Around Town (Aug. 17, 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. 19, is chicken pomodoro or beef and cabbage bake, Scandinavian vegetable blend, creamy coleslaw, an oatmeal roll and a golden fruit cup.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 22, is Caribbean spiced chicken or homestyle pork patty with gravy, whipped potatoes, green peas, French bread and Mandarin oranges.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 23, is chicken rice bake or spinach lasagna, succotash, tossed salad, a rye wheat roll and a pineapple fluff.

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

‘Space Jam 2’ Friday night

Sweet Home’s final Movies in the Park installment will be “Space Jam 2,” to screen at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Sankey Park, 977 14th Ave.

The movie and snacks are free.

Free lunches for kids end Aug. 19

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.

Bands and brews in Lebanon plaza

On Saturday, Aug. 20, Chasing Ebenezer rocks Lebanon’s Summer Bands and Brews series, which runs Saturdays through the end of August at Strawberry Plaza, 847 S. Main St.

The series concludes with the Gabriel Cox Band on Aug. 27.

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

Concerts in the Park continue

Lebanon’s Concerts in the Park series continues with a performance by The Diversified Band at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Ralston Park.

The series concludes with Lover of the Year on Aug. 30.

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]

ACT summer camp stages ‘Frozen Jr.’

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

Benefit concert for Alzheimer’s

The Oaks at Lebanon Retirement & Assisted Living hosts its annual “Live at the Square” benefit concert for Alzheimer’s Association on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Academy Square, 25 Academy St.

The performance features Kurt Van Meter and Gabriel Cox. Gates open at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m.

Conversion Brewing will host a beer, wine and cider garden. Food trucks and prizes will also be available.

Proceeds and donations support Team Oaks in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Photography workshop offered

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.

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 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.

For more information, visit

Sept. 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.

Following the closure, traffic will be controlled by flaggers between Milepost 54 and 57.

Sechedules are subject to change, particularly due to wildfires.

See for additional information.