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Meetings, workshops and more...here's what's going on in and around Molalla

THIS WEEK

COLTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The next meeting of the Colton Historical Committee will be on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colton Fire Station, 20987 South Highway 211. There will be a presentation by Doug Shannon on the Lindstrom family and Judy Crawford will give a presentation on Samuel Hill who was one of the first Swedish settlers in Colton. The meeting will be followed by a potluck.

MOLALLA CPO

The Molalla Community Planning Organization will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library. The CPO offers an opportunity for those living in the unincorporated area surrounding the City of Molalla to be informed and comment on issues that may affect them. Included on the agenda will be election of officers and representatives. For further information, contact Chair Jan Courtain at 503-829-9957.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE MEETING

Clackamas County is holding a meeting to give the public a chance to weigh in on a potential vehicle registration fee of $30 annually. The county will use the money to relieve congestion, maintain county local roads and implement safety improvements. The final hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Board Hearing Room (fourth floor) at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. The public is invited to give an up to three-minute comment at the meetings.

QUILTING WORKSHOP

Zion Mennonite Church will hold its 47th annual Quilting Workshop on Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 21-23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the church. There is no admission charged, but donations are accepted for the Senior Center in El Torno, Bolivia. Zion Mennonite Church volunteers will serve a soup and bread lunch each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a $4 suggested donation. For online information, visit www.zionmennoniteoregon.org/community-ministries/quiltingworkshop/ or call 503-651-2274 or Louise Gingerich at 503-651-2816.

BLOOD DRIVE

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at St. James Catholic Church on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Giving blood takes less than an hour. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. You can make an appointment or just drop in. For more information, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

PASTURE, HORSE HEALTH WORKSHOP

The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and Pudding River Watershed are bringing "Mud and Manure and Pests, Oh My!" to Canby on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost for the workshop is $10.

The guest speaker will be Alayne Blickle, founder of Horses for Clean Water. The main topics to be covered include useful ways to manage mud and runoff on property. Also discussed will be what causes mud, how it affects horse health and steps owners can take that will reduce and even prevent mud on the property.

HUNTER SAFETY COURSE

A hunter safety class will take place on Feb. 25, 26, 27 and March 4, 5 and 6 from 6-9 p.m. at the Molalla River Middle School Library. To register, visit odfw.huntfishoregon.com/login.

UPCOMING

FIELD-TO-MARKET WORKSHOP

The OSU Extension Service will hold "The Essentials Field-to-Market" workshop on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Willamette Research & Extension Center, 15210 NE Miley Road, in Aurora.

The cost is $25 per person, $40 for a couple. Registration includes snacks and a flash drive loaded with resources.

For more information or register, call 503-557-5885.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

GriefShare will hold meetings on Mondays beginning March 4 and running through May 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Molalla Adult Community Center. GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group for those who have suffered a loss of a loved one or friend. To find out more, contact Karin Watts at 503-866-6573 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE, DINNER

Molalla Kiwanis and the Oregon Department of Forestry are holding their Annual Food Drive and Dinner on Thursday, March 7 at Molalla Grange Hall: 127 Grange Ave. in Molalla. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the auction to follow.

The event supports the Molalla Food Bank as part of the Governor's State of Oregon Employees Food Drive efforts. Donations from local merchants are auctioned at the banquet. Guests can come win some great items including Winterhawks tickets, Cindy's famous pie and the chance at a prize mystery bucket. Any merchandise, service, or monetary donation is welcome and will directly benefit those in need in the community of Molalla. No donation is too small. All donations are tax deductible.

Dinner choices include barbecue chicken or beef and a vegetarian option. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family of four.

Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 28 by calling Kiwanis at 503-829-4766.

STARS ON STAGE

Colton Boosters' annual fundraiser, the Stars on Stage Talent Show, is coming to Colton High School on Saturday, March 9 with food service starting at 4:30 p.m. and the show starting at 6 p.m. A variety of food as well as $1 tickets for raffle baskets will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission with proceeds going to the contributing local non-profit class/group. The family-friendly show will include local talent performing to earn audience members' votes.

If you are interested in advertising your business in the program or providing food at the event, please contact the Boosters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible as space is limited.

