Events: July 10, 2024

Seeking Choral Director

Lebanon Community Chorus is seeking a talented and experienced choral director.

LCC is a non-auditioned chorus from all parts of surrounding communities. The chorus emphasizes four-part harmony for types such as show tunes, classical, pop, jazz, folk songs, international and southern spirituals.

For a full job description or more information, email [email protected], call Denise at 541.223.3362 or send a message through Lebanon Community Chorus’ Facebook page.


Berries for Scholarships

The PEO Chapter DD in Sweet Home is once again selling berries to raise money for scholarships.

If you like berries, here is an opportunity to purchase some while supporting a great cause. Freshly picked Oregon berries – blueberries and Columbia Star blackberries – are flash-frozen and sold in nine-pound plastic pails for $30. Perfect for homemade jams, jellies and tasty desserts.

Columbia Star blackberries, released in 2014, is a vigorous, thornless, trailing blackberry with superior flavor and large, firm berries. The flavor is rated as good or better than Marionberry, which is 20% of Columbia Star’s parentage.

For those interested in purchasing berries, send an email to [email protected], or call or text Nancy at 541.912.6579. Orders will be collected through July 11. Orders can be picked up on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9-9:30 a.m. on Long Street behind the Rio Theatre.

All proceeds from the berry sale provide educational scholarships, loans and grants to women in the community.


Museum Rummage Sale

East Linn Museum is now accepting donations for its annual rummage sale fundraiser. Donations can be dropped off at the museum, 746 Long St., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please no large furniture, electronics or VHS tapes. The sale will be held Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13. For more information, call the museum at 541.367.4580.


Volunteers, Donations Needed at Museum

East Linn Museum is seeking volunteers and items that are needed for the operation of the museum.

The museum needs volunteers for its operations to replace retiring volunteers. New volunteers are not required to know anything about the museum or how to operate a computer. The museum operates three days a week from Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Help is also needed for the annual rummage sale. On Friday, July 12, people are needed at 7 a.m. for set up. On Saturday, people are needed at 4 p.m. to tear down and clean up. During the sale, volunteers are needed to take money and organize items throughout the day; stay for an hour or longer, as desired. Just show up and staff will put you to work.

Supplies needed by the museum include: copy paper, postage stamps, legal size envelopes, paper towels, toilet paper, glass cleaner, all purpose cleaner and Ajax.
For more information, call the museum at 541.367.4580.


Community Market

The City of Sweet Home Community Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays until Sept. 21 at 1141 12th Ave., next to the library. Vendor booths might include crafts, bakery items, art, fundraisers, kid and teen entrepreneurs, used items, vintage items, and community non-profits.

To be a vendor at no charge, fill out the registration form online at


Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Market will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesdays until Oct. 19  at 1141 12th Ave., next to the library.

Vendors are selling hot food, fresh vegetables, vegetable plants, baked goods, meat, eggs, honey, flowers, mushrooms, fruit and more.


Albany Farmers Market

The Albany Farmers Market will be open every Saturday until  Nov. 23 located in the City Hall parking lot and on an adjacent street that fronts the Linn County Courthouse. The Albany Farmers Market is the oldest continuously operated open-air farmers market in Oregon. For more information visit


Cut the Gut

The Sweet Home Chamber will host the annual Icebox Cut the Gut Car Cruise from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, July 12, rain or shine. The “Cut the Gut” car cruise is more than just a celebration of vehicles – it’s a chance for car enthusiasts to come together, share their passion and enjoy a fun-filled night in the beautiful town of Sweet Home.

This year, the first 300 registrations will receive a custom aluminum dash plaque. The cruise features business checkpoints from one end of Sweet Home to the other. At each stop, participants will have their passports stamped for a chance to win a raffle prize.

Participants are encouraged to bring their best rides to show off, and spectators are encouraged to sit along the route to watch the show.

Passports and apparel may be purchased at the chamber (1575 Main St.) or online at, and will be available for pickup on July 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the chamber or at the “pre-registered” table in the Sweet Home High School parking lot, 1576 Long St. starting at 5:30 p.m.


Class of 1974 SHHS Reunion

John Marble will host a 50th reunion for the class of ‘74 on July 12 and 13. On July 12 from 6-9 p.m. the class will meet during the Cut the Gut event followed by a social hour at The Dam Bar. Bring lawn chairs and join classmates at the Key Bank parking lot.

On July 13, the class will have a potluck barbeque from 2-6 p.m. John Marble will provide the burgers. Bring folding chairs, a salad, side dish or dessert, and your favorite beverage. There’s room for camping, with no RV hookups. For more information, contact John at [email protected].


