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Around Town – August 7, 2019


August 7, 2019

Thriller ‘Gaslight’

movie at the mill

Scroggins Mill in Lebanon presents Movies at the Mill, a series of classic films on Thursday evenings in July and August at 280 W. Sherman St. in Lebanon.

The Aug. 8 film will be “Gaslight,” a 1944 American mystery-thriller film about a woman whose husband slowly manipulates her into believing that she is going insane.

Movies are screened on the side of the mill, so shows begin when it gets dark, generally about 9 p.m. A food vendor will be available. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

One-man blues band at winery

Marks Ridge Winery’s summer concert series continues on Friday evenings through August at 29255 Berlin Road.

Forest Beutel, of Tacoma, Wash., plays Americana blues on Aug. 9. Beutel’s one-man band performance incorporates

banjo, guitar, harmonica, kick-drum and a high-hat in a twangy upbeat atmosphere “that engages a crowd and gets folks on their feet,” blending the high lonesome sounds of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt with gruff baritone vibrations akin to Tom Waits and Johnny Cash.

Bring your own picnic or snacks and enjoy open-air seating at bistro tables or bring a chair or blanket.

Cover is $10 per person. No outside alcohol is allowed.

Local artist Jobe Woosley in Lebanon

Conversion Brewery and other Lebanon businesses host a free weekly Summer Bands & Brews Concert series on Saturday evenings, in Strawberry Plaza, next door to the brewery at 833 S. Main St.

Performing this Saturday, Aug. 10, will be Jobe Woosley and Co., and Jesse Meade.

Sweet Home native Woosley performs folk-Americana-style music and has seen his band’s popularity spread throughout the Northwest. He performed Saturday on the Oregon Jamboree’s Deschutes Brewery Park Stage in Sankey Park.

The Lebanon performance will be at 7 p.m. live in Strawberry Plaza. Eugene-based guitarist Meade plays at 3 p.m.

There is no entrance fee or cover charge, and no age requirement; everyone is welcome. Food and beverages are available for purchase at each Saturday concert.

Writer’s conference in Brownsville

Harrisburg author Dorcas Smucker, a former columnist for the Eugene Register-Guard, will lead a local writers’ conference Saturday, Aug. 10, at Pioneer Christian Academy, 331 Blakely Ave. in Brownsville.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features two general sessions with Chris Miller and two one-hour workshops. Cost is $30 for those preregistered or $35 at the door and includes lunch and snacks. Authors attending will have books for sale.

Miller, a teacher, motivator and communicator, is principal of Pioneer Christian Academy and passionate about history, music, and the great outdoors. He will talk about finding a message. Workshops by published writers include “How to Begin” and “Essay Writing” by Dorcas Smucker, “Capturing and Publishing a Real Person’s Story” by Laura Smucker, and ones on writing for children and self-editing by Mary Hake, along with “Supporting a Writer” by Paul Smucker, pastor of Brownsville Mennonite Church.

The conference is open to all writers of all levels.

To register, send the participant’s name and phone number to with $30 via PayPal, or mail $30 to Paul Smucker, 31148 Substation Drive, Harrisburg, OR, 97446.

For more information, contact Dorcas Smucker at (541) 520-8510.

Family Bug Crawl in Lebanon Park

Build Lebanon Trails is offering a new activity this year: a Family Bug Crawl on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Join the trails group and entomologist Richard Little to seek out the often-overlooked wildlife living along the riparian and urban boundaries near local trails.

Meet at 9 a.m. at Riverview Park, 1025 Mountain River Drive.

Expect to be thrilled and maybe chilled by the creepy crawlers that will be encountered during the free, two-hour outing.

Note: Individuals are welcome as well as families. Participants are guaranteed to find out something about the bugs of Lebanon they didn’t know. Suggestion: Bring a magnifying glass, a bug collection box, sunscreen and a hat.

For more information, contact Rod Sell at (541) 409-1302.

Garden series to focus on dahlias

Glenn Harms of Homestead Dahlias will speak at the Second Monday Lunchtime Gardening Series from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at The Lobby coffee shop, 6612 Main St.

The event is hosted by the Lebanon Garden Club and Oregon State University Extension Linn County Master Gardeners.

Harms’ topic will be “Dahlias.”

The event is free.

For more information, call (541) 259-1254.

Women’s picnic to include trails talk

After 5 Connection for women will hold a picnic and special evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at River Park, 1235 E. Grant St.

All women are invited.

Rod Sell, board member for Build Lebanon Trails, will present a program about what BLT is doing in the community, working to design, build and maintain more than 50 miles of trails around Lebanon.

Guest speaker Ann Mincey Jetton, who went from being a preacher’s daughter in Ohio to a corporate executive at Redken 5th Ave NYC, will speak on “Her Life’s Imperative.”

Cost is $10 and reservations are requested.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Sherri at (541) 259-6414 or or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or by email at

Low-cost physicals at SHHS Aug. 14

Low-cost athletic physicals will be offered at the Sweet Home High School Main Gym from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Cost will be $30.

Lyrics on the Lawn Aug. 15 at The Oaks

The Oaks at Lebanon will host its fourth annual Lyrics on the Lawn Benefit Concert from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.

Performers scheduled to appear are Gabriel Cox, blues/rock artist from Salem, and Portland-area country rock band Flexor T.

Food trucks and a beer garden sponsored by Conversion Brewery will be available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Tickets are $8 in advance at The Oaks or $10 at the concert.

For more information, contact Jenni Grove at (541) 619-0556.

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, Aug. 9, is Hawaiian luau special Waikiki chicken or baked ham with orange glaze, red diced potatoes, whole kernel corn, sunflower bread and coconut cake.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 12, is beef mushroom patty or herbed chicken patty with gravy, Delmonico potatoes, California blend vegetables, French bead and hermit bar.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 13, is spaghetti with meat sauce or chicken with peanut sauce and brown rice, mixed vegetables, spinach romaine salad, herb roll and golden fruit cup.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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