Molalla's Visioning Process began a couple of years ago. Two of the members working on it decided the city deserved a celebration when the process finished. They determined the best time to hold it was in mid-September about the same time as the Historical Society's Apple Festival.
Although funding is taking a bit longer than earlier anticipated, they still plan to hold a Celebrate Molalla this September. But there's new ideas popping into the event. Since the celebration is for the residents of Molalla, they should be allowed to help plan the event. The city wants residents to decide things like music, ideas for kids and games, what to feature with local arts and help bring in food vendors.
There will be a meeting on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. inviting all residents to plan the affair. It will be held at the Molalla Community Adult Center, 315 Kennel Ave.
"It's your party. Help us plan it," said Leota Childress, who is working on the Visioning Process along with fellow council member Elizabeth Klein.
"When the Visioning Process was first being done, and we surveyed well over 600 people, we found they wanted more city activities. When we began the second phase, we intended to give greater Molalla residents something they have asked for during that survey. One of our primary goals is to bring our entire area together and to integrate our various cultural, ethnical and geographical components. Everyone is valued and every voice counts," she told the Pioneer.
The event is planned to offer something for everyone. Childress and Klein want to see all kinds of activities including a kid's craft tent and kid's games, art demonstrations and shows, all kinds of vendors, food vendors, a car show, raffles and whatever else residents would like to see. Volunteers are needed too. Anyone can help with face painting, jewelry making, metal crafts, soap makers, quilters, balloon artists, wood carvers, loggers, dance teams and other things not on that list.
"All ideas are welcome," says Childress.