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A spooky facelift, Cornelius Walmart joins Facebook, Bulky waste drop, Financial planning seminar, Coffee for the cure, Gaston library sale Oct. 29

Former Hillsboro video store gets a spooky facelift

A vacant video store in Hillsboro has been invaded by zombies, just in time for Halloween.

The former Hollywood Video, located at 1296 SW Baseline St. in Hillsboro, has been revamped for the fright season into a haunted house, featuring 27 creepy rooms to explore.

The haunted house features indoor concessions and a kiddy carnival for youngsters in addition to the spooky sights. Also, Smokin' Hot BBQ will be slinging chow in the parking lot. The horror show's hours are Thursday through Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 3 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10, with kids under five admitted for free, with proceeds benefiting the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter. For more information, call 503-421-6228.

Cornelius Walmart joins Facebook

Facebook users can now show their adoration of Walmart online. The discount retailer has rolled out individual pages for 3,500 of its stores on the social media web site this month. By 'liking' a local store on the site, users can get updates on price rollbacks at that location.

So far, the Cornelius Walmart doesn't have a lot of fans. Only 3 people have 'liked' the store's page. But the feature is still new. Already the store has been pumping sale prices for products available at the store.

Fred Meyer, Cornelius' other big box retailer, doesn't manage Facebook pages for its individual stores. But other local organizations have a Facebook presence. The cities of Forest Grove and Cornelius have accounts, where city staffers share updates on city happenings.

And the city of Banks has a page, which 1,328 Facebook users 'like.' That's an impressive number considering the city had 1,777 residents in the 2010 census.

Bulky waste drop in Forest Grove

Have you been cleaning up around your house and yard getting ready for winter and finding extra junk you would rather get rid of instead of storing it for the winter?

Waste Management is offering a pair of fall cleanup days beginning November 7. Residents can put out six extra bags of trash on regular curbside garbage collection days.

In addition, bulky items or tires can be disposed of at the Forest Grove Transfer Station. Three bulky items (sofas, chairs, appliances without freon) and four tires per customer can be dumped free of charge on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 12 at the Forest Grove Transfer Station, 1525 B St.

There's no charge for bulky items or tires but mixed loads of waste will be charged according to fee schedule. Proof of residency and customer account (for example, a copy of your Waste Management bill) will be required.

Financial planning seminar available

A seminar being held this month offers community members an opportunity to learn the basics of managing personal finances in order to spread the gospel of keeping a balanced check book and serviceable credit rating.

Pacific University's Center for Civic Engagement, along with Operation Hope, and Financial Beginnings are holding a volunteer training for students, faculty, staff, and community members to learn about teaching the basics of banking, budgeting, checking and savings accounts, the power of credit, insurance, and sound investing to students and community groups.

The training will be held Thursday, October 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Pacific University Forest Grove campus. Seating is limited, so those who are interested should register now.

For more information, contact Carla Ingrando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (503) 352-1570.

Coffee for the cure

The Human Bean will donate all coffee and pastry sales, along with $1 from the sale of any travel mugs to Tuality Healthcare Foundation this Friday, Oct. 21 as part of its 'Coffee for the Cure' fundraiser event.

Gaston library sale Oct. 29

Buy books for cheap and help your local library this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the Gaston City Library holds its fall book sale.

The sale is a key fundraiser for the all-volunteer library.

Books in paperback and hardback will be available for $1 or less. In the afternoon, shoppers can fill a plastic shopping bag with books for only $5.

Also available will be movies on DVD and VHS, computer games and books on tape. The sale will be held at Gaston City Hall, located at 116 Front St (Highway 47), in Gaston.