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Seth Waller, on the gurney, helps demonstrate how Dallas EMS’ new power cots work last week. All three of the city’s ambulances now have the systems that cut down on lifting and increase patient safety, thanks to a $89,000  Assistance to Firefighters grant.

Photo by Jolene Guzman.
Seth Waller, on the gurney, helps demonstrate how Dallas EMS’ new power cots work last week. All three of the city’s ambulances now have the systems that cut down on lifting and increase patient safety, thanks to a $89,000 Assistance to Firefighters grant.

Library to host storyteller festival

The third annual Dallas Storyteller Festival returns Thursday through Oct. 5. The Dallas Public Library, 950 Main St., Dallas, is hosting events at various locations.

Okaidja Afroso will feature African tales and culture from his native Ghana accompanied by drumming and traditional music Thursday at 6 p.m. at the library.

Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard from the Portland Story Theatre, will lead a free storyteller workshop (limited to 24 adult participants) Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Reservations can be made at the library or by calling 503-623-2633.

The Portland Story Theatre will perform Urban Stories Saturday at 7 p.m. at Pressed Coffee and Wine Bar, 788 Main St., Dallas (for adult audiences).

On Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the library, Holly Robison will perform magic, music, mischief and more for children.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the library Alton Chung will perform stories centered around the Japanese American experience of World War II.

The festival closes on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the library when Will Hornyak performs, “The Original Grimm Tales.”

For more information: 503-623-2633.

Adopt-A-Road cleanup coming

The Polk County Public Works Department announced the next Adopt-A-Road cleanup day will happen on Oct. 7. As many as 60 different groups that have adopted roads throughout the county will participate.

Groups who are active members of the program are asked to pick up supplies the week before the event. Disposal bags and safety equipment will be available.

For more information or to become an active member: www.co.polk.or.us or call 503-623-9287.

Faith Lutheran celebrates Reform

Faith Lutheran Church, 200 Monmouth-Independence Highway, Monmouth, will host an Oktoberfest event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

A free bratwurst lunch and activities for the kids will be available. Accordion music will be performed.

Polk Museum welcomes Wood

The Polk County Museum will welcome Stephanie Wood Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wood will present on how traditional Native American foods and medicine plants of Polk County were harvested and prepared for “Kalapuyan Pantries.”

Wood, a Grand Ronde Tribal member, is a seventh-generation basket weaver, ethnobotanist and cultural keeper with a masters degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Oregon.

There is no cost to attend.

For more information: www.polkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

Ladybugs to perform Friday

The Ladybugs will perform at Rice Auditorium, 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, Friday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Smith Fine Arts Series.

The Ladybugs will feature popular music from the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, including blues, swing and Latin popular music.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $11 for students.

For more information: www.wou.edu/smith.

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