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Around Town Oct. 1, 2019


October 2, 2019

Coffee With a Cop

early Wednesday

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.

State treasurer to

speak to Democrats

State Treasurer Tobias Read will be the featured speaker at the Linn County Democrats’ monthly general meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.

A social time with light refreshments begins at 6 p.m. The meeting will start at 6:30.

Read was elected Oregon’s 29th State Treasurer last November. He  served from 2006-16 as state representative from District 27, which includes portions of Multnomah and Washington counties.

The State Treasurer sits on the Oregon Investment County and State Land Board and oversees public investing, banking, bonding and financial empowerment programs, including the Oregon College Savings Plan and the ABLE savings plan, which allow families to save for higher education, job training and disability-related expenses.

Read lives in Beaverton with his wife, Heidi Eggert, and their two children.

For more about the Oct. 3 meeting and the Linn County Dems, contact Linn Dems Chair Jerred Taylor at

RAIN to hold angel investing night

Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) will hold an Angel Investing 101 event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Margin Coffee, 206 SW 2nd Ave. in Albany.

Learn what an angel investor is, what the network of Angels looks like and how it works in Oregon, how to identify a good start-up team, and the pros and cons of being an angel investor.

Guest speakers include Caroline Cummings, executive director of Oregon RAIN; Robert Pease, managing director at Cascade Seed Fund; and Damion Shelton, CEO of Agility Robotics.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Register at

Class on caregiving

for mild dementia

Samaritan Health is offering an “innovative” new class for patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild stage dementia, and their caregivers.

“Aging Well: Tools and Strategies for Coping with Memory Loss” will offer information and helpful tips to participants and incorporates art projects to demonstrate and integrate what has been learned.

The free four-week class will be held at the Samaritan Pastega Regional Cancer Center in Corvallis on Mondays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Patients and caregivers or family members will attend the class together. Registration is required by Thursday, Oct. 3.

The class will be conducted by a collaborative group of Samaritan health care providers, including neuropsychologists, health psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.

To learn more and register for the class, call (541) 812-5760.

Artists’ reception

Friday at gallery

Fiber artist Pat Spark and watercolorist Susan Bourdet will be the featured artists through Oct. 26 at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. West in downtown Albany.

The gallery’s First Friday reception, 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, will feature the work of Spark and Bourdet as well as 19 other mid-valley artists. Musical duo Rose and Thistle will be on hand to provide music. Wine, beer and snacks will be served.

Inspired by a summer textile design workshop, Spark, a former Oregon State University art professor, is experimenting with printing on partially made felt and combining this with other felting techniques she has developed over the last year. She is also experimenting with ice dyeing.

Nature painter Bourdet combines realistically detailed birds and animals with soft-edged, impressionistic backgrounds, a technique she has developed over 30 years of painting. For this show she has focused on the moods and colors of autumn, featuring animals and raptors as well as songbirds. Her highly collectible Lang calendars and limited-edition prints are distributed worldwide.

Gallery Calapooia welcomes long-time Albany resident photographer Bill Origer. His extensive world travel is reflected in his landscape, wildlife and plant life images.

Gallery Calapooia is in its sixth year of operation. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is a nonprofit organization and donations to it are tax-deductible.

For more information, call (541) 971-5701 or visit

Harvest Festival

Saturday in SH

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.

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.

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.

Volunteers are needed.

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

Professor to speak on history of Bible

Dr. John Hannah will speak on “History of the Development of the Holy Scriptures and the Integrity of the Bible” Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6, during a church history conference hosted by Elm Street Baptist Church, 1150 Elm St.

Sessions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The conference is free and anyone interested in learning more about the Bible is invited.

Hannah has taught at Dallas Theological Seminary since 1972 and is Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology, Research Professor of Theological Studies. He is the author of more than a dozen books on church history. His visits to Sweet Home to speak at church history conferences have become an annual event for more than a decade and have covered a wide variety of periods and aspects of the history of Christianity.

This year Hannah will trace how the various books of the Bible came together and became the unified canon of Scripture.

