From an ag open house to National Night Out, here's what's going on in the Molalla area



The North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora will have its annual open house on Wednesday, July 31, from 4-7 p.m. The event at 15210 NE Miley Road, will feature program exhibits and demonstrations, plus farm tours, tractor driving, and fresh berry tasting, as well as locally grown vegetables to buy.

For more information, go to FILE PHOTO: JOHN BAKER - The North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora will have its annual open house on Wednesday, July 31, from 4-7 p.m.


Canby Community Theatre will present a musical review, spanning 25 years of shows on Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 8-10, at the Richard R. Brown Fine Arts Center in Canby. From "Brigadoon" to "The Music Man" to "Seussical the Musical," the show will look at the many productions that have come before it. All shows are a 7 p.m. and seats cost $12 each. Tickets are on sale at Cutsforth's Thriftway, at the door, or online at:


The annual Junk Refunk Street Market returns on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a new location - Wait Park in downtown Canby.

The event will feature more than 110 vendors offering all kinds of repurposed, vintage, rustic, antique items. There will also be food carts and other attractions around the event.


National Night Out comes to Sally Fox Park again this year on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 2-8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Molalla Police with the purpose of bringing together businesses, community groups and government agencies to promote child safety.

It will feature city service booths such as police, fire department, library, public works and others. Council members will also have a tent. There will be plenty of activities available for kids, including the opportunity to explore emergency vehicles, live demonstrations, face painting and more. As usual, Molalla Communications will provide free helmets for kids.


The volunteer firefighters of Colton Rural Fire Protection District #70 will be hosting their annual National Night Out event at the main fire station, 20987 South Highway 211, Tuesday, Aug. 6, starting at 5 p.m. The volunteers will be barbecuing hot dogs for everyone. The children will have a chance to meet the local volunteer firefighters and area law enforcement officers. There will be a chance for the children to explored fire trucks tour the fire station and use a fire hose to "extinguish" a fire. It is a night for community to gather and meet the local first responders.


On Tuesday, Aug. 6 is the celebration of the eighth anniversary for the Vietnam Era Memorial. In honor of the anniversary, all day Tuesday, Burgerville is offering free sundaes and 10 percent off all meals for veterans. Kids can also receive a free memorial coloring page of the Vietnam memorial.



Clackamas County is holding a meeting at the Molalla Public Library on Monday, Aug. 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. The purpose is to allow citizens to voice their opinions concerning what road projects are most needed and should be worked on first using funds from the Community Road Fund, supported by the new vehicle registration fee. For more information, visit


Visit the library conference room to create unique crafts that will allow you to take the universe home on Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. As with craft club, crafts are designed for K-8th grade, but staff tries to have something for everyone.


Plans for Molalla's second annual Celebrate Molalla are going great guns. The Sept. 28 event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., again coincides with the Heritage Apple Festival and will be even larger than last year expanding along Molalla Avenue from 3rd Street to the Dibble House complex. Vendors plan to stay open until 6 p.m.

At the start of the celebration, former Police Chief Rod Lucich will open the fun by singing the Star Spangled Banner and, possibly, another song about Molalla. From there, there will be food and retail vendors, beer from Silver Falls Brewery, music and more.

For more information, to contribute funds, volunteer or find out more vendor information, contact the event coordinator Leota Childress by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Join Mayor Keith Swigart for coffee and conversation on the first Tuesday of each month at Cowboy Coffee at the Prairie House inn (524 E. Main Street) from 9-10 a.m.


Overeaters Anonymous meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Smyrna United Church of Christ, 31119 S. Hwy. 170. For more information, contact Jenice at 503-705-5599.


Molalla TOPS #721 meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. For more information, call Linda at 503-827-2318 or Paulette at 503-651-2448.


Colton Helping Hands Food Pantry is extending their outreach to the community by offering a Free Food Market, 30138 South Wall Street, on the fourth Monday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables and pantry staples available. The food is free and anybody is welcome; no ID or registration is required, but please bring bags or boxes.


Molalla River Watch board meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month from 3-5 p.m. at the organization's new office at 108 Engle Ave. in Molalla. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-559-0885.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT Molalla Manor Care Center is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles. For more information, contact Bette Hester at 503-829-5591.


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


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

If you're interested in publicizing an event in the What's Up section of the Molalla Pioneer, contact Morgan Urton at 503-829-2301 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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