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Around Town: July 2019

Feast of fun in Lebanon, surrounding communities, this summer

  • Conversion Brewery and other local businesses host a free weekly Summer Bands & Brews Concert series on Saturday evenings, in Strawberry Plaza, next door to the brewery at  833 S. Main St.

The other sponsors are L&R Windows, Munchies Delivery, Canaga Tires Point S Tire & Automotive, Modern Forest and Jerry Latimer State Farm Insurance.

There is no entrance fee or cover charge, and no age requirement; everyone is welcome.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase at each Saturday concert.

Here’s the lineup:

– July 20 – The 8 Balls and Lane Norberg live classic rock, 7 p.m. in Strawberry Plaza

– July 27 – Fox and Bones, Portland-based folk-pop duo, 7 p.m. live in Strawberry Plaza

– Aug. 3 – Hank Shreve Band, Eugene-based Blues, Rock, Funk and  Soul, 7 p.m. live in Strawberry Plaza

– Aug. 10 – Jobe Woosley and Co. and Jesse Meade – Sweet Home native Woosley performs folk-Americana, with silky harmonies and lyrics that cut right through pop culture and take you to the heart of what really matters. 7 p.m. live in Strawberry Plaza. Eugene-based guitarist Meade plays at 3 p.m.

– Aug. 17 – Breakers Yard jug band, ragtime, delta blues, and other music that’s great for gettin’ down. 7 p.m., live in Strawberry Plaza.

– Aug. 24 – The Hereafters Portland-based party band covering songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today’s top hits. 7 p.m. live in Strawberry Plaza

– Aug. 25 – Hymns and Hops, 5 p.m. in the Brewery.

– Aug. 31 – The Hideaways and Albert Nicholas. The Hideaways, 60s garage band from Eugene, play the Pacific Northwest sound – The Sonics, The Wailers, Paul Revere and The Raiders, etc.  Albert Nicholas, of Oregon City, plays Americana, folk-grass and traditional country. 7 p.m. Live in Strawberry Plaza.

Note: Although it isn’t part of the concert series, Conversion also hosts a monthly Hymns and Hops event on the last Sunday of the month (July 18) at 5 p.m., a free live performance for those who love classic hymns – and beer.

For more information, call (541) 259-2337.

  • Lebanon’s Concerts in the Park series continues with Fun With Jo from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Ralston Park on the corner of Park and Maple streets.

The event is free.

Other performers will be Bush Pilots on July 23, Barker Gypsies on July 30.

  • Movies at the Mill presents a series of classic films on Thursday evenings in July and August at Scroggin’s Mill, 280 W. Sherman St.

Movies are screened on the side of the mill, so shows begin when it gets dark, generally about 9 p.m. A food vendor will be available.

Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Following is this summer’s lineup:

– July 18 – “Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962 Comedy/Fantasy). An inventor’s time machine takes three goofy druggists, Moe, Larry and Curly Joe, to ancient Greece.

– July 25 – “Wasp Woman” (1959 SciFi Thriller). A scientist develops a youth formula for a cosmetics queen from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical horrible side effects.

– Aug. 1 – “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948 Comedy/Romance). A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It’s a lot more trouble than they think.

Aug. 8 – “Gaslight” (1944 Mystery/Thriller)

  • The Lebanon Arts Commission offers Noon at the Plaza each Friday through Aug. 16 at Strawbery Plaza.

The community is invited to come downtown, grab some lunch and step into the plaza for a free show.

Here’s the schedule:

– July 19 – Comedy Reader’s Theatre: “Crossing Delancey,” a charming and heartfelt story exploring the bonds of family and tradition; the culture clash of old East Side and new West Side; and the romantic bene-fits of a new hat.

– July 26 – Grand Jazz and Swing Band. Just what it sounds like.

– Aug. 2 – Scramble James, circus arts extraordinaire (including face painting).

– Aug. 9 – Gideon Freudmann, Cellobop –  Cello innovator, composer, songwriter, improvisor, plays a fusion of blues jazz, folk, classical and rock.

– Aug. 16 – Quirky Turkey Pageant Awards, plus Lisa James and Chelsea Sue blues, folk, R&B, and hip-hop.

