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Santa letters, Colton tree lighting and free child care...here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week.

THIS WEEK

SANTA LETTERS

Once again, this year the Kiwanis Club of Molalla, along with ACE hardware, will be heading the Santa Letter project. All children in the Community are welcome to participate and ask Santa what they would enjoy seeing under their Christmas tree this year.

The program runs through Dec. 20. Be sure to include a return address for Santa to answer back. He has so many letters that it is easier for him if he has the right return address.  There will be mail boxes posted at ACE Hardware. Be sure to drop them there in plenty of time for an answer. Kiwanis and Ace wish all a merry Christmas.

COLTON TREE LIGHTING

This is the fifteenth year for the Coltontel Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The event, held on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the big tent beside the Coltontel business office, will have music, refreshments and a chance to visit with Santa.

If you are a member of the cooperative, remember to take your postcard to be entered for the prize drawings.

FREE CHILD CARE

Molalla Christian Church is offering the community a night of free child care. The event happens at Molalla Christian Church on Saturday, Dec. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. Parents, go Christmas shopping, have an afternoon date or just go home and take a nap. Children ages 3 to 9 may attend for a night of fun, gift-making, games, movies and crafts. Snacks and dinner will be provided. Children must be potty-trained to attend.

To take advantage, RSVP to Gale at 503-651-3476 or Brenda at 503-329-9491 by Dec. 5.

COOKIES, CRAFTS WITH SANTA

Renaissance Public Academy and Molalla Kiwanis present "Cookies and Crafts with Santa." The first annual event will be held at the Molalla Adult Center, 315 Kennel Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. There will be fun crafts for kids from 10-11 a.m., and Santa will arrive for photos and visits at 10:30 a.m.

There are 100 free tickets available. Kids and adults need tickets. Tickets are available at Team Hot Iron or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for will call tickets.

TURKEY SHOOT

The Macksburg Rod & Gun Club will hold its annual December 'Turkey Shoot' on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Canby Rod & Gun Club facility on Molalla Forest Road in Canby. There is no actual "shooting" of turkeys, but there is different version of poker played for prizes. Card games begin at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. Prizes include turkeys, hams, bacon, pepperoni and more. A light lunch will be available. For more information, call Gloria Vincenzi at 503-266-3700.

CRAFT NIGHT

The library is hosting a family craft night on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Drop in for an afternoon of fun. Crafts follow a theme each month and are varied in difficulty. The event is designed for those in preschool to seventh grade, but there is something for everyone in the family.

UPCOMING

MOVIE TIME

Molalla Public Library is holding two December movie showings on Dec. 15 and 29 at 2 p.m.

Molalla Public Library is holding two December movie showings on Dec. 15 and 29 at 2 p.m.

On Dec. 15, guests can watch "Alpha," a film set in prehistoric times about a young man who is separated from his tribe and finds a lost wolf companion. It is rated PG-13 for some intense peril.

On Dec. 29, guests can enjoy "Incredibles 2," a sequel to the 2004 film. This time, the Parr family does a role-swap, wherein Bob is left home to take care of the kids while Helen is out saving the world. The film is rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language.

LIVING WELL WORKSHOP

Clackamas County is offering a Living Well with Diabetes workshop at the Molalla Adult Community Center on Thursdays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 14 at 1-3:30 p.m. Participants with diabetes will discover tools that can improve their health and outlook on life. Caregivers are also welcome to register. Participants should register by the first class in the series by calling 503-650-5777 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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