6/6 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher



We've turned the page on the calendar to June, and summertime is so close we can almost taste it. We are dreaming of hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken on the grill, potato salad and baked beans, gallons of lemonade, and lazy days in the hammock with nothing to do but relax and watch the birds circling overhead while listening to the happy laughter of the neighbor kids playing games down the street.

Sometimes the dreams have to be revised a bit to include dealing with all those weeds in the garden and assembling jars for jelly and jam. The roses are sheer perfection at this time of year, and in the early morning, when we're filling the basket with sweet and fragrant blooms to share with friends and neighbors, the time spent working in the garden is somehow worth every minute.

All the vegetable gardens in MI Town are beginning to show the promise of the summer's bounty. This is only one of the many blessings of life in our wonderful Willamette Valley.

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Thursday's "In the Mood" celebration at Eola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall is the perfect example of cooperative efforts between Western Oregon University Professor Molly Mayhead's upper division event planning class, Cec Koontz, city council member, and MI Town's Monmouth Senior Center.

Mayhead learned that the senior center was involved in fundraising for a new building addition, and her students could help. It all will culminate in what promises to be a wonderful evening for everyone.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. at Eola Hills, across the highway from the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, where you can enjoy a DJ playing music from the big band era, a silent auction and generous appetizers to accompany several wines that will be available. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $12 at the door.

For more information: Sue Teal, 503-838-5678.

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Kids on bikes and dogs running alongside are having the time of their lives now. When we're driving around MI Town, we need to be even more alert to this activity.

If we can remember back to those days when we were 6 years old and summer spread out before us like a magic carpet, most of the time we didn't think of anything else except having fun.

Parents, please be sure your kids have helmets and that you set a good example by not texting and biking, especially when your children are watching. I got the spanking of my life when I let my 2-year-old sister ride on the handlebars of my bike when I was 9. Set up bike "rules" so everyone has fun and gets home safely.



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