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'We have already begun some wonderful traditions in years past, and I would like to share them with you.'

Rob DrakeCornelius is known as "Oregon's Family Town," and our fall events sure keep us true to our name. We have already begun some wonderful traditions in years past, and I would like to share them with you so your families can join the fun.

Our events have formed from great community partnerships with other public agencies, residents and various private organizations.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and our sixth annual Veterans Day celebration will again be held at Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 1 p.m.

Thanks to generous efforts by local residents, in 2012, the park was modified to become Veterans Memorial Park. Like previous years, this year's event will feature the Washington County Sheriff's Office honor guard, two veterans groups, a bagpiper, an invocation by a local church pastor, a local fourth-grader leading the Pledge of Allegiance, special comments by Sheriff Pat Garrett, and welcoming by Mayor Jef Dalin. If you have a veteran in the family, they will enjoy this annual event.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, we will be holding our sixth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner in partnership with Centro Cultural and the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The free hot meal is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and is held at Cornelius Elementary School from 4 to 7 p.m. The Cornelius Youth Advisory Council will participate again this year to help the children attending to create holiday decorations for their homes. Area businesses contribute food and supplies for the dinner. It's a really warm family event for our community.

Our eighth annual Holiday Tree Lighting is being held on Friday, Dec. 6, at Veterans Memorial Park. Santa Claus and Mayor Jef Dalin will light the holiday tree, beginning at 6 p.m. The Forest Grove High School choir will sing traditional Christmas songs before and during the tree lighting. Immediately afterward, Santa and Mrs. Claus and the mayor will lead everyone on a two-block walk over to Cornelius Elementary School for more holiday songs in both English and Spanish. The Cornelius Boosters Club will serve free hot chocolate and traditional holiday cookies for everyone. The Neil Armstrong Middle School choir, Cornelius Elementary second-grade choir and Sonrise Church singers and guitar players will lead everyone in song. Last year's event was really fun!

Lastly, our Cornelius Boosters Club and some local businesses help provide the supplies and energy for the Annual Santa at the Library event. Santa and Mrs. Claus are the special guests who meet with each child and hear what they want for the holiday. This event has been held for over 30 years and provides an exciting holiday experience for our children.

The event will be held at the Cornelius Library on Saturday, Dec. 14, this year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Walters Community Room. Each child will see Santa, sit on his lap and will receive a bag of candy and goodies donated locally. This is a great opportunity to get a nice holiday picture of your child or grandchild with Santa Claus.

Rob Drake is city manager of Cornelius.


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