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Around Town Sept. 9, 2020

Back the Blue rally Friday at SHPD

A “Back the Blue” rally is planned for Patriot Day, Friday, Sept. 11, to show support for local law enforcement personnel.

The event is from 6 to 7 p.m. in front of the Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St. Event organizers bring supportive signs and flags, streamers, balloons, signs, banners, etc. Black- or blue-colored clothing is requested.

The goal is to line both sides of the street in the 1900 block of Main. Participants are asked not to park in the McDonald’s, Bi-Mart or Dollar General parking lots, as they have limited spaces and will be open during the rally.

Parking is available at the far north end of the SHPD parking lot for those on the north side on Main Street. Those on the south side of Main are encouraged to park on 22nd Avenue. If crossing the street, participants are encouraged to use the crosswalk at 18th & Main, which is considered safer for pedestrians than the crossing at 22nd and Main.

Families are encouraged to stand together; otherwise organizers are asking that participants practice 6-foot social distancing while lining the sidewalk. Blue or black masks are encouraged.

9/11 Remembrance at Husky Field

The City of Sweet Home is hosting a remembrance service for victims and heroes of 9/11 on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Husky Field, 1012 22nd Ave.

The service will include songs and speakers who will share information about how many civilians and first responders were killed in the attacks, and public officials will say a few words. All are welcome to attend.

Can fundraiser for S.A.F.E. Saturday

The 2021 S.A.F.E. Party organizers will hold a can drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at O’Reilly’s parking lot, on the corner of Main Street and 12th Avenue.

Cans may be dropped off at the location or collected by contacting Brandi at (541) 401-7167.

Lebanon trails group plans hike

Build Lebanon Trails group will host a walk along what will be the Old Mill Trail, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Cheadle Lake North Shore parking lot off River Drive.

Participants will walk from the north side of Cheadle Lake Park to Gill’s Landing and back, three miles total, on what will become the Old Mill Trail, a major and scenic piece of the trail system. The walk has dirt and gravel segments and follows the dikes and flood plain along the South Santiam River.

The Old Mill Trail is BLT’s next major project.

Well-mannered dogs are welcome, if walker brings appropriate clean-up materials.

For more information, visit or facebook/buildlebanontrails.

COVID kills SHHS multiclass reunion

The annual Sweet Home High School multi-class reunion picnic, hosted by the Class of 1958, has been canceled to the coronavirus pandemic.

The picnic would have been held Sunday, Sept. 13.

The annual event is held on the second Sunday in September at Roberts Park in Sweet Home.

For information, contact Darlene Vavrosky at (541) 405-9458.

Master Gardener Fall Workshops

Lane County Master Gardeners are replacing their traditional Fall Festival with a virtual event this year that will include classes and expert panels. Register now for this interactive but virtual alternative to their Fall Festival.

The event will be Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 11 a.m.

Real-world workshops will address everyday garden topics and the interactive format allows participants to see presentations and ask pressing gardening questions to Master Gardeners and OSU faculty: Are cover crops too complicated for a small garden? Why does my compost never get hot? Is lasagna the same as sheet mulch? How long can I save tomato seeds? Where’s the best place to store them? What do I do with all this squash?

To register, visit

Foster Dam Road closure next week

Foster Dam Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15 and 16, for maintenance on the spillway and to remove the fish weir.

For more information, contact Christie at (541) 942-5631, ext. 5612.

Entrepreneurs to talk shop online

Oregon RAIN will host a graduation celebration for its RAINmaker Sales and Marketing Accelerator cohort from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Hear some of the sales and marketing strategies that participants are implementing as a result of the workshop during and beyond the pandemic during the past 10 weeks. More than 70 businesses from across 20 Oregon counties have participated. RAIN is supported locally by 18 cities, including Sweet Home.

Keynote speaker will be chemist Paula Hayes, CEO of the cosmetics firm Hue Noir, which she started in 2009 in her kitchen. She will talk about overcoming barriers to entrepreneurship. Attendees will be able to vote for the best sales pitch, for which winners will receive cash and other prizes.

For information and to attend, visit

Free Going Into Business class

The Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College will offer a free Zoom-based Going into Business workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

The informational, lively class, taught by Melinda Short, will give participants basic information needed to begin planning a successful business. Rules, regulations, financing, customers, markets and feasibility and more will all be discussed.

SBDC offers multiple other classes that pertain to just about every point of the business cycle. Further information on classes is available at

B&G Club to hold Mask-Arade event

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam will hold a Champions of Children Mask-Arade fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in both Sweet Home and Lebanon.

The event will include a live auction and dinner from 7 to 8 p.m. and live music from 8 till 10.

Appetizers, dinner and live entertainment are included in the admission – $1,200 for a table of six, in-person, or virtually (two adults) for $300. Virtual attendees will have access to the silent and live auctions via their tablets or smartphones. Their appetizers and drinks will be delivered.

Due to state mandates, capacity is limited for actual attendees.

For more information, contact Shyla at (541) 258-7105 or by email at

Canning help from OSU continues

The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Food Preserver program continues to offer a free hotline to help local residents preserve their fruits, vegetables and meats.

The toll-free hotline at 800-354-7319 runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. When the hotline is closed, callers can leave a message. The hotline is staffed by certified Master Food Preserver volunteers and is available statewide.

Extension’s Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer service, is another way to get information. Post a question and an expert will get back to you within 48 hours.

A free app,  Canning Timer & Checklist, provides reminders of essential steps in the canning process.

Also, check out the new Facebook page and Instagram page.

Additionally, many Extension offices offer free pressure gauge testing.

Meals on Wheels weekly menu

Meals on Wheels offers take-out 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.

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. 11, is Santa Fe chicken or turkey club mini salad over spinach romaine, potao chowder, seven grain roll and peaches.

The menu on Monday, Sept. 14, is orange glazed chicken or pork choppie with gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, spinach, wheat bread and chocolate chip bar.

The menu on Tuesday, Sept. 15, is barbecue smokehouse shop or herbed chicken patty with gravy, Delmonico potatoes, succotash, French bread and seasonal fresh fruit.

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

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