Around Town (Nov. 17, 2021)

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, Nov. 19, is spaghetti with meat sauce or chicken with brown rice, green beans with red peppers, a green garden salad, a whole wheat roll and spice cake.

The menu on Monday, Nov. 22, is turkey apple meatballs or vegetable a la king, garlic whipped potatoes, capri blend vegetables, squash bread and pineapple tidbits.

The menu on Tuesday, Nov. 23, is roasted turkey with gravy or sliced ham with orange glaze, whipped sunset potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread dressing and baked pumpkin custard.

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

Veterans Home to hold job fair

The Oregon Veterans Home will host a Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The facility needs a variety of staffers: nursing assistants, nurses, hospitality and housekeeping personnel, recreation assistants and kitchen personnel.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Hospice offering holiday grief help

Lumina Hospice is offering a virtual workshop of Grief and the Holidays During COVID from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18.

Presented by Melissa Allen, bereavement coordinator, the free session will help those who have been bereaved plan for and prepare for the holidays.

To participate, visit

Light Up a Life at Samaritan hospice

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice will hold another virtual Light Up a Life ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19, to remember lost loved ones and to support hospice patients and their families.

The event will be held online at

For more information, contact Samaritan Evergreen Hospice at (541) 812-4662. To participate with a donation, call Samaritan Foundation at (844) 768-4256.

Sign up for youth basketball season

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam is accepting registrations for the late-winter basketball season through Monday, Nov. 29.

The cost is $145 for fifth- and sixth-grade players, and $155 for players in the seventh and eighth grade.

Practices begin on Monday, Jan. 3, the same day season schedules are released. Games are scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 17.

Registration forms are available online at For more information, contact (541) 258-7105 or email athletics and facilities director Devin Peckfelder at [email protected].

SHEM accepting Christmas boxes

Sweet Home Emergency Ministries is accepting applications for Christmas boxes until Saturday, Dec. 4.

SHEM coordinates these boxes for the needy with community partners, including churches and civic organizations.

Applications are are available from a box in front of the SHEM building at 1115 Long St., or at the webpage at

Anyone interested in sponsoring a Christmas box is encouraged to call at (541) 367-6504.

TOPS to meet Thursdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a group promoting and encouraging healthy weight loss, meets Thursdays at Sweet Home Christian Church, 1825 Long St.

Weigh-ins begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by the 10 a.m. meeting.

For more information, contact (541) 401-0593 or (541) 367-8685.

Oral Hull topic of program

‘The Mid-Valley Low-Vision Support Group will discuss the Oral Hull Resort (near Sandy) for low- and no-sighted individuals during its 2 p.m. program Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1920 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Jeannine Anne Moore, president of the resort’s board of directors, will speak about the location, which promotes the well-being of low-vision and blind individuals through an extensive program of seminars that teach and encourage participants to excel in the face of difficult challenges.

There are no fees for this program, and no group membership is required.

Contact (541) 974-6233 for more information.

Sharing Tree program continues

The Sweet Home Volunteer Firefighters Association is conducting its annual Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree Program.

Children up to age 12 are eligible.

Parents who wish to have their child’s name placed on the Sharing Tree should fill out a request form, which can be found online at or picked up by Dec. 3 at the Sweet Home Fire District office, 1099 Long St. Deadline for returning paper forms is Dec. 3. Online forms are submitted automatically.

Cash donations for the Christmas For Kids Sharing Tree toy program may be made at the office. All cash donations will be used to purchase toys and needed clothing for local children. The names of children and families needing assistance will be placed on the tree at the Fire Department starting Nov. 5.

Anyone interested in “adopting” a family should contact the Fire District office at (541) 367-5882 and leave a message.

To stay updated, follow the Facebook page for Sweet Home Sharing Tree at

Genealogy group to host bazaar

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society will host a holiday bazaar on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, at its location, 1223 Kalmia St.

The event features more than 10 vendor tables with such goodies and artsy items as jewelry, soaps, baskets, journals, quilling art, kitchen scrubbies, hanging towels, gnomes, snowmen, pot holders and more.

