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Around Town Sept. 13, 2017


September 12, 2017

Singing Christmas

Tree rehearsals

The Singing Christmas Tree is starting rehearsals for its 2017 performance year, themed “The Love of Christmas,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Sweet Home High School Choir Room.

Anyone over the age of 12 (seventh grade) may join. Participants are asked to commit themselves to the rehearsal schedule as much as possible. Consideration will be made for students active in sports or who have jobs that require attendance.

Adults are asked to be at a majority of the rehearsals. Roll-call sign-in will be taken at each rehearsal.

No fees are charged for choir members or volunteer assistants. All money for the Tree is received through grants and donations from the public or from businesses.

This year, a new program is being introduced for high school students. Those who give volunteer hours to the non-profit organization, either by participating in the choir or assisting in other ways, will be eligible for limited financial assistance for special fine arts fees and community event fees for which they are chosen to participate. Eligibility for the program is also extended to past volunteers.

Band, choral music and art and theater teachers at Sweet Home High School will have information on this program.

For more information, call (541) 367-4639 or text (541) 570-0988.

CARDV fund-raiser

at Albany brewery

The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence will hold a bene-fit dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Calapooia Brewing Co., 140 NE Hill St., Albany.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 to $20 each, available online or at the door; a $5 donation is recommended for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets online, visit

Attendees can enter to win raffle prizes from local businesses. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or six for $25. Winners do not need to be present.

For more details on the event, including the prizes, visit the website listed above or contact Jennifer Morris at (541) 758-0219, ext. 302 or

Santiam Place Flea Market Sept. 16

Santiam Place Event Hall will host its annual Flea Market, an indoor/outdoor event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 16 at 139 Main St.

Indoor and outdoor vendors will sell a variety of items including home-based business products and services, crafts, handmade items, yard sale items and plenty of miscellaneous. Admission is free to the public. Vendor fees apply.

For more information, visit or contact Sally at (541) 259-4255.

School Board to meet for training

The Sweet Home School Board will be having board training at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 in the Sweet Home School District board room located at 1920 Long St., Sweet Home.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information, contact Julie Emmert (541) 367-7126.

Jazz benefit at Elks for Veterans

All That Jazz, a benefit for the residents of the Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon, will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Sweet Home Elks Lodge, 440 Osage St.

The event sill include appetizers, live music and martini tasting. It will be a Roaring Twenties-style “grand affair.” Live music will be performed by the Calamity Jazz Band.

Participants are encouraged to “doll up” and will vote for Best Martini, Best Pairing, Best Theme and Best Costume.

Cost is $15, which includes tastings. All proceeds benefit the OVHL Recreation Department to support activities, events and adventures.

To reserve tickets, which is recommended, call (541) 367-3559.

Back to School Fair at Sweet Home Elks

The Sweet Home Elks will hold their sixth annual Back to School Fair from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at 440 Osage St.

The event is free to children in kindergarten through grade six in all Sweet Home and Central Linn schools. Participants will be able to play games to win supplies for their schools, and there will be random drawings for students, parents and attending school staff members.

Hot dogs and sodas will be served.

For more information, call (541) 367-3559.

Women’s study on Gospel of John

Mid Valley Women of Christ will present a video series, “Finding I Am,” a study of the Gospel of John and the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus, by Lysa TerKeurst.

Times available in Sweet Home are 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting Monday, Sept. 18 at Hillside Fellowship; 10 to 11:30 a.m., starting Tuesdays, Sept. 19 at Assembly of God; and 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting Wednesdays, Sept. 20 at Sweet Home Evangelical Church.

All women are invited. The Mid Valley Women of Christ has grown to over 1,000 women studying the same Bible Study at the same time.

To register or for more information, visit

Free class teaches


Learn how to preserve your garden bounty or make jam in an Oregon State University Extension class offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Lebanon Public Library Community Room.

This event is free of charge and does not require a library card.

For more information call (541) 258-4926 or

Low-vision group meeting Sept. 20

Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

The meeting’s focus will be a display of low vision optical aids. Jeff Gardner, owner of Irei, a low-vision supply retail store in Corvallis, will be on hand to demonstrate the equipment’s use.

All are welcome to attend.

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

Field renovation class at OSU

The Oregon State University Forage Management Series will offer a program on field renovation Sept. 20-21 starting at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on the OSU campus, SW 35th St., Corvallis.

Dr. Serkan Ates, the new OSU Forage-Livestock research and teaching assistant professor, will present information on different forages you can grow together or separately so as to reduce inter-species competition. Some of the forages are old stand-bys and some you may not have considered before.

Also included will be discussion on how to assess for the need to renovate; plus field methods, including working the field and calibrating seeding equipment.

The Sept. 21 field portion of the program will include a hands-on demonstration. This is the fifth in a series of five classes in the Forage Management Series, but newcomers are welcome. For more information, see the brochure at

Four-wheeler class for kids Sept. 23

A four-wheeler/ATV Evaluations class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23, in Lebanon.

The class will be offered by Oregon ATV Safety, a youth rider endorsement program, started in response to the rising number of ATV related injuries and deaths. Class size is limited.

Oregon state law requires youths 15 years of age and younger to receive a hands-on endorsement of their mental and physical ATV riding skills. They must possess an endorsed All-Terrain Safety Education Card to ride on public lands. Classes allow youth riders to learn or demonstrate safe mental and physical riding skills.

Each youth will need to bring his or her own ATV and personal protective equipment to class. Also, before registering each child must take an on-line class to get his or her OPRD ATV Safety Education Card. The course is found at

Class registration fee is $25. Registrations can be made at

Participants will be given the location when they register.

For more information contact instructor Robin Galloway, Linn County 4-H Faculty, at (541) 730-3469 or

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, Sept. 15, is chicken pot pie or pork sausage gravy with buttermilk biscuit, Oriental blend vegetables, Romaine iceberg salad and lime whip.

The menu on Monday, Sept. 18, is chicken pomodoro or braised beef with rice, steamed carrots, spinach Romaine salad, cracked wheat roll and pineapple.

The menu on Tuesday, Sept. 19, is baked chicken with supreme sauce or meatloaf with gravy, whipped potatoes, Scandinavian blend vegetables, French bread and apple crisp.

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


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