Around Town (Nov. 30, 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, Dec. 2, is cowboy campfire stew or macaroni and cheese, brussels sprouts, carrot raisin salad, a multigrain roll and chocolate cake with frosting.

The menu on Monday, Dec. 5, is beef and black-bean chili or a chicken alfredo bake, chuckwagon corn, spinach Romaine salad, a cornmeal roll and lemon pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, Dec. 6, is a beef-rigatoni or chicken-rice bake, green beans, apple cranberry coleslaw, a multigrain roll and seasonal fresh fruit.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Norene at (541) 367-8843.

After 5 announces holiday program

After 5 Connection will host a dinner and special program, “Candy Cane Christmas,” for local women at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Hwy. in Lebanon.

Join in for an evening of fun, food and traditional Sing-A-Long. Celebrate with festive Christmas carols, a terrific dinner, and a creative Christmas story with audience participation in this fun filled “Right-Left” game.

Participants are asked to bring a wrapped pair of socks for a gift exchange.

Guest speaker will be Faye Pruitt of Newberg, an artist, musician and ventriloquist who speaks for both children’s and women’s groups.

Cost is $15; credit cards cannot be accepted. Reservations are required. To RSVP, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or by email at Nancy

[email protected].

Holiday food box applications

Applications for Christmas food boxes to help local families in need are now available at Sweet Home Emergency Ministries, 1115 Long St

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Forms are available in the front of the building or online at

For more information, contact SHEM at (541) 367-6504.

LBCC choir to perform Dec. 2, for first time in two years

For the first time in two years, Linn-Benton Community College will open the doors of Russell Tripp Performance Center to the public at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, for a performance from the LBCC music program.

The concert is entitled “One Voice” and features the full music program with incredible pop show lighting, professional sound, and phenomenal musicians. Attendees will hear everything from Ingrid Michaelson to “She Used to be Mine” from the musical Waitress. The concert will also feature choral works and new pieces from LBCC’s student composers.

“This concert will be unlike anything in the Willamette Valley,” said LBCC choir director Raymund Ocampo. “It’s like a pop concert with lights backed by a 50-voice choir.”

Tickets are available at LBCC students get in for free, but they will still need a ticket.

Deadline nears for holiday program

The Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District is accepting applications to its Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree toy program, which is open to underprivileged children 12 and younger in the community, through Friday, Dec. 2.

Applications are available at the “Sweet Home Sharing Tree” Facebook page.

Children and family names are written on tags and placed on the sharing trees. Anyone who wants to help is invited to visit the fire hall or police department and choose a name or multiple names from the tree. Donors are welcome to contribute for entire families.

Tags will be available at the Fire Hall, 1099 Long St., and Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St.

Donors purchase an item or items listed on the tag, wrap them and then return them by Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tags left on the sharing trees will be taken by local department personnel, who will purchase gifts to fill those requests.

Those requesting gifts from the fire district will be able to pick them up Dec. 15-16 at the former City Hall. The Police Department will distribute them on Dec. 14.

Cash donations to the “Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree” toy programs may be made between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Fire & Ambulance District office, 1099 Long St.

For more information, call (541) 367-5882.

SHHS Ski and Ride Club film, auction

The Sweet Home High School Ski and Ride Club will screen Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” and hold a silent auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the commons area at the school, 1641 Long St.

The free event is the club’s annual fundraiser. All proceeds support student lift tickets, rentals and transportation to Hoodoo this winter.

Auction items include a Hoodoo season pass and Anytime Card, a Santiam Snolab workshop to build skis or a snowboard, merchandise from Hoodoo and Berg’s Ski and Snowboard Shop, Oregon Jamboree tickets, Weyerhaeuser lumber and bark dust, and local gift certificates/baskets from the Rio Theatre, Parrish Land Clearing, Sayer Farms, Tolman Dentistry, Ace Hardware, P3D, Growlers Cafe, All Star Pizza, Crocker’s Cars, O&M Point S, Dutch Bros, Gleaners, Country Financial, Christman Cabinets, Windom’s Hair Salon and A&W.

Chili, cornbread contest at church

The public is invited to help judge the annual Chili and Cornbread Contest, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at St. Helen Catholic Church, 600 6th Ave.

This fun – and quite likely spicy – event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 8624. Proceeds benefit the Herb Thums K of C Scholarship, the church youth group and the American Heritage Girls.

Guests will be asked to taste the numerous chili and cornbread dishes and vote for their favorites. Winners receive a coveted trophy, bragging rights and other prizes.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Tickets for raffle prizes will be available at the door.

To enter a dish at no charge, contact Alex Paul at (541) 409-8025.

Focus group set on health in city

The Sweet Home Health Committee, in partnership with Western University School of Health Sciences, will hold four focus-group meetings in January to seek community input on the health of the city.

Student doctors from the university will conduct these sessions at 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St. Participants will be asked 5 to 10 open-ended questions about health care and health-related issues.

Each focus group will be limited to eight individuals.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Larry Horton at [email protected] with preferred dates.