Around Town from Feb. to March 2020


Photos on display in bank exhibit

A photo of a sandhill crane, taken by Ken Bolf

Lebanon photographer Ken Bolf is displaying a series of photographs through March at Umpqua Bank, 777 Park St.
The display is a mixture of new and recent work, including images of sandhill cranes, bald eagles, a blue heron and a great horned owl.
Midway through the exhibit Bolf plans to switch out several of the photographs with black and white images from Crook, Lake, and Grant Counties in Oregon.
Bank hours are 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Fridays.
More of Bolf’s photographs can be viewed at www.kenbolfphotography.com.

Local art shows feature 8×8 pieces

Brownsville Art Association is hosting is annual 8 x 8 Community Art Show featuring local artists at 255 N. Main St., Brownsville.
All art is 8×8 inches in size and is reasonably priced.
Art Center winter hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The annual community show gives community members the chance to display their work.
Art by members of the Brownsville Art Association is also on display and for sale.
Brownsville’s show is running in conjunction with Gallery Calapooia’s 8×8 show at 222 W. 1st Ave. in Albany.

Sportsman Show this weekend

The 2020 Willamette Sportsman Show will be held through Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E., in Albany.
The show will run to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Expo Center is at 3700 Knox Butte Road E., in Albany. The barbecue competition will run concurrently.
Admission is $7. Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free, and parking is free.
Part of the fun this year will be a barbecue championship that includes not only the usual suspects – chicken, brisket, pork and ribs – but everyone’s favorite: bacon.
Dozens of exhibitors will be on hand displaying items and services for hunting, fishing and many other outdoor activities. Concessions will be available as well. Activities for kids will include gold panning, a climbing wall, a casting pond and Airsoft shooting.
On Saturday, patrons can purchase tokens to sample the various barbecue offerings – there will be something new each day — from more than 15 pit masters. Attendees can sample bacon recipes offered up by pit masters, then get the chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award for the best bacon entry.
The winner of the barbecue Grand Championship will attend the World Championships in Kansas City, Mo.
The show is put on by the Jefferson Baptist Church and the JBC Men’s Ministries and sponsored by Coastal Farm Supply and Lassen RV of Albany.

Heritage Fair offers history and more

The 28th Annual Frontier Heritage Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, at the Lane County Events Center/Fairground Auditorium, 796 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.
Sponsored by the Fort Umpqua Muzzleloaders and the Lane County History Museum, the fair focuses on pre-1898 America, including mountain men fur trade, the Civil War and the Old West.
The event will feature artifacts and replicas of the period for display and for sale.
Included is a special exhibit of Oregon prehistory and displays representing the Hudson’s Bay Company, historic Fort Umpqua at Elkton, the Applegate Trail, Northwest Coast native art and a one-room pioneer schoolhouse with hands-on features for all ages.
The fair will include activities for children and demonstrations of historic skills such as weaving, spinning, quilting, woodworking, horn carving and flintknapping, along with performances by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers.
Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call (541) 689-4281 or (541) 746-1819.

Bow Wow Bingo for Safehaven

Bow Wow Bingo, a fund-raiser for SafeHaven humane society, is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Monday of every month – Feb. 17 this time around, at Schmizza Public House, 2602 S. Santiam Hwy.
Cards cost $1 each or $5 for six.

Learn weaving in library class

Lebanon Library will host a CrafterDark program on DIY Loom Weaving from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 55 Tangent St.
Participants will create a unique woven piece of wall art using a cardboard loom, various yarns and a natural-cut stick. Space and materials are limited and registration is required to attend.
For more information or to register, contact the library at (541) 258-4926.

