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Continuing to organize, discuss grant opportunities, pianos in parks and Rodeo Days

It's only been about a month since the Molalla City Council granted the Culture and Art Community Program Committee life and its already outlined several programs and come up with some events. It held its second meeting on Feb. 28 and is hard at work organizing itself as well as coming up with fun and interesting events for Molalla residents.

One of those ideas is for Rodeo Days, which they plan to turn into events downtown during the four days of the Buckeroo. These events will provide fun for all residents with various activities for families, adults and children. There will be a petting zoo, music, games and kids' events, a "Bookeroo" featuring different local authors signing their books, a basketball tourney and even a dance.

PMG: FILE PHOTO - This year's Buckeroo will tie together with Rodeo Days, events downtown during Molalla's annual four-day Rodeo. Among the events are a petting zoo, music, food and dancing among others.

Other activities include dance shows, movies in the park, food vending, animal events, sports competitions, agricultural events and many more.

"Back in the past, when the Buckeroo was held downtown, there were things happening downtown," said Ken Fetters, president of the committee. "This will be an event to re-engage the community [and Buckeroo visitors] with the Buckeroo, especially with South Clackamas Transit District providing transportation between the rodeo and downtown."

The committee will also be engaged with Celebrate Molalla helping work with arts and heritage including the Apple Festival. During the Sept. 23 event, a new piano will be placed in Long Park along with an event showing appreciation for first responders. David Alexander painted this piano in a patriotic way.

But pianos in the Park doesn't end there, Alexander plans to use his mural prowess to paint a baby grand that eventually will be placed in Adams Cemetery.

"We need a muralist for the fourth piano," said Fetters, "because we'd like to give Dave a break."

The committee has begun to evaluate and get ready to award grant opportunities. The committee will be able to commit a total of $15,0000 from Mt. Hood Territories Travel and Tourism. The city ceded the job this year to the committee. Some already have signed up for a grant from Mt. Hood Territories including the Race Committee for the Freedom 5K and the Molalla River Trail Race as well as the Farmers' Market, Celebrate Molalla and the Farm Loop organization.

Other activities will keep the committee busy as they work toward general organization as they look for a volunteer coordinator and setting up other job descriptions and planning. Dave Jackson has developed an electronic organizing system that allows members to share information between themselves.

The committee has plans to meet again on Friday, March 27 at 8:30 a.m. at Molalla Works, 217 East Main, the old Molalla Pioneer building.

Carol Rosen
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