Around Town: March 2017

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Lebanon trails work day Saturday, March 11

Build Lebanon Trails will hold a work day for trail maintenance work at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 11. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot at the North entrance to Cheadle Lake (off River Dr.)

Volunteers will be spreading mulch around the trees that were planted and are maintained by BLT at Cheadle Lake.

Bring gloves, a shovel and/or a garden rake to load and spread mulch, and a wheelbarrow if possible. Long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots are recommended. Drinking water will be available. Bring your own snacks.

Ladies Tea Saturday to benefit Pregnancy Alternative Center

The Pregnancy Alternative Center’s Annual Ladies Spring Tea will be at 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the River Center, 3000 S Santiam Hwy.

There will be a silent auction with items for sale from the Boutique, a photo booth to capture the moment with the group, group games, and an opportunity to give.

Cost is $20 a person. To purchase a ticket go to fortheone.org.

For more information, contact the Pregnancy Alternatives Center, 136 W Vine St. or call (541) 258-3500.

Booster Club fund-raiser train ride Saturday

The Lebanon Booster Club will hold a fund-raiser train ride from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, beginning at the Santiam Travel Station.

The ride is open to those that would like to learn more and join the Lebanon High School Booster club. The club board members and the Lebanon winter coaches will be in attendance.

The cost is $75 per family and includes the ride, snacks, drinks, and the club joining fee.

For more information, email Rose DixonBarry at [email protected].

Warning system test siren Saturday

Linn Benton ALERT system will be tested at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

The test will cover all of Linn County and the Albany city limits in North Albany, according to Sheriff Bruce Riley.

All traditional land phone lines in the 911 database will receive the message along with those who have registered other devices with the system.

Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device.

The LB ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials the ability to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events.

There will be no reason to call the Sheriff Office once you receive the message.

To register a cellular phone or other devices with LB ALERT, visit www.linnbentton.org.

Downtown facade improvement loans

The Lebanon City Council has approved the creation of a Downtown Building Restoration Program.

The introductory program, which will run through June 30, will offer no-interest loans (drawn from participating local banks and credit unions) to building owners and authorized business representatives for building improvements that seek to improve facade appearance. The scope of the program will include buildings with entrances on Main Street, between Vine Street and Maple Street.

For further information about the Downtown Building Restoration Program please go to www.ci.lebanon.or.us and click on Lebanon 2040 on the home page or contact Walt Wendolowski at (541) 258-4252 or [email protected].

Family Fun Day at LBCC Saturday

Linn-Benton Community College will hold the 40th annual Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in the LBCC Activities Center gym, 6500 Pacific Blvd.

The event provides support to parenting programs and tuition grants for the more than 2,000 parents in Linn and Benton counties who attend LBCC Parenting Education classes each year.

Activities for children ages one to six include play dough, an obstacle course, crafts, bounce house, face painting, putt-putt golf, used book and toy sale, and more. Admission is free. Activity tickets are .25 cents each.

Solve problems together Tuesdays

Collaborative Problem Solving, a parenting support group that focuses on families and caregivers of teens and children struggling with difficult behaviors, meets Tuesdays  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 580 F St. in Lebanon.

All are welcome.  You don’t have to attend the first day of the groups, so please come when you can.

For more information, call (541) 971-0246 or (541) 730-8716.

State garden clubs meeting in Albany

The Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs 2017 Spring State Board meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 13 at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Albany.

The two day event will  begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, at Garlands Nursery in Corvallis for a workshop on landscape design with Lee Powell, followed by a no host dinner at Carrino’s Italian in Albany at 5:30.

Registration for the event is $25 and includes a buffet lunch and dessert on Monday. To register, call Joli Root at (541) 401-2336 or email [email protected].

Organization pro to demonstrate

Professional Organizer Kristin Bertilson will give a spring cleaning presentation from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, at The Oaks, 621 W. Oak St.

Bertilson founded and owns Queen B Organizing, an organizing service out of Portland. Her passion is organizing and interior design.

For more information, contact The Oaks at (541) 258-7777.

Soft robots to visit next Science Pub

Soft robots will be featured at Corvallis Science Pub at 6 p.m. Monday, March 13, at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis.

Yigit Menguc, assistant professor in the Oregon State University College of Engineering, will demonstrate how he uses 3D printing, biodegradable rubber and other materials to produce robots with the agility of geckos and the flexibility of snakes.

