Around Town (Sept. 1, 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.

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, Sept. 3, is a turkey divan bake or Bavarian beef stew, green beans with red peppers, marinated broccoli salad, a garlic roll and spiced applesauce.

The senior center is closed Monday, Sept. 6, for the Labor Day holiday.

The menu on Tuesday, Sept. 7, is kielbasa sausage or buffalo-style chicken for sandwiches, baked beans, pickled beets, a hot dog bun and butterscotch pudding.

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

Tune It Up Tuesdays continue

Tune It Up Tuesday events continue in the downtown area through the remainder of the summer.

The weekly events are held in conjunction with the Sweet Home Farmers Market, in an effort to encourage residents and visitors to congregate and shop downtown.

Participants are encouraged to bring “tuned-up” cars, trucks and side-by-sides (on Long Street) to the event. Downtown-area shops will be open until 8 p.m., as well as local restaurants. Bring a lawnchair and enjoy face-painting and cornhole games too.

Tuesday evening’s (Sept. 7) show will be held at 1331 Main St. and feature Nate Botsford.

The remaining lineup includes:

Sept. 7 – Nate Botsford

Sept. 14 – Trent Beaver

Sept. 21 – Rhonda Funk

For more information, contact the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce at (541) 367-6186.

SAFE planning can and bottle drive

Senior Alcohol-Free Entertainment is holding a can and bottle drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1118 Main St., Sweet Home.

The event raises money for this year’s senior class.

Linn GOP sets gala and auction

The Linn County Republican Party is holding a gala and auction fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., Albany.

A silent auction begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and speakers at 6 p.m. and a live auction at 7.

Arizona Republican party chair Kelli Ward is the event’s keynote speaker, with past Oregon Republican Party chair Bill Currier as guest speaker.

Advance tickets are $90 general, $160 two guest tickets and $800 for a sponsor table of eight (while available). To purchase tickets, visit,

Learn to garden with native plants

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, Sept. 14, is “Gardening with Native Plants for Pollinators.” This talk will share research conducted by the OSU Garden Ecology Lab about the connection between natives and pollinators, as well as provide recommendations for native plants for western Oregon gardeners..

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.

Road over Foster Dam to close

The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 14-16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday, Aug. 26.

The closure will allow for fish removal, annual spillway gate maintenance, and installation of PACE equipment.

After 5 back with Sept. 14 program

After 5 Connection returns Tuesday, Sept. 14, with “Healthy Habits,” a dinner and special program running from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

All ladies and gentlemen are invited. Soloist Jen Justus, of Lebanon, will perform.

Becky McMahon, a certified health and wellness coach in Albany, will share tips on healthy habits, educating and counseling women on matters of health. Guest speaker Pat Abernathy, of Madras, is a caregiver and community health planner as well as a Facebook “foodie” and maker of “decadent goodies.” She will relate stories of her adventures.

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.

Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos

The Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit their best photos of Oregon agriculture for a chance to be featured in the 2022 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

Horizontal-layout, high resolution images are needed of all types of agriculture. Suggested subjects include rural scenery; portraits of farmers, ranchers or farm families; planting or harvest shots; scenes from farm stands or farmers markets; and close-ups of fruit, vege-tables, flowers, crops and farm animals. Photographers selected for month pages will receive photo credits, plus numerous copies of the finished calendar.

Submission deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 15. Instructions, photo specifications, contest rules and examples of previous calendars are available at

Community Resource Fair

The Family Assistance and Resource Center Group is holding a Lebanon Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Highway, Lebanon.

Offerings include vaccinations, haircuts and dental checks, all free of charge.

For more information, visit

Funding for social accountability

Nonprofit organizations in Linn and Benton counties interested in applying for social accountability funding from Samaritan-affiliated hospitals in those counties are invited to submit full proposals no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.

Complete proposals must address one of the following social determinants of health: economic stability, health-care access and quality, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context. Specifically, a project must identify how the project will address the particular determinant of health, identify the target population the project will address and must have measurable outputs.

For more information, contact Community Health Promotion director JoAnn Miller at (541) 768-7330 or [email protected], or Shelley Hazelton at (541) 768-5256 or [email protected].

Sign up for Oregon artists registry

Professional Oregon-based artists are encouraged to sign up for a statewide artists registry created by the Oregon Commission in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation.

The registry’s intent is to reach and connect as many Oregon artists as possible, including those who haven’t previously accessed funding programs.

Once established, the registry will allow the commission and the Ford Family Foundation, as well as other funding partners, to distribute information about upcoming funding opportunities. It will also create more comprehensive data about Oregon artists for planning and advocacy purposes.

While the registry will remain open, artists are encouraged to sign up by Thursday, Sept. 30, to establish a base registry.

Applications are available online at