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School supply drive, gem and mineral show and more going on in the Molalla area

THIS WEEK

MAD MEETING

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.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

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 three 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: CINDY FAMA - Back in 2017, the school doors of Colton Elementary School couldn't open soon enough as these kids peeked through the window of their new classroom.

COLTON BACK TO SCHOOL

Colton Elementary School, 30437 South Grays Hill Road, is hosting its back-to-school night Thursday, Aug. 29. School supply drop-off and meeting teachers is from 5-6 p.m. and ice cream will be served from 6-7 p.m.

LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS

The Molalla Adult Center will begin holding a free, six week self-management workshop for people living with or caring for a person with a chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease or depression. This workshop will help people discover tools to improve your health and outlook on life. There will be an informational session on Aug. 29 at the Adult Center from 11-11:30 a.m.

The workshop is scheduled for Thursdays from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Adult Center at 315 Kennel St. in Molalla.

This workshop, sponsored by Health, Housing & Human Services of Clackamas County, consists of a group of 10-15 adults and is designed to be fun and interactive. Trained facilitators will share techniques that can help individuals take charge and feel better. It will cover self-management skills that can help you fight fatigue, problem solve, make decisions and reduce stress.

It will discuss making healthy food choices, increase physical activity and exercise safety, teach how to cope with pain, fatigue and depression, get support from family and friends when you need it and develop action plans to improve health and well-being.

Participants will receive a free "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" resource book to keep. The free workshop is provided and hosted by Clackamas County Social Services, Family Caregiver Support Program and Senior Corps RSVP.

To register for the workshop, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-650-5777.

GEM, MINERAL SHOW

The 37th annual Willamette Valley Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show opens Friday, Aug. 30 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center. The show runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Labor Day, Sept. 2, the hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The many knowledgeable vendors bring a wide array of beautiful material. There will be gems, sunstones from Oregon, opals and turquoise. Some specialize in finished jewelry, wire-wrapping and cabochons. Others have beads, pendants and findings for you to make your own jewelry. Rough rock and slabs will be plentiful. More exotic treasures will be available too, such as, crystals, fossils and meteorites.

The event is free and family-friendly. If you're not a rock-hound already, you will be. 

UPCOMING

WASTEWATER COMPLIANCE

The City of Molalla will hold a wastewater compliance meeting in the conference room of city hall at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The meeting is open to the public.

CANCELED MEETING

The Molalla Planning Commission has canceled its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Planning Commission typically meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Molalla Adult Center.

GRIEFSHARE

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..

CHRISTIAN CONCERT

The Molalla Christian Church is hosting a concert by "The Needhams" on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. This is a free concert for the community. The Needhams are a family group that features original songwriting with Christian music with pristine family harmony. All are welcome to attend. The church is located at 223 E. 3rd St. in Molalla.

PRAISE FESTIVAL

Area churches are working together to put on a praise festival at Grace Church on Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. It will feature musical groups such as The Oregon SenateAires, John Abraham Worship Team and bluegrass gospel group Jericho Road. There will also be a kids' fair.

BIRD MAN EVENT

All are welcome at Pheasant Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for some free, feathery fun. The Oregon Bird Man is coming with 15 of his exotic birds to the facility, located at 835 E. Main St. in Molalla. For more information, call Pheasant Pointe at 503-829-3777.

CELEBRATE MOLALLA

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..

ONGOING

COLTON CLOTHES CLOSET

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.

COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR

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

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

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.

FREE FOOD MARKET

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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