Around Town (Nov. 3, 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.

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. 5, is a chicken or tuna salad half-sandwich, potato chowder, creamy cucumber salad, whole wheat bread and diced pears.

The menu on Monday, Nov. 8, is Shoyu chicken or country meatballs with gravy, brown rice, spinach, broccoli cauliflower “craisin” and a fresh orange.

The menu on Tuesday, Nov. 9, is a shaved turkey or meatloaf half-sandwich, corn chowder, pickled beets, whole wheat bread and a golden fruit cup.

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

Leaf collection continues in town

The City of Sweet Home is collecting leaves on city streets through Friday, Dec . 17.

Residents are asked to put loose leaves in piles on the street, away from parked cars and a foot away from the curb to allow for water drainage. Leaf piles should be larger than a 90-gallon debris can and must not contain limbs, yard debris or any type of bagging materials.

City crews will collect the leaves upon request.

To schedule a leaf pickup, please submit a work request through the Mobile311 Citizens Portal ( or call Public Works Maintenance at (541) 367-6359.

Log brand renewal period continues

The Oregon Department of Forestry is accepting state-registered log brand renewals through Friday, Dec. 31.

Log brands, the identifying symbols welded onto the face of a hammer and struck into log ends for identification, discourage log theft and aid in the return of lost logs. Forest products and booming equipment must have ODF-registered log brands on public highways, waterways or railroads east of Oregon’s Cascade Mountain range. Under Oregon law, brand registrations must be renewed every five years.

Renewal forms were automatically sent to registered owners

Operators who registered in 2021 must still renew their brands for the new five-year period (Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31, 2026).

For more information, call (503) 945-7259 or email [email protected].

Kids Sharing Tree program starts

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 on the Sharing Tree voicemail.

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

Reduce clutter in After 5 session

After 5 Connection returns with “Clutter Buster,” a program to be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Highway, Lebanon.

All ladies and gentlemen are invited.

Jesse Lopez of Corvallis’ Queen Bee Organizing will share tips on creating an “environment of harmony.”

Guest speaker Barbara Vernoski, of Blairstown, New Jersey, will discuss how she became a jack of all trades while her husband, a F-16 pilot, was away from home, and how she managed a household of seven children. Enduring unthinkable heartache and pain, she started a ministry, Restoring Life Today. She travels with her husband, now a commercial pilot, and follows what she calls the right “flight plan.”

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

For reservations, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or by email at [email protected]. If unable to attend, please cancel your reservation.

Holiday craft fair scheduled Nov. 5-6

The 14th annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6, at The River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy.

About 20 spaces have already been reserved, but the event is filling up fast with a variety of handcrafted and other gift items including baked goods, cards, jewelry, soaps, painting, quilts, local honey, ornaments, knitted and crocheted items, signs, kettle corn, succulents, home décor and more.

Admission is free. Lots of parking and easy access is available.

The Holiday Craft and Gift Fair is part of Lebanon’s Bazaar Weekend.

Reflections sought for ceremony

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.

Although Light Up a Life focuses on Samaritan patients who have passed away during the previous yesr, it’s also open to community members who wish to donate in someone’s memory. The deadline to include loved ones’ names is Friday, Nov. 5.

The event will be held online at Viewers will be able to customize their experience by clicking through reflections from hospice chaplains, a memorial slideshow of hospice patients and a candle-lighting video. Since the ceremony won’t be live, visitors can enjoy the presentations at any time.

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

Understanding Life Cycle Analysis

The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program is offering a series of free virtual monthly classes, The Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series, which will be broadcast via Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month through November at

The classes, which include topics as far-ranging as Dazzling Dahlias to Adapting Your Garden and Landscape to Climate Change, are meant for those with a bit of gardening under their belt.

The topic for Tuesday, Nov. 9, is “Using Life Cycle Analysis to Understand the Sustainability of Your Garden Products and Practices.” Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is an approach that is used to estimate the environmental impact of the production, distribution and disposal of manufactured products.

Recently, researchers have modified LCA to assess the sustainability and environmental impacts of different farming systems. This talk walks through the component parts of LCA in agricultural systems and consider how they apply to gardening products and practices..

Before the pandemic, this series would have been held in person solely as continuing education for Master Gardeners, but the webinar format allows the sessions to be offered to the public.

The content, taught by horticulture experts from around the state, is meant to address current issues like wildfires, climate change and pollinators.

Group sets night of prayer, worship

Mid-Valley Women of Christ will host a Valley-Wide Night of Praise and Worship on 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at LIFE Community Church, 4900 NW Hwy. 99, Corvallis.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

The speaker will be Andi Buerger, author of “A Fragile Thread of Hope,” a survivor of human trafficking, and founder of Beulah’s Place in Redmond. Beulah’s Place’s mission is to lead homeless teens away from sexual exploitation by criminals and predators, and to provide victims and at-risk kids with help, healing, and most of all, hope, in a non-judgmental environment.

Chris Spivey, an Albany-based worship leader, and other area musicians will lead the worship time. The free event is open to all women; donations will be accepted during a free-will offering at the event.

Learn more information on this event and the ministry of Mid-Valley Women of Christ at

SAFE holds can and bottle drive

SAFE is holding a can and bottle drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1118 Main St., Sweet Home.

Money raised from the event will go to Sweet Home High School’s senior class.

Dinner to celebrate local trapper

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.

Details, including cost and contact information, will be provided at a later date.