Around Town (May 17, 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 19, is a chicken or tuna salad half-sandwich, green split-pea soup, confetti coleslaw, wheat bread and applesauce.

The menu on Monday, May 22, is a beef rigatoni or turkey divan bake, a winter vegetable blend, pickled beets, a white dinner roll and pears.

The menu on Tuesday, May 23, is chicken pastina or a cheese and green chili bake, dilled carrots, spinach Romaine salad, a cornmeal roll and butterscotch pudding.

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

Foster Dam road closed Thursday

The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 18 for a bridge inspection, according to an announcement last week from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For more information or to comment, call (541) 942-5631.

Production continues at ACT

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” continues through May at Albany Civic Theater, 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 18, 19 and 20. 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

LCSWA offers scholarships

Linn County Small Woodlands Association offers $2,000 annual and renewable scholarships to Linn County residents and nearby students attending county high schools.

The scholarships, to be used at colleges in Oregon, are funded by income from the LCSWA annual seedling sale, which set records this year, netting $19,000 for LCSWA’s scholarship fund.

Scholarship committee chairman Katie Kohl heads a team of volunteers who will interview applicants in late May.

Scholarships will be awarded on academic achievement, honors and awards, school and community activities and college academic plans.

Deadline to file applications and references this year is Friday, May 19.

Students can contact her at [email protected].

Annual book sale scheduled in Scio

Friends of the Scio Library will hold its annual book sale Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, at Scio City Hall, 38957 NW 1st Ave.

Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is held during the Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair.

Thousands of books will be available, as well as DVDs and audio CDs. All books cost $1 and after 1 p.m. on Saturday shoppers can fill a grocery bag with books for $5.

Proceeds support library programs for children and adults.

Genealogy group hosts 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.

Oak Heights hosts 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.

Memorial Day concert at OSU

The Willamette Valley Concert Band, directed by Julie Buchert, will present a free Memorial Day concert at 4 p.m. Monday, May 29, at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.

Performing with the band will be The Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir, also directed by Julie Buchert.

The band will perform songs honoring military heroes of the past and present.

The approximately 60-member children’s choir will join the band to open the concert with “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Some of the other pieces will be “This Is My Country,” arranged by Jerry Brubaker, “The Stars And Stripes Forever,” by John Philip Sousa, and “All Is Calm,” By Robert W. Smith.

Xylophone artist Brendan Elliott will play Galop, from “The Comedians,” by Dmitri Kabelevsky.

The performance will be narrated and announced by Jason Caffarella, a musician and teacher in the Albany area.

The concert’s band director, Julie Buchert, a 1979 graduate of West Albany High School, taught band, choir, general music and other subjects for 30 years before retiring.

The band, with approximately 45 members, was created by Dr. Richard Sorenson in 1970. It has continuously performed since then, with a hiatus during the COVID pandemic.

Although the concert is free, donations, helping area music students attend the Mid-Valley Band camp this summer, will be appreciated.

Designs sought for fair T-shirt

Local youth involved in Linn County 4-H and FFA organizations are invited to submit designs for the front of the 2023 Linn County Fair T-shirt.

The contest is open to all Linn County 4-H and FFA youth attending the fair.

Each contestant is limited to one design, which can be submitted by May 31. The design must be an original work – absolutely no tracing or copying designs – and must use only one color.

Entries must be submitted as a PDF or JPG file format.

If selected, the contest winner will see their design printed on the T-shirts passed out at the fair and will receive a $50 Coastal Farms gift card.

The winner will also meet with a professional designer from NoDinx to help prepare the final image.

They will be highlighted in the Extension’s Growing newspaper and on social media.

Submit designs at:

For more information, contact Michele Webster at [email protected].

Garden club to hold flower show

The Lebanon Garden Club encourages community members of all ages to enter its annual free Flower Show, which will be held the first weekend of June during the Strawberry Festival, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 2, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Santiam Place, 139 S Main St.

Entries for this year’s show will be accepted June 1-2.

Flower show schedule books describing acceptable entries (including individual specimens, terrariums, and dish gardens) and designs are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon Senior Center, Lebanon Public Library, Green Thumb Nursery, Summit Ace Home & Garden and Garland’s Nursery as soon as the schedule is available.

For information regarding entries and general show questions, contact Lynne Neuman at (541) 990-3894.