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Mark your calendars, Tualatin, here's a few events coming up

This story has been updated from its original version.

It's springtime in Tualatin, and that means lots of community events are coming up.

On April 7, the Meals on Wheels People will honor their volunteers and name a “Volunteer of the Year” at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

Susan Noack, an organizer of the luncheon, said in an email, “Our theme this year will be a Mexican fiesta with an authentic luncheon and hopefully a mariachi band.”

Other community partners, including local stores and restaurants that contribute to the kitchen at the Juanita Pohl Center where Meals on Wheels in Tualatin is based, will also be honored at the luncheon. The luncheon is scheduled to run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the senior center, 8513 S.W. Tualatin Rd.

Next up will be the ribbon-cutting for the newest segment of the Tualatin River Greenway Trail, starting at 1 p.m. April 9.

In addition to comments by Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden and Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett, there will also be a drum performance by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde before the ribbon is cut at the Southwest Barngrover Way trailhead.

The new segment of the trail runs from Barngrover Way, across from the Tualatin Public Library, beneath Interstate 5 to the former RV Park of Portland. It officially opened to the public last month, but April 9 will mark its ceremonial opening.

After the ribbon-cutting, there will be family crafts and activities and a guided walk along the trail, which features a number of interpretive elements from Tualatin's Ice Age and pioneer history.

Attendees will receive free commemorative bandanas.

Then, on April 16, the Tualatin Library Foundation will hold its annual Vine2Wine fundraising event at the library. Several Oregon wineries will have their wines available for sampling, food will be served and Aaron Meyer will perform.

Vine2Wine runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $45 and includes a complimentary wineglass, wine tastings and food.

Tickets for Vine2Wine can be purchased online or at the Tualatin Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

On April 28, the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce will be holding its “Celebrate Tualatin” luncheon, where community awards will be handed out to outstanding businesspeople and volunteers.

Forms are available for people to nominate their favorite businesses and individuals on the event website. Event registration will also be available online.

The Celebrate Tualatin luncheon will be held at the Tualatin Country Club, 9145 S.W. Tualatin Rd., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with lunch, there will be music, prize drawings and a 50/50 raffle.

The spate of events doesn't end in April. The Tualatin Community Police Foundation, formed last year to support the work of the Tualatin Police Department, will be holding its inaugural “Breakfast with the Chief” event on May 10, also at the Tualatin Country Club.

“Unfortunately, this will be our first and only breakfast with Kent Barker as our chief,” noted Chad Hastings, vice president of the foundation's board of directors.

Barker is retiring this summer after nearly 13 years as Tualatin's police chief. He is one of several veteran officers to depart the Tualatin Police Department this year.

Mike Barrett, television announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers, will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast. The buffet will open at 7 a.m.

Tickets for Breakfast with a Chief are $35 before April 15. After that, the price goes up to $40. They can be purchased online.


By Mark Miller
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Editor's note: A previous version of this story mistakenly included event details for the 2015 Vine2Wine fundraiser. The story has been corrected.