Around Town (Aug. 24, 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. 26, is Salisbury steak with gravy or breaded fish with tartar sauce, delmonico potatoes, Italian vegetables, sunflower seed bread and a butterscotch bar.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 29, is beef tamale pie or chicken pastina, fiesta-blend vegetables, pineapple slaw, a white dinner roll and rocky road pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 30, is Shoyu chicken with brown rice or vegetables Romanoff, carrot raisin salad, capri vegetables, a potato roll and seasonal fruit.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Norene at (541) 367-8843.

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. in Lebanon.

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.

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.

For more information, visit

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.

‘Frozen Jr.’ wraps at Albany Civic

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

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26-27, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee scheduled Aug. 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

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.

Designer to speak at women’s dinner

After 5 Connection invites local women to a dinner and special program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

Maryann Ewing, a local interior decorator who specializes in specially crafted, custom interiors, will present tips and guidelines for creating the perfect ergonomic workspace, whether at home or at your office.

Soloist Madel Jorgensen, of Lebanon, will perform.

Guest speaker Jerri Wickert, of Baker City, will discuss how chocolate draws “a powerful link to life.”

Cost is $15. Credit cards cannot be accepted. Reservations are required.

To RSVP, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or by email at [email protected].

Foster Dam Road closed Sept. 13-14

The road over Foster Dam will be closed Sept. 13 and 14 for work on the dam.

Closures will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Work will be done on the spillway gate and the fish weir will be removed.

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