Around Town Nov.13, 2019


November 13, 2019

Entries sought for fiber arts exhibit

The SHOCASE Public Arts Committee is calling for entries for its next art exhibit, “Gallery of Fiber Arts,” to be held in the foyer and hallway of City Hall, 3225 Main St.

The show will be open to crochet, felting, cross-stitch, weaving, knitting, lace making, needlepoint and quilting. Entries will be juried.

Applications are available at

Entries are limited to a maximum size of 48 inches by 48 inches. Artists may submit up to two pieces.

The date to drop off pieces is Jan. 7. Opening day for the art show will be Jan. 10.

For further information about the event, call committee Chairwoman and SHOCASE President Diane Gerson at (541) 990-2864.

Business classes

offered by LBCC

Registration is open for more than a dozen Small Business Development Center classes, many starting Jan. 6, through Linn-Benton Community College.

LBCC’s Small Business Development Center brings classes and resources to business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the mid-Willamette Valley. Offerings include Going into Business seminars, QuickBooks training, Social Media and Marketing classes, Branding and Business Strategy workshops, the Small Business Management Program, pre-licensing courses, and more.


Free one-on-one business advising services are available year-round with 11 SBDC staff advisors. SBDC advisors come from varied backgrounds; including former CEOs of multimillion dollar companies, some who ran small businesses for decades, and some who successfully grew and sold their start-ups.

For more information or to see a complete list of SBDC classes, visit or call (541) 917-4929. 

USFS Christmas tree permits on sale

The Willamette National Forest is offering Christmas tree permits online through the Open Forest System.

Sales are in progress through Jan. 6. Permits will need to be printed to be valid. The pilot program allows you to purchase your 2019 Christmas tree permit from the comfort of your own home, or by using a mobile device, instead of traveling to a Forest Service office.

Willamette National Forest is one of thirteen national forests participating in the pilot program.

Traditional Christmas tree permits will still be available at local Forest Service offices or through participating vendors. Visitors can purchase permits and receive maps of cutting areas at USFS offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Permits are $5 each and allow the holder to cut one tree in designated areas. The Christmas tree maximum height on the Willamette National Forest is now 15 feet instead of 12 feet. Each household can purchase up to a maximum of five permits. Learn more about purchasing a Christmas tree permit online at

For information, visit the website above or specific information about the Christmas tree program on the Willamette National Forest, or contact your nearest ranger district.

Want to be a local

Master Gardener?

Master Gardener Volunteer Programs of Linn and Benton Counties are accepting applications for the 2020 program through Dec. 3.

Class dates will be March 5-June 25, 2020 (about 70 hours).

Participants will learn about gardening in the Pacific Northwest from regional experts, discover how to research garden problems, and share their knowledge to help others succeed with gardening.Volunteers learn through a combination of classroom activities, online sessions and hands-on garden labs.

Participants do not need to maintain a formal garden. Master Gardener volunteers grow everything from balcony tomato plants to formal gardens to urban farmlets to tiny bonsai trees – in community plots, containers on windowsills and home gardens.

Cost of training is $150; a limited number of partial scholarships are available.

Volunteers are required to give 45 hours by Oct. 31, 2020. To learn more, visit or contact

SHPD accepting

gift applications

Sweet Home Police Department is accepting applications for its Shop With A Cop program and Teen Sharing Tree.

Shop With a Cop gives children, ages 4 through 12, who are students in the Sweet Home School District, an opportunity to go Christmas shopping with a local police officer.

The Teen Sharing Tree provides gifts for teens, 13 through 18, who are students in the Sweet Home School District.

Applications are available at the SHPD Dispatch window, at 1950 Main St., or by or emailing CSO Gina Riley at

 Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

Free Medicare

class at LBCC

A free class covering the basics of Medicare parts A, B, C and D will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Linn-Benton Community College, Fireside Room CC211, 6500 Pacific Boulevard SW, Albany.

The class is offered by Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, in partnership with the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program and LBCC.

The class is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare.

Current beneficiaries who would like a better understanding of their Medicare benefits and options will also find this class valuable.

Spouses and other relatives are welcome to attend.

The class will be presented by a SHIBA counselor, sponsored by the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

Reservations are required by calling (541) 812-0849.

Turkey Bingo night

Saturday at SHHS

The Sweet Home High School Forestry Program and the Sweet Home Volunteer Firefighters Association will hold Turkey Bingo beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the high school cafeteria, 1641 Long St.

Cards are 25 cents each per game, or $20 buys four cards that last all night. Door prizes and raffle drawings are included. Concessions will be available. This is a family event, so all ages are welcome but minors must be accompanied by a parent.

For more information, contact Karla at (541) 401-3339, Blake at (541) 786-4888 or Heather at (541) 401-7077.

Logging history at Genealogy Library

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society will show a 40-minute film on logging industry history, “From Hill to Mill,” at noon Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Genealogy Library, 1223 Kalmia St.

The video, based on footage filmed between 1939 and 1945, focuses on logging in Coos County by LB&L Timber Company. It shows the logging process, from falling trees through plywood production.

Admission is free, although donations are greatly appreciated. Copies will be available for purchase – $26 at the showing, $30 after, at the Genealogy Library. 

For more information contact Teresa Riper at (541) 401-1361.

LAFTA Christmas

show auditions

Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts will hold auditions for its annual Christmas show at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Lebanon High School’s Little Theatre.

Have a performance song, dance or instrumental piece ready to perform. An accompanist will be provided. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. As per tradition, the Christmas show includes intermission with Christmas treats, and an end-of-show carol sing-along. Performers who can’t make the auditions can contact Terri at the email address below to try to arrange an alternative tryout.

For more information, email

Ex-SH resident to

perform on piano

Former Sweet Home resident Carmen Wolthuis Hall will perform a doctoral piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1155 22nd Ave.

The concert is free. The public is welcome. Hall, who grew up in Sweet Home, is a Ph.D. candidatefor Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music at the University of Utah. She is a student of Dr. Vedrana Subotic.

Her program will include Sonata No. 2 in A Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor by Frederic Chopin, the popularly known as “The Funeral March,” and Sonata No. 7 by Sergei Prokofiev.

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. 15, is shaved turkey or meatloaf sandwich half on wheat bread, corn chowder, pickled beets and golden fruit cup.

The menu on Monday, Oct. 18, is chicken Brunswick stew or sweet and sour pork with brown rice, Oregon bean medley, spinach romaine salad, whole wheat roll and spiced peaches.

The menu on Tuesday, Oct. 19, is Southwest omelet bake or baked beef rigatoni, California blend vegetables, broccoli raisin salad, herb roll 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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