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From a school supply drive to citizenship class and more, here's what's going on in the Molalla area



The Molalla Aquatic Center school supply drive is ongoing throughout this month. Every family that brings in three supply items will get a raffle ticket. On Aug. 28, Molalla Aquatics will raffle off a family 3-month swim pass to the pool. The Center will distribute all the donated supplies directly to schools in the Molalla River School District.

PMG FILE PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - The Molalla Aquatic Center, located at 432 Frances St. in Molalla, is collecting school supplies and offering those who donate a raffle ticket for a 3-month swim pass. MAC is also holding a pool party Aug. 24.


Want to become a United States citizen? If so, once again, the Molalla Public Library is holding a 12-week citizenship course that will teach all you need to know to pass the test. This round begins on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.

Space is limited, so those interested in attending should hurry to sign up at the library front desk.

The library will offer another class in January.


The Molalla Aquatics Center will have an end of summer pool party on Aug. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. The fun includes tasty treats (which are not included in admission) and new pool slide and obstacle beam. Games will be played out on the patio and much more. Family cost is $15, individuals can get in for $7. All proceeds go to the pool's Swim Scholarship program.


Fuji Fest, a community event hosted by the Colton Volunteer Fire Association, will be held this Saturday, Aug. 24, at Colton Fire Station, 20987 South Highway 211 from 6-10 p.m. The event includes live music, free food, fun and games. It is a time to get together and celebrate our town and those who have done so much for it. The event is free; donations are accepted and will be used for scholarships awarded by the volunteer firefighters for those going into health or emergency services.


The Fourth Annual Elwood Community Concert and Movie Night, hosted by Mountain Home Church, will be held this Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Elwood School House 24522 South Elwood Road starting at 5 p.m.

The evening includes music by Charlotte's Webb and the movie is the original "Lion King." Food includes free hot dogs, tacos and popcorn.


Don't forget that fall is coming. Registration for fall lesson registrations begins Aug. 26. Space is limited.

There will be an Aqua Zumba master class on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Contact the front desk to register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-759-7665.


A regular board meeting for the Molalla Aquatic District will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7 pm. In the classroom at the Molalla Aquatic Center, 432 Frances in Molalla. The meeting is open to the public. Items on the agenda include: financial report, pool attendance update, approval of board minutes, summer recap from the aquatic director, fall program overview by aquatic director and number of board meetings per month. Following the board meeting will be an executive session at 8 p.m. to discuss personnel reviews.



GriefShare is a 13-week support group for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. The fall session begins on Sept. 9 and runs through Dec. 16. The group meets at the Molalla Adult Community Center every Monday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each week covers a specific topic of grief followed by an open support group discussion. Each week is self-contained, so anyone is welcome to join at any time. For more information please contact Karin Watts 503-866-6573 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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..



The Colton Clothes Closet is located in the lower level of the Parish Hall of Colton Lutheran Church on the corner of South Wall Street and South Highway 211. The clothing is free to anyone who wishes to stop by to shop. It is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Clothes Closet is an outreach of Colton Lutheran Church and all donations are tax-deductible. To donate good quality used clothing, shoes, and more, you may leave it any day in front of the door to the Parish Hall. If you want to volunteer at the Closet, please stop by any Tuesday during open hours and talk to the staff—volunteers are always needed.


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.

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