Senior cooking demo Feb. 18

The Lebanon Senior Center will host a Cooking Demo from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 80 Tangent St.
Participants will learn tricks that will inspire them to cook at home, even for one or two people. Bring a canned good to donate to FISH. Area seniors 50 and older are welcome to participate.
For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

Exercise classes at Senior Center

Lebanon Senior Center offers weekly exercise and tai chi/qigong and Bingocize classes at 80 Tangent St.
All area seniors 50 and older are welcome to participate.
The weekly Seniors on the Go Exercise class is held starting at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Participants will get a chance to review games they may have played in the past: Bean Bag Baseball on Feb. 19 and Indoor Bocce Ball on Feb. 26.
The weekly Bingocize activity is held at 2 p.m. Thursdays, hosted by students from COMP-NW medical school. The program combines the competitiveness of Bingo with physical exercise. There are prizes.
The weekly qigong/tai chi class is held at 10 a.m. Fridays. Participants do ancient exercises that embody the two Chinese disciplines, which emphasize principles of health and movement that offer harmony between body and mind.
For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

LAFTA winter comedy

Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts will hold its winter comedy play, “Capper Trap,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 20 to 22, and a 2 p.m. matinee performance Saturday, at Lebanon High School’s theater, 1700 S. 5th St.
Madcap capers ensue when crafty criminals pit themselves against a blundering wealthy family. Wanda Winthrop thinks she arranged a marriage between her sons and the twin daughters of the wealthy Von Marks family. Her plan is to con the Von Marks girls to marry her boys so she can keep the dowry, but what she doesn’t know is the Von Marks are actually ex-cons trying to steal from her.
Fast entrances, exits and mistaken identities will make this funny farce keep you guessing. What can go wrong next?
Admission is $5 per person. LAFTA will also accept donations for a new cluster speaker system for the high school auditorium.
LAFTA is running a campaign to raise $44,000 for the cluster speaker system. The project resulted after audience members last summer said the sound/speakers made the show difficult to hear.
For more information, contact Terri at (541) 990-1413.

Lose Springtime Blues at Sr. Center

The Lebanon Senior Center will host a Mind Matters program on Springtime Blues from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at 80 Tangent St.
Helen Beaman, older adult behavioral health specialist/mental health services coordinator for Linn County, will lead a discussion of the myths and facts of seasonal patterns of depression. Learn the signs for “the blues” and what prevention and treatment options exist to help you or a loved one work through these emotions.
Sign up in the office or by calling (541) 258-4919. Area seniors, 50 years and older, are welcome to attend.

Anti-child abuse training offered

ABC House will offer Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Training from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at 228 SW 5th Ave., Albany.
A free tour of ABC House will be offered at 5 p.m. Seminar participants will learn how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The training will offer simple and practical actions that can protect children. The training combines videos and group discussions. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance. CEU’s may be available to eligible participants.
Light refreshments are provided. Childcare is not available. Registration is required for this free training by visiting www.abchouse.org/resources/outreach-classes.
For more information, call (541) 926-2203.

Palliative care to be topic at Forum

Dr. Thomas Steele will speak on Hospice and Palliative Care at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce’s Forum Lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Career Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.
Steele’s practice experience includes a wide variety of medicine. Since 2016 he has been medical director for Samaritan Supportive Services, overseeing palliative care.
The menu will be meat or vegetable lasagna, green beans, tossed green salad with assorted dressings, Texas toast and assorted cookies. Cost is $15 per person. RSVPs are required.
To sign up, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164 or visit lebanon-chamber.org/events.

Ladies Night Out for B&G Club

The Boys & Girls Club will hold a Ladies Night Out fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Boulder Falls Event Center,
The event will include a champagne welcome, guest speaker Carmen Ohling, a silent purse auction and fashion show by Tin Roof Boutique, and an art exhibit by girls served by the club.
Cost is $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.powerof the purses.com.
For more information, contact Shyla at (541) 401-7820.

Bridal show at Santiam Place hall

Santiam Place Event Hall will host the Lebanon Bridal Show from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at 139 Main St. in Lebanon.
Area professionals will be available to assist with wedding planning and the event will feature Dala’s Blue Angels, a Lebanon nonproft that raises funds for child support services and the prevention of child abuse.
Admission is $5, and proceeds will benefit Dala’s Blue Angels.

