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Around Town Oct. 4, 2017


October 4, 2017

Hands-on learning for pre-teens

Sweet Home Public Library will host

Mechanisms, a hands-on learning activity, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the

first Wednesday of every month, starting Oct. 4, until June at the

Sweet Home Public Library, 1101 13th Ave.

Ward Christman will teach about simple

machines, energy collection and storage, electricity, parts of

computers and how they work and more. All supplies are provided.

Sign ups and regular attendance are

required. This activity is recommended for third- through


For more information or to sign up,

visit the library or call (541) 386-5007.

4-H open house; needs volunteers

Linn County 4-H is hosting an Open

House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Linn County Fair

and Expo.

Visitors are encouraged to drop in

anytime during the event to learn more about the 4-H

program in Linn County.

Adults are needed to lead 4-H clubs, to

accommodate all the kids wanting to join the program. Friends can

volunteer together. Oregon State University Extension will provide

training and support.

For more information, contact

Andrea Leao at (541) 730-3534 or

Democrats to talk elections, migrants

Linn County Democrats will meet at 6

p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Albany Public Library meeting room,

2450 14th Ave. S.E.

A social time will be held from 6 to

6:30. Presentations on two election finance reform efforts and a

report on ways to support the immigrant community in Linn County are

on the agenda.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Light

refreshments will be served.

Speaking on election reform will be

Mindy Lowden, an Albany resident and organizer with Wolf PAC, and Liz

Trojan, a Portland volunteer with Honest Elections, Oregon.

Wolf PAC is a national organization

whose goal is "to save democracy in the United States by getting a

much-needed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will

establish elections which are free of the corrupting influence of

money in our political system and fair enough that any citizen can

run for office, not just millionaires and their allies.”

State Wolf PACs are lobbying state

legislatures to pass such a proposal. If two-thirds of the

legislatures get on board, a convention of the states (as described

in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution) would be held, Lowden said.

So far five state legislatures have

adopted the proposal and Lowden is hopeful that the Oregon

Legislature will adopt the proposal in 2018.

For more information about the Linn

County Democrats, contact Nancy Greenman at (541) 990-2370.

Free Marine jazz concert at OSU

The United States Marine Corps Jazz

Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Oregon State

University’s Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way,


The free performance, hosted by the OSU

School of Arts and Communication, is open to the public; no tickets

are required.

First formed in 2008, the U.S. Marine

Corps Jazz Orchestra brings together the finest jazz musicians from

all U.S. Marine Corps Field Bands, The President’s Own Marine Band

and The Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps.

The 20-piece big band is considered the

top jazz ensemble of the corps. Notable performances have included

dates at the Lincoln Center for Jazz in New York City, the famed

Monterey Jazz Festival and tour stops throughout the United States at

universities and conferences.

For more information or to request

accommodations relating to a disability, call (541) 737-4671.

Area artists’ work in

gallery show

Fiber artist Pat Spark and jeweler

Linda Herd, both of Albany, will be the featured artists during

October at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. W. in downtown Albany.

An artists’ reception from 6 to 8

p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, will feature the work of Spark and Herd, as well

as 17 other mid-valley artists. Wine, beer and snacks will be


Spark is a felt maker, a teacher and an

author of books on felting. She creates naturally dyed and

botanically printed silk scarves.

Herd’s jewelry makes bold statements,

and her inspiration for designs comes from materials, environments

and lifestyles. Her work with copper and silver has a boldness of

scale, texture and color.

Gallery Calapooia is in its fifth year

of operation. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through

Saturday. The gallery is a nonprofit organization and donations to it

are tax-deductible. For more information, call (541) 971-5701 or


OSU Extension goats


Learn about goat health and nutrition

at an Oregon State University Extension Service workshop from 5:30 to

8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Creswell Community Center, 99 S.

First St. in Creswell.

Cost is $15 per person or $25 for two

farm partners.

Basic health topics to be covered

include diseases to be aware of, vaccinations and hoof health,

nutritive values of feeds and poisonous plants for goats.

Presenters include veterinarian Dr.

Charles Estill and Shelby Filley and Melissa Fery of OSU Extension.

Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required at

For more information or for paper

registration, contact Nicole Wells at (541) 344-5859 or

Sunshine to host Cowboy Poetry

Sweet Home residents are invited to "A

Night with the Cowboys” fund-raiser for Sunshine Industries from

6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at Sunshine Industries

Event Center, 1333 Clark Mill Rd., Sweet Home.

Enjoy cowboy poetry and songs of the

old west, featuring Matt and Rachel Wilson, Marv Ramsey, Jonni Foley,

Tanner and Josie Lauman, and Scott Depaolo.

