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Around Town June 6, 2018


June 6, 2018

Foster Dam Road closures scheduled

The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 7, and possibly Friday, June 8, for installation of a fish study pipe.

The road will be closed for the fish study from Monday, June 11 through Tuesday, June 19, including the weekend.

For more information, call (541) 942-5631.

Dems to hear from election winner

Val Hoyle, State Bureau of Labor and Industries commissioner-elect, and Lee Beyer, state senator representing District 6, will be the featured speakers during the Thursday, June 7, meeting of the Linn County Democrats in the Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.

A social time, with light refreshments, begins at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6:30.

Hoyle defeated Lou Odgen and Jack Howard in the May 15 non-partisan race for BOLI commissioner. Because she received 52 percent of the vote, she does not face a November run-off election. She will take office in January 2019, succeeding Brad Avakian, who decided not to seek re-election.

Beyer, a Democrat who lives in Springfield, was re-elected to his Senate seat in 2010 after serving for most of the previous decade on the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Senate District 6 includes south and central Linn County, Springfield and portions of Eugene.

Beyer faces Republican Robert Schwartz in the Nov. 6 General Election.

For more information about the meeting and the Linn County Democrats, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury, 541-974-2075 or

Fishing Derby this weekend in Albany

The annual Sportsman’s Warehouse Kids Fishing Derby will be held from 7 a.m. to around noon at Timber Linn Park in Albany.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock Timber Linn Pond with hundreds of rainbow trout.

All skill levels are welcomed. Kids ages 4-12 can compete in four age brackets for trophies and prizes, and the first 300 participants to register will receive a free goody bag. Those who catch tagged fish will win prizes such as fishing equipment, and there will be prizes for the largest and smallest and most fish caught.

The event is free, though a $2 donation is recommended to help with fish conservation.

For rules and registration, visit

For information, contact Dean at (503) 364-1442.

Car show Saturday at Cheadle Lake

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Classic Car Cruz’n from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Cheadle Lake Park, 37919 Weirich Dr.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the eight-mile “Cruz the Gut” loop starts at 9.

There will be prizes, awards and a free photo booth. $15 pre-show, $20 day of, and t-shirt sales. Pick up registration forms at the Chamber, or contact Shelly for more information at (541) 258-7164.

Strawberry Century back on June 9

The 26th annual Strawberry Century bicycling ride series will be held Saturday, June 9, starting at Lebanon High School.

Organized by Santiam Spokes Riding Club, the event offers routes ranging from 13.3 miles to 101.9 and for every skill level. Routes will run through the Sweet Home area, so bikers will be on the roads, particularly around Foster Lake.

Costs range from $20 to $45 per participant, which includes access to fully-stocked aid stations, a picnic lunch, course support and sweeps, fresh strawberry cake at the finish and more.

Learn more at

Mozart choral

concert Friday

Mozart’s “Requiem” choral concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Linn-Benton Community College’s Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

LBCC award winning choirs will perform in conjunction with an orchestra, conducted by Raymund Ocampo, LBCC Choral Studies director, with soloists Patty Gerig, Sarah Brauer, Jason Caffarella, and Kevin Wyant-Stone.

LBCC a cappella ensembles Sirens and Blue Light Special will perform works by Beyonce, Bruno Mars and more.

Tickets are $10 general admission, or $7 for students, seniors and veterans. Concert is free for students with ID and children under 18.

Purchase online at or at the theater box office one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC theater box office at (541) 917-4531.

Symphony to play this weekend

Willamette Valley Symphony will perform works by Verdi and Dvorak, plus a selection of opera arias Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Albany First United Methodist Church, 1115 28th Ave. SW; and at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 Research Way in Corvallis.

Guest soloist David Gustafson, tenor, will perform a selection of favorite opera arias. Also on the program are Verdi’s Nabucco Overture, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “New World.”

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and over and students, and free at the door for children 12 and under. Discounts are available for season packages (four concerts).

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

Garden clubs to gather in Lebanon

The Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs 2018 State Convention will be held from Sunday, June 10, to Wednesday, June 13, at the Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn and Event Center, 505 Mullins Drive.

The dinner banquet, featuring keynote speaker Hoichi Kurisu, begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, and costs $75 per ticket. Kurisu is a world renowned landscape designer of Japanese gardens, including the Healing Garden at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, the Japanese Garden at Boulder Falls Inn, and Portland Japanese Gardens.

Non-members may purchase tickets by contacting Trudie Bason at (541) 521-5677 or by email at

Free garden talk

at coffee shop

The Lebanon Garden Club and Linn County Master Gardeners will host a free garden talk from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, June 11, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

The public is invited. For more information, contact Eileen at (541) 259-4303.

Music, produce, more at market

Merkle Music will perform Tuesday, June 12, at the Sweet Home Farmers Market in the square at 12th and Kalmia in front of City Hall.

The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and features local vendors purveying all manner of local produce and wares. Musical performers are scheduled to appear each week at the market, which is scheduled to run throughout the summer.

After 5 women’s

dinner June 12

Local women are invited to After 5 Connection’s monthly dinner and program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

The topic will be “Bead It,” and the program will include a presentation by Ira Whitaker of Let It Bead in Lebanon on making personal jewelry.

Pat Abernathy of Madras, a community planner, caregiver, Facebook “foodie” and inventor of decadent goodies will tell hair-raising adventure tales that make listeners ask “Why me?”

Cost is $8.50, which includes everything. Credit cards cannot be accepted. RSVPs are required.

To reserve a spot, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396.

Patriotic Pops Concert June 30

The Willamette Valley Concert Band will present a Patriotic Pops Concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 30, at the Sweet Home High School auditorium.

The concert will feature a wide variety of music including Broadway show tunes, big band swing favorites, patriotic music and traditional marches.

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 menu on Friday, June 8, is herbed chicken patty or liver and onions, both with gravy, whipped potatoes with gravy, country trio blend vegetables, herb bread and frosted banana cake.

The menu on Monday, June 11 is Waikiki chicken or Swedish meatballs with sauce, creamed potatoes, Scandinavian blend vegetables, rye wheat bread and chocolate pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, June 12, is garden chicken mini salad or egg/BLT/tofu salad, both over spinach Romaine, cream of broccoli soup, white dinner roll and spiced peaches.

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


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