  • Marks Ridge Winery’s summer concert series continues on Friday evenings through August at 29255 Berlin Road.

Bring your own picinic or snacks and enjoy open-air seating at bistro tables or bring a chair or blanket.

Cover is $10 per person. No outside alcohol is allowed.

Performers on the schedule include:

– July 19:  Chris Valdez and Co. performing “the best of the ’60s and ’70s.

– July 26:  Jobe Woosley & Co. perform folk Americana.

– Aug. 2:  Dinna Fash Celtic Trio, contemporary and traditional Celtic music.

– Aug. 9: Forest Beutel plays Americana blues.

– Aug. 16: David Rodgers performs classical guitar featuring jazz and world elements.

– Aug. 23: Melody Pie Trio, mix of ballads, bluegrass, acoustic swing and lyrical improv.

– Aug. 30: Dorian Michael performs fingerstyle guitar.

For more information, contact Janet at (541) 974-4457, or email [email protected].

  • The Oaks at Lebanon will host its fourth annual Lyrics on the Lawn Benefit Concert from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.

Performers scheduled to appear are Gabriel Cox , blues/rock artist from Salem, and  Portland-area country rock band Flexor T.

Food trucks and a beer garden sponsored by Conversion Brewery will be available.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Tickets are $8 in advance at The Oaks or $10 at the concert.

For more information, contact Jenni Grove at (541) 619-0556.

  • The Oregon Jamboree kicks off Thursday, Aug. 1, in Sweet Home with a free concert for the public on 18th Avenue before the three-day country music festival goes into full swing Friday, Aug. 2, behind Sweet Home High School.

Thursday’s performances start at 5 p.m. with Justin Lee, followed by Matt Stell at 6:30 and Travis Denning at 8 p.m.

This year’s headliners are Hank Williams Jr. at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Chris Young at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Brothers Osborne at 7 p.m. Sunday.

For information on tickets and the line-up of other performers, visit oregonjamboree.com.

Here’s what else is happening in Lebanon

Extension food preservation help

As canning season gets under way, the Food Preservation hotline from Oregon State University Extension Service is taking calls starting July 15.

The toll-free hotline at 800-354-7319 runs until Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. When the hotline is closed, callers can leave a message. The hotline is staffed by certified Master Food Preserver volunteers in Lane and Douglas counties, but is available statewide.

Most commonly, people ask about preserving salsa, tomatoes and tuna. OSU Extension offers publications on each: “Salsa Recipes for Canning,” “Canning Seafood,” “Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products” and “Safely Canning Foods: Pressure Canners, Pressure Cookers and Electric Pressure Cookers,” all available at catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu.

Extension’s Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer service, is another way to get information. Post a question and an expert will get back to you within 48 hours. They can offer information about anything related to food preservation from safety concerns to recipes.

There’s also an app – Canning Timer & Checklist at catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw689 – for more experienced canners that provides reminders of essential steps in the canning process.

Additionally, many Extension offices offer free pressure gauge testing.

10th anniversary party at Gateway

Gateway Imprints will hold an Open House Anniversary Party, celebrating its 10th year of operation,  from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at 585 Park St.

The public is invited. The event includes tours and workshops, starting at 5:30 p.m., in which participants can take home their creations.

Galaxy-themed tote bag workshop 

The Lebanon Public Library will host a Crafterdark: Create Your Own Galaxy Tote Bag for adults ages 16 and older from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at 55 Academy St.

This event is free and a library card is not required to attend, but space and materials are limited, and registration is required to attend.

For more information about library events, call (541) 258-4926 during regular business hours or like the City of Lebanon’s Facebook page.

Bingo Bash at Senior Center

Lebanon Senior Center will host Bingo Bash from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at 80 Tangent St.

Area seniors, 50 years and older, are welcome to attend the event. Cost is 50 cents per card (maximum of 8 cards).

All prizes will be cash or donated prizes (donations are welcome).
Beverages are provided.

Feel free to bring a snack to share.

For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

Street repairs to result in closures

Repairs to Main Street and Park Drive will result in closures during the week of July 14-20.

Park Drive will be closed to through traffic between Milton and Glenwood streets Tuesday and Wednesday, July 16 and 17, for repaving.

