Around Town (Aug. 25, 2021)

Tune it up Tuesdays schedule on a roll

Tune it up Tuesdays events are planned for the downtown area through the remainder of the summer.

The weekly events are held Tuesday evenings, in conjunction with the Sweet Home Farmers Market, in an effort to encourage residents and visitors to congregate and shop downtown.

Participants are encouraged to bring “tuned-up” cars, trucks and side-by-sides (on Long Street) to the event. Downtown-area shops will be open until 8 p.m, as well as local restaurants. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy face painting and corn hole games too.

Tuesday evening’s show will be held at 1331 Main St., featuring Adam Larson & Co., fresh from the Oregon Jamboree, where they opened on the Main Stage. Show time each Tuesday is 6 p.m.

The rest of the lineup is:

Aug. 31 – Kurt Van Meeter

Sept. 7 – Nate Botsford

Sept. 14 – Trent Beaver

Sept. 21 – Rhonda Funk

For more information on the events, contact the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce at (541) 367-6186.

Concerts in the Park continue

Lebanon’s Concerts in the Park series continues with performances running from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Ralston Park, 925 Park St.

The final two performances of this season include Grand Jazz and Swing Bands (Aug. 24) and Cashmere and Chaos (Aug. 31).

Admission is free. Concertgoers are advised to provide their own seating.

Summer Bands & Brews wraps

The annual Summer Bands & Brews ends with a performance by DTW from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Strawberry Plaza, 847 S. Main St., in Lebanon.

The park is located between Conversion Brewing and Hollywood Studio.

Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

SAFE announces can, bottle drive

Senior Alcohol-Free Entertainment is holding a can and bottle drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1118 Main St., Sweet Home.

The event raises money for this year’s senior class.

Linn GOP to hold gala and auction

The Linn County Republican Party is holding a gala and auction fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., Albany.

A silent auction begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and speakers at 6 p.m. and a live auction at 7.

Arizona Republican party chair Kelli Ward is the event’s keynote speaker, with past Oregon Republican Party chair Bill Currier as guest speaker.

Advance tickets are $90 general, $160 two guest tickets and $800 for a sponsor table of eight (while available). To purchase tickets, visit

SHHS 1971 class reunion Saturday

The Sweet Home High School Class of 1971 is holding a 50-year reunion gathering from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, on the northeast corner of Foster Reservoir east of Sweet Home.

The class has rented Picnic Area 1 and has hired Little Town Celebrations to serve a taco bar.

Cost is $13 per person or $25 per couple.

To attend or receive additional information, send an email to [email protected].

Learn to garden with native plants

The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program is offering a series of free virtual monthly classes, “The Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series,” which will be broadcast via Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month through November at

The classes, which include topics as far-ranging as “Dazzling Dahlias” to “Adapting Your Garden and Landscape to Climate Change,” are meant for those with a bit of gardening under their belt.

The topic for Tuesday, Sept. 14, is “Gardening with Native Plants for Pollinators.” This talk will share research conducted by the OSU Garden Ecology Lab about the connection between natives and pollinators, as well as provide recommendations for native plants for western Oregon gardeners.

Before the pandemic, this series would have been held in person solely as continuing education for Master Gardeners, but the webinar format allows the sessions to be offered to the public.

Sign up for Oregon artists registry

Professional Oregon-based artists are encouraged to sign up for a statewide artists registry created by the Oregon Commission in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation.

The registry’s intent is to reach and connect as many Oregon artists as possible, including those who haven’t previously accessed funding programs.

Once established, the registry will allow the commission and the Ford Family Foundation, as well as other funding partners, to distribute information about upcoming funding opportunities. It will also create more comprehensive data about Oregon artists for planning and advocacy purposes.

While the registry will remain open, artists are encouraged to sign up by Thursday, Sept. 30, to establish a base registry.

Applications are available online at

Genealogy group reopens to public

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society at 1223 Kalmia St. has reopened to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every third Saturday, with more days scheduled to be announced soon.

The society features resources with which to research family history. Browsing is free, with a small daily fee to research via computer. Volunteers are available on site for assistance.

Society membership is $25 per year.

For more information, call (541) 818-0578.

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. 27, is Salisbury steak with gravy or breaded fish with tartar sauce, delmonico potatoes, mixed vegetables, dill bread and a butterscotch bar.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 30, beef tamale pie or chicken pastina, fiesta-blend vegetables, carrot pineapple salad, a white dinner roll and rocky road pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 31, is chicken chop suey with brown rice, capri blend vegetables, marinated vegetable salad, a multigrain roll and pineapple tidbits.

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