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Reading program, Pass the Pig, Stars on Stage and more going on in and around Molalla this week

THIS WEEK

ORCA READING PROGRAM

The Molalla Public Library is holding a winter Oregon Reader's Choice Award reading program for third- to twelfth-graders, ending in a pizza and ice cream party for participants on March 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library.

To participate in the program: sign up at the library, receive the book list, read at least two books, and vote at the library between March 1-30. Your vote earns you a gift card and a raffle ticket for special prizes to be given out at the pizza and ice cream party.

Thanks to Floyd Family Orthodontist for generously supporting the pizza party and donating some raffle prizes.

INTERFOR IS HIRING

Those looking for jobs, should check out job postings at the Chambers' website, http://www.molallachamber.com/jobs/. Interfor is hiring production, maintenance and electricians for its Molalla sawmill. The company is planning a hiring expo on Tuesday March 5 from 2-7 p.m. at the Wellspring Conference Center at the Woodburn Health Center, 1475 Mt. Hood Avenue, Woodburn 97071.

Starting rates are $15.97 to $24.46 with potential for growth. Interfor offers long-term employment supported by training and competitive benefits. Bring professional references, an email address and plan to spend about an hour to complete the on-site interview process.

FAMILY KARAOKE NIGHT

Come join the music at Family Karaoke and Game Night on Tuesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library. Sing out with your friends and family using the library's karaoke machine. While you wait for your turn, play a few board games. Light refreshments provided.

ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE, DINNER

Molalla Kiwanis and the Oregon Department of Forestry are holding their Annual Food Drive and Dinner on Thursday, March 7 at Molalla Grange Hall: 127 Grange Ave. in Molalla. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the auction to follow.

The event supports the Molalla Food Bank as part of the Governor's State of Oregon Employees Food Drive efforts. Donations from local merchants are auctioned at the banquet. Guests can come win some great items including Winterhawks tickets, Cindy's famous pie and the chance at a prize mystery bucket. Any merchandise, service, or monetary donation is welcome and will directly benefit those in need in the community of Molalla. No donation is too small. All donations are tax deductible.

Dinner choices include barbecue chicken or beef and a vegetarian option. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family of four.

Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 28 by calling Kiwanis at 503-829-4766.

PASS THE PIG

Colton High School's Pass-the-Pig fundraiser is happening this Friday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The FFA kids will be taking a baby pig (and goat kid) to a business and the management has the option of sending the group and animals off to a business of their choice for just $20 or kiss the "pig". The group will be traveling anywhere between Molalla and Estacada in this unique fundraiser to earn monies for their trip to Redmond March 22-25 for the FFA State Convention.

CHURCH FUNDRAISER

Beavercreek UCC will hold its annual rummage sale and lunch on March 8-9, then again March 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Located at 23345 S. Beavercreek Road in Beavercreek, the sale will feature collectibles and vintage items, clothes, housewares and more. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and includes homemade chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and homemade pies. Proceeds benefit the church's missions, including the food pantry. For more information, call 503-632-4553.

FIELD-TO-MARKET WORKSHOP

The OSU Extension Service will hold "The Essentials Field-to-Market" workshop on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Willamette Research & Extension Center, 15210 NE Miley Road, in Aurora.

The cost is $25 per person, $40 for a couple. Registration includes snacks and a flash drive loaded with resources.

For more information or register, call 503-557-5885.

CARD STAMPING CRAFT

Want to make some special cards? Attend the card stamping craft event on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library. Instructor Linda Dundon will show guests how to use stamps to decorating amazing cards. Each person can make two cards. This craft is for adults only please. Space is limited, so sign up early at the library front desk.

STARS ON STAGE

Colton Boosters' annual fundraiser, the Stars on Stage Talent Show, is coming to Colton High School on Saturday, March 9 with food service starting at 4:30 p.m. and the show starting at 6 p.m. A variety of food as well as $1 tickets for raffle baskets will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission with proceeds going to the contributing local non-profit class/group. The family-friendly show will include local talent performing to earn audience members' votes.

If you are interested in advertising your business in the program or providing food at the event, please contact the Boosters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible as space is limited.

ANIME YOUR WAY

Want to learn to draw? Like anime? Special guest Carlos Neilo is presenting "Anime Your Way" for teens on Monday, March 11 at 4 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library.

Neilo has worked on the Emmy-winning show "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill," and has worked as a visual consultant for Disney and Universal, creating sketches and final art for set designs. He also conducts comic book making, anime and animation drawing workshops, such as this one. Join in for this excellent drawing workshop and learn some easy to use techniques that will have you drawing your own characters in no time.

