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Around Town May 1, 2019


May 1, 2019

LAFTA summer

camp auditions

Auditions for Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts’ summer Kids Camp will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 1 and 2 at the Lebanon High School Auditorium.

The camp will be held June 10-14 and 17-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the LHS Auditorium. Tuition is $75.

No preparation for the audition is necessary. Just arrive with the desire to sing, read lines, dance and have fun.

For more information, email or visit

‘Addams Family’

on stage in Albany

Albany Civic Theater presents “The Addams Family,” directed by Christi E. Sears, at 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12 and 19, at 111 First Ave. W., Albany.

“The Addams Family” features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare of love, feminine charm, secrecy and more. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for daughter Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Tickets are $13 for adults, and $10 for kids and seniors. Visit for more information.

Lebanon Garden

Club Plant Sale

Lebanon Garden Club’s annual plant sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Ralston Park, on the corner of Park and Maple streets in Lebanon.

There will be a variety of plants, veggie starts, shrubs, bulbs, and trees. There will also be raffle prizes available, along with a Country Store of gently used garden items. Members will be available to help visitors with purchases and to offer advice.

Funds raised during the event contribute to the club’s agriculture scholarships for Oregon State University students, its sponsorship of the Strawberry Festival Flower Show, its maintenance of the Ralston Park Rose Garden and more.

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

Democrats to hear

from candidates

Linn County Democrats will host candidates for the Greater Albany Public Schools Board, Linn-Benton Community College Board of Education and Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District Board at their monthly general meeting Thursday, May 2, at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.

These races and others will be decided in the May 21 special election. Ballots will be mailed to voters in early May. 

April 30 is the deadline for new voter registration.

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

For more information, contact Linn Dems Chair Jerred Taylor at

Quartzville cleanup

this Saturday

Volunteers are invited to participate in a cleanup of the Yellowbottom area of Quartzville Road Saturday, May 4.

Hosted by Cleaner Greener Oregon, the event will include free camping from Friday afternoon to Sunday noon for anyone who wants to participate. The cleanup begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, at a staging area at approximately the 25 mile marker on Quartzville Road. Watch for signs that say “Cleaner Greener Oregon Cleanup Event.”

Camping will be offered at the Quartzville Group Camping area at approximately 16 miles up Quartzville Road. The camping fee is covered, but participants are asked to bring their own gear and food/drink.

For information, visit or contact David Trystman at (503) 576-1984.

Carriage Me Back

in Brownsville

Linn County Historical Museum will have its annual fundraiser, “Carriage Me Back,” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Brownsville.

Guests will travel back in time to the year 1888. It’s not quite the Golden Age, but Brownsville, pulling itself out of the “Panic of 1873,” will settle for the Gilded Age.

Visit the town for a little history and a lot of fun as you travel around in a horse drawn carriage and encounter costumed actors bringing to life the happenings of 1888. More skits take place in the Moyer house.

Adult tickets are $10, children under 12 are $5. A full carriage (20 people) is $170. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call (541) 466-3390 during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

The carriage leaves every half hour from the Linn County Historical Museum in Brownsville at 101 Park Ave.

For more information, visit

Proceeds benefit the Linn County Museum Friends who support the operations of the museum and the Moyer House.

Home business

market May 4

A crafters and flea market for home-based businesses will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 Main St.

The event will include a wide variety of businesses offering various products and services. Admission is free for the public. Vendor information is available at (541) 259-4255.

Bowling fundraiser

for animal rescues

Linn County Animal Rescue and Kitty Angel Team Adoption host a Star Wars themed “May the Fourth be with You” fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Linn Lanes, 2250 S. Main Road.

Tickets for bowling are $10 per person, up to six people per game.

Meet Star Wars characters, or dress up as your favorite character and enter the costume contest. There will be crafts, games, auctions, raffles, and food. Cats available for adoption will be on hand, and an opportunity to get a photo with a miniature horse.

Tickets for bowling and tickets to participate in the various events will be sold at the door.

Share your love for rescued animals on Star Wars Day. For more information, contact Sarah at (541) 570-9339.

B&G Club spring

auction May 4

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam will hold its annual Spring Auction from 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the club’s Lebanon branch, 305 S. 5th St.

The theme is “Black and White Night.” For details, table, tickets and sponsor opportunities, contact Shyla at (541) 258-7105.

Lebanon chorus

concert Sunday

Lebanon Community Chorus will present its spring concert, “Destinations,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at First Assembly of God church, 726 W. Oak St. in Lebanon.

Directed by Ray Hendricks, the choir will perform a program that includes “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Africa,” “April in Paris,” “New York, New York,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “America” and selections from “Oklahoma” and “South Pacific.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Admission is free for those 18 and under.

Fundraiser for

summer fireworks

A&W will host a fundraising dinner for the Sweet Home Volunteer Firefighters Association from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 6.

A portion of sales and all cash donations will be applied to the Sportsman’s Holiday fireworks show for 2020. Have dinner or just drive by and drop some cash in the boot!

Donations are also always welcome at the main station, at 1099 Long St.

‘Little Mermaid’

auditions May 6-9

The Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts will hold auditions for its summer community theater production, “The Little Mermaid,” at 6 p.m. May 6-9 at Cascades School Gym, 2163 7th St. in Lebanon.

Registration starts at 6 p.m., with auditions at 6:30.

Audition information is available at

Six performances will be offered July 22-27. Ticket information will be available on the website.

For more information, email or visit

‘Unexpected Guest’

auditions May 6-8

The Albany Civic Theater will hold auditions for “The Unexpected Guest” at 7:30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, May 6 to 8, at 111 First Ave. W, Albany. Performances are from July 19 to Aug. 3.

Directed by Shauna Kiefiuk, the show features the story of a stranger who seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun.

Visit for more information.

Climate change

gardening tips

“Gardening in a Changing Climate” will be the topic at the May class of the Lebanon Second Monday Lunchtime Gardening Series, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at The Lobby coffee shop, 661 S. Main St.

The event is offered by Oregon State University Extension. Classes are free. The public is welcome.

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, May 3, is a special Cinco de Mayo menu of chicken fajita bowl or beef enchilada bake, Tex-Mex corn with tomatoes, carrot pineapple salad, cornbread and cinnamon chocolate pudding.

The menu on Monday, May 6, is herb chicken patty or Salisbury steak, both with gravy, whipped potaoes, Normandy blend vegetables, onion bread and peanut butter bar.

The menu on Tuesday, May 7, is turkey or tuna salad sandwich half on wheat bread, chunky tomato rice soup, marinated zucchini salad and spiced peaches.

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


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