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Library presents rescheduled Guitarology

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 pm at the Dallas Event Center, 939 Main St.

Independence hosts 4th Annual Hop Run

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

There will be a 10k, 5k and free kids 1/2 mile dash.

MINET hosts customer appreciation Luau

The Monmouth Independence Network (MINET) hosts a customer appreciation luau Aug. 25 from 3-5:30 pm at 405 N Hogan Road in Monmouth.

Join the MINET staff for some fun. Kona ice will be there with shaved ice. There will be tours of the MINET headend, a spin the wheel to win gift cards from local businesses and games including cornhole, pineapple ring toss and more.

Learn more at

ASA seeks prize donations for auction fundraiser

CASA of Polk County Inc. is seeking prize donations for silent auction and raffle at their Third Annual Casino Night Fundraiser, Nov. 5 to be held at the Green Villa Barn & Garden.

Your donations not only help CASA children, but also help promote your business by putting your product/service in front of an audience of 150+ attendees from Polk County, and surrounding area! Donors will be recognized on the bid sheet.

If you would like to donate a prize, contact Bonnie at or call the CASA office at (503) 623-8473.

CASA volunteers needed

The new CASA Fall Training Orientation is right around the corner. The next session is Aug. 26 at 5 pm in the Polk County Courthouse, in Dallas, through the Jefferson Street side of the building.

CASA will have greeters there giving directions to the meeting room.

The New CASA Fall Training course begins Sept. 9. This 10-week training will give you the tools to advocate for the most vulnerable children in Polk County.

CASA of Polk County, Inc. strives to uphold in every action and interaction, compassion, commitment, integrity, inclusivity, justice, equality, and respect. Volunteer to “Change A Child’s Story”!

For additional information contact the CASA office at (503) 623-8473 or email Mike Barnett at

Free childcare business training offered

Have you just started your childcare business or would you like to learn how to start one from home? Rural Development Initiative offers free training Aug. 20 and 27 from 9 am – 1:30 pm at Chemeketa Community College, 1340 SE Holman Ave, in Dallas.

In these sessions, you will learn what you need to start your childcare business, including how to promote your daycare, record keeping and taxes, and much more. Breakfast, lunch and a $100 gift card are provided for participating.

To register, go to To RSVP or for more information, please contact Brenda Brown at (541) 653-4824 or

Evangelical Bible Church hosts blood drive Aug. 29

Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas hosts an American Red Cross blood drive Aug. 29 from noon to 5 pm The event will be inside the Youth Sanctuary at the church, located at 1174 SE Howe St.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or you may call the church office at (503) 623 -2331. Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire found at is encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Registration opens for Luckiamute birdwalk

The Luckiamute Fall Birdwalk registration is now open for Sept. 3 from 8 am to noon.

Join Salem Audubon member Mike Unger and local landowners for a stroll through oak savanna, meadows, wetlands and riparian forest located on private properties in the beautiful Soap Creek Valley, just north of Corvallis. Registration for this bird walk is limited to 12 participants, so make sure to RSVP soon to guarantee a spot!

To register and to find out more information, go to

Republican women host candidates

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

Come meet local, state and national candidates: Rep. Shelly Boshart-Davis (HD15), speaking for Christine Drazan, candidate for governor; Mike Erickson, candidate for US Rep. Dist. 6; Rep. Raquel Moore-Green, (HD19) candidate for Oregon Senate District 10, Dan Farrington, candidate for Oregon House Dist. 20; Rep. Anna Scharf, Oregon House Dist. 23;

Bring your own chairs and potluck dish to share.

Free well water nitrate screening at Polk County OSU Extension Office

Oregon State University Extension Service will be providing two free nitrate testing events for community members who have domestic wells.

The first event will be at the Polk County Oregon State University Extension Office, the address is 289 E Ellendale Ave in Dallas. This screening will be held Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 3 to 7 pm

The second event will be at the Independence Farmers Market on Sept. 3 from 9 am to 2 pm The address for the farmers market is 302 S. Main Street in Independence.

Nitrate is also a contaminant in groundwater that can cause many health issues. It is important to test at least once a year and regularly in homes with infants, pregnant women, and immune-compromised individuals. It is not naturally occurring so if nitrate appears it is possible that other contaminants have reached the groundwater.

To get a free nitrate test at our screening, bring about 1⁄2 a cup of unfiltered well water in a clean container. The test will only take 10 minutes.

if the clinic is not busy. Various educational resources will be available concerning nitrate, other contaminants, well water, and septic-related topics.

For additional information on well water and septic systems, free Rural Living Basics classes, and other nitrate screening events, visit the OSU Extension Service website or for more information call 541-713-5009


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