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Join the public swim at the aquatic center on Friday, writing contest seeeking submissions, author will sign book

Public swim on Friday

The Chehalem Aquatic Center is hosting two public swim sessions, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday. All are welcome (children 8-years old and younger must be accompanied in the water by an adult) to participate and use the blue tube, diving board, basketball, three-meter tube slide and Tarzan rope swing. Admission for children, students and senior citizens is $3, adults are $3.50. Children are welcome to use the hot tub during these special sessions. For more information, call the pool at 503-537-2909.

Writing contest seeking submissions

Writers and poets across Yamhill County have the opportunity to share their work with a wider audience as the Paper Gardens Creative Writing Contest is accepting submissions for its annual competition and chapbook publication through March 1.

The contest is open to writers ages 6 and older and accepts writing in many different styles. Poetry in the traditional, free verse, haiku and poetry-of-place categories are accepted, while prose in the short story and creative nonfiction categories are also eligible. Writers can submit up to three poems for the contest and are limited to one prose entry. This year, poetry will be judged by Barbara Drake and prose by Lisa Ohlen Harris. Work will be judged in each category and by age group. The contest is produced by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County and the chapbook has been printed annually for the past 25 years. Writers who are selected for the chapbook will receive a copy of the final product and will be invited to read their work at a celebration slated for May 3 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

For more information or to submit work, visit www.arts allianceyamhillco.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is a $10 entry fee for either one piece of prose or up to three poems.

Doyle will sign historical book at winery

Newberg resident Barbara Doyle, author of "Springbrook Oregon: Local, National, International," will sign copies of the book from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in the tasting room at Bells Up Winery, 27895 N.E. Bell Road. The book is a collection of the area's history from 1850 to 2017. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-537-1328.

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