WILDFIRE WORKSHOP

A workshop that could help Molalla residents combat wildfire danger is coming to the Molalla Grange on March 12 from 6-8 p.m. Be proactive and educate yourself on the steps you can take to make your home and property more fire resistant.

The workshops are free to attend, but space is limited, so registration is required. To reserve your seat, contact Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District at 503-210-6000, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MASTER RECYCLER COURSE

Clackamas County is offering its once-per-year course, Master Recycler, this spring beginning on Wednesday, April 3 and continuing for eight consecutive Wednesdays. It takes place at Clackamas County's Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. The popular course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as composting, thoughtful consumption and green building.

The cost of $50 covers all course materials. Limited scholarships are available. For more details and to apply, visit masterrecycler.org. Registration closes Wednesday, March 6 at noon.

DONKEY BASKETBALL

The much-anticipated Donkey Basketball games will be held at Colton High School on Saturday, April 13. There are still openings (but filling up fast) available for teams or individuals by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must be 14 or older to participate. The money raised will go to benefit Colton Boosters. The parent/community club supports student activities and school needs.

Tickets for what is describes as the "funnest game in town" can be purchased at the door. Prices are $9 for adults, $7 for students grades 7-12 and $5 for those who are younger; or you can get a discounted rate (a dollar off each ticket) if purchased at Stars on Stage on Saturday, March 9.

ONGOING

MOLALLA RIVER WATCH

Molalla River Watch board meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month from 3-5 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library, 201 E. 5th St. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-559-0885.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Over the past three years, the Molalla Area Women's Cancer Support Group has successfully reached out to dozens of women to offer emotional, spiritual and practical help. New members are welcomed with a care package to help them cope with the side effects from cancer treatments.

The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Molalla Adult Community Center, 315 Kennel St.

For more information, call 503-829-5101 or visit facebook.com/molallacancersupport.

WARMING CENTER

The Molalla Warming Center, located at 209 Kennel Ave., is now open through March, whenever the overnight temperature is forecasted to drop to 34 degrees or below. It opens at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served.

SE HABLA ESPAÑOL

The Molalla Public Library is hosting a weekly high school Spanish conversation group. The meetings take place at the library on Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

FREE TRI-MET PASSES

Molalla Christian Church gives out free Tri-Met passes for low-income individuals who have a need. Passes are available at the church, 223 E. Third St., Monday through Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church can provide a book of 5-day passes and more depending on demand. The passes are made possible through a grant from Tri-Met to assist people with transportation needs to get into Portland for work, appointments, houseless help, veterans help and more.

WRITING GROUP

The Molalla Adult Community Center holds a writing group every Tuesday at 1-2:30 p.m. The class is free and open to anyone.

MOLALLA AQUATIC CENTER

The Molalla Aquatic Center offers a variety of classes and opportunities including swim lessons, fitness classes, pool parties and more. Swim lesson registration is now open. Many seniors can take advantage of free Optum fitness, Active&Fit, Silver&Fit or Silver Sneakers classes through the UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan. To register for lessons or for more information, visit the center, call 503-759-7665 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOUP KITCHEN

Molalla United Methodist Church will open a soup kitchen every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. and the fourth Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. They will provide a nutritious meal at no charge to those who desire or need them. Donations of juice, cheese, veggies, fruit and finances are welcome. The soup kitchen also needs volunteers to help cook, serve, wash dishes, and clean tables.

To volunteer go to the Facebook page and leave your phone number.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the Molalla Adult Community Center are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 3 p.m. The center is at 315 Kennel Ave., in Molalla.

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS

Monday Night Miracles Al-Anon Family Group meets at the Smyrna United Church of Christ, 31119 S. Hwy 170 on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Molalla AFG meets at the Molalla United Methodist Church, 111 Mathias Road, on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

AQUATIC CENTER MEETINGS

The Molalla Aquatic District holds public Regular Board Meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Molalla Aquatic Center, 432 Francis St.

SUPPORT GROUP

A Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Molalla Adult Community Center. Families, care partners and friends are welcome. For more information, contact Debbie at 503-829-6008.

TOPS

TOPS #721 Molalla meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. For more information, call Maryanne at 503-829-2972 or Paulette at 503-651-2448.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The City of Molalla is looking for volunteers for its Wastewater Facility and Collection Advisory Committee. To pick up a short application, visit the city hall offices at 117 Molalla Ave. For more information call 503-829-6855.

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