Around Town (Aug. 3, 2022)

ABBA tribute at

River Rhythms

Take a chance on sugar-sweet harmonies with the arrival of ABBA tribute act Arrival, slated for Thursday, Aug. 4, as part of the River Rhythms series at Monteith Riverpark, 489 NW Water Ave., Albany.

The series concludes Thursday, Aug. 11, with Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry.

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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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. 5, is “Western Day,” featuring a hamburger with campfire sauce or a barbecued smokehouse chop, baked beans, chuckwagon corn, a hamburger bun and zucchini brownie.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 8, is an herbed chicken patty or roast pork, either with gravy; au gratin potatoes; a spring vegetable blend; French bread and a hermit bar.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 9, is a turkey salad or tuna salad half-sandwich, green split-pea soup, carrot raisin salad, whole wheat bread or fruit cocktail.

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

Gallery displays artist’s works

Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment (SHOCASE) is sponsoring Molly Larson Cook’s “The Colors of Jazz,” art show through Labor Day weekend in the gallery at Sweet Home City Hall, 3225 Main St.

A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the gallery and will include light refreshments.

Cook, an Oregon-born artist, writer and jazz aficionado, moved to Sweet Home in December 2021 after several years on both coasts and one in Mexico. She studied art and art history at Oregon State University and at Maine College of Art. Before working as an artist, she wrote about jazz, and her paintings are all titled after jazz tunes. Her abstract works have been exhibited in San Diego and Oregon, and were recently featured on the Portland-based Jerry Jazz Musician website ( Cook is also a writing coach and will lead two writing workshops for adults at the Sweet Home LBCC Center this fall.

Bands and brews in Lebanon plaza

On Saturday, Aug. 6, The Brothers Reed rock 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 The Bandulus (Aug. 13), Chasing Ebenezer (Aug. 20) and Gabriel Cox Band (Aug. 27).

After 5 to hold backyard picnic

After 5 Connection is holding a backyard picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 9, at 700 E. Sherman St., Lebanon.

All ladies and gentlemen are invited.

Community policing officer Dala Johnson will share valuable tips about home safety. Darien Parsons, a former teacher’s assistant and special-education interpreter in Yelm, Wash., will deliver a moving tribute.

Cost is $15, which includes everything. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

For reservations, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or [email protected]. If unable to attend, please cancel your reservation.

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.

Gardening classes offered in Lebanon

Free gardening classes are offered on second Tuesdays through Oct. 11 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Sessions will be held at 10 a.m., beginning with a question-and-answer period followed by short lectures on gardening topics, as outlined below.

— Aug. 9: “When to Harvest.”

— Sept. 13: “Cover Crops for Your Garden.”

— Oct. 11: “Planting/Harvesting Garlic, Onions and Shallots.”

Register for these classes by emailing [email protected].

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. 4-7 and 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.

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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