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Around Town: February 2019

Rent a garden plot at new Porter Park

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].

Art proposals for Strawberry 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]

Visitors center to hold photo contest

The Albany Visitors Association presents its 12th Annual Albany Photography Contest. The purpose of the contest is to find images suitable for use in the coming year’s marketing materials for Albany and Linn County.

The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels. First through third place ribbons will be given to winners in each of seven categories. There will also be a ribbon awarded for People’s Choice and Staff Choice. Prizes will be awarded to Champion, Reserve Champion People’s Choice, and Staff Choice winners.

Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, March 8. For further information, contest rules and entry forms, contact the Albany Visitors Association at (541) 928-0911, or visit 110 3rd Ave SE. Rules and entry forms are also available online at AlbanyVisitors.com

The reception will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Pix Theater. There will be door prizes, and all winning photographers will be entered into a drawing for a $200 prize.

Grants available for downtown facades

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 initial funding is exhausted. For more information, go to www.ci.lebanon.or.us/cd, or contact Alysia at (541) 258-4256.

Century Farm award 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.

Apply for Women’s Fire Academy

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.

Learn to manage pain in free classes

Samaritan Health Services offers a free, six-week program, “Pain Solutions: First Steps” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 13, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

The program is for people who have persistent pain, and is led by a psychologist and physical therapist who teach that pain can change. They provide tools to reduce the impact of pain in daily life, including understanding, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, sleep, diet, building resilience and more.

For more information or to register, call (866) 243-7747, or SamHealth.org/PainSolutions.

Celebrate Oregon’s birthday in Albany

Monteith Historical Society honors Oregon’s 160th birthday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, starting with birthday cake at Albany Regional Musuem, 136 S. Lyon St.

The event includes family friendly activities, and tours through Albany’s historic districts. For more information, visit Facebook.com/MonteithHouse.

‘Daddy’s Girl’ on stage in Albany

Albany Civic Theater presents “Daddy’s Girl,” directed by Scott Harvey, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23, 28 and March 1 to 2, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, located at 111 First Ave. W.

Widower Benard Muloovy, proprietor of Maudie’s Diner, is served a full plate of comic chaos when his deceased wife, a talking portrait on the diner wall, enlists an angel’s services to reunite Muloovy with their long-lost daughter.

The angel brings back two girls with the same name and birth date, and Muloovy must determine which one is his real daughter, though he doesn’t like either. With other turns twisted into the unfolding drama, there are laughter and tears, lines drawn, sides taken and rules broken.

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

Concert  to feature cello and more

Willamette Valley Symphony will perform works by Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Bargiel and Chausson beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 Research Way, Corvallis.

Steve Pologe, on cello, is guest soloist to perform Chausson’s Symphony in B-flat Major. Also on the program are Saint-Saens’ Bacchanale from Samson and Delila, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, and Bargiel’s Adagio in G Major. Conducted by Hector Aguero.

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.

Visitors invited to Garden Club tea

The Lebanon Garden Club hosts a membership drive at noon Monday, Feb. 18, at Santiam Place, 139 S. Main St., Lebanon.

Club members and guests will have a Valentine’s Day tea party, and Linda Zeidrich will teach how to make Tussie Mussies – Victorian-era bouquets.

Members and guests may bring tea party foods and/or $3 for Tussie Mussies, but is not necessary to enjoy the event.

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

Bow Wow Bingo benefits for shelter

The Waddell Group Windermere Real Estate office will host Bow Wow Bingo as a benefit for SafeHaven Humane Society from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at Schmizza Public House, 2602 S. Santiam Hwy. The event will also be held March 18.

Participants must be 18 or older. Cards are $1 each or six for $5. Small bills are strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Diana Sartin at (541) 480-3254.

Learn about sleep apnea in free class

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital hosts a free seminar on sleep apnea from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the hospital.

Nicholas Gaffney, respiratory therapist and manager at Samaritan Sleep Center, explains signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, including treatment options. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required by calling (855) 873-0647, or online at samhealth.org/BeHealthy.

Learn how pot can be help poor vision

Medical marijuana for eyesight and low-vision challenges will be the topic of the monthly meeting of Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Rhea Graham, owner/operator of Albany’s Canna Kitchen and Research, will be the speaker.  She will address the benefits of using medical marijuana for various types of eyesight and low-vision problems such as glaucoma and macular  degeneration, as well as other debilitating sight challenges.

She’ll also talk about the plant’s use for treating other types of medical and mental health needs.  Graham has been doing research of the positive uses of marijuana for over 10 years.

The low vision support group is self-funded and non profit.  All are welcome to come, and all meetings are free to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, casll (541) 928-5008.

Library preschool storytime  Feb. 21

Lebanon Public Library’s Little Bookworms Preschool Storytime is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at 55 Academy St.