The work is part of the city’s 2019 Street Preservation Project on Park Drive, which includes grinding and repaving the existing street.  Detours will be in place during the closure, though residents will be afforded “reasonable access” whenever possible.  Access to individual driveways may be limited at some points and there will be periodic delays, according to the city.

A section of north Main Street, between Morton Street and Highway 20 will be closed for a couple of days during the week as well, for the same reasons.

For more information, contact the Maintenance Department at (541) 258-4918.

Kids comedy show at library July 18

Angel Ocasio will bring his Komedy 4 Da Kidz Show to the Lebanon Public Library, at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at 55 Academy St.

Komedy 4 Da Kidz is a variety show full of juggling, magic and just plain silliness for all to enjoy.

Following the event,  free lunch will be served.

This event is free and a library card is not required to attend.

For more information about library events, call (541) 258-4926 during regular business hours or like the City of Lebanon’s Facebook page.

The Oaks to host cruise-in, auction

The Oaks will hold its Annual Car & Motorcycle Cruise-In and Auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at 621 W. Oak St.

The free event includes a free barbecue, beer and wine, live music, a silent auction and a live auction called by Paul Schultz. Proceeds benefit the Willamette Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s,

This is a family event.

For more information, contact Jenni Grove at (541) 619-0556.

Photo shoot, work day at Scroggins

Scroggins Mill will host a Photo Shoot and Work Party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at 280 West Sherman St.

The event is free. Rene Westbrook Photography will hold a “Hollywood Noire” photo shoot at the mill, featuring classic cars from the Filling Station.

Individuals interested in helping with mill restoration are asked to bring gloves and wear closed-0toe shoes. This is an opportunity to learn about the restoration project at the historic mill, located across the tracks from the train depot.

For information, email Jan Bucot at [email protected] or call (541) 258-3237.

Yellowstone report at Senior Center

Been to Yellowstone or dreamed of making that trip?

Lebanon Senior Center will host Armchair Travel – Yellowstone at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23,  at 80 Tangent St.

A recent traveler will share experiences and photos.
Area seniors, 50 years and older, are welcome to attend the free event.

For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

‘Little Mermaid’ on stage July 23-27

Lebanon Association for Performing Arts will stage “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. nightly Tuesday, July 23, through Saturday, July 27, at the Lebanon High School Audiorium.

A matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

Tickets for the Broadway musical are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at lafta.webs.com or at the following ticket outlets in Lebanon: Chamber of Commerce, LinnCo Credit Union and Umpqua Bank.

Science/Craft Day at Lebanon Library

Lebanon Public Library will host a Science and Craft Day starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at 55 Academy St.

Local children are invited to attend, create and learn. Free summer lunch will be provided to children who attend.

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

Schools Supt. Yates to speak at Forum

New Lebanon Schools Supt. Bo Yates will be the speaker at the Chamber of Commerce’s Forum Lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital – Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

He will talk about his vision for the school district after taking the job earlier this year.

Cost is $15 per person and reservations are required by calling (541) 258-7164. The menu will be a hamburger/hot dog bar with condiments, coleslaw, chips, tossed green salad with assorted dressings, and strawberry shortcake.

Teen Challenge golf fundraiser

Adult and Teen Challenge will host its annual fundraiser golf tournament from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 27, at Mallard Creek Golf Course.

Adult and Teen Challenge is a faith-based, 12-15-month residential program aimed at restoring hope to those who suffer from addiction as well as other serious, life-controlling issues.

Cost to participate is $100 per individual or $400 for a foursome.

For more information, call (541) 491-1002.

Silhouette crafting at Senior Center

Lebanon Senior Center will host a CrafterNoon Silhouette on Print project from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30,  at 80 Tangent St.

Area seniors, 50 years and older, are welcome to attend. Participants will provide the black silhouette of their choosing and organizers will provide will provide sheet music, newsprint or book pages for the background, and glue.

Participants are welcome to bring their own decorative or tissue paper, old maps, cards, etc.

Cost is $2 (due at sign up).

Sign up at the Senior Center office or by calling (541) 258-4919.

National Night Out at Ralston

Lebanon Police Department will present National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Ralston Park, 925 SE Park St.

