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Around Town – June 26, 2019


June 26, 2019

Breakfast at Elks

Sunday morning

The Elkettes of Sweet Home serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. every first and third Sunday of the month at the Elks Lodge #1972, 440 Osage St.

All you can eat for $7, and children under 12 for $3.50. Proceeds benefit various lodge functions and charities.

Visit horses to help mental health

Linn County Animal Rescue works with Linn County Mental Health to host regular visiting sessions with horses for developmentally disabled people and people suffering from PTSD. For more information on joining the sessions, or to volunteer, call (541) 258-3422.

Beautification volunteers needed

The Sweet Home Beautification Committee is seeking volunteers.

The Beautification Committee, an all-volunteer organization, maintains the median strips throughout town. It also maintains numerous other flowers throughout the city, including the ones at the city entrances.

The committee hosts work parties each month at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays. They meet at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Main Street.

For more information, call the city manager’s office at (541) 367-8969.

Free lunch daily for local children

Sweet Home School District offers free lunch and breakfast for kids age 18 and younger at various locations during the summer, through Aug. 23.

There is no cost and reservations are not required. Meals include fresh fruit, vegetables and milk.

Lunch is served from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Foster School.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Little Promises, at Pleasant Valley and Ridgeway roads.

Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Sweet Home High School, Hawthorne and Oak Heights schools.

Lunch is served from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Ashbrook Park, Northside Park and at the Skate Park on Long Street, next to the Sweet Home School District headquarters.

Breakfast will be served from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Sweet Home High School and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Little Promises.

No lunch will be served July 4-5 and Aug. 1-2.

Speak up about health concerns

Samaritan Health Services will host a public listening session on Wednesday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, conference rooms A-C.

If you live, work, go to school or spend time in Linn, Benton or Lincoln counties, you are invited to share your thoughts at the listening session about health issues in our local communities.

Feedback collected from this session will be compiled with results from Samaritan’s recent public survey on community health needs in the communities of Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.

All information will be used to create the community health needs assessment and the community benefit implementation strategy for each of the five Samaritan-affiliated hospitals, which will help improve the health of our communities based on the communities’ feedback and input.

Snacks will be provided. It is free to attend, with registration encouraged at or by calling (541) 768-5256 by Friday, June 21.

B&G Club golf tourney June 28

The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Santiam will host Golf Palooza from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Pineway Golf Course, 30949 Pineway Road.

Form a foursome, register and choose a tee time. Play early, play late.

Tee times start at 7 a.m. and run through 3 p.m.

Cost is $500 per foursome, which includes meals, two drink tickets and four tickets to the evening dinner and live concert. Lunch will be barbecue, with Les’s Chicken Dinner wrapping things up.

For more information or to register, contact Shyla Malloy at (541) 258-7105 or visit

Bridge celebration in Cascadia June 29

Cascadia residents and park lovers are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the bridge reconstruction at Cascadia State Park at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the park.

The event will honor former State Sen. Mae Yih, who worked for several years to fund the reconstruction of the bridge, which had deteriorated to the point that the park’s future was threatened.

The event will include refreshments.

For more information, contact Jean at (541) 401-1081.

Tree farmers to host tour July 6

Linn County’s tree farmers of the year, Tim and Kathy Otis, invite the public to tour a small woodlands property at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, on Ingram Road, 1.2 miles up from Highway 20. Tree tour signs will guide the way.

As much as 370 acres of forest land between Lebanon and Brownsville has been managed by the same family for more than 150 years.

The day’s activities include talks about the family history, and discussions about recent tree-related activities.

Guests are asked to bring a potluck dish and service. Drinks will be supplied.

For more information, 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, June 28, is turkey pasta or chef salad over spinach romaine, sausage and kale soup, whole wheat dinner roll and seasonal melon cup.

The menu on Monday, July 1, is sweet and sour pork with brown rice or macaroni and cheese, green beans with red peppers, carrot raisin salad, herb roll and gelatin jewels with whipped topping.

The menu on Tuesday, July 2, is scalloped potatoes and turkey ham or southern chicken and rice, chuckwagon corn, marinated broccoli salad, cracked wheat roll and seasonal fresh fruit.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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