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RSVP for Molalla chamber's ball, Sunday breakfast and more...here's what's going on in the Canby and Molalla areas this week.

THIS WEEK

COURTESY PHOTO: DANNY G ON UNSPLASH - Molalla Area Chamber of Commerce is asking for RSVPs by Jan .13 for its Jan. 25 ball.

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 were 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.

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.

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 meet in January on the third Friday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Molalla Adult Community Center, 315 Kennel St. This month, that's Jan. 17.

For more information, call 503-829-5101 or visit facebook.com/molallacancersupport.

SUNDAY BREAKFAST

The American Legionaries will serve breakfast at the post, 424 NW 1st St. in Canby, on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. There will be bacon, sausage, ham or chicken-fried steak.

Proceeds go to the Portland Veteran Christmas Gift Shop for veteran's families. Meals are $7 for guests 11 and older and $4 for guests 10 and under.

Guests can add eggs to order, hash browns, pancakes, French toast, biscuits, and biscuits and gravy. Coffee, juice and milk is offered upon request. Use the Fir Street side door.

COLORING CONTEST

The Molalla Aquatic Center is now holding a Valentine's Day Coloring Contest with pages available at the front desk. All contestants will receive a family swim pass upon entry.

Upcoming

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.

MAD BOARD MEETING

The Molalla Aquatic District holds its board meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month in the community room at the aquatic center. The next board meeting is Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Items to be discussed are financial reports and the aquatic director's update.

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.

CAREGIVER CLASS

The Canby Adult Center will hold a six-week "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" program on Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 30 and running through March 5. Offered by Clackamas County Social Services, the classes will help caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative. The classes will provide tools to reduce stress, communicate feelings, make tough decision, locate helpful resources, manage time and other skills.

The program is free, but sign-up is required.

To register, or for more information, call 503-266-2970.

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..

CANBY FRIENDS MEETING

Friends of the Canby Public Library will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Willamette Room at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is open to anyone interested in FOL and what it does.

ONGOING

SENIOR PING PONG

The Molalla Adult Community Center now offers senior Ping Pong or Table Tennis games at the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4 p.m.

BINGO

The Canby Adult Center hosts bingo every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. Packet sales open at noon and all ages are welcome. Bingo is held at the center, 1250 S. Ivy St.

WRITING GROUP

The Canby Adult Center holds a writing group every Thursday at 10 a.m. If you like to write, this group is for you. The facilitator gives a topic to write about, usually to help you document memories of your past; then participants share their writing with the group. This meeting is free.

STORYTIME

The Molalla Public Library features activities for all ages. Storytime for kids is every Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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.

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.

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP

Thelma's Place offers a free support group on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5-7:30 p.m. at 352 NW 2nd St. in Canby.

The goal of the support group is to impart practical tools and coping strategies to families living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias. For more information, call Ellen or Tracie at 503-266-5100.

PARKINSON'S 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.

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.

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.

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.

FREE TUESDAY MEAL

Zoar Lutheran Church holds a Canby Community Dinner every Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. The meal is for those who need a helping hand, as well as those who want to visit and enjoy companionship while having a meal.

Meals are prepared by Zoar members and once a month by the Canby Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Canby Kiwanis members do the cleanup. There is also a "take-a-way table" with vegetables and fruits for guests to help themselves to.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Canby Adult Center needs volunteers for its kitchen. Volunteers can serve once a week or once a month, depending on your availability. Shifts fun from 10 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. and involve food prep and serving, table-setting and clean-up. Volunteers must be able to spend that time on their feet.

For more information, call 503-266-2970.

DRIVERS NEEDED

Do you want to make an important impact on one person's life? Volunteering one hour a week for Meals on Wheels in Canby is a great way to make a huge impact. Delivering nutritious food and a friendly visit helps a homebound adult continue to live independently with dignity at home. Become a Meals on Wheels Driver today and help make sure that no senior goes hungry or experiences social isolation.

For more information on the Meals on Wheels program, call 503-266-2970 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Requirements: Must pass criminal background check.

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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