Around Town, happening Oct/Nov 2020

There’s lots going on around Lebanon as the leaves turn color and the air gets cooler. Here’s a list:

October: Pumpkin Patch Tennessee Thunder Railroad is selling pumpkins, cornstalks and glass gem corn. Also offering train rides and fall themed photo backdrops. Open from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 37672 KGAL Dr. Prices are $6 for ages 12 and over, $5 for children, and free for kids under two.
October: Coloring Contest Coloring sheets can be picked up at Mugs Coffee House, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, or Linn-Co Federal Credit Union. Artwork needs to be returned by Oct. 23.
Oct. 30-31: Mayor’s Display Mayor Paul Aziz hosts a “Cascade Halloween Display,” from 6 to 9 p.m. at 312 E. Sherman St. On Saturday night only, candy will be passed out.
Oct. 31: Halloween Swim Lebanon Community Pool hosts a holiday recreation swim from 1 to 3 p.m., 1800 S. 5th St. Adults $4, youth $3.50, seniors $3.50; candy and treats included.
Oct. 31: Downtown Halloween In lieu of the annual downtown trick-or-treat, the Lebanon Downtown Association presents dance performances by the Hocus Pokie Dancers and Gypsy Spirit Dancers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 767 S. Main St. Covid regulations will be maintained. Reserve a spot at Facebook.com/lebanondowntownassociation/events. LDA also hosts a virtual Halloween costume contest. For more information, visit their Facebook page, or call 541-497-1415.
Oct. 31: Runaway Pumpkin Express Santiam Excursion Train hosts a kids costume contest and train ride from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Meet at the train station, 750 S. 3rd St. There will be a movie station, popcorn and treats, and refreshments from the bar. Tickets are $25-30; purchase online at santiam-excursion-trains.ticketleap.com/runaway-pumpkin-express2020/
Oct. 31: COVID-Careful Trunk-Or-Treat Ignite HOPE Church hosts a trunk-or-treat from 4 to 8 p.m. at 580 F St. Wear masks.
Oct. 31: Boozy Express Santiam Excursion Train hosts an adult-only costume contest and train ride from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet at the train station, 750 S. 3rd St. Must be at least 21 years old. There will be appetizers, music and a full bar. Tickets are $25-42; purchase tickets online at santiam-excursion-trains.ticketleap.com/boozy-express2020/
Oct. 31: Trick-or-treat A Google map has been created for residents to post their house as “open for trick-or-treating.”
Nov. 6-8: Bazaar Weekend It’s the kickoff to the holidays for local shoppers at: The River Center, at 3000 S. Santiam Hwy. (next door to Wilco); Restoration Resale Boutique, 1711 S. Main St.; the United Methodist Church, 1890 S. Second St.; Santiam Place, 139 S. Main St; Knitty Gritty, 824 S. Main St.; Linn County Arts Guild, 605 S. Main St.; and St. Edward Catholic Church, 100 S. Main St.
At the River Center, approximately 40 spaces have already been reserved for this year’s event by vendors who will sell hand-crafted and other gift items including baked goods, soaps, jams and syrups, doll clothes, natural fiber hats, basketry and beading, wood and metal work, candles, cards, jewelry, art, etched glass, and much more.
Hours at the River Center will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Information on the other bazaars will be available.
Admission is free. There will be lots of parking, easy access, food available for breakfast and lunch, and door prizes.
St. Edward Catholic Church hosts its annual bazaar while following social distance guidelines from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; 100 S. Main St.

Outside Lebanon
Haunted Houses/Mazes: Monteith House, Albany. Morningstar Grange, Albany. The Melon Shack, Corvallis. 6363 Sedona Road, Albany (Oct. 30-31). Nightmare Factory, Salem.
Pumpkin Patches, Hay Rides: Bose Family Farm, Albany. Grandpa’s Fresh Market, Albany. Davis Family Farm, Corvallis. The Melon Shack, Corvallis. Peoria Road Farm Market, Corvallis. Detering Orchards, Harrisburg. Greens Bridge Gardens, Jefferson.
Corn Mazes: Bose Family Farm, Albany. Davis Family Farm, Corvallis. The Melon Shack, Corvallis. Detering Orchards, Harrisburg. Greens Bridge Gardens, Jefferson.
Festivals, Trunk/Trick-or-Treat: Eastside Christian Church, Albany. Coffin Park Cemetery, Albany. Community Chapel, Sweet Home. Downtown Trick or Treat, Sweet Home.
Cider Mills: Detering Orchards, Harrisburg.
Craft Fairs/Bazaars: Corvallis Elks #1413.


