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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Teen holiday party planned at library*Christmas story will be performed*Fiddlers schedule Saturday gathering*Christmas caroling party slated Sunday*Master Gardener deadline extended

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We’re just about a week away from our holiday celebrations.

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Friends from near and far attend annual Pedee Women's Club potluck

ENGAGEMENTS

*Dirks - English

ANNIVERSARIES

*Russ - 60th

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

The Pedee Church Christmas program will be Sunday during the morning service, which starts at 10.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Despite all there is to do, let’s take time to relax with friends and enjoy time with family without turning it into a major production.

Your Garden: Kym Pokorny

Well-seasoned wood best for fires

Ideally, wood should be purchased or gathered at least a year in advance of burning.

Annual Christmas pageant back for 74th year

The Rickreall Christmas Pageant suffered a loss this year — the death of a beloved cast member: Barney, the donkey.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Master Gardener training available*Reception for photo exhibit is Thursday*Monmouth authors will be highlighted*Blackjack tourney slated in Falls City*Winter gun show set for fairgrounds*Heritage Museum to host open house*Annual auction for YMCA is Friday*Next country dance is slated Saturday*Sunday breakfast planned at Grange*Christmas concert set for Monmouth*Musicians planning church appearance*'Festive Carolers' to perform in Dallas*Dance school sets event, food drive*Local clothing drive will take donations

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‘Sounds of Christmas’ will ring through Guthrie Park

Guthrie Park will host its 26th annual “Sounds of Christmas” community holiday concert and fundraiser program Friday at 7:30 p.m.

BIRTHS

*Michaelson Twins*Oxborrow*McDowell*Boswell*Sears

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Polk County ready to ring in the holidays

Polk County rings in the start of the Christmas holiday season with events in all four of its cities, leaving no room for those with a Grinchy disposition.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Silent auction will aid Abby's House*Hospital volunteers hosting candy sale*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Extension offering two holiday classes*Scouts' food drive kicks off Saturday*Model railroad show, sale slated*Learn taiji, martial arts on Saturday*Legion Post plans holiday gathering*Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees*Senior giving tree available at library

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Music legend returns to WOU

Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint visits Monmouth Saturday night for a return performance as part of the Western Oregon University Smith Fine Arts Series.

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