Around Town Nov. 14, 2018


November 14, 2018

Free sports clinic

offers kids care

Samaritan Sweet Home Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is now offering a free sports medicine clinic for student athletes who have recently sustained a sports injury.

Physical therapists at the clinic will assess the student’s injury on a first-come, first-served basis every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the clinic, 646 Holley Road. The assessment does not require a referral from the student’s primary care provider.

This service is available to any student athlete in east Linn County, age 6 to 18. The student’s parent must be at the appointment as well.

A session will consist of:

- A brief screening to assess the injury.

-Education about the injury and how to treat it at home.

-Clinical advice for practice and classroom modification to promote safe return to the classroom and sports activities.

- Clinical advice as to what, if any, further formal treatment is necessary.

For more information, call (541) 451-6272.

Hope Center to

hold fund-raiser

Hope Center will hold a fund-raiser sale Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17, at 12th and Kalmia streets, across the street from City Hall.

Clothing for infants through adults, furniture, housewares and more will be available for “great prices.”

Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of a new furnace. Hope Center provides shelter for women and children.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Bazaar

this weekend

A Christmas Bazaar will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at the I.O.O.F. Lodge, 20 E. Ash St. in Lebanon.

Sponsored by the Pearl Rebekah Lodge #47, the event will include vendors selling Scentsy, Tupperware, Party Lite, Avon, Mary Kay, woodworking and homemade crafts, jewelry, lotions, crafts and much more.

Food will be available for purchase. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

A portion of proceeds will go to Christmas baskets for local needy families.

Shop With a Cop

deadline Nov. 28

Sweet Home Police Department is accepting applications for the annual Shop With A Cop kids program to be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Bi-Mart in Sweet Home.

SHPD is also accepting applications for its Teen Sharing Tree. Children must be 4-12 years of age for SWAC and 13-18 for the Teen Tree, be enrolled in and actively attending school and be a resident within the Sweet Home School District.

The number of applicants for Shop With A Cop Event is limited; there is no limit on Teen Tree applications. Deadline for applications will be Wednesday, Nov. 28.

For more information or an application, call (541) 367-5181, stop by the SHPD Dispatch window at 1950 Main St., click and print the application from, or email Community Services Officer Gina Riley at

Christmas Card

volunteers needed

Organizers of the Christmas celebration in Sweet Home, which begins Dec. 1, need help setting up and taking down Christmas Card displays around town.

The 4- by 8-foot plywood Christmas Cards will be displayed in yards, particularly at churches and businesses, throughout the community.

For more information, contact Patty Holk at (541) 990-1487.

Surviving holidays

free seminar

“Surviving the Holidays,” a seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Hope Church Sweet Home, 890 Mountain View Road. When registering, please indicate if child care is needed.

The seminar features practical suggestions and re-assurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death.

Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events and where to find comfort and strength.

Those who attend will receive a free Survival Guide filled with practical tips, encouraging words, journaling ideas and exercises for daily help through the holiday season.

To register, call Hope Church at (541) 967-4673 or email

Cheer squad to

hold fund-raiser

To help raise funds to attend a national cheerleading competition, the Sweet Home High School cheer team will hold a can drive on Nov. 17.

Cans and bottles may be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in front of Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

Cheerleaders will also pick up cans throughout the community.

For more information or to donate cans, call (541) 409-7866.

Turkey Bingo

Saturday night

Sweet Home High School Forestry Program and the Volunteer Firefighters Association will host Turkey Bingo from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Sweet Home High School Cafeteria.

Cards are 25 cents each or four for $20, for the entire night. This is a family event. All ages are welcome.

The event includes food concessions, door prizes and raffle drawings. Participants must be present to win.

For more information, contact Kana at (541) 401-3339, Dustin at (541) 401-5772 or Heather at (541) 401-7077.

Donate blood,

get a T-shirt

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays. The Red Cross is thanking those who carve out time to give Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

The nearest local donation event will be Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mega Foods, 1950 Main St. Lebanon.

To get a T-shirt, donate in Albany on Nov. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 10, 1215 Pacific Blvd SE and from noon to 5 p.m. at Coastal Farm & Ranch, 1355 Goldfish Farm Road SE.

The Red Cross is also seeking individuals interested in setting up a donation event in December, January or February. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit 

Learn to live with

diminishing vision

“Turning Diminishing or Loss of Vision into a Positive Challenge” will be this month’s topic for the Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group meeting, which meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

David Del Valle, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye disease that leads to blindness, will be the moderator for a presentation and group discussion.  At the beginning of  Del Valle’s journey into fading vision, he began to realize that his gradual vision loss was causing many other losses as well. 

These included his driver’s license, which led to the loss of his sole proprietor business, which led to the loss of the means to support his family, which led to his loss of self-pride, which led to his loss of  independence and self-reliance.

After struggling with these losses, he began to realize that he could change what he had thought was a life-ending situation into a positive, self-motivated challenge of living well, just  living a bit differently.  Today he is again a self-proprietor of a successful business and is sharing his journey with others.  

All are welcome to this free meeting.  No membership required. Light refreshments will be served. 

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

Meals on Wheels

weekly menu

Meals on Wheels 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, Nov. 16, is chicken and penne pasta or sesame ginger pork, mixed vegetables, spinach romaine salad, whole wheat roll and lemon blondie.

The menu on Monday, Nov. 19, is turkey apple meatballs with apple berry sauce, or beef patty with brown gravy, Delmonico potatoes, green beans, oatmeal bread and pineapple.

The menu on Tuesday, Nov. 20, is a special Thanksgiving meal, since there will be no meal on Friday, Nov. 23: roast turkey or Salisbury patty, both with gravy, whipped potatoes with cranberry sauce, mixed vegetables, bread dressing with gravy and baked pumpkin custard with whipped cream.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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