Area artists’ work exhibited at gallery

Fiber artist Pat Spark and watercolorist Susan Bourdet are the featured artists through Oct. 24 at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. West in downtown Albany.
Spark has kept busy during the pandemic taking tutorials and workshops. The products of these are the basis for her new work. In one technique, Shibori felting, fabric is bound or clamped, then subjected to water, soap and agitation to complete the felting process.
The bound areas are pushed together, creating three dimensional wool felt. She will be showing shibori felt as well as many fall accessories created during the last six months.
Bourdet’s nature paintings are known for spontaneous, free-flowing background passages and delicate details. Each watercolor is pulled from her own experience. She attempts to capture and share a moment with her viewer.
She loves to use light to freeze that moment in time – maybe the instant before flight, or the sudden flash of color when the sun catches a bird’s eye.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. Gallery Calapooia is a nonprofit organization and donations to it are tax-deductible.
For more information or an appointment, call (541) 971-5701 or visit www.gallerycalapooia.com/.

OSU offers free webinar on cattle

Oregon State University’s Beef Cattle Working Group is presenting a Fall Webinar Series on beef cattle production.
The weekly webinar series runs through Nov. 17, presented by OSU faculty. Webinars begin at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday, except for Nov. 5, which is a Thursday.
Upcoming topics include:
Oct. 20: The Importance of Mineral Supplementation, presented by Juliana Ranches.
Oct. 27: Strategic Supplementation for Beef Cattle, presented by Ian McGregor.
Nov. 5: Understanding EPDs for Selecting Bulls, presented by Sergio Arispe and Morgan Johns-rud (Select Sires).
Nov. 10: Pain Mitigation of Routine Procedures for Calves, presented by Chuck Estill.
Nov. 17: Plants Toxic to Livestock in Range and Pastures, presented by Scott Duggan and Mylen Bohle.
Registration is required only once, at extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/events/beef-cattle-working-group-fall-webinar-series. You will receive an email with a link to access the webinar. The same link can be used for all webinars.
For more information, contact by visiting extension.oregonstate.edu/people/juliana-ranches, or contact OSU Extension at (541) 967-3871.

B&G Club offers kids activities

Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam is offering a variety of activities for young people this fall.
They include East County Iron Chef culinary skills class, Running Club, 3-on-3 Basketball Skills Clinic, Bowling League, Hiking Club, Archery Club and Baseball Camp.
Dates and locations vary. Participants will be required to use hand sanitizer, wash hands, maintain social distance, wear face coverings and submit to daily health screenings.
For more information, contact Devin Peckfelder at (541) 405-3755.

Forage council offers free classes

The Oregon Forage and Grassland Council is hosting a set of educational programs, e-Forums, via Zoom on Thursdays at noon through the end of November.
These are casual presentations and include Q&A with a host from OFGC and a guest whose work or experience is related to pasture, forage, and/or livestock management.
The events are free but registration is required. For more information on individual sessions, or to register, visit www.oregonforage.org/events.

Local GOP to hold candidates events

Linn County Republicans Central Committee will meet in person and via Zoom at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at 2735 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.
The public is invited to participate in the event, which will include presentations from candidates and from keynote speaker Jeff Kropf. There will also be discussion of reorganization and volunteer opportunities and other planning activities.
Participants who want to Zoom should register in advance at
After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Also, the GOP is holding a Meet the Candidates Forum from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.
For details, visit www.linncountyrepublicanparty.org or call (541) 791-6446.

Veterans’ stories to be told on stage

Local military veterans will be matched with local playwrights and actors to bring their stories of service to the stage in the Veterans’ Voices Project II on NOv. 11 and 18.
The show will will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 18 at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Ave. in Corvallis.
Local director Leigh Matthews Bock has assembled an all-star cast that will be bringing these stories to life on both nights. The cast will be Tom Martin, Bob Olin, Rob Otrembiak, Chris Tavernia and Michael Wren.
Tickets range from $10 to $20 and are available at majestic.org. The show will be streamed online as well as performed live.