Around Town (Feb. 2, 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, Feb. 4, is a home-style turkey patty with gravy or a beef mushroom patty, garlic whipped potatoes, whole wheat bread and a lime whip.

The menu for Monday, Feb. 7, is teriyaki meatballs with sauce or garlic chicken, brown rice, broccoli, carrots and a butterscotch bar.

The menu on Tuesday, Feb. 8, is a shaved turkey or meatloaf half-sandwich, potato soup, marinated vegetable salad, wheat bread and applesauce.

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

Chocolate, art walk in Lebanon

The Victorian Chocolate Company of Lebanon is sponsoring a free, all-ages First Friday Chocolate and Art Walk from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in downtown Lebanon.

Those who wish to participate may pick up a walk passport to hunt for a variety of chocolates while enjoying local artwork at participating businesses, some of whom will be offering deals on perfect Valentine’s Day gifts. Submit a completed First Friday Passport to any participating businesses for a chance to win the grand prize, a Victorian Chocolate Company basket.

For more information, contact the Victorian Chocolate Company at (541) 401-3765. See more local First Friday events at

After 5 group returns Feb. 8

After 5 Connection returns Tuesday, Feb. 8, with the “How Sweet It Is” dinner and special program, set from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

Retired teacher and current travel agent Pam Pingle will be the guest speaker. She will discuss ways to “weave the good and bad times into the tapestry of our lives.”

A special feature will be Lacomb resident Sonja Jorgenson, who will share stories about launching her Lebanon-based business, Sprinkle Barn Sweets, which prepares custom cakes and cookies for special occasions.

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 by email at [email protected]. If unable to attend, please cancel your reservation.

‘Fly Babies’ opens Feb. 11 at ACT

The Albany Civic Theater production of Rusty Harding’s “Fly Babies” runs from Feb. 11 26 at its theater, 111 W. First Ave., Albany.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11-12, 17-19 and 24-26; and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 20.

“Fly Babies” follows the World War II-era story of five diverse American women, all qualified pilots, lending their skills to the newly-created Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.

Tickets are $14 general, $11 for patrons 18 and under, 60 and older, U.S. military veterans and Oregon Trail Card holders. A $1 processing fee will be added for online purchases.

The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For groups sales, email the box office at [email protected].

For more information, visit

Submit photos for AVA contest

The Albany Visitors Association is sponsoring its 15th Annual Albany Photography Contest. 

The purpose of this contest is to find images suitable for use in the coming year’s marketing materials for Albany and Linn County. Photographers will get photo credit whenever possible.

Many of the photos will be used in advertising and the official Albany Visitor Guide that is printed each year. There are 20,000 Albany Visitor Guides printed annually that are sent all over the country and the world. Images will also be used on the AVA website, social media platforms and print marketing.

The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to winners in each of six categories Culinary, Events, Historic Albany, Landmarks, People and Scenic. A first-place prize will also be awarded in the Student category.  

Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Information, rules and release forms will be available online at To enter, email  [email protected].

For further information contact the Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave. SE, Albany, OR 97321, call (541) 928-0911, or email the above address. 

Blood drive set at high school

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the activity gym at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

Enter at the gym door by the pool entrance.

Sign up at

OSU announces Career Fair events

Oregon State University has announced its slate for its Winter Term Career Fair series, with multiple events scheduled for February 2022.

The virtual Winter Civil and Construction Engineering Fair, which attracts some 70 employers in those fields, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. Sign up for the event at

The Winter Career and Internship Fair for all industries will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Memorial Union ballroom on OSU’s Corvallis campus. This fair attracts over 100 employers looking to fill jobs and internships in STEM fields, liberal studies, social services, grad programs and business services. Register at

The 2022 Nonprofit and Public Service Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Memorial Union ballroom. Attendees will meet representatives from more than 50 nonprofit and local government organizations representing a wide variety of fields who are seeking OSU volunteers, interns and employees. Sign up at

Chamber accepting award nominations

Nominations for Sweet Home’s Chamber of Commerce’s awards banquet are due March 1. The event will be held April 2, with more details to come.

Awards and criteria are:

— Distinguished Service Award: Must be 55 years of age or over with a minimum of 5 years community service in recent or in previous years. Areas of consideration include participation in clubs and organizations, community service, youth involvement and church activities.

— First Citizen: Must be over 40 years of age and have served the community for a period of 5 years or more. Areas to be judged include participation in clubs, organizations, community service, youth involvement and church.

— Junior First Citizen: Must be under 40 years old and who has served the community for a minimum of five years with a variety of activities in school, community, church, etc.

— Patti Woods Woman of the Year: Judged in areas of club activities, community service youth activities (such as scouting) and church work. Both present and past work is acceptable.

— 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. Organization must have been active in community for minimum of five years.

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

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

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, and the Sweet Home Public Library, or at

Take the Polar Plunge in Corvallis

The Polar Plunge will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Crystal Lake Sports Fields, 100 SE Fisher Lane, Corvallis.

This is the event’s 12th year in Corvallis.

With water temperatures registering below 40 degrees, dozens of local teams consisting of students, law enforcement officials, gyms, corporate partners and general thrill seekers will sprint into the frigid lake to support Special Olympics Oregon, with a statewide goal of raising $590,000 toward the support of those living with intellectual disabilities, the state’s largest disability population.

Anyone wishing to participate can register (there is a $30 registration fee) and find more details at

All aboard for a Ladies Night Out

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, in conjunction with the Santiam Excursion Train, is sponsoring a Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4.

Plans for the evening include shopping, silent purse action, drinks, dinner and music, all aboard the Santiam Excursion Train. The event is a fundraiser for girls served by the club.

Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or to book the trip, visit