Around Town: April 2019


Following are Easter events that have been planned for the Lebanon area over the next week.

Coloring contest

Grocery Outlet has entries for a kids Easter-themed coloring contest for ages 0 to 13. There are two winners per age group. Pick up entries at 2540 S. Santiam Highway, and turn them in by 9 p.m. April 19

April 13 free egg hunt

Kings Chapel will host its “biggest in Oregon” Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m., at the Lebanon High School football field, 1700 S. Fifth St. Children ages infant to sixth grade are welcome to participate. Includes a life-size puppet show.

April 13 free egg hunt

Lebanon First Assembly of God will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m., at 725 W. Oak St. Egg hunts are divided by age, and there is a separate hunt for those with special needs.

April 20 bake sale

FISH of Lebanon will host an Easter bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mega Foods parking lot at the corner of Airport and Main streets. Raffle tickets for a quilt will be for sale.

April 20 Hippity Hop Express

Santiam Excursion Trains will host a train ride from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Hang out with the Easter bunny and do some crafting, followed by an egg hunt at Scroggins Mill. Be on time to board at the Santiam Travel Station, 750 S. 3rd St. Tickets cost $15 to $20 per person and can be purchased at santiam-excursion-trains.ticketleap.com/hippity-hop-express2019/details

April 20 egg hunts

  • Lebanon Church of the Nazarene, starts at 10 a.m., 600 West D St. Separate egg hunts for toddlers through fifth grade and special needs. Easter bunny, prizes, pony rides, face painting, games.
  • River Park, starts at noon on East Grant Street.
  • The Oaks at Lebanon, starts at 1 p.m., 621 W. Oak St. The Easter bunny will be there.
  • Oregon Veterans Home and COMP-Northwest students host an egg hunt at 1:30 p.m., 600 N. Fifth St. There are separate hunts for different age groups.
  • Lebanon Community Pool, starts at 4:30 p.m., 1800 S. Fifth St. For ages 2 to 10, followed by a rec swim from 5 to 7 p.m. Event includes prizes, raffle and popcorn. Cost to get in is $3.25 to $4.25.

More happenings for the next few weeks:

Gallery featuring jewelry, textiles

Gallery Calapooia is featuring work by jeweler Linda Herd and textile artist Karen Miller during April from 11 am. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, at 222 First Ave. W, Albany.

Herd’s latest works include animal and Cascade peaks in silhouette on various jewelry. Miller specializes in katazome, Japanese stencil dyeing.

For more information, call (541) 971-5701.

Library of Things at … library

The Library of Things movement, a non-traditional collection of things to be borrowed with a library card, is a growing trend for public libraries, has arrived at Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.  Library of Things could include seeds, electronics, musical instruments, tools, recreational equipment and more.

Lebanon Public Library is kicking off its own LIBRARY OF THINGS collection with cake pans.  Why cake pans?  Cake pans and novelty bakeware are particularly popular additions to libraries.  They require little maintenance, are easy to store and relatively inexpensive.

Questions? Contact the library at (541) 258-4926.

Artist proposals sought for park

The Lebanon Arts Commission is seeking artist proposals for its Strawberry Plaza Art Board Program, a systematic process for the creation, selection and display of art on six large-sized (4- by 8-foot) art panels affixed to the north and south walls of the Strawberry Plaza.

All proposals will be created in miniature form, in scale with the large boards. Multiple entries from the same artist are welcome. Interested artists must turn in an official entry form, which is found at the following locations: Lebanon City Hall, 925 S. Main St.; Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.; Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

All design submissions and any art panels resulting from the selection process become the property of the City of Lebanon and cannot be returned. After an art board’s 12-month exhibit time ends, the public will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction for the piece. Proceeds from the sale are split between the Lebanon Arts Commission Art Fund and the artist.

For more information, contact Leigh at (541) 258-4253 or email [email protected]

Grants offered for downtown restoration

In 2017, the Lebanon City Council approved the creation of a Downtown Building Restoration Program to incentivize building facade improvements. Along with the program’s original loan interest grants, the City is now offering micro grants for downtown businesses with entrances on Main Street, between Vine and Maple streets.

The DBRP interest grant provides no-interest loans (drawn from participating local banks and credit unions) for building facade improvements. Interest grants are provided for loans up to $25,000, covering 100 percent of interest not to exceed a maximum rate of six percent.