Suggested pre-sale donation is $10 and

at the door is suggested $12. Reserve at

Historian to speak on ‘Oregon Trail’

Peggy Baldwin will speak on "Oregon

Trail: Who Came and What Would Make Them Walk 2,000 miles?” at the

Linn Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting at 1:15 p.m., Saturday,

Oct. 7, at the Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450

14th Ave. SE.

Baldwin is a descendent of four Oregon

Trail families and has researched these families for decades. She has

been hired to do Oregon Trail research for individual clients, as

well as by the television show "Who Do You Think You Are?” She

has spoken nationally about Oregon Trail research and is always happy

to speak about the amazing resources created by Oregon’s earliest


She had the opportunity to do the

research for an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?” which was

about Kelsey Grammar’s Oregon Trail ancestors. She will

share some of that during her presentation.

Learn about the history of this

phenomenon, a mass migration of 2,000 miles. What made them do it?

What was it like? What kind of information is out there about the

people who traveled the Oregon Trail and where do you find it?

Baldwin will also talk about looking

beyond obituaries to other information that newspapers supply about

your ancestors. Learn how to find these newspapers,

available online or on microfilm and how the U.S. Newspaper Program

helps us do that.

For more information, contact the LGS

Library at (541) 791-1618 or visit

Banjo player to perform at OSU

Banjo player Tony Trishcka will present

a performance and question-and-answer session at 8 p.m. Wednesday,

Oct. 11, at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at

the door.

Trischka’s appearance is the first in

the Oregon State Univeristy College of Liberal Arts’ "American

Strings Series,” which celebrates America’s longstanding love for

stringed instruments and roots music.

Trischka is a sought-after teacher,

producer and recording artist. He has collaborated with Steve Martin,

Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, Bill Evans and many more. He

performed in the movie "Foxfire” in 1984 and worked on the

pre-recorded music for the off-Broadway production of "Driving Miss

Daisy” that featured Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.

In December 2012, Trishchka was awarded

the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the

excellence of his work.

For additional information about the

series or to purchase tickets, visit

The Majestic Theatre is located at 115

S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis.

Mushroom hikes with local rangers

The Sweet Home Ranger District offers

local mushroom hikes during October.

Hikes are Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27,

all beginning at 9 a.m. at the district office, 4431 Highway 20,

Sweet Home.

Participants will learn how to identify

and use wild mushrooms and will collect mushrooms. Hikes range from

two to three miles, and will require collecting tools. Waterproof

boots may be recommended.

For more information, call (541)


Ghost hunting at Monteith House

The Monteith Society is hosting its

annual VIP Ghost Hunting Experience Oct. 14, 21 and 27 at

the historic Monteith House at 518 SW 2nd Ave, Albany.

Hours are 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Each VIP

experience is limited to 10 people, who will be joined by experienced

paranormal investigators and will learn how to use various pieces of

ghost-hunting equipment. VIPs will then get to help conduct a

paranormal investigation of the Monteith House.

Cost is $50 per person and reservations

are required.

For more information or to reserve a

spot, contact the Albany Visitors Association at (541) 928-0911.

Mennonite festival at fairgrounds

The Oregon Mennonite Festival for World

Relief will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at

Linn County Fair and Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Albany.

The family-friendly event is a

community fair and auction that raises funds to meet human needs

through the global and U.S. ministries of the Mennonite Central

Committee. MCC focuses on disaster relief (including hurricanes),

community development, and justice and peace-building. The event

includes a live auction, great home-cooked food, children’s

activities, a used book booth, and more.

For more information, call (541)


Garden Club to meet at Fir Lawn

Sweet Home Garden Club will hold it’s

monthly meeting at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, at Fir Lawn Lutheran

Church, 109 W. Holley Rd.

Rich Little will speak on gardening

problems and success in our area.

Sweet Home Garden Club is a member of

the Santiam District and Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs. The

meeting is open to the public.

For more information, contact Vivian at

(541) 367-8894.

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, Oct. 6, is

barbecued chicken or kielbasa sausage on a bun, baked beans, spinach

and applesauce.

The menu on Monday, Oct. 9, is ground

beef and noodles or sweet and sour chicken with brown rice, cut green

beans, marinated spring garden salad, multigrain roll and apple


The menu on Tuesday, Oct. 10, is roast

pork or chicken patty with gravy, whipped potatoes, Oregon bean

medley, squash bread and homestyle chocolate pudding.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen

help and meal delivery.

For more information, contact Norene at

(541) 367-8843.


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