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Book Sale, Mexican cooking class and more...here's what's going on in the Molalla area

THIS WEEK

CHAMBER MASQUERADE BALL

The Molalla Chamber of Commerce has planned its annual banquet and auction for Jan. 25, 2020. This year's banquet will be a Masquerade Ball with a no-host bar at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

The ball will be held at Legend's Bar and Grill and guests are asked to come in their "best Masquerade attire." There will be a contest for the best mask. People are asked to RSVP by phone or email by Monday, Jan. 13.

The Chamber also is asking people to bring a new crib or twin-sized blanket or money to go toward a blanket to donate to Shriners Children's Hospital. The Chamber will be donating the proceeds from one auction item to the Shriners.

If anyone is interested in donating, the Chamber is still looking for more items for the auction. Chamber officials thank all of those who have already donated items for the auction.

Tickets for the banquet are $35 per person and can be purchased online at molalla-chamber-of-commerce.square.site/ or by calling 503-829-6941. With questions, give Tara Clifford at the Chamber an email or a phone call.

Upcoming

BOOK SALE

The Friends of the Library are holding a book sale at the Molalla Public Library from Friday, Jan. 17 through the following Sunday.

CITIZENSHIP CLASS

An important class for everyone wishing to become a U.S. citizen starts on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library. This is a 12-week course that will help attendees learn about U.S. history and government to prepare for the test to become a citizen. Sign up at the library.

MEXICAN COOKING CLASS

Adults and teens 14 and up are invited to a free Mexican cooking class at Molalla Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Join Araceli Cruz from La Popular Catering Service for the first in a series of Mexican cooking classes. That day, learn to make salsa. This class requires sign-up at the library because space is limited.

COURTESY PHOTO: NATALYA ON UNSPLASH - Make salsa at an upcoming cooking class on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library.

SHARE THE LOVE

Share the Love kicks off with an opening assembly on Friday, Jan. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to noon. During this kick-off event, high school leadership announces the 2020 recipients of the charitable drive. STL merchandise will be sold directly after the assembly in the commons. The public is welcome to attend and must check in to the office before heading to the gym for the assembly.

GRIEFSHARE

A new GriefShare session is beginning Feb. 3, 2020. GriefShare is a 13-week support group for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. 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. This session will run through May 11, 2020. 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..

ONGOING

SHOWER PROGRAM

The Molalla Aquatic Center is collecting personal hygiene products for its shower program. Bring in three hygiene items or warm items (like hats or gloves) and receive a day pass. The drive ends Dec. 31, 2019. For more information, visit MolallaAquaticCenter.com, or contact the front desk at 503-759-7665.

STORYTIME

The Molalla Public Library features activities for all ages. Storytime for kids is every Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. except for Nov. 28, 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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. The annual grounds and markers cleanup is scheduled for next April, but in the meantime, the cemetery needs some financial aid. Unlike cemeteries that have a perpetual fund, Adams doesn't and it needs funds to pay electric bills and 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.

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 503-824-2318 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.

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.

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 will not meet during the month of December, but will resume meeting in January 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.

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.

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.

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.


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