Dr. Courtney from Gentle Dental will be the special guest reader, and will offer free dental evaluations afterward for children ages three to kindergarten.

Storytime is free. For more information, stop by the library’s circulation desk, or call (541) 258-4926.

Info, free stuff at SLCH’s Baby Blast

New parents in east Linn County, who might wonder what resources are available for their baby’s growth and development, and for them as parents, are invited to the annual Baby Blast open house on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Baby Blast, a free baby shower-themed event, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, conference rooms B-C. Parents of newborns are invited to drop in at any point during the event.

Sponsored by the hospital, Linn-Benton Community College and the Parenting Success Network, Baby Blast combines the fun of a baby shower with free health checks for babies. Representatives from several services in Lebanon and Sweet Home will be on hand with information about their services.

Prizes, healthy snacks and other refreshments will be available. Types of services with information at Baby Blast will include:

  • Samaritan Health Services pediatric, OB/GYN and family practice physicians;
  • Linn-Benton Community College, Family Resource and Education Center;
  • Pediatric dental health;
  • Community libraries;
  • Medical supplies;
  • Linn County public health services;
  • Prenatal services and parental counseling;
  • Early learning programs; and
  • Physical activities and recreation opportunities .

Registration is encouraged, but not required, at samhealth.org/BabyBlast. For more information, call  (541) 451-7161.

Medical researcher to speak at forum

Glen Kisby, PhD, will speak at the Chamber of Commerce Forum Lunch, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital’s career training center, 525 N. Santiam Highway.

Dr. Kisby is a leading researcher in neurodegenerative diseases (Lou Gehrig, Parkinson and Alzheimer) at COMP-Northwest, and will share research opportunities in his lab that exist for Lebanon’s medical students.

The cost to attend is $15 per person and includes lunch. To reserve a spot, call (541) 258-7164 or visit Lebanon-Chamber.org/events.

Baseball sign-ups for JBO season

Kids who want to play baseball through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam must register for JBO  by Feb. 23 to participate in the summer season sport.

JBO Baseball for third to eighth grade is late March to July, and costs $125-147. For more information, call (541) 367-6421.

Oceanography at Saturday Academy

COMP-Northwest is offering its monthly Saturday Academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at 200 Mullins Drive.

The medical school, through the student organization Pipeline to Health Careers, conducts the  series of Saturday morning sessions for students in Lebanon and surrounding communities. This month’s topic is oceanography.

Saturday Academy events are fun, active and informative workshops for parents and 6th-12th grade students. Presentations and hands-on learning sessions are conducted by a variety of professionals and COMP-Northwest, Oregon State University, and Linn Benton Community College students.

All students must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.

For more information, contact Jeannie Davis (541) 259-0278 or visit [email protected].

Learn to stretch the food budget

Think Brain Candy Books and Rural Oregon Progressives host “Food for Thought” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at 678 Main St.

Kate Francis will share her secrets for stretching the food dollar, while keeping family’s health a top priority. Guests will get to taste what’s cooking that day. There is a raffle drawing for a $50 Costco gift card; no Costco membership required.

For more information, email [email protected].

Bridal show offers wedding needs help

Santiam Place will host its annual bridal show from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at 139 S. Main St., Lebanon.

Local wedding professionals and select vendors will host booths offering a variety of services and products. For more information, call (541) 259-4255 or visit SantiamPlace.com.

BeUndivided faith rally for students

BeUndivided Lebanon hosts its second rally to unite the faith community with schools from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Valley Life Church, 90 E. Vine St.

See what each school and the Boys & Girls Club need, and sign up to help. There are eight service areas: mentorship, academic support, gardening, food pantry, clothing/hygiene closet, attendance support, employee wellness, and general labor.

For more information, contact Tyler at (541) 258-5315.

Free adult mental health first aid class

Linn County Health Services hosts “Adult Mental Health First Aid” from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, Feb. 28, at COMP-Northwest in the Eastmoreland room, 200 Mullins Dr.

Adult Mental Health First Aid is a free eight-hour course over two days that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Registration is required by calling (541) 967-3819.

Seed swapathon Feb. 26 at library

Seedy Tuesday is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

Lisa Almarode will teach about starting cool-season crops from seed, followed by a seed swap. Bring your extra seeds to share, and take samples of others’ seeds. Well-wrapped plants, tubers and bulbs also welcome.

Oregon State University Extension Master Gardeners and members of the Lebanon Garden Club will be on hand to answer questions about planting and saving seeds and other gardening matters. There will be a swap table for seed and plant catalogs as well.

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

Live Longer Lebanon meeting

The Live Longer Lebanon coalition meets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 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 heatlhier 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].

B&G Club Ladies Night Out Feb. 27

The Boys & Girls Club hosts “Ladies Night Out” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Boulder Falls Center, 605 Mullins Dr.