The Science Pub offers monthly presentations on scientific topics in an atmosphere in which there are no silly questions. Science background is not required. The event is free and open to the public.

Free rock concert at city library

2nd Street Guitars  will present a free family-friendly program at 7 p.m., featuring classic rock ’n’ roll guitar hits from the late 1950s and early 60s at the Lebanon Library, Community Room,  55 Academy St.

Don Sansone and Tim Wallace formed this two-man show in 2006, and have been playing classic rock, blues, jazz and country music in the mid-valley ever since. They will be joined by Jeff Patterson on drums.

For more information, call (541) 258-4926 or check out details at www.lebanonpubliclibrary.com or on Facebook.

Photographer to present travel talk

Photographer Donald Lyon will present a series of lectures and slide shoes on World Culture and Travel during the next several months.

The series is sponsored by the Lebanon Public Library and others in the area. Admission is free.

“Expressions from America’s Arid Lands” will be the third of the series, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the Lebanon Public Library. The presentation will be given again at 7 p.m. on March 14 at the Albany Public Library.

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

‘Hare 2 Wear’ at women’s dinner

After 5 Connection will present “From Hare 2 Wear,” a dinner and a special program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St., Lebanon.

Naomi Hibbert of Thedoza’s Angoras will demonstrate the process of creating hand-spun yarn from the bunny to yarn.

Kelly Crandall from Oregon City will share how she went from working as a critical care nurse to becoming a life coach.

For reservations contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or email at [email protected] or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or email at [email protected].

LBCC Winter Choral Concert

Linn-Benton Community College Winter Choral Concert “Cathedral Classics” will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Performances include LBCC’s award-winning Concert and Chamber choirs conducted by LBCC Director of Choral Studies Raymund Ocampo and accompanied by Kristin Rorrer, and the a cappella groups Blue Light Special and g.

The concert is an exploration of cathedral and chapel music, with Concert choir performing works of the sanctuary with grand organ and choir pieces, accompanied primarily by organ, and the Chamber choir performing works of the chapel featuring intimate music.

Choral works include “Cantique de Jean Racine,” “The Last Words of David,” “Kyrie from Mass in E flat,” and “Let My Love Be Heard.”

A cappella ensembles will perform works including “Careless Whisper,” “Lose Yourself/Skyfall, Work Song” and “Hold Your Hand.”

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students, seniors and veterans, and $5 for children age 12 and under. Purchase online at www.linnbenton.edu/tickets or at the theater box office one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC Theater at (541) 917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, call (541) 917-4789 or Oregon Relay TDD at 1-800-735-2900.

Garden Club to meet March 20

Lebanon Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting at noon Monday, March 20, at The First Christian Church on Grove and Grant Streets in Lebanon.

Cynda Foster, owners of Perennial Obsessions will talk about the needs of the huge varieties of succulents available today. Cynda is a nursery woman and plant collector who will also advise us on perennials, grasses and more.

Gardeners of all ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Trudie Bason at (541) 521-5677 for more information about the Lebanon Garden Club or any of the Clubs in the Santiam District.

Free Medicare class at LBCC March 22

A free Medicare Class will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Annex, 44 Industrial Way, Lebanon.

The class is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is currently using Medicare. The class will give a better understanding of Medicare benefits and options. Spouses and other relatives are welcome to attend.

Reservations are required. The class is free. Call (541) 812-0849 to make reservations.

Governor to speak at March 31 Forum

Gov. Kate Brown will speak at a forum lunch from 11 to 1 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Boulder Falls Event Center, 505 Mullins Dr.

The lunch will be Chicken Parmesan (chicken breast smothered in marinara sauce and topped with parmesan cheese), pasta, green beans and served with bread sticks. Dessert will be brownies.

Cost is $15 a person. Reservations are required. Reservation deadline is Thursday, March 23.

For reservations, visit www.lebanon-chamber.org or call Shelly Garrett at (541) 258-7164.

Rock and mineral show April 1-2

The 69th Annual Sweet Home Gem and Mineral Show will be Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 1 and 2 at the Sweet Home High School Gym, 1641 Long St.

The family friendly event features displays of rocks, minerals, fossils, and artisan jewelry. Lapidary artists demonstrate their expert lapidary skills and answer viewers questions. The public can bring unknown rock specimens to be identified by a geologist.

Adults can participate in silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. Kids activities include art activities, silent auctions, door prizes and raffles.

