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Around Town May 18, 2016


May 17, 2016

School bands to

perform Thursday

Sweet Home bands will present their spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the high school auditorium.

All of the bands will perform and seniors will be recognized during their final concert in high school. Admission is free, though donations are accepted.

Help needed to sort 40,000 books

Volunteers are needed to help unload and sort a truckload of 40,000 books that will arrive Friday, May 20, at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

The books are coming from First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides books and educational resources to children in need. They will be distributed to low-income children in Sweet Home.

A book sorting party will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Activities Gym at the high school. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Velma Canfield at or (541) 401-0813.

Local genealogists to meet Saturday

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society will hold its May meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Genealogical Library, 1223 Kalmia St.

The program includes a brief round table discussion of proper decorum when one visits a cemetery and would like to take photos of headstones, along with an explanation of how to use an external hard drive.

All members are encouraged to attend. There are business items to address before the summer break.

For more information, visit or call (541) 367-5034 or Marge Lillich at (541) 405-6550.

Foster Lake Trail

hike this Saturday

The Sweet Home Trails Committee is planning a hike on the north Foster Lake Trail Saturday, May 21.

Starting point will be Gedney Creek Boat Ramp, on the north side of the lake, at 9 a.m. The hike will be about four miles of easy trail. Waterproof hiking boots, lunch and water are recommended.

For more information about Sweet Home Trails, visit

Class to prepare

you for outdoors

The Sweet Home Ranger District is kicking off its 2016 Heritage Hikes series on May 21 with a General Outdoor Preparedness class at 4431 Highway 20.

This eight-hour class, half in classroom and half hands-on, is a great way to learn how to stay alive in the woods in western Ore-gon. Participants will learn how to start a fire and implement lifesaving skills. There will be a short hike. If the weather is bad, an alternative exercise will be offered.

Participants should bring a day pack, lunch, and dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required through or by phoning 1-877-444-6777. Cost is $10 per person, $5 with a senior pass.

For more information, contact the ranger district at (541) 367-5168 or e-mail

Symphony concerts

this weekend

The Willamette Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22.

Saturday’s performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at First United Methodist Church, 1115 28th Ave. in Albany. Sunday’s will be at 4 p.m. at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 Research Way, in Corvallis.

The program includes Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 in D Major, George Butterworth’s "On the Banks of the Green Willow,” and W.A. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major for winds and orchestra, featuring Jaclyn LaRue on the oboe, Julia Semprini on the clarinet, Kerry Anne Mammone on the bassoon and Robert Schapper on French horn.

A pre-concert talk will be held half an hour before each performance.

Tickets are $18 per adult and $12 for seniors and students. Youths 12 and under are admitted free, with tickets at the door. All other tickets can be purchased at

Learn about new

paid sick leave law

Linn County Farm Bureau will offer a free seminar for local employers on the new local paid sick leave law at 5 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the Central Linn High School cafeteria, 32433 Highway 228, in Halsey.

Representatives from the Ore-gon Bureau of Labor and Industry and Oregon Farm Bureau will speak. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to attend. The event will last approximately three hours, with time for questions. It is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required.

For more information, contact Hans Coon of the Linn County Farm Bureau at

Student choirs to perform Tuesday

Sweet Home’s student choirs will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the school auditorium.

This will be a Farewell Concert for seniors, who will be honored, and of home several will perform solos.

Admission is free, though donations will be accepted for the Gloria Joya Memorial Fund.

Movie to raise funds for museum

The Rio Theater will host a fund-raiser screening of "National Treasure,” as part of the East Linn Museum’s "40 Years of Memories” celebration, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26.

Admission is $4 and all ticket sales will go to the museum.

For more information, contact the museum at:, call (541) 409-0997 or check the museum’s Facebook page.

Meals on Wheels

weekly menu

Meals on Wheels, also known as Your Table or Ours, offers 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.

First-time diners are invited to come in and have a free lunch to give it a try.

Suggested donation is $3.50. All meals are served with milk, coffee or tea upon request and diabetic desserts are available on request.

The lunch menu on Friday, May 20, is shoyu chicken or country meatballs, Lyonnaise potatoes, steamed spinach, oat rye bread and apple crisp.

The menu for Monday, May 23, is chicken rice bake or macaroni and cheese, broccoli cuts, garden vegetable salad, potato wheat roll, and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

The menu for Tuesday, May 24, is sweet and sour chicken and rice, or spaghetti with merat sauce, green peas, Romaine iceberg lettuce, garlic roll and gelatin jewels.

For more information, call (541) 367-8843.


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