Around Town: December 2016

Arts Commission deadline Monday

The Lebanon City Council invites interested persons to apply for the newly created Lebanon Arts Commission, serving generally to develop, facilitate, and preserve access to the arts.

Applications are due at the Lebanon City Clerk’s Office at City Hall by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19.

The mayor will appoint seven members, based on areas of expertise and/or interest. Up to two members may reside outside of the city limits, but within Linn County.

The commission will advise the Lebanon City Council while promoting the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare ofLebanon by actively pursuing the placement of public art in public spaces within city limits, organizing visual art displays and events, supporting literary arts, and promoting musical and performing arts.

It will meet at least quarterly each calendar year but could meet as frequently as every two weeks.

For more information, visit  www.ci.lebanon.or.us/cc. An on-line application is at the bottom of the web page. Applications are also available at Lebanon City Hall, 925 S. Main St.

For more information, contact City Clerk Linda

Kaser at 541.258.4905 or [email protected].

Christmas pet photos for KATA

Kitty Angel Team Adoption is offering photos with your pet and Santa at Petco stores in Albany, Corvallis and Salem from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Cost is $10 and proceeds benefit KATA, which is a local non-profit organization that works to find warm, caring adoptive homes and families for otherwise unwanted kittens and adult cats, including feral cats. It also promotes responsible neutering of cats and provides assistance to low-income people who are unable to pay to do so.

For more information, visit http://kittyangelteam.org.

Blood donations needed in Lebanon

Blood donors are needed by the American Red Cross during December, when supplies tend to decline because people are busy.

To encourage donations, all donors between Dec. 22 and Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

Area donation dates and locations are:

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 22 at Linn-Benton Community College, 44 Industrial Way, in Lebanon.
  • 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brownsville, 1111 N. Main.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

Donations will also be taken throughout the month of December in Albany.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To donate, visit www.redcross.org/give-blood or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

Also needed are volunteer transportation specialists, who deliver blood products to local area hospitals.  For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact Lynne Calmus at (509) 943-7812.

Photographer to give travel series

Photographer Donald Lyon will present a series of lectures and slide shows on World Cultures and Travel during the next several months.

The series is sponsored by the Lebanon Public Library and others in the area. Admission is free.

“The Greek Stones Speak” will be the first of the series, at 2 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Lebanon Public Library. Other locations and times for that presentation are 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Albany Public Library and 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the Brownsville Public Library. Future presentations will include Cambodia, America’s Arid Lands and Burma.

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

LAFTA auditions for winter comedy

Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts will hold winter comedy play auditions at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the Lebanon High School auditorium.

“Million Dollar Meatball,”  a slapstick comedy, will be directed by Emily Latimer. The play tells the story of two bumbling jewel thieves are on the run from the cops who duck into a failing restaurant, whose chef has just quit, and which is expecting the arrival of the city’s most powerful restaurant critic.

The show is cast with teens and adults.  (Kids are welcome to come watch and join the fun!)

Rehearsals start Jan. 6 and performances will be Feb. 10 and 11.

Local genealogists to present  Jan. 7

The Linn Genealogical Society will meet at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the  Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. SE, Albany.

A four-member Genealogical Resource Panel will discuss their respective facilities, as well as what projects they are working on.  Panelists will be Carla Healey of the Sweet Home Genealogical Society, Pat Munk of the Lebanon Genealogical Society, Anne Galloway of the Scio Library and Museum, and Sherm Stewart of Albany’s new Family History Center.

Organizers hope attendees will go away with a better knowledge on where to look for particular items. Contact names and numbers, plus hours of operations for each facility, will be provided.

For more information, call the LGS Library at (541) 791-1618 or visit www.lgsoregon.org.

Museum director to speak at lunch

East Linn Museum Director Lana Holden will speak on the history of the Santiam Wagon Road at the Monthly Business Matters event sponsored by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 9 at the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Career Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

The public is welcome. Admission is $15, which includes lunch.

The Santiam Wagon Road, completed in 1868, was the sole route over the mountains to eastern Oregon for many years and provided a critical link for trade.

