Around Town (May 10, 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, May 12, is a Mother’s Day special featuring a chicken breast supreme or roast pork with blueberry chutney, whipped sweet potatoes, green peas and onions, sunflower bread and apple cobbler.

The menu on Monday, May 15, is a Southwest omelet bake or barbecued smokehouse chop, roasted red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cracked wheat bread and a golden fruit cup.

The menu on Tuesday, May 16, is spaghetti with meat sauce or sweet and sour chicken with brown rice, green beans, a copper penny salad, garlic roll and chocolate cake.

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

Plant sale set in Lebanon

Lebanon Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, at 880 Tangent Drive in Lebanon.

The club will sell indoor plants, trees and shrubs, vegetables and flowers. A wide variety of selection will be available.

Plant donations are welcome. Proceeds go to the Ralston Park rose garden in Lebanon, Lebanon school gardens, OSU Extension 4-H and the purchase of trees for reforestation.

For more information, contact Lynne Neuman at (541) 990-3894.

Community yard sales upcoming

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce has announced a series of four Saturday Sweet Home community yard sales this spring and summer, scheduled May 13, June 17, July 8 and Aug. 5.

The chamber will provide maps of all participating properties, where shoppers may find deals on household items, furniture and more.

Maps will be available a day before the sales at the chamber building, 1575 Main St .; Sweet Home City Hall, 3225 Main St .; or at the garage sale board at 18th Avenue and Long Street.

Free garden help, Mother’s Day fun

Hoy’s Hardware will host a Mother’s Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at its Garden Center, 3041 Main St.

The event will feature free gardening demonstrations, including how to pot a mosquito garden container, a do-it-yourself self-watering garden tub and a pollinator garden presentation by Monrovia Nursery.

Raffles will be held and children will have an opportunity to make cards for their mothers, who will also receive a free gift while supplies last.

Dinner to honor women veterans

The American Legion Post 51 will host a “Women in the Military” celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at its location, 480 S. Main St., Lebanon.

The event is cohosted by the Lebanon, Brownsville and Sweet Home American Legion posts, and by Albany’s VFW Post 584.

Its keynote speaker will be Kalyn Lafayette, a Central Linn graduate and current Oregon National Guard member who was a four-time local American Oratorical Contest winner and a state winner.

Women leaders from American Legion posts throughout the state are expected to attend.

Social hour starts at 4 p.m., with dinner following from 5 to 7. Cost is $13 to $17 per person, depending on the choice of steak or shrimp. Also on the menu are baked potatoes, salads and rolls.

The celebration is planned as a “triangular” event, which will rotate annually between Lebanon, Sweet Home and Albany.

For more information, call (541) 451-1351.

ACT production begins May 12

Albany Civic Theater will stage “Love, Loss and What I Wore” starting Friday, May 12, at 111 First Ave. W. in downtown Albany.

Directed by Leigh Matthews Bock, the play, a series of interactive monologues, covers territory linked by the common thread of what was worn at key moments in women’s lives.

Evening performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. May 12, 13,, 18, 19 and 20, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 14. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for students, seniors and Oregon Trail cardholders. Tickets to the May 18 performance will be available at the box office for $5 for students (with ID) and Oregon Trail Card holders. The May 19 performance will be ASL-interpreted.

Tickets are available at the box office, or online at

Farmers market opens May 16

Sweet Home Farmers Market kicks off its 2023 season Tuesday, May 16, in the parking lot at 1141 12th Ave., across from the Sweet Home Library.

Lebanon’s market begins Thursday, May 18, at the corner of Main Grant streets. Both markets will run weekly on those days through mid-October.

Hours are from 2 to 6 p.m.

Local farmers and small businesses will offer a variety of fresh-grown produce, plant starts, eggs, meat, honey and other food items. Pets are welcome on leashes.

The markets often feature music, sponsored by a grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition.

The markets offer Double Up Food Bucks, a program that “matches” SNAP benefits spent at participating farmers markets. For every $2 of SNAP benefits spent, the SNAP recipient will get a match of up to $20 in DUFB that can be spent on fruits and vegetables.

So, if a customer spends $20 in SNAP benefits, they will get an extra $20 – free – that theycan use to buy more produce. For more information on SNAP, visit

For more information on how to participate, contact Belinda Bayne at (541) 418-2603.

County seeking input on health

Linn County officials want to hear from Sweet Home residents about the community’s health.

To do so, they will hold a conversation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the Jim Riggs Community Center, 880 18th Ave.

Input from the public will help in the creation of the Regional Community Health Improvement Plan, which outlines health priorities for Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit,

Oak Heights to host carnival

Oak Heights School will hold its annual carnival and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at 605 Elm St.

Sponsored by the school’s PTC group, the event will include food and fun, an “enormous” bounce house, a live farm animal petting zoo, games, and silent auction items.

Genealogy group to host speaker

Sweet Home Genealogical Society will host Beth Lambright, governor of the Oregon Society of Mayflower Descendants, from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20, at 1223 Kalmia St.

The event is free.