Around Town (March 23, 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 25, is creamy pasta with vegetables or pork-fried rice, Italian vegetable blend, hot spiced peaches, an oat bran wheat roll and apple streusel cake.

The menu on Monday, March 28, is hearty chicken stew or spaghetti and meat sauce, mixed vegetables, creamy coleslaw, a wheat roll and a butterscotch bar.

The menu on Tuesday, March 29, is a beef Spanish rice bake or pasta primavera, green beans, chuckwagon corn, squash bread and seasonal fruit.

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

Register for Senior Games in August

Registration has opened for the 2022 Oregon Senior Games, scheduled to be held Aug. 11-14 and 18-21 in Corvallis.

Events are open to athletes of all skill levels who will be at least 50 years old by Dec. 31, 2022. Competitions include archery, bowling, cornhole, disc golf, golf, pickleball, power walking, race walking, road racing, 5K, shuffleboard, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Early-bird registration runs through Saturday, June 11. To register, visit For questions or to be added to the contact list, email Senior Coordinator Morgan Baker at [email protected].

Parenting classes offered online

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

— “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

Nurses, ministers invited to meet

The Faith Community Health Network of the Mid-Willamette Valley meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month – March 23.

Check the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Calendar, email [email protected], or call Deb at (541) 248-0595 for info on upcoming meetings.

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].

Lebanon Blue event scheduled

Dala’s Blue Angels will host Paint Lebanon Blue starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26.

Volunteers will place blue ribbons and balloons throughout the town in preparation for April’s Child Abuse Awareness Month observances.

Interested in participating? Contact Dala Johnson at (541) 619-0606.

Road at Foster Dam to close

The road over Foster Dam will be closed for penstock trash rack debris removal and fish research equipment installation from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29-30.

Whodunnit? Find out in ACT’s ‘Clue’

The popular whodunnit “Clue” based on the 1985 Paramount Pictures film and iconic Hasbro board game, runs from April 1-23 at the Albany Civic Theater, 111 W. First Ave.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. April 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 21-23, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on April 10 and 17. The show is also available on-demand April 8-10, 15-17 and 21-23.

Admission is $14 general, $11 seniors and children. Purchase tickets online at On-demand tickets are available at

Reserve for Stand By Us fundraiser

Reservations are now available for the annual Stand By Us benefit auction fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam, scheduled for Saturday, May 7, at Cheadle Lake Park, 37941 Weirich Drive, Lebanon.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a live auction and dinner at 6 p.m. The event features a Fogline concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Limited tables are available. To make reservations, contact (541) 258-7105 or

‘Kids to Camp’ auction scheduled

The Fir Lawn Lutheran Church has announced its ninth annual “Kids to Camp” auction, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Ma y 11, at the church, 109 W. Holly Road, Sweet Home.

Events include a silent auction, oral auction, pie purchase, “Duck Race” and “Traeger Raffle.” Its menu features prime rib from The Point restaurant.

The auction itself is free to attend; however, dinner costs $25 per person and raffle tickets cost $20 apiece.

For more information, call (541) 367-3642.

Training program offered for 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 March 14, 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.

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