Around Town Feb. 20, 2019


February 20, 2019

Century Farm

award applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program. The application deadline is May 1. Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process.

Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities.

Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records. These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles. All documents are archived for public access.


Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the Governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and a durable metal roadside sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic Century or Sesquicentennial status. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on August 24.

For more information or to apply, contact Andréa Kuenzi, program coordinator, at (503) 400-7884 or, or visit

Apply for Women’s Fire Academy

Lebanon Fire District is accepting applications for its second Linn County Young Women’s Fire Academy, to be held June 22 and 23.

The free two-day academy is open to Oregon women aged 16 to 19 years old who are interested in learning more about fire service. Female firefighters will teach several techniques including fire suppression, search and rescue, emergency medical services, vehicle extrication, and personal skills.

Applications are due by April 30. To apply, go to, or For more information, call (541) 451-1901.

Free info, goodies

at SLCH Baby Bash

New parents in east Linn County, who might wonder what resources are available for their baby’s growth and development, and for them as parents, are invited to the annual Baby Blast open house on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Baby Blast, a free baby shower-themed event, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, conference rooms B-C. Parents of newborns are invited to drop in at any point during the event.

Sponsored by the hospital, Linn-Benton Community College and the Parenting Success Network, Baby Blast combines the fun of a baby shower with free health checks for babies. Representatives from several services in Lebanon and Sweet Home will be on hand with information about their services.

Recovery Works

Prizes, healthy snacks and other refreshments will be available. Types of services with information at Baby Blast will include:

- Samaritan Health Services pediatric, OB/GYN and family practice physicians;

- Linn-Benton Community College, Family Resource and Education Center;

- Pediatric dental health;

- Community libraries;

- Medical supplies;

- Linn County public health services;

- Prenatal services and parental counseling;

- Early learning programs; and

- Physical activities and recreation opportunities.

Registration is encouraged, but not required, at For more information, call (541) 451-7161.

Medical researcher to speak at forum

Glen Kisby, PhD, will speak at the Chamber of Commerce Forum Lunch, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital’s career training center, 525 N. Santiam Highway.

Dr. Kisby is a leading researcher in neurodegenerative diseases (Lou Gehrig, Parkinson and Alz-heimer) at COMP-Northwest, and will share research opportunities in his lab that exist for Lebanon’s medical students.

The cost to attend is $15 per person and includes lunch. To reserve a spot, call (541) 258-7164 or visit

Baseball sign-ups for JBO season

Kids who want to play baseball through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam must register for JBO by Feb. 23 to participate in the summer season sport.

JBO Baseball for third to eighth grade is late March to July, and costs $125-147.

For more information, call (541) 367-6421.

Oceanography at Saturday Academy

COMP-Northwest is offering its monthly Saturday Academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at 200 Mullins Drive.

The medical school, through the student organization Pipeline to Health Careers, conducts the series of Saturday morning sessions for students in Lebanon and surrounding communities. This month’s topic is oceanography.

Saturday Academy events are fun, active and informative workshops for parents and 6th-12th grade students. Presentations and hands-on learning sessions are conducted by a variety of professionals and COMP-Northwest, Oregon State University, and Linn Benton Community College students.

All students must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.

For more information, contact Jeannie Davis (541) 259-0278 or visit

Learn to stretch

the food budget

Think Brain Candy Books and Rural Oregon Progressives host “Food for Thought” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at 678 Main St.

Kate Francis will share her secrets for stretching the food dollar, while keeping family’s health a top priority. Guests will get to taste what’s cooking that day. There is a raffle drawing for a $50 Costco gift card; no Costco membership required.

For more information, email

Bridal show offers

wedding needs help

Santiam Place will host its annual bridal show from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at 139 S. Main St., Lebanon.

Local wedding professionals and select vendors will host booths offering a variety of services and products.

For more information, call (541) 259-4255 or visit

Seed swapathon

Feb. 26 in Lebanon

Seedy Tuesday is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

Lisa Almarode will teach about starting cool-season crops from seed, followed by a seed swap. Bring your extra seeds to share, and take samples of others’ seeds. Well-wrapped plants, tubers and bulbs also welcome.

Oregon State University Extension Master Gardeners and members of the Lebanon Garden Club will be on hand to answer questions about planting and saving seeds and other gardening matters. There will be a swap table for seed and plant catalogs as well. 

For more information, contact Trudie Bason at (541) 258-7693, or email

Free adult mental

health first aid class

Linn County Health Services hosts “Adult Mental Health First Aid” from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, Feb. 28, at COMP-Northwest in the Eastmoreland room, 200 Mullins Dr.

Adult Mental Health First Aid is a free eight-hour course over two days that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Recovery Works

Registration is required by calling (541) 967-3819.

Ladies Night at Boys & Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club’s fifth annual Ladies Night Out will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Boulder Falls Center, 605 Mullins Dr.

The club is looking for sponsors and purse donations for the fundraiser, which includes a purse auction, shopping and fashion show, as well as a time to honor lady veterans.

For more information, or to donate, contact Shyla Malloy at (541) 258-7105 or by email at

Tickets can be purchased at, or at the Boys and Girls Club.

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. 22, is white bean chicken chili or vegetable lasagna, tossed salad, herbed carrots, French roll and frosted orange cake.

The menu on Monday, Feb. 25, is teriyaki meatballs or garlic chicken, Delmonico potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat roll and cherry whip.

The menu on Tuesday, Feb. 26, is roasted turkey with gravy or sliced ham with orange glaze, whipped sweet potatoes, spinach, cornmeal bread and hermit bar.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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