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Around Town Jan. 30, 2019


January 30, 2019

Free spay/neuter

available for cats

Now is the perfect time to spay/neuter cats to prevent future litters of kittens. Spring breeding season is right around the corner and is the time when unaltered cats often exhibit nuisance behaviors, including fighting, spraying and yowling. These behaviors are associated with breeding and are reduced or even eliminated when cats are fixed.

Free spay/neuter services for 130 feral and stray cats in Linn County, as well as $25 gas cards are available for people transporting 10 or more cats to The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, which is located off of I-5 in SW Portland.

Anyone from Linn County who is feeding feral, stray, or barn cats qualifies for this special offer, regardless of their income. Services include the spay/neuter surgery, as well as rabies and distemper vaccines, flea treatment, and an ear-tip for identification.

FCCO has humane live traps available to safely catch and transport cats, and can provide training and best practices for catching feral cats. A video on how to trap a cat can be viewed at

To schedule an appointment call (503) 797-2606 or visit Space is limited.

Seedling sale at Expo Center Feb. 2

The Linn County Small Woodlands Assoc. seedling sale is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in the Santiam Building, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

The annual scholarship fundraiser provides more than $5,500 to university and 4-H students from Linn County.

A variety of shrub and tree seedlings will be for sale, including conifers. Seedling protector tubes with sticks are also available. Demonstrations and “Goods from the Woods” art fair vendors will sell handmade arts and crafts.

For more information, contact Bonnie at (503) 769-6510, email, or visit or

Valentine cookies

on sale for SAFE

Valentine cookies are available for $1 each, and must be ordered by Feb. 8. Order forms are available at all schools, Little Promises, Les Schwab, Sunshine Espresso, Coffee Hut, Sweet Home Fire Department, and Sweet Home Police Department.

Cookie orders will be delivered Feb. 14. Proceeds benefit SAFE, the senior class all-night party.

February deadline

for spring sports

Kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam must register for indoor soccer, volleyball, track and field, and JBO baseball by February to participate in spring season sports.

Indoor soccer for first to fourth grade is mid-March to April, and costs $71 for first and second grade, and $77 for third and fourth grade.

Volleyball for third to eighth grade is mid-March to April, and costs $94 for third to fifth grade, and $105 for sixth to eighth grade.

Track and field for second to fifth grade is March to May, and costs $77. JBO baseball for third to eighth grade is late March to July, and costs $125-$147.

For more information, call (541) 258-7105.

FamilySearch talk

by genealogist

Linn Genealogical Society will host speaker Tom O’Brien at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the meeting room at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave.

O’Brien, a knowledgeable genealogist from Portland, will teach how to get the most out of, a research site that adds to its collection every week. Learn the website’s icon meanings, as well as how to find digital records, books and maps. Attendees will get a resource handout.

Mary’s Peak Orchid show Saturday

Mary’s Peak Orchid Society is holding its annual orchid show and sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy. 20 between Corvallis and Albany.

Dozens of blooming orchids will be on display, and numerous vendors will be selling orchid plants, materials, and books. Repotting will be available for a small fee. Admission and advice are free.

LBCC College Night

open house Feb. 4

LBCC will hold a College Night open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, for high school students and community members looking to start college. 

Meet with LBCC instructors in various programs, tour the campus, check out the variety of clubs, and discover all of the student support services on campus.

Information sessions will be held for financial aid and scholarships, programs for free tuition for graduating seniors and GED students, and for the LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership Program. 

Program advisors will be on hand to help students explore degree options and learn about college partnership programs with Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology.

For more information or to register for the event, visit

Free seminar on going into business

A free Going Into Business seminar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

Led by local entrepreneur Marlene Peterson, the class will include business planning,  rules, regulations, financing, markets, and feasibility of starting a new enterprise.

For more information, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at (541) 917-4840.

Free cooking class

for families Feb. 5

The Culinary Health Education and Fitness Program is offering a free family cooking class in Sweet Home starting Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Families work together to create healthy recipes and bring home a meal each class. The cooking classes are best suited for families with children ages 5 and up. Space is limited and registration is required.

Classes are 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the Sweet Home High School Family and Consumer Science classroom.

To register, visit

Sweetheart Run

returns on Feb. 9

The City of Sweet Home Parks and Recreation Department will present the fifth annual Sweet Home’s Sweetheart Run at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Weddle Bridge in Sankey Park.

The event will include 10K and 5K races, and a 1-mile kids fun run, all of which begin and end at the Weddle Bridge. The runs are chipped-timed. Race-day registration is available at the bridge from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is available at (Click on the “Contact” button and then click on “Registration Open.”)

Cost through Feb. 1 is $35 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K. Prices go up $5 following that. The kids run is free.

The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club. Proceeds will go to the club for local outreach.

Free gardening

class on roses

A free gardening class will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, at Hoy’s Hardware, 3041 Main St.

The class is a monthly offering by Oregon State University Extension Linn County Master Gardeners. This month’s topic will be “Growing and Pruning Roses,” led by Brenda Winslow.

For more information, call (541) 967-3871 or visit

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, Feb. 1, is beef stew or vegetarian chili, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and Craisin salad, squash roll and lemon Blondie.

The menu on Monday, Feb. 4, is a Super Bowl spread of beef Sloppy Joe or buffalo chicken sandwich, both on a bun, herbed carrots, potato salad and poke ’n’ pour cake.

The menu on Tuesday, Feb. 5, is herbed chicken patty or roast pork, both with gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, oat wheat bread and cranberry fluff.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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