Around Town: March 2018

Pickleball Club at Boys & Girls Club
The Lebanon Pickleball Club, a program of the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, 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.

Christmas Tree ornaments sought
The Willamette National Forest’s Sweet Home Ranger District has been selected to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. For the 2018 holiday season. The local forest will provide an additional 75 companion trees to be displayed throughout the capitol.

The ranger district needs groups, schools, organizations and individuals that would like to help us supply 6,500 small ornaments and 3,500 large ornaments.

Ornaments should reflect Oregon’s cultural heritage, historical events or people and natural resources. Some of the more unique ornaments provided may be selected by the Smithsonian Institute for future displays.

For specifications and requirements on ornament design, or for information on where to turn  in ornaments, contact Stefanie Gatchell or Nancy Shadomy at the Sweet Home Ranger Station, (541) 367-5168, or by email at [email protected] or visit www.capitolchristmastree.com.

New Urgent Care Walk-In hours
Samaritan Urgent Care Walk-In clinics in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon want patients to know about new hours of operation. Clinic hours will be as follows: weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Samaritan Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics are for patients whose health care needs are pressing, but not life-threatening, and when they cannot get in for primary care provider appointments.

Illnesses and injuries treated in the clinic include, but are not limited to: sprains or strains; earache; minor infections; small cuts or abrasions; minor burns; sore throats; rashes without fever; mild asthma; urinary tract infections; and minor broken bones – with skin not broken.

For more information about Samaritan Health Services urgent, walk-in and same-day care options, visit samhealth.org/UrgentCare.

Blood collection events in Lebanon
The American Red Cross asks residents to consider making an appointment for one of its blood drives in the area.

There will be two blood drives in Lebanon: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Walmart, 3290 S. Santiam Hwy.; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting www.redcrossblood.org, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Sen. Ron Wyden town hall March 17
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden will hold a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Linn-Benton Community College in the Forum Lecture Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Wyden will discuss his activities in Washington and participants are invited to share their ideas and ask any question.

The event is free and open to the public.

Learn to make cards at bookstore
Think Brain Candy Books & Tea and Camellia’s Candles will host a greeting card-making class at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at 678 Main St.

Learn to make beautiful, personalized greeting cards. Cost is $20. Participants are asked to bring  scissors and double-sided tape. All other materials will be provided. RSVPs are requested so the instructor can make sure supplies will be sufficient for the class.

For more information, call (541) 258-7151.

Rally for churches to help schools
Valley Life Church is inviting  Lebanon church leaders to a rally in order to partner local churches with local school needs.

There will be booths for identified needs within the school system (i.e., donations, staff support, etc.). This is an effort in response to Be Undivided, a movement that started out of Portland.

The rally will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 18, at Valley Life Church, corner of Park and Vine.

For more information, visit  www.BeUndivided.com, or call (541) 258-5315.

Watershed group to hear about review
The South Santiam Watershed Council will meet from 3  to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Lebanon Public Library.

Speaker Laurie Nicholas of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss the Willamette Basin Review, which studied the feasibility of reservoir reallocation for providing water to multiple users in the future.

Livestock group annual meeting
The Linn County Livestock Association will hold its annual dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at First Baptist Church. 27910 Seven Mile Lane, Brownsville.

In addition to dinner and dessert, the program includes presentations on educational program planning and predator control, as well as association business and leadership transition.

Cost is $10 per person, $5 per child. To RSVP, contact Susan Ruckert at (541) 967-7171 or email [email protected].

Get help with Medicare basics
A Medicare class that will cover the basics of Medicare parts A, B, Cx and D will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Annex, 44 Industrial Way.

The free class is is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare, or current beneficiaries who have questions.

It will be conducted by the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments in partnership with the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program and Linn-Benton Community College. A SHIBA volunteer counselor will present the class.

Spouses and other relatives are welcome to attend.

Reservations are required. Call (541) 812-0849 to reserve your seat.

