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Around Town June 8, 2016


June 8, 2016

Farmers Market starts this week

Sweet Home’s Farmers Market kicks off off its 2016 season Tuesday, June 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the City Hall Parking lot at the corner of 12th and Kalmia, and will continue weekly at that time through October.

Vendors will sell produce, pasture-raised chicken, lamb, beef and pork, wild-caught fresh salmon and steelhead, locally made preserves and much more.

Oregon Trail customers get an additional $10 each week.

Comedy on stage at Albany theater

Albany Civic Theater will stage "Seniors of the Sahara” June 10 and 11, 17 and 18, and 23-25, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, all at 111 First Ave. SW in Albany.

The play tells the story of Sylvia Goldberg, a respectable retired New Jersey school teacher, who brings home more than just souvenirs upon returning from her grandson’s wedding in Israel. Sylvia’s troubles begin when she realizes that the old teapot she purchased at an outdoor market is actually a priceless relic containing a geriatric genie, Eugene, with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8.

Keeping Eugene a secret from her three best friends, Mabel, Thelma and Fannie, proves to be nearly as difficult as protecting herself from Eugene’s former master, who follows Sylvie home and threatens her at knifepoint.

The show is considered appropriate for viewers of all ages.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $9 for juniors and seniors. They are available 45 minutes before showtimes at the theater or elsewhere in Albany.

For more information, visit

Car show Saturday at Cheadle Park

Lebanon’s Chamber of Commerce will hold its Classic Car Cruz N’ from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Cheadle Lake Park.

Cars and motorcycles are welcome. Pre-event registration is $15. Day-of is $20.

The event includes an eight-mile Gut Cruz led by Lebanon Police Department, food and live music provided by the Albany Swing Band.

Spectators are welcome and free. For more information, call (541) 258-7164.

BBQ fund-raiser for Camp Attitude

The second annual Bo-Mack’s BBQ Benefit for Camp Attitude will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Monteith River Park, 489 Water Ave. NW, Albany.

The event will include the Bo-Mack Family Singers, Praise in 3D, Prairie Dog Backfire and Trevor Tagle, among others.

In addition to a full afternoon of uplifting music, there will be a silent auction, a raffle, pie and rib eating contests, face painting and of course, lots of good food.

A free-will offering and all other proceeds will be donated to Camp Attitude, near Cascadia, which serves about 250 special needs families each summer.

Groups come for eight one-week periods, where special needs children and their families can engage in numerous indoor and outdoor activities along the shores of the South Santiam River.

For more information, visit

After Five event for women Tuesday

Lebanon’s After Five Connection will hold its monthly dinner, themed "Isn’t It Tweet,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Hwy. in Lebanon.

Tim Shanks of Lebanon will share his expertise in building birdhouses and Cathy Rasley of Walla Walla, Wash., an espresso shop owner and high school cheer coach, will speak on "Why I Owe My Mother.”

Cost is $8.50 and only cash will be accepted. All women are welcome.

To RSVP, contact Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or at or Norma at (541) 259-5672 or

Free summer lunch at schools, parks

Sweet Home School District will offer free lunch to all children ages 18 and under through the summer.

Meals will be served from June 15 through Aug. 19, except for July 4, and July 28-29, due to the Oregon Jamboree.

Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at:

  • Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.
  • Hawthorne Elementary School, 3205 E. Long St.
  • Oak Heights Elementary School, 610 Elm St. and
  • Little Promises, 28028 Pleasant Valley Road.
  • Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. at:

  • Ashbrook Park, 28th Avenue and Juniper Street;
  • Northside Park, 11th Avenue and Redwood Street; and
  • Sweet Home Skate Park, 1920 Long St.
  • The program is made possible through the federal Summer Food Service Program for children, offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    For more information, contact Dianna Bondesen at (541) 367-7149.

    Vision support group Wednesday

    Joan Kaun from OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute will speak to the Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group on Macular Degeneration at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

    Kaun directs Casey’s Macular Degeneration Center Program.

    She will present a basic overview of the disease’s causes, risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis, and will speak about the current OHSU research of the disease and its current treatment.

    Macular degeneration is the No. 1 cause for gradual eyesight loss among older people.

    This will be the last meeting until Sept. 21.

    Meetings are free and all are welcome to attend. Coffee and cookies are provided.

    For more information, call (541) 928-5008.

    African Children’s Choir to visit SH

    The African Children’s Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Sweet Home High School Auditorium.

    Their program will feature well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and Gospel favorites. The choir is organized by Music for Life, which works in seven African countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

    Concerts are free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

    The choir is being hosted locally by Hillside Fellowship.

    Mental health ‘First Aid’ classes offered

    Linn County is offering free Mental Health First Aid classes this summer.

    Classes focusing on youth, adult and older adult mental health will be offered.

    Adult mental health first aid will be taught from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. Registration deadline is June 15 and the class will be limited to 30 participants.

    Youth mental and older adult mental health first aid will be offered in July.

    The course will teach participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. It will teach skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, or who is experiencing a crisis.

    For more information, contact Shannon Percy at (541) 967-3819 or register at

    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.

    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, June 10, is chicken patty with gravy or beef liver and onions, whipped potatoes with gravy, country trio vegetables, herb bread and orange frosted orange cake.

    The menu for Monday, June 13, is Waikiki chicken or Swedish meatballs, creamed potatoes, Scandinavian blend vegetables, wheat bran bread and chocolate pudding.

    The menu for Tuesday, June 14, is Asian chicken or chef mini salad on spinach Romaine.

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


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