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Around Town (March 9, 2022)


March 9, 2022

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, March 11, is a chicken pastina or cheese and green chili bake, chuckwagon corn, carrot raisin salad, a seven-grain roll and peach cobbler.

The menu on Monday, March 14, is chicken with paprika cream sauce or sliced ham with a honey Dijon glaze, whipped sweet potatoes, spinach, whole wheat bread and a fresh orange.

The menu on Tuesday, March 15, is a barbecued smokehouse chop or southwest omelet bake, Lyonnaise potatoes, winter-blend vegetables, French bread and a snickerdoodle bar.

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

SAFE to hold fundraising drive

The Sweet Home High School SAFE committee will hold a can, bottle and coin drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1118 Main St.

The event raises money for the high school’s Class of 2022 Senior Alcohol Free Entertainment event.

Climate change forum planned

The League of Women Voters of Linn County, Oregon, has organized a Zoom forum, “Fire, Floods, Famine? How Climate Change May Affect Linn County, and What We Can Do About It,” set to run from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 14.

Scheduled panelists include Oregon Climate Change Research Institute director Erica Fleishman, Oregon Climate and Agriculture co-director Megan Kemple, Linn County commissioner Will Tucker and county farmer Pete Kenagy.

To register for the forum, visit The event will also be streamed on the group’s YouTube channel.

Forum cosponsors include the Albany branch of the American Association of University Women, Friends of Linn County, and the Linn-Benton NAACP.

For more information about the forum or about the League, call Linda Ziedrich at (503) 707-1539.

Science Pub looks at dance, research

Oregon State University doctoral graduate Heather Masson-Forsythe will discuss how she used to dance to communicate her COVID-19 research at the next Oregon Science Pub, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, on YouTube Live.

Masson-Forsythe’s presentation is called “Investigating How COVID-19 Proteins Stick to Viral RNA and Taking Research From the Lab to the Dance Floor.” Her thesis research centered on the nucleocapsid protein of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the current pandemic.

Throughout the research project, Masson-Forsythe used the TikTok app under the name @heycurlytop, documenting her efforts to make research contributions to the ongoing global pandemic. Through her work, she accumulated more than 50,000 TikTok followers. She then turned her research project into a dance and submitted it to Science Magazine’s 13th annual Dance Your PhD contest, winning in the newly created COVID-19 category. Watch the video at

Registration is required at

Foundation grant deadline March 15

The Sweet Home Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for its 2022 cycle through Tuesday, March 15. 

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 Memorial Grant is for up to $10,000. This grant is specifically for projects able to demonstrate tangible long term community benefits; a positive wide-reaching impact and having the additional financial or in-kind support to achieve success. 

The initial application for both grant programs can be submitted online, at, through March 15. 


Strokes focus of March 16 seminar

Learn about strokes and their warning signs in Samaritan Health Services’ “Save Time, Save Brain,” a free virtual seminar scheduled from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

Samaritan Albany General Hospital stroke coordinator Jodie Andrews will discuss the signs and symptoms of strokes, as well as what to do when one is suspected.

To register for the session, visit and scroll to the indicated class.

‘Losing My Sight’ talk March 16

The Mid-Valley Low Vision Group will host Rebecca Piros, who will speak on “Losing My Sight” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Piros was stricken in 2015 with a rare fungus disease that caused her to develop meningitis, which put pressure on her optic nerves. After being unresponsive for over a week, she woke up to her present condition of extremely limited eyesight.

Her presentation recounts how she overcame her then-seemingly dauntless affliction and is now successfully living with her new-normal. Through the help of the Oregon Commission for the Blind, she was able to return to her secretarial work and was recently appointed to the Newberg School Board.

The Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group is a self-funded non profit organization. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments.

For more information, call (541) 974-6233.

B&G Club to hold Spring Break camp

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam will hold a spring break vamp for children aged kindergarten through sixth grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 21-25, at the Sweet Home club, 880 18th Ave.

Participants will spend a week working no science experiments and do-it-yourself projects centered around science, technology, engineering, art and math. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.

Cost is $25 for a full day or $100 for a full week.

Register at

For more information, contact the Sweet Home club at (541) 367-6421.

SH rock show back March 26-27

The 72nd annual Sweet Home Gem & Mineral Show is a go this year on Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.

Both days start at 10 a.m.

The event will feature various dealers, displays, demonstrations, door prizes, a raffle, a snack bar and disabled parking.

Admission is 50 cents general, free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call (541) 451-2740 or (541) 451-1577 or email


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