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Around Town Sep. 16, 2020


September 16, 2020

Blood donation events in Lebanon

The American Red Cross needs people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a blood supply as diverse as the patients who depend on it.

Blood donation events are planned on Sept. 19 and 29 in Lebanon. The Sept. 19 event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at Safeway, 1983 Main St. The Sept. 29 event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Highway.

Blood drives are also essential in helping ensure blood is available for patients this winter.

For a small percentage of the population, finding someone else with the same blood type can be difficult. While the vast majority of people have types A, B, O or AB blood, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of a diverse patient population. Patients who require frequent blood transfusions as part of their treatment, like those with sickle cell disease or other lifelong blood disorders, often need close blood type matches to prevent complications from their transfusion therapy.

All blood types are needed to ensure that the right blood product is available at the right time for all patients.

To donate, make an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

To learn more and sign up to host a blood drive this fall or winter, visit 

Workshop on how to start a business

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 benefit moved to Nov. 14

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam’s Champions of Children Mask-Arade fundraiser has been postponed till Nov. 14.

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

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. 18, is beef enchilada bake or chicken penne pasta, fiesta blend vegetables, garden vegetable salad, oat bran roll and poke ’n’ pour cake.

The menu on Monday, Sept. 21, is chicken pomodoro or braised beef tips with brown rice, zucchini with red peppers, spinach romaine salad, herb roll and lemon pudding.

The menu on Tuesday, Sept. 22, is chicken caesar or garden turkey mini salad, both over spinach romaine, sausage and kale soup, oat bran roll and pineapple tidbits.

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


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