The free event includes a performance by the Donny Thorp Band, free hotdogs, and free strawberry shortcake served up by the Lebanon Strawberry Festival. Other activities will be a bike rodeo, face painting, rock wall climbing, a dunk tank and a bounce house.

Bug Chicks return to library Aug. 1

The Bug Chicks will return to the Lebanon Public Library at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at 55 Academy St.

“Bugdorks” of all ages are invited to hear Kristi and Jess, the entomologist duo who make up the Bug Chicks, teach about the amazing world of insects, arachnids and their relatives. Be ready to see some super amazing bugs.

This event is free, thanks to continued support from the Friends of the Lebanon Public Library. Attendees do not need a library card. Following the event, free lunches will be provided through the Summer Food Service Program.

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

Make ‘planetary’ bath bomb, scrub

Lebanon Public Library will host an evening of innovation and creation:  Crafterdark Planetary Bath Bomb and Sugar Scrub from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 55 Academy St.

Participants must be 16 or older. They will make and take home one bath bomb and sugar scrub. The event is free, and participants do not need a library card. Space and materials are limited, and registration is required to attend.

Call  (541) 258-4926 to reserve a spot.

Free movie (TBA) at Lebanon Library

Thursday, Aug. 8, is Movie Day at Lebanon Public Library, starting at 11 a.m. at 55 Academy St.

The free movie has yet to be announced, but it will be interactive and there will be snacks.

Following the event, free lunches will be provided through the Summer Food Service Program. Participants do not need a library card to attend.

For more, including what’s going to be on the big screen, contact the library at (541) 258-4926.   

Family Bug Crawl at Riverview Park

Build Lebanon Trails is offering a new activity this year: a Family Bug Crawl on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Join the trails group and entomologist Richard Little to seek out the often-overlooked wildlife living along the riparian and urban boundaries near local trails.

Meet at 9 a.m. at Riverview Park, 1025 Mountain River Drive.

Expect to be thrilled and maybe chilled by the creepy crawlers that will be encountered during the free, two-hour outing.

Note: Individuals are welcome as well as families. Participants are guaranteed to find out something about the bugs of Lebanon they didn’t know. Suggestion: Bring a magnifying glass, a bug collection box, sunscreen and a hat.

For more information, contact Rod Sell at (541) 409-1302.

Garden series to focus on ‘Dahlias’

Glenn Harms of Homestead Dahlias will speak at the 2nd Monday Lunchtime Gardening Series from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at The Lobby coffee shop, 6612 Main St.

The event is hosted by the Lebanon Garden Club and Oregon State University Extension Linn County Master Gardeners.

Harms’ topic will be “Dahlias.”

The event is free.

For more information, call (541) 259-1254.

Women’s picnic to include trails talk

After 5 Connection for women will hold a picnic and special evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at River Park, 1235 E. Grant St.

All women are invited.

Rod Sell, board member for Build Lebanon Trails, will present a program about what BLT is doing in the community, working to design, build and maintain more than 50 miles of trails around Lebanon.

Guest speaker Ann Mincey Jetton, who went from being a preacher’s daughter in Ohio to a corporate executive at Redken 5th Ave NYC, will speak on “Her Life’s Imperative.”

Cost is $10 and reservations are requested.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Sherri at (541) 259-6414 or or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or by email at [email protected].

Bunco fundraiser for education group

The Enliven Foundation will hold a Bunco Night fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the  MBVA Buildingm 550 S. Main St.

Cost is $25 per person. Proceeds will raise money for Enliven Foundation’s educational obstacle grant, which pays to overcome obstacles that are keeping single parents from achieving their academic goals.

For more information, visit enlivenfoundation.org or contact Becky Van Atta at (541) 409-2537.

Dungeons and Dragons workshop

Lebanon Public Library will host a Dungeons and Dragons Workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at 55 Academy St.

Whether you’re a seasoned hero or you want to learn what Dungeons and Dragons is all about, come join in for an afternoon of teamwork and fun.

Participants must be 13 and older. A library card is not necessary to attend.

The free event is hosted by the Lebanon High School Board Game Club and the Lebanon Library.  The workshop will teach the game to new players and refresh the skills of experienced ones.