Around Town (Sept. 21, 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, Sept. 23, is German meatballs with sauce or chicken breast supreme, garlic-whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, rye bread and German chocolate cake.

The menu on Monday, Sept. 26, is baked beef rigatoni or sweet and sour chicken with brown rice, green beans, marinated vegetable salad, a wheat roll and a pineapple nut bar.

The menu on Tuesday, Sept. 27, is a cheese omelet with cheese sauce or pork sausage gravy, tossed salad, red diced potatoes, a biscuit and apple streusel cake.

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

Business After Hours event set

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business After Hours event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Umpqua Bank, 1890 Main St.

Attendees may unwind with the local business community.

Business After Hours events are scheduled every fourth Thursday.

Saturday fee-free in Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a fee-free day on Saturday, Sept. 24.

This fee waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits still apply. Fees will continue to be charged at recreation sites operated by concessionaires unless the individual manager chooses to participate.

Visitors can enjoy fee-free access to all Forest Service-managed sites where day-use fees are normally charged. In addition to offering fee-free access, some locations will host special celebrations and educational activities.

National Public Lands Day is also celebrated with many volunteer events to “give back together” on National Forests and other public lands. For more information about National Forests in the Pacific Northwest, visit

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day of volunteer activities. The day recognizes the recreation and conservation value of America’s public lands. Across the United States in 2021, 46,227 volunteers participated in 536 events, contributing 185,108 hours of their time, which was valued at an estimated $5 million.Learn more about this holiday on the National Environmental Education Foundation’s National Public Lands Day page.

Visitors to the forest should “Know Before You Go” as fire area closures from this year and last year remain in effect. Be aware of current restrictions before you head out and share current information with others who may be unaware of the restrictions. View alerts at and closures at

Follow the Willamette National Forest on Facebook and Twitter @WillametteNF for the latest updates.

Parenting class scheduled Sept. 27

A free “Parenting Today Forward: Foundations” class will be held from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the New Life in Christ Fellowship, 1266 44th Ave.

The session and support group focuses on families or individuals with children or teenagers.

To register, please contact One2Another at (541) 570-0824 or visit

Share stories 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].

Vaping effects topic of session

Linn Together is holding a community training session, “Behind the Cloud,” from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Boulder Falls Inn Event Center, 605 Mullins Drive, Lebanon.

Dr. Michelle Peace, a forensic scientist and associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss the effects of vaping on youth.

To register, visit

Suicide awareness walk set Sept. 24

The Lebanon Area Mental Health Alliance – in conjunction with sponsors Veterans Services Organization, Samaritan Health Services and Dala’s Blue Angels – will hold the annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Ralston Park in Lebanon.

The event, which acknowledges Suicide Awareness Month, will include information and a walk through downtown Lebanon. Resource booths and a food truck will be available.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the park. Registration forms are also available at

Proceeds via donations will go toward a LAMHA members attending suicide grief group training.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Take a stroll to the Japanese Garden

Hit the trail with the Lebanon Senior Center from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, for a walk to the Japanese Garden at Boulder Falls Inn, 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon.

Participants will be able to stroll through the garden, behind the hotel, before returning to the Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Signups are requested at least two days before the event at the Senior Center office or by calling (541) 258-4919.

Farmers markets to hold fundraiser

Sweet Home and Lebanon Downtown Farmers Markets will hold a Fall Fundraiser Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Sweet Home VFW Hall, 580 Main St.

Cost is $15 per person or $17 at the door. Musician James F. Wright will perform.

Menu will be tossed salad served with choice of beef or veggie lasagna, garlic bread, assorted desserts, coffee and water.

A 50/50 raffle and prize raffles will be held.

Advance tickets are available at the farmers markets.

Harvest Festival coming Oct. 1

Mark your calendars now for the Sweet Home Harvest Festival, scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave., Sweet Home.

The event will include pumpkin painting, tree-climbing, Kid Zone games, wagon rides, face-paintng and a photo booth, as well as the chili cookoff and pie bake-off contest.

Admission for the chili cookoff is $5 per person or $10 per family, with a limit of six people per family. A ticket will be provided as proof of purchase for general admission, and will serve as a “voting ticket” for the People’s Choice Award. Attendees can taste pie bake-off entries for a $3 donation.

Entry forms for the chili cookoff are available at To participate in the pie bake-off, visit

Vendor applications are available at

The event also seeks volunteers.

For more information, call (541) 367-8113 or email Sweet Home Associate Planner and Harvest Festival organizer Angela Clegg at [email protected].

Gardening Q&A scheduled Oct. 11

Learn about gardening at a free Second Tuesday Gardening Q&A from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

This month’s topic will be “Garlic, Onions and Shallots – plant to harvest. “

For more information, contact Sheryl Casteen at [email protected].

Fresh-pressed apple cider event

Kids of all ages are invited to help make apple cider from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and 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.

Sign up for Every Kid Outdoors

Back-to-school season means a new class of fourth-graders will soon be eligible to enroll in Every Kid Outdoors, a federal program which provides up to a year of free access to national forests, national parks, and other public lands for fourth-grade students and their families.

Fourth-graders, parents and educators can visit the Every Kid Outdoors website at and learn more about how to obtain free entry to all federal lands, for fourth-graders and their accompanying family members.

Students can obtain passes by completing a brief online activity. Educators who work with them can visit the site to download an educational activity guide, after which they’ll be able to obtain vouchers for their students. Once printed, students and their families can also redeem the paper voucher for a durable, plastic pass at any Forest Service office where passes are sold. Passes and vouchers are valid for the entire school year, through Aug. 31, 2023.

For more information, visit