The DBRP micro grant provides up to $5,000 per street address for improvements supportive of the original building design in terms of exterior materials, architectural ornamentation and finish.

Improvements might include paint, new awnings, door and window restoration, accessibility upgrades, signage, exterior lighting, removal of facades to recover original architectural intent, and more. The DBRP encourages improvements that support original exterior building design as closely as possible.

Grants are based on a first come, first served basis until intial funding is exhausted. For more information, go to www.ci.lebanon.or.us/cd, or contact Alysia at (541) 258-4256.

May 1 deadline for Century Farm applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program. The application deadline is May 1. Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process.

Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities.

Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records. These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles. All documents are archived for public access.

Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and a durable metal roadside sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic Century or Sesquicentennial status. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on August 24.

For more information or to apply, contact Andréa Kuenzi, program coordinator, at (503) 400-7884 or [email protected], or visit CenturyFarm.oregonfb.org.

Families for exchange students sought

Families are needed to host international high school exchange students for the next school year.

Foreign Links Around the Globe works closely with host families to place an exchange student student who will transition well into a specific family unit. Organizers have 10 years of experience in the Willamette Valley.

For information, contact Cynthia Burgeson, community development coordinator, at (541) 704-0937 or [email protected].

Garden space for citizens available

Community garden beds are now available for rent at Lebanon’s new Porter Park Community Garden.

There are 30 raised stone planting beds, six ADA raised cedar beds and 14 garden beds available, each at an annual cost of $25. Each plot includes soil, compost materials, water, on-site basic gardening tools, and support from Community Garden Coordinator and Master Gardener Sheryl Casteen.

There is a one-time volunteer application fee of $15. Opening day planting is weather-dependent and tentatively scheduled for April.

All required forms to rent a garden plot are located at www.ci.lebanon.or.us/parks/page/porter-park-community-garden, or pick up a packet at City Hall, 925 S. Main St. For more information, call the Park Department at (541) 258-4917 or email [email protected].

Sr. Center offers multiple activities

Lebanon Senior Center offers a Lunch and Learn Birding series every Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. at 30 Tangent St.

New participants are welcome to join the group, which views National Geographic videos to better understand the world from the bird’s eye view.  All presentations are on video and discussion will follow.

Other weekly events at the Senior Center include:

  • Bingocize every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. Medical students from COMP Northwest host this program as it combines the competitiveness of BINGO with an opportunity to move, turning exercise into play. Participants can win prizes.
  • Step Up/Indoor Walking Class every Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.  This is a video-based indoor walking program that can be done while seated or standing. Movements are simple and out of the weather.
  • Qi-Gong every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Qi Gong emphasizes physical movements, breathing, and use of intentional mind (meditation) which increases the amount of Qi (energy).
  • Introduction to Drawing is offered on the first and third Fridays of each month, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. This is a free art class that focuses on drawing and sketching. Participants should bring a sketch pad and a No. 2 pencil.

For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

Books for sale to support library

Friends of the Library host its used book sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every weekday at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Proceeds benefit the Lebanon Public Library.

For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

Quirky Turkey sponsors sought

Back by popular demand, The Great Quirky Turkey Pageant is returning to Main Street this summer.

The Lebanon Arts Commission is seeking sponsors for the 2019 Great Quirky Turkey Pageant. Only 28 turkeys are up for grabs so haste is recommended.

Sponsorships cost $100 per turkey. Sponsors paint or otherwise creatively design their turkey to compete against other sponsors.

For details and a sponsorship form, visit www.ci.lebanon.or.us/ac/page/great-quirky-turkey-pageant-1. For more information contact [email protected].

Pre-K storytime at Lebanon Library

Lebanon Public Library presents Little Bookworms Preschool Storytime each Thursday at 11 a.m.

Little Bookworms Storytime allows children, ages 3 through kindergarten, to explore their world interactively through books, songs and finger plays.

A craft follows Storytime.
On May 2  the 2019 Strawberry Festival Princesses will be visiting Storytime as guest readers.

For more information about storytimes at the Lebanon Library, call (541) 258-4926, or visit www.ci.lebanon.or.us/library

Republicans to meet April 15

Linn County Republicans have their general meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Pop’s Branding Iron, 901 Pacific Blvd. SE, Albany.

