Around Town (March 16, 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, March 18, is a chicken or tuna salad half-sandwich, carrot raisin salad, broccoli and cheese soup, wheat bread and seasonal fresh fruit.

The menu on Monday, March 21, is turkey a la king or beef stroganoff, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, sunflower seed bread and a chocolate oatmeal bar.

The menu on Tuesday, March 22, is an orange-glazed chicken or breaded beef steak with gravy, Delmonico potatoes, mixed vegetables, seven-grain bread and rocky road pudding.

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

Arts Guild hosts March 19 class

Linn County Arts Guild will host a Tree of Life Wire Wrapping Class from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at 605 Main St., Lebanon.

Cost is $25. Participants will wire wrap heart-shaped stones. Stones will be available for purchase or participants can bring their own.

For more information, call (541) 497-0386.

Parenting classes offered this month

Parenting Success Network and Samaritan Health Services are offering three free online classes this month.

— “Effective Black Parenting: Raising Proud, Confident and Healthy African-American Children,” 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, March 17 through June 23. Participants will learn basic parenting skills from the history and perspective of African-American culture, with skills taught through African proverbs to illustrate the relationship of parenting skills through the view and wisdom of African ancestors. Topics include effective family communication, parenting techniques, structures for learning and positive self-esteem and positive disciplining techniques. Information/registration: (541) 497-4358.

— “The Incredible Years,”6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 30 through June 8. For families with children aged 2 to 10. The series will explore ways to use play and praise to build more cooperative relationships, establish clear family rules, create a more pleasant and enjoyable home life, prevent and reduce behavior problems and improve social skills. Information/registration: (541) 917-4884 or [email protected].

— “Make Parenting a Pleasure,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 31 through June 2. For parents with children aged 10 and younger. Topics include stressing less and having more fun, self-care during the demands of parenting, more effective ways to talk and interact with family and positive techniques for disciplining and guiding school-aged children. Information/registration: (541) 917-4884 or [email protected].

These remote sessions are available to anyone with Internet access, plus a camera and microphone.

Highway 20 work to stall traffic

The Oregon Department of Transportation has commenced work on safety improvements to Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis.

Phase 1, which covers the area from west of Garland Nursery to the Bowers Slough Bridge, is expected to be completed by August 2023. The first week includes surveying and restriping the full project area. 

Drivers should expect nighttime work with a single lane of traffic using flaggers and pilot cars to control the work zone. There may be up to 20 minute delays. 

Work will continue over the first few months near Independence Highway on the south side of Highway 20. Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures during evenings between Sunday and Friday.

For more information, visit or

Committee seeks volunteers

The Sweet Home Beautification Committee will host its first work party of the year at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the corner of 10th Avenue and Main Street.

This all-volunteer organization seeks volunteers to help it maintain the city’s median strips and cultivates other plants and flowers through town, including those at the city entrances..

For more information, contact the City of Sweet Home Public Works Department at (541) 367-6359.

‘Losing My Sight’ talk March 16

Rebecca Piros will speak on “Losing My Sight” at the Wednesday, March 16, meeting of the Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group at the Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Meeting time is 2 p.m.

In 2015 Piros was stricken with a rare fungus disease which caused her to develop meningitis which put pressure on her optic nerves. After being unresponsive for more than a week, she woke up to her present condition of extremely limited eyesight. In her presentation she recounts how she overcame her then-seemingly dauntless affliction and is now successfully living with her new-normal.

All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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

Strokes focus of virtual seminar

Learn about strokes and their warning signs in Samaritan Health Services’ “Save Time, Save Brain,” a free virtual seminar scheduled from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

Samaritan Albany General Hospital stroke coordinator Jodie Andrews will discuss the signs and symptoms of strokes, as well as what to do when one is suspected.

To register for the session, visit and scroll to the indicated class.

Book sale set for March 19

Friends of the Lebanon Public Library will hold their Monthly Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

The public is invited to select books from the main bookstore as well as check out the vintage book art available for purchase.

Donations are the heart of the Friends’ fundraising. Clean, undamaged books published on or after 1990, audiobooks and movies on disk may be donated to the Used Bookstore inside the Lebanon Senior Center weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Proceeds from sales are used to help fund programs at the Lebanon Public Library including Summer Reading and Take & Make Crafts, Storytime and activities for ’Tweens and Young Adults.

The Friends can be contacted at (541) 730-3602, or by email at [email protected]. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram @lebanonlibraryfriends.

Spring fair set at Charter School

The Agrarian Sharing Network is hosting a Spring Propagation Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the Sweet Home Charter School, 28721 Liberty Road.

Attendees can exchange seed, plants, root divisions, cuttings and starts, and get root stock, scion and grafting at the event.

For more information, email [email protected].

Rock show returns March 26-27

The Sweet Home Gem & Mineral Show returns this year, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the gym at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

The 72nd annual event features various dealers, displays, demonstrations, door prizes, a raffle, a snack bar and disabled parking.

Admission is 50 cents for general admission, free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call (541) 451-2740 or (541) 451-1577 or email [email protected].

Fire academy set for girls in county

Girls aged 16 to 19 are invited to attend the Linn County Young Women’s Fire Academy June 23-24.

The two-day event is a free, hands-on opportunity to learn from female firefighters at Lebanon Fire Station 31, 1050 W. Oak St.

Applications are available at For more information, visit

Search and Rescue seeks local youth

Linn County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join and participate in a 10-day summer training program for its Search and Rescue Team. The academy will be held June 17-27.

Search and Rescue team members often work alongside deputies of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Young men and women build resiliency and gain valuable leadership and professional skills impacting their future personal and professional lives.

The application process includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in Albany, at 7 p.m. on April 11 or May 9. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the 10-day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. 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 Lt. Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541) 812-2272 or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at Online applications are available on the website and at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in Albany.