After a very busy weekend of plant sales and book sales and celebrating Mother’s Day, it would be just wonderful to curl up with a cat in a comfy chair and let the rest of the world go by. All those new tomato and other vegetable plants need tending, the newly planted flowers need watering and the cat would rather be outside chasing butterflies in the sunshine, so it’s time to get busy on all things house and yard.

The next Family Literacy Night at Burgerville is a week away, which gives everyone an opportunity to mark their calendars for May 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and plan ahead for this fun and family-friendly occasion. These evenings are sponsored by Burgerville, Monmouth Public Library, Mid-Valley Parenting and Western Oregon University and offer discounts on children’s meals, free ice cream cones for kids, book giveaways and fun literacy activities. All children and parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in this event.

Just in case anybody needed to be reminded — its primary election time and ballots should be sent in this week. Oregon’s primary is next Tuesday and there are county, state and national candidates as well as various ballot measures at stake. Voting by mail gives us the opportunity to take the time to learn as much as possible about the candidates — and to become informed before making choices about which candidate would be your best choice. There will be primary election parties here and there to celebrate victories or commiserate losses. For those of us who are truly political junkies, it’s an exciting and interesting time.

National Historic Preservation Month is celebrated in May – and everyone is invited to attend a celebration at Gentle House, 855 Monmouth Ave. N., from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tom Branigar, with the Polk County Museum, will share stories about the development of Monmouth. Terri Gregory will speak about the Howell House, now MaMere’s Bed & Breakfast, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. A tour of Gentle House is also part of this interesting and informative event, and refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, contact Mark Fancey at 503-751-0147.

The Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce has all kinds of interesting and fun things in store for all who participate in Discover MI Town, which is scheduled for May 21 from noon until 5 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 if purchased prior to May 20 ($15 at the door). Free shuttle service is available between each community, and all kinds of giveaways and samples are promised. For more information and advance ticket purchase contact www.micc-or-org.

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