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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

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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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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Behind the Scenes – Dallas Christmas Cheer

If you’ve lived in Dallas for any length of time, chances are you’ve heard of ‘Christmas Cheer.’

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Plan to fight fruit tree diseases

Face next season’s fruit tree disease and pest problems by making a preventative strategy now.

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Chamber singers to host brunch, concerts

Join Western Oregon’s Chamber Singers for a brunch and concert.

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Libraries make house calls

Charles Alva is the House Calls volunteer for the Monmouth library, and has been doing the job for 19 years, though it only seems like about 10 to him.

Pageant seeking actors

Annual Christmas play set Dec. 11-13

Would you like to be part of a Christmas tradition that started in 1938?

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Luncheon for area seniors set at CHS*Thanksgiving meal, service scheduled*Independence church offers holiday meal*Old Time fiddlers to perform Sunday*Author to appear at book signing event

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Winterizing roses demonstration set*Concert version of 'Company' slated*Pet photos with Santa is Saturday*DIY cheese class on tap at Rogue*Hunger Harvest Dinner benefit set*Thanksgiving meal, service scheduled

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