No host meal purchases are optional. Arrive early to socialize with friends and catch up on what’s new in the legislature, what petitions are active.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit LinnCountyRepublicanParty.org.

Managing wetlands talk at Garden Club

Kacy Woodley, biologist and vet tech, will present an overview of managing wetlands  during the monthly meeting of the Lebanon Garden Club at noon Monday, April 15, at Santiam Place, 139 S. Main St., Lebanon.

Vital to our lives, these complex habitats store, clean and filter our water, prevent soil erosion, and control flooding.

They provde rich habitat for thousands of species of birds, fish and mammals.

They could also be considered natural libraries that contain information on climate, history, adaptation and evolution embedded in peat, muck, clay and silt.

A light lunch will be provided, and club information will also be discussed.

The Lebanon Garden Club wants to add a new generation of members to its group.

For more information, contact Trudie Bason at (541) 258-7693, or email [email protected].

Learn dryland vegetable farming

Amy Garrett, of OSU Extension, will speak on growing dryland vegetables at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

As founder of the Dry Farming Project, Garrett will report on results from trials with the Dry Farming Collaborative, a group of farmers, gardeners, breeders and horticultural professionals. She will discuss techniques for dryland farming and how lack of irrigation affects vegetables.

The free class is sponsored by Santiam Food Alliance and the library. For more information, call Linda at (503) 707-1539.

Fire extinguisher classes offered

Lebanon Fire District offers a free fire extinguisher class every third Wednesday of the month  – April 17 this month – at 1050 W. Oak St.

The class is designed for local business owners and their employees, as well as all citizens of the Lebanon Fire District. Class times can be scheduled throughout the day at your convenience for groups of up to 10 people, ages 12 and up. Groups larger than 10 can be accommodated, but require special arrangements.

Classes last 30 to 45 minutes and include a classroom session describing the different types of extinguishers and their uses, and concludes with a hands-on practical demonstration using a live fire propane prop.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the fire district upon successful completion of the class.
Pre-registration is required by the second Thursday of each month.

To register, or for more information, contact Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Foster at (541) 451-1901, or email [email protected].

Free Career Fair at LBCC April 17

Linn-Benton Community College will hold a free Career Fair on Wednesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college Activities Center gym, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W., Albany.

Bring your resume and come prepared to answer questions and complete applications. Interview tips and participating employer list available at www.linnbenton.edu/careerfair.

More than 80 employers will be on hand, with many hiring. Information on community resources and college degree and certificate programs also offered.

This event is free and open to the public. For special needs and accommodations, call 541‑917‑4789 or Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Family Tree annual fundraiser April 18

Family Tree Relief Nursery will host its annual Children’s Legacy Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Boys and Girls Club of Albany, 1215 Hill St. SE, Albany.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at www.familytreen.org  or at the organization’s Facebook page.

For more information, contact Keith at (541) 405-5152.

Hearing support group in Lebanon?

Community Connections, a hearing support group that represents Linn and Benton counties, will hold a meeting from 1 to 2 p.m Thursday, April 18, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Community Connections will discuss their program and seek information to determine if there is a desire to bring a support group back to Lebanon.

For more information, call (541) 258-4919, visit  www.ci.lebanon.or.us/seniorservices , or like the Senior Center on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/CityofLebanon.

Doctor to talk drug prices at library

Dr. Bruce Thomson will speak on the high cost of prescription drugs and what we can do about it at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. SE.

Dr. Thomson is a family physician in Corvallis, and volunteers with Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates where he co-chairs the legislative committee, which follows bills pertaining to health care. He regularly attends legislative hearings in Salem, and has testified at several hearings and at Oregon Health Policy board meetings.

For more information, visit the sponsoring organization, Linn County Unit of the League of Women Voters of Oregon, at Facebook.com/LeagueOfWomenVotersOfLinnCountyOregon, or call (503) 707-1539.

Robot comedy show at OSU

“Singu-hilarity: A Robot Comedy Variety Show” takes stage at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Majestic Theater, 115 SW Second St., Corvallis.

Produced by Naomi Fitter, assistant professor of robotics in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, the show features Jon the Robot, a robotic stand-up comedian, and some nerdy, scientific and autonomous performers for an evening of comedy, music, dance and visual art.

