event is from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Green Villa Barn, 3215 Independence Highway. Tickets are limited to 150 and are $50 each. With each ticket comes event Entry, one drink ticket, one door pri…

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The Dallas Downtown Association is hosting free informational and training classes on Quickbooks presented by Judy Beebe. This training is open to anyone in the community who wants a better understanding of Quickbooks. There three sessions are at 6 p.m. Oct. 3, Oct 17 and Nov 17 at the Cheme…

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The Dallas Pickleball Club offers free lesson throughout the month of October at the pickleball courts on Barberry Avenue across from the Aquatic Center. Dates and times for lessons are:

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Sample local brews and beverages with the Hop & Heritage Block Party Sept. 17 from noon to 7 p.m. There will be live street performances as you visit stops at local restaurants and businesses. Each location has partnered with a brewery and will gladly trade a stamp on your passport for s…

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The Independence Wagon Wheelers square dance club is offering dance lessons Sept. 11 at the Salem Square Dance Center, 3695 45th Ave. NE. Round lessons are from 4-6 p.m. and mainstream lessons are from 6-8 p.m. Lessons continue every Sunday through Dec. 6. The first two lessons are free, the…

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The Polk County Republican Womens Club’s monthly meeting is Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Kingwood Bible Church, 112 Elm St., West Salem. Guest speakers will be Kevin Mannix on Common Sense Oregon and Scott Mclean about “How to Talk to Your Friends About Voting.”

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The Dallas Evangelical Church hosts Extreme Tour 2022 Sept. 16. The tour brings a diverse variety of musical styles to its concerts. The Extreme Tour is an end of Summer “gift to the community” especially youth and younger adults. The concert is from 5-9 p.m. at the Dallas Rotary Stage, at 1…

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Synergize Auto is hosting a free drive-in screening of the family friendly movie, “Luck” at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3. There will be space for vehicles (spots are available on a first come, first serve basis) as well as an area in front for chairs. There will also be a hang out spot with cornhole an…

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The Moonfall Theater’s 2022 performance “Lights Up” opens Sept. 23. All ticket sales on the first evening’s performance will go directly to benefit the Dallas Food Bank.

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The Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program hosts its first ever Military Veterans Farm Tour Series for the Willamette Valley. The tours, which run from Aug. 24 - Sept. 10, are hosted on four farms owned or managed by veterans and for veterans that are currently farming or inte…

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The Central High School Class of 1991 is set to hold its “30ish” class reunion this weekend with a slate of activities in Independence. The class’s 30th reunion, which would have taken place last year, was postponed due to COVID-related challenges with planning the event.

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Polk County Public Works crews will be reconstructing the backage wall of the Gardner Road bridge. The road will be completely closed at milepost .43, between the Bridgeport Road and Frost Road intersections for the duration of the project. Please detour using Bridgeport Road.

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The Independence Library’s Mystery Book Club meets Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. at Riverview Park to read “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman. The club meets near the parking lot under the trees. Please bring a lawn chair to sit in if you have one. They’ll try to have a few extras if you aren’t…

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The City of Independence and the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce present the 4th Annual Oregon Hop Run Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Riverview Park Biker/Boater Campground, 50 C St.

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The First Presbyterian Church continues its intergenerational Vacation Bible School on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. throughout August. Children, youth and adults are all welcome to come and have a time of study and fun together each week. The events are set in the church’s upper rooms, a space desig…

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The Dallas Public Library presents the rescheduled Portland Guitar Duo of James Manuele and Foti Lycouridis to perform a free classical guitar concert “Guitarology” Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Event Center, 939 Main St.

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The Polk County Republican Central Committee in conjunction with the Polk County Republican Women are hosting a Summer Potluck at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 19 at Wildman Farm.

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The Central High School Class of 1972 50th Reunion is from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at Valkyrie Wine Tavern in Independence for a no-host meet and greet. The reunion continues Saturday, Aug. 13 at Independence Hotel Roof Top from 6-9 p.m. Please RSVP Sally Cuneo Frazzini at (503) 551-3307.

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A Samaritan’s Purse Fundraiser, craft fair and shipping shoeboxes for Christmas event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at the First Baptist Church parking lot, at 1505 Monmouth St., in Independence.

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The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) just launched a new “Landlord Provided Cooling Space Initiative.” The ETO is receiving $2 million from the state through a grant with the Oregon Department of Energy to support the creation of cooling spaces associated with multifamily buildings. Eligible sit…