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Cultural center will host readings from Paper Gardens contest winners; Ducks Unlimited slates dinner

CCC will host readings from Paper Gardens contest

The Chehalem Cultural Center will soon host a celebration of the 64 authors selected recently to be included in the annual Paper Gardens book.

Set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 12, the event features the distribution of the books to the authors, who will have an opportunity to read from their works to the audience.

Newberg authors chosen for the honor include in the adult fiction category Jennifer Enzor's "The Complete Works of Jane Austen on a Desert Island"; Alanna Pass' "The Orchard by My House is Gone" in the adult non-fiction category; Veritas School's A.F. Aguilar traditional children's poetry entries "Earth" and "Later Years"; "The Season's Purpose," Country Faith Christian Academy student Chloe Breit's entry in the traditional youth poetry; Newberg High School student Annelise Matthiesen's "Costa Rica," "Purple Windmills" and "Neah-Kah-Nie in the free verse youth and poetry of place youth categories; Newberg resident Linda Budan's "Tenacity" in the adult poetry of place category and Patricia Farrell's "January" in the adult haiku category.

Ducks Unlimited annual fundraising dinner set for May 7

The Newberg chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fundraising dinner at 5 p.m. May 7 at the Newberg Armory on Morton Street.

The event will mark the milestone of the chapter surpassing $1 million in cumulative fundraising since its inception in 1985. Money raised by the Newberg chapter and others goes toward wetland restoration and conservation efforts across the country.

"Much of the funding for those projects comes from the federal North American Wetland Conservation Act, but they require matching funds to get those grants," chapter representative Allan Hopp said in a press release. "Currently, Oregon Ducks Unlimited has $1,200,000 in grant money available that we need to provide matches to obtain."

Money garnered from the federal government, in addition to local matches, are now going toward projects at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood, Sauvie's Island in north Portland, Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro and a large project in Nestucca Bay on the Oregon coast. The projects not only enhance wetlands, but also go toward flood relief and water filtration efforts.

Attend the fundraiser May 7 and you'll feast on barbecue, while having the opportunity to bid on a public auction, silent auction, multiple raffles and more for items ranging from outdoor adventures and products to wine packages and artwork.

For more information, call Hopp at 503-538-9281 or visit www.Ducks.org and click on "events" and "Oregon" to register.


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