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Calendar of events features first day hikes at nearby state parks, as well as library events

THIS WEEK

LEGO Lab at library — 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27. Drop in at the Mount Angel Public Library to build an original creation out of LEGOs and put it on display for all to see. The library is located at 290 E. Charles St. in Mount Angel. For more information call 503-845-6401.

Game Day at the library — 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 28. Drop in at the Mount Angel Public Library to try your hand at different video games, life-sized games and board games. The library is located at 290 E. Charles St. in Mount Angel. For more information call 503-845-6401.

New Year's Party — 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 28. Come ring in the New Year with crafts and snacks. Woodburn Public Library, 280 Garfield St. 503-982-5262.

COMING UP

Mini Bulldog Cheer Camp — Week of Jan. 14. Register by Jan. 7. Hosted by the Woodburn High School cheerleaders, youth will participate in a three-day camp and get to perform during halftime at a home high school basketball game. They will be taught cheer basics, a dance and stunting techniques. They will also receive a free Mini Bulldog camp T-shirt. For K-5 students. Cost is $30 per child. The camp will be held in the small commons at Woodburn High School. Sign up at www.woodburnparks.org or by calling 503-982-5266.

Free first day hike at champoeg state heritage area park — Jan. 1. For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about two hikes hosted at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike through the old town site and out to the Territorial Government Monument. We'll look for bald eagles, hawks, raptors, and river wildlife. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least eight years old.

Free first day hike at Silver falls state park — Jan. 1. For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about two hikes hosted at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

The hike will start with a one-mile loop on the Rim Trail/Bike Trail to explore the temperate rain forest. The second half of the hike will explore the park's geology and history and will pass behind the South Falls. Hike recommended for children six years and older. Baby strollers are not recommended. Dogs are permitted on the first half of the hike with a six-foot leash, but are not permitted on the second half of the hike.

ONGOING

Free flu shots — Sundays (6 to 10 a.m.), Mondays (4 to 8 p.m.), Wednesdays (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Legacy Silverton Medical Center is providing free flu vaccinations for everyone aged 6 months and older. No insurance is required. Anyone under 15 must be accompanied by a guardian. Shots are available as staffing and supply permits. Stop by the Legacy Silverton Medical Center's Family Birth Center at 342 Fairview St., Silverton.

Senior Book Club — 10 to 11 a.m. the third Monday of the month. Meet at Country Meadows in the second floor to discuss the book and have coffee, cookies and conversation. Books available at the library circulation desk. The Jan. 17 book is "The Sleepwalker" by Chris Bohjalian. Country Meadows is located at 155 Evergreen Road, Woodburn.

North Marion youth athletics volunteers needed — NMYA is seeking a coordinator for the Little Dribblers program, which services first- and second-grade co-ed basketball. The program can't run without a coordinator. Registration will open as soon as a coordinator can be found. Coordinators are also needed for volleyball and for baseball — third- through eighth-grade baseball in the winter/spring season, and three for home baseball tournaments. Coordinators are a minimum of two seasons and attend coordinator board meetings when possible (first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the North Marion Middle School library). If interested, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City Council meetings in woodburn, hubbard, donald and aurora — Woodburn City Council, which usually meets the second and fourth Monday of the month, will meet at City Hall, 270 Montgomery St., at 7 p.m. Tuesday (because of the observed holiday on Monday). Hubbard City Council will also meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hubbard City Hall, 3720 Second St. Aurora City Council also meets at 7 p.m. at Aurora City Hall, 21420 Main St. Donald's city council meets at 6:45 p.m. at City Hall, 10710 Main St. N.E.

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