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Around Town Jan. 22, 2020


January 22, 2020

Bible studies start

this week in SH

Mid-Valley Women of Christ is holding a community Bible study in various Sweet Home churches starting this week.

The free, interdenominational classes, “Finding God Faithful,” are based on the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Taught by author and teacher Kelly Minter, the eight-week video series will focus on how suffering can be a purifying process that prepares one for the calling God has for one’s life. Participant study guides are available for a nominal fee. Classes also offer hospitality, small group discussions and prayer.

In Sweet Home, classes are being held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Hope Church, 890 Mountain View Road; from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Sweet Home Evangelical Ministry Center, 1035 14th Ave., and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Sweet Home Christian Church, 1825 Long St.

Childcare will not be available.

To attend, register at or contact Lagea Mull at (541) 405-8005.

Free Community Orchestra concert

Lebanon Community Orchestra will present a program, “All About Dance,” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

The community concert is free. The public is invited. Conductor Jean Marshall will lead the orchestra in arrangements of “Thunder and Lightning Polka,” “Russian Sailor’s Dance,” “Nordic Waltz,” “Country Hoedown” and more.

Cookies and coffee will be served.

Foster pancake

dinner Friday

Foster School will hold its annual Breakfast for Dinner fundraiser from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at 5526 Poplar St.

Dinner will be pancakes, sausage links and eggs, with coffee and juice, all for $4 per adult and $2 for students. Veterans and first responders eat free. There will also be a raffle.

The event is sponsored by Foster PTO.

For more information, call (541) 367-7180.

Giant square dance

fest at Expo Center

Square dancers and those who are interested in getting involved are invited to the 60th annual Oregon Mid-Winter Festival Jan. 24-26 at Linn County Expo Center, Knox Butte Road, Albany.

The giant event, themed “The Diamonds of Dance,” includes square dancing, shopping in the Vendors Hall, workshops and fellowship. The event typically draws hundreds of dancers from all over the Northwest.

Square dance callers will be Deborah Carroll-Jones and Patty Green. Round dance cuers will be Sally and Bob Nolen. Kelli McChesney-Shotgun will teach clogging.

The festival runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

A square dance demonstration will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Heritage Mall in Albany. The Grand March and Opening Ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. in the Willamette A (mainstream) Hall.

Cost for the full festival is $60 per adult, $35 for youths. Spectators are welcome, at no charge.

For more information, to view schedules, or to register visit or facebook/MidWinterSDFestival.

Orchid Society to hold show, sale

The Mary’s Peak Orchid Society will hold its annual show and sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy. 20 between Albany and Corvallis.

Dozens of blooming orchids will be on display, and numerous vendors will be selling orchid plants, materials, and books. Repotting will be available for a small fee. Admission and advice are free.

The Society is an orchid club with members throughout the Willamette Valley.

Small Woodlands

seedling sale Feb. 1

The Linn County Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association will hold its 25th Annual Seedling Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Santiam Building, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

Proceeds will be used to fund Linn County 4-H forestry awards and college scholarships for students seeking a degree related to forestry or natural resources.

In addition to seedlings, there will also be seedling protector tubes with sticks available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seedlings come directly from the nursery and will be either bare-root or plugs. Due to limited supply and continued high demand, coast redwood orders are limited to ten or fewer this year.

The Local Woods Fair will be held in conjunction with the seedling sale again this year. Artisans will sell their wooden wares and various organizations will be present providing useful information to small woodland owners. For more information about the LocalWoods Fair, contact Mary at or (541) 367-2845.

Seedling customers are encouraged to pre-order. Orders will be packed and ready for pick-up on sale day between 8 am and 11 a.m.

For more information or order forms, contact Bonnie Marshall at bonniem@wvi.comor (503) 769-6510.

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, Jan. 24, is turkey apple meatballs with cider glaze or sliced ham with mustard sauce, Delmonico potatoes, spinach romaine salad, cornmeal roll and zucchini brownie.

The menu on Monday, Jan. 27, is barbecued chicken or liver and onions with gravy, Chantilly potatoes, California blend vegetables, wheat bread and chocolate pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, Jan. 28, is hearty chicken stew or beef Spanish rice bake, Oregon bean medley, creamy coleslaw, rye bran roll, 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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