Around Town: January 2019

Donate for kids at COMP-NW

COMP-Northwest Class of 2022 is hosting a “H.U.G.S. and PJs” collection drive for the Lebanon School District Welcome Center.

The effort includes collection of new hats, underwear, gloves, socks and pajamas for kids and their families. Drop-off bins are located at the the college, 200 Mullins Dr.

The Welcome Center helps families in need of items that help students be successful in school.

For more information about the drive, contact Jeannie Davis at (541) 259-0278.

Play Pickleball at Lebanon B&G Club

The Lebanon Pickleball Club (LPC), a program of the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam (Lebanon), offers drop-in play from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 1  p.m. Saturdays.

All members of the community are invited to come try out a game for free. After that, the cost to play is $3 per day, or $2 per day for LPC members. A youth pickleball program is in the planning stages.

For more information, visit www.lebanonpickleball.com.

Visit horses to help mental health

Linn County Animal Rescue works with Linn County Mental Health to host regular visiting sessions with horses for developmentally disabled people and those suffering from PTSD.

For more information on joining the sessions, or to volunteer, call (541) 258-3422.

Free sports clinic offers kids care

Samaritan Sweet Home Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is now offering a free sports medicine clinic for student athletes in East Linn County who have recently sustained a sports injury.

Physical therapists at the clinic will assess the student’s injury on a first-come, first-served basis every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the clinic, 646 Holley Road. The assessment does not require a referral from the student’s primary care provider.

This service is available to any student athlete in east Linn County, age 6 to 18. The student’s parent must be at the appointment as well.

A session will consist of:

  • A brief screening to assess the injury.
  • Education about the injury and how to treat it at home.
  • Clinical advice for practice and classroom modification to promote safe return to the classroom and sports activities.
  • Clinical advice as to what, if any, further formal treatment is necessary.

For more information, call (541) 451-6272.

Grants available for local culture

The Linn County Cultural Coalition is accepting proposals for grants to fund projects that will promote and improve access to the arts, to history and local heritage, and for humanities-related activities in Linn County.

The coalition may allocate as much as $20,000 in grants in this funding cycle. Grants typically range between $250 and $2,500. Project proposals are considered on a case-by-case basis and may not be awarded the full amount requested.

Proposals must address the arts, history and heritage, and/or humanities in a manner that promotes and protects cultural activities and assets of Linn County. Proposals must be submitted and signed by an authorized officer of a sponsoring 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit sponsoring organization. Organizations or individuals who do not have their own tax-exempt status may be sponsored by a nonprofit organization that does.

The LCCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with the Oregon State Cultural Trust, a statewide entity established to promote and strengthen cultural activities in Oregon. The Trust is working to build a $200 million endowment aimed at providing a stable funding source for art, heritage and humanities interests throughout the state.  Through local coalitions such as Linn County’s, it distributes funding to all 36 Oregon counties and nine federally recognized Native American tribes.

The LCCC’s goal is to increase county residents’ access to rich and diverse arts, humanities and historical heritage in a manner that celebrates community pride and individuality. Its goal is to disseminate funds as widely as possible to communities throughout the county. For more details, see the Linn County Cultural Plan at www.linnculture.com.

Locally, funding from the LCCC has helped support:

  • The Lebanon Community Foundation’s July 4 Star Spangled Celebration;
  • Arts- and history-related projects such as the Pioneer Association’s Village of Learning in Brownsville;
  • Sweet Home Public Library programs, the Singing Christmas Tree and a musical production at Sweet Home High School;
  • The purchase of sound equipment for cultural events in Scio;
  • The Procession of the Species children’s program and parade in Albany; and
  • Mill City-based Santiam Hearts to Arts programs – an FM radio station, the Santiam Canyon Community Chorus and a Supplemental Arts Education program for Santiam Canyon youth.

Deadline for completed applications is Feb. 11. Coalition members will review the applications and make decisions on awards within a few weeks of that date.

Grant applications are available at www.linnculture.org and the County Parks Department, 3010 Ferry St. SW, Albany; Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave. Scio City Hall, 38957 NW 1st Ave.; KGAL radio, 36991 KGAL Drive, Lebanon; and The New Era, 1313 Main St., Sweet Home.  They should be submitted by mail to Brian Carroll, Linn County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 69, Albany, OR, 97321 or dropped off at the Linn County Parks office, 3010 Ferry St. SW, Albany.

