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Around Town March 14, 2018


March 14, 2018

Electrical ‘Boot Camp’ for teens

A 10-week, once-weekly “High School Electrical Boot Camp” will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 3 through June 5, at Central Electrical Training Center, 33309 Highway 99E, Tangent.

The free Boot Camp is for students who are currently enrolled in high school.  Participation is very limited – first come, first served.  

Students must complete all sessions. They will participate in hands-on activities that explore the world of electricity, and will get hands-on experience working with highly trained and skilled instructors. This is an opportunity to explore career possibilities in a high-wage, high-demand career field. 

Those who complete the sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Citizens needed for Budget Committee

The City of Sweet Home is seeking volunteers to serve on its Budget Committee.

Members of the Budget Committee serve a three-year term and are appointed by the City Council. The Budget Committee reviews the proposed budget submitted by the City Budget Officer.

Budget Committee members must reside in the corporate boundaries of the city and be registered voters.

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s office at (541) 367-8969.

Starker forestry lecture Wednesday

Zack Parisa, president and co-founder of SilviaTerra, will speak on “Forestry in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” at 3:30 p.m. on March 14 in the first of the annual Starker Lectures at Oregon State University.

The free lecture series, titled “What’s next: The future of managing for healthy productive forests” – will ask leading thinkers to consider the economic, political, technological and ecological future of forestry and discuss how to meet new challenges that are on the horizon.

It will explore the future of forestry and how land managers, policy makers and communities ought to prepare for decisions that could shape generations.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the C&E Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center on  the OSU campus.

Other lectures will be held April 25 and May 23, also at 3:30 p.m.

More information on the series is available at

Free talk on how to deal with pain

Mid Valley Pain Alliance is hosting a free community talk at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, at the Sweet Home Senior Center.

Presentations by healthcare clinicians include discussions designed to answer questions about pain.

Questions can be directed to

SHARC talent

contest Saturday

The fourth SHARC Showdown talent contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Sweet Home High School auditorium, 1641 Long St.

The contest is a fund-raising effort for the Auditorium Remodeling Committee of the the Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment. Proceeds will go toward purchasing sound and stage light equipment, new curtains and acoustic improvements.

Prizes include cash for in high school and older. For winners in junior high and younger, first prize is a new X-Box. Second is an 8-inch Kindle Fire. Third is a 7-inch Kindle Fire.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

For more information, visit the SHARC Facebook Page or call Sean Morgan at (503) 580-1045 or Shirley Austin at (541) 409-8957.

Sale to raise funds for adoption costs

A rummage sale to raise funds to help a local family adopt a baby from Japan is planned for this weekend at 2846 Foothills Drive in Sweet Home.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.

Sen. Ron Wyden town hall Saturday

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden will hold a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Linn-Benton Community College in the Forum Lecture Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Wyden will discuss his activities in Washington and participants are invited to share their ideas and ask any question.

The event is free and open to the public.

Watershed group to

hear about review

The South Santiam Watershed Council will meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 20, 2018 at the Lebanon Public Library.

Speaker Laurie Nicholas of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss the Willamette Basin Review, which studied the feasibility of reservoir reallocation for providing water to multiple users in the future.

Livestock group annual meeting

The Linn County Livestock Association will hold its annual dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at First Baptist Church. 27910 Seven Mile Lane, Brownsville.

In addition to dinner and dessert, the program includes presentations on educational program planning and predator control, as well as association business and leadership transition.

Cost is $10 per person, $5 per child. To RSVP, contact Susan Ruckert at (541) 967-7171 or email

Get help with Medicare basics

A Medicare class that will cover the basics of Medicare parts A, B, Cx and D will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Annex, 44 Industrial Way.

The free class is is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare, or current beneficiaries who have questions.

It will be conducted by the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments in partnership with the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program and Linn-Benton Community College. A SHIBA volunteer counselor will present the class.

Spouses and other relatives are welcome to attend.

Reservations are required. Call (541) 812-0849 to reserve your seat.

Low vision group to talk books

“Talking Books” will be the topic for the Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group’s meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Elka Burton, librarian at the Oregon Commission for the Blind Library, will discuss how easy it is to be a participant in this free service financed by federal funds for low vision and disabled people.  Everything is free  - the recorder and the books; and you do not have to leave your house to receive them.

All are welcome. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.  For information, call (541) 928-5008.


candidates to speak

Top Republican candidates in this year’s governor’s race have been invited to participate in a forum from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at the Linn County Fair & Expo, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Albany.

Those attending the forum will have the opportunity to submit questions, and the topics of greatest interest will be directed to the candidates.

For more information, contact Christine Ruck at (541) 401-0457.

SH Chamber

awards banquet

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce’s 73rd annual awards banquet will be held Saturday, April 7 at the Jim Riggs Community Center.

The theme this year is “Christmas All Year ’Round,” and nominations are now being accepted for citizen awards. Pick up applications at the chamber office, 1575 Main St. Application deadline is Monday, March 19.

To purchase tickets or to sponsor a table, call the Sweet Home Chamber at (541) 367-6186, or email

Meals on Wheels

weekly menu

Meals on Wheels 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, March 16, will be a St. Patrick’s Day theme, featuring corned beef and cabbage bake or macaroni and cheese florentine, green peas, carrot Mandarin salad, caraway rye roll and shamrock cake.

The menu on Monday, March 19, is chicken and dumplings or spaghetti with meat sauce and whole wheat roll, green peas and onions, spinach Romaine salad and chilled peaches.

The menu on Tuesday, March 20, is tuna loaf with cream sauce or beef and potato stew, herbed carrots, Romaine iceberg salad, bran rye roll and zucchini brownie.

For more information, contact Norene at (541) 367-8843.


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