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6/30 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime ... and the living is busy. We're ready to bid a fond farewell to June and welcome July with concerts in the park, fireworks, good picnic food, and to share our enthusiasm and good times with friends and family from near and far.

All in MI Town look forward to every year when we can celebrate America's birthday with good and special times.

The fun begins on Thursday, July 1, which is Youth Night at Independence Days at Riverview Park in Independence. Park hours are from 6 p.m. until midnight. Vendors will be in both Riverfront Park and in Main Street Park in Monmouth throughout the weekend with food, fun and unique gifts for everyone. The Monmouth Farmers Market will also be open at the old fire station parking lot July 2-4.

Concerts and featured presentations are scheduled all through this long weekend, and there is something special for everyone to see, enjoy and participate in. Please check the schedule of events in this week's Itemizer-Observer for more specific events, times and locations.

How about taking everyone over to the Monmouth Senior Center for a spaghetti dinner on Friday evening? Friendly volunteers will be serving from 5 until 7 p.m. on July 2, the price is right ($6 for adults, $3 for kids under 12), and the portions will be generous.

After dinner, you can enjoy MI Town's traditional old-fashioned band concert in Main Street Park at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Willamette Valley Concert Band and the Reconstituted Monmouth-Independence Town Band, directed by Dr. Richard Sorenson.

Want to find some good-old American bargains? Friends of the Independence Public Library's book sale will be going on at the old Independence Library building, 311 Monmouth Ave., from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4.

Check out fiction, nonfiction, mystery, Westerns, LP records, videos, and books on tape. Discover old books, cookbooks, garden books and more. Hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Children's books and encyclopedias are free. Proceeds go to special programs and supplies for the library.

For more information, call Betty Plude at 503-838-4039 or the Independence Library at 503-838-1811.

Let's begin our July 4 celebration at the main fire station, where firefighters, volunteers and local scouts will serve up the best breakfast in MI Town. It all starts at 6:30 a.m., and you'll get an opportunity to see friends and neighbors share in food and conversation. The cost is $5 per person, and free for children under 6.

On Sunday, the Fourth of July, the fun begins in Monmouth with the Children's Parade at 11:30 a.m., the fun run at 11:45 a.m., and the Grand Parade at noon.

Happy Independence Day to everyone!

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