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Around Town May 9, 2017


May 9, 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 hour of education daily.

Charter schools’

auction May 12

People Involved in Education will hold a PIE auction at 5 p.m. Friday, May 12, 100 Sand Ridge Court, Lebanon.

Auction funds go to the maintenance of the Sweet Home Charter School, Sand Ridge Charter School main campus and the Sodaville campus.

Tickets are available at the schools for $15 and at the door for $20. Tickets will include a chicken dinner.

Items to be auctioned include Disneyland tickets, five days in Port Townsend, two days at Great Wolf Lodge, hunting and fishing trips, full-sized smoker, desserts, baskets and more.

Child care is available for $10 per child, including a hot dog dinner.

Auction event to send kids to camp

Fir Lawn Lutheran Church will hold its annual "Send a Kid to Camp” auction and Pork Palooza dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at 109 W. Holley Road.

Cost is $20 per person for dinner and dinner begins at 5.

Events include duck derby, live and silent auctions, pie procurement, wine wall and poke a pig.

RSVP for dinner by May 8. For tickets and information, call Patty Holk at (541) 990-1487.

Get a plant for Mom from Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 350 and Cub Scout Pack 350 will hold their annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale from 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Les Schwab in Lebanon, 2275 S. Santiam Hwy.

Plants will include hanging baskets, patio pots, color spots, flowers, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, vegetables and herbs.

All plants were planted, transplanted and cared for by the Scouts for this sale. This event helps pay for monthly events, awards, dues and scholarships.

Linn County GOP Gala Saturday

The Linn County Republicans will hold a Spring Gala from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Linn-Benton Community College with constitutional educator Kris Anne Hall as keynote speaker.

Hall is a disabled Army veteran, a Russian linguist, mother and pastor’s wife. She is also an attorney, a former prosecutor and was fired for teaching the Constitution on her own time. She now travels the county teaching the Constitution and the history of the country’s founding documents.

Silent and live auction items will be available. In addition to dinner, there is a cash bar available.

For more information, write PO Box 1684, Albany OR 97321 or visit

Eggplant parmesan

fund-raiser dinner

The Sweet Home Cafe will hold a fund-raiser dinner for Love Thy Neighbor Services from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14.

The dinner will feature eggplant parmesan and will include sides, drink and dessert.

Cost is $5 for kids, $8 for a regular plate and $10 for a large plate.

Free stroke class

offered at SLCH

Samaritan Health Services will offer a free class on the signs of a stroke from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at Lebanon Community Hospital, conference rooms B & C.

Learn how to prevent a stroke, recognize the signs and symptoms and what to do if a stroke is happening.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Visit or call 1-855-873-0674 to register.

Talking Books topic

for support group

The Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group will be discussing "Talking Books”, a free service provided by the Oregon Commission For the Blind, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at Brookdale Grand Prairie senior living, 1929 Grand Prairie Rd, Albany.

Elka Burton, the Public Services Librarian for the Oregon State Library, will be the speaker.

The Talking Books program provides, for free, over 10,000 narrated books on special cassettes, on all subjects from classics to recent best sellers. The program also provides the special listening machine for free. Cassettes are mailed to the recipient and postage is free. Not only can low vision and blind people enjoy the service, but disabled people can receive the cassettes as well.

For demonstration purposes, Burton will have a machine and cassettes with her as well as a listing catalog of the books available.

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group is a self-supporting, non profit group for people who are visually challenged. No membership is required. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month. All are welcome and the meetings are free.

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

Class on ‘Living with Addiction’

Samaritan Health Services will offer a free class on the ABCs of Living with Addiction from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Albany General Hospital.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Visit or call 1-855-873-0674 to register.

LBCC to hold car show May 20

Linn-Benton Community College will host a multi-class car show from 8 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W., Albany.

Cost is $20 per vehicle for advanced registration, or $25 per vehicle at the door. No limit. Gates open at 8 a.m., registration ends at 10 a.m. and the show closes at 2 p.m. The show is free and open the public.

To register a car for the show, contact Marc Rose at or (541) 917-4581. For more information, go to

SHHS Class of ’77 reunion June 24

The Sweet Home High School class of 1977 will hold its 40-year class reunion from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Sweet Home Senior Center, 880 18th Ave.

At 3 p.m. there will be a tour of the high school and at 5:30 a meal will be served.

Cost is $25-$35 per person depending on the total attendance to cover building, meal, etc.

RSVP to Lois Shaw at 24592 Stovall Lane, Philomath, OR 97370 or call (541) 760-1529.

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, May 12 is a special Mother’s Day dinner of chicken with supreme sauce or baked ham with raisin sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, green peas and onions, multigrain bread and lemon frosted white cake.

The menu on Monday, May 15, is chicken a la king or pork sausage gravy over whipped potatoes, country trio vegetables, cracked wheat bread and lime pear gelatin.

The menu on Tuesday, May 16, is breaded baked fish with Tartar sauce or beef Swiss-style patty, creamed potatoes, broccoli cuts, oatmeal bread and mixed fruit cup.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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