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Around Town (July 6, 2022)


July 6, 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, July 8, is teriyaki meatballs with sauce or breaded fish with tartar sauce, brown rice, a Kyoto vegetable blend, Mandarin slaw and seasonal fruit.

The menu on Monday, July 11, is a lasagna cheese roll-up or Santa Fe chicken and lentils, Italian vegetables, creamy coleslaw, a whole wheat roll and Mandarin oranges.

The menu on Tuesday, July 12, is a garden chicken or turkey club mini-salad over spinach Romaine, potato onion soup, an oatmeal roll and a golden fruit cup.

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

Free lunches available to kids

The Sweet Home School District is offering free summer lunches to children 18 and under at the following locations:

-- Through Aug. 19: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Little Promises, 28028 Pleasant Valley Road, Sweet Home (breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. (breakfast is served from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.); 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., around the back of Foster Elementary School, 5526 Poplar St., Foster; 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Oak Heights Elementary School, 610 Elm St., Sweet Home; and noon to 12:30 p.m., Ashbrook Park, 28th Ave. and Juniper St., Sweet Home.

-- Through July 22: noon to 12:30 p.m., Sweet Home Junior High School, 880 22nd Ave. (breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m.).

No meals will be served at any of these sites Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Deshawnda Carver, Sweet Home High School, at (541) 367-7149 or Kathleen Cochran, accounts payable, at (541) 367-7121.

Museum seeks donations for sale

The East Linn Museum seeks donations for its annual fundraising yard sale, scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the museum, 746 Long St.

Household items, clothing, books, tools, sporting goods and more will be accepted. Please bring these donations to the museum between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Volunteers are also needed to help set up the sale and to assist throughout the day.

For more information or to schedule other times, call (541) 367-2953 or (541) 401-7673.

PEO announces berry fundraiser

PEO Chapter DD in Sweet Home is holding its annual berry sale fundraiser through July 9.

The organization is offering freshly picked Oregon’s Best blueberries and thornless Columbia Star blackberries, flash frozen and packed in nine-pound plastic pails. These berries make for great homemade jams, jellies and tasty desserts.

To purchase, call or text Cynde Burford at (541) 401-2810. Orders will be collected through July 9. Those purchasing berries will be able to pick them up in Sweet Home on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

All proceeds from the berry sale provide educational scholarships, loans and grants to women in our community.

Lebanon park concerts continue

Summer music has returned with Lebanon’s Concerts in the Park on Tuesdays and Summer Bands and Brews on Saturdays.

Jobe Woosley will headline on July 10, followed by Inner Limits on July 17 at Strawberry Plaza, 847 Main St.

Concerts in the Park series kicks off Tuesday, July 12, at Ralston Park, 925 Park Street, Lebanon.

Concerts begin at 6 p.m.

James F. Wright will perform on July 12. Hank and Bill Shreve are on stage July 19.

Free softball camp set for youth

The Sweet Home Softball Association is holding a free softball camp for incoming second- through eighth-grade athletes from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 11-12, at the Sweet Home High School softball fields on 18th Avenue, near the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam.

Register for the camp at

For more information, contact Emily Marchbanks at (541) 401-7146 or Brent Smith at (541) 401-8643. Email inquiries may be sent to

After 5 celebrates America program

After 5 Connection is holding a special program, “Celebrate America,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Highway, Lebanon.

All ladies and gentlemen are invited.

The evening will feature fun, food, games, prizes, audience participation and a patriotic sing-along. Guest speaker Reshma Ahmed, of Beaverton, will share an inspiring story of a life-changing personal encounter.

Cost is $15, which includes everything. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

For reservations, contact Madel at (541) 259-1396 or Nancy at (541) 259-1306 or If unable to attend, please cancel your reservation.

Tickets available for county fair

Reserved seating tickets are available for main stage entertainment at the Linn County Fair, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 14-16, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Albany.

Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

This year’s headliners include Sara Evans on July 14, Five for Fighting on July 15 and Sawyer Brown on July 16. All performances begin at 8:30 p.m.

General seating is free with daily admission ($7 general, $5 seniors over 60 and free for children 12 and under), but reserved seats are $22-$30. Daily parking is $5. (Admission for Thursday, July 14, will be free for active military members and seniors.)

Three-day passes are $21 general, $15 for seniors and FFA/4-H members and $15 for parking. A family fun pack for the carnival is $120, which is good for any single day of the fair and includes four general admission tickets and four all-day carnival wristbands. A Pick-Your-Day Fun Pack, which includes one of each item, is available for $35. An all-day carnival wristband is available for $32 by Sunday, July 10.

For more information, visit

SH Class of 1977 sets reunion

Sweet Home High School’s Class of 1977 is celebrating its 45-year reunion Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, with a series of events at various locations.

A walk will begin, weather permitting, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the upper parking lot at McDowell Creek Falls County Park, 43170 McDowell Creek Drive, Lebanon.

A meet and greet follows at 2 p.m. at Pineway Golf Course, 30949 Pineway Road, Lebanon, with conversations to catch up and discuss the “Kids Don’t Float” fundraiser life jacket loaner locations at Foster Lake and Camp Attitude.

A buffet dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Cost for the latter is $25 per person.

Umpqua Bank has an account for the deposit of the dinner cost and fundraiser donations.

Sunday features an 11 a.m. worship invitation, followed by a 12:30 classmate potluck and sandwich lunch at Freedom Hill Church, 2470 Main St., Sweet Home.

For more information, contact Lois Miller Carper at (541) 760-1529 or via Facebook or

Guitars Under the Stars tickets, camp

Advance tickets remain available for the fifth annual Guitars Under the Stars, a four-day intensive music camp and two-day festival scheduled Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30, at Cheadle Lake Park, 37941 Weirich Drive, Lebanon.

The Guitars Under the Stars Music Experience Camp for youth, which features 20 guest counselors – all of whom are professional musicians and producers slated to perform at the festival, overseeing a variety of courses – begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, and concludes at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

The all-inclusive camp features food, camping, instruction and activities. Register at Scholarship applications are available at

See a full list of instructors at

Gates for the festival open at 3 p.m. Friday, July 29, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30.

The full schedule includes such performers as Mark Mendoza (Twisted Sister), Stu Hamm, Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Ron Keel (Keel, Steeler and Saber Tiger), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Mark Heylmun (Suicide Silence), Thöm Häzäert, Ernie Iniguez (Quietude, Salimus), Brandon Cook (The Loyal Order, Black N’ Blue), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Chris Martucci (Stone Sour, Black Star Riders). Among the featured bands are Lilac, The Loyal Order, Sweater for an Astronaut and ED to Shred.

A Metal Hall of Fame induction ceremony for producers/engineers Randy Burns (Megadeth, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies) and Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn, Metallica) will be held Friday, July 29.

Tickets are $120 for an advance two-day VIP pass, $70 for advance two-day festival passes, $35 for Friday and $40 for Saturday. Camping passes are $40 in advance and $150 for RV parking.

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