Around Town – October 4, 2023 Edition

Audition for a local play

The Art & Culture Committee of Sweet Home is holding auditions for “The Innkeepers” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Sweet Home Senior Center, 890 18th Ave., Sweet Home. The committee is looking for people who like to sing, act, speak or play an instrument for this theater play that will be performed on Dec. 9-10. The original stage production written by a Sweet Home resident is the story of the nativity as told from the perspectives of the innkeeper and his wife. There are also musical numbers throughout the program. The acting parts have very little to no speaking but the actors need to be animated in facial expressions and deliberate in body language. The narrators need to have good voices full of expression. We have narrators but also need back up ones in case of illness or emergency. We will need back ups for all parts, including singers as well. If you think you have what it takes and want to participate in something amazing, please join us at auditions! For more information, contact Satina Tolman on Facebook or by texting 541.619.8651.

Bingo Night

Friday, Oct. 6, the Sweet Home Elks Lodge will be hosting a bingo night. Buy-in is 8$ and starts at 6:00 p.m. Games start at 7:00 p.m. Food will be sold from 5:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m. This event is open to the public with a 18+ requirement.

Harry Potter First Friday

Lebanon Mercantile hosts the “Back to Hogwarts” scavenger hunt, trivia night and costume contest for the Lebanon Downtown Association First Friday event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, 641 Main St.

Grab your wands, don your house colors and get ready for an evening of mystery, enchantment and wizarding wonder as you step into the magical world of Hogwarts. Wear your finest robes, house scarves and wizarding attire to truly immerse yourself in the Hogwarts experience! Show your house pride as you interact with fellow Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs and Slytherins. Le Cirque hosts a costume contest; judging starts at 6:30 p.m. for best in show, Harry Potter, Harry Potter 13 & under, and 13 & below all costumes. Embark on a thrilling scavenger hunt across the grounds of downtown where you’ll encounter hidden clues, magical creatures and wizarding challenges that will test your knowledge and skills. Unravel the mysteries, solve the puzzles and collect house points along the way to win fabulous prizes. Downtown eateries will keep you fueled throughout the night with magical treats and refreshing concoctions that will transport you straight to the wizarding world. This event is open to witches, wizards and magical creatures of all ages.

Fall Raffle

Sugar City Gleaners (formally known as Sweet Home Gleaners) is hosting a fall raffle Saturday, October 14th, at 12:00 p.m. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward remodeling the interior of the building, new sheetrock, interior paint, and other needed repairs.

Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the 17th annual harvest festival will be held at Sankey Park at 877 14th Ave. During this event, pumpkin painting, tree climbing, kid zone games, wagon rides, face painting, bouncy house and slide will all be available to the public. The event will be hosting a Pie Bake-Off Contest, tasting entries will cost 3$ and all donations go towards park projects. The event will also be hosting a Chili Cook-Off sponsored by Travis Luttmer of County Financial, Radiator Supply House and the organization the Road Maggot Motorcycle Group. Admission is $5 per person, and $10 per family. The ticket sales will go toward the Sweet Home Kids Food Pak, which is a group of volunteers that help feed around 130 local kids every week.

Movie Night Out for Breast Cancer


This is the 20th Anniversary of helping local ladies and their battle with breast cancer. This is the 5th year of hosting the movie night at the Rio. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Oct 10th and admission costs $12 per person.

Fall Fundraiser Dinner

Saturday, Oct. 14th, the Sweet Home and Lebanon Downtown Farmers Markets will be holding a dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sweet Home VFW Hall. Admission is $17 per person or $20 at the door. The menu features a tossed salad with beef or veggie lasagna, garlic bread, assorted desserts, coffee and water. A 50/50 raffle and prize raffles will also be available.

Showcase Showdown

Saturday, Oct 14th, at 7:00 p.m. SHOCASE is hosting a free to attend/compete talent competition with cash prizes. Performers who wish to compete must submit a registration form by Monday, October 9th. Forms can be found at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce, all Sweet Home School District schools, and on the SHOCASE Facebook page.

Special Parish Mission

St. Helen Catholic Church at 600 6th Avenue in Sweet Home, is having a special Parish Mission, “The Holy Eucharist: Shadows and Fulfillment,” from Sunday, Oct. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 19. Each evening from 7:00 p.m to 8:00 pm, a talk will be given by Fr. Ben Cameron of the Fathers of Mercy, on topics such as: “The Passover Lamb,” “The Manna,” “The Bread of the Presence,” and “The Eucharistic Sacrifice.” Confessions will be available at 6:00 p.m. and again after each talk. For more information, please see our website at or call St. Helen’s Parish office at 541-367-2530.

Free Band Concert

The Willamette Valley Concert Band will present a free Veterans Day Concert at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11, at the Lebanon High School Auditorium. 1700 South Fifth St. The concert, titled “Stars, Stripes and Harmonies Of Freedom,” will open with, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Emma Christensen will be sharing the stage directing the band. Mike Merrill, an award winning composer and founder of Two Bridges Music Press will be conducting along with Evon Lightfoot who is a recent graduate from Corban University. Both are auditioning for the artistic director position. The Willamette Valley Concert Band has about 60 members, ranging in age from young adults to senior citizens. It is a nonprofit organization and appreciates any donations.

Community Worship & Prayer

Sunday, Nov 5, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. the Harvest Christian Center located at 4231 Long St. will be hosting a community worship and prayer service. For more information, contact Kelly Lehto at [email protected] or Cynthia Fox at [email protected].