For further information, contact Brian Carroll at (541) 967-3917 or [email protected], or Scott Swanson at (541) 367-2135, or [email protected].

Winter baseball workouts camp

Lebanon JBO Baseball has winter camp from Jan. 14 to Feb. 20 for kids in third through eighth grades.

On Mondays, from 6 to 7 p.m. for third to fifth grade, and from 7 to 8 p.m. for sixth to eighth grade, kids will practice hitting in the high school baseball cages.

On Wednesdays, from 7 to 8 p.m. for third to eighth grade, kids will practice fielding on the high school football field.

Camp fee is $20 per student. Make checks payable to BGCGS, with “JBO” in the memo line.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/Lebanon-JBO-Baseball-140827242641459/.

Registration forms will be available at the camp.

Vision group to discuss ‘Aging Eyes’

Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group will discuss “Aging Eyes” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Dr. Jessica Norris, optometrist, will highlight changes in eyesight that need to be seen immediately by an eye doctor as a person ages.

These include: not being able to focus, even with updated eye wear; lines that resemble spider webs; wavy lines that don’t go away; field of vision slowly narrows; sudden loss of vision in one eye; severe pain; constant tearing or colored fluids.

The meeting is free to attend. Light refreshments are available. For more information, call (541) 928-5008.

‘Plan Your Land’ workshops offered

The South Santiam and North Santiam watershed councils and the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District are offering help to “Plan for Your Land,” a four-week workshop walking property owners through the steps of developing a long-term conservation plan.

Experts will work with property owners to inventory and map property; talk about various conservation concerns, from wildlife habitat to water quality; and develop a plan based on the property owners’ goals. Property owners may even have the chance to fund projects.

Workshops begin at 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 and continue the following three Thursdays. Weekly subjects are mapping and inventory, conservation focus areas, land use areas and creating an action plan.

To sign up, visit eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/plan-for-your-land-workshop-series-registration-49653203067 or contact the South Santiam Watershed Council at (541) 367-5564.

Dramatic comedy at Albany theater

Albany Civic Theater presents “Love and Information,” directed by Cathleen Hockman-Wert, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, located at 111 First Ave. W.

Like a scroll through a Facebook feed turned into live action, a troupe of actors portray over 100 characters in 57 vignettes, some hilarious and others heart-wrenching.

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

Lacemakers invite new participants

The Oregon Trail Lacemakers monthly meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Willamette Oaks Retirement Living, 455 Alexander Loop, north of Valley River Center, Eugene.

They meet every third Saturday of the month to make lace by hand (bobbin laces, tatting, needle lace, crochet, knitted lace). Guests are welcome.

For more information, call (541) 913-9070 or visit www.OregonTrailLacemakers.weebly.com.

Square Circlers to celebrate 70 years

The Lebanon Square Circlers will celebrate its 70th birthday with an “Alliance” dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at IOOF Hall, 20 Ash St., Lebanon.

Charlotte Jeskey is calling, Jackie Gale is cueing, and Jim Voll will serve as special guest caller. Dancers pay $6 each, or $14 per family. Strawberry shortcake will be served at the break.

For more information, call (541) 401-9780, or visit LebanonSquareCirclers.com

Lebanon Garden Club Plant Swap

Lebanon Garden Club invites all gardeners to a BOGO plant exchange at its monthly meeting at noon Monday, Jan. 21, at Santiam Place, 139 S. Main St., Lebanon

If you bring a plant, you can take a plant! Participants are asked to have information about each plant to share. The plant can be indoors or outdoors. If you have a very handy garden tool you want to show, bring that too.

There will be light refreshments, the meetings are always open to the public and new participants are welcome.

Lebanon Garden Club is a member of the Santiam District of Garden Clubs encompassing Linn, Benton and Marion Counties.

For information contact Trudie at (541) 521-5677.

Bible study for women to start

A weekly community-wide Bible study for women will begin the week of Jan. 21 at three local participating churches.

The topic is “Psalm 23: The Shepherd with Me,” by Jennifer Rothschild, who says many women know Psalm 23, but haven’t experienced its power in their lives.

Classes are open to women of all faiths, and are free to attend; study guides are available for purchase.

Classes offer small group discussion and prayer, as well as a community outreach project, “Keeping Women Safe,” by donating personal care items to women in shelters.

Classes will be held in Lebanon at the following locations: Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Ignite Hope church,  580 F St.; Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lebanon First Assembly, 726 W. Oak St.; and Mondays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Southside Church of Christ, 196 S. Airport Road.

