Around Town (March 15, 2023)

Lebanon garden classes continue

Master gardener Sheryl Casteen’s free basic organic gardening classes continue through April at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Classes are scheduled Saturdays, March 18 and 25, and April 1, 8 and 15. Sessions began March 11.

Classes cover soil and amendments, seedlings and plant physiology, site location and planting, irrigation and containers, diseases and pests and harvesting and saving seeds. Plant seedlings will be available. Supplies and seeds will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected].

SHCF grant deadline arrives

March 15 is the cutoff date for the Sweet Home Community Foundation’s 2023 cycle applications.

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 community benefits.

This year, grants will be available for up to $10,000 each.

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

Grant award recipients will be announced next month.

Meals on Wheels weekly menu

Meals on Wheels offers an on-site lunch at noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays to seniors over 60 at the Sweet Home Community Center.

There is a suggested donation of $3.50 per meal.

Meals are ordered in advance, and are the same meals as delivered to Meals on Wheels participants.

A menu will always be posted in the senior center’s dining room.

The menu on Friday, March 17, is a St. Patrick’s Day special featuring corned beef and cabbage or macaroni and cheese, carrots and Lyonnaise potatoes, succotash, Irish soda bread and shamrock cake.

The menu on Monday, March 20, is beef stroganoff with pasta or breaded fish with tartar sauce, a cucumber and red onion salad, glazed carrots, a garlic roll, and a chocolate oatmeal bar.

The menu on Tuesday, March 21, is an Italian Day special featuring spaghetti with meat sauce or a chicken alfredo bake, Italian vegetables, a garden vegetable salad, an oat bran wheat roll and tiramisu.

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

LBCC concert focuses on water

The Linn-Benton Community College music program will host its March concert, “Elegy on Water,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Russell Tripp Performance Center on campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The traditional choral concert focuses on the importance and symbolism of water.

A pre-concert reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Roast Runners, which is located next to the Student Union on the main campus’ first floor. Participants can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and beer, as well as hear from choir director Raymun Ocampo and LBCC President Lisa Avery.

Tickets are $25 for the VIP experience, which includes the pre-concert reception and guaranteed reserve seating for the performance; $10 general and $7 seniors and veterans. LBCC students will be admitted free, but they will still need a ticket.

Tickets are available online at

For more information on the reception, email [email protected] or call (541) 917-4209. Seating is limited.

Workshop set on geneaology

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society will hold its 40th annual workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, via Zoom or at 1223 Kalmia St.

Terri Lanini, Dr. David Larsen and genealogist Susan Copple will offer presentations on such topics as “Genealogy Family Newsletter,” “Norwegian National Archives,” “Getting the Most out of Census Records,” “Genealogical Organization” and “Clothes, Carpenter Tools, and a Toolbox.” Drawings for door prizes will be held throughout the day.

Participants can register in person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays at the Kalmia Street address, at SweetHomeGenealogicalSociety on Facebook, by email at [email protected], or by leaving a telephone message at (541) 818-0578.

Garden classes in Lebanon

Weekly food garden classes are held each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon through April 15 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

The free classes cover basic organic gardening with hands-on seed planting. Participants can pick seeds, plant and take home containers to germinate and grow at home. All materials are supplied.

Covered topics include soil and amendments, seedlings, plant physiology, site location needs, planting, irrigation, containers, diseases and pests, harvesting and seed-saving.

To participate, RSVP to Sheryl Casteen at [email protected].

Minter to speak at worship event

Mid-Valley Women of Christ will host author, speaker and musician Kelly Minter for its upcoming Praise and Worship Night Friday, March 17, at LIFE Community Church, 4900 NW Hwy. 99, Corvallis.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Albany-based worship leader Chris Spivey will lead the evening’s music.

The free event is open to all women. Donations will be accepted during a freewill offering at the event.

Women are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to fill quickly.

Propagation fair coming March 25

A propagation fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Sweet Home Charter School, 28721 Liberty Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

Participants can purchase scion wood and root stock, and/or have the scion grafted to the rootstock if preferred, featuring apple, plum, peach, pear, grape, figs and berry scion wood cuttings.

This is a propagation and seed swap event. Live plants will be for sale as well.

A speaker will answer questions on pollinators and master gardeners will be available to answer questions.

For more info and to volunteer, email [email protected].

Program seeks cancer survivors

Oregon State University seeks eligible cancer patients for its “Hope Grows Here” project, a vegetable gardening and nutrition education program for the health and well-being of cancer survivors. If enough participants sign up, the program is expected to begin in April.

“Hope Grows Here” provides a four-week basic gardening course taught by master gardeners, a community garden space to practice growing a vegetable garden, weekly gardening support from master gardener mentors, nutrition information and recipes from OSU experts, a complimentary set of personal gardening tools, a chance to earn a $50 incentive for participating in the program and a place to meet and interact with other cancer survivors learning to garden together.

For more information or to find out if you are eligible to participate, 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 (Albany) or (541) 768-2171 (Corvallis).

WVCB performs Albany concert

The Willamette Valley Concert Band will present “Moments And Memories In The Great Outdoors” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Albany Performing Arts Center at West Albany High School, 2100 Elm St. SW, Albany.

Admission is free.

The 50-member concert band will perform in front of curated, AI-generated artwork to further illustrate interim director Carrie French’s programmatic theme. During “Reflections From The Wall” by David Shaffer, the screen will project a vibrant sunrise and sunset that shifts in sync with performers.

A concert highlight will be “Selections from Blossom Time,” a 1921 Sigmund Romberg operetta that reworks familiar Franz Schubert themes and tells the tragic (and fictional) story of that composer’s love life.

Also on the program are James Newton Howard’s “Grand Canyon Fanfare” and Thomas Knox’s “American Pageant.”

The Willamette Valley Concert Band is a participating member of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Donations to the band are used to send local music students to summer band camp, among other things. The band gratefully accepts voluntary contributions at the entrance and exit.

Speedway revs into new season

Willamette Speedway’s 57th season begins with test-and-tune sessions from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1 and 8, followed by the April 15 season opener at the track, 36606 Airport Drive, Lebanon.

The Cabin Five season opener features super late models, IMCA sport mods, Super Sports, sportsman and street stocks. Its tickets are $15 general, $12 seniors and $5 for youth aged 6 to 12.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Mineral show rolls into town

The 73rd annual Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, in the activity gym at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The event will include displays, demonstrations, vendors, raffles and food available for purchase.

Admission is 50 cents, with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call (541) 451-2740 or (541) 451-1577.

Search & Rescue offers program

The Linn County Sheriff Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women ages 14 to 18 to join the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program.

This will be the 29th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that 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. on April 10 or May 8 to participate.

Applicants will also need to pass the physical aptitude test on either May 13 or May 20.

Accepted applicants will be required to attend the pre-academy meeting on June 12. At that time, applicants will be eligible to attend the 10-day Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.

For more information about the program 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 in Albany.