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Around Town March 18, 2020


March 18, 2020

Editor’s note: Due to restrictions on public gatherings and other developments occurring even as The New Era goes to press, it’s highly possible that many of the events listed here may be postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

City seeking two commissioners

The city of Sweet Home is seeking applicants for the Planning Commission.

To qualify, candidates must reside within the Sweet Home School District. The Planning Commission meets twice monthly, usually on Monday evenings. To learn more about the responsibilities of the Planning Commission, visit the Planning Commission page on the city’s website,

Planning Commission vacancies are filled by appointment by the City Council. To apply, submit the Boards and Committees Application to the City Manager’s office at City Hall, 3225 Main Street or by email to The vacancy will be open until filled.

Applications for foundation grants

The Sweet Home Community Foundation is accepting grant applications through April 15.

The goal of the foundation is to provide funding and support to a wide variety of Sweet Home community projects. Special consideration is placed on projects that provide lasting benefits to our community.

Starting this year there are two grant programs:

SHCF Community Grants are given in the following broad categories: Children and Families; Education; Community Livability and Arts and Culture. Grants up to $2,500 are awarded.

The Alice Blazer Grant is will total as much as $10,000 and will require a more comprehensive application process. This grant is specifically for projects able to demonstrate tangible long term community benefits; a positive wide-reaching impact and having the necessary additional financial or in-kind support to achieve success.

The initial application for both grant programs can be submitted online at from through April 15.

Grant applicants must be a 501(c) 3 or other qualified tax-exempt organization or the proposed project may be implemented in partnership or affiliation with such an organization.

Support for the foundation is provided through the generosity of local individuals and businesses.

Grant award recipients will be announced in May.

Pain group to talk

mindfulness, more

The Mid Valley Pain Science Alliance will host speakers Veronica Moresi and Ashley Grajczyk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

The group meets once a month and addresses issues regarding alternatives to managing persistent pain. Moresi, a physical therapist, will speak about pain and mindfulness, and Grajczyk will talk about her personal experience with pain.

For more information, call Sandy Ragan at (541) 223-3355.

Night of praise for

women March 19

Mid-Valley Women of Christ will host a Valley-Wide Night of Praise and Worship at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Life Community Church, 4900 NW Hwy 99, Corvallis.

Immensely popular, these praise events draw over 800 women statewide as the ministry concludes 47 classes of Community Bible Studies held in 21 cities across seven Oregon counties. Doors open at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early as these events fill quickly.

The speaker will be Kim-Maree Janzen, an Australian-born worship leader who is currently an adjunct professor of music at Portland Bible College. Kim-Maree has almost of decade of experience as a worship pastor, worship leader, songwriter, recording artist and college professor. Kim-Maree currently resides in Vancouver, Wash.

The evening’s music will be led by Albany-based worship leader Chris Spivey and the Willamette Community Church Worship Team.

The free event is open to all women. Donations will be accepted during a free-will offering that will be taken.

For more information on this event and the ministry of Mid-Valley Women of Christ visit

Abstract art class

in Brownsville

The Brownsville Art Association will offer a painting workshop, “The ABCs of Abstract Art,” March 19-21, at the Brownsville Art Center, 255 N. Main St., Brownsville.

The workshop will be led by Ruth Armitage, who will help participants learn to work with texture, line, color, and shape inspired by nature. Armitage will show many techniques of paint application, layering, and mark making. She is an experienced and enthusiastic instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience.  Her work is quite accomplished and has garnered many local and national awards.

There is an eight-student maximum and a class cost of $350.

For details and a registration form, visit or the Brownsville Art Center.

Fundraiser dinner for fire victims

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Cheryl Gaskey and her family, who were victims of a fire, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Ignite Hope Church, 580 F St., Lebanon.

Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up, and $5 for ages 5 to 12. Raffle prizes will be available, and gourmet cupcakes from Whisk Upon a Star will be served.

BOLI head to speak

at Forum Lunch

Val Hoyle, Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries will speak at the Chamber of Commerce’s Forum Luncheon, from 11:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Lebanon Samaritan Hospital Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

She will discuss ways BOLI can help local businesses.

Cost is $15 per person and RSVPs are required. The menu will be artichoke chicken, loaded mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, tossed green salad with assorted dressings and assorted cupcakes.

For more information or to RSVP, call (541) 258-7164.

Mineral show in

Sweet Home

The 72nd annual Sweet Home Gem and Mineral Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

This year’s theme is “River Wonders: Agates and Jaspers.” The event, which started in 1948, will include displays and demonstrations, door prizes, a raffle, and a snack bar. The event is put on by the Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Club, which includes Lebanon members.

Admission is 50 cents for adults and teenagers. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call (541) 451-1577 or (541) 451-2740 or visit the Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Society Show facebook.

Search and rescue seeks volunteers

The Linn County Sheriff Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program.

This will be the 27th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 19 through June 29.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

The application process includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff’s Office at 7 p.m. on April 13 or May 1 to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend.

Training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling and many more topics.

For more information about the program contact Lt. Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541) 812-2272 or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff’s Office in Albany.

Meals on Wheels

weekly menu

Meals on Wheels offers lunch for pickup at noon at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, meals will delivered to homes through the end of March will be limited to a single option.

Menu options listed here may be subject to change, so contact Norene Dennis with questions at the number below.

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, March 20, is tuna salad sandwich half on wheat bread, lentil potato soup, carrot raisin salad and pineapple.

The menu on Monday, March 23, is creamed turkey, whipped potatoes, herbed carrots, onion bread and peanut butter bar.

The menu on Tuesday, MArch 24, is orange glazed chicken, Delonico potatoes, mixed vegetables, herb bread and rocky road pudding.

Volunteers are needed for both kitchen help and meal delivery. For more information, contact Norene at (541) 367-8843.


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