For more information, contact Lagea Mull at (541) 405-8005, or visit MidValleyWomenOfChrist.org.

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, Jan. 21 at Schmizza Public House, 2602 S. Santiam Hwy. The event will also be held Feb. 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.

‘Addams Family’ auditions in Albany

The Albany Civic Theater will hold auditions for “The Addams Family” at 7:30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, Jan. 21 to 23, at 111 First Ave. W, Albany. Performances will be from May 2 to 25.

For more information, visit www.AlbanyCivic.org.

Flamenco dance troupe at library

The Lebanon Library will host an  evening with Flamenco Pacifico at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

Flamenco Pacifico is a dynamic, professional performance group dedicated to bringing the art of flamenco music and dance to audiences.

This event  is free and no registration or library card is required.

For more information, call (541) 258-4926 or visit www. lebanonpubliclibrary.com.

Sheriff Jim Yon to speak at forum

New Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon will be the featured speaker at the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Forum Lunch, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Career Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

Yon, who was elected in November after being appointed to the position earlier in the year after the retirement of former Sheriff Bruce Riley, will talk about updates and changes that have been made in the Sheriff’s Office since he assumed that role. He will also discuss his goals and ideas for the department’s future.

Cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required.

For information about the menu and to RSVP, call (541) 258-7164.

Oreegon Symphony to perform in Corvallis

The Oregon Symphony, led by guest conductor Markus Stenz, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University.

The Viennese-inspired program opens with Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 in C Major, Op. 21. “Fratres,” by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt closes the first half. Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97, also known as “Rhenish,” closes the program.

The performance is part of the 2018-19 SAC Presents series, which brings well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser known artists and ensembles to the community. The lineup of artists represents a broad spectrum of music genres as well as other types of performers and speakers.

Tickets are $30 and $35 in advance, $35 and $40 at the door. All seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, visit https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/performance-and-visual-arts-events or call (541) 737-5592.

Giant square dance festival at Expo

The American Dance Mid-Winter Square Dance Festival is Jan. 25 to 27 at Linn County Expo Center in Albany.

The event draws hundreds of square dancers and cloggers from all over the West.

This year’s callers will be Ray Brendzy from Canada, and Charlie Robertson from Oklahoma. Cuers for round dancing are Mary and Robert Townsend-Manning from Utah, and cuer for clogging is Josh “Clogdog” King from Texas.

Registration after Jan. 15 costs $25 to $35 for youth, and $40 to $60 for adults.

For more information, visit MidWinterFestival.com.

Career day for teens at COMP-NW

COMP-Northwest will host local teens in a Health Career Ladder event focused on space and aeronautics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at 200 Mullins Drive.

The free event is one of a series of free Saturday Academies in which COMP-Northwest clinicians, scientists, medical students, and community partners engage the whole family in science activities to educate and build skills and confidence for students from Lebanon and surrounding communities in grades 6-10.

The goal is to provide opportunities for students to create, explore, and develop college and career goals and objectives.

Others will be held March 10 and April 21.

All sessions are held at COMP-Northwest in Lebanon. Free lunch is provided for all attending. Adult accompaniment of students is required as participation from parents, guardians or designated adults is a vital part of the experience.

For more information, call (541) 259-0299.

International fare at Senior Center

Lebanon Senior Center will host “International Bites” from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 80 Tangent St.

To kick off the 2019 cooking series, this event explores spices and herbs by preparing dishes from other countries.

To attend, sign up at the Senior Center, or call (541) 258-4919.

Library offers free Tai Chi Tuesdays

The Lebanon Library will host a free Tai Chi class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 29, at 55 Academy St.

Instructor Jeff Herda brings 30 years of experience studying and teaching Tai Chi. The class practice will be traditional Yang Style. Classes will consist of stretching, Qigong (energy work) and basic exercises to help participants relax and breathe. Comfortable clothing is recommended. A library card to attend.

Due to a schedule conflict, no class will be held Feb. 26.

For more information, call (541) 258-4926.

Teacher of the Year nominations due

The Oregon Department of Education is accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year through Jan. 31, 2019.

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be celebrated across the state.

The 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

Anyone can nominate a teacher.

To submit a nomination, visit oregonteacheroftheyear.org.

‘Work Safe’ video contest for teens

Oregon high school students may enter the annual “Speak up. Work safe.” video contest organized by Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition.

