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Around Town August 17, 2016


August 16, 2016

Josai program

needs hosts

The Josai program at Sweet Home High School is looking to place two Japanese exchange students in good homes for the upcoming school year.

Sweet Home’s student exchange program with Josai, its sister school in Tokyo, has been operating for more than 30 years.

For more information, contact Suzette Andersen, Josai Club adviser, at (541) 401-2750.

Red Cross needs blood donors

The American Red Cross is experiencing a "critical” shortage of blood supplies as the summer winds down and many regular donors are vacationing or participating in other summer activities.

Donations may be made in Lebanon over the next two weeks: from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1955 5th St .; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Highway; and from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 3111 S. Main Road.

To donate blood, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information.

Free ‘Goonies’ film

Thursday at park

The City of Sweet Home Parks and Recreation will screen an outdoor movie, "The Goonies,” at dusk on Thursday, Aug. 18, in Sankey Park.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to show up early and enjoy the park. The movie is the second of three that are being shown over three successive Thursdays in the park.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Chip” will play Thursday, Aug. 25.

For more information, contact Katie at (541) 367-8113 or

Brazilian jazz at

Marks Ridge

Brazilian jazz trio Chuva Boa will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Marks Ridge Winery, 29255 Berlin Road.

Concert harpist Laura Zaerr, vocalist and keyboardist Colleen Kitchen and percussionist Kevin Ronkko combine in lush Brazilian jazz rhythms and harmonies that incorporate elegant classical and world beat elements.

Bring your own picnic or snacks and enjoy open air seating at bistro tables or bring a chair or blanket.

The concert is the first of weekly Friday night offerings through August at the winery, which will feature a wide range of musical styles. Cover is $10 per person. No outside alcohol is allowed.

For more information, call (541) 974-4457 or visit

Fair Share Gleaners

sale this weekend

Fair Share Gleaners will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20 at 2325 Main St., next to Circle K.

Rockhounding with

SH Ranger District

Sweet Home Ranger District is offering Streamside Rockhounding Friday, Aug. 19.

The two-mile hike is rated "moderate.” Participants will learn about the origin and identification of river rocks. Bring good footwear for wading, lunch and water. Be prepared for unmaintained trails and bending while collecting rocks. Rock identification book, rock hammer and hand lens are recommended.

Cost is $10 per person or $5 with a Senior or Access Pass. Register at or call 1-877-444-6777 and press #1 for tours. Tours often fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.

For more information, times and fees, stop by district headquarters at 4331 Hwy 20 or call (541) 367-5168.

Old-time music

at Farmer’s Market

Sweet Home’s Farmer’s Market runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the City Hall Parking lot at the corner of 12th and Kalmia, and will continue weekly at that time through October.

On Aug. 23, When Picks Fly will perform "American old-time music.” Members are Warren Cohen (banjo, fiddle, vocals), Shep-ard Smith (fiddle), Kathy Howell (mountain dulcimer, concertina, ukulele), and Joe Esker (guitar, mandolin).

Learn how bugs

can help gardens

A two-day workshop on what bugs can do for your garden will be offered Aug. 23-24 at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Materials Center, 3415 NE Granger Ave. in Corvallis.

The workshop, entitled "Integrated Biological Pest Management Practices for Oregon Farms,” offers a combination of classroom-based activities and on-farm field trips. Topics include identifying native plants and insects, designing plant communities to promote beneficial insect habitat, and hearing tips and best-practices from farmers.

Cost is $20 and includes lunch for two days and transportation to farms. Registration is available online at: or by contacting Teresa Matteson with the Benton SWCD at (541) 753-7208 or

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.

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, Dec. 19, is beef chili frito pie or BBQ pork sandwich on a bun, corn off the cob, creamy coleslaw and ice cream cup.

The menu for Monday, Aug. 22, is sweet and sour turkey with rice or diced beef and penne pasta, broccoli cuts, spinach Romaine salad, potato wheat roll and spiced pears.

The menu for Tuesday, Aug. 23, is white chicken chili or macaroni and cheese, seasoned carrots, marinated zucchini salad, oat bran roll and chocolate mint pudding.

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


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