Around Town (March 22, 2023)

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 24, is a chicken and rice bake or vegetable Romanoff, whole kernel corn, Romaine iceberg salad, an oat bran wheat roll and rocky road pudding.

The menu on Monday, March 27, is parmesan chicken or pork fried rice, mixed vegetables, pineapple slaw, a wheat roll and a creamy crunch bar.

The menu on Tuesday, March 28, is cowboy campfire stew or turkey pot pie, green beans with red peppers, tossed salad, a biscuit and a zucchini brownie.

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

Propagation fair coming Saturday

A propagation fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday 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].

WVCB to perform 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.

ACT readers host ‘Chapatti’

The Albany Civic Theater’s Readers Theater has announced a one-night-only performance of Christian O’Reilly’s “Chapatti” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the venue, 111 W. First Ave.

The production, directed by Harriet Owen-Nixon, stars Charlotte Headrick and Rick Wallace.

Admission is $14. Tickets are available online at or at the theater 45 minutes before curtain.

Other upcoming ACT productions include “Something Rotten!” (April 7-29), “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” (May 12-20), “Moonglow” (June 23 to July 1) and a summer camp presentation of Disney’s “My Son, Pinocchio, Jr.,” dates to be determined.

For more information and audition dates for future productions, visit

Gardening classes set into April

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.

To RSVP, email [email protected].

Hospital group to honor donors

Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation will honor individuals and businesses who have made donations to support the construction of Samaritan’s new family medicine clinic and urgent care in Sweet Home.

Gifts of all amounts are needed.

The building will include a “founding” donor wall in the clinic lobby that honors supporters who have contributed gifts of $1,000 or more to the campaign. Smaller gifts will be acknowledged on a digital display in the lobby.

May 1 is the deadline for donors to make a gift or pledge and be included on the donor wall.

Opportunities to make gifts in honor or memory of loved ones, and room sponsorships are also available.

For more information, contact LCHF Director Brandy O’Bannon at (541) 451-7063.

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).

Mineral show to roll 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.

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

After 5 schedules April 11 dinner

After 5 Connection will hold its monthly dinner and program for local women from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at Lebanon Foursquare Church, 470 W. C St.

The program includes a fashion show presented by 1st Hand Seconds Unique Boutique. This upscale resale boutique in Albany is the financial support of a nonprofit providing help to women and their children at risk.

Judy Stevens, pianist and well known Lebanon piano teacher, will perform background music for the style show and will accompany soloist Janet Nortune, also of Lebanon.

Cathy Rasley, of Walla Walla, Wash., will speak on “What Perks Your Life?”

Rasley owns two coffee shops, Hot Mama’s Espresso, with her daughter. She has been married for 43 years; she and her husband have three children and five grandchildren.

Cost is $18, which includes everything. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

For reservations contact Madel at (541) 451-2586 or Nancy at ({541) 259-1396 or by email at [email protected].

Blossoms Bazaar to bloom in Albany

Albany’s American Legion Post will hold its annual Spring Blossoms Bazaar Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, at the Post, 1215 SE Pacific Blvd.

The American Legion Auxiliary Albany Unit 10 is seeking crafters, bakers and home-based business representatives to share their wares.

For information on how to participate, contact Michelle at (541) 409-4170 or [email protected].

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.