What's going on and happening in and around Canby in the coming days, weeks and months this summer.

WEB IMAGE - The North Wilamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora offers tours of its facility at the end of each month through the summer.
Tours of NWREC facility offered at end of each month

The North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) is offering tours of their experimental farm near Aurora.

The tours will be the last Friday of each month from through September. All tours run from 2 to 4 p.m. and are open to anyone. The tours are free.

The purpose of the program is to share the work at NWREC with anyone interested in agriculture, farming, and food production in the region. Call the Center at 503-678-1264 to let the office know you will be coming out.

Tour dates at the NWREC are July 28, Aug. 25, and Sept. 29. Tours begin in the main parking lot at 2 p.m.

Registration for Canby's annual 3-on-3 backetball tourney is open

This is something many in Canby are not aware takes place each summer, but it is an event that needs to be on everyone's radar.

Registration is open for the Canby Rotary's 18th Annual Nothing-But-Net Basketball Tournament slated for the streets around Canby's Wait Park on July 29.

The three-on-three tournament is for ages 8 to adult. Deadline for registration is July 12 by mail (PO Box 926, Canby, OR 97013) or by email on July 15.

For registration forms, see

Imagination library enrollment looking for children

Children from birth until their fifth birthday who live in the Canby School District can receive a free book by mail each month through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Canby Kiwanis is sponsoring this ongoing program to foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime, and encourages parents to enroll their children from birth. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home.

It's a free gift, with no cost or obligation to the family, although you are asked to notify the program if your address changes.

Online enrollment is available at, or registration forms are available at the Canby Kiwanis Thrift Store and the Canby Public Library.

Thelma's Place part of crowd-funding fundraiser

Thelma's Place is joining forces with the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation in a 65-hour crowd-funding project at through July 13 to raise funds for dementia respite care. Got to the website and enter Thelma's Place in the search bar to make a donation.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-266-5100.

Canby High all-class reunion is set

The Canby High School All Class Reunion will be held Saturday, July 22, at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center at exit 14 on I-205 at Sunnyside Road.

The event is open to anyone who graduated from Canby High School from 1970 and prior years.

A shuttle service will be available for the reunion, departing at 10 a.m. from the Canby Adult Center and returning at 4 p.m.

Cost is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The committee is looking for past students. For more information or to be added to the list, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Calvary Mennonite sets annual Vacation Bible School

Calvary Mennonite Church and Rock of Salvation will partner for their annual Vacation Bible School July 24-27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day. This year's theme is "Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose."

The VBS is for children ages preschool through fifth grade and will feature Bible adventures, games, snacks, imagination station, skits and singing. The program concludes with an ice cream social for the whole family on the last day.

Calvary Church is at 6711 S. Lone Elder Road in Aurora.

For more information, call 503-266-2202.

Zoar Lutheran readies this year's VBS

Zoar Lutheran Church will hold its Vacation Bible School program July 24-26 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The program is for children ages 3 through fifth grade. To register, go to Zoar's Facebook page at The church is at 190 SW Third Avenue in Canby.

For more information, call the church office at 503-266-4061.

Peace Village program set for Smyrna UCC

Smyrna UCC will hold its summer Peace Village for children in kindergarten through sixth grade Aug. 7 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $25, which includes a Peace Village t-shirt, daily snacks, art supplies, and all other materials.

This curriculum, developed by Peace Village, is offered around the world in a number of sites. There are 11 Peace Camps in Oregon, and this is the only one in the Canby/Molalla area.

For more information about Peace Village, Inc., visit them at For a registration form for Smyrna's Peace Camp, go to Registrations are due by July 28.

Local woman sets musical evening before college

Samantha Owings will have a farewell concert on Aug. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Meridian School, 27905 S. Meridian Road in Aurora.

Owings is headed to BYU for college. She will do classical religious musica form 6 to 7 p.m., folk and Celtic/Irish music from 7 to 8 p.m., and original music with jazz from 8 to 9 p.m., all using a harp, keyboard and her singing voice. A lawn chair is suggested.

For more information, call 503-651-2270 or 503-419-7074.

Canby Arts Assoc. looking for entertainment

The Canby Arts Association will holds its second annual Garden of the Arts Festival at Wait Park on Saturday, Sept. 9, and is looking for entertainment, artists, vendors and sponsors for the event.

In preparation for the event, organizers will hold auditions for entertainment on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CTV5 in Canby.

Artists may now apply for spaces. Registration forms are available at or contact CAA President Brynn Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 15.

Organizers are also seeking volunteers to staff the festival.

Aurora Historical Society sets annual fundraising event in August

The Aurora Colony Historical Society will use the Octagon Building in Aurora as the setting for its annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, Aug. 26. "Occasion at the Octagon" dinner will feature Indian-style salmon staked over an open pit fire, along with side dishes from the cookbook of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The evening starts with a raffle, microbrews and wines, and live music, and ends with a live auction. Proceeds help the society to operate the Old Aurora Colony Museum and Stauffer-Will Living History Farm.

Reservations are $50 per person and are available from the museum at 503.678.5754 or at

New season of Canby Farmers Market ongoing

Canby Farmers Market runs each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along NW First Avenue, between Holly and Ivy streets.

This year's market will feature vendor booths, live music, face painting, wine tasting, fresh produce, kettle corn and much more. For more information or to find out about being a vendor, check the website at

This year's market will run every Saturday through Sept. 30.

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