Around Town for May

Forest management lecture at OSU

Constance Harrington, research forester with the U.S. Forest Service, will address “How should we manage our forests in the face of uncertainty? What we know and what we don’t know about how trees respond to climate,” in the final installation of the Starker Lectures at 3:30 p.m. on May 23 at Oregon State University.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the C&E Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center on  the OSU campus.

The Starker Lecture Series is sponsored by the Starker family in memory of T.J. and Bruce Starker, prominent leaders in the development of the Oregon forest products industry. The series is also supported by the OSU College of Forestry and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

More information on the series is available at starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu.

Forum to focus on Smart Meters

Pacific Power representatives will discuss their new Smart Meters at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Forum Lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Career Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

Over the course of 2018 and 2019, Pacific Power plans to upgrade 590,000 existing electric meters to Smart Meters. Cory Estlund, a field support manager, and Mike Cochran, metering director, will discuss that process and how to use the new online tools to improve power usage. Also, they will discuss how the new tools will help Pacific Power respond more quickly during outages.

The lunch menu is chicken parmesan (chicken breast smothered in marinara and topped with parmesan), pasta, green beans, tossed salad with dressing and breadsticks, with assorted truffles to cap things off.

Cost is $15 per person. RSVPs are required by calling (541) 258-7164 or visiting lebanon-chamber.org/events.

Psychologist to speak on babies

Dr. Ross Thompson will be the keynote speaker at the Oregon Parenting Educators Conference, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Russell Tripp Theater at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Thompson, a psychology professor,  will speak on “How to Think Like a Baby,” focusing particularly on children from birth to age 5.  The event is free and on-site childcare, Spanish interpretation and headsets are available.

For more information, visit www.parentingsuccessnetwork.org. To reserve childcare, visit docs.google.com.

Make bouquet for Memorial Day

Honor a loved one this Memorial Day by crafting a handmade bouquet from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House, 4600 Evergreen St. SE, Albany.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, email [email protected].

Learn to use light for better health

A class on using lighting to create healthier living and working spaces starts from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 30, at the Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

The two-week class, Lighting and Simplicity for Happier Living, covers how to create calm and relaxed spaces at home and work with guidelines for applying simplicity for conscious living.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu, email [email protected], or call LBCC Community Education at (541) 917-4840.

Wine and Art Walk Downtown June 1

The Lebanon Downtown Association will host its second annual Wine and Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, throughout the downtown area.

Select businesses will be open during that period and will hold sidewalk sales. Vendors will be present.  Look for signs in windows prior to the event.

For more information, contact Alysia at (541) 974-4391.

Join BLT in walk on parade route

Want to walk in a parade?

Build Lebanon Trails is offering the opportunity to see what a parade looks like from the inside out with organization members starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at WalMart, 3290 S. Santiam Hwy.

Meet fellow trail lovers, help wave and hand out event cards, and, as one annual parade marcher put it, “see the face of Lebanon.”

No dogs will be allowed. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.

For more information, contact Rod Sell at (541) 409-1302 or Christine Davies at (503) 949-4401.

Business-oriented worship service

A community-wide worship service, to conclude the Strawberry Festival, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy.

Themed “Christians in the Workplace,” it will include worship in song, a short Bible teaching, and a panel discussion among local business leaders on the implications of Christians’ faith on their work. All are welcome. The event is sponsored by Transform Lebanon, a network of pastors and leaders of Christian nonprofit ministries.

For more information, contact Ed Skipper at (541) 619-5877.

National Cancer Survivors event

Samaritan Health Services will honor cancer survivors from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Samaritan Cancer Resource Center, 501 NW Elks Drive, Corvallis; from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 Santiam Hwy. SE; from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th St., Newport; and from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Samaritan Cancer Resource Center, 400 NW Hickory St., Albany.

Cancer survivors will have the opportunity to connect with resource staff to learn more about programs such as SurvivorFit, That’s My Farmer, and more. They will also have a chance to engage with fellow survivors, participate in an ArtsCare activity, receive a heartfelt gift and enjoy healthy refreshments.

Chicken talk at Science Pub June 4

James Hermes will discuss the history of the chicken industry in Oregon and the impacts of the shift to “free range” and other methods of producing eggs at the Corvallis Science Pub on June 4.

