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Around Town – August 14, 2019


August 14, 2019

Summer meals for kids till Aug. 23

Sweet Home School District will continue to offer free lunch and breakfast for kids age 18 and younger at various locations 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.

Down to wire for exchange students

Families are needed to host international high school exchange students for the next school year.

Foreign Links Around the Globe works closely with host families to place an exchange student student who will transition well into a specific family unit. Organizers have 10 years of experience in the Willamette Valley.

For information, contact Cynthia Burgeson, community development coordinator, at (541) 704-0937 or

Low-cost physicals in gym Wednesday

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.

Concert to benefit The Oaks senior living

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.

Guitarist to play at Marks Ridge

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

Guitarist David Rodgers performs Aug. 16. Recently termed “a prominent guitarist” by the New York Times, Rogers fuses classical, jazz, early, and world music elements into “powerful, moving and virtuosic performances based on both original compositions and traditional repertoire.”

Rogers is a guitarist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a music faculty member at Southern Oregon University. He is lead guitarist and lutenist with the Terra Nova Consort, and made his European debut at the Tage Alter und Neuer Musik Regensburg 2000 Festival with the ensemble. His music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany.

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.

Democrats to host picnic, pie auction

The Linn County Democrats will hold their third annual Potluck Picnic and Pie Auction on Friday, Aug. 16, in River Park, 1235 E. Grant St., Lebanon.

A social time, including croquet and horse shoes, starts at 4:30 p.m. Dinner, starting at 5:30, will be followed at 6 by a brief monthly general meeting and the pie auction

Hamburgers, veggie burgers, condiments, water and lemonade, plates, utensils and cups will be provided. It’s potluck on everything else, including salads, veggies and fruit. For those who plan to bring perishable items, please have a way to keep them cold.

For the pie auction, people can bake or buy their favorite pie, give it a name, tell a brief story about it, and auction it off. (Forms with that information will be available.) All proceeds will go to the Linn County Democratic Party.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Crazed Weasels String Band – guitarist Loren Ford and fiddler Judy Arter of Lacomb.

RSVPs for the Potluck Picnic & Pie Auction are requested by Wednesday, Aug. 14, by contacting Linn Dems Ambassador Stephanie Schlitzkus at (541) 570-2707 or

‘Seussical, Jr.’ on stage in Albany

Albany Civic Theater will present six performances of the musical “Seussical, Jr.” between Aug. 16 and 24 at 111 First Ave. W.

The show is the result of ACT’s Summer Camp for kids.

The show, narrated by the Cat in the Hat, brings to life favorite Dr. Seuss characters Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and many others in a fantastical musical extravaganza that transports audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus.

Horton the Elephant discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people, called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24, with 2:30 p.m. matinee shows on Saturday, Aug. 17 and 24.

For more information and tickets, 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, Aug. 16, is turkey or tuna salad sandwich half on wheat bread, green split pea soup, broccoli raisin salad and pears.

The menu on Monday, Aug. 19, is sweet and sour chicken with brown rice or ground beef and pasta, broccoli, spinach romaine salad, whole wheat roll and spiced peaches.

The menu on Tuesday, Aug. 20, is roast pork or homestyle turkey patty, both with gravy, whipped potatoes, Capri blend vegetables, multigrain bread and gelatin jewels with whipped topping.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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