Around Town (Jan. 5, 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. 7, is herbed chicken patty or meatloaf with gravy, lyonnaise potatoes, mixed vegetables, seven-grain bread and a butterscotch bar.

The menu on Monday, Jan. 10, is chicken parmesan or spaghetti and meat sauce, Italian vegetables, marinated zucchini salad, a wheat roll and seasonal fruit.

The menu on Tuesday, Jan. 11, is Shoyu chicken or breaded fish with tartar sauce, herbed brown rice, green beans with red peppers, glazed carrots and lime whip.

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

Cultural Coalition grant workshop

The Linn County Cultural Coalition will hold a workshop for prospective grant applicants on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The workshop will take place at the Albany Regional Museum, 136 SE Lyon St., Albany. Participants can also join by Zoom. For the Zoom link to the meeting, visit the Coalition’s website at

The Linn County Cultural Coalition funds projects involving the arts, the humanities, and heritage activities in Linn County.

The LCCC is accepting proposals for grants to fund projects involving those fields.

LCCC grants are available to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status. An organization or individual sponsored by a qualifying nonprofit may also apply. Grants from the Coalition typically range between $250 and $2,500. Awards may be less than the full amount requested.

Grant applications are available online at Paper applications are available at the Linn County Parks Department, 3010 Ferry St. SW, Albany; Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave .; Scio City Hall, 38957 NW 1st Ave .; KGAL radio, 36991 KGAL Drive, Lebanon; and The New Era, 1313 Main St., Sweet Home.

The deadline for completed grant applications is Feb. 2. The Coalition board will review the applications and award grants within a few weeks of that date.

For further information, contact Rebecca Bond at (541) 928-0911 or Brian Carroll at (541) 967-3917 or [email protected].

Science Pub hosts OSU doctoral grad

Heather Mason-Forsythe, a recent Oregon State University doctoral graduate who won a national contest for using dance to communicate her research, will speak as part of OSU’s Science Pub at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, via YouTube Live.

The virtual presentation, a joint effort with OSU-Cascades in Bend, is titled “Investigating How COVID-19 Proteins Stick to Viral DNA and Taking Research from the Lab to the Dance Floor.”

Masson-Forsythe’s thesis research centered on the nucleocapsid protein of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the current pandemic.

Throughout her project, she used the TikTok app (under her handle, @heycurlytop) to document what it’s like to be a scientist trying to contribute research to the ongoing global pandemic.

She also turned her research project into a dance and submitted it to Science Magazine’s 13th annual “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest.

Registration for the event is required and can be completed at

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 Singing Christmas Tree members are welcome to attend.

TOPS to meet Thursdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a group promoting and encouraging healthy weight loss, meets Thursdays at Sweet Home Christian Church, 1825 Long St.

Weigh-ins begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by the 10 a.m. meeting.

For more information, contact (541) 401-0593 or (541) 367-8685.

GoFundMe set up for KRKT’s Schuler

A GoFundMe has been established for KRKT 99.9-FM’s Scott Schuler and his family as he contends with atrial fibrillation and blood-clot issues that have resulted in a lengthy hospital stay.

As the station’s programming director, Schuler has been part of the “Cricket Family” since 1995. Born in the mid-Willamette Valley, the South Albany High School graduate and Linn-Benton Community College alumnus boasts an extensive knowledge of country-music history (even establishing connections with its figures) and a vocal repertoire of some 20 different character voices.

Schuler and his wife, Angie, host “Cricket Country in the Morning,” a popular multiple-hour 6 a.m. mainstay.

Donations may be made at

After 5 to host Jan. 11 dinner

After 5 Connection will host a dinner for local women from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

The program, “One Square at a Time,” includes a presentation on quilting by Marianne Dickson of Corvallis, who has been teaching fashion design classes at Oregon State University for the last 17 years.

Guest speaker Shirley Mozena, an author, world traveler and retired music teacher who also plays the violin, will discuss how she learned the secret to a successful marriage in a most unusual way and in the process discovered how to navigate one of her greatest challenges.

All women are invited. Cost is $15. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

For reservations, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6515 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or by email at [email protected]. If you are unable to attend, a reservation cancellation is requested.

OSU lectures to focus on wildfire

Starting this month, Oregon State University will host a remote lecture series featuring speakers who will discuss what living with wildfire looks like in practice, both as individuals and as communities.

“Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire” is a free 11-week series, starting Jan. 4, that includes lectures by artists, firefighters, biologists and more.

The Zoom series begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, with “Art on Fire” by Bryan David Griffith and Julie Comnick, and continues with lectures every Tuesday through March 15.

It is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Links to register are listed on the “Lookout” website at

Prominent speakers include Margo Robbins, co-founder and executive director of the Cultural Fire Management Council, who will discuss “Climate Change and Native Knowledge” on Jan. 18; and Jaime Love, whose 2021 book “Breathing Fire” follows the lives of incarcerated women fighting fires in California, on Feb. 1.

OSU career fairs launch in February

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