Around Town (Oct. 12, 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, Oct. 14, is a chicken rice bake or spaghetti with meat sauce, an Italian vegetable blend, tossed salad, a garlic roll and applesauce gingerbread.

The menu on Monday, Oct. 17, is turkey a la king or beef stroganoff, whipped potatoes, dill carrots, seven-grain bread and a chocolate oatmeal bar.

The menu on Tuesday, Oct. 18, is orange-glazed chicken or Western breaded beef steak with gravy, Delmonico potatoes, a mixed vege-table blend, garlic bread and rocky road pudding.

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

LCCC accepting grant applications

The Linn County Cultural Coalition is accepting applications for a second round of grants, available in 2022 to fund projects involving local arts, humanities or heritage activities.

Applications are due Saturday, Oct. 15, and the grants will be awarded in November. The funds must be used by July 1, 2023.

The Cultural Coalition has already awarded 2022 grants to the Scio Historical Society for a scanning project; to Ophelia’s Place, the NAACP, and the Albany Boys and Girls Club for art classes; to the Harrisburg Public Library for a mural; to the Scio Public Library for its summer reading program; to the Cumberland Community Events Center for outdoor events; to the Sweet Home Rotary Club for books for young children; and to the Lebanon, Sweet Home, and Scio farmers’ markets for music and other entertainment.

Grants, which typically range between $250 and $2,500, are available to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status. An organization or individual sponsored by a qualifying nonprofit may also apply.

For full guidelines for applying for a grant, see the website at

Grant applications are available online at and at the Linn County Parks Department, 3010 Ferry St. SW, Albany; Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave .; Scio City Hall, 38957 NW 1st Ave .; KGAL radio, 36991 KGAL Drive, Lebanon; and The New Era, 1313 Main St., Sweet Home.

For further information, contact Rebecca Bond at (541) 928-0911 or Brian Carroll at (541) 967-3917 or [email protected].

Brewery to host Dogtoberfest

Deluxe Brewing and Sinister Distilling will host Dogtoberfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at 635 NE Water Ave. in Albany.

The free event is a celebration of customers and their canine pets; there will be raffle prizes, a dog costume contest, themed food and drinks, a doggie pie-eating contest hosted by Dog Mountain Bakery, adoptable dogs and a donation drive hosted by SafeHaven Humane Society, and much more.

All well-behaved people and dog-friendly dogs are welcome. Dogs must be fully vaccinated, registered and on leash at all times (no retractable leashes, please).

Minors are welcome in the main brewery area. The Deluxe tasting room will be open for adults 21 and over. For more information about Dogtoberfest or to view details of raffle prizes, donation drive items, and a full schedule of the day’s events, visit

Square dance lessons resume

Sweet Home Squarenaders will begin holding square dance classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the gymnasium at Oak Heights School, 605 Elm St.

Dress is casual and no partner is required.

Families are encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact Jim at (541) 409-1602.

PEO hosts bunco party and auction

P. E.O. chapter DD is hosting a Fall Bunco Party and Silent Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Fir Lawn Lutheran Church, 109 W. Holley Road.

All proceeds go to scholarships for local women.

A chili or potato soup dinner, the fixings, dessert and prizes are included in the ticket price of $20.

Everyone is welcome; RSVPs are requested at (541) 971-1092.

Arts Center hosts photo exhibit

The Arts Center is hosting a new exhibit, “Through a Veteran’s Lens,” highlighting photographic works from veterans in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties at its location, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 12.

An evening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, followed by an Art for Lunch event at noon Thursday, Nov. 3.

The exhibit is a partnership between The Arts Center, Samaritan ArtsCare, Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Red Feather Ranch.

For more information, visit

Forum set for sheriff candidates

The Linn County Unit of the League of Women Voters of Oregon will hold a forum for the two Linn County Sheriff candidates at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the fellowship hall at the Albany First Christian Church, 432 SW Ferry St.

The race pits Michelle Duncan, who was appointed to the position earlier this year, against deputy Jon Raymond.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the forum or the League of Women Voters, contact Linda at (503) 707-1539.

Cyclist to speak at low-vision event

Local blind and deaf cyclist Richard Hagan will speak at the Wednesday, Oct. 19, meeting of the Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group at Brookdale Grand Prairie Senior Living, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

The event begins at 2 p.m.

Hagan cycled 5,000 miles from Yorktown, Va., to Florence, accompanied by two guide cyclists and meeting a goal of cycling through seven states, several national parks and many small rural communities.

He will detail how he endured the three-month trip on the TransAmerica bike tour.

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group is a self-funded nonprofit organization that has met since 2015. There are no membership fees, and all are welcome to attend.

Cookies and coffee will be served. Reservations are not necessary. For more information call (541) 974-6233.

Share a story for Lebanon museum

The Lebanon Museum Foundation has begun its first oral-history project, with the aim of collecting stories from the town’s past in the form of audio interviews. Anyone who has lived in Lebanon for approximately 75 years or longer is encouraged to volunteer.

Ten will be recorded by the end of this year. Future oral-history projects will likely follow, perhaps on specific topics and more recent events.

The completed interviews will be available at the Lebanon Public Library as well as the future Lebanon Museum.

To volunteer for an interview or to learn more about the project, contact Linda Ziedrich at (503) 707-1539 or [email protected].

Samaritan plans flu vaccinations

Samaritan Health is offering a drive-through flu vaccination event for Samaritan patients Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Sweet Home Family Medicine, 679 Main St.

Anyone who has visited a Samaritan health care provider – whether in a clinic, hospital, laboratory or imaging test – and has a Samaritan Health Services medical record is eligible. Those who are unable to take part are encouraged to consult with his/her primary care provider about a vaccination, or to visit Samaritan Pharmacy locations in Albany, Corvallis or Lebanon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive a flu vaccination. It is especially important for people with a higher risk of health complications, hospitalization or death from influenza. People at higher risk include those who work in health care, have a chronic health condition or are over age 65, but everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated.

Regular and high-dose flu vaccines will be available for ages 6 months and older and no appointment is needed. Everyone older than 2 years of age is asked to wear a face mask.

A Lebanon event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at 35 Mullins Drive, next to Samaritan Urgent Care.

Additional vaccination opportunities are available by calling 211 or visiting

Fresh-pressed apple cider event

Kids of all ages are invited to help make apple cider from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, 32655 Boston Mill Drive, Shedd.

Unlimited cider tasting and half-gallon jugs will be available for a $5 contribution to Thompson’s Mills Preservation Society. Apples are provided by Riverwood Orchards, but visitors are invited to contribute apples from their own trees, as well.

Docents will be on hand for mill tours.

Admission is free and picnic tables are available on the grounds.

For more information, contact the Albany Visitors Association at (541) 928-0911.