Around Town: Holiday happenin’s

Oct. 20: Harvest Together   Conversion Brewing offers a four course meal from 6 to 10 p.m. to celebrate the harvest season. Features special brews paired with artisan bread, steak, potatoes, butternut squash soup, and a poached pear dessert. Tickets must be purchased in advance at EventBrite or at Conversion Brewing. $55 per adult, gratuity included, and additional beers may be purchased during the event. Must be at least 21 years of age.

Oct. 26-27: FISH of Lebanon Bazaar   FISH hosts a Fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 211 E. Vine St. They will have their “famous” cookie walk, cookies by the pound, homemade crafts and baked goods.

November: Thanksgiving food collection   Boy Scout Pack 350 is collecting food or cash donations to make Thanksgiving food boxes for families in the community. To help, contact Michael or Tara Rathburn.

Nov. 2-3: Bazaar and Country Store   St. Edward Catholic Church has a bazaar and country store from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 100 S. Main St. Includes handmade crafts and raffle baskets, and desserts and lunch will be available. Proceeds go to church maintenance.

Nov. 2: River Center Craft and Gift Fair   The River Center will host its 10th Annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at 3000 S. Santiam Hwy. Admission is free. Vendors will offer a variety of 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, artwork, etched glass, and much more. Food will be available for breakfast and lunch.

Nov. 2: Holiday Bazaar   First Methodist Church hosts a holiday bazaar from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1890 S. Second St.

Nov. 2: Merlin’s Halloween Party   Merlin’s Bar and Grill hosts a post-Halloween party at 9 p.m. Located at W. Sherman St.

Nov. 2-3: Lebanon Christmas Bazaar   Lebanon will have a Christmas bazaar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 2-3: Holiday Show   The Old Bates Berry Barn Farm has their annual holiday show with crafted gifts, candles, holiday decor and more for sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 38021 Weirich Drive. Different vendors will be there, along with cookies, hot chocolate and holiday music.

Nov. 3: ELCA Christmas Bazaar   East Linn Christian Academy will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at 36883 Victory Drive, off south 5th Street.Vendor space is available. Visit christmas.eastlinn.org for details.

Nov. 3 – Dec. 1: Selfie with Santa   Santa will be at Walmart in Lebanon from 12 to 4 p.m.

Nov. 5-8: Money for candy   Kirkpatrick Dental will buy unopened Halloween candy from 8 a.m. to 5 p .m. at 270 S. Main St. Kirkpatrick’s candy buyback offers $1 per pound of relinquished candy, and all candy collected will be sent to troops overseas, along with extra toothbrushes.

Nov. 7: Welcome home veterans   The Lebanon Senior Center hosts a veterans reception from 2 to 3 p.m. at 80 Tangent St. The community is invited to join them for a time of honoring our veterans and armed forces. Colors will be posted, with acknowledgement of military branches, special music from Bob Williams, upcoming Veteran’s Day activities, and refreshments.

Nov. 9-10: Holiday Bazaar   Christ Community Lutheran Church hosts a holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at 320 Market St. Homemade crafts, vendor tables, a Christmas room, and lunch with soup, rolls and pie.

Nov. 10: Christmas craft fair   Lebanon Church of the Nazarene will have a Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the church, located at 600 W. D Street. Local crafters will be there to sell their homemade crafts and other items.

Nov. 10: Fall Flannel Fundraiser  Lebanon Soup Kitchen will hold its Fall Flannel dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. at 170 E. Grant St. The menu includes appetizers, curried butternut squash soup, a choice of roasted pork loin or grilled chicken breast served with winter vegetables and Gruyere scalloped potatoes. Dessert will be via silent auction of a variety of cakes, pies, cheesecake and more. A $25-per-seat donation is requested. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, contact Sean Casey at (541) 451-7667.

Nov. 13 – Dec. 1: Senior Tree of Giving   The Lebanon Senior Center will be accepting nominations and applications for the Senior Tree of Giving, a program to support seniors who do not have family locally or face hardship. Area agencies can nominate seniors (50+). Tags will be placed on a tree in the senior center’s library as they become available, starting Nov. 26. Gifts should be returned by Dec. 18. For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

Nov. 14: Thanksgiving meal   Heart and Hand for Homeless hosts a hot Thanksgiving meal and dessert for those in need at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.

Nov. 15: Thanksgiving banquet   The Lebanon Senior Center hosts a Thanksgiving meal for Lebanon area seniors (50+) at 12 p.m. Lebanon High School choir will serve and perform. There will be turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. Pick up your complimentary tickets for this meal by Nov. 9 at the senior center, 80 Tangent St.

Nov. 16: Harvest Festival   Hamilton Creek school has a Fall in the Creek Harvest Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. at 32135 Berlin Road. There will be fun, food, games and a silent auction. Buy two tickets for $1; each game costs one ticket. Games include ring toss, go fish, plinko, Angry Birds, football throw, candy walk and more. Lots of raffle prizes to try for too, including a new Traeger BBQ from Economy Supply and a Yeti cooler package.

