Around Town July/Aug 2023

Red Cross needs blood donations

The American Red Cross has collected about 50,000 fewer blood donations than needed over the last two months. Donors are asked to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now to avoid a looming blood shortage.
To help head off a more serious situation, the Red Cross is teaming up with Warner Bros. Discovery for the 35th anniversary of Shark Week and the theatrical release of “Meg 2: The Trench.” The public is encouraged to celebrate a summer of sharks and help shore up the national blood supply by giving in July.
The Red Cross is offering several incentives to donors who come out to give blood or platelets in the coming weeks. They are:
July 12-Aug 12: Those who come to give will be automatically entered for a chance to win a three-night New York getaway for two with a private shark dive adventure at Long Island Aquarium. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Shark.
July 17-31: Presenting donors will receive an officially licensed Shark Week T-shirt, while supplies last. Donors will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a three-night New York getaway for two with a private shark dive adventure at Long Island Aquarium. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Shark.
Upcoming blood drives scheduled in the area are:
• Wednesday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.
• Tuesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.
• Tuesday, Aug. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. at Tallman Brewing, 2055 Primrose St., Lebanon.
• Monday, Aug. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 100 S. Main St., Lebanon.
• Tuesday, Aug. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. at Norden Hall, 1266 15th Ave., Sweet Home.
• Friday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 3111 S. Main Road, Lebanon.
By scheduling and keeping appointments in July, donors can help provide for those in immediate need of lifesaving care.
To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Airsoft cancer fundraiser

The Swamp will host a Shoot for the Cure Airsoft cancer fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at 38488 Shady Oak Lane in Lebanon.
The event is being held in memory of Rick “Cyclops” Burnett and a portion of the proceeds will go directly a local family in need, dealing with cancer. Airsoft day @ the Swamp.
Mini scenarios will be offered all day. The field opens at 9 a.m. and a safety briefing will be at 10 a.m., with a 30-minute lunch break around 1 p.m.
Hot dog lunches will be available for $6.
Cost is $45. Limited rentals will be available. Only Bio BB’s will be allowed.
For more information, call (541) 409-0511. To sign a required waiver, visit www.vantora.com/Paintball/swamp/waiver.

Stand By Me Day July 23

Brownsville will host Stand By Me Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 23.
The event is headquartered at the Linn County Historical Museum, at 101 Park Ave.
Family games will take place from noon to 4 p.m. next to the museum.
A Fan Forum will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 339 N. Main St.
A blueberry pie eating contest will start at 3 p.m. on Park Avenue, followed by 50/50 raffle drawing at 4 p.m. in front of the museum.
Ongoing events include guided walking tours, Stand By Me Singers, blueberry pie and ice cream, a food truck and classic cars on display.
For more information, call (541) 466-3390.

Friday movies at Ralston Park

Lebanon’s Movies in the Park series runs through Aug. 18 at Ralston Park, on Park Street north of Oak.
The fun starts at 8:15 p.m. Fridays, with movies showing at dusk.
Here’s the lineup:
July 21 – Spiderman: No Way Home
Aug. 11 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
Aug. 18 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Free concerts in park Tuesdays

Lebanon’s annual summer Concerts in the Park series takes place on Tuesday evenings through August, with the exception of Aug. 1, in Academy Square, next to the Lebanon Library, 55 Academy St.
Concerts are free and run from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your own goodies and seating.
Here’s the lineup:
July 25 – Grand Jazz and Swing Band.
Aug. 8 – Enjoy the Ride and Ludacris.
Aug. 15 – The Koz Band.
Aug. 22 – Blue Owens Band and Ty Curtis.
Aug. 29 – Rhythm Roundup.

‘Small art’ at Guild gallery

Linn County Arts Guild’s Third Annual Li’l Art Show runs through July 29 at 846 Main St., inside the Sun Lane Stones Artisan Collective.
The exhibit features “small art,” 2- or 3-D works that are 8×10 inches or smaller.

Hosts sought for foreign students

Interested in hosting a foreign exchange student?
International Experience, a nonprofit student exchange organization based in Monroe, is seeking local families to host students for the upcoming school year.
Host families provide safe and caring hospitality, meals, local transportation and a quiet place to study. Students provide their own spending money, school expenses and insurance.
Children of host families are also eligible for scholarships to visit other countries through IE three-week summer immersion homestay programs.
To learn more, contact Cynthia Bugeson at [email protected] or (541) 704-0937.

Arts Guild seeks auto photos

Linn County Arts Guild invites local photographers to submit mounted, framed and ready-to-hang photos of automotive themes for its third annual Photo Show.
Photos can be submitted beginning July 25 and the show will run Aug. 1 through Sept. 2 at 846 Main St. in Lebanon.
The theme this year is “Cars,” to coincide with the First Friday Flash Back Classic Car Show and Bingo Walk, which will be Aug. 4.
The show will be free and open to the public.
For more information, call (541) 497-0386.

