By NR Staff • 

Time for turkeys to sign up

Organizations are urged to hold individual fundraisers in additon to participating in a series of joint events, including a bachelor auction and lip sync contest. Proceeds are split among them.

The deadline for signing up is March 15. Fundraising is slated to start April 1.

The 2013 Biggest Turkey will be crowned Friday, July 12, following the lip sync event, held in conjunction with Turkey Rama. For more information, contact Rhonda Fabreth, executive director of Henderson House, at 503-472-0244 or 971-237-3036.


Police stage Citizens Academy

The McMinnville Police Department will host a free Citizens Academy program running March 12 through May 14. It consists of eight night sessions, from 6 to 8:30 on successive Tuesdays, and four day sessions, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on selected Saturdays.

The 48-hour training program features both classroom and field instruction. Topics include traffic enforcement, narcotics investigations, use of force, defensive tactics, communications, crime scene investigation and the legal system.

Participation is limited to 25, with preference for people who live or work in McMinnville.

For information, call the police department at 503-434-7307 or view


Soroptimists planning shower

Soroptimist International of McMinnville will host its annual Community Baby Shower from March 5 to 31.

Area residents can drop off items for babies and toddlers throughout that period. Collection sites have been established at the McMinnville Public Library, the downtown Henderson House office and Western Title & Escrow.

Donations are tax deductible. They will be distributed to children in Yamhill County by the state Department of Human Services.

Especially needed are diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, bath supplies and new or gently used clothing, blankets, crib sheets, toys and books. Cash and gift cards will also be gladly accepted.

For more information, call 503-435-8809 or 360-460-1012.


Student to discuss life in Korea

Dana Hellie, a Linfield College junior who just returned from a year of study in Korea, will discuss that nation’s education system, family structure and problems with suicide and human trafficking during a presentation set for Tuesday, March 5.

Her free talk is titled, “The Real Korea.” It is set for 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Hellie is a political science major from Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

Her talk is being sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call 503-883-2222.


Yamhill planners to meet

YAMHILL — The Yamhill Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in council chambers, adjacent to city hall.

A public hearing on annexation of two Van Dyke properties heads the agenda. Both are currently zoned for agricultural use.

The commission will consider changing the zoning on one of them, an 18-acre parcel at Highway 240 and Stillers Mill Road, to light industrial. It will consider changing the zoning of the other, a 12-acre parcel next to Beulah Park, to residential.

The commission also plans to conduct a review of its capital improvement plan, discuss allowing drive-up windows at businesses and consider the zoning of a property at 285 S. Maple St. For more information, call 503-662-3511.


Sheridan council sets work session

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan City Council will discuss two items during a work session scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at city hall.

The agenda features a mid-year budget analysis and a review of 20 projects that could affect the 2013-14 budget. For more information, call 503-843-2347.


Work session slated in Carlton

CARLTON — Councilors will discuss Carlton’s entrance signs when they meet in work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. The public meeting will be held in council chambers, 191 E. Main St.

Dr. Mark Miller is suggesting the city update its entrance signs. The old signs are becoming worn, he said.

Councilors will also hear from the Carlton Business Association. CBA officials will describe activities and projects, including tourism promotion efforts funded with room tax revenue.

For more information, call 503-852-7575.



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