RSVP’s are required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Shelly Garrett at (541) 258-7164.

Small business class offered by LBCC

Linn-Benton Community College will offer the class Foundations of Business Success beginning Jan. 17.

Learn how to create and assess a business plan for a start-up or new business in this 10-week course offered by LBCC’s Small Business Development Center.

Other topics include: financial management, pricing, cash flow, marketing, sales, legal topics, insurance needs, bookkeeping systems, market research, and exploring the lifestyle of a business owner.

One-on-one advising will be included.

A free orientation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the LBCC Benton Center in Corvallis, room BC-205.
The 10-week class will meet Tuesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. beginning Jan. 10. Cost is based on income. The fee is determined and paid at orientation.  Scholarships and discounts available.
For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at (541) 917-4929 or visit www.linnbenton.edu/sbdc.

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Samaritan Evergreen Hospice is seeking volunteers to help hospice patients and their families in the extended Lebanon and Sweet Home area.

The hospice currently serves 30 patients in east Linn County and relies on volunteers to provide much-needed respite care, transportation and companionship.

Hospice is a system of care that supports people’s choices for end-of-life treatment, which often involves remaining at home. Care provided in the home allows families to be together when they need it most – sharing final days in peace and comfort.

To find out more about volunteering, contact Karen McLain, volunteer coordinator, at (541) 812-4677 or [email protected].

Tree-trimming under way in city

The City of Lebanon’s annual tree-trimming program is under way through March.

City crews will be trimming trees, shrubs and other vegetation that encroach rights-of-way in the city.

The purpose of the tree-trimming program is to provide safe and usable right-of-way for pedestrians, vehicles, and maintenance equipment in streets, sidewalks, and alleys by meeting Lebanon Municipal Code 12.16.040 which requires a clearance of 13 feet above streets and alleys, 14 feet above streets on truck routes and 8 feet above sidewalks.

Properties that have vegetation in the right-of-way will be left a lavender door hanger notifying them of the need for trimming.

Property owners who receive a door hanger have two options for vegetation trimming to comply with city ordinances: Notify the Maintenance Department at (541) 258.4918 or by email at [email protected] that you will trim the vegetation, or have city crews trim the vegetation, at no charge, to meet code.

When city crews trim the vegetation, they will only trim what is encroaching the right-of-way, which will leave a straight cut on your vegetation and trees. If you have trees or shrubs that require special trimming or you would like to have it trimmed evenly, it is recommended that property owners complete the trimming.

Leaf collection on streets in progress

Leaf collection on Lebanon city streets has begun.

Residents are asked to put loose leaves in piles on the street away from parked vehicles and two feet from the curb to allow for water drainage. The leaf piles must not contain limbs, yard debris or any type of bagging.

On Nov. 19 and Dec. 10, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., city residents may drop off their leaves at 884 4th St. (corner of Maple and 4th Street). This is a leaf drop-off site only and other yard material will not be accepted.

For further information, please contact Jason Williams, Maintenance Services director, at (541) 258-4280 or via email at [email protected].

Warming shelter open, with changes

Lebanon’s Warming Shelter season will undergo some changes this winter.

The shelter, which will be located at the First Christian Church (where the Soup Kitchen is situated), 170 E. Grant St., will be open through March 31 any time the temperature drops to 25 degrees for three consecutive days.

The center will also open if the temperatures are expected to drop to 20 degrees or if weather conditions warrant opening. When the center will be open, Lebanon Police will send out a flash alert, as well as social media posts to communicate to the public that it is open.

This year a three-member team will take over the lead of the shelter, allowing the Lebanon Police Department to continue to work in the background.
Team leaders are Sean Casey of the Lebanon Soup Kitchen, Kim Bevel of Pay It Forward and Kyle Randleman of Teen Challenge. The team will focus on running the warming shelter at the direction of Chief Frank Stevenson.

Lebanon Police will still continue to monitor and train volunteers for the program.

Those interested in volunteering for the Warming Center are asked to contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339 for the dates available for volunteer training.