“The products of the egg industry are found in most home refrigerators and in many processed foods that most of us consume daily,” said Hermes, an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. “Even though eggs are common, most consumers know little about how they are produced.”

Science Pub begins at 6 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2ndSt. in Corvallis and is free and open to the public. Due its continuing popularity, attendance will be limited, and advance registration will be required. Registration is available onlineor by calling (541) 737-4717. People who arrive without a ticket are welcome but will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as the roadside geology of Oregon, and the bond between people and dogs, are available at communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.

Cruz’n car show June 9 at Cheadle

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Classic Car Cruz’n from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Cheadle Lake Park, 37919 Weirich Drive

Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the eight mile “Cruz the Gut” loop starts at 9. Then spend time viewing classic cars of all makes and models at the park while listening to “classic car music” and eating food from local vendors.

There will be prizes, awards and a free photo booth. $15 pre-show, $20 day of, and t-shirt sales. Pick up registration forms at the Chamber, or contact Shelly for more information at (541) 258-7164.

Strawberry Century back on June 9

The 26th annual Strawberry Century bicycling ride series will be held Saturday, June 9, starting at Lebanon High School.

Organized by Santiam Spokes Riding Club, the event offers routes ranging from 13.3 miles to 101.9 and for every skill level.

Costs range from $20 to $45 per participant, which includes access to fully-stocked aid stations, a picnic lunch, course support and sweeps, fresh strawberry cake at the finish and more.

Learn more at www.strawberrycentury.org.

Area symphony to perform June 9-10

Willamette Valley Symphony will perform works by Verdi and Dvorak, plus a selection of opera arias June 9 and 10.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Albany First United Methodist Church, 1115 28th Ave. SW; and at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 Research Way in Corvallis.

Guest soloist David Gustafson, tenor, will perform a selection of favorite opera arias. Also on the program are Verdi’s Nabucco Overture, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “New World.”

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and over and students, and free at the door for children 12 and under. Discounts are available for season packages (four concerts).

For more information on the orchestra and where or how to purchase tickets, visit www.WillametteValleySymphony.org.

Free garden talk at coffee shop

The Lebanon Garden Club and Linn County Master Gardeners will host a free garden talk from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, June 11, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

The public is invited. For more information, contact Eileen at (541) 259-4303.

After 5 women’s dinner June 12

Local women are invited to After 5 Connection’s monthly dinner and program  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

The topic will be “Bead It,” and the program will include a presentation by Ira Whitaker of Let It Bead in Lebanon on making personal jewelry.

Pat Abernathy of Madras, a community planner, caregiver, Facebook “foodie” and inventor of decadent goodies will tell hair-raising adventure tales that make listeners ask “Why me?”

Cost is $8.50, which includes everything. Credit cards cannot be accepted.  RSVPs are required.

To reserve a spot, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396.

Garden clubs state convention here

The Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs 2018 State Convention will be held from Sunday, June 10, to Wednesday, June 13, at the Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn and Event Center, 505 Mullins Drive

The dinner banquet, featuring keynote speaker Hoichi Kurisu, begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, and costs $75 per ticket. Kurisu is a world renowned landscape designer of Japanese gardens, including the Healing Garden at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, the Japanese Garden at Boulder Falls Inn, and Portland Japanese Gardens.

Non-members may purchase tickets by contacting Trudie Bason at (541) 521-5677 or by email at [email protected].

Juggler-musician at library June 14

Juggler and musician Corey       Jenkins will appear at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

Free lunch will be provided children at the event, which is also free.

For more information, call (541) 258-4926.

Parking lot sale at The Oaks June 15

The Oaks at Lebanon will host its annual Parking Lot Sale and Barbecue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 15, at 521 W. Oak St.

In addition to a parking lot full of goodies for sale, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. Money from food sales will benefit the Willamette Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

For more information, contact Jenni Grove at (541) 619-0556.

Storytelling at library June 16

Storyteller Joseph Battrick will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

Free lunch will be provided children at the event, which is also free. Battrick will perform the African folk tale “Tunji and the Giant,” set to lively music by David Mullikin. Funding for the event is provided by the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival and a grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition.

For more information, call (541) 258-4926.

Free discussion on pain at SLCH

Mid Valley Pain Alliance is hosting a free community talk at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

Presentations by healthcare clinicians include discussions designed to answer questions about pain.

Questions can be directed to [email protected].