‘Night With the

Cowboys’ benefit

Sunshine Industries will host “A Night With The Cowboys” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1333 Clark Mill Road.

The fund-raising event for Sunshine, an organization that serves disabled adults, will include cowboy poetry and music, dinner and drinks.

Performers include Jonni Foley, Jim Crotts, Marv Ramsey, Matt and Rachel Wilson, Scott Depaolo and Sue Fisher, and there will be open mic opportunities.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The concert starts at 6:30.

Presale tickets are $10, $12 at the door, and children under 12 are free.

Dinner will be Costco dogs, pizza, nachos and chili.

For more information, contact Shalene Gill at (541) 367-2765 or by email at

Genealogy for

next generations

Linn Genealogical Society will discuss ways to encourage family members’ interest in their genealogies during its monthly meeting at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. SE.

The meeting, titled “Show and Tell,” will include samples of Christmas gift ideas that members have given to their family members for that purpose.

For more information, contact the LGS Library at (541) 791-1618 or visit

Safehaven Rescue Roundup benefit

SafeHaven will hold its annual Rescue Roundup fundraiser from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Albany Boys & Girls Club, 1215 SE Hill St.

Enjoy a boot-stompin’ good time during a night of saving animals, barbecued grub, and the chance to take home some items from silent and live auctions. Auction items are still being accepted and sponsorships are available.

Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased at SafeHaven headquarters, 32220 Old Hwy 34, Tangent, or online at

For more information, call (541) 928-2789.

Blessing of the

Animals Sunday

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Lebanon invites the community and their furry/feathered friends for a traditional Blessing of the Animals service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at St. Martin’s Church parking lot at the corner of Milton and Williams streets.

In the tradition of St. Francis, the service will include recognition of the glory of God’s creation of all creatures great and small, offer thanks, and provide blessings.

The service will be outdoors, weather permitting. Animals should be restrained on a leash or in a carrier. Those with animals not comfortable with people or other animals can bring a photo or stuffed animal to receive blessings.

Water and pet food will be available for animals; coffee hour reception for humans will follow the service.

There is no cost, but donations will go to SafeHaven and Heartland Humane Societies to benefit local animals.

For more information, contact Sara Jameson at St. Martin’s Church office Friday morning at (541) 451-1159 or by email daily at

Women’s dinner

to feature baskets

After 5 Connection for women will hold dinner and special program on “Bountiful Baskets” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St., in Lebanon.

All women are invited.

Kelly Y. Anderson, owner of Bee’s Blooms and Baskets in Sweet Home, will discuss how to make floral and gift baskets for every occasion.

Guest speaker Elaine Kemph of Yelm, Wash., will speak on “Journey to Chimane Land,” her life of working with the Chimane tribe in Bolivia, which did not have a written language, and how living conditions for the tribe improved thereafter.

Cost is $10 and reservations are requested.

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

RAIN mentor

mixer in Lebanon

Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) will host a Mentor Mixer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St. in Lebanon.

People who are interested in sharing experience in business and start-ups, innovation and technology are invited. Any prospective entrepreneurs or new business owners are also welcome.

The event will follow a “speed-dating” format in which entrepreneurs and mentors will mix and mingle to find a mentorship match, with open networking to follow.

Food and beverages will be provided. The event is free, but registration is required by visiting

Special celebration for 90-year-olds

The Sweet Home Senior Center will host a gathering to honor local seniors who have celebrated, or will celebrate, their 90th birthday this year, and those who have already passed that milestone.

The event, at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, will include an informal time of friendship and recognition of those seniors, and light refreshments.

For more information, call (541) 367-4775.

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, Oct. 4, is teriyaki chicken sandwich or kielbasa sausage and kraut, both on a bun, baked beans, mixed vegetables and applesauce.

The menu on Monday, Oct. 7, is baked beef rigatoni or sweet and sour chicken with brown rice, green beans, marinated vegetable salad, whole wheat roll and apple crisp.

The menu on Tuesday, Oct. 8, is herbed chicken patty or roast pork, both with gravy, whipped potatoes, Italian blend vegetables, squash bread and banana pudding.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery.

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


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