8/25 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher



Shhhh ... don't tell the kids, but the calendar says Labor Day weekend is but a mere 10 days away.

The good times of staying up late and sleeping in will soon come to a screeching halt. The big, yellow school buses will be rolling into MI Town's neighborhoods, taking members of our younger generation off to school to begin another year.

In the meantime, parents and kids are checking lists of needed school supplies, looking for the best bargains in school clothes and shoes and wondering why these wonderful days of summer seem to disappear faster than a pitcher of lemonade on a hot August afternoon.

If you have any questions about getting ready for back to school, Central School District's website (www.central.k12.or.us) is a great place to find many of the answers.

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With football season just around the corner, Central High School's Panthers will be playing in their bright and shining new stadium. All of us in MI Town are looking forward to these new beginnings.

Tickets for reserved seats -- which will cost $75 for the season -- go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. You'll be able to see the stadium and choose a perfect spot to watch the games. For more information: Shane Hedrick, Central High athletic director, 503-838-2228.

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Do you love to sing ... or wish you could participate in choral programs? Salem Community Chorus' new season begins in September and is looking for Polk County residents to join the fun. Here's your opportunity to find out more information about the group, including car-pool options. For details: 503-838-3777.

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This evening (Wednesday, Aug. 25) is the last Music in the Park Concert Series event for the summer in Monmouth. Everyone in the family will enjoy an evening of bluegrass with the Roundhouse Band. Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a fine evening with your friends and family. It all begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to thank the vendors and sponsors for making these free concerts available all summer long.

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This week's featured movie at the Independence Riverview Park Amphitheater is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 26, at dusk. Relax and enjoy "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." The amphitheater closes out its summer concerts with a program of fiddle and dance music featuring the Gothard Sisters on Friday, Aug. 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, Sept. 12, and plan to attend the 25th Jensen Arctic Museum Salmon Bake and Auction at Gentle House on the Western Oregon University campus.

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and include opportunities to bid on horseback riding on the beach, private golf lessons, wine tastings and many other great things to enjoy.

Wild Alaskan salmon dinners are available for $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight.

For more information: 503-838-8281 by Sept. 8.



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