Japanese culture program July 27

Yumi Torimaru will provide a program of Japanese folklore and mythology at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Lebanon Library, 55 Academy St.
Torimaru, a bilingual Japanese “cultural edutainer” from Portland, has performed hundreds of times in the Northwest on Taiko drums, the three-stringed tsusgaru shamisen and shinobue (bamboo flute).
This event is for all ages. Registration is not required.

Guitars Under the Stars

Guitars Under the Stars returns for its 10th year with a four-day intensive music camp and festival July 27-29 at Cheadle Lake Park.
It will offer a diverse range of musical performances across various genres, from blues to hard rock and heavy metal, as well as food vendors and a beer garden.
The festival kicks off with a free-to-public event on Thursday, July 27, featuring two-time Grammy winner Larry Mitchell, Robert Anthony Robinson, Sad Reason, Alamance and Beautiful Skeletons.
Friday’s lineup includes a GUTS Music Experience Camp All-Star Jam featuring George Lynch, Greg Howe, Stu Hamm, Carmine and Vinny Appice, Jeremiah Johnson, Larry Mitchell, Robert Anthony Robinson, Ty Curtis, Eric Barnett, Travis Larson, Ed To Shred and Chris Poland.
The evening headliner will be the Greg Howe Band featuring Stu Hamm, along with Points North, blues artists Jeremiah Johnson and Ty Curtis, and progressive rocker Travis Larson of California.
Saturday’s lineup will be headlined by Lynch Mob, preceded by the Appice Brothers, Ed to Shred, Nixon Rodeo, Boundless Joy, Hyper Sloth, Othrys, Sweater For An Astronaut and Seven Second Circle.
For ticket and RV camping information, visit aftontickets.com/GuitarsUnderTheStars.

Native American cultural events

Linn County will host three cultural encampments at local county parks:
Each encampment runs Friday through Sunday. Events scheduled are:
• July 28-30 at Waterloo County Park, 39510 Gross St., Lebanon.
• Aug. 25-27 at Cascadia County Park, 48241 Cascadia Drive, Cascadia.
For more information, contact Deitrich Peters at [email protected].

Sodaville to hold reunion July 29

A reunion for past and present residents of Sodaville will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Sodaville Sandridge Charter School.
The event will include dessert at 2:30 p.m. and a 20-minute presentation on Sodaville history at 3:30.
Drinks and table service will be provided. Each family is asked to bring a dessert to share. Alcoholic beverages will not be not allowed.
For more information, contact Julie at (541) 258-3897.

Murder mystery dinner theater

Willamette Manor and Albany Civic Theater will host three murder mystery dinner/dessert theater productions at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St., July 29-30.
Titled “My Fatal Valentine,” the play is set at a convention of romance writers and their fans.
The purpose of the event is to honor five authors and present the Loveknot Award for the Best Romance of the Year, to be given by Heartthrob Books.
The actors interact, in character, with the audience throughout the event and, of course, something nefarious happens. Wanna find out more? Buy a ticket.
Dessert theaters will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30. Ticket cost is $15.
Dinner theater is at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Ticket cost is $25.
Tickets are available at www.willamettemanor.org/events.

Historic Homes tour in Albany

The 44th Summer Interior Tour of Historic Homes will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29, in Albany.
Six historic homes will be open for touring, as well as Monteith House, Albany Regional Museum, St. Mary’s Church Museum, Cumberland Church and others.
Admission is $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased online through July 28 at monteithhouse.org. Proceeds benefit the Monteith House Museum.
Well-behaved children are admitted free with a paid adult. Visitors are asked not to touch items in homes and not to take photos or videos while inside.
Refreshments will be served at the Albany Regional Museum. The Albany Vintage Trolley and a horse-drawn wagon will be available for visitors to ride.
For more information, visit albanyvisitors.com or call (541) 928-0911.

National Night out in Lebanon

Lebanon Police Department will host National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Academy Square, adjacent to the library at 55 Academy St.
Enjoy a karaoke contest, a rubber duckie contest, a dunk tank, vendors, a donut eating contest, and more.
For information, contact the Police Department at (541) 451-1751 or visit www.facebook.com/LebanonPD.

Downtown car show Aug. 4

Lebanon Downtown Association will host a “Flashback Classic Car Show & Bingo Walk with Pinup Contest” for its First Friday event from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.
The Rolling Oldies Car Club will fill the downtown corridor with its classic cars for the second annual 50s Flashback First Friday. Other car afficionados are also invited to bring their classic cars, car clubs, trucks, semi and motorcycles.
The family-friendly event includes a pinup contest in Strawberry Plaza for all ages and dress-up contest at Kristi’s Cafe. There will also be a 50/50 raffle benefitting the Lebanon High School Cheer Team and a Bingo Walk Raffle fundraiser supporting LDA’s efforts to continue putting on downtown events.
For more information visit Facebook.com/FirstFridaysDowntownLebanon.

