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Calendar of events for what's happening this week and in coming weeks around Woodburn

THIS WEEK

Free Fishing DatesNov. 23-24. Oregon Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is offering this free fishing weekend. Oregon residents can enjoy fishing, crabbing, clamming without a license or tags. You can enjoy fishing for free anywhere in the state of Oregon. Fishing regulations and bag limits still apply. For more information visit myodfw.com/workshops-and-events/free-fishing-weekend.

Recreational Youth Basketball League — Jan. 12-March 2. Early registration deadline: Nov. 26, cost $50 per child ($35 for ages 3-5). Late registration deadline: Dec. 3, cost $60 per child ($45 for 3-5). Non-competitive youth basketball league with an emphasis on fun and skill development. Games to be held on Saturdays with separate practice time during the week depending on the coach. Teams subject to play games in Salem based on number of teams. Divisions: Ages 3-5 (no kindergarten students; coed), kindergarten (coed), first-second grade (coed), third-fourth grade boys/girls, fifth-sixth grade boys/girls. Register with Woodburn Recreation and Parks, 503-982-5266 or at www.woodburn-or.gov.

Youth Cooking Class — 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Register by Nov. 27. "Winter Time Traditions": Prepare three traditional recipes to include in your winter menus. The skills to prep meals may include reading recipes, cutting, measuring, stirring, and blending. Location of the class is at Legacy Woodburn Health Center for kids ages 6 and older. Cost is $9 per child. For more information call 503-982-5266 or visit: www.woodburnparks.org.

Santa's Workshop — 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Register by Nov. 29. Join the Boys and Girls Club (Settlemier Park) as they help run Santa's Workshop. Kids will construct gifts and wrap them in preparation for the gift-giving season. Each child will make 2 handmade gifts that they can take with them. Cost $5 per child. Ages 5-12. Contact Recreation and Parks at 503-982-5266.

COMING UP

French Prairie Lions toy drive — ends Dec. 15. The French Prairie Lions Club in northern Marion County has partnered with several organizations to create a Christmas Toy Drive. Collection boxes are at Dollar General in Hubbard, The White Rabbit in Aurora and the Donald Cafe. Anyone bringing a donation at the Dollar General in Hubbard on Dec. 15 will receive a free raffle ticket. A raffle drawing will take place on that date.

Old Aurora Colony Museum Candlelight Tour — 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Step into the year 1878 and experience an Aurora Colony Christmas as seen through the eyes of the school master, his students and other Aurora residents. Visit the Steinbach log cabin, the tool shed, the Ox Barn and more. Complete the tour by enjoying hot cider and cookie and listening to pioneer music played on hammered dulcimer and string bass by Rob and Nancy Downie (known as Heartstrings). Small groups start the tour every 15 minutes, but call to ensure a tour time. Admission is $15 or $10 for members, students and military servicepeople with ID. Reserve tickets by calling 503-678-5754 or stopping by the museum. Proceeds benefit Aurora Colony Historical Society.

North Marion Community Library Association fundraiser — Dec. 1. NMCLA is taking orders for holiday decorations. Proceeds support the volunteer-run library, which runs out of the lower level of the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, to find a rental site that would allow the library to stay open for more hours. At Aurora's American Legion Post from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, someone will be on hand to take orders, while other members will canvass the northern county region. Call Nancy at 503-678-5999.

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