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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Be sure to mark your calendars for Aug. 6 through 8 for the upcoming Polk County Fair.

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Training a fruit tree tinto an espalier

Espaliered trees bring fruit down to eye level. They allow for easy picking and taking advantage of small spaces.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Horse Owner's Workshop Aug. 1*Neighbor's Night Out party planned*Boondock's hosts painting workshop*Free retirement seminar on tap*Two-McK Logging to hold reunion*West Valley $6 fundraiser sale*Music, food at Monmouth block party*Dallas Booster accepts donations*Mel Brown, friends perform free Sunday

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This summer has brought about its own special challenges.

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Ten great shrubs for water-wise gardens

Hotter-than-usual temperatures and longer stretches between measurable moisture this year mean plants need more water from the end of a hose.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Picnic, auctions to benefit SFA series*Redhawk Winery Celebrates 10 years*Hydrocarts to make splash on Friday*Senior Center to serve up treats*Pick up some new 'summer reading

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Picnic, auction to benefit SFA series*IDA Art in the Park will be on Tuesday*Rep. Evans hold Measure 91 talk*Outdoor cooking class is Saturday*Flower arranging for youth is July 23*Polk job fair to offer opportunity*Horse owners workshop Aug. 1*Eola Hills hosts Friday Star Party*Reception honors BG restoration

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ODA offers food safety tips for summer meals

Now that summer has arrived, Oregonians are likely to do a lot more outdoor cooking and eating.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s midsummer in MI Town and we celebrate those cool and breezy early mornings by getting as much accomplished as possible before the afternoon sun is upon us.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Main Street Park was transformed into a village marketplace of booths and festive shops.

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Cool it down in the garden with OSU tips

The forecast promises high temperatures this summer, so take care to protect plants for the long, hot haul.

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Veterans Powwow set for this weekend

The 2015 Marcellus Norwest Memorial Veterans Powwow will be Friday through Sunday at Uyxat Powwow Grounds, 9390 Highway 22, near Fort Yamhill State Park.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*BBQ, car wash at Faith Lutheran*VBS starts at Trinity Lutheran*iPad 201 class set for Thursday*Master Gardeners to meet today* Meet Grant McOmie from 'Getaways'*Jericho Road to perform at FEFC

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Does anybody else remember when those hot summer days didn’t really begin until after the Fourth of July?

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*MCS host Chinese conversation night*Titus KKK to host golf tourney July 18*Volunteers needed to help MSC*Two grand marshals to lead parade*Today last day to submit artwork*Free meals for seniors at center

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