11/3 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that Old Man Winter is becoming serious about moving in to MI Town and the Willamette Valley, he's been busy unpacking his usual bag of tricks and isn't making a secret about staying for several long weeks.

Those in the business of forecasting all things weather predict all kinds of interesting adventures that include more rain and snow than usual, so we need to find good and positive things to do to keep doom and gloom away from the door.


With the dust just beginning to settle from the Nov. 2 election, some of the results may still be in doubt.

Did your candidate win? Celebrate his or her victory and vow to stay active in community affairs. Did your candidate lose? Show that you can be gracious in defeat and work with the new office holders to keep MI Town and Oregon on track to do the very best for its citizens.

We can all find even a little bit of time to share our talents and expertise with our schools, libraries or in other volunteer capacities. There's been far too much grumbling and mean-spirited commentary over politics these last few weeks. Now it's time for all of us to energize, dig in and work with our communities in positive ways.


Both Independence and Monmouth public libraries have fun and interesting programs for toddlers, adults and all ages in between. Activities at MI Town's public libraries can chase the winter blues away in the blink of an eye.


A surefire way to beat the rainy day doldrums is to enjoy a good and hearty community breakfast Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Monmouth Senior Center.

Prices are reasonable -- $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 12 -- and portions are generous.

Crafter's Corner, featuring unique, handmade gifts, will also be open during breakfast hours. Get a good, early start on your busy weekend when the fun begins at 8:30 a.m.


This weekend, Polk County Extension Alumni Women will transform the Polk County Fairgrounds into a fun and interesting Holiday Fair.

Admission is free and doors will be open Friday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Holiday Fair features more than 100 exhibitors and displays where you can get an early start on your Christmas shopping or find something special just for yourself.

Susan Whitaker is chairing this event, which also includes Polk County Master Gardeners and 4-H Ambassadors in attendance. For more information: 503-623-8395.


Mark your calendars for Dec. 3-4 for the Friends of the Monmouth Library's Nearly New Book Sale. More details will be forthcoming.


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