Tickets cost $10 online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=98517. For more information, visit Majestic.org/calendar.

Pharmacy students Q&A at Sr. Center

Lebanon Senior Center will host Oregon State University College of Pharmacy students from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at 80 Tangent St.

Learn about technologies and how to find accurate medical information online in a social setting. There will be a short presentationg, then students will answer any technology questions you have.

FBI agents to offer online safety tips

Join Live Longer Lebanon, the Portland division of the FBI, and the East Linn County community as they explore ways to keep youth and vulnerable adults safe as they function daily in an online world, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the Boys & Girls Club, 305 S. 5th St., Lebanon.

FBI representatives will talk about the dangers of social media, monitoring youths’ Internet use, best practices of Internet use, and how predators seek youth online.

The summit is free, and light refreshments will be available. Vendors will also be on hand as resources for family support services, healthy extracurriculars, other Live Longer Lebanon initiatives, and more.

To register, look under the “Events” tab at Facebook.com/pg/Livelongerlebanon. For more information, contact Deb at (541) 248-0595, or email [email protected].

Rock club member to talk thundereggs

Chris Nawrocki from the Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Society will present “Oregon’s State Rock, the Thunderegg” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Lebanon Library, 55 Academy St.

Nawrocki will share specimens from his collection. This event is free and for those 12 years and older.  Participants do not need a library card to attend.

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

Low vision support group meeting

Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group will host Mary Lee Turner at its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Tuner, executive director of Oral Hull Resort for low-vision and blind people, has been blind since birth, and held a statewide office for the International Lion’s Club of Oregon.

The park-like resort sits on 22 acres near Mt. Hood National Forest in Sandy, and offers seminars and classes teaching techniques of living in a world built for fully sighted people.

The meeting is free, and light refreshments are available. For more information, call (541) 928-5008.

Live Longer group planning meeting

The Live Longer Lebanon coalition meets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday,  April 24, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital in conference room E, 525 Santiam Hwy.

LLL is a multi-disciplinary volunteer coalition supporting the health goals of Lebanon’s community strategic plan and exists to “help Lebanon thrive with healthier, happier lives.”

They work in sectors of schools, business, faith, organizations and more, and embrace nine evidence-based principles for healthier living.

LLL planning meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 a.m.

For more information, contact Deb at (541) 248-0595 or [email protected].

Learn about leafy vegetables April 25

Kale, swiss chard, collards, spinach, bok choy and more will be on the menu at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, for an Oregon State University Extension presentation on leafy green vegetables at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

OSU Extension Service Master Food Preserver volunteers will offer some tasty ways to incorporate these into your diet. The session is free and the public is invited.

For more information and to reserve a spot, contact OSU Extension Service at (541) 967-3871.

Straw painting for kids at library

Lebanon Library will host a CrafterNoon, featuring straw painting, for particpants ages 9 through 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at 55 Academy St.

Participants will create multi-colored abstract art using poured acrylic paint and straws by moving the paint around the canvas with lung power resulting in one-of-kind art.

Call the library at (541) 258-4926 to register. Due to support from Friends of the Lebanon Library, this event is free.

Oaks plant sale, BBQ fundraiser

The Oaks at Lebanon will host a plant sale and barbecue fundraiser benefiting Willamette Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 26, at 621 W. Oak St.

Firefighter to talk about wildfire trip

Lebanon Fire District Division Chief Jason Bolen will be the speaker at the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Forum Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Highway.

Bolen, who is also Lebanon’s fire marshal, will recount his experiences battling the Camp Fire last year, the most devastating and expensive wildfire in U.S. history, and how the culture and practices of LFD have changed because of that fire.

Cost is $15 per person and reservations are required. The lunch menu will be a baked potato bar featuring cheese, broccoli, chili; sour cream; green onions and butter; tossed green salad with assorted dressings, and cookies.

For more information or to RSVP, call (541) 258-7164.

Arts Guild to hold anniversary event

Linn County Arts Guild holds its anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at 605 S. Main St.

Local artists are invited to participate in the “meet the artist” style event. Apply for a free booth during business hours. Show your work in action, if possible, and sell your art (20 percent of proceeds go to the Guild).