Seedy Tuesday at library Feb. 25

The Santiam Food Alliance will hold Seedy Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.
This free program and gardeners’ networking event will open with a presentation by Betty Goergen, Master Gardener, on gardening in a changing climate.
The seed swap will begin about 7 p.m. Participants with seeds or other plant materials to share will lay them out on tables.
Vegetable seeds will be the main emphasis, but gardeners are welcome to bring flower seeds and other kinds, and even well-wrapped tubers and growing plants. The seeds don’t have to be homegrown; they can be extras from commercial packets.
All seeds should be identified by species and variety and the year of harvest, if possible.
Novice gardeners and others with no seeds to share are welcome to come and collect seeds.
Anyone planning to take home seeds should bring envelopes, tape, and a pen for labeling the envelopes.
During the swap, 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, visit santiamfood.org or the Santiam Food Alliance’s Facebook page, or contact Linda at (503) 707-1539.

Learn to make paper roses

Lebanon Senior Center will host a CrafterNoon program on Paper Roses from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 80 Tangent St.
Participants will learn how to turn old book pages and sheet music into beautiful roses. Cost is $1.
Sign up in the office or by calling (541) 258-4919

Free organic gardening class

A free backyard organic gardening class, “The Food Garden,” will be offered in Lebanon and Albany starting Feb. 26.
The six-class series will be taught by Sheryl Casteen, a Master Gardener and retired garlic farmer who manages both Lebanon’s Porter Park Community Garden and the Oregon Veterans Home garden in Lebanon.
All the classes are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn how to grow their own food, why plants don’t grow, soil amendments, plant diseases, pests, predators and nutritional deficiencies. Free seeds will be distributed.
Lebanon classes will be held on Wednesdays, Feb. 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and Tuesday, March 31 at Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home, 600 N. 5th St.
Albany classes will be held Thursdays, March 5 through April 9, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 154 SE Madison St.
Classes include both lecture and hands-on training. To reserve a spot, email [email protected]. A confirmation email will be sent.

New Zealand prof to discuss pastures

Dr. Thomas Maxwell from Lincoln University, New Zealand, will present a free program on New Zealand Pasture Systems from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 26, at at Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility Room 106, 3521 SW Campus Way (corner of 35th Street) in Corvallis.
Maxwell’s research interests are ecology, production and management of pasture, grassland and rangeland systems, with a lens on the sustainable function of grazing lands.
His research work includes hill country pasture production ecology, sown pasture persistence, forage species for reduced nitrate leaching, pasture and forage functional diversity, nutritional ecology of grazing animals, grazing for dual purposes of livestock production and ecosystem function, and testing precision agriculture tools (thermal camera imaging and remote-sensing technology) for pasture yield assessment and management.
He will discuss New Zealand pasture system function, current challenges and research.
For information, contact Shelby at (541) 236-3016.

Students invited to compete in spelling

Local students, including homeschoolers, are invited to participate in the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship.
All contests are written. Students compete in one of three age divisions: Grades 1-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Students first compete in their classroom and then their school.
School winners from each division proceed to the district contest, which is usually held in April.
Winners continue to the county contest, which will be held in May. County winners then qualify for the state competition, held during the Oregon State Fair on Sept. 5.
For more information, visit www.oregonspellers.com or contact Sharon by Feb. 28 at (541) 409-3794.

‘Squirrel Lake’ madness on stage

Albany Civic Theater will present “Squirrel Lake” starting Friday, Feb. 28, at 111 W. 1st Ave.
The two-act comedy by Brian Mitchell follows the travails of three siblings who gather at their summer home to read their late mother’s will.
Misunderstandings and irregularities of all sorts ensue. The production is not recommended for children under 16.
Evening performances, at 7:30 p.m., are Feb. 28 and 29 and March 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. Matinees, at 2:30 p.m., will be March 1 and 8.
General admission tickets are $14, $11 for youths under 18 and seniors 60 and over, U.S. military veterans and holders of Oregon Trail Cards.
For additional details, visit www.albanycivic.org.

