Around Town (Feb. 1, 2023)

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, Feb. 3, is a turkey salad or tuna salad half-sandwich, creamy cauliflower soup, confetti coleslaw, wheat bread and mandarin oranges.

The menu on Monday, Feb. 6, is teriyaki meatballs with sauce or chicken and peanut sauce, brown rice, broccoli, marinated zucchini salad and seasonal fruit.

The menu on Tuesday, Feb. 7, is a beef patty with gravy, creamed chicken and vegetables, whipped potatoes, green beans, French bread and ice cream.

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

Veterans Home job fair today

Oregon Veterans Home will host a job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the residential home, 500 N. 5th St., Lebanon.

OVHL is offering a new wage scale for all employees and a shift differential of $2 per hour for anyone who works between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The facility has openings for licensed nurses, certified medical assistants, certified nursing assistants and nursing assistants. It also offers a free CNA class.

For more information, contact Nalina Brockett at (541) 497-7775.

Culture grant deadline Feb. 3

The Linn County Cultural Coalition is accepting proposals through Friday, Feb. 3, for grants to fund county projects involving the arts, humanities and heritage activities.

The coalition’s board will review the applications and decide on awards within a few weeks of that date.

Grants typically range between $250 and $2,500. Applicants may be awarded less than the full amount requested.

The grants are available to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status. An organization or individual sponsored by a qualifying nonprofit may also apply.

Applications are available online at They can be submitted online or sent by mail to the Linn County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 69, Albany, OR 97321.

For further information, contact Linda Ziedrich at (503) 707-1539 or Rebecca Bond at (541) 928-0911.

Historian to talk on cemeteries

The Lebanon Genealogical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the community room at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

Gary Timms will deliver a talk on the small cemeteries in Linn County. A short business meeting will follow Timms’ presentation.

Admission is free and the public is welcome, as is anyone wishing to make use of the genealogy room, where volunteers are available to help people trace their ancestors.

Rodeo rides into Linn Expo Center

Hell on Hooves Rough Stock Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., Albany.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The event includes bull riding, bareback broncs, barrel racing and more by competitors in the Hell on Hooves Tour.

Tickets are $20 at the door. (All presale tickets are sold out.) Kids under 5 are free.

Woodlands group tree sale Feb. 4

The Linn County Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association will hold its annual seedling sale from 8 a.m. to noon (or while supplies last) Saturday, Feb. 4, inside the Santiam Building at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., Albany.

Seedlings come directly from local nurseries and will be bare-root, plugs or crowns.

A table at the sale will provide information about plants available, including origin, height, sun and soil preference, bird and wildlife value, and more.

For more information, contact Bonnie Marshall at (503) 769-6510 or by email at [email protected].

OSU hosts gardening classes

Learn all about growing your own at “Insights Into Gardening,” a free day of classes on edibles, ornamentals and general garden topics held Saturday, Feb. 11, at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

Hosted by OSU Master Gardeners, the event is intended for both new and experienced gardeners interested in garden planning and creation, and topics ranging from healthy soils and dealing with climate impacts and diseases to food preservation and attracting friendly bugs.

Details on the schedule and class descriptions are available at

Cost is $45, with an optional $13 lunch offered onsite.

Worship event scheduled Feb. 7

A community worship and prayer event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Sweet Home New Life in Christ Fellowship, 1266 44th Ave.

The community is welcome.

The event is sponsored by ONE Sweet Home, a group of local churches working together “in unity, sharing the love of Jesus Christ through outreach, prayer and service, becoming a network to meet the needs of our community.”

For more information, email Kelly Lehto at [email protected] or Cynthia Fox at [email protected].

Valentine’s Day gala set Feb. 14

Community Chapel’s youth group is hosting a Valentine’s Day Gala at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 42250 Ames Creek Road.

Participants will feast on chicken fettuccini alfredo, spaghetti with meat sauce, salad and breadsticks.

