Around Town (Aug. 10, 2022)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu

Meals on Wheels offers take-out 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.

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, Aug. 12, is an orange-glazed chicken with brown rice or baked beef rigatoni, a winter vegetable blend, creamy coleslaw, an oatmeal roll and a golden fruit cup.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 15, is sweet and sour chicken with brown rice or ground beef stroganoff with pasta, broccoli, a tossed salad, a whole wheat roll or spiced peaches.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 16, is a homestyle turkey patty with gravy or sliced ham with raisin sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, Italian blend vegetables, squash bread and gelatin with whipped topping.

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

Montgomery to end River Rhythms

Eddie Montgomery, late of Montgomery Gentry, stops in to wrap the River Rhythms series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Monteith Riverpark, 489 NW Water Ave., Albany.

Admission is free, but a $1 per person donation is encouraged. Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but cash or a check is preferred. Food is available for purchase from on-site vendors.

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Deadline for fall sports at B&G Club

Registration for fall sports through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam is under way.

Volleyball and football sign-ups for elementary school students run through Aug. 12.

A $25 late fee will apply to all registrations past that date.

Volleyball cost is $117 for third- and fourth-graders, $127 for fifth- and sixth-graders. Practices start the week of Sept. 12.

NFL Flag Football is offered for kindergarteners through sixth-graders. Cost is $117 for kindergarteners, $127 for first- and second-graders, and $137 for third- through sixth-graders.

Register at

Bands and brews in Lebanon plaza

On Saturday, Aug. 13, The Bandulus rocks Lebanon’s Summer Bands and Brews series, which runs Saturdays through the end of August at Strawberry Plaza, 847 S. Main St.

Future performers include Chasing Ebenezer (Aug. 20) and Gabriel Cox Band (Aug. 27).

Concerts in the Park continue

Lebanon’s Concerts in the Park series continues with a performance by Castletown at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Ralston Park.

Future performers include The Diversified Band (Aug. 23) and Lover of the Year (Aug. 30).

Free lunches available for kids

The Sweet Home School District is offering free summer lunches to children 18 and under at the following locations:

— Through Aug. 19: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Little Promises, 28028 Pleasant Valley Road, Sweet Home (breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. (breakfast is served from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., around the back of Foster Elementary School, 5526 Poplar St., Foster; 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Oak Heights Elementary School, 610 Elm St., Sweet Home; and noon to 12:30 p.m., Ashbrook Park, 28th Ave. and Juniper St., Sweet Home.

For more information, contact Deshawnda Carver, Sweet Home High School, at (541) 367-7149 or Kathleen Cochran, accounts payable, at (541) 367-7121.

‘Frozen Jr.’ comes to Albany Civic Theater

Summer camp performances of Disney’s “Frozen Jr.,” based on the 2018 Broadway musical, will be staged Aug. 19-27 at the Albany Civic Theater, 111 W. First Ave.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-20 and 26-27, with additional 2 p.m. matinees scheduled Aug. 20 and 27.

All tickets are $10 and available for in-person attendees at To purchase tickets for the online stream, visit A $1 processing fee will be added to each ticket purchased or reserved online.

For more information, go to

Superhero Fun Run & Walk

Raise funds for the ABC House at the Superhero Fun Run & Walk, scheduled to run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Crystal Lake Sports Fields, 100 SE Fischer Lane, Corvallis.

Participants are encouraged to “run, walk or roll” the distance of their choice and to dress in their favorite superhero attire.

Registration is $35.

For more information and to register, visit

Samaritan hosts listening sessions

Samaritan Health Services has scheduled a pair of listening sessions to gather input on health needs from the Benton, Lincoln and Linn County communities.

The first will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Chinook Room at Linn-Benton Community College’s Benton Center, 932 NW Reiman Ave. A second, similar session will take place Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Samaritan Health Services’ Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th St., Newport.

For more information or to sign up for these sessions, RSVP to Rochelle Hazelton at [email protected].

Photography workshop set

Military veterans living in Benton, Lincoln or Linn counties or surrounding areas are invited to attend a free photography workshop with decorated mid-Willamette Valley professional photographer Mark Ylen.

The session will take place from 6 to 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in Albany. Ylen will take participants on an early-morning adventure, focusing on the hustle and bustle of launching hot air balloons at Timber-Linn Memorial Park during the Northwest Art & Air Festival.

