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Around Town February 28, 2017


February 28, 2017

Spelling contest

open to local kids

Local students are invited to take part in the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship.

Students compete first in a written contest, in their division, at the classroom/school level. This contest is usually held in March. Winners proceed to district level. District winners compete at the county level. Winners from each county compete at the state contest.

For more information, check with your teacher or principal, call Sharon at (541) 367-4151, or visit

Homeschoolers are encouraged to participate in the district contest. Homeschooled and/or web-based students should contact their local county coordinator to determine whether they can participate in local (school/district/county/regional) contests. Visit for a an email contact form to reach the local coordinator.

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.

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.

Local GOP to hear from gun lobbyist

Linn County Republicans will hold their March meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at Pop’s Branding Iron.

Attendees are welcome to arrive early for socializing or having a meal. No purchase is required to attend any portion of the presentations or meeting.

The 2017 legislative session has begun and the number of bills is once again in the 1,000s. The featured speaker for the evening is Kevin Starrett of the Oregon Firearms Federation.

Also, early registration is open for the Spring Gala on May 13. Nationally renowned constitutional attorney and radio talk show host Kris Anne Hall will be the keynote speaker.

For more information, call Linn County Republican Chairman Erik Parks (541) 936-1261 or mail questions to P.O. Box 1684, Albany, OR 97321.

Pollinators forum March 3 at LBCC

A BEEVENT Pollinator Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the Linn County Fairgrounds, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

The conference topic is "The Plight of Our Pollinators” and is geared toward the backyard gardener. Snacks and coffee are provided while lunch is not. The cost is $30 per person.

Keynote speaker is Robbin Thorp, Ph.D., world-wide lecturer. He will speak on "Pollinators, more than just honey bees.” Other lecture topics will cover pesticide alternatives, pollinator habitats and pollinator diversity.

Conference specials will include mason bee houses, inserts and cocoons. Hand-picked book selections specific to yard pollinators will also be available for conference prices.

To pre-register, visit or call (541) 248-1088.

SH genealogical workshop nearing

Sweet Home Genealogical Society will hold its annual workshop March 10 and 11 at the Society’s library, 1223 Kalmia St (between 12th and 13th).

The seven topics to be presented are: Using Maps in Family Research; Exploring Seldom Used Features of; Tips to Finding Unknown Cousins in Germany; Camp Adair; SantiamWagon Road; Identifying Old Photographs; and DNA basics.

Speakers are both local and out of town.

The workshop is open to the public. Cost is $15 per day with two day tickets available. After March 1, cost is $17.50 per day. Student cost is $5. Society members will receive a discount. A stand-alone DNA workshop is available for $5 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.

For more information, contact the SHGS at (541) 367-5034 or stop by the library.

Hospital Auxiliary

offers scholarships

The Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships granted to students pursuing a health care-related career.

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 10. Those eligible to apply must have a permanent address in east Linn County and be enrolled, and actively attending classes, in a program awarding a degree in a health care-related field.

Applications are available at the Volunteer Services office located at the hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

For more information, contact Sheryl Berger, volunteer services manager, at (541) 451-7062.

Exhibit, reception

at LBCC gallery

Linn-Benton Community College will exhibit photographs by Paul Hawkwood, "Light, Gesture, and Mystery: Exploring the Domestic Wilderness,” though March 17 in the North Santiam Hall Atrium Gallery.

Hawkwood, a distinguished former LBCC English and writing instructor, aims "to create images with light/color/shadow that are both artistically beautiful but also surprising or striking.”

An artist reception and talk will be held in the North Santiam Hall Atrium Gallery from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 2. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Hawkwood’s work can be viewed in LBCC NSH Atrium Gallery and on his website, All LBCC art galleries are free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, email Anne Magratten at

Farm business

intro workshop

An Introduction to Planning and Record-Keeping for Farm Business Management class will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Benton County Sunset Building.

The workshop, presented by Tanya Murray of Oregon Tilth, will focus on using business plans and records as integral tools for business management, emphasizing the process of setting goals, making projections, monitoring progress and measuring results as vital for decision-making and continuous improvement.

Workshop participants will be introduced to the basic components of a business plan, developing an initial financial projection, keeping key farm financial records, and using these records in combination with plans and projections to manage the farm business.

To register, visit

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 menu on Friday, March 3, is breaded baked fish with Tartar sauce or sloppy Joe, both on a bun, whole kernel corn, carrot Mandarin salad, and spiced apples.

The menu on Monday, March 6, is baked beef rigatoni or chicken rice bake, green beans, garden vegetable salad, white dinner roll and fresh orange.

The menu on Tuesday, March 7, is meatloaf or turkey sandwich half on wheat bread, beef barley soup pickled beets and chilled peaches.


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