The fundraiser includes a live fashion show, purse auction, champagne, food and fun. Proceeds support programs for girls delivered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased online at PowerofthePurses.com. For more information or to donate to the event, contact Shyla at (541) 258-7105 or [email protected].

Ukulele workshop at library Feb. 28

A ukulele workshop for adults, absolute beginners and uke-curious from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, of Quality Folk, lead the workshop for ages 16 and up. Learn to play the ukulele and sing songs in minutes. Limited loaner ukes will be available and registration is required; if you have your own uke, registration is not required. There will be a uke giveaway at the workshop. For more information please call the Library at (541) 258.4926.

Registration is required – stop by the circulation desk or call 541.258.4926

Laugh at Larceny and Old Lace

Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts presents “Larceny and Old Lace” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Lebanon High School.

Doors open half an hour before the show for a special a cappella “Voices in Your Head” performance.

The play features a comedic tale of deception, piracy, robberies, pandemoniums and more. Tickets are sold at the door for $10/general, $8/student.

B&G Club softball deadline March 1

Kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam must register for softball by March 1 to participate in the summer season sport.

Softball for third to eighth grade is mid-April to July, and costs $99-110. For more information, call (541) 258-7105.

Free rose pruning clinic March 4

The Lebanon Garden Club will host a rose garden pruning clinic at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the rose garden at Ralston Park.

Participants are asked to bring their own tools and gloves. Learn how to effectively prune roses while trimming up the roses at Ralston Park. No experience is necessary. The Lebanon Garden Club manages the rose garden at Ralston.

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

Chamber awards banquet March 5

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Boulder Falls Event Center,  605 Mullins Dr, Lebanon.

The event, which honors community volunteers, will have a luau theme.

Admission is $40 per person. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 1040 S. Park St.

For more information, contact Shelly at (541) 258-7164.

Learn to control emergency bleeds

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital offers bleeding control classes to teach what to do when you encounter a bleeding emergency.

The next class is from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Class size is limited and registration is required.

The Stop the Bleed classes teach how to stop a life threatening bleeding emergency, including first aid and tourniquet techniques, which can be useful in accidents, mass casualties, and recreational settings.

To register, call (866) 243-7747 or go online at SamHealth.org/StopTheBleed.

Youth of the Year luncheon March 6

The Boys & Girls Club will  hold its 2019 Youth of the Year luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Pineway Restaurant, 30949 Pineway Road.

Local finalists and winners of the 2019 competition will be recognized. Cost is $10, which helps support the attendance of the Youth of the Year state level competition, which will be held in Portland at a later date. For more information, call (541) 258-7105.

Starker forestry lecture at OSU

The second in the annual Starker Lecture Series at Oregon State University will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Construction and Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

The series is focusing this year on tribal forestry with a film, three lectures and a capstone field trip.

Topics include indigenous forest and subsistence practices, the history and future of tribal forestry in Oregon, and how “first foods” such as fish, berries and big game drive forest management.

All events are free and open to the public.

The March 6 lecture is “First Foods Management Approach of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation,” by Eric Quaempts, director of the Department of Natural Resources at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Each lecture is followed by a reception, and day tours of Starker Forests will be hosted by Starker staff before the lectures.

More information is available at starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu.

Scholarships for health careers

The Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Auxiliary and Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation are accepting applications for scholarships for students pursuing a health care-related career.

The auxiliary will grant five $1,000 student scholarships this spring. Those eligible to apply must have a permanent address in east Linn County and be enrolled, and actively attending classes, in a program awarding a degree in a health care-related field.

Deadline to apply is March 8. For more information, call (541) 451-7062.

The foundation’s scholarships include the Frank Girod, MD, Medical Scholarship for students enrolled in medical school, the Rachel Easton, RN, Nursing Scholarship for students pursuing a nursing degree, and the John and Carol Dinges Medical Scholarship for east Linn County students enrolled in an entry-level health care program at Linn-Benton Community College. Deadline to apply is April 30.

For more information, call (541) 451-6303. For more about scholarships available, visit Sam Health.org/careers/education/scholarships/linn-county.

Extension rural living workshop

Rural Living Day workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Harrisburg High School, 400 South 9th St., Harrisburg.

Workshops are suited for small acreage/rural property owners and those considering a move to the country, and include food preservation, beekeeping, compost, pasture management, well water management, soils, tree identification, wildfires, and more.

Registration is required and costs $25 per person; lunch is not included. To register online, visit Extension.Oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/events/rural-living-day-2019. For more information or to request accomodations for persons with physical and mental disabilities, contact Teagan at (541) 766-3553.

PARTICIPANTS paddle through the channels of the Cheadle lake-water trail system in last year’s event.

