Around Town: December 2017

Incentives offered to shop local

Lebanon Downtown businesses and the Lebanon Downtown Association invite local residents to shop local and shop downtown with the 2017 Holiday passports.

Participants can get a free passport at several downtown businesses, to include The Lobby, Joyful Days Boutique and the Linn County Art Guild.

Once you get a passport, visit and get a stamp from at least 15 of the listed businesses in the passport. Turn in completed passports by Dec. 31 to the Joyful Days Boutique or the Lebanon Downtown Main Street Office, 971 Park St.

On Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, there will be drawings for winners of the completed passports. You do not need to be present to win. The passports will be valid through Dec. 25.

Christmas musical at King’s Chapel

King’s Chapel is staging “Birthday of a King,” a live stage musical based on the Christmas story, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at 65 W. Grant St.

The show, featuring local actors, follows the allegorical tale of a small colorful town, a prince, a ballerina and an evil lord. In a fun and energetic way, “Birthday of a King” weaves the message of God’s love into this incredible Christmas musical fantasy.

Tickets are $20 (children under 5 are free) and can be purchased in person or in advance online at crownproductionsoregon.com.

For more information, visit facebook.com/birthdayofakingoregon.

Square dancers to  hold holiday event

Lebanon Square Circlers will hold a Christmas Dance for round, mainstream, and plus square dancers from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Lebanon IOOF Hall, 20 Ash St.

Visiting dancers are welcome and encouraged. Cost is $5 per person or $12 per family.

Pre-Rounds will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m., the Mainstream dance from 8 to 10:15 p.m., and the Plus from 10:15 to-10:30 p.m.

For details, visit www.lebanonsquarecirclers.com.

Candy Cane train offers special trips

Candy Cane Express one-hour train rides are offered by Santiam Excursion Trains at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24,  as well as special evening runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 22.

The regular runs, which begin and end at Santiam Travel Station 750 S. 3rd St., will include hot cocoa, candy canes, an arts and crafts station, and a movie station. Santa, Mrs. Claus and maybe an elf or two will be along on each ride for family photo ops and to make sure your wish list gets to the right man.

Each ride features four or five cars, with inside seating open to all. They include a bar car with seating and a fully stocked bar and beverage section, a luggage car that houses the movie station, arts and crafts and the popcorn for purchase.

The dining car has big bay windows and lots of open seating and tables. These are antique cars and are not ADA-compliant.

An open-top car is available for those who wish fresh air. Rides run rain or shine so come dressed for the weather.

The Dec. 16 evening trip will be an Ugly X-Mas Sweater event limited to participants 21 and over, and will feature two hours of drinks, food, music and a photo booth to help preserve the memory of those sweaters.

The Dec. 22 evening trip will be a VIP event, featuring a catered buffet dinner, hot cocoa, a sweet treat, and a VIP gift from the Big Man and the Missus. Ticket sales for the trip will be limited to 75.

Santiam Excursion Trains is donating all tips from the Candy Cane Express to the following local organizations: Dec. 2-3 to Lebanon High School cheer team; Dec. 9-10 to ABC House; Dec. 16-17 to Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Santiam; and Dec. 23-24 to Dala’s Blue Angels and Honor Flight.

For more information, including prices, visit santiam-excursion-trains.ticketleap.com/candy-cane-express2017.

Arts Commission to meet Monday

The Lebanon Arts Commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in the Community Room of the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.,

Committee members will discuss the Strawberry Plaza art boards and hear updates on signage for Lebanon trails, commission membership and the 2018 Lebanon Photo Art Calendar fund-raiser.

For more information, contact Leigh Matthews Bock at (541) 258-4253.

Galapagos Islands photos and talk

Be an armchair traveler for an afternoon and join former photo tour operator Donald Lyons in a trip to the Galapagos Islands at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Lebanon Library, 55 Academy St.

The event is free and library cards are not required to participate.

For more information, call (541) 258-4926, like the library on Facebook or follow on Instagram at lebanon_library.

Hospital offers chronic pain class

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital is offering a new chronic pain therapy program called Movement, Mindfulness and Pain Science.

The program includes physical activity such as tai chi and yoga, mental and physical tools to help change the pain experience.

Physical therapists Veronica Moresi and Sharna Prasad lead the program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Each session is two hours, and patients should expect to be in the program four to eight weeks before graduating.

The next class begins Jan. 9.

This program requires a referral from the patient’s primary care provider, as well as a physical therapy evaluation to determine if the program would be right for them.

For more information, call Prasad or Moresi at (541) 451-7125.

Master Recycler class sign-ups

Sign-ups for the next Linn and Benton Master Recycler class, to be held on Tuesday nights from Jan. 9 through Feb. 27 at Oregon State University, are under way.

For more information or to register, which is required, visit tiny.cc/recycclass.

LBCC driving class begins in January

Registration is now open for Driver Education courses at Linn-Benton Community College.

Classes start the first week of January and will be held in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon.

Courses include state-mandated 30 hours of classroom instruction, a one-time parent/student orientation plus 12 hours behind the wheel practice and driver observation.

Cost for the course is $265 for ages 17 and under, $445 for ages 18 and over.

