Around Town (April 19, 2023)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu

Meals on Wheels/Senior Meals offers an on-site lunch at noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays to seniors over 60 at the Sweet Home Community Center.

There is a suggested donation of $3.50 per meal.

Meals are ordered in advance, and are the same meals as delivered to Meals on Wheels participants.

A menu will always be posted in the senior center’s dining room.

The menu on Friday, April 21, is Dijon-mustard chicken or a beef mushroom patty, whipped sweet potatoes, a winter vegetable blend, seven-grain bread and vanilla pudding.

The menu on Monday, April 24, is a beef rigatoni or chicken rice bake, green peas, creamy cucumber salad, a wheat roll and a fresh orange.

The menu on Tuesday, April 25, is chicken Spanish rice or spinach strata, a fiesta vegetable blend, a garden vegetable salad, cracked wheat roll and lemon bar.

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

City cleanup day this Saturday

Local businesses are encouraging residents to participate in a city cleanup to celebrate Earth Day from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

Friends Outdoor Adventures, Modern Forest, Service With a Smile and Shoppe of Wonders are organizing the event. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. at the Sweet Home Library parking lot, 1101 13th Ave.

Pizza will be served after the cleanup work at Shoppe of Wonders, 1045 Main St.

Hospital group to honor donors

Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation will honor individuals and businesses who have made donations to support the construction of Samaritan’s new family medicine clinic and urgent care in Sweet Home.

Gifts of all amounts are needed.

The building will include a “founding” donor wall in the clinic lobby that honors supporters who have contributed gifts of $1,000 or more to the campaign. Smaller gifts will be acknowledged on a digital display in the lobby.

May 1 is the deadline for donors to make a gift or pledge and be included on the donor wall.

Opportunities to make gifts in honor or memory of loved ones, and room sponsorships are also available.

For more information, contact LCHF Director Brandy O’Bannon at (541) 451-7063.

ELCA to host spring auction

East Linn Christian Schools will hold its annual spring auction at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at 36883 Victory Drive, Lebanon.

This event is the school’s primary fundraiser, which helps keep tuition prices affordable, promote access to Christian education and provide up-to-date curriculum.

The auction begins at 4:30 p.m., with a Forks and Corks dinner at 6:15 and a silent auction at 7. A dessert frenzy auction will be held as well, followed by the live auction.

A variety of table sponsorships are available.

Elkettes to host spring bazaar

Sweet Home Elkettes will hold a Spring Fling bazaar Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at 440 Osage St.

The event will include craft vendors, arts and crafts, metal work, custom furniture and baked goods.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Kimi Nash at (541) 401-9844.

Celebrate spring at Veterans Home

The Edward C. Allsworth Veterans’ Home will hold its annual Spring Fling celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at 600 N. 5th St., Lebanon.

The free outdoor event, themed “Life on the Farm,” will include a cruise-in by local classic car and motorcycle groups, live music by Wild Hog in the Woods (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), face painting and caricature artists, hands-on agricultural activities provided by the Oregon State University 4-H Club, petting zoos, a tractor display, games, food and more.

Food trucks will be on site and games will be provided by Portland Party Works, including ax throwing, cow milking, apple roller and cow hoop toss.

Veterans’ home tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon.

Event parking is at the adjacent Pioneer School, 500 N. Fifth St.

LBCC to hold live job fair April 26

For the first time since 2019, Linn-Benton Community College’s Annual Career Fair will be held in person.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, in the Activities Center Gymnasium on the Albany Campus and will feature over 80 local employers.

This is a free event that is open to anyone in the community.

Visit for more information and for the most up-to-date list of participating employers.

Faith health group to discuss progress

Faith Community Health Network will meet from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Health Occupations Center, 300 Mullins Drive, Lebanon.

Meeting participants will check in on the group’s 2023 roadmap progress and finalize planning for events to build skills in respective faith communities.

There is no charge to participate.

For more information, contact Tawni Pfaff at (541) 367-8045 or email [email protected].

Audubon talk at Lebanon library

Lebanon Public Library will host a talk by members of the Corvallis Audubon Society from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at 55 Academy St.

Visiting educators from the Corvallis Audubon Society will deliver a presentation about migratory songbirds in the Willamette Valley.

Immediately after the talk there will be an optional Bird Walk hosted by the Corvallis Audubon Society around Academy Square. The Society will provide some binoculars and identification guides for participants.

For more information, contact the library at (541) 258-4926.

Church to host spring craft fair

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a Spring Craft Fair and Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at 1910 34th Ave SE, Albany.

The event will feature local artists, crafters, vendors and growers.

Guild store to host Bolf work

Lebanon photographer Ken Bolf will exhibit 12 photographs beginning Tuesday, May 2, at the Linn County Arts Guild store, 846 S. Main St.

The exhibit runs through Tuesday, May 30. Arts Guild store hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bolf’s photographs represent several counties, including Crook, Wheeler, and Klamath, and consist of landscapes, large birds and miscellaneous subjects.

To see more of his work, visit

Students invited to submit art

High school students in Oregon’s Congressional 5th District are invited to submit for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition.

The competition is conducted by members of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage students from across the country to express their artistic talents. One winner and two runners-up will be announced on May 8.

One winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., and attend a congressional reception honoring artwork from across the country. The U. S. Capitol will display the winning entry for one year. U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, R-OR-05, will display two runners-up in her district office.

To enter, students should submit no more than two pieces of two-dimensional artwork, along with the student information and release form, by 5 p.m. Monday, May 1.

Entries can be submitted via email or in-person at Chavez-DeRemer’s Oregon City district office. Email photos of the artwork (as a JPEG file), along with the student release form, to Rebecca Wright at [email protected].

