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Around Town Feb. 14, 2018


February 14, 2018

Big Show of Little Art in Albany

Gallery Calapooia’s first community-wide art show, The Big Show of Little Art, continues through February at 222 First Ave. W. in downtown Albany.

The show features work from 114 artists from mid-valley communities. All the work is 8x8 inches in size and includes oils, mixed media, calligraphy, sculpture, photography, watercolors, acrylics, colored pencil, clay and fiber art.

The work will be on display through Feb. 24. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is a nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, call (541) 971-5701 or visit

‘Sylvia’ dog story on stage at theater

Albany Civic Theater presents “Sylvia,” by A.R. Gurney and directed by Loren Dunn.

Greg brings home a dog named Sylvia that he found in the park who soon becomes a major bone of contention between him and his wife, Kate.

To Greg, the Lab/Poodle mix is an escape from the frustrations of his job, but to Kate the dog is a rival for Greg’s affection. It takes a series of hilarious and touching complications to mend the marriage and make Sylvia a valued part of their lives.

The play will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24, and March 1, 2, 3. A matinee showing will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 25.

Show tickets are $13 for adults, and $10 for kids and seniors. Visit for more information. Albany Civic Theater is located at 111 First Ave. W.

Best-selling author in Brownsville

New York Times Bestselling author and Oregon resident Jane Kirkpatrick will present a workshop for authors and aspiring authors followed by a book signing and sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Brownsville Art Center, 255 Main St., Brownsville.

Kirkpatrick has 1.5 million books in print, including 30 novels and non-fiction titles that draw readers from all ages and genders. Most are historical novels based on the lives of actual historical women often about ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives.

The workshop is sponsored by the Brownsville Art Association and will be limited to 30 people. The $40 fee will, in part, support the arts in Brownville.

Bring your pencils, pens, laptops and writing barriers.

Contact to pre-register.

The public is also invited to a book signing at 1 p.m. Books will also be available for sale then.

Local symphony this weekend

Willamette Valley Symphony will perform works by Copeland, Bloch and Schumann Feb. 17 and 18.

Concerts are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Albany First United Methodist Church, 1115 28th Ave. SW, and Sunday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 Research Way in Corvallis.

For more information on the orchestra and where or how to purchase tickets, visit

Frontier Heritage Fair Feb. 17-18

The 26th annual Frontier Heritage Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday, Feb. 17, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Lane County Fairgrounds auditorium, 796 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.

The event will feature artifacts and replicas from pre-1898 America, including mountain men fur trade, civil war, and the old west.

There will be a special exhibit of Oregon prehistory and displays representing the Hudson’s Bay Co., early explorers, historic Fort Umpqua at Elkton, the Applegate Trail, and Northwest Coast native art.

There will be activities for kids, performances by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, and demonstrations of skilled trades such as spinning, weaving, quilting, woodworking, horn carving and metal smithing.

Admission is $5 per person; children aged 12 and under (accompanied by an adult, please) are free.

For more information contact Melody at (541) 689-4281 or James at (541) 746-1819.

Bridal show Sunday in Lebanon

The 14th annual Bridal Show at Santiam Place will be held from 12 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18 at 139 Main St., Lebanon.

Local wedding professionals and a select number of vendors will be available for booking, and door prizes will be awarded. Donations of canned food for the local soup kitchen will be accepted.

Garden Club to host tea event

Lebanon Garden Club invites fellow gardeners to its February “tea at noon” event at noon Monday, Feb. 19, at Santiam Place, 139 S. Main St.

The meeting will include a decorated hat contest, desserts, and a choice of flavorful teas.

For more information call (541) 521-5677. Lebanon Garden Club is a member of the Santiam District of Garden Clubs, encompassing Linn, Benton and Marion counties.

Safety plans for chemical release

The Mid-Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee invites the public to learn about local plans for community safety in the event of a hazardous chemical release incident from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Albany Fire Station 11, 611 Lyon St. SE.

Attendants will learn what the committee does and the benefits of having a committee in the community.

Speakers at this year’s meeting will discuss crisis management and disposal of household hazardous material. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Richard Saalsaa at, or (541) 360-0029.

Free heart health

seminar at SLCH

Samaritan Health Services will offer a free seminar on heart health from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

Dr. Tim Becker will discuss which exercises are best for the heart, how intensely you need to exercise, and how to fit exercise into a busy life.

Registration is required due to limited space.

To register, call (855) 873-0647, or register online at

Vision group to dicuss eye injury

First aid for serious eye injuries will be the subject for the Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road SE in Albany.

Retired optician Robert Springer will present the program. In addition to discussing first aide for serious eye injuries, he will also highlight what kinds of sudden visual changes should be immediately seen and treated by an eye doctor.

There is no membership fee for the support group; all meetings are free to anyone who wishes to know more about low vision and blindness and where to go for help. A resource library is available with free information. Light refreshments are served. For more information call (541) 928-5008.

Learn regenerative farming Feb. 22

Oregon State University Extension Service will offer a class on practical techniques for regenerative farming on small-scale properties from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the OSU Extension Service – Lane County office at 996 Jefferson Street in Eugene.

Regenerative farming utilizes practices that work with natural systems such as photosynthesis, soil microbiology and soil chemistry, as well as practices like integrated pest management, cover cropping, crop rotation, nutrient cycling, and reduced tillage to actively engage in carbon sequestration. Guest instructors will be Scott Goode and Anna Eichner of Nourishing Systems in Central Point, Oregon.

Cost is $10 and pre-registration is required.

To register, send a check for $10 per person, made out to OSU Extension Service and mail to 996 Jefferson St., Eugene, OR 97402. To pay with a credit card visit

For more information or to request registration support, contact Nicole Wells at (541) 344-5859 or

Meals on Wheels

weekly menu

Meals on Wheels, also known as Your Table or Ours, offers lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays.

First-time diners are invited to come in and have a free lunch to give it a try.

Suggested donation is $3.50. All meals are served with milk, coffee or tea upon request and diabetic desserts are available on request.

The menu on Friday, Feb. 16, is chicken alfredo pasta or spinach omelet bake, cut green beans, garden vegetable salad, wheat roll and gelatin jewels.

No meal will be served Monday, Feb. 19, due to the Presidents Day holiday.

The menu on Tuesday, Feb. 20, is creamed chicken and vegetables or beef patty with peppers and onions, whipped potatoes, green peas, sunflower seed bread and strawberry ice cream.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.


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