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Raising money, having fun

Regardless of what interests you, there are a number of events happening in town in the coming weeks that will fill your needs.  If you are intersted in wine, fine arts or the moral development of our kids, there’s something going on.

First up is Knight of Arts at the high school on Saturday, March 8. This annual event—with a fun medieval theme—raises funds for all the McNary High School fine arts programs including drama, music and art. With more than half of the student body involved with one of the seven fine arts, this event has become a major social event in Keizer. The silent auction items will be wide and varied but the live auction will offer some unique products and services.

On Tuesday, March 11, Keizer Young Life will hold its annual spring auction at the Keizer Civic Center. Proceeds from this popular event will help send Keizer kids to summer camp. The Young Life auction is one of the most successful events in Keizer, bringing together the community for the good of our kids.

Wine lovers should circle Friday, March 14, on their calendars. The Keizer Parks Foundation presents its second Pinot for the Parks, also at the Keizer Civic Center. The foundation, which raises funds for the city’s parks and its Wild Wild Rec summer parks program, will earmark most of the proceeds from this year’s event to help construct The Big Toy playground at Keizer Rapids Park, scheduled to be built this fall.

These three fundraising events will have powerful impacts in our community. What the seven arts instructors at McNary are teaching their students will benefit them long after they have left high school.

Keizer Young Life has helped teens stay on the straight and narrow for many years. The annual sojurn to summer camp reenforces values, morals and ethics that our young people need.

Keizer families will be visiting and playing at The Big Toy for generations to come; that wouldn’t be possible without the fundraising efforts of the Parks Foundation along with hundreds of other park fans.

There are a lot of things to do in Keizer in the coming weeks that will raise funds for things that make our community stronger and better.