Around Town for week of Nov. 11-17


Auditions for LAFTA Christmas Show

Lebanon Association for Theater Arts is preparing for its annual Christmas show and will hold auditions at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Lebanon High School auditorium.

An accompanist will be available, so performers should provide sheet music or an accompaniment track. Cold reads will also be held.

Also, LAFTA will hold auditions for “Larceny and Old Lace,” originally scheduled for a November performance and now scheduled for March 1-2, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 in the LHS auditorium.

For more information, email [email protected].

After 5 Connection dinner for women Tuesday

After 5 Connection will hold its monthly dinner and program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St., Lebanon.

All women are invited.

Matt Helget will speak about his research into the history of Camp Adair.

Guest speaker Gloria Law of Bellingham, Wash., an author, motivational speaker, business owner and health coach, will speak on “Never … ever … give up hope.”

According to organizers, Law is a resilient woman who has endured traumatic events.

Cost is $10, inclusive; credit cards are not accepted. RSVPs are required.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or [email protected]. Cancellations are requested if unable to attend.

OSU professor to speak about wolves

William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University who has drawn worldwide attention for his research on wolves and other predators, and for publishing a scientists’ warning to humanity, will speak at the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, Nov. 12.

Ripple’s presentation, “From wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science,” begins at 7 p.m. at the Whiteside Theatre, located at 361 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The author of numerous highly cited studies, Ripple helped popularize the concept “ecology of fear,” in which the loss of top predators like wolves has a cascading effect on the ecosystem. In Yellowstone Park, for example, the return of wolves is starting to lead to the reestablishment of trees, shrubs, beaver, birds, and even the shape of the streams by altering the density and behavior of elk.

Science Pub is free and open to the public, but due to its continuing popularity, advance registration is necessary and tickets will be required. Registration is available online or by calling University Events at 541-737-4717. Free street parking is available as well as at the city hall lot, two blocks from the theater. Vendors will serve veggie pizza by the slice and Worthy Brewing’s Strata IPA, featuring hops developed at OSU.

‘Future Focus’ class at LBCC in Sweet Home

Linn-Benton Community College extended learning will offer a “Strategic thinking: Developing a future focus” class from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the LBCC Sweet Home center.

Trainer Terri Houde will teach this leadership development session for those who want the time, tools and techniques to develop a future focus for their business team. Learn the language of strategic thinking and tools to jump start a strategic vision, including a vision deployment model to create employee engagement and accountability.

Registration costs $89 per person, or $79 each for three or more registrants. To register, call (541) 917-4840, or in person at any LBCC location.

Blood donation event Saturday in Lebanon

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays. The Red Cross is thanking those who carve out time to give Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

The nearest local donation event will be Satruday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mega Foods, 1950 Main St. Lebanon.

To get a T-shirt, donate in Albany on Nov. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 10, 1215 Pacific Blvd SE and from noon to 5 p.m. at Coastal Farm & Ranch, 1355 Goldfish Farm Road SE.

The Red Cross is also seeking individuals interested in setting up a donation event in December, January or February. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Christmas Bazaar at IOOF Lodge

A Christmas Bazaar will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at the I.O.O.F. Lodge, 20 E. Ash St. in Lebanon.

Sponsored by the Pearl Rebekah Lodge #47, the event will include vendors selling Scentsy, Tupperware, Party Lite, Avon, Mary Kay, woodworking and homemade crafts, jewelry, lotions, crafts and much more.

Food will be available for purchase. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

A portion of proceeds will go to Christmas baskets for local needy families.

Black comedy on stage this weekend at LBCC

Linn-Benton Community College Performing Arts will perform the award-winning original play “I Got Guns” this week in the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This original play, written by LBCC Theater Faculty Dan Stone, examines political viewpoints and gun issues with a huge helping of hilarity.

Created in the improvisational slapstick-style of Commedia dell’ Arte, this play makes fun of extreme conservatives and liberals alike. If you enjoy raunchy slapstick comedy, this is the show for you!

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Purchase online at linnbenton.edu/tickets, or one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC Theater Box Office at 541-917-4531.