Around Town Aug. 4, 2021

First Friday to be wine and art walk

Lebanon Downtown Association will hold a “First Friday Wine and Art Walk” from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, in the downtown business district.

The monthly First Friday is held downtown at various times. Upcoming themes include “Flare of the Caribbean” (Sept. 3), “Dungeons & Dragons” (Oct. 1), “Honor to Courage” (Nov. 5) and “Yuletide Christmas” (Dec. 3).

There is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Cassie Cruze at (971) 777-3934.

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. 6, is a hamburger with barbecue sauce or a barbecue smokehouse chop, baked beans, chuckwagon corn, a hamburger bun and a pineapple peach crisp.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 9, is an herbed chicken patty with gravy or roast pork with gravy, colcannon potatoes, country trio vegetables, French bread and a hermit bar.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 10, is chicken with peanut sauce with brown rice or spaghetti with meat sauce, winter blend vegetables, creamy coleslaw, a herb roll and a golden fruit cup.

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

Summer Bands & Brews series

The annual Summer Bands & Brews series runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at Strawberry Plaza, 847 S. Main St.

The park is located between Conversion Brewing and Hollywood Studio.

Performers include Neil Gregory Johnson Trio (Aug. 7), Gabriel Cox (Aug. 14), SOS (Aug. 21) and DTW (Aug. 28).

Admission is free, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

Coffee confab set at Sweet Things

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is holding a Coffee with Colleagues event at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Sweet Things Boutique, 1045 Main St.

The “Coffee with Colleagues” event is hosted at various locations on the second Tuesday of every month and encourages connections within the Sweet Home business community. Interested members of the public are invited to attend.

Concerts in the Park continue

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

Scheduled performances include DRTR (Aug. 10), Rachael and the Rain Kings (Aug. 17), Grand Jazz and Swing Bands (Aug. 24) and Cashmere and Choas (Aug. 31).

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

Learn season extension tips

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 topic for Tuesday, Aug. 10, is “Season Extension Techniques,” a webinar that covers a bundle of techniques used to provide an earlier and/or later harvest in the garden. Learn a variety of season extension tactics available to gardeners and compare how they may be used differently to match regional needs.

The classes are free but registration is required. To make them accessible to those who cannot attend the live session, the classes will be recorded and available at for anyone to watch. Register by clicking on the desired class, then hitting the “register” button.

Nitrate screenings clinics scheduled

Oregon State University Extension has added a Sweet Home and a second Lebanon location for free nitrate screenings of local well water.

The events will be held at Sweet Home Farmers Market, at 12th Avenue and Kalmia Street from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, as well as the Lebanon Farmers Market, on the corner of Main and Grant streets, from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 19.

Look for the OSU signs to find the booth at each location.

A portion of the Southern Willamette Valley has been designated as a Groundwater Management Area by the Department of Environmental Quality due to high levels of nitrate in well water. This contaminate can lead to many health risks such as the rare blue-baby syndrome in infants.

In order to get a free nitrate screening bring half a cup of unfiltered well water in a clean cup. The test will take about 10 minutes if the clinic is not busy. There will be various educational resources available concerning nitrate, other contaminants, and other well and septic related topics.

For additional information on well water and septic systems, free Rural Living Basics classes, visit the OSU Extension Service website or for more information call 541-766-3556.

A free nitrate screening clinic will also be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Scio Saturday Market, at the Scio Event Center.

For additional information, call 541-766-3556 or visit

After 5 group returns Aug. 10

After 5 Connection returns Tuesday, Aug. 10, following the COVID shutdown.

The August event will be “Summertime Sounds In The Park,” a picnic and mini concert from 6 to 8 p.m. at River Park, 1235 E. Grant St., Lebanon.

Soloist Peter Butler, of Lebanon, a former high school teacher and choir director, will perform. Butler is a long-time member of Lebanon Community Chorus and The Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association.

Russ and Janna Clifford, of Cottage Grove, will share “A Hope in Troubled Times.” Russ is a businessman who travels frequently and Janna is a nurse. They will share (with humor) how COVID-19 has affected their lives recently and how to have hope in every situation.

Cost is $10, which includes everything. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

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


SBDC offers free business seminar

The Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College is offering a free one-hour seminar through Zoom this month.

“Going Into Business” will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug, 24. Participants will receive basic the start-up information needed to plan a successful business. Topics include rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility.

To register for the seminar, visit For more information or to find other classes, visit or call 541-917-4929.

‘Trolls’ sequel at Sankey Park

The 2020 DreamWorks animated feature “Trolls: World Tour” will be screened at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, for the free “Movies in the Park” event at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave.

For more information, call (541) 367-8969.