Around Town (Nov. 9, 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 Sweet Home Community Center is closed Friday, Nov. 11, for the Veterans Day holiday.

The menu on Monday, Nov. 14, is garlic chicken or teriyaki meatballs with sauce, delmonico potatoes, broccoli, multigrain bread and lemon poppyseed cake.

The menu on Tuesday, Nov. 15 is a tuna salad or a cranberry walnut turkey salad half-sandwich, minestrone soup, a marinated vegetable salad, whole-wheat bread and applesauce.

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

Fire, police offer holiday programs

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District is accepting applications to its Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree toy program.

Sweet Home Police Department is currently accepting applications to its Teen Sharing Tree and Shop with a Cop program.

The programs are open to underprivileged children in the Sweet Home community.

Applications to the fire district, for children 12 and younger, are available at the “Sweet Home Sharing Tree” Facebook page. Applications to the Police Department program for children in seventh through 12th grade and Shop with a Cop, for children ages 4-12, will be available on the city’s website,

Paper applications for the Teen Sharing Tree and Shop with a Cop will be available at the Police Department, 1950 Main St.

The deadline to submit applications to the sharing trees is Dec. 2. The deadline to submit applications for the Shop with a Cop program is Nov. 25.

In the sharing tree programs, names of children and families 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., beginning the second week of November.

Donors purchase an item or items listed on the tag, wrap the gifts and then return them to the by Dec. 7. Tags that are 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 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., Donations to children’s programs at Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St., may be given 24 hours a day. All cash donations will be used to purchase toys and needed clothing for local children. Funds donated to the Police Department also may be used to help pay for Shop with a Cop and other children’s programs.

Applications are also available for the Dec. 3 Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program on the city’s website at Paper forms are available at the department. The program is open to children 4 through 12.

During Shop with a Cop, children will receive credit to shop at Bi-Mart with police officers. Treats and hot chocolate will be available. They’ll get to meet Blue Santa, and members of the Sportsman’s Holiday Court will assist them in wrapping gifts.

For further information about each of the sharing trees or the Shop with a Cop program, contact the Fire and Ambulance District at (541) 367-5882 or the Police Department at (541) 367-5181.

Veterans Day activities slated

Albany’s annual Veterans Day festivities are returning to tradition following the two-year COVID-19 pandemic with a series of events Nov. 10-11, culminating in the historic parade through downtown.

They begin with the VFW Post 584 of Albany’s Veteran of the Year banquet, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., Albany.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The Albany Optimist Club’s Veterans Day breakfast begins at 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the new cafeteria at West Albany High School, 2100 SW Elm St. The all-you-can-eat menu features scrambled eggs, ham, pancakes, milk and coffee. Admission is $10 general and $5 for children and active or retired military members.

A memorial service runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Timber Linn Memorial Park, 900 Price Road SE, Albany. The service will include welcoming remarks by Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker, Albany Mayor Alex Johnson II, and Oregon Military Department Adjutant General Michael E. Stencel. Keynote speaker Randy Martinak of the Linn County Veterans Memorial Association will lead the ceremony, which will include the laying of wreaths and a 105-millimeter Howitzer gun salute.

The Linn County Veterans Day Parade begins at 11 a.m., starting on Pacific Blvd. down the Lyon St. overpass into downtown Albany. The route then turns left down Second Ave. to Ferry St., where it makes a left onto Third Ave. toward the Linn County Courthouse.

Other Veterans Day activities include the Wall of Honor at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin St. SW (through Nov. 11); the Uniforms on Display exhibits at various downtown businesses (through Nov . 14); the Albany Heroes Banner Project, where local Rotary clubs hangs banners throughout the downtown area; the Display of Flags placed downtown by local Boy Scouts troops; and the Veterans Memorial Motorcycle Ride, details of which were unavailable at press time.

Ulep fundraiser scheduled Nov. 12

A fundraiser for Braulio “Sonny” Ulep will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

The Lebanon resident was diagnosed three years ago with chronic kidney disease and has been scheduled for a kidney transplant in January at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The goal is to raise $10,000 to cover hotel costs for Ulep and his cousin for a month, transportation costs and airfare from Hawaii for the cousin and his mother.

