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Around Town April 11, 2017


April 11, 2017

Ranger district to

offer summer jobs

The Sweet Home Ranger District is recruiting for a five-week summer youth crew program from June 19 to July 21. A second session may be added July 31 through Sept. 1, based on interest and funding.

Northwest Youth Corps has partnered with USDA Forest Service and the Sweet Home Ranger District to create Northwest Youth Corps Community Crew. The crews learn how to build trails, enhance natural habitats, remove invasive plant species and develop many other valuable outdoor skills.

Tuition is $125 per participant and youths will receive a stipend of up to $1,250. The crews work Monday through Friday, an average of 6.5 hours and have one of education daily.

Museum speaker at

Genealogical Society

Sweet Home Genealogical Society will hold its monthly general meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at the SHGS Library, 1223 Kalmia.

Following the meeting East Linn Museum Director Lana Holden will give a presentation about the Dollar Camp at approximately 11 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Teresa Riper at (541) 401-1361.

Lacemaking group

invites participants

Oregon Trail Lacemakers will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Willamette Oaks Retirement Living, 455 Alexander Loop, Eugene.

Oregon Trail Lacemakers is open to lacemakers and those wanting to learn to make bobbin lace, tatting and needlelace.

For more information or questions, email or call (541) 343-4252.

Facebook class for

small businesses

Linn-Benton Community College will hold a workshop "Beginning Facebook for Small Business” from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the Luckiamute Center room 115, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Participants learn how to use Facebook to reach and engage customers, including how to create a Facebook business page, how to optimize the page and maximize SEO impact, how to use Facebook in online marketing strategies, how to create engaging posts and more.

Workshop cost is $79.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at (541) 917-4929.

Free forestry

planning workshop

A workshop on forest management planning will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Cafferata Family Forest off Deerhorne Road in Springfield.

A written forest management plan is required for Oregon Tree Farm System participation and forms the foundation for sustainable forest management.

The workshop will explore how to get started, things to consider and how to keep a record of activities.

Cost is free, but pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by Oregon State University, in conjunction with Women Owning Woodlands and Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

To register, call or email Tiffany at (971) 409-4030 or

Deadline Tuesday

for scholarships

Linn County Small Woodlands Association will award four $1,000 renewable college scholarships to students who plan on majoring in forestry or forestry-related natural resource courses in an Oregon college.

Each scholarship, valued at $1,000, will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, honors and awards, school activities and community activities.

The applicants must be graduates of a Linn County high school. A dual-enrollment program is highly encouraged.

Application forms, to be returned postmarked or e-mailed by April 18, are available at all the county’s high schools, at LBCC and from Katie Kohl (

Learn sustainable


Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County will hold Sustainable Landscape Training from 9 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19 at Lane County Office, 9956 Jefferson St., Eugene.

The training includes a combination of classwork and yard evaluations that can lead to sustainable landscape certification.

Participants will learn a variety of landscape practices that can help improve water efficiency, enrich soil quality through mulching and composting, create wildlife habitat, reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers and protect nearby waterways.

Efficiencies in the use of resources should also lead to lower power, water, and waste bills.

The cost of the program is $25. OSU Extension Service in Lane County has received a grant from EWEB to promote this program. Pre-registration is requested one week prior to training.

For additional information and registration form, call (541) 344-5859 or visit

Low-vision support group to meet

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, Albany.

Dr. Jessica Norris, OD, an optometrist with the mid valley Eyecare Associates group, will speak about why it is important to have an annual eye exam.

She’ll explain the various diseases and conditions that optometrist screen for during the exam, and what symptoms present themselves through the dilation process, eye pressure measurements and other tests.

The exam may also foretell signs of current or future sight problems.

There are no membership fees, and all meetings are free. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are served.

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

Fund-raiser dinner

April 20 at cafe

Home Sweet Home Cafe will hold a fund-raiser dinner for Love Thy Neighbor services on from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

The enchilada dinner will include sides, drink and dessert. Kids eat for $5. A regular-sized meal is $8 and a large meal is $10.

RAIN meet-up for

local entrepreneurs

Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network will hold an Entrepreneur Meetup from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at Sugar Vibes in Sweet Home, 1302 Long St.

RAIN is a network of successful entrepreneurs, innovators and angel investors looking to help start or grow business nationally or internationally.

Meeting participants will learn how to launch and grow a startup business by gaining access to mentors, advisers, investors and others interested in seeing success.

Admission is free and includes donuts and a drink. To make reservations or for questions, email or 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.

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, April 14, is roasted turkey with gravy or breaded, baked fish with Tartar sauce, sour cream and chive potatoes, green peas and onions, bran rye bread and gelatin poke ’n’ pour cake.

The menu on Monday, April 17, is herb chicken patty or country fried steak, whipped potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, wheat bread and fresh orange.

The menu on Tuesday, APril 18, is shaved turkey or meatloaf sandwich half on wheat bread, pinto bean soup, broccoli raisin salad and pineapple.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

For more information, contact Norene at (541) 367-8843.


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