WILDFIRE WORKSHOP

A workshop that could help Molalla residents combat wildfire danger is coming to the Molalla Grange on March 12 from 6-8 p.m. Be proactive and educate yourself on the steps you can take to make your home and property more fire resistant.

The workshops are free to attend, but space is limited, so registration is required. To reserve your seat, contact Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District at 503-210-6000, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UPCOMING

CONCERT

Dana and Susan Robinson are performing a concert on Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library. From Cabot, Vermont, they are an Americana-roots and folk duo, combining vivid songwriting and storytelling with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies and rich harmony singing.

MASTER RECYCLER COURSE

Clackamas County is offering its once-per-year course, Master Recycler, this spring beginning on Wednesday, April 3 and continuing for eight consecutive Wednesdays. It takes place at Clackamas County's Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. The popular course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as composting, thoughtful consumption and green building.

The cost of $50 covers all course materials. Limited scholarships are available. For more details and to apply, visit masterrecycler.org. Registration closes Wednesday, March 6 at noon.

DONKEY BASKETBALL

The much-anticipated Donkey Basketball games will be held at Colton High School on Saturday, April 13. There are still openings (but filling up fast) available for teams or individuals by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must be 14 or older to participate. The money raised will go to benefit Colton Boosters. The parent/community club supports student activities and school needs.

Tickets for what is describes as the "funnest game in town" can be purchased at the door. Prices are $9 for adults, $7 for students grades 7-12 and $5 for those who are younger; or you can get a discounted rate (a dollar off each ticket) if purchased at Stars on Stage on Saturday, March 9.

ONGOING

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

GriefShare has begun holding meetings on Mondays, beginning March 4 and running through May 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Molalla Adult Community Center. GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group for those who have suffered a loss of a loved one or friend. To find out more, contact Karin Watts at 503-866-6573 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MOLALLA RIVER WATCH

Molalla River Watch board meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month from 3-5 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library, 201 E. 5th St. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-559-0885.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Over the past three years, the Molalla Area Women's Cancer Support Group has successfully reached out to dozens of women to offer emotional, spiritual and practical help. New members are welcomed with a care package to help them cope with the side effects from cancer treatments.

The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Molalla Adult Community Center, 315 Kennel St.

For more information, call 503-829-5101 or visit facebook.com/molallacancersupport.

WARMING CENTER

The Molalla Warming Center, located at 209 Kennel Ave., is now open through March, whenever the overnight temperature is forecasted to drop to 34 degrees or below. It opens at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served.

SE HABLA ESPAÑOL

The Molalla Public Library is hosting a weekly high school Spanish conversation group. The meetings take place at the library on Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

FREE TRI-MET PASSES

Molalla Christian Church gives out free Tri-Met passes for low-income individuals who have a need. Passes are available at the church, 223 E. Third St., Monday through Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church can provide a book of 5-day passes and more depending on demand. The passes are made possible through a grant from Tri-Met to assist people with transportation needs to get into Portland for work, appointments, houseless help, veterans help and more.

WRITING GROUP

The Molalla Adult Community Center holds a writing group every Tuesday at 1-2:30 p.m. The class is free and open to anyone.

MOLALLA AQUATIC CENTER

The Molalla Aquatic Center offers a variety of classes and opportunities including swim lessons, fitness classes, pool parties and more. Swim lesson registration is now open. Many seniors can take advantage of free Optum fitness, Active&Fit, Silver&Fit or Silver Sneakers classes through the UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan. To register for lessons or for more information, visit the center, call 503-759-7665 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOUP KITCHEN

Molalla United Methodist Church will open a soup kitchen every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. and the fourth Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. They will provide a nutritious meal at no charge to those who desire or need them. Donations of juice, cheese, veggies, fruit and finances are welcome. The soup kitchen also needs volunteers to help cook, serve, wash dishes, and clean tables.

To volunteer go to the Facebook page and leave your phone number.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the Molalla Adult Community Center are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 3 p.m. The center is at 315 Kennel Ave., in Molalla.

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS

Monday Night Miracles Al-Anon Family Group meets at the Smyrna United Church of Christ, 31119 S. Hwy 170 on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Molalla AFG meets at the Molalla United Methodist Church, 111 Mathias Road, on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

AQUATIC CENTER MEETINGS

The Molalla Aquatic District holds public Regular Board Meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Molalla Aquatic Center, 432 Francis St.

SUPPORT GROUP

A Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Molalla Adult Community Center. Families, care partners and friends are welcome. For more information, contact Debbie at 503-829-6008.

TOPS

TOPS #721 Molalla meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. For more information, call Maryanne at 503-829-2972 or Paulette at 503-651-2448.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The City of Molalla is looking for volunteers for its Wastewater Facility and Collection Advisory Committee. To pick up a short application, visit the city hall offices at 117 Molalla Ave. For more information call 503-829-6855.

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