Community-wide Yard Sales

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce will host a community-wide yard sale event on July 13 and Aug. 3 at locations throughout town.

If your garage, shop and closets are full of spring cleaning casualties, submit your address to have your yard sale listed on the Sweet Home Community Yard Sale map. The chamber will provide a map of participating properties to help shoppers find the sales. Requests to get your address on the map must be submitted by Wednesday before the sale date.

To get your sale on the map, call the chamber at 541.367.6186, or visit A printed copy of the map can be picked up the Friday before each sale at the chamber, or found at the garage sale board at 18th and Long streets.


After 5 Connection Meeting

After 5 Connections will host “Iron Host Travel,” a picnic and special program for women and men from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at 700 E Sherman St., Lebanon.

David Dickson from Corvallis, a retired history teacher and train enthusiast, will share the history of train travel in the US along with his personal experiences in train travel.

Also, Deedy Tripp, from Florida, will share her story, titled “Broken to Beautiful,” about how one woman went from being too tired to care to walking on air.

Jacob Looper, a soloist from Silverton, will sing for us. Cost for dinner is $18; credit cards cannot be accepted.

To RSVP, contact Sherri at 541.258.6414, or Nancy at 541.259.1396 or by email at [email protected].



Linn County Fair

The Linn County Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 18-20, located at 105 Opal Court SE, Albany.

The fair features three concerts, a Family Land area for kids to play and learn, a carnival, 4H animals, a rodeo, a lively mutton busting contest and more. For more information, visit


Taste of Native American Culture

A Native American Cultural Encampment will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 19-21, at Waterloo County Park, 39510 Gross St.

Cultural encampment is a group of Native Americans from different parts of the US gathering together and making village-type settings with tipis and tents as they share their individual cultures and traditional information with the community.

Activities include craft classes, Pow Wow style dancing, vendor booths, raffles, field activities such as atlatl throwing, and a lunchtime feast on Sunday.


City Citizen’s Academy

The City of Sweet Home encourages residents to participate in its new, free Citizen’s Academy.

Participants will learn where their tax dollars go, and where drinking water comes from and where wastewater goes. They will hear from the city manager, community and economic development director, public works team, communication manager and human resources director.

Opportunities will be offered to volunteer in parks, neighborhood improvements, youth events, downtown revitalization, art and more.

The first class offered will be from 4-6 p.m. on Tues-Wed, July 23-24. The next opportunity will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. Snacks will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring lunch.


Gardening: Winter Crops, Predators

Master Gardeners will make themselves available for a “Garden Q&A” of sorts from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Initially they will discuss “Seed Starting for Winter Crops,” including simple steps for hardy plants for planting in late August, early September that will grow throughout the fall and winter months. Also, by request, a Pests and Predators lecture will be presented with lots of pictures for easy identification of both the pest and predator insects. It’s a full schedule, but there is always time for garden questions.

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


Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

The Sweet Home Volunteer Firefighter Association will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, at the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District fire station, 1099 Long St.

Visit with local firefighters and their families while they cook up an amazing breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice for $10 per person.


Movie in the Park

Sweet Home Public library will play “Jurassic World” for its Movies in the Park event, with kids activities beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave.


Gardening: Harvesting and Preservation

Master Gardeners will make themselves available for a “Garden Q&A” of sorts from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

The topics of discussion will be “When do you know when to harvest?” and “Ways to preserve your produce.” There will be time for any garden questions. For more information, contact Sheryl Casteen via email at [email protected].



Health Summit

The Linn, Benton, Lincoln Partners for Health Coalition will host the 2024 Annual Community Health Summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 23. Location to be announced later.

The annual community health summit has been hosted by the Partners for Health Coalition since 2011. They have focused on such topics as childhood obesity, culinary education, holistic living, chronic disease prevention, adverse childhood experiences, screen time, food insecurity, generational poverty, mental health services and more.

The community health summits have been geared for both community members as well as community organizations and historically were conducted in person. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coalition transferred the summits to a virtual format with the 2022 summit being the first summit to be hosted in a hybrid model (both in person and over Zoom).

For more information, visit



Master Gardener Sheryl Casteen brings back the second annual Tomatofest on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St., Lebanon.

As many as 101 varieties of tomatoes were available to sample last year. The event includes food preservation techniques, seed swapping and vendors, as well as a Master Gardener Clinic table.

For more information, contact Sheryl Casteen via email at [email protected]. Do not call the Senior Center.