Around Town: July-August 2020

Local photos sought for Linn Shuttle

Linn Shuttle is putting a new bus on the road in the next few weeks and would like to wrap it with a “Lebanon theme.”
The transit service has several buses that make numerous loops, starting in Sweet Home, through Lebanon and into Albany each day. Current buses have wraps featuring Sweet Home, Linn County and Linn-Benton Community College themes. Now Linn Shuttle will add Lebanon in the mix.
Local photographers are invited to submit photos that could be included on the bus. If selected, photographers would receive a gift card to a local Lebanon restaurant, for dine-in or take out.
Some suggested subjects might be:
♦ Strawberry Plaza;
♦ Strawberry Festival/Parade;
♦ New Entrance Sign;
♦ Cheadle Lake;
♦ Water Tower;
♦ Downtown photos;
♦ Biking or other activity, BLT trails;
♦ Mountains and/or wildflowers / Peterson’s Butte or Ridgeway Butte;
♦ Parks;
♦ River/Bridge/Railroad;
♦ Industrial area;
♦ Anything that symbolizes the Lebanon community.
Photos and inquiries should be submitted to [email protected], by Friday, July 17. Images should be 100 dpi, at 100 percent, as the photos will need to be 42 to 48 inches high and wide.
Photographers will be asked to sign a release for use of the photo on the bus, if chosen. Once the bus is ready for service, a “reveal” will be held, with another opportunity to thank the photographers for their donations and assistance with the wrap for the bus.
For more information, contact Kindra at (541) 258-4222 or via the email address above.

Friday night music at Marks Ridge

Marks Ridge Winery hosts its summer concert series at 7 p.m. Fridays at 29255 Berlin Road.
Cost is $10 per person. Bring a picnic dinner, friends, blankets and law chairs. Wine is available for sale.
For more information, contact Janet at (541) 974-4457.
The line-up for the next month includes:
♦ July 17 – Blues guitarist Froggy.
♦ July 24 – Theo Czuk. Dubbed “the Kurt Vonnegut of songwriting,” Czuk, a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and an award winning novelist, will put on a concert dubbed “Petri Dish – A Culture of Groove.” He and David Lloyd will perform re-imagined covers and original fare with piano, guitar and flute.
♦ July 31 – Cashmere & Chaos. The duo specializes in a wide repertoire, from Sinatra to Lonestar to Maroon 5. They will perform an eclectic mix of popular covers from the 1960s forward.
♦ Aug. 7 – Robert Meade. The singer/songwriter, solo acoustic musician has lived and performed throughout the Northwest for over a decade. His “Beetles Unplugged” show includes classics, as well as absurd and obscure tracks with John, Paul, George and Ringo’s solo efforts “Peppered” in, as well. It’s a night to “Come Together.”
♦ Aug. 14 – Jennings & Keller. The award-winning, nationally touring duo based out of Florida offer up 21st Century Americana with influences in folk, jazz, and roots music. They fuse many different musical elements into a unique eclectic style that is refreshingly diverse. In 11 years of playing together, Laurie Jennings Oudin, a former Shakespearean actress, and Dana Keller, a veteran pedal steel, dobro and guitar musician, have released four CDs. They will offer up a program of fusion folk Americana.

Bands and Brews Saturdays in Plaza

Summer Bands and Brews takes place Saturday evenings in Strawberry Plaza, 847 S. Main St. in Lebanon.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The line-up for the next month includes:
♦ July 25 – Neil Gregory Johnson. The versatile and rhythmic finger-style guitarist mixes country blues and roots-rock-based sound with a “genuine Americana-Folk attitude” in his vocals and lyrics. His debut E.P., “Extended Play Catalogue Vol. 1,” was released in March of 2018.
♦ Aug. 1 – The Bandulus. The Bandulus (Ban-Doo-Loos) are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, a musician from Austin, Texas. Formerly of Los Skarnales and the Trenchtown Texans, Peña ventured out on his own to create the Portland-based traditional ska, reggae, and soul group that has released three albums.
♦ Aug. 8 – SOS – A Tribute to the Police. Portland-based cover band brings the legendary power trio back to life with the high-powered and unique lead vocals, soaring guitar tones, and intense rhythms that catapulted Sting, Andy and Stewart to rock royalty.
♦ Aug. 15 – Gabriel Cox Band – Salem-based artist and his group specialize in classic blues. Cox has been described as “an artist that deserves to rise to the very top.” He’s released two albums, the most recent, “I Surrender,” described in a Cascade Blues Association review as “a roots album of extraordinary merit.”

