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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Valley Life Center to host simulcast*Community garage sale is Saturday*Nashville artist to perform at Pressed*River Cleanup seeks volunteers*Food preservation class on Thursday

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime — and the living is busy these days in MI Town, as families begin to make preparations for their sons and daughters for another year of school.

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Yellow jacket activity heats up with weather

Homeowners advised to protect bees when responding to yellow jackets

Many Oregonians who have dined outside lately can attest to the fact that yellow jacket activity is starting to pick up.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*MI Chamber mixer at MaMere's B&B*Reserve spot now for PCMG Fall Fling*'Lost in Yonkers' to debut at Pentacle*NHWV Orchestra to perform Monday*Pacific Power hosts energy workshop*Parrish to speak at Jefferson Lodge*DUMC hosts Dallas Family Night Out*Scrub, shoe sale to benefit students

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Extend vegetable crop through fall

Fresh vegetables can be harvested most of the year in many places in Oregon.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It was wonderful to see so many people at the Polk County Fair two weeks ago – and there was indeed something for everyone to enjoy.

‘Bad’ returns to Falls City park

Bad to the Bone is back and taking over Falls City’s Lower Park Saturday.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Potluck to feature cultural institute*High Street Band at EHWC Legacy*Chefs' Night Out tickets available*AMVETS to host veterans lunch*Exchange seeks host families*Celebrates bees at Left Coast Cellars*All welcome at annual block party*Featured artist will display photos*VBS at Dallas First Christian Church*Saturday morning Yoga at the winery*Lions Cruise-in slated for Saturday*Monmouth library to celebrate 20th*Free art activities presented by IDA

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Contest Powwow on tap

One of the largest powwows in the Pacific Northwest will kick off in Grand Ronde on Friday.

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Fragrant flowers delight the senses

Summertime means evenings outdoors on the patio, a perfect time to enjoy strongly fragrant flowers.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Good things keep happening in MI Town.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Rickreall Grange sale this weekend*Block party, yard sale Wednesday*Changes to meals at senior center*Open class entry today at county fair*Senior Center looks for teachers*Wood-fired pizza at Left Coast Cellars*Engaged seeks vision volunteers*Buell Grange to host open house*Rafters set to race this Saturday

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Brew your own beer? Grow hops?

With craft beer and home brewing becoming more popular, interest in growing hops is fermenting among home gardeners.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The doors open at our very own Polk County Fair Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

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

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