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Around Town Feb. 28, 2018


February 28, 2018

Local Democrats

to meet March 1

Keith Kolkow and Stephanie Newton, board members of the new Albany Community Together political action committee, will be the featured speakers Thursday, March 1, at the Linn County Democrats’ monthly general meeting in the Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.

A social time with light refreshments starts at 6 p.m. The meeting begins at 6:30.

Albany Community Together is committed to helping elect city councilors that represent the best of Albany, according to its website.

Kolkow and Newton point to a contentious City Council meeting last July 12 as the impetus for the PAC’s formation two months later.

For more information about the meeting and the Linn County Democrats, contact Graham Kislingbury at

Seminar offered on

running for office

Interested in running for office?

A community forum on that topic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Linn-Benton Community College’s Lebanon Annex, 44 Industrial Way.

Sarah Morris-Carr and Jim Gourley will lead the event.

Gourley, a former mayor and city councilor in Sweet Home who now serves on the School Board, will speak about his experiences in running campaigns during a 25-year political career.

Morris-Carr, a Lebanon resident with a passion for community support and involvement, and the democratic process, will give a powerpoint presentaiton about the process of getting onto the ballot for an elected office.

The event is sponsored by Rural Oregon Progressives, a group that promotes “grassroots action to achieve positive change.”

For more information, visit

Vinyl artist’s work displayed at gallery

Vinyl artist Bill Thompson of Albany will be the featured artist during March at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. W. in downtown Albany.

His show, “Experimentation and Evolution – 5 Years with Vinyl” will highlight the ways that he continues to experiment with layers to create his art. Thompson uses layers of thin sheet vinyl to create fine art images.

An artists’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, will feature the work of Thompson as well as 18 other mid-valley artists. Beer, wine and snacks will be served.

Gallery Calapooia 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 visit

CERT training

classes in March

Linn County Community Emergency Response Team will offer classes in preparing for emergencies from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 3 to 4, and March 10 to 11 at the Sweet Home Police Department’s training room, 1950 Main St.

CERT’s goal is to help prepare and train community and neighbors to help themselves and their families for any emergency including earthquakes, storms, and floods. It offers training in disaster preparedness and emergency response to anyone with a desire to help others.

For further information, contact Edie Wilcox at (541) 401-0188.

Genealogists to talk wills, probate

“Researching Wills and Probate Records” will be the topic of the Linn Genealogical Society’s March meeting at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Albany Historic Carousel, 503 W. 1st Ave.

Speaker will be Gladys Seifert of Shedd.

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

Bingo fund-raisers for SafeHaven

Play Bingo and help SafeHaven at a fund-raisers hosted by real estate agent Diana Sartin from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 5 and March 12, at Schmizza Public House, 2602 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

Cost is $1 per card or $5 for six cards.

For more information, call (541) 480-3254.

Hospital Auxiliary offers scholarships

The Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for its scholarship program for students pursuing a health care-related career.

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 9.

The auxiliary will grant five $1,000 student scholarships this spring. Those eligible to apply must have a permanent address in east Linn County and be enrolled and actively attending classes in a program awarding a degree in a health care-related field.

Applications are available at the Volunteer Services office located at the hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy. Applicants must also submit the following, along with their application:

an official transcript including fall term 2017 grades; a one- to two-page typed statement discussing why you are pursuing a degree in a health field and what your goals are; a completed Cost and Resource Estimate Worksheet; please explain any special circumstances which will help the scholarship committee make a fair evaluation (optional); a letter of recommendation signed and dated.

Recipients will be notified by Friday, March 30. For more information, contact Sheryl Berger at (541) 451-7062.

Genealogy Society annual workshop

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society will hold its 38th annual Genealogy Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, to Saturday, March 10.

The workshop includes eight classes and six different speakers.

Workshop fee is dependent on number of days attending, and whether registrant is a member of SHGS. Early bird registration by March 1 entitles registrants to a discounted rate. A&W, Mr. Lucky’s Deli and All Star Pizza are giving away $1 off coupons to those attending the workshop.

To download a registration form and schedule of events, visit

LBCC Family Fun Day March 10

Linn-Benton Community College will hold its 41st annual Family Fun Day for families with children ages one to six will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Activities Center gym, 6500 Pacific Blvd, Albany. 

Families can participate in activities such as play dough, obstacle course, crafts, bounce house, face painting, putt-putt golf and more. Admission is free. Activity tickets are 25 cents each.

A used book and toy sale will be held during the event. Proceeds from Family Fun Day support more than 2,000 parents in Linn and Benton counties who attend LBCC Parenting Education classes each year.

For more information, call (541) 917-4884. 

Search and Rescue

recruiting teens

The Linn County Sheriff Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program.

This will be the 25th year of the Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test.

Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff’s Office at 7 p.m. on March 12, April 9, or May 14 to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the 10-day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June.

The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.

For more information about the program or to apply, contact Lt. Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541) 812-2272 or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff’s Office in Albany.

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, March 2, is broccoli cheese omelet bake or chicken pastina, mixed vegetables, spinach romaine salad, wheat bar and hermit bar.

The menu on Monday, March 5, is chicken chop suey or sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Oriental blend vegetables, broccoli raisin salad and banana pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, March 6 is meatloaf or turkey sandwich half on wheat bread, beef barley soup, pickled beets and chilled pears.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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