Nov. 16-17: Rebekah Christmas Bazaar   Pearl Rebekah Lodge #47 will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Nov. 16-17 at 20 E. Ash St. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Vendors will offer Scentsy, Tupperware, jewelry,  party line, Purple Heart Woodworking, homemade crafts and many more. Lunch is  available for purchase. Proceeds go for Christmas baskets and supplies for the Veterans Home.

Nov. 16-17: The Oaks Holiday Bazaar   The Oaks at Lebanon hosts its annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 621 Oak St. Call (541) 258-7777 for more information.

Due Nov. 16: Poster Contest   Holidays in the Park is having a poster contest for its Fairytale Christmas themed event scheduled Dec. 1. Contest is open to all elementary and middle school students.

Judging is based on creativity, as well as staying in the theme “Fairytale Christmas,” and must clearly advertise Holidays in the Park 2018.  Posters shall be no larger than 11″ by 17″. All art mediums accepted.

Winners will be announced Nov. 30. One entry per person. All artwork must have student name, classroom, teacher and phone number on back. First place winners receive a gift card, and are invited to ride in the parade on the carriage.

Deadline to enter is by 5 p.m. Nov. 16, and may be dropped off at the Lebanon Police Department. For more information, contact Dala at (541) 258-4339.

Nov. 17: Holiday Crafters and Home-based Business Expo   Santiam Place Event Hall hosts its annual holiday expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its location, 139 Main St. Local crafters and home-based businesses will be there for gift shopping opportunities. For more information, call (541) 259-4255.

Nov. 27: Christmas card class   Make four different Christmas card designs at this class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Some card-making or scrapbooking experience required for this class. Most materials are provided, but bring your own scissors, glue, and pens/pencils. Cost is $10. Class limited to 10 people. Must sign up by Nov. 20. For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

Nov. 28 – Dec. 1: Christmas Show   Two Sisters Treasures has Christmas treasures sale from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday (must pay $5 pre-sale entry fee), from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Located at 39510 Lacomb Drive.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2   Christmas Bazaar   Linn County Expo Center hosts a Town and Country Christmas Bazaar from 12 to 8 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. More than 200 booths will be there, and Santa can be found at Storybook Land Dec. 1 in the livestock pavilion.

December: Ride the rails   Tennessee Thunder Railroad will light their four acres with Christmas lights and decorations and offer rides on their 1/4-scale train around the property from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night during the month of December. $5 per adult, $4 per child. Located at 37672 Kgal Dr., Lebanon.

Dec. 1: Jingle Bells Run   Lebanon Downtown Association hosts its first annual Jingle Bells 5K run/walk starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Ralston Park. Features an ugly sweater contest. Early registration by Oct. 23 costs $20/run, $10/walk. Register Oct. 26 to Nov. 24 costs $25/run, $15/walk. Register Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 costs $35/run, $20/walk. Kids under 5 walk free. Sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. T-shirts available for purchase. For more information, contact Alysia at (541) 974-4391.

Dec. 1: LHS Music Booster Holiday Bazaar   Homemade items from local vendors and business owners will have booths set up for holiday shopping from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lebanon High School. Band and choir students will perform throughout the day. Food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the 2019 band and choir trip to southern California, where they will receive instruction from college music directors, tour campuses and spend time at Disneyland.

Dec. 1: Holidays in the Park   The annual Holidays in the Park will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Ralston Park.
The theme this year is “Fairytale Christmas,” and Drew Briese will be the Twilight Parade’s grand marshall. Parade begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree. Visit with Santa, take a carriage ride, drink hot chocolate and enjoy the festivities.
Vendors must register $10 by Oct. 15, or $25 after that day. For more information, contact Virginia Gardner at (541) 971-0347.
Parade registrants must turn in completed papers and $10 by Nov. 23. For more information, contact Ronda at (541) 619-1030.
Businesses wanting to decorate a tree in the park must reserve their tree with a $10 fee. For more information, contact Ronda at (541) 619-1030.

Dec. 1: Christmas program   The Lebanon Senior Center hosts a Christmas program at 7:30 p.m., located at 80 Tangent St. Naughty or Nice.

Dec. 1-14: Storybook Land   Storybook Land will open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays thru Thursdays, and from 2 p.m to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Linn County Fairgrounds livestock pavilion in Albany. The free event includes 115 scenes from fairytale and family movies in a forest setting with Christmas lights and music. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the North Pole with candy canes for the kids.

Dec. 8: Holiday craft bazaar   The Festival of Trees holiday craft bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Brownsville American Legion Post 184, 339 N. Main. Vendors may rent a table for $10 to sell crafted or new items only by contacting Judy at (541) 808-1970.

Dec. 21: Candy Cane Express   *SOLD OUT* Santiam Excursion Train’s Candy Cane Express is a two-hour train ride from6 to 8 p.m. with Santa and Mrs. Claus on hand to talk to the children and hand out gifts and treats. Includes a catered buffet dinner, hot cocoa and more. Only 75 tickets available.

Dec. 22: Christmas party and meal   Heart and Hand for Homeless hosts a “meal and party, with surprises for the homeless” for those in need, from 4 to 7 pm. at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.