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Around Town January 10, 2017


January 10, 2017

Birth center visits

limited at hospital

To protect pediatric patients, mothers and newborns from flu viruses circulating in our region, all Samaritan Health Services hospitals, including Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospitals, is limiting visitors in birthing centers until the flu season is over, according to an announcement issued by SLCH.

Each new mother and pediatric patient will be allowed a total of four visitors during their hospital stay, and no visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed in the birthing centers or pediatric units unless they are a healthy sibling of a newborn or pediatric patient.

This means four designated visitors throughout the entire hospital stay, not simply four at a time. The designated support people need to be free of flu symptoms and carefully follow infection control guidelines, such as hand washing.

Pregnant women and children are among those in high-risk categories for complications from influenza-like illnesses, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control. Limiting visitors to hospital birthing centers and pediatric units reduces the potential for exposure for this vulnerable population.

The best defense against flu viruses, both at hospitals and in the community, is to avoid exposure through the following basic hygiene and infection control measures.

For basic information about the flu, visit the Oregon Department of Human Services’ flu prevention website at

Rock and Mineral

meeting in Lebanon

Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan 11, at the Santiam Place meeting hall, 139 Main St., Lebanon.

The group promotes rock hounding, lapidary arts and earth sciences. A potluck dinner will be followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Bring rocks for show and tell, and other activities.

For more information, e-mail

Take hike on newly named trails

A trail walk on the newly named Northside Community Trail in Lebanon will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, beginning in the Boulder Falls Conference Center parking lot, next door to the Best Western Boulder Falls Inn, 505 Mullins Drive.

The event is organized by Build Lebanon Trails. Look for the BLT event signs.

A series of connected trails that cross Lebanon from the east side of town to the west was recently named the Northside Community Trail. This walk will cover part of that unified trail, heading east to the end and back again. Total distance out and back is approximately three miles.

Shuttles will be available at the east end for those who don’t want to make the return trip. The trail is flat and paved.

Participants can use listening devices along the way to hear about features of the trail, which include some scenic waterside vistas and wildlife viewing areas. To reserve a listening device, 8:45 a.m. arrival is recommended.

Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather. Well mannered and leashed dogs are welcome.

For more information, visit

First Garden Club

of year Monday

Lebanon Garden Club invites all gardeners to its first meeting of 2017 at noon Monday, Jan. 16, at the First Christian Church on the corner of Grant and Grove streets in Lebanon.

This month’s meeting will feature a plant exchange – bring a plant, get a plant! Members and visitors are invited to bring an indoor or outdoor plant that they have enjoyed and their personal experience on growing the plant. A member forum will be answering questions on various plant challenges.

Lebanon Garden Club is a member of the Santiam District of Garden Clubs encompassing 12 clubs from Alsea to Salem. Meetings are always open to the public and new gardeners of all ages are always welcome.

For more information, contact Trudie Bason at (541) 521-5677 or email

Vision support group meeting

Diabetic retinopathy, a disease that affects eyesight, will be the topic at the monthly meeting of the the Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, SE, Albany.

Debbie Pauls, manager of diabetes education for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, will speak.

Pauls will discuss the disease’s damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (retina) which causes progressive low vision and may lead to blindness, causes of diabetic retinopathy, treatment options and will answer questions.

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group is a nonprofit, self-funded organization.

All are welcome to attend, and all programs are free. A resource library is provided with free materials available on various kinds of low vision and blindness conditions. Cookies and coffee are served.

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

Square dance fest

Jan. 27-29 at Expo

The 2017 Oregon Mid-Winter Square and Round Dance Festival will be held Jan. 27-29 at the Linn County Expo Center, 370 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

Times are 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27; 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. The Grand March and Opening Ceremonies will be at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Willamette-A (mainstream) Hall.

All levels of square dancing – B51, Mainstream, Plus and A1, as well as round dancing and clogging, will be available, along with youth events, seminars, a sewing clinic, after parties, a vendors hall and resale clothing.

A square dance demonstration will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 29. Square Dance attire required.

Square dance callers will be Mike Seastrom and Hunter Keller, both of California. Sharon and Casey Parker, also from California, will cue round dances. Clogging instructor will be Barry Welch of California.

Fees are $45 for adult dancers at the door $25 for youths for all three days. No admission is charged for spectators.

For information call (before Jan. 25) (541) 466-5536 or (541) 829-3800, or visit or Facebook/MidWinterSDFestival.

Women’s Bible

study starts Jan. 23

A Community-Wide Women’s Bible Study will begin the week of Jan 23 throughout the Willamette Valley.

The topic will be "Journey to Your Promised Land,” taught by Priscilla Shirer, who appeared in the movie "War Room.”

Sweet Home meeting times and places are held at:

n Hillside Fellowship Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.;

n Sweet Home Assembly of God Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m .; and

n Sweet Home Evangelical Church Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m..

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.

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, Jan. 13, is herb chicken patty or meatloaf, both with gravy, Lyonnaise potatoes, herbed carrots, rye bread and cinnamon pear crisp.

No meal will be served Monday, Jan. 16, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The menu for Tuesday, Jan. 17, is baked chicken breast or beef patty, both with gravy, sour cream and chive potatoes, lima beans, cornmeal bread and peanut butter bar.

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


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