Around Town (Jan. 18, 2023)

Final city-health

focus group set

The Sweet Home Health Committee, in partnership with Western University School of Health Sciences, will conduct the final session of focus-group meetings seeking community input on the health of the city at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St. Participants will be asked five to 10 open-ended questions about health care and health-related issues.

The focus group is limited to eight individuals.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Larry Horton at [email protected] with preferred dates.

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 menu on Friday, Jan. 20, is German meatballs with sauce or sliced roasted turkey with gravy.

The menu on Monday, Jan. 23, is a breaded chicken patty with scallopini sauce or liver and onions with gravy, Lyonnaise potatoes, a California vegetable blend, sunflower-seed bread and applesauce.

The menu on Tuesday, Jan. 24, is a beef Spanish rice bake or hearty chicken stew, a Scandinavian vegetable blend, pineapple coleslaw, a rye bran roll and orange gelatin with whipped topping.

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

Bodacious Babes sale Saturday

A Bodacious Babes Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Commons at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

The event is free. All are welcome to check out the plus-sized clothing, along with wares offered by home-based business vendors, handmade crafts and miscellaneous items.

Raffle prizes will be handed out and a 50/50 drawing will be held to support a local breast cancer event.

LCSWA to hold Jan. 21 meeting

The Linn County Small Woodlands Association annual membership meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the ZCBJ Hall, 38704 N. Main St., Scio.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, annual meetings have been handled through postcards sent to members. With health restrictions eased, the board of directors decided earlier this month to renew the tradition, which usually features a potluck dinner, door prizes, 4-H presentations, a business portion and auction. This year, according to Board President Tim Otis, will include PowerPoint presentations honoring the past three “tree farmers of the year.”

Event to benefit injured man

A New Year, New Life Bowling Bonanza to benefit the victim of a construction accident will take place Monday, Jan. 22, in Lebanon.

Participants can contact InSpirit Marketing for details at (541) 791-2901 or accounting for details and to sign up to sponsor a lane. Cost to sponsor a lane is $600, with two or more available at $500 each. Eighteen lanes are available.

Proceeds will go to Josh Grant, who was injured by a 16-ton beam. A down payment on a 2012 Toyota Sienna wheelchair-accessible van, which will cost $22,000, has been made.

Samaritan offers info meeting

Samaritan Health Services will host an informational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24, for nonprofit organizations, community coalitions and government entities based in Benton, Lincoln or Linn counties, regarding this year’s process to apply for Social Accountability funding.

The meeting will be offered both virtually and in person beginning at 1 p.m. in conference rooms 3 and 4 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy., and via Microsoft Teams.

The session will provide information on Samaritan’s Social Accountability funding goals, objectives and priorities for 2023, plus an overview of the application process. Anyone interested in applying for funding is encouraged to attend, as significant changes have been made to the application process.

For questions about the meeting, contact JoAnn Miller, director of Community Health Promotion, at [email protected] or (541) 768-7330. To receive the Microsoft Teams meeting link, contact Shelley Hazelton at [email protected] or (541) 768-5256.

Medicare info sessions offered

A class covering the basics of Medicare A, B, C and D will be offered at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the LBCC Lebanon Campus, 44 Industrial Way.

The class, offered by Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) and Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare in the near future or is new to the program. It is also recommended for current beneficiaries who would like a better understanding of their benefits and options.

Spouses and other relatives are also welcome.

Classes are also offered Jan. 19 in Harrisburg, March 14 at Albany LBCC, and March 21 at Corvallis LBCC.

Registration is required; class sizes are limited.

Register by calling (541) 812-0849 or (541) 574-2684.

‘Midsummer’ onstage at SHHS

Sweet Home High School’s Theatre Department will present “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a “magical Shakespearean comedy,” Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 in the high school auditorium, 1661 Long St.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Cost is $5 a ticket or $20 for a family of five.

A free art show in the lobby of the audiorium will precede each show. Doors will open an hour before the shows.

LCCC grants now available

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

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

The deadline for completed grant applications is Feb. 3.

The coalition 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.

Full guidelines and applications are available online at Applications can be submitted online or 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.

Chamber to hold forum lunch

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Forum Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Santiam Place, 139 S. Main St.

Entek’s Kim Medford will talk about how the company has been selected to participate in a program funded by the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to expand manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles and electrical grid materials that are currently imported from other countries.

Medford will discuss the implications for Lebanon.

Cost is $18 for chamber members, $25 for future members. Registration is required.

To register, visit or call (541) 258-7164.

Quilt festival coming to Albany

The Willamette Valley Quilt Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., Albany.

The event includes classes, a gallery of quilt art, vendors, a quilt contest and more.

For details, visit or call (541) 926-4842.

Group launches free Bible study

Mid-Valley Women of Christ will launch a free, community-wide, six-week Bible study, “Encountering God,” led by Kelly Minter, starting the week of Jan. 30 at churches across the Willamette Valley, including Brownsville, Crawfordsville, Lebanon and Sweet Home.

Classes will be held Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lebanon First Assembly of God, 726 W. Oak St., and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Southside Church of Christ, 196 S. Airport Road. Child care is available at the latter.

“Encountering God” unpacks the biblical foundation for sacred habits and approachable ways to practice disciplines such as prayer, study, worship, rest, simplicity, generosity and celebration.

The classes are open to women of all faiths, with participant study guides available at host churches for a nominal fee. Classes also offer hospitality, small group discussions, and prayer.

For more information or to find other classes, visit or contact Lagea Mull at [email protected].

Veterans’ Home hosts job fair

The Oregon Veterans’ Home – Lebanon will host a job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the residential home, 600 N. 5th St.

The facility 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. Openings are available for licensed nurses, certified medical assistants, certified nursing assistants and nursing assistants. A free certified nursing assistant class is also offered.

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

Master Gardeners offering classes

“Insights Into Gardening” – a free day of classes on edibles, ornamentals and general garden topics – will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

The OSU Master Gardeners-hosted event covers garden planning and creation, and topics ranging from healthy soils and dealing with climate impacts and diseases to food preservation and attracting friendly bugs.

Cost is $45, with an optional $13 lunch offered on-site.

Details on the schedule and class descriptions are available at