Light refreshments will be available for the public, and Nemo Laine Art will hold a painting class during the event. Pick up an application during store hours, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays thru Saturdays.

For more information, contact Terry at (503) 580-7337, or call (541) 497-0386.

Veterans Home Spring Fling

It’s planes, trains and automobiles at this year’s Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Oregon Veterans Home, 600 N. Fifth St.

There will be a car show, live music, face painting, a caricature artist, bouncy house, and more.

St. Martin’s High Tea April 28

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Women’s Group will hold its annual High Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at 257 E. Milton St.

Themed “Pretty in Pink,” the event will include a fashion show and scarf demonstration provided by Christopher and Banks of the Heritage Mall, music by keyboardist Ray Hendricks, raffle baskets and door prizes.

Admission is $15 per person. Advance purchase is recommended.

The event supports community outreach programs, including Lebanon Soup Kitchen, Personal Care Kits Ministry at the Soup Kitchen, Emergency Food Cupboard and more.

For information, contact the church office at (541) 451-1159 between 9 a.m. and noon Fridays.

Women’s Fire Academy deadline

Lebanon Fire District is accepting applications for its second Linn County Young Women’s Fire Academy, to be held June 22 and 23.

The free two-day academy is open to Oregon women aged 16 to 19 years old who are interested in learning more about fire service. Female firefighters will teach several techniques including fire suppression, search and rescue, emergency medical services, vehicle extrication, and personal skills.

Applications are due by April 30. To apply, go to Lebanonfire.org, or Facebook.com/LCYWFA. For more information, call (541) 451-1901.

LAFTA summer camp auditions

Auditions for Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts’ summer Kids Camp will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 1 and 2 at the Lebanon High School Auditorium.

The camp will be held June 10-14 and 17-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the LHS Auditorium. Tuition is $75. Summer school lunch will be provided or campers can bring their own.

No preparation for the audition is necessary. Just arrive with the desire to sing, read lines, dance and have fun.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit lafta.webs.com.

‘Addams Family’ on stage in Albany

Albany Civic Theater presents “The Addams Family,” directed by Christi E. Sears, at 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12 and 19, at 111 First Ave. W., Albany.

“The Addams Family” features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met.

And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Tickets are $13 for adults, and $10 for kids and seniors. Visit www.AlbanyCivic.org for more information.

Home business market May 4

A crafters and flea market for home-based businesses will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 Main St.

The event will include a wide variety of businesses offering various products and services. Admission is free for the public. Vendor information is available at (541) 259-4255.

Bowling fundraiser for animal rescues

Linn County Animal Rescue and Kitty Angel Team Adoption host a Star Wars themed “May the Fourth be with You” fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Linn Lanes, 2250 S. Main Road.

Tickets for entrance and bowling are $10 per person, up to six people per game.

Meet Star Wars characters, or dress up as your favorite character and enter the costume contest. There will be crafts, games, auctions, raffles, and food. Cats available for adoption will be on hand, and an opportunity to get a photo with a miniature horse.

Tickets for bowling and tickets to participate in the various events will be sold at the door. Auction items include Jamboree and Guitars Under the Stars tickets, gift baskets, gallery wrapped nature photographs, and more.

Share your love for rescued animals on Star Wars Day. For more information, contact Sarah at (541) 570-9339.

CPR certification class offered May 4

A CPR certification class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Linn-Benton Community College Health Occupation Center, 300 Mullins Drive.

Those who complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support one-day course will earn non-credit, non-healthcare-track CPR certification good for two years.

Cost is $60. To register, call (541) 917-4840 or visit www.linn benton.edu/extended-learning/continuing-education/cpr.php.

B&G Club spring auction May 4

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam will hold its annual Spring Auction from 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the club, 305 S. 5th St., 305 S. 5th St.

The theme is “Black and White Night.” For details, table, tickets and sponsor opportunities, contact Shyla at (541) 258-7105.

Lebanon chorus to perform May 5

Lebanon Community Chorus will present its spring concert, “Destinations,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at First Assembly of God church, 726 W. Oak St. in Lebanon.

Directed by Ray Hendricks, the choir will perform a program that includes “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Africa,” “April in Paris,” “New York, New York,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “America” and selections from “Oklahoma” and “South Pacific.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Admission is free for those 18 and under.