Upon successful completion of the course, students under the age of 18 qualify for a car skills testing waiver when obtaining their driver’s license.

To register or for more information go to www.linnbenton.edu/driver-education, call (541) 917-4849 or pick up a packet at any LBCC locations.

Computer classes for seniors offered

A series of computer classes designed for seniors will be held at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center starting Jan. 10.

Computer Essentials for Seniors 1 is for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction at an easy pace. Learn the various parts of the computer, how to turn on and off, how to use the mouse and keyboard., working with Windows 10 and a brief intro to email and the internet.

This three-week class meets from 6 to 7:50 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Jan. 10 at LBCC’s Lebanon Center, LC-220B, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $59.

Computer Essentials for Seniors 2 builds on beginner skills and covers using the web and internet search engines, e-mail account set-up and use, Facebook use, and tips for keeping your computer safe and virus-free.

This three-week class meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting Jan. 31 at the Lebanon Center, LC-220B, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $59.

Computer Essentials for Seniors 3 gives more in-depth instruction, including using CD’s, DVD’s and downloading digital music, streaming videos, uploading, organizing, and editing photos from your phone or camera and sharing photos.

This three-week class meets Mondays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting Feb. 21 at the Lebanon Center, LC-220B, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $59.

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.

Genealogist to trace his musical lineage

The Linn Genealogical Society presents “From Native American to Scottish” by Don Anderson at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6,  at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. S.E., Albany.

Anderson, adopted at 6 months, received a copy of his pre-adoption birth certificate in 2000, and reunited with his birth mother in 2001. Then, beginning with DNA testing in 2006, he was finally able to confirm the identity and ethnicity of his birth father in June 2015.

A native Oregonian, Anderson was born in Portland and lives there today with his family. He has a degree in music education and performance and has directed the U.S. Army choir in Europe, Portland Chorale and Conchords Chorale. He has also performed with the Portland Opera and Oregon Symphony, and the New York City Opera ensemble, and currently operates a voice studio in Portland.

He will discuss how all this music background ties into his genetic genealogy.

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

Plant-based eating class at SLCH

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital will offer a monthly series on plant-based eating.

The monthly classes will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., starting Wednesday, Jan. 10, with “Amazing Grains.”

Angie Frederic and Holly Weare, registered dietitians with the hospital’s Diabetes Education department, will host the series. They will present lessons on whole-food/plant-based eating, how to cook these types of food and offer new recipes. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Cost is $5 for each class, cash only, and all payments must be made prior to the class at the Diabetes Education office at the hospital. Payment will not be accepted at class check-in.

To register, call (541) 451-6313.

‘Three Musketeers’ on stage in Albany

The Albany Civic Theater will perform “The Three Musketeers” Jan. 12 to 27 at 111 First Ave. SW, downtown Albany.

Double crossings, kidnappings, and carefully guarded secrets keep the Musketeers and the writer in constant battle against their enemies, from looming deadlines to deadly assassins. Featuring lavish sword fights and sweeping romance, this adaptation of the classic novel evokes a time when honor and love ruled all.

Visit albanycivic.org to purchase gift certificates, season passes, and show tickets online.

Free ham radio class starts Jan. 17

The East Linn Ham Radio Club is offering a free 6- to 8-week class to assist those who are interested in becoming a licensed ham radio operator.

Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Sweet Home Police Department’s training room, 1950 Main St.

Ham radio training manuals will be available for purchase at the beginning of the first class. This session is for the Technician License. Registration is required.

For information or to register,  contact Edie Wilcox at (541) 401-0188.

Pain management class at SLCH

The Mid Valley Pain Alliance will offer a class on “Understanding the Ongoing Pain Experience” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

This is a free community presentation and discussion with local health care professionals.

For more information, email [email protected].

Hospital class on boosting health

A team of physicians and dietitians at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital will lead a 18-session, Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) class from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays starting Jan. 22 through March 22 at the hospital for people struggling to get their weight or overall health under control.

CHIP is a lifestyle medicine program scientifically proven to help people to improve their blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, BMI, sleep, resilience and depression. The class integrates optimal nutrition, exercise and behavioral  psychology principles and tools to help participants achieve their health goals.

The hospital will host a free informational class as at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8 in the hospital conference room 3 and 4. The informational class is highly encouraged, but not required, for anyone interested in taking the class.

For more information, or to register, call (541) 451-6313.

Chamber seeking award nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Lebanon Community Distinguished Service Awards and Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Nominees should be xceptional individuals, businesses and organizations that have shown dedication to the community, exemplary service and community leadership.

Awards categories are: Man of the Year (age 40-59), Woman of the Year (40-59), Junior First Citizen (21-39), Senior First Citizen (60-plus), Large (25 or more employees)  and Small (less than 25 employees) Businesses of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

Also to given is the Frankie Gray “Answering the Call” award in areas such as civic and community involvement, social and economic impact, leadership and overall community service.

Nomination deadline is Feb. 10. The Distinguished Service Awards Banquet will be March 6.

For tickets, nomination forms and more information, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164, stop in at 1040 Park St. or visit www.lebanon-chamber.org.