Atomic bomb commemoration

Veterans for Peace will hold a commemoration of the 1945 atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in Riverfront Park in Corvallis, 1st and Madison streets.
Traditional Japanese koto music by Masumi Timson will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program at 7 p.m. Speakers include Joe Scott of the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, Corvallis Mayor Bill Traber and others. A Willamette River Peace Flotilla and candlelight vigil will be held from 8 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, visit vfpcorvallis.org.

Recycling event to be Aug. 5

Republic Services will hold a recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at 305 W. Oak St.
Community residents are invited to bring cardboard, co-mingle recycling, scrap metal, large appliances and e-waste for disposal.

Antique Faire in Brownsville

Brownsville will hold its annual Antique Faire and Car Show from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Pioneer Park, 195 Park Ave.
Seventy-plus vendors are expected to offer up a wide variety of vintage treasures. Breakfast and lunch are available, with plenty of shade to relax and enjoy live music in the park.
Vintage cars will be on display, with trophies awarded. A 50/50 raffle will be held.
Admission is free.
For more information, call (541) 990-8504.

West River Trail Walk Aug. 12

Build Lebanon Trails will hold a walk along new and planned trail sections from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, starting at Gills Landing.
The walk will highlight the new and planned West River Trail and the new trail proposed to cross Gill’s Landing.
At Gill’s Landing the new trail will connect the Old Mill Trail with a new trail crossing the park and connecting to the riverside trail (West River Trail) in River Park. The existing paved trail in River Park will be extended towards the north and provide a location for a future extension of the West River Trail. The project will also create a 3,600-foot-long, looped trail within the park.
For more information on the event or BLT, visit buildlebanontrails.com/events or contact Rod Sell at (541) 409-1302.

Waterloo church to hold VBS

Waterloo Chapel will host Vacation Bible School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14-18 at 39480 Gross St.
The event, for the entire family, will include Bible lessons, prizes, games, snacks and lots of puppets.
Admission is free. No pre-registration is required. Children 3 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call (541) 619-4213 or the church at (541) 451-5872.

LumberJack entrants sought

The Western Oregon Exposition is seeking competitors for the LumberJack Show, which will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the WOE Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Douglas Ave., Cottage Grove.
The expo will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18; from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.
There will be live music, a large variety of vendors, chainsaw carvings, vintage steam equipment and lots of things for the family to do.
To register for the competition, email [email protected].

Teens invited to sell crafts Aug. 19

The Lebanon Public Library invites teen entrepreneurs ages 12-17 to sell their products at the Teen Craft Fair from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the library, 55 Academy St.
Teens who like to create, crochet, draw, paint, make jewelry, bake, etc. can learn the business of selling their wares by securing a table for $5, which will help fund future Teen Advisory Group events.
For more information or to register, contact the library at 541-258-4926, or find the event flyer at Facebook.com/LebanonOregonLibrary to scan the QR Code.

Citywide Garage Sale in Lebanon

Lebanon’s City-Wide Garage Sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 19.
Sponsored by Entek and the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, this annual event allows residents to promote their items for sale for free through the chamber’s garage sale ad service. Declutter, make some money, and connect with fellow bargain hunters.
Coordinating garage sale signs will be for sale Monday, Aug. 7, at the Chamber of Commerce temporary location at 80 E Maple St (Morley Thomas Law Office).
Sign up online at lebanoncitywidegaragesale.com.
Friends of the Lebanon Public Library will participate with their Big City Wide Garage Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
The sale will feature the Friends’ complete inventory of books, new arrivals, audiobooks, DVDs, CD’s, special editions and sets, carved book art, and more.
Most books cost 50 cents to $2. Proceeds support reading and arts programs at the Lebanon Public Library. Credit/debit card payment is available on purchases of $5 and over.

Hot August Nights Car Show

Meadowlark Senior Living will host its Second Annual Hot August Nights Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at 181 S. 5th St.
Residents will judge the entries. Registration is $20 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MeadowlarkCarShow or can be paid at the event.
Free hot dogs, drinks and cotton candy will be available, as well as a visit from Star Wars characters.
Last year’s inaugural event drew some 70 cars and raised almost $1,400 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Blues and Brews Fest Aug. 25

A Street Blues & Brews festival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at 80 E. Ash St.
The event will include appearances by the Jeremiah Johnson band of St. Louis, Mo., the Ty Curtis Band of Portland, and the Metts Ryan and Collins trio, also of the Portland area.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free.
Visit www.nwstreetfest.com for tickets and more information.