Vendors offer a wide variety of jewelry, home décor, rock, mineral, and fossil specimens. A wide selection of Lapidary supplies will be available. Handicap paring is available as well as a food cart.

Cost is $.50 per adult. Children 12 and under free with an adult admission.

LHS Hall of Fame banquet April 8

The annnual Bud & Dorothy Page Lebanon High School Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Boulder Falls Event Center.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35.

Tickets are available online at the Lebanon Alumni Facebook Page, LHS and RKI Insurance or at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-bud-dorothy-page-lhs-alumni-hall-of-fame-dinner-tickets-28198812407.

LBCC offers spring  computer classes

A variety of computer classes will be held in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Sweet Home through Linn Benton Community College Community Education starting April 3.

Classes include Buying and Selling on Ebay, Excel I, II, & III, Digital Photography, new Digital Video Editing, iPhone/Ipad I, II, & III, Mac Essentials I, II, & III, Personal Computer Essentials I, and new Windows 10, Levels I & II.

LBCC computer training classes available online include Comptia A+, Comptia Network +, Comptia Security +, Comptia Network + and more. See schedule at linnbenton.edu/ce.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu, or call LBCC Community Education at (541) 917-4840.

Search and Rescue openings for teens

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10 day summer training program.

This will be 24th Search and Rescue Training in Linn County and will be held June 17 through June 26.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff’s office on March 13th, April 10th, or May 8th at 7 p.m. to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the 10 day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading rappelling, and many more topics.

For more information about the program contact Lieutenant Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541) 812-2272 or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at www.linnsheriff.org. Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff’s Office in Albany.

Lebanon Library plans spring events

The Lebanon Public Library will host Spring Break Palooza, a series of family events during the last week of March.

––  Koko the Gorilla Day will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. Participants will make Gorilla Granola, watch a movie about Koko, and make a craft. The Library’s Koko mascot will be there.

––  Junk Art Day will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. Participants will be invited to get creative with junk. Materials will be provided.

––   Henrik Bothe will entertain families with his one-man Yes You Can show at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 30.

––  Family Game Night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. Families are invited to bring their own games or enjoy those provided by the Library. New games will be debuted, including Giant Ker-Plunk and Jenga. Teens and adults can test their wits in the Breakout room. Brown Bag Bingo will begin at 7:30 p.m.

All events are free of charge and participants do not need a library card. For more information, call (541) 258-4926 or visit www.lebanonpubliclibrary.com.

Bookstore offers lineup of speakers

Local authors and speakers will sign books and/or speak over the next month at Think Brain Candy Books and Tea, 678 Main St.

The events are free, but attendees are encouraged to support authors by purchasing their books. Quality loose-leaf, organic tea ($2.50 per cup) and French press coffee ($3.50) are available.

––  Author Shannon Ables will be signing and selling her books from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.

Ables is the author of “Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide.” She lives in Bend and describes herself as a home decorator and organizational expert.

––  Religious author, Jennifer Bird, will answer questions from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.

Bird currently resides in Portland. Her first book, “Abuse, Power, and Fearful Obedience: Reconsidering 1 Peter’s Commands to Wives,” was recently assigned at Yale and Harvard Divinity Schools.

––  The Seven Oaks Middle School band ensembles will perform from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14.

––  Paranormal junior fiction novelists JM Mueller and Roslyn McFarland will discuss their books from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

McFarland is an experienced novelist from Portland who began writing when she was first being diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Muller, who recently published his first book, Colors of Immortality, is from Albany.

––  Author Edwin L. Battistella will sign and sell his books from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 30.

Battistella is the author of “Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology.” He teaches linguistics and writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. He is the author of six books and over fifty articles.

––  A presentation of “Your Birth, Your Choice: Prenatal & Birthing Options” will be given from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24.

Debra C. Cowart, CPM, LDM, will talk on prenatal and birthing options including water births and out-of-hospital births.

––  Meet paranormal investigators Elaine Davison and members of Western Oregon Organization Paranormal Investigators at 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26.

––   Meet award-winning poet and co-founder of Tavern Books, Carl Adamshick from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

Adamshick is the 2010 winner of the Walt Whitman Award and the William Stafford poet-in-residence at Lewis and Clar College in Portland. His work has been published in the Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review and Narrative.

For more information on any of these events, contact Mark at (541) 258-7151.