Graduations, community movie night and's what's going on in and around Molalla this week.

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY KRISTEN WOHLERS - Here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week.



Sign-ups for the Molalla Public Library's summer reading program began June 3, and reading starts June 17. There will be prizes, scavenger hunts and more. To join in, visit the library at 201 E. 5th St.


Molalla High School Class of 2018 graduation will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at MHS Capasso Court. Doors open at noon.


Colton High School Class of 2018 graduation will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.


The Molalla Aquatic District is looking for certified instructors for the summer, and will host a Water Safety Instructor Course on June 7 from 5-7 p.m., June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center. The class will certify participants to teach swimming lessons.

Those interested must be 16 years old before the class ends, must be able to demonstrate all six strokes at a Level 4 competency and must attend all class days and times. Preregistration for the course is required by June 6. The cost is $175 in-district and $200 out of district. All pre-coursework should be complete before attending the first day of the course.

For more information about the Molalla Aquatic Center visit To register, call 503-759-POOL (7665), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the facility at 432 Frances (across from the high school). The center is open seven days a week.


Grace Church is hosting Community Movie Night featuring "I Can Only Imagine" on Sunday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at the church, 910 N. Molalla Ave. The film, directed by the Erwin Brothers, is based on the story behind the best-selling Christian single of all time by MercyMe, which has the same name as the movie.



The Oregon Renaissance Faire is back in Canby on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 and 16-17 at the Clackamas County Event Center. Each weekend will have its own theme -- Celtic Celebration: Highland Fling will be the focus for the June 9-10 weekend, offering faire-goers a chance to break out their kilts, show off those knees and join a true celebration of the mighty Scots and the Faire's own Mary, Queen of Scots. A week later, June 16-17, the theme will be Valiant of the Vale: Honor Your Hero. This event will honor dads and anyone that has been a hero in people's lives. The faire runs form 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. For more information, check the website at


The Wings of Freedom tour will bring WWII vintage airplanes to Aurora State Airport June 15-17. The tour features vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang. Cost is $5 for children ages 12 and under and $15 for adults. Visitors may also experience a unique opportunity to take a 30-minute flight aboard the aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 per person. B-25 flights are $400 per person. P-51 flight training is $2,200 for a half-hour, $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences, call 800-568-8924.


The Molalla Public Library invites the community to a special dance performance on Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. The Aztec themed dance troupe Danza Azteca Huitzilopochtli will perform music, dance and provide interactive teaching including a quick introduction to the indigenous Aztec language Nahuatl.


The Annual Strawberry Festival, dinner and silent auction is taking place on Saturday, June 16 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Beavercreek UCC, "The Ten O'Clock Church at 23345 S. Beavercreek Rd. in Beavercreek. Dinner includes BBQ chicken, scalloped potatoes, salad, green beans, bread, beverage and of course strawberry shortcake with ice cream. Strawberries are donated by Albeke Farms. Dinner prices are: 13yrs & up - $12,  6-12yrs - $8,  5 & under - free (donations accepted). The Silent Auction will again have many great items to bid on. This event is for the whole family, especially for dads to celebrate Father's Day weekend. Proceeds help support our church missions including our Food Pantry and Summer Camp Youth Programs. For more info call 503-632-4553 or visit the website at



The people of Smyrna United Church of Christ invite the surrounding communities to their annual Strawberry Ice Cream Festival on Saturday, June 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the church, which is located on Canby-Marquam Highway near the intersection with Highway 211. There will be a light supper, strawberries, ice cream, pie and cake. A freewill donation will be taken for various projects and outreach at the church. For more information, call Barbara Daniels at 503-390-4686, Beryl Fisher at 503-651-2161 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


On Father's Day, June 17, dads swim for free during open swim at the Molalla Aquatic Center. For more information, visit, call 503-759-POOL (7665) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


"Dancing with No Shoes On" with Chuck Cheesman is happening on Wednesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Molalla Public Library. This will be energetic, interactive fun for the whole family.


The Molalla Public Library is hosting Oregon Rocks!—a geology event put on by the University of Oregon—on Thursday, June 21 at 5-7 p.m. Dig into rocks, fossils, earthquakes and volcanoes through hands-on experiments and rockin' specimens, discovering the dynamic forces that have shaped Oregon's landscape over time.


The kickoff to the 95th Annual Molalla Buckeroo season is happening on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Buckeroo grounds. The kickoff will feature some of the best bulls and riders around, live music and (new this year) freestyle bullfighting. For tickets, visit,


The Micah and Me Music Show is coming to the Molalla Public Library on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. Micah and Me is a musical duo made up of Aaron Canwell and Ryan Chouinard, which began when Canwell became a stay-at-home dad to his six-month old son Micah. Canwell plays the ukulele, sings and is the band's hype man; Chouinard plays guitar, bass drum and sings in the band. According to their website at, "Micah and Me is a super fun band that does super fun things like toddler dance parties, birthday parties and family dance parties."

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