Submissions must be entered by Friday, Feb. 1. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

Students must create a 90-second or less video that inspires young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job.

The video must include the theme: “Speak up. Work safe.” The video must educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace.

Participants are encouraged to develop a key message or slogan, use humor, and get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves – and their co-workers – from getting hurt on the job.

Submissions will be judged on certain criteria, including:

  • An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators;
  • Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing); and
  • “Speak up. Work safe.” theme is used effectively.

Videos can be submitted online or mailed.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event in spring 2019, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

For contest information, including rules, tips, entry forms, workplace safety and young worker resources, and a playlist of past finalist videos, visit https://youngemployeesafety.org/contest.

Boys & Girls Club sports sign-ups

Kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam must register for indoor soccer, volleyball, track and field, and JBO baseball by February to participate in spring season sports.

Indoor soccer for first to fourth grade is mid-March to April, and costs $71 for first and second grade, and $77 for third and fourth grade.

Volleyball for third to eighth grade is mid-March to April, and costs $94 for third to fifth grade, and $105 for sixth to eighth grade.

Track and field for second to fifth grade is March to May, and costs $77. JBO baseball for third to eighth grade is late March to July, and costs $125-$147.

For more information, call (541) 258-7105.

LBCC College Night open house Feb. 4

LBCC will hold a College Night open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4,  for high school students and community members looking to start college.

Meet with LBCC instructors in various programs, tour the campus, check out the variety of clubs, and discover all of the student support services on campus.

Information sessions will be held for financial aid and scholarships, programs for free tuition for graduating seniors and GED students, and for the LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership Program.

Program advisors will be on hand to help students explore degree options and learn about college partnership programs with Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.linnbenton.edu/college-night.

Free seminar on going into business

A free Going Into Business seminar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

Led by local entrepreneur Marlene Peterson, the class will include business planning,  rules, regulations, financing, markets, and feasibility of starting a new enterprise.

For more information, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at (541) 917-4840.

Learn to control emergency bleeding

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital offers bleeding control classes to teach what to do in a bleeding emergency.

The first class is from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the hospital’s conference room B. 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.

Learn basics of organic gardening

Master Gardener Sheryl Casteen presents a series of lessons titled “The

Food Garden” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 12, through March 19 at the Veterans Home, 600 N. 5th St.

The six, two-hour classes teach basic organic gardening, and participants receive free seeds each week. Learn about pests, weeds, soils and fertilizers. There is no cost to attend, but reserve a spot by emailing [email protected].

Skin tips on tap at women’s dinner

“Love Your Skin” will be the theme for the monthly meeting of After 5 Connection, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St. in Lebanon.

All women – working, stay-at-home moms, college students and otherwise are invited.

Goss will offer tips on how to prepare nutritious meals in minutes, while saving money in the process.

Cindy Ongers, a local Mary Kay consultant, will offer helpful tips on keeping skin healthy and glowing.

Guest speaker Reva Maulding, of Marysville, Wash., will talk about “Changes Through Life’s Journey” and how forgiveness must be a part of our lives. Maulding loves to garden, cook, travel and volunteer.

Cost is $10 per person. Credit cards cannot be accepted. Reservations are required. For information or to register, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or [email protected].

If unable to attend, please cancel your reservation.

‘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-Seans’ 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.

Learn to deal with sleep apnea

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital will host 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.

Junior Strawberry Court nominations

Applications for the 2019 Junior Strawberry Court are available and open to any second-grade girl at a Lebanon school or home school with a Lebanon address.

Junior Princesses are selected by a random draw of applicants from each of the following schools: Cascades, Green Acres, Hamilton Creek, Lacomb, Riverview, Pioneer, Sand Ridge Charter, and one from East Linn Christian or Home School. Our Junior Court has a smaller event calendar than our Senior Court does, and key appearances are the Queen’s Coronation, Junior Parade, and Grand Parade.

Many of the Junior Court Princesses have wound up being Senior Court Princesses as well.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

Applications are available at LebanonStrawberryFestival.com/junior-court.

Ladies Night at Boys & Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club’s fifth annual Ladies Night Out will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Boulder Falls Center, 605 Mullins Dr.

The club is looking for sponsors and purse donations for the fundraiser, which includes a purse auction, shopping and fashion show, as well as a time to honor lady veterans.

For more information, or to donate, contact Shyla Malloy at (541) 258-7105 or by email at [email protected].

Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com, or at the Boys and Girls Club.