Around Town (July 27, 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.

No meal will be served Friday, July 29, due to the Oregon Jamboree.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 1, is spaghetti and meat sauce or Western pork stew, brussels sprouts, confetti coleslaw, a wheat roll and seasonal fruit.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 2, is white bean chicken chili or macaroni and cheese, a San Francisco vegetable blend, tossed salad, a multigrain roll and a lemon bar.

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

Free lunches available for kids

The Sweet Home School District is offering free summer lunches to children 18 and under at the following locations:

n Through Aug. 19: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Little Promises, 28028 Pleasant Valley Road, Sweet Home (breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. (breakfast is served from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., around the back of Foster Elementary School, 5526 Poplar St., Foster; 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Oak Heights Elementary School, 610 Elm St., Sweet Home; and noon to 12:30 p.m., Ashbrook Park, 28th Ave. and Juniper St., Sweet Home.

No meals will be served at any of these sites Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Deshawnda Carver, Sweet Home High School, at (541) 367-7149 or Kathleen Cochran, accounts payable, at (541) 367-7121.

Guitars Under the Stars tickets, camp

Tickets remain available for the fifth Guitars Under the Stars, a four-day intensive music camp and two-day festival scheduled Wednesday through Saturday at Cheadle Lake Park, 37941 Weirich Drive, Lebanon.

The Guitars Under the Stars Music Experience Camp for youth, which features 20 guest counselors – all of whom are professional musicians and producers slated to perform at the festival, overseeing a variety of courses – begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, and concludes at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

The all-inclusive camp features food, camping, instruction and activities. Register at Scholarship applications are available at

See a full list of instructors at

Gates for the festival open at 3 p.m. Friday, July 29, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30.

The full schedule includes such performers as Mark Mendoza (Twisted Sister), Stu Hamm, Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Ron Keel (Keel, Steeler and Saber Tiger), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Mark Heylmun (Suicide Silence), Thöm Häzäert, Ernie Iniguez (Quietude, Salimus), Brandon Cook (The Loyal Order, Black N’ Blue), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Chris Martucci (Stone Sour, Black Star Riders). Among the featured bands are Lilac, The Loyal Order, Sweater for an Astronaut and ED to Shred.

A Metal Hall of Fame induction ceremony for producers/engineers Randy Burns (Megadeth, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies) and Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn, Metallica) will be held Friday, July 29.

Tickets are $120 for an advance two-day VIP pass, $70 for advance two-day festival passes, and $35 for Friday and Saturday. Camping passes are $40 in advance and $150 for RV parking.

Visit and for more details.

Foster brings blues to River Rhythms

Blues/folk artist Ruthie Foster takes the stage Thursday, July 28, as part of the River Rhythms series at Monteith Riverpark, 489 NW Water Ave., Albany.

The series continues weekly through Aug. 11. Future performers include ABBA tribute act Arrival (Aug. 4) and Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry (Aug. 11).

Admission is free, but a $1 per person donation is encouraged. Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but cash or a check is preferred. Food is available for purchase from on-site vendors.

For more information, visit

Bands and brews in Lebanon plaza

On Friday, July 30, Fate 55 rocks Lebanon’s Summer Bands and Brews series, which runs Saturdays through the end of August at Strawberry Plaza, 847 S. Main St.

Future performers include The Brothers Reed (Aug. 6), The Bandulus (Aug. 13), Chasing Ebenezer (Aug. 20) and Gabriel Cox Band (Aug. 27).

Chapel hosts Austin French

Georgia-born Christian musician Austin French (“Freedom Hymn”) will perform at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 31, in the amphitheater at Community Chapel, 42250 Ames Creek Road.

Admission is free for this family event, with first-come, first-served seating.

The concert is being held in conjunction with the Oregon Jamboree.

National Night Out set Aug. 2

Lebanon will celebrate National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Academy Square, in front of the Lebanon Library, 55 Academy St.

Hosted by the Lebanon Police Department in partnership with the Lebanon Fire District, the event will include music, a dunk tank, vendors, food and more. The police and fire chiefs will compete to see who can raise the most money in the dunk tank.

Also, the second annual Rubber Duck Scavenger Hunt will be held for ages 16 and under. (Participants must be accompanied by an adult.) One winner will find the rubber duck and win a grand prize. Competitors must be present to participate.

The event preempts the Concerts in the Park series at Ralston Park, which will resume at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 9, with a performance by DRTR.

Gallery displays artist’s works

Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment (SHOCASE) is sponsoring Molly Larson Cook’s “The Colors of Jazz,” art show through Labor Day weekend in the gallery at Sweet Home City Hall, 3225 Main St.

A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the gallery and will include light refreshments.

Cook, an Oregon-born artist, writer and jazz aficionado, moved to Sweet Home in December 2021 after several years on both coasts and one in Mexico. She studied art and art history at Oregon State University and at Maine College of Art. Before working as an artist, she wrote about jazz, and her paintings are all titled after jazz tunes. Her abstract works have been exhibited in San Diego and Oregon, and were recently featured on the Portland-based Jerry Jazz Musician website ( Cook is also a writing coach and will lead two writing workshops for adults at the Sweet Home LBCC Center this fall.

After 5 schedules backyard picnic

After 5 Connection is holding a backyard picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 9, at 700 E. Sherman St., Lebanon.

All ladies and gentlemen are invited.

Community policing officer Dala Johnson will share valuable tips about home safety. Darien Parsons, a former teacher’s assistant and special-education interpreter in Yelm, Wash., will deliver a moving tribute.

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

OSU to stage ‘Twelfth Night’

Oregon State University Theatre’s Bard in the Quad will perform William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-7 and 11-14 on the Memorial Union Quad, at the OSU campus in Corvallis.

“Twelfth Night” is a comedy centered on some of the legendary playwright’s favorite plot devices: long-lost twins, a shipwreck and mistaken identity. This year’s production will be staged in a vaguely Victorian era akin to Disney depictions of classic fairy tale love stories.

No seating is provided on the quad, so blankets and lawn chairs are recommended, along with warm clothing. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. each performance night and picnics are encouraged.

Tickets are $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $5 for OSU students. To purchase tickets, go to or call the Theatre Arts Box Office at (541) 737-2784.“Early Bard” tickets for $15, $10 and $5, respectively, are available online through July 31.

For more information call 541-737-2853.

Gardening classes offered in Lebanon

Free gardening classes are offered on second Tuesdays through Oct. 11 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Sessions will be held at 10 a.m., beginning with a question-and-answer period followed by short lectures on gardening topics, as outlined below.

— Aug. 9: “When to Harvest.”

— Sept. 13: “Cover Crops for Your Garden.”

— Oct. 11: “Planting/Harvesting Garlic, Onions and Shallots.”

Register for these classes by emailing [email protected].

Fall sports sign-ups at B&G Club

Registration for fall sports through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam is under way.

Volleyball and football sign-ups for elementary school students run through Aug. 12. A $25 late fee will apply to all registrations past that date.

Volleyball cost is $117 for third- and fourth-graders, $127 for fifth- and sixth-graders. Practices start the week of Sept. 12.

NFL Flag Football is offered for kindergarteners through sixth-graders. Cost is $117 for kindergarteners, $127 for first- and second-graders, and $137 for third- through sixth-graders.

Register at

Sheriff to speak at Forum Lunch

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Forum Lunch from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 S. Main St.

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan will speak.

Cost is $18 per person. RSVPs are required.

To register or for more information, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164.