Local residents come up with various ideas to help make the September event a hit for all

Want to have fun and meet people? Come to Molalla on Sept. 22 and celebrate the city, meet new people and just have some good ole' fun. Celebrate Molalla is getting off the ground!

On Thursday, June 21, about 10 people gathered at Molalla Adult Community Center to brainstorm ideas for the new event. It is designed as part of the city's Visioning Process and will be developed into a community building event. It's hoped to be the first annual event in the city's new principle of community building, "Be profoundly inclusive," and integrate all of greater Molalla's residents.

A second planning meeting will be held in mid-July, with the date to be announced later.

The celebration is set for Sept. 22, and will join the annual Heritage Apple Fest for a truly inclusive event. Celebrate will last from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and already has garnered a number of activities. These include something for everyone with a Kids' Craft Tent, music in a covered pavilion, food vendors, martial arts demonstrations, a car show, a corn hole tournament, a beer and wine garden and a raffle for great prizes. Celebrate will be on the North side of the center of town, while the Heritage Apple Fest will be on the South side.

One booth that was decided at the meeting is an art show with a number of paintings, possibly sculpture, jewelry, photographs and other art media for purchase.

DeLise Palumbo is in charge and anyone wanting to show off their art or volunteer to help should contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Some music also has been decided with the Rae Gordon Band coming. The Kids' Craft Tent will feature painting for $2; painting on canvas for $3 and building a bird feeder for $5.

A number of other ideas were suggested including face painters, jewelry makers, metal crafters, soap makers, community service organizations, raffle prizes, balloon artists, wood carvers, loggers, dance teams, martial arts clubs and any ideas not listed.

Others, such as sponsors, people wanting to offer prizes and/or cash donations and volunteers, should contact Leota Childress, event planner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She also can also answer questions, comments and provide additional information.

These ideas are just that. If anyone has an idea or craft, demonstration or game that's not listed, let Childress know, it could be a great benefit to residents and the city.

Volunteer activities include distributing flyers, fundraising, setup and cleanup, trash collection during the event, greeters, information duties such as answering questions and distributing maps, vendor and volunteer check-in or the most popular, wherever needed.

If being a vendor is more your style, indicate whether food, product, local artist, local products or something else. Can this be a demonstration, such as soap making, painting or wood carving? Those interested should contact Childress at the above email address.

Food vendors are required to submit a copy of product liability insurance with the City of Molalla named as an added insured as well as a copy of the Food Handlers' Permit. All food vendors must provide food from a commercial kitchen. Electricity will not be available.

The event is sponsored by the city in association with the Ford Institute for Community Building and business and personal donations. There will be no commercial products sold at the event.

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