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Around Town January 31,2017


January 31, 2017

Trees, woodcraft sale at fairgrounds

The Linn County Chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Association will hold its annual Seedling Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, or while supplies last, at the Santiam Building at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center on Knox Butte Road in Albany.

The 2017 Goods from the Woods, a local woods products fair, is also returning, and will feature many products and crafts on sale that are made from native local woods, also at the Expo Center.

The sale is intended as a service to the community, providing a great opportunity for local homeowners to pick up small amounts of trees and shrubs that may otherwise be hard to obtain. Some of the species are suited to smaller places around a home, with spring flowers and/or fall colors. Portions of the money earned each year are used to help fund educational programs for youth in Linn County, including 4-H and college scholarships.

Links can be found at

For questions or additional information, contact Bonnie Marshall at or (503) 769-6510.

Orchid Society to host show and sale

The Mary’s Peak Orchid Society, an orchid club with members throughout the Willamette Valley, will hold its annual show and sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy 20, between Albany and Corvallis.

Break up the winter gray with a brilliant display of orchid flowers. Dozens of blooming orchids will be on display, and numerous vendors will be selling orchid plants, materials, and books. Repotting will be available for a small fee. Admission and advice are free. Italian heritage to be genealogy topic

Linn Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Albany Public Library.

The presentation, entitled "Researching Your Italian Roots,” will be presented by Keith and Darlene Pyeatt. It will provide a brief overview of historical events that influenced Italian record keeping, and the records and resources available for researching your Italian roots. The presentation concludes with a case study which demonstrates the steps required to trace an immigrant ancestor, from any foreign country, back to their place of origin in the "old country”.

Both are graduates of Brigham Young University. Keith Pyeatt, who has a bachelor’s degree in Italian has completed advanced course work from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in various topics and is currently pursuing professional accreditation.

Both serve as family history consultants.

For more information call the LGS Library at (541) 791-1618 or visit

Local GOP to hear from representative

Linn County Republicans will be holding a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wed. Feb 4 at Pop’s Branding Iron, 901 Pacific Blvd SE, Albany.

The public is invited. Rep. Mike Nearman from District 23, which includes the Independence area, will be the featured speaker.

For more information, contact Linn County Republican Chair Erik Parks at (541) 936-1261.

‘Winnie the Pooh’ on stage at LBCC

The 42nd annual Children’s Theater at Linn-Benton Community College will present "Winnie the Pooh” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 4, 11 and 18 at LBCC’s Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Tickets are $8 adults, $6 for under 18. Purchase online at, or at the door one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC theater box office at (541) 917-4531.

It’s free if you can eat it at local cafe

Home Sweet Home Cafe will host a Home Town Challenge eating competition from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Participants will get their meal for free – if they can eat everything on their plates in 45 minutes or less. The menu will consist of three pancakes, six eggs, bacon, ham, sausage and country potatoes.

The meal will cost $25 for those who fail to consume it in 45 minutes.

Home Sweet Home Cafe is at 1333 Main St. For more information, call (541) 367-0433.

College Night at LBCC on Feb. 6

Linn-Benton Community College will hold a College Night open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, starting in the college theater in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Information will be available on college admissions processes, financial aid, scholarships and how to earn college credits while still in high school.

Advisors will be on hand to discuss degree options and college partnership programs with Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology.

Information tables include program majors, college clubs, co-curricular programs, short-term training programs and more.

Information in Spanish will be available as well.

For more information or to register online, visit

Spaghetti dinner by Legion Auxiliary

American Legion Auxiliary will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Sweet Home Senior Center, 880 18th Ave.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. Dessert is 50 cents extra.

Bake sale at Fair Share Gleaners

Fair Share Gleaners will host an Indoor Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Friday, Feb. 10 at 3714 Long St.

For more information, contact Roy at (541) 401-9418.

Singer to perform

Sunshine benefit

Sunshine Industries will present Americana artist Melody Guy in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at 1333 Clark Mill Road.

