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Around Town April 4, 2018


April 4, 2018

PEO flower sale

through April 9

Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Chapter FA’s annual spring plant sale is under way, selling full and half flats of flowers, vegetables and assorted sampler trays. There are also geraniums, planters and hanging baskets.

Orders and money need to be completed by Monday, April 9. Proceeds will go into a scholarship fund.

If interested in purchasing spring plants, contact Lin Gagner at (541) 401-5676, or Mary Betts at (541) 409-3132.

Aquatic fitness

offered at SH pool

A 10-week aquatic fitness class will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College from 7:30 to 8:20 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning April 4 at the Sweet Home High School pool.

Cost is $75. CRN number 40758. Register at, by phone or in person.

Volunteers needed

to help kids cook

Volunteers are needed to help with a kids’ cooking class for fifth- and sixth-graders.

CHEF (Coast to the Cascades Health Education and Fitness) and the Linus Pauling Institute Healthy Youth Program are offering these cooking classes to promote healthy eating.

The classes are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 4 to May 2 at the Sweet Home High School economics classroom.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Krystal at (541) 768-5717 or by email at

CASA open house, training sign-ups

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Linn County invites the public to visit its office at 2730 Pacific Blvd. SE in Albany on Wednesday, April 4, to learn how to combat child abuse.

Sessions will be held at noon and at 5 p.m. Information will be available on how to volunteer with CASA and what the organization does in Linn County. Sign-ups will be held for the next volunteer training, which begins April 24.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact CASA at (541) 926-2651 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

Democrats to host

local candidates

Democratic candidates for Linn County Commissioner and State Representative will speak during a meeting of the Linn County Democrats at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.

The following candidates have been invited to speak and answer questions: Larry Johnson and Stephanie Newton, Linn County Commissioner candidates; Kimberly Koops and Marty Wilde, House District 11 State Representative candidates; Jerred Taylor, House District 15 State Representative candidate; and Renee Windsor-White, House District 17 State Representative candidate.

A social time with light refreshments begins at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury at (541) 974-2075 or

April 5 spelling bee

open to local kids

Students within the Sweet Home School District, including home schoolers, are encouraged to participate in the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship.

To qualify for the contest, students compete in a written contest in their division – elementary (first through fifth grades), middle school (sixth through eighth) and high school (ninth through 12th).

The first competition will be at the school level, from which school winners from each division will compete at the district level. District winners then compete at county level, and county winners compete in the state contest.

The local district contest will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Sweet Home Charter School, 28721 Liberty Road.

For more information or to compete in the district contest, contact Sharon at (541) 367-4151 or visit

Slam poetry champ

to perform at OSU

Portland-based poet Anis Moj-gani, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, will perform at Oregon State University, with a question-and-answer session and book signing to follow at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus, 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The lab theatre entrance is on the east side of the building.

The event is free. Mojgani is the author of five poetry collections: “In the Pockets of Small Gods,” “The Pocketknife Bible,” “Songs From Under The River,” “The Feather Room” and “Over the Anvil We Stretch,” all published by Write Bloody Publishing.

His work, inspired in part by his black and Iranian heritage, has also appeared on HBO and NPR, as well as in journals including “Rattle,” “Paper Darts,” “Forklift Ohio,” and

“Used Furniture Review.”

Mojgani is also an award-winning performer who has performed at places ranging from the House of Blues to the United Nations. He is also a winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam.

Walk, pinwheel sale

for abused children

Sweet Home Police Department will observe Child Abuse Awareness Month Saturday, April 7, by planting a Pinwheel Garden at 11 a.m. at 1950 Main St.

Pinwheels will be available for purchase from SHPD starting April 1, for $1.50 apiece or 10 for $13. They can be planted in the SHPD garden (front lawn) or at private homes or businesses. Participants are asked to email photos of their pinwheel gardens for posting on the SHPD Facebook page to Gina Riley, at

Free antenna ribbons will be available at SHPD on the day of the event, April 7.

Also, following the planting of the Pinwheel Garden, the second annual Walk a Mile for a Child will be held. Adults are encouraged to bring youngsters to participate. Strollers, wagons and bikes are welcome.

The first 40 children who register for the Walk will receive a Blue Child Abuse Awareness daypack.

Hot dogs, cookies and drinks will be served after the walk.

For more information, contact Community Services Officer Gina Riley at (541) 367-5181.

OSU research to be Science Pub focus

Corvallis Science Pub will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis.

The event is free and open to the public.

Larry Landis, director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at Oregon State University, will discuss the origins of OSU research and its connections to contemporary issues.

Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, attendance will be limited, and advance registration will be required. Registration is available online or by calling University Events at (541) 737-4717.

Learn stewardship


The South Santiam Watershed Council and Willamette National Forest are partnering to put on a free Stewardship Contracting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, starting at Best Western, 1100 Price Road SE in Albany.

Stewardship contracting is one of the newer management tools used by national forests which allows federal agencies to keep timber revenue local and be reinvested into local roads and service work.

Learn what stewardship contracting is and how to write a stewardship proposal, and participate in a field trip to a completed stewardship sale site.

The afternoon field trip will be to the Rock Think stewardship area on the Siuslaw National Forest. Transportation and food will be provided.

To register, email Jane Barth at by April 2. For more information, contact her at (541) 760-4693.

Farm bureau

offers scholarship

Linn County Farm Bureau is offering a scholarship to Linn County students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture or a related field.

Linn County high school graduates, returning students and transfer college students are eligible. The scholarship amount awarded may be up to $1,000.

Application deadline is April 15.

To apply, visit

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, April 6, is chicken pastina or Southwest omelet bake, mixed vegetables, Romaine iceberg salad, multigrain roll and butterscotch bar.

The menu on Monday, April 9, is pasta primavera or beef cabbage bake, country trio blend vegetables, garden vegetable salad, white dinner roll and vanilla pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, April 20, is hearty chicken stew or macaroni and cheese, Capri blend vegetables, spinach Romaine salad, cracked wheat roll and chocolate chip bar.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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