Around Town (May 4, 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 6, is a Mother’s Day special featuring chicken with supreme sauce or ham with raisin sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, green peas and onions, French bread and a cherry cup.

The menu on Monday, May 9, is a white bean chili with chicken or a lasagna cheese roll-up, Italian mixed vegetables, tossed salad, a squash roll and rocky road pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, May 10, is a Swiss-style patty with Swiss sauce, breaded fish with tartar sauce, parslied potatoes, broccoli, cracked wheat bread and pineapple fluff.

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

Parish mission series at St. Helen

St. Helen’s Catholic Church is hosting its special parish mission, “Prodigal Daughters, Prodigal Sons,” through Thursday, May 5, at the church, 600 Sixth Ave., Sweet Home.

Friar Tony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy will deliver talks from 7 to 8 p.m. on such topics as “The Love of the Father,” “The Younger Son:  Accepting Responsibility,” “The Elder Son:  Burning Bridges,” “Why Confession?” and “Our Lady the Mother of Mercy.” Confessions will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each evening and again after each talk. 

For more information, contact (541) 367-2530 or visit

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].

Online plant sale under way

The Linn County Juvenile Department is holding an online plant sale, “New Beginnings Garden,” with items available for view at

The sale offers a full array of potted flowers, succulents, hanging baskets and tree seedlings. Four-inch potted flowers cost $4 each, with hanging flower baskets available for $35.

All sales are made only through the website via orders placed with a credit card. Items may be picked up the following day at Linn County Juvenile Detention Center, 4400 Lochner Road SE, Albany.

Register for Senior Games in Corvallis

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].

Highway 20 work to stall traffic

The Oregon Department of Transportation continues its 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

Seven Oak musical to wrap this week

Seven Oak Middle School Theatre Club will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda, The Musical JR” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7, and at 2 p.m. Saturday in the old gymnasium at Seven Oak Middle School, 550 Cascade Drive, Lebanon.

“Matilda, The Musical JR.” tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. The story is adapted from the full-length musical which was based on the book by Roald Dahl, and features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The show opened on the West End in 2011 and made its Broadway premiere in 2013. The musical earned seven Olivier Awards, including “Best New Musical,” and five Tony awards, including a Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical.”

Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit, or email [email protected].

Day of Prayer activities May 5

Sweet Home residents are invited to participate in National Day of Prayer activities throughout town on Thursday, May 5.

Groups will gather for prayer at the following times and locations:

— 7 a.m. at the Sweet Home School District office, 1920 Long St.

— 10 a.m. at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 1575 Main St.

— Noon at Sweet Home City Hall, 3225 Main St.

— 5 p.m. at the Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St.

— An evening service will begin at 7 p.m. at the Sweet Home Evangelical Church, 1347 Long St.

Blood drive scheduled May 10

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

To schedule an appointment, visit

Gardening classes offered in Lebanon

Free gardening classes will be offered on second Tuesdays from May 10 to 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.

— May 10: “Basic Gardening Tips to Success.”

— 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 buy emailing [email protected].

LAFTA to hold auditions for play

The Lebanon Association For Theatre Arts will hold auditions for “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Cascades School, 2163 S. Seventh St., Lebanon.

Fourteen parts are available for high-school students through adults. Backstage workers are also needed. Callbacks will be held Friday, May 20.

The Davin Dahlgren production will be staged July 21-23. It will include audience involvement as a theater cast prepares to present a murder mystery play that becomes very real. The play is available online at, where prospective cast members can find it.

For more information, email Patty at [email protected].

After 5 hosts spring program

After 5 Connection is hosting a “Spring Flowers in the Air” program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

Cora Brantner of Maple Valley, Wash., will serve as the event’s guest speaker. Brantner is a vocal soloist, a former Red Cross worker and an active community volunteer. She recently completed and published her mother’s biographical novel about her grandmother and is now working on its sequel. Garden club member and Master Gardener Linda Boyd will discuss garden tips and how to assemble a hanging basket. Soloist and Lebanon Community Choir member Brenda Ireland will provide special music.

Cost is $15, which includes everything. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

For reservations, contact Nancy at (541) 259-1306 or [email protected]. If unable to attend, please cancel your reservation.

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

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.

SAFE holding can, bottle drive

SAFE will host its final can and bottle drive for Sweet Home High School’s Class of 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1118 Main St.

Please bring cans and bottles to help raise money for the senior class.

Carnival, auction returns May 21

Oak Heights Elementary School is hosting its annual spring carnival and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the gymnasium on its campus, 605 Elm St., Sweet Home.

The event features a bounce house, obstacle course, face-painting, carnival games, prizes and raffle baskets. Carnival fare include hot dogs, popcorn, Casa de Reyes’ street tacos and cotton candy.

Visit the school’s Facebook page at for updates and further details.

‘Kids to Camp’ auction scheduled

The Fir Lawn Lutheran Church has announced its ninth annual “Kids to Camp” auction, running 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the church, 109 W. Holley Road, Sweet Home.

Events include a silent auction, oral auction, pie purchase, “Duck Race” and “Traeger Raffle.” Its menu features a “Flaminga” feast.

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.

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

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