Tickets cost $25 and include a Hawaiian-style dinner, live music with Polynesian entertainment and access to a silent auction.

For more information, call (541) 248-4261 or email [email protected].

Ag Expo scheduled at Expo Center

The Willamette Valley Ag Expo takes place Nov. 15-17 at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

The expo features over 150 ag vendors, CORE classes, farming displays, an expanded career day, and this year features a job fair for those looking for work in the agriculture field.

Admission is $4 per person. No charge for parking. Dine Around tickets can be purchased online for $14 and include expo admission. For tickets and more information, including daily schedules, visit

This is the largest ag expo in the Pacific Northwest. Exhibitors will demonstrate products and fill over 250,000 square feet with agriculture equipment and services. All who attend will see the latest innovation and technology that the agriculture industry has to offer.

This year, in partnership with Corban University, will offer a job fair on opening day of the expo, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. Guests can learn about current openings and career opportunities. Openings include entry level to highly-skilled positions, professional opportunities and more.

Career Day at the expo is Wednesday, Nov. 16. All youth agriculture classes are encouraged to attend the expo free of charge. Transportation scholarships are available at to offset the cost of fuel.

Wednesday night also features Dine Around Oregon, a progressive dining experience to enjoy while touring the expo. The menu features the best of Oregon’s culinary products including: beef, dairy, poultry, lamb, and more.

Thanks to work from sponsors like Oregonians for Food and Shelter the expo is offering CORE Pesticide Training Classes on Tuesday and Thursday of the expo. Courses are complimentary with paid admission to the expo.

The three-day show has something for everyone in the ag industry. Along with our trade show, attendees can visit the Antique Tractor Show and Oregon Women for Agriculture’s A Farmer Feeds educational displays.

Low vision group to meet Nov. 16

Macular degeneration, a slowly degenerative condition of eyesight, will be an informational topic at the monthly meeting of the Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie St.t, Albany.

Dr. Darrell Genstler, active ophthalmologist, eye surgeon and owner of the Genstler Eye Clinic in Albany, will speak to the group about the symptoms, treatments, prognosis and current research activities of macular degeneration.

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support group is a nonprofit, self-funded, non-membership organization dedicated to the concerns of all low-vision and blind individuals, but anyone is welcome to attend.

There are no fees, and reservations are not necessary. Please call if transportation is needed. Light refreshments. For more information, call (541) 974-6233.

After 5 schedules salute to veterans

After 5 Connection will hold a “Salute Our Veterans” dinner and program” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

David Solomon, commander of Post 10 of the American Legion in Albany, will speak about Veterans Day and demonstrate the significance of folding the flag at a service for a fallen warrior.

Soloist Dessa Figueroa of Lebanon will perform and guest speaker John Lemkuhl of Payette, Idaho, will recount his Army career and his time in the White House.

Cost is $15. Credit cards cannot be accepted and RSVPs are required.

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

‘Elf: The Musical’ staged in Corvallis

A production of “Elf: the Musical” runs through Nov. 20 in the Starker Auditorium at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St. in Corvallis.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10-11 and 17-18. Matinees begin at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13 and 19-20.

Tickets are $11-$21.

For more information, visit

LAFTA announces show auditions

The Lebanon Association for Performing Arts will hold auditions for its Christmas variety show, “Christmas Through the Decades,” at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 14-15, in the auditorium at Lebanon High School, 1700 S. Fifth St.

Rehearsals for the show will be Dec. 7 and 8, with the sole performance on Friday evening, Dec. 9.

Because of the show’s holiday-centered theme, auditioners should plan along those lines. An accompanist will be available, but “canned” music is acceptable. Those auditioning should make sure they bring their recorded music so it can be checked with the system, or sheet music for live accompaniment. Poems, readings, and short skits are acceptable.

Backstage help is also needed.

Anyone wishing to audition should arrive early or contact Patty at [email protected] to set a time.

Bazaar vendor booths available

A number of vendor booths remain available for the annual Town & Country Christmas Bazaar to be held Dec. 2-4 at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road East, Albany.

This year’s bazaar will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Admission is $2 for adults and children admitted free.

Vendor booths are available for $120. To reserve a spot, call Expo Center event manager Rachel Lytle at (541) 704-1182 or email [email protected].