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Around Town May 24, 2017


May 23, 2017

Free summer lunch for kids

Sweet Home School District will provide free lunch to children ages 18 and younger from June 21 to Aug. 25.

No meals will be served on July 4, and Aug. 3 and 4.

Lunch will be served from 11:45 to 12:15 p.m. at the following locations:

n Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St (Breakfast will be served from 9 to 9:30 a.m.)

n Hawthorne Elementary, 3205 E. Long St

n Oak Heights Elementary, 610 Elm St.

n Pleasant Valley Little Promises, 28028 Pleasant Valley Rd. (Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.)

Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

nAshbrooke Park, 28th Ave & Juniper St.

nNorthside Park, 11th Ave & Redwood St.

nSkate Park, 1920 Long St.

For more information, call (541) 367-7149.

Ranger district wildflowers hike

The Sweet Home Ranger Station will host a guided hike exploring lichens, mosses and early wildflowers at 9 a.m. Friday, May 26.

The easy, two-mile hike will be led by Alice Smith. Participants will meet at the Ranger Station, 4431 Hwy 20, at 9 a.m.

There is a fee to participate.

For more information, email

Master’s Men

benefit concert

The Sweet Home Pregnancy Care Center will hold a Benefit Concert performed by the Master’s Men at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Sweet Home Evangelical Church, 1347 Long St.

An offering will be taken to support the Pregnancy Care Center.

Spaghetti feed fund-raiser

A spaghetti feed fund-raiser will be held for LEAP Therapeutic Wilderness Program at 6 p.m. Friday, June 2, at St. Helens Catholic Church, 815 5th Ave.

LEAP provides wilderness adventures for burn survivors, military veterans, at-risk youth, homeless youth, those who experienced trauma or death, or are going through a serious illness.

To pre-order for dine in or to-go, call or test Lynn at (541) 401-2019.

Square dancing weekend June 2-4

Lebanon Square Circlers’ Strawberry Festival Square Dance Weekend will begin with a "Trails End Dance” at 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the Lebanon Senior Center with a potluck beforehand at 6 p.m.

Saturday events will include potluck at 5 p.m. followed by Round and Advanced Square Dancing at the Lebanon Senior Center. The main Square Dance will begin at 8 p.m.

There will be a silent auction at both dances, as well as an "Experienced Clothing” sale for those wishing to purchase western or square dance attire.

The Square Dance weekend will finish with an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Senior Center.

A $5 donation is requested for dances, and a $4 donation for breakfast.

For more information, contact Kaynor Heineck, 38132 Vine St.

‘Bigamists’, more

for genealogists

The Linn Genealogical Society will have their monthly meeting at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in the Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. SE, Albany.

Karen Wallace Steely will speak on "Bounders, Bigamists and Grass Widows.” Steely has 30 years of experience in researching, writing and speaking as a technology project manager, a historian and genealogist.

Steely will discuss the kinds of records that can be created when divorce occurs and review techniques for uncovering evidence of divorce and other marital mishaps.

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

Help clean up

Foster Lake trail

Sweet Home Trails group will celebrate National Trails Day at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, with a clean-up effort on the North Foster Lake Trail.

Participants will meet at Gedney Creek boat ramp and will cut blackberry bushes and clean up fallen branches and garbage. A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers will be present to supply rock for muddy areas.

Garbage bags will be supplied. Bring clippers to cut blackberries.

Long pants, boots and gloves are recommended.

Participants will be given a new Sweet Home Trails T-shirt.


Food preservation classes offered

OSU Extension Service Master Food Preservers will offer a series of hands-on food preservation classes this summer to community members.

Each class will focus on a different aspect of safe, healthy food preservation. Classes are appropriate for experienced and novice food preservers.

Classes can be taken individually or as a series and will be repeated June, July and August.

Cost is $18 per class or $60 for the series.

Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the OSU Linn County Extension office, 33630 McFarland Rd, Tangent.

n Tuesday, June 6; Wednesday, July 5, Thursday, Aug. 3. Preserving Fruit Products/Boiling Water Canning.

n Tuesday, June 13; Wednesday, July 12; Thursday, Aug. 10. Vegetables and Meat/Pressure Canning and Drying.

n Tuesday, June 20; Wednesday, July 19; Thursday, Aug. 17. Tomatoes, Sauces and Salsas.

n Tuesday, June 27; Wednesday, July 26; Thursday, Aug. 24. Pickle Making.

For more information and to register, visit

RAIN Pub Talk

June 6 in Lebanon

East Linn County RAIN (Regional Accelerator and Innovators Network) will host a Pub-Talk from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Conversion Brewing, 833 Main St, Lebanon.

The Pub-Talk is a pitch event where local entrepreneurs and business owners get 60 seconds each to pitch their business ideas/venture to the audience.

The audience for the best pitch (best delivery and market opportunity) and the winner will receive $250 cash and in-kind prizes.

For more information, email

‘Healthy Choices’

at women’s dinner

After 5 Connection will present "Sunshine and Health” with dinner and a special program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

Gayle Edwards, a certified health coach from Corvallis, will speak on "Healthy Choices made simple while grocery shopping.” Her presentation will give tips on how to choose healthy choices.

Shirley Mozena, author and world traveler, will speak. She is a retired music teacher and librarian and learned the secret to a successful marriage in an unusual way.

Cost is $8.50, cash or check only.

For reservations contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or or contact Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or

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.

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 26, is herbed chicken patty or sloppy Joe, both on a bun, chuckwagon corn, country coleslaw and chocolate chip bar.

No meal will be served Monday, May 29, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

The menu on Tuesday, May 30, is a Memorial Day special: BBQ turkey sandwich or kielbasa with mustard, both on a bun, baked beans, Mandarin pineapple salad and chocolate zucchini brownie.

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


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