Around Town Dec. 6, 2017


December 6, 2017

Hands-on learning in SH for pre-teens

Sweet Home Public Library will host Mechanisms, a hands-on learning activity, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Sweet Home Public Library, 1101 13th Ave.

The class is held the first Wednesday of every month until June. 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 fifth-graders.

For more information or to sign up, visit the library or call (541) 386-5007.

City accepting grant applications

The City of Sweet Home is accepting applications for its Community Grants Program until Dec. 31.

The program is offered twice per year. The City Council will award its next set of grants in January.

To apply, complete the city’s application packet and return it to City of Sweet Home, Community Grants Program, 1140 12th Ave., Sweet Home, OR 97386.

The application may be found on the web at program.

For further information, call the city manager’s office at (541) 367-2135 or stop by City Hall, 1140 12th Ave.

Cellist to perform at SH Library

The Sweet Home Library will present a CelloBop concert by Gideon Freudmann at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7 at 1101 13th Ave.

Freudmann uses an electric cello to perform improvisational classical, blues, jazz, electronic, funk and folk music. He imaginatively riffs on conventions and traditions.

For more information, call (541) 367-5007.

Gleaners serving

fund-raiser meal

Fair Share Gleaners will hold a fund-raiser dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at 6714 Long St.

Two menu options will be offered. The first, for $5, will be a Hawaiian chicken sandwich (chicken and Swiss cheese on a bun), a choice of tater tots, curly cut or crinkle cut fries, and a drink. The second will be a bowl of chili with a soda, for $2.

All proceeds benefit the Gleaners.

B’ville Friends of Library book sale

The Friends of the Brownsville Community Library are holding their annual book sale through Saturday, Dec. 9.

The event is open during normal library hours – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m..

For more information, contact Sherri Lemhousel at (541) 466-5454.

Free Christmas shopping for kids

The third annual Kids Free Christmas Store, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, art Sweet Home Evangelical Church, 1347 Long St.

Children 12 and under will be able to select gifts, at no cost, for members of their family. Individuals and businesses contribute cash to purchase or items for the store. Children will be helped shopping and then have their gift wrapped. They will then take the presents home and put under the tree. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided for the children as they wait to shop.

Donations of unwrapped and new gifts, under $10, for any age and gender, tissue and gift bags will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 7. Items may be dropped off at Santiam Variety Discount Store in the Safeway shopping center, Trash to Treasure at 1023 Main St., the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce on Main Street, or the Evangelical Church on Long Street.

Volunteer help is needed. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nancy Patton at (541) 409-4276. For a fuller story on the Christmas Store, see page 9.

Christmas concert at Marks Ridge

Marks Ridge Winery will present a trio Christmas performance of violinist Marilyn Tyler, cellist Keith Scofield and pianist Bill Langdon from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at 29255 Berlin Road.

Enjoy Christmas classical and the winery’s new offerings, along with appetizers.

For information, call (541) 367-3292.

Free genealogy

classes offered

Sweet Home Genealogy Society is offering free classes roughly every other week through mid-February.

The Introduction to Genealogy classes are video-based and are held twice on scheduled Mondays, at noon and at 6 p.m. at the Genealogy Library, 1223 Kalmia St. The instructor on the videos is genealogist Dr. John Philip Colletta.

Class topics include use of county courthouse and state records to locate information on ancestors; writing your biography; searching your ancestor’s back yard; and much more.

For more information, contact Teresa at (541) 401-1361

Health Career

Ladder for teens

Local teens are invited to participate in the Lebanon Health Career Ladder from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at COMP-NW, 200 Mullins Drive.

The event is one of a series of free Saturday Academies in which COMP-Northwest clinicians, scientists, medical students, and our community partners engage the whole family in science activities to educate and build skills and confidence for students from Lebanon and surrounding communities in grades 6-10. The goal is to provide opportunities for students to create, explore, and develop college and career goals and objectives. Others will be held Feb. 3, March 10 and April 21.

All sessions are held at COMP-Northwest in Lebanon. Lunch is provided for all attending. Adult accompaniment of students is required as participation from parents, guardians or designated adults is a vital part of the experience.

For more information, call (541) 259-0299.

Symphony concert

this weekend

Willamette Valley Symphony will perform works by C.P.E. Bach, Mozart and Schubert Dec. 9 and 10.

Concerts are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Albany First United Methodist Church, 1115 28th Ave. SW, and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 Research Way in Corvallis.

Violinist Alice Blankenship will perform in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. Also on the program are Bach’s Symphony No. 1 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and over and students, and free at the door for children 12 and under. Discounts are available for season packages (four concerts).

For more information on the orchestra and where or how to purchase tickets, visit

Learn care for memory patients

Oregon Care Partners will host a free instructor-led class, “Positive Approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care,” designed to help anyone who cares for an aging patient affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, from 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Oregon Veterans’ Home, 600 N. 5th St. in Lebanon.

The three-hour class is designed to help anyone who cares for an aging Oregonian learn more about how to support individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and respond to behavioral challenges. A professional instructor will share real-world experience in an interactive classroom environment. Individuals that provide care for an aging family member or loved one, as well as those who work in professional caregiver settings, public safety or social work, are invited to attend.

For more information or to sign up, visit

‘The Christmas

Carol’ on Dec. 14

The Sweet Home Public Library will host “The Christmas Carol in Prose” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Sweet Home Public Library, 1101 13th Ave.

A dramatic recitation of Charles Dickens’ public reading version that he himself performed 124 times! Over 25 distinct characters come to life through vocal characterization.

The experience of this timeless and poignant tale is enhanced by the every looming presence of the four ghosts in the form of bronze busts created by artist, Dan Chen.

For more information, call 367-5007.

Orchard farming workshop offered

Oregon State University Extension Service will be offering a three-part workshop series on Orchard Management. They will focus on tree fruit production for commercial small farms.

The first class will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at a farm near Lebanon for hands-on demonstrations of pruning techniques on apple and pear trees.

The other two classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Extension office in Tangent on Thursday, Jan. 11, and 25. These classes will focus on site selection for new orchards, pest management and nutrient management. The series will be taught by Jeff Choate, Assistant Professor (Practice) with OSU Extension Service in Lane County.


The tuition for the series is $40 per person or $60 for two partners from the same farm. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required prior to Dec. 14.

Registration is available online at or contact Nicole Wells at the OSU Extension Service in Lane County, (541) 344-5859 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.

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, Dec. 8, is barbecued chicken or fish patty sandwich on a bun, lima beans, sunshine salad and fresh orange.

The menu on Monday, Dec. 11, is sweet and sour chicken with rice or beef chili macaroni, green peas, creamy coleslaw, cornmeal roll and rhubarb applesauce.

The menu on Tuesday, Dec. 12, is turkey or tuna salad sandwich half on wheat bread, cream of broccoli soup, carrot raisin salad and chilled peaches.

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


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