For more information, email Wright or call (503) 387-8651. Further instructions and rules related to the art piece itself can be found by visiting

May 1 deadline for fire academy

Lebanon Fire District will host the annual free two-day Linn County Young Women’s Fire Academy Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9.

The academy, taught by women firefighters, is open to Oregon girls aged 14 to 19.

A range of classes encompass such skills as fire suppression, emergency medical services, interviewing, application and resume advice, vehicle extrication, physical fitness, technical skills, teamwork and leadership skills, and much more.

Sign up at

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 1. Completed application forms can be mailed to 1050 W. Oak St. Lebanon, OR 97355 or delivered to the LFD administrative offices at 550 S. Main St.

For more information, visit

Genealogy group to talk Sodaville

The Lebanon Genealogical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the Lebanon Public Library Community Room, 55 Academy St.

The topic will be a show and tell in which participants are invited to bring some piece of family history complete with a short story to explain it all. The public is welcome. A short business meeting will follow the presentation.

Cheadle Lake run/walk May 6

The 14th annual Cheadle Lake Fun Run/Walk and Kids Obstacle Dash will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Cheadle Lake Park festival site, 37919 Weirich Drive.

The event includes 5K and 10K runs and walks, and a kids obstacle dash, which will include a gunny sack race, the pool noodle slalom, and a pirate-supervised “Walk the Plank” activity, for children 10 and under. Adults are welcome to follow their kids and help them out if needed. Participation is limited to 200, with the first 150 free. Others pay $10 each. Registration ends at midnight prior to the event.

The 5K and 10K will follow newly completed paths north to River Park and around Cheadle Lake back to Cheadle Park. Pre-event registration runs through 11:59 p.m. on May 5, is $30. Prices go up at the event. Sign up at

All proceeds go to BLT and will be used towards planning, promoting, maintaining and developing over 50 miles of fully accessible multi-use, hiking, walking, and bicycling trails in Lebanon.

Dinner to honor women veterans

A Women in the Military celebration will be hosted from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the American Legion Post 51, 480 S. Main St., Lebanon.

The event, which honors women veterans, is co-hosted by the Lebanon, Brownsville and Sweet Home American Legion posts, and by VFW Post 584 in Albany.

It is planned as a “triangular” annual event, which will rotate between Lebanon, Sweet Home and Albany in future years.

Cost ranges from $13 to $17 per person, depending on whether the attendee prefers steak or shrimp. Also on the menu are a baked potato, salad and a roll. Social hour starts at 4 p.m., with dinner following from 5 to 7 p.m.

Women leaders from American Legion posts throughout the state are expected to attend.

Keynote speaker will be Kalyn Lafayette, a Central Linn graduate and current Oregon National Guard member who was a four-time local American Oratorical Contest winner and a state winner.

For more information, call (541) 451-1351.

LCSWA offers scholarships

Linn County Small Woodlands Association offers $2,000 annual and renewable scholarships to Linn County residents and nearby students attending county high schools.

The scholarships, to be used at colleges in Oregon, are funded by income from the LCSWA annual seedling sale, which set records this year, netting $19,000 for LCSWA’s scholarship fund.

Scholarship committee chairman Katie Kohl heads a team of volunteers who will interview applicants in late May.

Scholarships will be awarded on academic achievement, honors and awards, school and community activities and college academic plans.

Deadline to file applications and references this year is Friday, May 19.

Students can contact her at [email protected].

Designs sought for fair T-shirt

Local youth involved in Linn County 4-H and FFA organizations are invited to submit designs for the front of the 2023 Linn County Fair T-shirt.

The contest is open to all Linn County 4-H and FFA youth attending the fair.

Each contestant is limited to one design, which can be submitted by May 31. The design must be an original work – absolutely no tracing or copying designs – and must use only one color.

Entries must be submitted as a PDF or JPG file format.

If selected, the contest winner will see their design printed on the T-shirts passed out at the fair and will receive a $50 Coastal Farms gift card.

The winner will also meet with a professional designer from NoDinx to help prepare the final image.

They will be highlighted in the Extension’s Growing newspaper and on social media.

Submit designs at:

For more information, contact Michele Webster at [email protected].

Garden club to hold flower show

The Lebanon Garden Club encourages community members of all ages to enter its annual free Flower Show, which will be held the first weekend of June during the Strawberry Festival, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 2, and 12 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Santiam Place, 139 S Main St.

Entries for this year’s show will be accepted June 1-2.

Flower show schedule books describing acceptable entries (including individual specimens, terrariums, and dish gardens) and designs are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon Senior Center, Lebanon Public Library, Green Thumb Nursery, Summit Ace Home & Garden and Garland’s Nursery as soon as the schedule is available.

For information regarding entries and general show questions, contact Lynne Neuman at (541) 990-3894.

Mother’s Day sale for cancer victim

A local Mother’s Day fundraiser will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, in the commons at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Boobie Bunco Event will benefit a local woman who is fighting cancer. It will feature 43 vendors and crafters, 11 plus-size clothing booths, a Cornerstone Missions bake sale, hamburger baskets offered by Fair Share Gleaners, and coffee/Italian soda cart.

A vendor list is viewable at

Search and Rescue seeks recruits

The Linn County Sheriff Office is recruiting young men and women ages 14 to 18 to join the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program.

This will be the 29th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend a recruit meeting at the sheriff’s office at 7 p.m. on May 8 to participate.

Applicants will also need to pass the physical aptitude test on either May 13 or May 20.

Accepted applicants will be required to attend the pre-academy meeting on June 12. At that time, applicants will be eligible to attend the 10-day Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.

For more information about the program contact Emergency Management/SAR Coordinator Ric Lentz at (541) 967-3950 or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at

Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff’s Office in Albany.