Livestock group dinner, meeting

Linn County Livestock Association will hold its annual meeting and dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Brownsville Baptist Church, 27910 Seven Mile Lane, Brownsville.
Dinner costs $10 for adults, $5 for children. Annual dues are $20.
The program includes presentations on and discussion of:
♦ Predator issues and reports – cameras, cougars, coyotes, eagles (presentation on requirements and forms will be available for FSA reimbursement for eagle losses);
♦ Wool – market requirements, available buyers, options; and
♦ New spring forages.
For information and reservations, contact Lynden Brown at (541) 258-8263 or by email at [email protected]. Leave a message if no answer.

Fish advocates to hold dinner, auction

The Coastal Conservation Association will hold a dinner and auction at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Eagles Club, 127 Broadalbin St. SW, Albany.
CCA is a local fish advocacy group that works to protect and enhance hatcheries, protect fish from excessive sea lion predation, and reform gillnet laws.
The event will include dinner, games, hosted beverages, raffles and live and silent auctions.
Tickets are $65 per person, with discounts for multiple attendees. All attendees receive a one-year CCA membership.
For tickets or more information, visit www.ccaoregon.org or contact Doogie at (541) 214-3910 or Mei Li at (541) 220-8637.

LAFTA continuing Von Trapps search

The Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts will hold more workshops for young actors interested in performing in “The Sound of Music” this summer.
Those who attended LAFTA’s first workshop, in early February, and others who couldn’t make it are invited to attend one or all of the following workshops, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 29, March 7 and 14, and April 4.
Wear shoes and clothing that are safe and comfortable to move and dance in. Dresses are not encouraged.
Auditions for “The Sound of Music” will be the week of May 4.
For more information, email [email protected].

Family Fun Day Feb. 29 at LBCC

Linn-Benton Community College will host Family Fun Day for families with children ages 1 to 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Activities Center gym, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany.
Children can participate in activities such as play dough, obstacle course, crafts, bounce houses, face painting, putt-putt golf and more. Safe Haven will bring “doggie ambassadors” for children to pet and love, Kidco Head Start will provide a themed reading area, and there will be a special visit from LBCC’s Rocky the Roadrunner.
Admission is free. Activity tickets are .25 cents each. A used book and toy sale will be held during the event, and there will be a concession stand with food and drinks for purchase.
Proceeds help support the more than 2,000 parents in Linn and Benton counties who attend LBCC Parenting Education classes each year.
For more information, contact LBCC Family Connections Pollywog at (541) 917-4884.

Dr. Seuss birthday party for children

Albany’s Historic Carousel and Museum will host a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the museum, 503 W. 1st Ave.
The event, organized by Altrusa of Albany, will include games, prizes, a scavenger hunt, and a book for each child to take home. Admission is free. Carousel rides will be available for purchase.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AlbanyAltrusa.

Cozy Mystery to feature BBC show

Lebanon Library will host a Monday Cozy Mystery viewing of the first two episodes of the BBC TV series “Shakespeare and Hathaway” from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 10, at 55 Academy St.
The library has acquired the new British mystery series. Tea and biscuits will be served during the showing of the premiere episode.
For more information, call (541) 258-4926.

Learn to journal at Lebanon Library

Lebanon Library will host a CrafterDark Journaling Class at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at 55 Academy St.
Participants will learn about different kinds of journaling and planning systems while decorating their own notebook. Information will be shared about various ways to keep journals.
This event is for ages 18 and up.
Materials are provided. Registration is required, call the library at (541) 258-4926 to reserve a spot.

Chamber DSA banquet March 6

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its Distinguished Service Awards Banquet from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Boulder Falls Event Center, 505 Mullins Drive.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 and awards following.
The theme will be Black and White Gala.
The menu will feature deconstructed chicken cordon bleu with creamy mornay sauce or beef burgundy braised in red wine, mushrooms, garlic and herbs with Yukon mashed potatoes and quinoa pilaf.
A wide variety of awards honoring local leadership, volunteerism and public service will be presented.
Tickets, available at the chamber office, 1040 S. Park St.
For more information, contact Mary at (541) 258-7164.

