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Congressional race, Host Japanese students, Balance responsibilities at home and work, bank-owned property to be auctioned, Cornelius fire department open house this weekend, Forest Grove fire open house next week, Tour local wineries

Money starts flowing to GOP congressional hopefuls

The race to replace David Wu in Oregon's 1st Congressional District seat is heating up, heading into the final week before candidates have to report how much money they've raised over the last quarter.

A trio of Democratic hopefuls, including Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici and state Rep. Brad Witt, are engaged in what is expected to be an expensive and loud fight for the airwaves.

The deadline for reporting is Oct. 15, but insight into the money race on the Republican side is already starting to creep out.

Rob Cornilles, the Tualatin businessman who won the GOP nomination to challenge Wu last year (but lost in the general), has raised $500,000 for the fight, according to the National Journal.

His main challenger in the Republican field, Jim Greenfield, who challenged Wu in 2002, told the News-Times he's raised several thousand dollars to augment the $100,000 he's personally loaned his campaign.

That sets the stage for a potentially noisy Republican campaign, but Greenfield has a long way to go to force Cornilles to spend heavily from his war chest before the general election on Jan. 31.

Host families and gift bag donations sought for visiting Japanese students

The city of Forest Grove's Sister Cities Committee is seeking volunteers to host students from Japan that will visit Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. The committee is also looking for gift bag donations for the dozen students. For information about how to help, contact Anna Ruggles at 503-992-3235 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Balance responsibilities at home and work

The Western Washington County Employer's Council will hold a seminar on work-life balance called 'What's in it for me?' on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Syndicated columnist Scott 'Q' Marcus will deliver a presentation on keeping priorities in order at work and at home. Registration is $49 per person. The fee includes handouts and a continental breakfast. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 7. To register, call Marti Spinks at 503-526-2706 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For details, visit www.wwcec.org.

Forest Grove bank-owned property to be auctioned

International real estate investment and services company Kennedy Wilson will be conducting a two-state, two-stage auction for up to 70 bank-owned residential properties, commercial properties and land in Oregon and California Oct. 15 and 16.

The Oregon properties up for auction are located in Portland, Clackamas, Sherwood, West Linn, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Sandy, Forest Grove, Port Orford, Burns, Independence, Silverton, Klamath Falls, Grants Pass, Beaver, Tillamook, Salem, Sisters and LaPine. One or more properties in Vancouver, Wash., are up for auction as well.

For each property offered at auction, registered bidders are invited to submit their bid based on their own estimation of the property's value. Upon the seller's acceptance of the bid, a 30-day closing process will begin. Bidders are in the driver's seat: the seller intends to sell as many properties as possible over the two-day auction event.

The Oregon live ballroom auction will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, 97201. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. and bidders are advised to arrive no later than noon.

A free 'How to Buy at Auction' informational seminar will be held online at the CaliforniaOregonAuction.com website beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10 for registered bidders. Broker participation is welcome in the auction. Visit www.CaliforniaOregonAuction.com to learn more.

Cornelius fire department open house this weekend

Cornelius Fire Department's 2011 open house will be held Sunday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Capt. Steve Black, code enforcement officer for the agency.

'Keep in mind this is not the only time a group or individual can tour the department,' Black noted. 'Arrangements can be made in advance for anyone to come visit with us.' Firefighters will be on hand at the open house to discuss fire prevention tips with families. During the open house, there will be fire engine rides for kids and souvenirs. The station is located at 1311 N. Barlow St.

Forest Grove fire open house next week

Forest Grove Fire and Rescue will host its annual Fire Station and Public Service Open House on Saturday, Oct. 15. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

'We are in the final planning stages for events and participants,' said spokesman Dave Nemeyer. The four-hour event will include fire engine rides, an on-site LifeFlight helicopter, police cars, light and power trucks, public works heavy equipment, ambulances and 'a chance to meet just about every single public service agency a resident of our community has working for them,' said Nemeyer.

This year will also be the first big opportunity for people in the community to see and touch the piece of steel brought from the World TradeCenter to be on permanent display at Forest Grove's fire station, 1919 Ash St. Its official public unveiling will happen during the open house.

Tour local wineries during late harvest

This year's unpredictable summer has pushed harvest time late in the year for local wineries. But a local winery group will offer locals a chance to see the chilly harvest up close.

North Willamette Vintners Association is presenting the 'Harvest Trail' event on Saturday, Oct. 8. A guided bus tour will show participants wine harvesting, a crush pad and a winery, then a 'grand tasting' with wines from more than two dozen wineries. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.nwvintners.org.