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100 years, 100 friends

The Cornelius Library is celebrating its 100th year in 2012 and it's already been a wild one.

The Friends of the Cornelius Library are furiously raising support for a new library building and along the way are engaged in an effort to boost outreach.

Part of that project is recruiting new members into the fold of friends.

Last Thursday, the Friends of the Cornelius Library awarded Shirley Hall, president of the Cornelius Civic Club, with a certificate commemorating her status as the 100th friend of the Cornelius Library - along with a lifetime membership.

'This is such a surprise,' Hall said during the presentation.

Hall said she didn't realize the Friends were engaged in a special membership drive when she signed up for the friendship.

Melanie Johnston president of the Friends of the Cornelius Library, said giving the membership to Hall was a real treat since the library started with the civic club a century ago.

Former Civic Club President Shirley Stanley said in the early years of the library, the group hired a man to clean up once a week. He was paid 50 cents a month. Eventually, the man asked for a raise.

'He said, 'I have to have $1 per month because the vacuum cleaner is too heavy,'' Stanley said.

Free furniture restoration clinic

Murphy's Furniture in Cornelius is holding a free finishing clinic. Owner Mary Murphy-Holub will demonstrate the latest in do-it-yourself finishing and restoration techniques.

First time finishers will discover easy-to-use finishes with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and quick dry time. Mary will show the ease of working with glaze effects, milk paints and other decorative finishes. Many finished wood surfaces that seem to need a complete refinishing job can be restored in a few minutes, instead of being fully stripped and refinished.

The clinic starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2. To reserve your spot, call Murphy's Furniture at 503-640-1124, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the store at 2962 Baseline St. in Cornelius.

Small business grants available

The City of Forest Grove is partnering with the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide grants for two to three local small business owners or managers to participate in the SBDC Small Business Development Management I program. Complete details on the program and grant eligibility are available on the city's website, forestgrove-or.gov.

Social marketing for artisans

The Westside Cultural Alliance is offering a workshop aimed at helping artists and artisans learn how to market their work online. The workshop's emphasis will focus on strategy and planning as it relates to social media and how to make it produce results. Time will be spent brainstorming, writing and sharing ideas. The workshop is Saturday, June 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St., in Beaverton. For more information or to register, call 503-626-1936.

Forest Grove seeks host families

The City of Forest Grove is seeking host families for an upcoming visit by adult delegates from Nyuzen, Japan.

The delegation is scheduled to arrive in Forest Grove Thursday, July 12 and depart Monday, July 16. This delegation visit marks the 23rd year of the two cities' sister city relationship. The delegates will attend activities during the day and share evenings and weekends with their host families. If you would like to host a delegate, email Anna Ruggles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-992-3235.