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Around Town October 4, 2016


October 18, 2016

Mysteries and ghosts at library

Learn all about Oregon’s Mysteries and Ghosts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Sweet Home Library, 1101 13th Ave.

Storytellers Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke will perform as the "Oregon Tellers,” presenting a fun-filled program (for adults and teens) of strange and eerie stories from Oregon’s past … including a few spooky songs. This is great stuff for history and mystery buffs, as well as scary-story fans.

Admission is free.

For more information, call (541) 367-5007.

Learn about SH

pioneers Thursday

East Linn Museum Executive Director Lana Holden will give a presentation on Sweet Home’s Early Settlers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the museum, 746 Long St.

The event is free and the public is invited. Donations are gladly accepted. This activity is sponsored in part by the Linn County Cultural Coalition.

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


expert to speak

Learn about homelessness and local issues to deal with it at a summit to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Boulder Falls Events Center, 605 Mullins Drive in Lebanon.

Dr. Robert Marbut, author of "The Seven Guiding Principles of Homeless Transformation,” has performed a community-specific assessment of Lebanon’s homelessness condition and will give a presentation on his findings.

The public is welcome.

For more information, call (541) 258-4902.

Volunteers needed

for casualty drill

Volunteers are needed to play roles in a mass casualty drill to be conducted Thursday, Oct. 20, by Samaritan Health Services and Oregon State University.

The drill will take place from 6 a.m. to noon and will involve four separate locations, including Reser Stadium, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Samaritan Albany General Hospital and Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. It will simulate a gas line explosion at Reser Stadium during a home football game with mass casualties and injuries.

The drill will test how well the different organizations within Benton and Linn counties communicate with each other during a disaster. The exercise will be realistic with emergency response vehicles and REACH aircraft transporting actors to the different event locations.

Volunteers of all ages are still needed to fill multiple roles at each location. Volunteer positions include victims and patients who will be given simulated disaster wounds and make-up to play the part, make-up artists, photographers, experienced actors and those proficient in foreign languages.

For more information or to register as a volunteer email

Edible mushrooms

tour this Friday

The Sweet Home Ranger District is offering a Fall Edible Mushrooms excursion Friday, Oct. 21.

This is a moderate, approximately two-mile hike. Come prepared for an exciting day of learning to identify local varieties of edible mushrooms in the forest. Bring a small collecting knife and bags or baskets.

Plan on spending the day and make sure to bring appropriate clothing, footwear and lunch. You also will need a picking bucket. A milk jug attached to your belt allows you to keep both hands free.

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.

Innovation, diesel facility opening

Linn-Benton Community College will stage a grand opening for its new Innovation and Heavy Equipment Diesel Center facility from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at 2000 Oak St., Lebanon.

A VIP reception and tours will take place from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a public presentation at 11:15. Lunch, provided by NW Natural, will follow.

For more information, contact the LBCC Foundation at (541) 917-4209.

Fashion show to fund scholarships

PEO Chapter FA of Sweet Home is hosting a Fall Into Fashion fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Sunshine Industries, 1333 Clark Mill Road.

Volunteers from the local community will model Christopher Banks styles at the luncheon event. Tickets cost $20, with proceeds going to college scholarships for local women.

For more information or tickets, contact Diane Gerson at (541) 367-2979.

Learn money


Learn how to manage your money in the free class "Dollars and Sense” to be held from 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

Learn how to create a budget with easy to follow steps that create a habit of saving and help improve your credit report and score.

This free class is held in conjunction with Willamette Neighborhood Housing services. Registration is required by calling (541) 752-7220, extension 300.

Mason bee classes

Oct. 26, 29

Having trouble getting your fruit trees pollinated? Learn how to cultivate mason bees at a free class offered Oct. 26 and 29 by the Linn County Master Gardeners.

The two-hour workshops will include expert instruction in bee housing, harvesting and storage and other information needed to establish a bee population in your yard. Supplies will be available.

Classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. both days.

Also, a class to train mason bee instructors will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 22.

All classes will be held at the Extension Service’s Tangent location. 33630 McFarland Road.

To register or for more information, visit or call (541) 967-3871.

SH Zombie Run

10 days away

Get ready to travel with the Walking Dead Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Zombie Zoup Run, to be held at the Jim Riggs Community Center.

The 2-mile event will benefit Sunshine Industries and will cover favorite Zombie haunts such as the South Hills Trail, Sankey Park and more populated areas. Cost is $20 for pre-registrants, $25 on the day of the event. Shirts for adults are $15 each, $10 for children. Shirts are guaranteed to those who register prior to Oct. 15.

Registration forms are available at City Hall, 1140 12th Ave. The run is listed under the Sweet Heart Run’s Facebook page.

Church offers

Halloween activity

Holley Church will hold its annual Trick or Treat Street from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Boys & Girls Club parking lot.

The event will be on, rain or shine, organizers say.

For more information, call (541) 367-6030 or visit

Vets Stand Down

Nov. 3 in Lebanon

A Mid-Valley Stand Down for Homeless Vets will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at The River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy., in Lebanon.

Multiple organizations will provide information and help with Disability or Social Security benefits, employment services for veterans, housing, rental or utility assistance, Legal Aid, medical resources and much more. A dental van will be on site.

Participants are asked to bring proof of their veterans status. Transportation can be provided.

For more information, visit the event’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.

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, Oct. 21, is hearty turkey stew or western beef goulash, lima beans, garden vegetable salad, onion roll and chocolate chip bar.

The menu for Monday, Oct. 24, is chicken patty sandwich or sloppy joe, both on a bun, whole kernel corn, marinated zucchini salad and spiced pears.

The menu for Tuesday, Oct. 25, is chicken rice bake or diced pork and penne pasta, country trio vegetables, spinach Romaine salad, oatmeal roll and butterscotch bar.

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


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