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Around Town May 15, 2019


May 15, 2019

Jr. princesses,

escorts sought

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. 

Last call for hero

banner submissions

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, Councilor Lisa Gourley said orders need to be in by Wednesday, May 15.

The cost is $100 for the 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

Local GOP women

to meet May 15

Linn County Republicans will hold their women’s meeting from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Cascade Grill, 110 Opal Court, Albany.

The Republicans’ general meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Pop’s Branding Iron, 901 Pacific Blvd. SE, Albany.

No host meal; purchases are optional. Arrive early to socialize with friends and catch up on what’s new in the legislature, what petitions are active. For more information, email or visit

Ladies High Tea

fundraiser May 17

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.

Pow wow this

weekend at OSU

A salmon bake, comedy performance and powwow will be held to celebrate Oregon State University’s indigenous community on Friday, May 17, and continue Saturday, May 18.

The salmon bake begins at 12 p.m. on Friday, at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 311 SW 26th St., on the Corvallis campus. The menu includes salmon cooked over an open fire, potatoes, cornbread, blueberry wojapi, and kale salad. Guests line up by the rear entrance of the Longhouse gathering hall. The salmon bake is free to the public, and continues until food runs out.

The indigenous comedy group, The 1491s, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday in Gill Coliseum. The event is free to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the annual Klatow Eena Powwow will be from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The event is family friendly and free, and features dancers, singers and vendors. Grand entries are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

For more information, visit

Local sacred music

chorale to perform

The Oregon Sacred Festival Chorale will present its 11th annual Benefit Concerts starting this week in the Mid-Valley.

Concerts will be at:

- 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1170 Baxter Road SE, Salem;

- 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Lebanon First Assembly of God, 726 W. Oak St.; and

- 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Corvallis First Baptist Church, 125 NW 10th St.

Admission is free but offerings will be taken and all proceeds will be divided evenly between Adult and Teen Challenge, Mennonite Disaster Service and Willamette International.

The choir is composed of singers from all over the Willamette Valley, including Sweet Home. Local violinist Moriah Winn will make a guest appearance at the Salem and Corvallis performances.

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

Genealogy speaker

to talk research

Sweet Home Genealogical Society will host Josephine Ingraham, an experienced genealogical researcher, at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at 1223 Kalmia St.

Ingraham will speak on “DNA Truths and Myths.” She has 33 years of experience in genealogical research and related records, including DNA research for biological parentage. She will discuss how genealogists can take their searches to the next level.

The event is free. The public is invited.

Got some great

photos of SH?

The City of Sweet Home, in conjunction with SHOCASE, is looking for “the very best photo to represent Sweet Home,” for placement on “mural wall” in the foyer of the new City Hall, located at 3225 Main St.

The photo contest is open to residents within the Sweet Home School District, and as many as five entries may be submitted for free. Deadline is May 20. For more information, and to download rules and an application, visit Applications are also available at the Chamber of Commerce and Sweet Home Library.

Garden Club to talk composting

The Lebanon Garden Club will meet at noon Monday, May 20, at Santiam Place, 139 S. Main St.,

Master Gardener Sheryl Casteen will talk about organic backyard composting at the May meeting, and the June meeting will include a potluck lunch, installation of new club officers, and a discussion about the park’s rose garden.

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

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 17, is garden chicken or chickpea mini salad over spinach romaine, corn chowder, whole wheat dinner roll and Mandarin oranges.

The menu on Monday, May 20, is chicken rice bake or macaroni and cheese florentine, broccoli, garden vegetable salad, whole wheat roll and cherry whip.

The menu on Tuesday, May 21, is sweet and sour pork with brown rice or spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, romaine iceberg salad, garlic roll and frosted chocolate cake.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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