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Spaghetti Fundraiser, Molalla River protection celebration and more going on in the area this week

Here's what's going on in and around Molalla this week.

THIS WEEK

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..

CHAMBER BREAKFAST

The Molalla Chamber of Commerce invites members to join in Chamber 101, the organization's monthly breakfast on Thursday, March 14. Those attending will find out about the benefits and services the group provides and offers its members and how to use them.

The Chamber's free breakfast typically is held on the second Thursday of each month at a different location. This month the Chamber itself is hosting from 7:45 to 9 a.m. The Chamber is located at 109 East Main St. To reserve a spot contact the Chamber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FARM EVENT Farmers and value-added operators who sell directly to consumers, and family woodland owners who provide recreation to visitors on their land, will benefit from information presented at a conference featuring national and local experts in both agri and ecotourism.

The event is Thursday, March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem at 5090 Center Street NE in Salem.

Cost for the event is $15, which includes lunch. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/agri-eco2019 or contact Audrey at 503-588-5301 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SPAGHETTI FUNDRAISER

The community of Colton is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the family of Jacob Slinkard, who tragically lost his life in a car crash. The event happens Thursday, March 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Colton High School. This dinner is donation-based, and 100 percent of funds will go directly to Jacob's wife JaiCie.

MOLALLA RIVER CELEBRATION

The Natural Resources Management Act has passed the house and senate, and is likely to become law this month. The bill provides protection for portions of the Molalla River as a national "wild and scenic river." To celebrate, Molalla River Watch and Molalla River Alliance are holding a celebration on March 19 from 5-7 p.m. at White Horse Restaurant. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader will attend from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided, and there will be a no host bar.

UPCOMING

FREE SWIM LESSONS Molalla Aquatic Center is offering free swim lessons during spring break, March 25-30 between 9 a.m. and noon, for all kindergartners through fifth-graders. All children will receive five, 30-minute lessons. Call 503-759-7665 to register your children, as space is limited. First come, first served. No drop-ins. Registration is now open.

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.

GRAD NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Molalla High School Class of 2019 is holding a grad night fundraiser, sponsored by Clarkes Grange, at the grange on Sunday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Support the class and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Breakfast options include eggs, combination scramble, hash browns, ham and pancakes (plain, blueberry or chocolate chip). Donations are welcome.

MOLALLA ALUMNI LUNCHEON

The Molalla Alumni Luncheon is April 13 at the high school commons. Registration is at noon; lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Short business meeting to follow. Registration will be mailed March 9. Please return by March 30. If you have any questions, you may use information at molalla.alumni.org or call Ken Naylor at 503-829-6844.

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.

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.

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