Christmas baskets will also be out, with tickets going for $1 individually or $5 for six. The Christmas basket drawing will be held in December. Some of these baskets include a chocolate basket, an authors basket with books from local authors, an ice-cream-maker basket with supplies, and a “Sweet Home: A History in Pictures” book, valued at $85.

Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six.

For more information, contact the Genealogical Society from Tuesday through Thursday at (541) 818-0578.

Free turkey dinner at Elks Lodge

The Sweet Home Elks Lodge has partnered with The Point Restaurant & Lounge to provide free turkey dinners from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, at the lodge, 440 Osage St.

Donations will be gladly accepted at the event for the Sweet Home police and fire departments’ childrens programs.

Limited volunteer positions are available. For more information, contact Hope at (541) 409-1613 or Jan at (541) 325-9702.

Join Sweet Home Lights Tour

Sign-ups are available now to participate in the upcoming 2021 Sweet Home Lights Tour, slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

All entries will be eligible to win People’s Choice and/or Realtor’s Choice prizes.

The $22 registration fees are due by Monday, Nov. 22

Entries may sign up at

Church to hold holiday mass

St. Helen Catholic Church is hosting a Mass of Anticipation for Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the church, 600 Sixth Ave., Sweet Home.

This mass will include the blessing of the food. All are invited to bring a food item to be blessed.

For more information, contact the parish office at (541) 367-2530.

Dinner celebrates trapper Schacht

A retirement celebration for trapper Jim Schacht, followed by a short LCLA meeting, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Brownsville Baptist Church, 27910 Seven Mile Lane, Brownsville.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The menu includes a lamb dinner.

Topics for discussion include predator issues and cameras.

Cost is $10 general, $5 for children and $20 for dues.

RSVP for this event by contacting Lynden Brown at (541) 258-8263, (541) 859-9588 or by email at [email protected]; Mike Cowdry at (541) 979-3703 or [email protected]; Brian Thomas at (541) 221-7582 or (503) 399-5814; or Tom Nichols at (541) 990-2878 or [email protected].

Take part in Shop with a Cop

The Sweet Home Police Department is accepting applications for its Saturday, Dec. 4, Shop with a Cop program.

The event is open to Sweet Home children aged 4 to 12. Participants must be present and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children should also live within the Sweet Home School District boundary.

During Shop with a Cop, children will receive a credit to shop st Bi-Mart with police officers. In addition, they’ll meet Blue Santa and members of the Sportsman’s Holiday Court, who will assist in wrapping gifts.

Applications are available online at or at the department, 1950 Main St.

Sweet Home tree auction set Dec. 4

The Sweet Home Alumni Association has announced its annual “Trees for Scholarships” auction, “It’s a Country Christmas,” scheduled Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam, 880 18th Ave., Sweet Home.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a silent auction, a dinner at 6 p.m. and the live tree auction at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner seat reservations are $30 general or $240 for a table for eight.

Decorated trees for the auction can be donated, as can silent-auction items or themed baskets. Trees can be sponsored for $400.

To make a cash donation,send to SHAF, P.O. Box 81, Sweet Home, OR 97386.

For more information, contact Mary Sue Reynolds at (541) 401-1794 or [email protected]; Jamie Melcher at (541) 401-1991 or [email protected]; Shari Melcher-Smith at (541) 409-4019 or [email protected]; or Heather Swanson at (541) 519-2005 or heather@ricelogging,com.

B&G Club to hold warehouse sale

The Lebanon Boys & Girls Club will hold a Holiday Warehouse Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the club’s headquarters,

Items for sale have been donated by Lowe’s Distribution Center in Lebanon. There’s a little bit of everything – flooring, tile, home improvement, bathroom, hand tools, power tools, small electronics, decor, and yard and garden.

Funds raised go directly to support scholarships for children participating in Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam programs and services.

Sales will be by cash or credit card only and there will be no advance sales.

For more information, call (541) 258-7105.