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11/30 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Before we bid adieu to our Thanksgiving season, I'd like to thank the staff and students of MI Town's Central High School for the wonderful luncheon for seniors in the community on Nov. 23.

The weather outside was rainy and dreary, but darkness was banished when we were welcomed to the school by smiling students who served us a tasty meal. We were also entertained by Central's Main Street Singers, a chorus of enthusiastic and talented students.

MI Town's merchants donated a variety of great gifts for the drawing that followed our meal, and we all enjoyed every minute.

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We can chase the winter doldrums this week with something for everybody in MI Town.

For 40 years, the Monmouth Garden Club ladies have been as busy as elves creating wreaths, swags and table arrangements to brighten even the darkest corner, with the profits going to community beautification. The public is welcome to visit Central Baptist Church this week and purchase items today (Wednesday, Nov. 30) and Thursday, Dec. 1.

Contact Starla Farnstrom today at 503-838-1266 if you would like a custom order. Items can also be purchased at the farmers market in Monmouth after the tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 2.

Let's begin our busy weekend with the Friends of the Monmouth Library next-to-new book sale, from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. You can find just the right books for your favorite reader -- or yourself -- at the Monmouth Public Library, at reasonable prices.

The parade in Monmouth begins at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, where local merchants are all decked out in their holiday best with gifts and good food and great ideas.

The 44th annual lighting of the giant Sequoia tree on the Western Oregon University campus will be held following the parade, with presentations and music for all.

Let's have breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Monmouth Senior Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages and biscuits and gravy are available for $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under.

You'll need a good breakfast to keep up with all the day's activities, including the Garden Club greens sale that continues at the farmers market and the book sale at the Monmouth Library.

It'll be time to dash over to Independence to see Santa arrive -- by train -- at 1:45 p.m. at Second and Monmouth Streets with the help of the city and Elks Lodge 1950. From 2 to 4 p.m., Santa will stay at the train for photos and gifts for the younger children, followed by cookies and cider from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the library.

The Independence Parade of Lights begins at 5:30, with cookies, cider and awards at the Independence Civic Center from 6 to 7 p.m.

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