Around Town (May 25, 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, May 27, is a Memorial Day special featuring a barbecue chicken sandwich or Kielbasa sausage, a hoagie bun, baked beans, Italian mixed vegetables and a zucchini brownie.

The center will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.

The menu on Tuesday, May 31, is chicken tetrazzini or beef and black-bean chili, spinach, tossed salad, a wheat roll and gelatin with whipped topping.

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

Woodlands group offers scholarships

The Linn County Small Woodlands Association is offering $2,000 scholarships to students graduating from Linn County high schools who plan to study forestry or forestry-related natural resources.

The scholarships are open to students who plan to attend an Oregon college or in a dual-enrollment program (such as LBCC-OSU and LCC-UO). The scholarships are renewable at $1,000 to $2,000 rates, depending on the success of the LCSWA’s annual winter seedling sales.

Academic achievements, honors and awards, school activities and community engagement will be considered.

Application forms, which must be postmarked or e-mailed by May 31, are available at Linn County’s high schools and from LCSWA scholarship chair Katie Kohl at [email protected].

Tickets available for county fair

Reserved seating tickets are now available for main stage entertainment at the Linn County Fair, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 14-16, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Albany.

Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

This year’s headliners include Sara Evans on July 14, Five for Fighting on July 15 and Sawyer Brown on July 16. All performances begin at 8:30 p.m.

General seating is free with daily admission ($7 general, $5 seniors over 60 and free for children 12 and under), but reserved seats are $22-$30. Daily parking is $5.

Three-day passes are $21 general, $15 for seniors and FFA/4-H members and $15 for parking. A family fun pack for the carnival is $120, which is good for any single day of the fair and includes four general admission tickets and four all-day carnival wristbands. A Pick-Your-Day Fun Pack, which includes one of each item, is available for $35. An all-day carnival wristband is available for $32 by Sunday, July 10.

For more information, visit

Q&A session set for nurses

A question-and-answer session for nurses will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in Room H-150 of the Linn-Benton Community College Health Occupations Center, 300 Mullins Drive, Lebanon.

Ruby Jason, executive director of the Oregon State Board of Nursing, will address questions and more, and will also update any practice questions participants may have in regard to faith community nursing practices.

The free session will also be simulcast via Zoom. To participate remotely, email [email protected] before May 23 to get the link.

For more information, contact Deb Fell-Carlson at (541) 248-0595.

Concert Band back on stage May 30

The Willamette Valley Concert Band, under the direction of John Russell, returns to the stage after a COVID-19 hiatus with “Honoring the Fallen,” a Memorial Day concert, at 3 p.m. Monday, May 30, at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus, 975 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

The program features such patriotic anthems as Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith’s “The Star-Spangled Banner,” arranged by John Williams. Other pieces will include John Williams’ “Hymn For The Fallen,” from the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan”; Henry Fillmore’s “Americans We”; a Frank Ticheli-arranged “Amazing Grace”; a Bob Lowden-arranged “Armed Forces Salute”; and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” arranged by Keith Brion and Loras Schissel; as well as music from Henry Mancini and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Admission is free, and all audience contributions will fund scholarships for middle and high school students to attend summer music camp.

The Albany-based Willamette Valley Concert Band has performed in the Willamette Valley since 1970. Among its 50 members are adult musicians from Linn, Benton, Marion and Polk counties.

Guitars Under the Stars returns

Early-bird tickets for the fifth annual Guitars Under the Stars, scheduled for July 29-30 at Cheadle Lake Park, must be purchased by Wednesday, June 1.

The lineup includes such performers as Mark Mendoza (Twisted Sister), Stu Hamm, Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Ron Keel (Keel, Steeler and Saber Tiger), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Mark Heylmun (Suicide Silence), Thöm Häzäert, Ernie Iniguez (Quietude, Salimus), Brandon Cook (The Loyal Order, Black N’ Blue), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Chris Martucci (Stone Sour, Black Star Riders). Among the featured bands are Lilac, The Loyal Order, Sweater for an Astronaut and ED to Shred.

Visit and UnderTheStars for more details.

Strawberry fest back in June

The Strawberry Festival will be in full festival mode, from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

This year’s event features live entertainment by headliners Jo Dee Messina on Thursday, James Otto & Jackson Michelson on Friday, and Steve Augeri of Journey on Saturday, followed by the Grand Parade on Saturday, and the Flower Show put on by the Lebanon Garden Club at Santiam Place.

Tickets are now available for purchase online at

Sweet Home Sweet Ride back June 25

The Sweet Home Sweet Ride charity car show for children will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, on the track and field at Sweet Home Junior High School, 880 22nd Ave.

The event will feature cars, pickups, motorcycles, 4-by-4s, semis, log trucks and vintage trailers, Activities include a burn-out pit, 50/50, vendor alley, a poker walk, music and more than 100 trophies. A food court will also be available.

Entries for the burn-out pit are $10 per vehicle for a first pass and $2 for each additional pass. Veterans’ vehicles with insignias are admitted free.

For more information, visit 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

Free meals to be available for kids

The Sweet Home School District is offering free summer lunches to children 18 and under at the following locations:

— June 27 through Aug. 19: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Little Promises, 28028 Pleasant Valley Road, Sweet Home (breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. (breakfast is served from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., around the back of Foster Elementary School, 5526 Poplar St., Foster (breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Oak Heights Elementary School, 610 Elm St., Sweet Home (breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.); and noon to 12:30 p.m., Ashbrook Park, 28th Ave. and Juniper St., Sweet Home.

— June 27 through July 22: noon to 12:30 p.m., Sweet Home Junior High School, 880 22nd Ave. (breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m.).

No meals will be served at any of these sites July 4 or Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Deshawnda Carver, Sweet Home High School, at (541) 367-7149 or Kathleen Cochran, accounts payable, at (541) 367-7121.

Gardening classes offered in Lebanon

Free gardening classes will be offered on second Tuesdays through Oct. 11 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Sessions will be held at 10 a.m., beginning with a question-and-answer period followed by short lectures on gardening topics, as outlined below.

— June 14: “Organic Nutrients/Companion Planting.”

— July 12: “Planting a Winter Garden in July.”

— Aug. 9: “When to Harvest.”

— Sept. 13: “Cover Crops for Your Garden.”

— Oct. 11: “Planting/Harvesting Garlic, Onions and Shallots.”

Register for these classes by emailing [email protected].

Reunion set for SH class of 1977

Sweet Home High School’s Class of 1977 is celebrating its 45-year reunion Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17 with a series of events at various locations.

A walk will begin, weather permitting, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the upper parking lot at McDowell Creek Falls County Park, 43170 McDowell Creek Drive, Lebanon. A meet and greet follows at 2 p.m. at Pineway Golf Course, 30949 Pineway Road, Lebanon, with conversations to catch up and discuss the “Kids Don’t Float” fundraiser life jacket loaner locations at Foster Lake and Camp Attitude.

A buffet dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The cost for the latter is $25 per person. Umpqua Bank has an account for the deposit of the dinner cost and fundraiser donations.

Sunday features an 11 a.m. worship invitation, followed by a 12:30 classmate potluck and sandwich lunch at Freedom Hill Church, 2470 Main St., Sweet Home.

For more information, contact Lois Miller Carper at (541) 760-1529 or via Facebook or