Around Town (May 11, 2022)


May 11, 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, May 13, is shoyu chicken or country meatballs with gravy, rice pilaf, pineapple coleslaw, green beans and carrots, and peach cobbler.

The menu on Monday, May 16, is a Southwest omelet bake or a barbecued smokehouse chop, diced red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cracked wheat bread and a golden fruit cup.

The menu on Tuesday, May 17, is spaghetti and meat sauce or sweet and sour chicken with brown rice, green beans, a tossed salad, a garlic roll and chocolate cake with frosting.

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

Low vision group discusses disasters

The Mid Valley Low Vision Group will host a discussion on “What to Do in Case of a Disaster” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Speaker Angela Barnhurst, who herself has limited vision and uses a seeing-eye dog, will talk about her established disaster readiness program tailored for the disabled and visually challenged. She came up with the idea after attending a presentation on standard disaster preparation.


All meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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

Woodlands group offers scholarships

The Linn County Small Woodlands Association is offering $2,000 scholarships to students graduating from Linn County high schools who plan to study forestry or forestry-related natural resources.

The scholarships are open to students who plan to attend an Oregon college or in a dual-enrollment program (such as LBCC-OSU and LCC-UO).

The scholarships are renewable at $1,000 to $2,000 rates, depending on the success of the LCSWA’s annual winter seedling sales.

Academic achievements, honors and awards, school activities and community engagement will be considered.

Application forms, which must be postmarked or e-mailed by May 31, are available at Linn County’s high schools and from LCSWA scholarship chair Katie Kohl at

Online plant sale continues

The Linn County Juvenile Department is holding an online plant sale, “New Beginnings Garden,” with items available for view at

The sale offers a full array of potted flowers, succulents, hanging baskets and tree seedlings. Four-inch potted flowers cost $4 each, with hanging flower baskets available for $35.

All sales are made only through the website via orders placed with a credit card. Items may be picked up the following day at Linn County Juvenile Detention Center, 4400 Lochner Road SE, Albany.

SAFE hosts can and bottle drive

SAFE will host its final can and bottle drive for Sweet Home High School’s Class of 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1118 Main St.

Please bring cans and bottles to help raise money for the senior class.

‘Kids to Camp’ auction scheduled

The Fir Lawn Lutheran Church has announced its ninth annual “Kids to Camp” auction, running 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Ma y 14, at the church, 109 W. Holley Road, Sweet Home.

Events include a silent auction, oral auction, pie purchase, “Duck Race” and “Traeger Raffle.” Its menu features a “Flaminga” feast.

The auction itself is free to attend; however, dinner costs $25 per person and raffle tickets cost $20 apiece.

For more information, call (541) 367-3642.

Carnival, auction coming May 21

Oak Heights Elementary School is hosting its annual spring carnival and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the gymnasium on its campus, 605 Elm St., Sweet Home.

The event features a bounce house, obstacle course, face-painting, carnival games, prizes and raffle baskets. Carnival fare include hot dogs, popcorn, Casa de Reyes’ street tacos and cotton candy.

Visit the school’s Facebook page at for updates and further details.

Strawberry fest returns in June

The Strawberry Festival will be in full festival mode, from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

This year’s event features live entertainment by headliners Jo Dee Messina on Thursday, James Otto & Jackson Michelson on Friday, and Steve Augeri of Journey on Saturday, followed by the Grand Parade on Saturday, and the Flower Show put on by the Lebanon Garden Club at Santiam Place. 

Tickets are now available for purchase online at

Gardening classes offered in Lebanon

Free gardening classes will be offered on second Tuesdays through Oct. 11 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Sessions will be held at 10 a.m., beginning with a question-and-answer period followed by short lectures on gardening topics, as outlined below.

-- June 14: “Organic Nutrients/Companion Planting.”

-- July 12: “Planting a Winter Garden in July.”

Register for these classes buy emailing

Fire academy set for girls in county

Girls aged 16 to 19 are invited to attend the Linn County Young Women’s Fire Academy June 23-24.

The two-day event is a free, hands-on opportunity to learn from female firefighters at Lebanon Fire Station 31, 1050 W. Oak St.

Applications are available at For more information, visit


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