Cheadle water trails tour scheduled for March 9

Build Lebanon Trails will host its annual tour of Lebanon’s water trails from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, starting at the north shore boat launch at Cheadle Park.

Lebanon Trails members will lead a paddle-powered exploration of the lake-water trail portion of the Lebanon Trails System Plan. Bring your kayaks, canoes or other non-motorized human propelled water craft and enjoy the history of the development of Cheadle Lake Park from a different perspective.

For those who don’t have their own water craft, Peak Sports is sponsoring the event by providing the free use of rental fleet kayaks and canoes, and other equipment. Use of these water craft is on a first-come basis – so show up early to guarantee your spot.

All participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. so the flotilla can get under way at 9.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and all participants in water craft must wear life vests. Appropriate dress is highly recommended.  Dogs are not allowed to participate in this event.

For more  information, visit www.buildlebanontrails.com, visit www.facebook/buildlebanontrails on Facebook, or contact Rod Sell at (541) 409-1302 or Christine Davies at (503) 949-4401.

Genealogist to talk ‘Train Children’ 

“Placing Out – The Story of America’s Orphan Train Children” will be the topic for the Linn Genealogical Society’s meeting at 1:15 Saturday, March 9, at Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. SE, Albany.

Judi Scott will tell how, between the 1840s and 1930s, as many as 300,000 children in the United States were taken from institutions, off the streets, or from their families, and sent “west” to be placed out.

Today there are millions of descendants of those children, many unaware of this part of their heritage.

This meeting will explore the history of placing out, hear the stories of some of the children, look at ways to recognize an orphan train child in our own family, and learn how to do the research.      

For more information call (541) 791-1618 or visit www.         lgsoregon.org.

Women’s dinner topic is self-defense

Local women are invited to the After 5 monthly dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

This month’s topic will be “Damsels in Defense.”

MB Bradshaw-Vogt of Monmouth will discuss and demonstrate ways women can defend themselves against various types of assaults.

Guest speaker Tanja Gotham of La Grande will speak on “Grandma’s Letters.” A retired kidney dialysis technician, wife and caregiver, Gotham will talk about finding a box of letters from her grandmother and the dramatic story of her life.

Cost is $10. Credit cards cannot be accepted. Reservations are required by contacting Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396, or via email at [email protected].

Please call if unable to attend.

Living well with chronic conditions

Samaritan Health Services hosts a six-week “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning March 12, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

The class is open to anyone with a chronic condition. The workshop helps those with chronic conditions learn how to take control of their health. Participants build skills and confidence for managing health, staying active and enjoying life.

Adults who have diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, COPD or any other chronic condition will learn how to manage medications, fight fatigue and frustration, deal with depression, start an exercise program, eat well, manage stress, help control pain, handle emotions and meet goals.

The workshop is free. To register, call (866) 243-7747 or go to SamHealth.org/ChronicConditions.

Libby e-Audiobook library workshop

The Lebanon Public Library has thousands of e-books and audiobooks and with a library card residents can borrow them instantly on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Lebanon Public Library will be offering a free workshop on how easy it is to use the Libby app to access the Library’s e-book and audiobook collection on your own device Thursday, March 14, from 2-4. p.m in the library community room, 55 Academy St.

Participants should bring their smartphone, tablet or laptop and library card and PIN number.

The workshop is free and registration is not required to attend. For additional information or questions, please call the Library at (541) 258-4926.

Madcap comedy at Albany theater

Albany Civic Theater presents “Too Good to Say Goodbye,” directed by Melissa Mills, at 7:30 p.m. March 22, 23, 29, 30, April 4 to 6, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, located at 111 First Ave. W., Albany.

Best-selling author Redmon Hunter has created an unusual world for himself. His talent lies in his ability to make his characters come to life for his readers; they’re so real, in fact, that they literally take up residence in his home while he’s working on a novel.

Once the book is published, they pack up and leave him to “live in the minds” of the readers. Recently, writer’s block has set in, so all the characters from his works in progress have set up semi-permanent residence in literary limbo.

Redmon’s chance meeting with Amanda Hawkins, a beautiful, young pop literature professor, sets the wheels in motion for a madcap comedy in which wild imaginary characters clash with real world snobs.

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

Spring Break at Lebanon Library

The Lebanon Public Library will host several events for children and adults during spring break.

  • Monday, March 25: Nailed It or Failed It Cake Pops for ages 13-18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sign-up is required for this event.
  • Tuesday, March 26:  Candy Bar Bingo for kids from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 28: At 11 a.m.,  Red Yarn and his puppet pals will appear at the library for a performance.
  • Friday, March 29: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the library will  host its inaugural Game of Thrones Trivia Night for adults 16 and older. Questions will be based on the HBO series.

A library card is not needed for spring break activities.

For more information or to register, contact the library at (541) 258-4926.