Suggested pre-sale donation is $10, $12 at the door.

The event is one of a series of concerts aimed at raising funds for the organization, which serves local disabled residents.

For more information, call (541) 367-2765.

Heart screening free at hospital

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital will provide Heart Health Screening from 8 to noon on Feb. 11 at 525 N Santiam Hwy, Lebanon in Conference Room B.

Registration is required. To schedule an appointment call toll free 1-855-543-2780.

Foster Dam Road closure Feb. 14, 15

The road over Foster Dam will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in order to conduct a dive operation to remove fish monitoring equipment from the dam.

For more information, call (541) 942-5631.

Local Community Education classes

LBCC is offering Community Education classes starting in February in Lebanon and Sweet Home.

They include:

n Seed to Supper. This in am interactive, child friendly class teaching gardening on a budget. A free gardening book is included. Class will begin Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. at the Lebanon Center. The class is free.

n Buying and Selling on eBay. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite. Class will start Tuesday, Feb. 21, and meet from 6 to 7:50 p.m. at LBCC’s Lebanon Center every Tuesday. Cost is $59.

n Introduction to Facebook. Learn to establish an account, set up your profile, and set security parameters.

Basic computer and web- browsing skills are necessary. Class will start Thursday, Feb. 9 and meet every Thursday at the Lebanon Center. Cost is $59.

n Lewis and Clark: Oregon & Beyond. This class will provide insight into the activities of the Corps of Discovery in Oregon, the trip back to St. Lewis in 1906, and the activities of the corps members after the corps was disbanded.

The class will also give perspective from the tribal point of view. Class will begin Monday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 2:50 p.m. and will meet every Monday and Wednesday at the Sweet Home LBCC Center. The class is free.

n Complete Country Dance - Beyond Beginning. This class is a continuation of Complete Country Dance-Beginning with emphasis on refinement, style, and new dances. Class will begin Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 7:50 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $45.

n Dog Training II. This class builds on skills learned in Dog Training I. Owners and dogs will practice precision heeling, learning new tricks, and politely greeting strangers. Veterinary shot records and dog history form are required.

Class starts Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center. Cost is $49.

For more information, view the online schedule at, email, or call (541) 367-6901 (Sweet Home Center).

Foundation grant deadline Feb. 15

The Sweet Home Community Foundation has begun its annual grant cycle and is seeking proposals.

Grant application packets are available for download at Completed applications must be returned to the SHCF, P.O. Box 24, Sweet Home, OR 97386 by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Grant applicants must be a 501(c) or other qualified tax-exempt organization or the proposed project may be implemented in partnership or affiliation with such an organization.

Chamber award nominations

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held March 11 at the Jim Riggs Community Center.

Award nominations can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 17.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, Distinguished Service, First Citizen, Junior First Citizen and Patti Woods Woman of the Year.

Table sponsorships are also available, for either a half table of 10 or a full table of 20. Sponsors are asked to decorate their tables in accordance with the banquet theme, "Around the World.”

For more information on nominations or sponsorship, or for nomination forms, contact the chamber at (541) 367-6186 or email

LBCC art gallery

to feature prints

Five Bend artists’ prints will be on display at Linn-Benton Community College through March 17 in an art galley exhibit "Printing the Gamut.”

The artists, from printmaking studio Atelier 6000, will showcase their work in the North Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW Albany.

An artists reception will be held in the gallery from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 8.

The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. LBCC art galleries are free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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, Feb. 3, is BBQ chicken sandwich or beef hamburger on a bun, whole kernel corn, pineapple slaw, and banana chocolate chip bar.

The menu for Monday, Feb. 6, is turkey divan bake or macaroni & cheese, dilled carrots, marinated broccoli salad, dill wheat roll, and chilled peaches.

The menu for Tuesday, Feb. 7, is chicken alfredo pasta or spinach omelet bake, cut green beans, garden vegetable salad, wheat roll, and poppy-seed cake.


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