Feb. 3 Community Notebook

Professional dog and cat groomer Nina Davis of Jack’s World helps give Sophie Kai a trim during the Community Connect on Jan. 27. The event provided a variety of services to those in need at no charge.

Photo by Lukas Eggen.
Professional dog and cat groomer Nina Davis of Jack’s World helps give Sophie Kai a trim during the Community Connect on Jan. 27. The event provided a variety of services to those in need at no charge.

Faith Lutheran hosts free concert

Faith Lutheran Church in Monmouth, 200 Monmouth-Independence Highway, welcomes Harmonious for a free concert on Saturday at 4 p.m. 

Harmonious is a quartet of sisters harmonizing music of all types.  After the concert, stay for plates of cheese, nuts, dried fruits, sweet snacks and beverages.

For more information: 503-838-3459.

Police Department takes part in blitz

The Independence Police Department will take part in the 2016 Seatbelt Blitz Feb. 8-21. During this period, special attention will be paid to proper seatbelt use, proper child restraints, texting and speeding.

Speeding and distracted driving continue to be a major cause of accidents and fatalities. You are 23 times more likely to be in an accident while texting and driving and four times more likely to be in an accident if you use your phone in a traditional manner, according to information provided by the Independence Police Department.

Polk flag design contest now open

A contest to design a Polk County flag is now open. The contest is open to everyone. The winning design will be honored during a ceremony planned for this fall.

Submissions may be entered through May 13.

The top five finalists will be chosen by Polk County Commissioners on May 27. A three-day public voting period will take place during the Polk County Fair, held Aug. 11-13.

The winner will be unveiled on Sept. 7 during the commissioners meeting at the Polk County Courthouse.

One entry per person and entrants must reside in Polk County. A maximum of five colors may be used in the design. For information or to submit a design: Heather Chase, chase.heather

@co.polk.or.us.

New Garden Club seeks members

The new Dallas Garden Club seeks those who have a passion for gardening. An informational meeting will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Builders Room in the Evangelical Bible Church, 1175 SE Howe St., Dallas.

The new club will be part of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs.

For more information: Gaye Stewart, 503-510-4370.

MP Food Share presents summit

The Marion-Polk Food Share will put on the Mid-Valley Food Summit Saturday at Willamette University’s Putnam University Center, 900 State St., Salem.

Tickets cost $15 for the event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Online registration closes Wednesday (today). Tickets may be available at the door.

The summit is designed to connect food growers, processors, buyers, gardeners and eaters.

For more information: Lexi Stickel, 503-581-3855; email to astickel@marionpolkfoodshare.org.

Graphic designers offer services

Jen Bracy, associate professor of visual communication design, will host a casual informational session Tuesday at 6 p.m. on how graphic design students can create work to serve branding and marketing needs. The session will be held at Monmouth Public Library. Businesses, nonprofits or public agencies are welcome to attend to learn more about potential projects including logos, business cards, PowerPoint presentations and more.

For more information: Jen Bracy, 503-838-8534.

KVCS offers radio technician class

Kings Valley Charter School will sponsor a free amateur radio technician class aimed at helping attendees pass the FCC amateur radio technician class license exam.

The class will be offered Tuesday or Wednesday evenings or Saturday afternoons during the last two weeks of February and four weeks in March at KVCS, 38840 Kings Valley Highway.

There will be six sessions.

For more information or to RSVP: dsprague

@kvschool.org. Indicate which of these alternative times you cannot attend.

A cappella music at Grace Baptist

“KP and the Kings,” an A cappella music group, will perform at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Grace Baptist Church, 1855 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas

The group is a gospel quartet from Polk County. Members Kyle Padilla and brothers, Andrew, Peter and Matthew King, love to sing and enjoy presenting their traditional and contemporary music in rest homes and churches as a ministry of encouragement.

The event is free and without obligation.

Monmouth Library hosts coloring night

Monmouth Public Library’s Adult Coloring Club is on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Why should kids have all the fun? There’s research to suggest coloring is a stress reliever. The library will provide the free coloring pages, colored pencils and pens. All you need to do is show up at the library, 168 S. Ecols St., Monmouth.

For more information: 503-751-0182.

Show your love and support IDA

The Independence Downtown Association is accepting orders for its annual Walk of Hearts in downtown Independence.

Express your sentiment on the bright red heart branded with a personal message. Each heart will be hung on the lampposts along Main Street. Messages are $28 per side. Proceeds benefit IDA’s efforts to beautify the business district.

For more information or to order: Nancy Lodge, 503-838-2314 or email pd1571@yahoo.com.

Shrove Tuesday supper is Feb. 9

St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The traditional supper marks the beginning of Lent, the season leading up to Easter.

The supper includes pancakes, eggs and ham and will be served with coffee, tea, milk and juice. The event is free; donations are accepted.

The church is located at 1486 SW Levens St., in Dallas. For information: Rich or Janice Wolcott, 503-831-5593.

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