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This week there's a party in pink, grand opening, Pumpkin Plop and more going on in the Molalla area

THIS WEEK

CHAMBER CLOSED

The Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce office will be closed for the month of October to allow for a maternity leave. The chamber can still be contacted at 503-829-6941 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and a board member will respond as soon as possible. Tara Clifford will return part-time beginning in November. The chamber is sorry if this causes inconvenience for anyone.

COLORING CONTEST

Stop in to the aquatic center to pick up a coloring page. You will receive a family swim pass for entering, plus you have a chance to win a session of free swim lessons. The deadline to enter is Oct. 23.

MOLALLA CPO

The Molalla Community Planning Organization will meet Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library. The CPO offers an opportunity for those living in the unincorporated area surrounding the City of Molalla to be informed and comment on issues that may affect them. For further information, contact Chair Jan Courtain at 503-829-9957.

PARTY IN PINK

Zumba Moves: A Party in Pink is a Zumbathon charity event for breast cancer prevention. It will be held at the Molalla Aquatic Center on Oct. 23 at 6:35 p.m. It is hosted by Rebecca Phillips. For more information, call 503-269-2571.

MARK PRAIRIE The Mark Prairie Historical Society will have a social hour and membership meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Canby Public Library's Willamette Room. Social hour is at 6:15 p.m. and the membership meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The group is especially interested in locating alumni of Mark Prairie School and surrounding neighborhood, as well as any former 4-H Club members who held their meetings at the schoolhouse. The group is looking to salvage artifacts for preservation that relate to the story of Mark Prairie. More more information, call Judi (Wolfer) Aus at 503-784-5106, check the website at markprairiehistoricalsociety.org, or look for them on Facebook.

GRAND OPENING

David Jackson Photography is planning a grand opening for his new store on Friday, Oct. 25 from 5-8 p.m. at 217 E. Main St. in Molalla. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be wine and cheese tasting, a photo booth and announcements for workshops, a camera club and photography training. The studio features in-studio and/or on-site services.

For more information, go to https://davidjackson.photography or call 503-732-6160.

GEM AND ROCK SHOW

The Clackamette Mineral and Gem Society will hold its 55th annual Gem and Rock Show titled Nature's Art on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. There will be door prizes, display cases, dealers, demonstrations, a silent auction, rock slabs, a fluorescent show, a meteorite display, a Kid's Korner, bargain rocks, a snack bar and more.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact Karen McAllister at 503-655-2527 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.clackamettegem.org.

PUMPKIN PLOP

The annual Pumpkin Plop is happening at the Molalla Aquatic Center on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-5 p.m. Pick a floating pumpkin, decorate it and take it home. Get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 3-month family pass. Join the fun!

COURTESY PHOTO: MOLALLA AQUATIC CENTER - Molalla Aquatic Center's Pumpkin Plop takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-5 p.m.

TAI CHI

Virgil Foster is coming to lead a Tai Chi class at the Molalla Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. This class is intended for adults and older teens.

UPCOMING

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Holy One Harvest Festival will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 30-31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Molalla Church of the Nazarene, 920 Shirley St. The event will feature candy, games, prizes, food, a cake walk and more. For more information, call 503-829-9339.

BLOOD DRIVE

Donate blood and help maintain a stable blood supply. Every day, the Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 pints of blood for patients across the country. Encourage family and friends to join you in donating at St. James Catholic Church on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Molalla. A pint of blood from you could be a gift of life for someone in need. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to learn more and make an appointment. St. James is located at 301 Francis St.

MOLALLA TRICK OR TREAT

The chamber is hosting trick or treating downtown again this year on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. For businesses that do not have a storefront close to downtown, but would still like to participate, please let the chamber know by calling 503-829-6941 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The chamber would be happy to help those businesses find a spot to set up and pass out treats. Businesses should plan for approximately 1,000 kids.

COLTON TRICK OR TREAT Coltontel, 20983 South Highway 211, will be handing out treats on Halloween from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Colton Fire Department, 20987 South Highway 211, will start handing out treats at 5 p.m. The Elwood area of Colton is hosting a community "Trunk-or-Treat" at the Elwood Schoolhouse, 24522 South Elwood Road. Along with decorated cars and candy for trick-or-treaters, the event is easily accessible for children and adults with disabilities.

SAUSAGE & SAUERKRAUT

Knights of Columbus, St. James Council is hosting its annual Sausage & Sauerkraut Dinner at St. James Church, 301 Frances St., on Saturday, Nov. 2. Doors are open from 3-7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at stjamesmolalla.org/sausage-feed or onsite on the day of the dinner. The Knights are offering the "Triple D Special": dinner, drink and dessert for $14. Kids are half price. (Credit cards are accepted). Bring family and friends out for a great meal and fun. Funds support Knights scholarships and other charities.

TREASURE SALE

Molalla Christian Church is holding its annual "Treasure Sale" on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9. It will run on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

ADULT CENTER FUNDRAISERS

Plan now to attend Molalla Adult Community Center's Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 16. Admission is free or vendors can pay $20 for a table. The bazaar features gifts, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, trinkets, food, fashion, art, décor and unique items. Lunch will be served with plenty of choices for just $6. The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 315 Kennel Ave. in Molalla. For more information call 503,829-4214.

All proceeds will help the adult center with programs for seniors.

CHAMBER DUES/VOTING

The Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce is mailing 2020 membership invoices during the month of October. Payments are due Jan. 1, 2020. Along with the invoices will be ballots for nominations for chamber board members. There are currently four candidates that have declared interest in serving on the board. There are four positions open. Voters can write in a candidate as well. Please return the ballots to the chamber office by Dec. 6, 2019. Contact the chamber with any questions at 503-829-6941 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FUNDRAISING BANQUET

The Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce is already planning for its Annual Fundraising Banquet and Auction on Jan. 25, 2020. As a nonprofit organization, the chamber is funded through membership dues and fundraisers. Since only a portion of funding comes through memberships, the chamber hopes to raise additional funds through the dinner. In order for the chamber to do so effectively, they are asking the community to partner with them by donating goods or services for the auction. Those interested or those who have questions can contact the chamber at 503-829-6941 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ONGOING

LUNCH AND CHAT

The Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce holds a monthly Lunch and Chat on the first Tuesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. at the chamber office. Bring your lunch and enjoy an informal round table discussion with other local businesses and groups.

CEMETERY NEEDS HELP

Adams Cemetery in Molalla needs a bit of help. Although their annual grounds and markers cleanup is scheduled for next April, the cemetery needs some financial help. Unlike cemeteries that have a perpetual fund, Adams doesn't and it needs funds to bay electric bills and pay for upkeep to level headstones. Currently, a volunteer mows the lawns, but leveling headstones can cost money.

"We just need small sums and volunteers to help. People don't understand that even though they've paid for their plot, it still has to be kept up and we have to pay for the electricity to pay for the pump for irrigation," said Lisa Winds.

GRIEFSHARE

GriefShare is a 13-week support group for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. The fall session 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..

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

The Molalla Area Women's Cancer Support Group has successfully reached out to dozens of women for several years. The support group offers emotional, spiritual and practical help. New members are welcomed with a care package and compassion 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.

COMMUNITY MEAL

Molalla United Methodist Church will open a soup kitchen every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. They will provide a nutritious meal at no charge to those who desire or need it. 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 fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Molalla Aquatic Center, 432 Francis St. The public is welcome to attend.

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.


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