Drive-in movies at Cheadle Park

The Motor Vu drive-in outdoor film series continues through July with showings on Friday and Saturday nights at Cheadle Park, 37941 Weirich Drive.
Movies are shown on a 26-foot-wide LED screen mounted on a berm. Most viewers will sit in their vehicles to watch the movie.
Ticket prices range from $20 to $60 per car, with higher prices offering better locations in the parking area and more space. Spots are assigned upon entry. Spots are limited. $60 tickets include space for camp chair seating. Movies start at approximately 9:15 p.m., rain or shine, no refunds.
Due to limited space, all tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit drivein-lebanon.com.
Any proceeds will be contributed to the Boys & Girls Club.
The line-up for this month is:
♦ Saturday, July 11 – “Angry Birds 2 – Frenemies.”
♦ Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18 – “Men in Black International.”
♦ Friday and Saturday, July 24-25 – “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
♦ Friday, July 31 – “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

The Oaks to host Cruise-in July 18

The Oaks will hold its annual Motorcycle and Classic Car Cruise-In from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at The Oaks of Lebanon, 621 W. Oak St.
The free event includes a barbecue, beer and wine, and live music, along with live and silent auctions, and plenty of classic cars and motorcycles on display.
For more information, contact Jenni Grove at (541) 619-0556.

Free online class in internet safety

ABC House will offer free virtual training for parents in “Keeping Children Safe Online” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.
The online Zoom class is intended to educate and empower adults to keep children safe in the digital age. It highlights digital trends and teaches adults and parents how to proactively participate in children’s internet experience, how to communicate effectively with children of all ages regarding online safety, and how to utilize parental controls and additional protection measures to keep kids safe online. We will incorporate discussion so that participants can share their experience, tips, and tools.
To register, visit us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkf—rqDktGtTraYTvy9rm_K2L7Ipel2ie. For more information, contact Rebecca Simmons at (541) 926-2203.

Cascade leadership program sign-ups

Cascade Gateway Leadership is signing up participants for the 2020-21 program.
The monthly class series provides a resource for building lasting business relationships and mentoring strong leaders, who are equipped to influence and shape positive community and business growth.
Participants commit to attending each session and planning the following year’s program.
The class gathers on the first Thursday of each month from September through May. Tuition is $500, which includes class materials, meals, facilities, speakers, certificates, and a graduation celebration.
Registration is due by Aug. 21 at Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, 1040 Park St.
For more information, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7154 or email [email protected] or visit www.lebanon-chamber.org.

Gallery reopens, with reduced hours

Gallery Calapooia, a local cooperative arts venue, welcomed many patrons and art lovers back on June 16.  The gallery will continue to be open Tuesday through Saturday but with reduced hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Social distancing and proper sanitary precautions are required.
Featured this month are woodworker John Mikkelson and vinyl artist Bill Thompson.
Mikkelson, a longtime finish carpenter, now specializes in making boxes from beautiful local and native woods in his North Albany shop.
Thompson uses multi sized wood panels, each containing a small “part”, which, when bolted or doweled together, create “a bigger picture” of vinyl art.
Gallery Calapooia, located in the historic Flinn Block in downtown Albany, recently celebrated its 6th year of bringing fine art to the community. The gallery is the cooperative effort of 21 artists.  Gallery Calapooia is a nonprofit organization and donations to it are tax-deductible.  For more information, call 541-971-5701 or see the gallery’s website, www.gallerycalapooia.com.

Business support during COVID-19

To better support local businesses during the COVID-19 health crisis, Linn-Benton Community College’s Small Business Development Center has created a new platform for virtual business forums, called Let’s Keep Connected.
The site offers three virtual town hall forums per week, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
Content will vary and include information on funding programs, other resources and updates, and Q&A sessions with SBDC Advisors and other local agencies and organizations.
Check it out at letskeepconnected.org and sign up for one of the upcoming town hall forums. All events are free, but registration is required.
More information is available at www.linnbenton.edu/extended-learning/small-business-development-center/index.php.

Free class on how to spot child abuse

ABC House will offer free virtual training in “Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3.
The online Zoom interactive training is intended to teach participants how to prevent, recognize and respond to all four types of child abuse: physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and neglect. Handling disclosures and situations of suspicions of abuse, are addressed in detail. Specific prevention strategies will be offered for protecting children in times of crisis or unusual circumstances such as what is happening now with the COVID-19 global pandemic.
To register, visit us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdOivrjMrHNwePYOxFtV4ZwihbjVOzkEO.
For more information, contact Rebecca Simmons at (541) 926-2203.

Lyrics on the Lawn Aug. 13 at The Oaks

The Oaks at Lebanon will host its annual Lyrics on the Lawn concert beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, on the front lawn at 621 W. Oak Street.
Gates open at 5 p.m., with music following from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost is $10 for participants 10 and over.
The event includes music, good food, and beer, cider and wine on the lawn. Proceeds benefit the Alz-heimer’s Association / Willamette Valley Walk to end ALZ.
For more information, contact Jenni Grove at (541) 619-0556.