A silent auction will be held, as well as a “Dessert Dash” auction in which participants can bid on a favorite dessert to end the evening.

Tickets are $20 each. A table of eight can be hosted for $150.

Childcare will be available. Donations to that end are appreciated.

Proceeds benefit a planned trip to Romania by Chapel youth.

To purchase tickets, visit and scroll down to the Valentine’s Day announcement to find a QR code.

Have room for a potato bake?

Fir Lawn Lutheran Church will host a potato bake from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at 109 W. Holley Road.

On the menu are “loaded” baked potatoes with condiments.

Cost per person is $5. Proceeds benefit SHEM.

For more information, contact Angela at (541) 704-8714.

Veteran pins to be presented

Veterans and surviving spouses, as well as the public, are invited to a presentation of Vietnam veteran lapel pins scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Sweet Home VFW Post, 580 Main St.

Members of the Northwest Scots Guard will present the pins. Light refreshments will follow.

The Vietnam veteran lapel pin was minted in 2012 to honor all who served our country during the Vietnam War at any posting.

A new pin was recently minted to present to those veterans’ surviving spouses.

To RSVP, call (541) 367-4435 or email [email protected].

Blanket drive for homeless center

The Sweet Home Rotary Club is sponsoring a blanket drive for the Family Assistance and Resource Center Group’s managed outreach and community resource facility, Sweet Home’s new homeless center, through Feb. 21.

Clean blankets may be dropped off at the Sweet Home Senior Center, 880 18th Ave.

Also needed are window curtains and rods for windows sized at 2 by 3 feet.

Samaritan scholarships

The Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for its scholarship program.

The auxiliary allocates $5,000 to fund scholarships every year and residents of east Linn County are invited to apply. To qualify, applicants must live in Brownsville, Cascadia, Crabtree, Crawfordsville, Foster, Halsey, Lacomb, Lebanon, Scio, Shedd, Sweet Home or Waterloo.

Applicants must be attending college and have completed at least one term in an accepted medical program.

To apply, submit a packet including an official transcript including fall term 2022 grades, a one- to two-page typed statement discussing why you are pursuing a degree in a health field and your goals, an optional explanation of any special circumstances to help the scholarship committee make a fair evaluation, and a signed and dated letter of recommendation.

Mail completed applications to: Scholarship Chair / Auxiliary Volunteer Services Office, P.O. Box 739, Lebanon, OR 97355.

Completed applications, including transcripts, must be received by the Lebanon Community Hospital volunteer office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Late or incomplete applications or transcripts will not be considered. Electronic transcripts must be sealed and received directly from the institution.

Scholarship recipients will be announced by Tuesday, March 14.

For more information, visit or call (541) 451-7062.

Nominate now for local DSAs

Nominations for Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Awards are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 24.

Awards will be presented at the chamber’s awards banquet, which will be a vintage picnic dinner this year, held Saturday, March 11, at the Sweet Home Boys & Girls Club.

Nomination criteria are as follows:

— Distinguished Service Award: Must be 55 years of age or older with a minimum of five years of community service in recent or previous years. Areas of consideration include participation in clubs and organizations, community service, youth involvement and church activities.

— First Citizen: Must be over 41 years of age and have served the community for five years or more. Areas to be judged include clubs, organizations, community service, youth involvement and church participation.

— Junior First Citizen: Must be under 41 and have served the community for a minimum of five years with a variety of activities in school, community, church, etc.

— Organization of the Year: Selected based on local organization’s ability to have significant community impact, which may include organizational success (based on mission statement), and measurable community impact as a result of organization’s services and community involvement. The organization must have been active in the community for a minimum of five years.

— Business of the Year: Selection is based on active success, employment/staff opportunity, long-term community impact and community involvement. Businesses must have been involved in the community for a minimum of five years.

— Curb Appeal Award: Recognition is based on exterior appearance. Criteria is not restricted to Main/Long streets.

Nominations may be submitted at For more information, contact the chamber at (541) 367-6186.