Around Town (Feb. 22, 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. 24, is a Southwest omelet bake or a barbecued smokehouse chop, red diced potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cracked wheat bread and chocolate s’mores pudding.

The menu on Monday, Feb. 27, is shoyu chicken or sweet and sour pork, brown rice, a Kyoto vegetable blend, Asian coleslaw and lemon-lime gelatin.

The menu on Tuesday, Feb. 28, is a Santa Fe chicken or turkey and bacon club minisalad over spinach romaine, corn chowder, a seven-grain roll and applesauce.

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

Foster Dam road closed Feb. 22

The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, to allow for the removal of woody debris from the reservoir near the penstocks (the large pipes that draw water into the hydropower generator).

For further information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (541) 942-5631.

DSA nominations due this Friday

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 at 6 p.m. 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 41 or older 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.

SHCF seeks grant applicants

The Sweet Home Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for its 2023 cycle through Wednesday, March 15.

The foundation’s goal is to provide funding and support to worthwhile community projects in the Sweet Home area. Special consideration is given to projects that can demonstrate lasting benefits to the community.

This year SHCF Community Grants will be available for up to $10,000 each.

Grant applicants must be a 501(c) 3 or other qualified tax-exempt organization, or the proposed project may be implemented in partnership or affiliation with such an organization.

Applications can be submitted online at

Recipients will be announced in April.

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.

Recipients will be announced by Tuesday, March 14.

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

‘Upriver’ film to be screened

The South Santiam Watershed Council will host a screening of the hour-long “UPRIVER” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Barsideous Brewing, 644 S. Main St.

The film, made by local filmmakers at Freshwaters Illustrated, highlights river conservation efforts throughout the Willamette River basin.

The event is free and includes a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers.

Donations will be accepted and food and drink will be available for purchase.

Register to learn about marijuana

A free Samaritan Health Services and Linn Together virtual training, “New & Trending Mari-juana Products,” will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

The presentation is for clinicians, educators, law enforcement and other interested community members. It’s facilitated by Jermaine Galloway, who worked in Idaho law enforcement for more than 18 years. His various assignments included alcohol compliance and enforcement, crime scene investigation and DUII task forces. To date, he has trained more than 650,000 people in the U.S. and internationally.

To register, visit

For additional information, contact Cindy Coke at [email protected].

Candyland event scheduled Feb. 25

Sweet Home residents are invited to a free Walk-Through Candyland event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2470 Main St.

The “trunk ’n’ treat-collides-with-Valentine’s” event will include lots of candy, games, food and fun.

Blood drive set Feb. 28 at church

Fir Lawn Lutheran Church will host a Red Cross blood donation event from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 109 W. Holley Road.

To donate, visit and enter Sweet Home’s zip code to locate the event. Click on the “See Times” button to register for a time slot.

Free genealogy workshop Feb. 25

Sweet Home Genealogical Society is hosting a free workshop in beginning genealogy and research at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1223 Kalmia St., Sweet Home.

Participation can be in-person or through Zoom. No membership is required.

To register, email your name, address, telephone number, and email address to [email protected].

Also include whether you plan to attend virtually or in person and what interests you most about genealogy.

NFL’s Paul Pratt in Sweet Home Saturday

NFL veteran Paul Pratt will appear with coaches, community leaders and law enforcement officers at a Hearts and Heads event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at New Life in Christ Fellowship, 1266 44th Ave.

Young people 12 and up are invited to attend.

Pratt will give a personal testimony as to how he came to faith in Jesus Christ. Other activities will include exercise for kids, athletic drills, school safety information and a demonstration of life-saving techniques by police Sgt. Jason Winner.

The event is free. For more information, contact T.J. at (541) 390-3070 or Donny at (503) 884-2796.

Seedy Tuesday in Lebanon

The Santiam Food Alliance will hold Seedy Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

The free event will include a seed swap, an introduction to the Seed Library, brief presentations on plants whose seeds are on offer, an advice table staffed by Master Gardeners and a Lebanon Garden Club information table.

Participants are encouraged to bring envelopes and a pen, and any seeds, commercial or gathered, that they would like to share, and take samples of others’ seeds. Well-wrapped plants, tubers and bulbs are welcome.

Seedy Tuesday is co-sponsored by the library, the Garden Club and Linn County Master Gardeners.

For more information about the event or about the Santiam Food Alliance, contact Linda Ziedrich at (503) 707-1539.

B&G Club to host Ladies Night Out

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam will host Ladies Night Out, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the club’s Lebanon branch, 305 S. 5th St.

Participants may bid on a variety of purses as part of the annual purse auction, shop at pop-up tables provided by locally owned women businesses, and become inspired by motivational speaker Bonnie Milletto. The event also includes vendors, a raffle, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and beverages, including a champagne welcome.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, or $300 for a table.

All proceeds benefit youths attending early learning and after-school programs provided by the Boys & Girls Club.

Seating is limited. Purchase tickets by Thursday, March 2, at

Search and Rescue offers training

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women — ages 14 to 18 — to join the LCSO Search & Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program from June 23 through July 2.

The application process includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the sheriff’s office at 7 p.m. Mondays, March 13, April 10 or May 8. They will also need to pass a physical aptitude test on either May 13 or May 20.

Accepted applicants will be required to attend the pre-academy meeting Monday, June 12. At that time, participants will be eligible to attend the LCSO Search and Rescue Training Academy, which will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling and more.

For more information, contact Emergency Management/SAR Coordinator Ric Lentz at (541) 967-3950 or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at

Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff’s Office, 1115 Jackson St. SE, Albany.

Hospital group to honor donors

Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation will honor individuals and businesses who have made donations to support the construction of Samaritan’s new family medicine clinic and urgent care in Sweet Home.

Gifts of all amounts are needed.

The building will include a “founding” donor wall in the clinic lobby that honors supporters who have contributed gifts of $1,000 or more to the campaign. Smaller gifts will be acknowledged on a digital display in the lobby.

May 1 is the deadline for donors to make a gift or pledge and be included on the donor wall.

Opportunities to make gifts in honor or memory of loved ones, and room sponsorships are also available.

For more information, contact LCHF Director Brandy O’Bannon at (541) 451-7063.

Program seeks cancer survivors

Oregon State University seeks eligible cancer patients for its “Hope Grows Here” project, a vegetable gardening and nutrition education program.

If enough participants sign up, the program is expected to begin in April.

The four-week basic gardening course features a community garden space, weekly support from Master Gardener mentors, nutrition information and recipes from OSU experts, personal gardening tools and a chance to earn a $50 incentive for participation.

For more information or to determine eligibility, take the “Hope Grows Here” survey at, in person at the Samaritan Cancer Resource Center (400 Hickory St. NW, Albany, or 501 NW Elks Drive, Corvallis), or by phone at (541) 812-5888 or (541) 768-2171.