Around Town (Jan. 19, 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, Jan. 21, is German meat balls with sauce or sliced ham with pineapple sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, tossed salad, an oat bran wheat roll and lemon blondie.

The menu for Monday, Jan. 24, is a barbecued chicken patty or liver and onions with gravy, lyonnaise potatoes, a California vegetable blend, sunflower seed bread and blushing pears.

The menu on Tuesday, Jan. 25, is beef Spanish rice bake or hearty chicken stew, an Italian vegetable blend, confetti coleslaw, rye bran roll and orange gelatin with whipped topping.

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

Lumina Hospice offers seminar

Lumina Hospice will offer a free Zoom seminar on “Illuminating…The Power of Personalized Music” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

Naomi Hirsch, volunteer coordinator for the hospice, will discuss how music can be used to help those in pain, who are lonely or depressed, when someone has dementia, and during end-of-life care. She will explain how to create a personalized playlist for a loved one. 

Register to attend at

Low-vision group to address CBDs

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group will present information about the use of medical cannabis to help or maintain certain low-vision problems during its next meeting, slated for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road SE, Albany.

Rhea Graham, owner-operator of Albany’s Canna Kitchen, will lead the discussion. Medical cannabis, or CBD, is used to treat glaucoma, cataracts and mascular degeneration, and is often prescribed by physicians for nausea, muscle spasms, epilepsy, chemotherapy discomfort and other physical and emotional reasons.

All are welcome to attend. There is no membership fee, and no reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (541) 974-6233.

Lebanon chorus seeking singers

The Lebanon Community Chorus will hold its first registration and rehearsal in two years from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 3111 S. Main Road, Lebanon.

Subsequent rehearsals for the upcoming 2022 spring season will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, where registration will also be open Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. The standard $20 fee will be collected through onsite registration from those who were not registered in 2020. A $20 donation will be encouraged from all others.

An additional registration option is available at the group’s Facebook page (LebanonCommunityChorus) by clicking the “Spring 2022 Registration” link.

The chorus asks that all participants show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster. Masks will be required. Special mask inserts will be provided.

The spring 2022 concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Lebanon First Assembly, 729 W. Oak St. It will feature a repertoire of such familiar and popular songs as “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in,” “Love’s Old Sweet Song” and “Joy to the World.”

For more information, contact board chair Jim Rutledge at (806) 341-2328.

SAFE can, bottle drive Jan. 22

SAFE will be holding a can and bottle drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, 1118 Main St.

The event raises money for Sweet Home High School’s Class of 2022.

Singing Christmas Tree meeting set

The Sweet Home Community Singing Christmas Tree hosts its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the River of Life Church, 1658 Long St.

Agenda items include board member elections, a financial report, a 2021 recap and expectations for the new year.

All past members are welcome to attend.

Hiring event for Sheriff’s Office

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is holding a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Central Electric Training Center, 33309 Hwy. 99E, Tangent.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

Available openings include positions in patrol, corrections, dispatch and nursing. Testing for entry-level patrol and corrections applicants will include a physical ORPAT test, a written test and an oral interview. Testing for the latter positions will consist of an oral interview only.

Admission is free, and lunch will be provided.

Advance registration is required at$01Gi. Applicants are also encouraged to create online accounts at

Nurses, ministers invited to meet

The Faith Community Health Network of the Mid-Willamette Valley meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month – Jan. 26.

FCHN is a network of nurses and health ministers from diverse faiths across the Mid-Willamette Valley serving – or who want to serve in their faith community and who are passionate to bring improved healthcare access and equity to the most vulnerable populations.

Faith Community Nursing is a recognized nursing specialty that has grown in popularity with nurses who want to improve their spiritual care skills at any point in their career, or seasoned nurses retiring from their paid positions who want to keep their license active and use their expertise to serve their faith community. 

Check the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Calendar, email [email protected], or call Deb at (541) 248-0595 for info on upcoming meetings.  

Square dance festival returns

Oregon Mid-Winter Square and Round Dance Festival returns Friday through Sunday, Jan. 28-30 to the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany. 

The event will include dancing, shopping opportunities, workshops and fellowship. Cost is $60 per adult for the full festival, $35 for youths. Spectators are welcome to view events at no charge. 

Square dance callers will be Ray Gallagher and Grent Mawdsley. Randy and Marie Preskitt will cue round dances and Andy Howard will serve as clogging instructor. 

For  more information, visit or facebook/MidWinterSDFestival.

Photo contest seeks entries

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.