LAFTA auditions for ‘Little Mermaid’

The Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts will hold auditions for its summer community theater production, “The Little Mermaid,” at 6 p.m. May 6-9 at Cascades School Gym, 2163 7th St. in Lebanon.

Registration starts at 6 p.m., with auditions at 6:30.

Audition information is available at lafta.webs.com.

Six performances will be offered July 22-27. Ticket information will be available on the website.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit lafta.webs.com.

Auditions for ‘Unexpected Guest’

The Albany Civic Theater will hold auditions for “The Unexpected Guest” at 7:30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, May 6 to 8, at 111 First Ave. W, Albany. Performances are from July 19 to Aug. 3.

Directed by Shauna Kiefiuk, the show features the story of a stranger who seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun.

Visit www.AlbanyCivic.org for more information.

Climate change gardening tips

“Gardening in a Changing Climate” will be the topic at the May class of the Lebanon Second Monday Lunchtime Gardening Series, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at The Lobby coffee shop, 661 S. Main St.

The event is offered by Oregon State University Extension. Classes are free. The public is welcome.

For more information, call (541) 967-3871 or visit extension.oregonstate.edu/linn.

Fire district to hold Appreciation Day

The Lebanon Fire District will hold its annual Community Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Cheadle Lake Park, 4001 Weirich Drive.

This year marks 135 years of fire service to the Lebanon community. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better, with fire engine rides, giant bounce houses, face painting, a life flight helicopter landing, and more.

Public safety agencies from Lebanon, Linn County and across the state will be on hand. Adults can sign up for opportunities to learn life-saving skills, including basic fire extinguishing, child car seat inspections, CPR/First Aid/AED certification, and a free residential fire safety evaluation of their home.

The family-friendly event is free, but some vendors may charge for their services. Food carts, and coffee and Sno Cone businesses will be there.

Tea party, more at women’s evening

After 5 Connection will hold its monthly women’s dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

The theme will be “Wonderland Tea Party.” Barbara Brown, former owner of Mrs. B’s Tea in Lebanon will share the history of the world’s favorite beverage, how tea is properly served and how it can be made delicious.

Guest speaker Lois Williams of Lacy, Wash., a professional speaker, workshop leader and author of three books, will deliver laughter as she shares her experiences with map reading long before the advent of GPS and lessons learned thereby.

Special music will be provided by 13-year-old Moriah Winn, who will have just returned from a trip to Carnegie Hall with the North Albany Middle School Choir and Band.

The $10 cost includes dinner. Credit cards cannot be accepted. All are welcome.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or emailing [email protected].

Community Pride Day May 18 at park

Lebanon’s annual Community Pride Day is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, starting at Ralston Park.

Join the Lebanon Downtown Association to help clean Lebanon’s parks, streets and cemeteries in preparation for Memorial Day and Strawberry Festival weekend. Volunteers who are ready to clean up trash and debris are needed. They also need cleaning supplies and equipment. Donations are welcomed to cover food and beverage costs.

GOP gala to feature Blue Angels vet

Linn County Republicans will hold their Spring Gala fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Linn County Fair Expo Center in the Willamette Conference Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

Held on Armed Forces Day, the theme will be “They did it for us,” with Greg Wooldridge as the keynote speaker. Wooldridge was twice Commander of the Navy Blue Angels, and is a previous Oregon gubernatorial candidate.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and includes a choice of prime rib or chicken parmesan. There will be a no-host bar, and live and silent auctions.

Tickets cost $50 for a single reservation, $90 for two, or $360 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at LinnCountyRepublicanParty.org, or text/call (541) 401-0457.

Library seeks teen summer volunteers

Local teens are invited to join the Lebanon Public Library’s 2019 Summer Youth Volunteer Program.

Duties for youth volunteers include assisting with set up for the Thursday Performer’s Series, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., helping children during hands-on activity days and assisting librarians during the performances.

On Thursday afternoons, from 1 to 3 p.m.,  youth volunteers can help straighten book shelves in the children’s area of the library. Youths will also be given the opportunity to help with storytimes and teen book clubs.

Youth Volunteer Applications are available at the Lebanon Public Library and at www.ci.lebanon.or.us/library. Applications must be turned in by Friday, May 31.
For more information, contact Darcy Smith at (541) 258-4926 or [email protected].