Ylen spent more than three decades as a photojournalist in Oregon and California, most notably for the Albany Democrat-Herald and Corvallis Gazette-Times, and has been published in magazines and newspapers throughout the globe.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants. To register, email [email protected] or call (541) 768-7138.

OSU Theatre’s ‘Twelfth Night’

Oregon State University Theatre’s Bard in the Quad will perform William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11-14 on the Memorial Union Quad, at the OSU campus in Corvallis.

“Twelfth Night” is a comedy centered on some of the legendary playwright’s favorite plot devices: long-lost twins, a shipwreck and mistaken identity. This year’s production will be staged in a vaguely Victorian era akin to Disney depictions of classic fairy tale love stories.

No seating is provided on the quad, so blankets and lawn chairs are recommended, along with warm clothing. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. each performance night and picnics are encouraged.

Tickets are $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $5 for OSU students. To purchase tickets, go to or call the Theatre Arts Box Office at (541) 737-2784.“Early Bard” tickets for $15, $10 and $5, respectively, are available online through July 31.

For more information call 541-737-2853.

FCHN offers nursing course

The Faith Community Health Network is offering the Foundations for Faith Community Nursing course for actively licensed registered nurses, and Foundations for Health Ministry course for faith community lay members, allied health professionals and RNs who are not currently licensed.

Faith community nursing is a recognized nursing specialty. The Foundations course prepares registered nurses to bridge the health care system and diverse faith community population. These nurses and health ministers work together to encourage conversations about health and wellness of the mind, body and spirit.

The course takes place over six Zoom sessions, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Monday and Tuesday over a six-week period: Aug. 29-30, Sept. 12-13, and Sept. 26. A session will also be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Cost for training is $275 for residents of Linn, Benton or Lincoln counties, and $325 for out-of-area residents. This includes books and 38 continuing education contact hours.

For registration information, contact Foundations Course Coordinator and Lead Educator Deb Fell-Carlson at [email protected] or 541-248-0595 (voice or text OK).

Sheriff to speak at Forum Lunch

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Forum Lunch from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 S. Main St.

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan will speak.

Cost is $18 per person. RSVPs are required.

To register or for more information, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164.

Encampment set for Aug. 26-28

Learn about Native American cultures and traditions at the second annual Cultural Encampment, scheduled Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28, at Cascadia State Park.

Morning prayers begin at 5:30 a.m. daily. Friday events include a 10 a.m. meet-and-greet, an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tobacco-bag craft class, and flute music and storytelling from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday’s activities include a 10 a.m. meet-and-greet, a dreamcatchers craft class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and traditional dancing and information from 4 to 6 p.m.

Sunday’s slate concludes with a 10 a.m. meet-and-greet, a dance demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. and a thank-you feast from 4 to 6 p.m.

September Hwy. 20 closure scheduled

The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced that Hwy. 20 will be completely closed Sept. 9-20 for landslide repair work between Mileposts 55.4 and 56.2, east of House Rock Campground.

Daytime closures will continue through October.

ODOT plans to build a retaining wall and to realign and reconstruct a portion of the road that has been damaged by landslides between Mileposts 56 and 56.2.

It also plans to improve the road surface in portions between Milepost 55.4 and 56.2.

When the road is re-opened, work will require daytime single-lane closures from 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, through October. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers between Milepost 54 and 57.

Sechedules are subject to change, particularly due to wildfires.

See for additional information.

Art & Air Festival landing in Albany

Hot-air balloons and prime entertainment (with Billy Currington at the top of the bill) will return to dot the mid-valley skies with the Northwest Art & Air Festival, slated Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28, at Timber Linn Memorial Park, 900 Price Road SE, Albany.

The festivities begin early Friday with a 6 a.m. balloon liftoff. Art and food vendor booths open at noon, as do a wine and microbrew garden and the Red Robin Family Zone. Performances on the Oregon Freeze Dry festival stage run from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 concert on the same platform. The beloved “Night Glow” begins at dusk.

Saturday’s events include a 6:45 a.m. balloon liftoff, a 9 a.m. car show and Oregon Freeze Dry festival stage performances from noon to 7 p.m., followed by a mainstage performance from headliner Billy Currington at 8 p.m.

Sunday’s slate includes the 6:45 a.m. balloon liftoff among other events.

Admission to the event is free. However, parking is $10 daily at Timber Linn Memorial Park or at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E.

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