Around Town Sept. 25, 2019


September 25, 2019

Foster Dam road

closure this week

The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 24 and 25, for fish weir removal and spillway gate maintenance.

For information, call (541) 942-5631.

Hymns and Hops at local brewery

Conversion Brewing hosts Hymns and Hops each last Sunday of the month.

Hymns and Hops is a free live performance for those who love classic hymns – and beer.

This month’s event will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at at 833 S. Main St.

For more information, call (541) 259-2337.

Stand Down for

veterans Sept. 26

The 2019 Linn-Benton Veteran Stand Down will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, upstairs in the Calapooia Center at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW in Albany.

Multiple organizations will be present with information about medical and social services such as Oxford houses, VA outreach, disability or Social Security benefits, employment services for veterans, housing and utility assistance, alcohol and drug treatment, Section 8 VASH assistance, and SSVF housing assistance.

Free transportation is available via the Linn County shuttle, the Linn Benton Loop, or Albany Transit. Inform the driver you are attending the Stand Down and they will provide a round-trip ride.

For more information, visit

Geologist to ID

rocks at museum

East Linn Museum invites people with rocks they’d like identified to stop by between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 746 Long St.

Retired geologist Robert Rosé, who lives locally, will be at the museum to identify any rocks members of the public would like identified or are curious about. The event is free.

For more information, call (541) 367-4580.

Sr. Symposium to

focus on aging well

Lebanon Senior Center will host a resource symposium, “The Keys to Aging Well,” to celebrate National Senior Center Month and kick off its Retirement 101 series.

The event will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at 80 Tangent St.

It will include vendors, munchies, and three keynote speakers who will speak on living well. The event will offer need-to-know Medicare information and healthy eating ideas. Visit the vendors and earn chances to win a door prize.

Area seniors, 50 years and older, are welcome to attend.

For more details, call (541) 258- 4919, visit, or like the Senior Center FaceBook page at

‘Momma Mia’ on

stage in Albany

Albany Civic Theater is staging “Momma Mia” through Oct. 12 at 111 First Ave.

The hit musical comedy, based on ABBA’s hits, tells the story of a young woman’s search, on the eve of her wedding, for her birth father on a sunny Greek island paradise. Her quest brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, 27 and 28, and Oct. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. Matinee performances are offered at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

For tickets, visit

Blood drives to

be held locally

The Red Cross has announced it will hold two blood drives this week in Sweet Home.

The first will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

The second will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Sweet Home Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1155 22nd Ave.

Other blood donation events will be held in Lebanon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Safeway, 1983 S Main St .; and Monday, Sept. 30, at both the Oregon Veterans Home, 600 North 5th St .; and Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N Santiam Hwy.

According to the Red Cross, Hurricane Dorian has forced the closure of blood donation centers and the cancellation of blood drives in its path, causing blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. When blood donations are disrupted in a region of the country, the Red Cross is able to move blood donations where they are needed most.

Suicide prevention walk Saturday

The second annual Lebanon Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at Ralston Park.

The walk’s purpose is to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Join a team or form your own to be part of the movement that turns hope into action, and creates a culture that is smart about mental health. Funds raised at the walk benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Register at Anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until Dec. 31.

For more information, visit, contact Dave Butler at (541) 936-2580, or email

Rummage sale at

Albany Legion

American Legion Auxiliary Albany Unit 10 will host its Annual Fall Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, at 1215 Pacific Blvd. SE, Albany.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. 

Breakfast in the club is available as well. All proceeds from the sale will help fund projects to benefit veterans, active duty service personnel and their families, as well as programs for children and youth in the Albany community. 

Donations for the sale will be accepted Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ALA Unit 10 is a 501 (c-19) non-profit organization.  

Nonprofit board members seminar

Get training on how to be a board member for a nonprofit organization from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

The workshop will explore the legal duties, rights and responsibilities of board members under Oregon law, and training in safeguarding charitable assets, handling restricted funds, understanding financial information and how the state Attorney General oversees nonprofits.

Speakers will be Susan Bower of the Oregon Department of Justice Charitable Activities Section; Kirk Harvey, a retired chief investigator for Charitable Activities Section of the ODJ; and CPA Katherine DeYoung.

Cost is $35 per person or $25 each for groups of three or more.

For more information and to register, visit

Coffee with a Cop at Sugar Vibes

Get to know your local police officers better at Coffee With a Cop, from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Sugar Vibes, 1302 13th Ave.

There’s no agenda; just a chance to enjoy some coffee, and maybe a donut, and ask questions, share thoughts, and connect with officers in your home town.

For more information, contact Gina at (541) 367-5181.

Harvest Festival volunteers needed

Sweet Home’s 13th annual Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave.

Volunteers are needed.

The event will include wagon rides provided by Chafin Farms, pumpkin painting, face painting by Thou Art Beautiful in the Kid Zone, which will also feature games such as Frankenstein nose picking, bowling and digging in the hay.

The event will also include the now-annual pie-baking contest, for youths 17 years and under, and one for adults 18 years and older. Entries may be either fruit, like apple, blackberry or strawberry, or other, such as nut varieties. Judges are needed for the contest.

Linn Shuttle will offer free rides within city limits. Drop-off points are the Senior Center or 13th and Kalmia.

A 1½-mile walk-run and a 3-mile run will begin at 10 a.m. Pre-race day cost is $20 per adult and $5 for youths 12 and under. Adults are $25 on the day of the event. Proceeds go to parks and recreation programs.

Country music group Brewer’s Grade will perform during the festival on a stage donated by The Point.

Forty-two vendors will line Weddle Bridge and the lawn around the bridge. Vendor space in the festival is free. The Boys and Girls Club will have a booth selling biscuits and gravy in the morning and hot dogs in the afternoon.

Harvest Festival parking will be available at Upper Sankey Park around the BMX Track, in the Sweet Home High School parking lot and in the public parking lot at 13th and Kalmia Street. Fourteenth Avenue will be closed except to residents.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Clegg at (541) 367-8113 or

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, Sept. 27, is an Oktoberfest Special: German meatballs with sauce or barbecued chicken, garlic whipped potatoes, cabbage and carrots, rye bread and German chocolate cake.

The menu on Monday, Oct. 30, is tamale pie or chicken pastina, green beans, carrot pineapple salad, white dinner roll and rocky road pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, Oct. 1, is hearty turkey stew or western goulash, lima beans, garden vegetable salad, dill roll and peach cobbler.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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