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Around Town May 8, 2019


May 8, 2019

Jr. Sportsman’s Court applications

School District #55 first-graders who wish to participate in the 2019 Sportsman’s Holiday festivities as a Junior Princess or Junior Escort are invited to submit applications.

One boy and one girl from each first-grade class in the school district will be selected to be a member on the Sportsman’s Holiday Junior Court.  Notification will be made in June. Participants would need to be available for the Coronation, on the evening of July 11 (including a rehearsal, for which a date has yet to be announced, but will likely be on July 10), a photo shoot session (also to be announced), and the Sportsman’s Holiday parade from 8 a.m. to noon on July 13. Attendance at the Logger Olympics on the afternoon of July 13 will be optional.

Parents must also be willing to provide the dress for their daughter, or the pants and shirt for their son. Approximate cost to participate will be $30 to $50. A junior king or queen will not be crowned, but each boy escort will receive a boutonniere and each girl princess will receive a tiara to keep. 

Applications must be returned by May 31.

Applications are available from first-grade teachers in district schools, or contact Kylie Armstrong at (541) 401-7089 or Karla Burcham at (541) 401-3339. 

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

Resource Fair at

Sunnyside Kidco

Sunnyside Head Start will host a free Community Resource Fair from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at 44829 Quartzville Road.

Information about local agencies and organizations, including ABC House, SHEM, Gleaners, Linn-Benton Housing Authority, Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), Legal Aid, Sweet Home Library and more will be available.


fundraiser May 11

Fir Lawn Lutheran Church’s “Send a kid to camp” fundraiser is back.

The annual event will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the church, 109 W. Holley Road.

A prime rib dinner from The Point costs $25, and there will be auctions, a duck race, opportunity to buy a pie, and a drawing for a Traeger grill (tickets are $20 each). Attendance is free, but reservations required. To RSVP, call (541) 367-3642, or contact Patty at (541) 367-2919.

Last chance for

Search and Rescue

Young men and women ages 14 to 18 are invited to join the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program.

A training academy in Linn County will be held June 14-24.

To attend the academy, applicants must attend a recruit meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Sheriff’s Office. The application process includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. 

Training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics. 

For more information about the program contact Lt. Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, (541) 812-2272, or visit Online applications are available on the website or at the Sheriff’s Office at 1115 SE Jackson St. Albany. 

Tea party, more at

women’s evening

After 5 Connection will hold its monthly women’s dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

The theme will be “Wonderland Tea Party.” Barbara Brown, former owner of Mrs. B’s Tea in Lebanon will share the history of the world’s favorite beverage, how tea is properly served and how it can be made delicious.

Guest speaker Lois Williams of Lacy, Wash., a professional speaker, workshop leader and author of three books, will deliver laughter as she shares her experiences with map reading long before the advent of GPS and lessons learned thereby.

Special music will be provided by 13-year-old Moriah Winn, who will have just returned from a trip to Carnegie Hall with the North Albany Middle School Choir and Band.

The $10 cost includes dinner. Credit cards cannot be accepted. All are welcome.

Reservations are required by contacting Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or emailing

City taking orders for hero banners

The city is taking orders for new hero banners, which are displayed on power poles along Main Street.

To ensure hero banners are displayed by Memorial Day, May 27, Councilor Lisa Gourley said orders need to be in by May 15.

The cost is $100 for each bracket and banner.

For information contact Jim or Lisa Gourley at (541) 206-9544 or (541) 974-3457 respectively or the city manager’s office at (541) 367-8969.

Photos and applications may be forwarded by email, but military ID must be shown at the city manager’s office.

The application is available at

High tea, plant sale benefit

Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce and P.E.O. will host a Ladies High Tea and Plant Sale from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Sweet Home Elks Lodge, 440 Osage St.

The event is a fundraiser for the Sweet Home Pregnancy Center. Tickets are $30 each. A light lunch will be served, with tea or lavender limeade, scones and more.

For more information, contact the chamber at (541) 367-6186.

SHJH Interact

Club bark sale

Sweet Home Junior High’s Interact Club, a junior arm of the Rotary Club, is accepting orders for a Spring Bark Sale fundraiser for two beneficiary organizations.

The medium Douglas fir bark will be delivered Saturday, May 18, to locations within the Sweet Home School District. It is available by the yard or by the 35-gallon can size. Prices are $30 per yard or $6 per can. Spreading is available at additional cost. Quantities are limited, so early reservations are recommended.

Proceeds will go to Sunshine Industries, which serves local disabled adults, and to Holt International adoption agency of Eugene.

For more information or to order, call (541) 367-2765.

All-church men’s

breakfast May 18

Local men are invited to an All-Church Men’s Breakfast, to be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Sweet Home Evangelical Church Activity Center.

There is no cost, but a bucket will be set out for donations to help cover the cost of groceries for breakfast.

Pastor Dee Duke of Jefferson Baptist Church will deliver a message to challenge participants in their Christian walk.

For more information, contact Brian at (541) 367-4357 or (541) 220-8771, or email

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.

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 10, is a Mother’s Day special of chicken with supreme sauce or ham with raisin sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, green peas and onions, multigrain bread and cherry crisp.

The menu on Monday, May 13, is white bean chicken chili or lasagna cheese roll-up with marinara sauce, green beans, spinach romaine salad, whole wheat roll and banana pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, May 14, is Swiss-style patty with Swiss sauce or breaded fish with tartar sauce, parsleyed potatoes, broccoli, oatmeal bread and pears.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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