Kalapuyan exhibit at County Museum

Linn County Historical Museum, at 101 Park Ave. in Brownsville, has opened a new exhibit covering the history and legacy of the Kalapuyan People in the Willamette Valley.
To celebrate the opening, the museum is hosting a free lecture series in the Box Car Theater, adjacent to the museum.
On March 6 at 7 p.m., Dr. Paul Baxter of Brownsville will present “Long Story Short, Cascadia Cave turns 10,000.”
On April 3 at 7 p.m., Dr. Tom Connolly, director of   archaeological research at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, will discuss “Kalapuyan Archaeology: The Cultural Record before 1800.”
All are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to view the exhibit prior to each lecture.
For more information, call (541) 466-3390.

Book Club to talk mysteries at library

Lebanon Library’s Freeform Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at 55 Academy St.
This month’s theme is Mysteries. Instead of everyone reading the same title, this book club focuses on a different theme each month.
Check out any book on the chosen theme (mysteries) and start reading. The library has a list available of recommended authors, but any book participants think suits the theme will work.
Participants will then meet in the Community Meeting Room and chat about their books, learn more about the month’s chosen topic and hopefully find some new favorite authors. Registration is not required to attend.

Historian to tell Wagon Road story

Sweet Home Ranger District Archaeologist Tony Farque will tell the story of the Santiam Wagon Road for Lebanon Museum organizers at noon Tuesday, March 10, at the Lebanon Library, 55 Academy St.
Farque’s presentation will be the first in the Lebanon Museum’s 2020 series of historical programs. Others will be announced through the year.The program is open to all and free of charge. Audience members are welcome to bring a lunch to eat as they listen.
Farque, the ranger district’s longtime archaeologist, is beloved for his guided hikes and lively presentations on topics such as Cascadia Cave, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the history of the U.S. Forest Service in the Willamette National Forest. Farque spoke about the Kalapuya in the Lebanon Museum’s kickoff program in 2018.
The Santiam Wagon Road was created after Lebanon-area settlers, following Indian trails, discovered the Santiam Pass. Local ranchers formed a corporation to develop a toll road to carry their livestock to pastures across the Cascades.
For more than 70 years, until Highway 20 was completed, the Santiam Wagon Road was the main means of transportation through the central Cascades.
It carried not only flocks of sheep and herds of cattle but wagon trains full of wool, stagecoaches full of vacationers, and even automobiles – most famously in 1905, when one of the two competitors in a transcontinental race tied a log to his car to slow its descent down Seven-Mile Hill.

Circuit boards, more at SuGO

Lebanon Library will host its STEM program SuGO (Show up, Geek Out) event Wednesday, March 11.
Meeting times are 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. for ages 5-9 and 4:30 to 5:15 for ages 10-14.
This month’s activity will focus on circuit boards, Ozobots, LittleBits and much more.
This program is free and does not require a library card to attend. Space and materials are limited, registration is required to attend. Children are allowed to sign up for two sessions at a time.
For more information or to register, contact the library at (541) 258-4926.

DIY Home and Health at library

Interested in being self-sufficient? Lebanon Library will host a DIY Home and Health program from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at 55 Academy St.
Participants will learn recipes and make samples to take home of dryer sheets, peppermint foot scrub and more. This activity is for ages 16 and over. Space and materials are limited, and registration is required to attend.
For more information or to register, contact the library at (541) 258-4926.

Violinist to play in local libraries

Violinist and fiddler David Greenberg will perform a free program ranging from baroque to folk from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at 55 Academy St.
Greenberg has performed for three decades as a baroque violinist and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, fiddler. His fluency and experience in these two genres make him uniquely qualified to interpret the wild music of 18th-century Scotland, which will be on the program, along with modern tunes.
Greenberg will also perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Sweet Home Library, 1101 13th Ave.
For more information, contact the Lebanon library at (541) 258-4926.