Gubernatorial candidates forum
Top Republican candidates in this year’s governor’s race have been invited to participate in a forum from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at the Linn County Fair & Expo, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Albany.

Those attending the forum will have the opportunity to submit questions, and the topics of greatest interest will be directed to the candidates.

For more information, contact Christine Ruck at (541) 401-0457.

Low vision group to talk books
“Talking Books” will be the topic for the Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group’s meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Elka Burton, librarian at the Oregon Commission for the Blind Library, will discuss how easy it is to be a participant in this free service financed by federal funds for low vision and disabled people.

Everything is free  – the recorder and the books; and you do not have to leave your house to receive them.

All are welcome. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.  For information, call (541) 928-5008.

Health resource night in Lacomb
Lacomb School, in partnership with Live Longer Lebanon, is inviting the public to their first Health and Wellness Resource night from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the school’s gym, 34110 East Lacomb Road.

Some two dozen community agencies will be on hand to provide information to families, and to help connect them to community resources, including representatives from American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club, Jackson Street Youth Center, Lebanon Community Pool, Linn County Developmental Disabilities, Linn County Mental Health, Oregon State University Master Gardeners, and Samaritan Health Services.

Massage therapist, crafts and door prizes will also be available.

For more information, visit lacomb.lebanon.k12.or.us/ or call (541) 451-8565.

Deputy D.A. to speak about drugs
Michael Wynhausen, Linn County deputy district attorney and candidate for Circuit Court judge, will speak on “Drugs in Linn County” at a Forum Lunch sponsored by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Career Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

Wynhausen will discuss new trends in drug activity, as well as law enforcement and prosecutorial issues relating to drugs.

Cots is $15 per person and RSVP is required. To reserve a spot, call (541) 258-7164 or sign up at lebanon-chamber.org/events.

Rock show in SH March 31 to April 1
Sweet Home’s 70th Annual Gem and Mineral Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1, at Sweet Home High School Gym, 1641 Long St.

Admission is 50 cents per person, with children 12 and under free. The show will include displays, vendors, demonstrations, door prizes, raffle, kid’s corner, handicap parking and food kart.

For information, call (541) 451-1577.

Walk a Mile/5K against child abuse
Dala’s Blue Angels will once again be having their Walk a Mile/5K to raise awareness about child abuse and to raise money for ABC House, an intervention center working with children, youth and their families to overcome the crisis of abuse and neglect.

Walk a Mile registration fee by March 30 is $20, 5K registration fee by March 30 is $25. Register online at raceroster.com/events/2018/14830/walk-a-mile-for-a-child-and-5k

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Lebanon Justice Center, 40 N. Second St. For more information, contact Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339 or by email at [email protected]

Annual auction at E. Linn Christian
East Linn Christian Academy will hold its annual auction fund-raiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6, at  36883 Victory Drive, Lebanon.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with a silent auction at 5, dinner at 6,  and the live auction after dinner.

Dinner tickets are $40 each and tables seating eight are available. To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, email Lindsay Garber at [email protected].

Cheadle Challenge mud run April 7
The Cheadle Challenge Adventure Mud Run will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Cheadle Lake Park, 4111 Weirich Drive.

The course, just over three miles in length, winds along lakeside trails, through the woods, across fields, a small swamp and also includes at least eight obstacles of varying difficulty. The Cheadle Challenge is designed to be run, jogged or walked. Trails vary between dirt, gravel and pavement.

There will be a bonfire, cold beer (or non-alcoholic beverage) and hot soup, all served up by local volunteers.

Cost is $45. Participants can sign up online at runsignup.com/Race/OR/Lebanon/Cheadle        ChallengeAdventureRun2018.

Proceeds from the Cheadle Challenge go directly to benefit local non-profits.

April 9 Science Pub to focus on OSU research history
Larry Landis, director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at Oregon State University, will discuss the origins of OSU research and its connections to contemporary issues at the Corvallis Science Pub, at 6 p.m. on April 9 in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis.

The event is free and open to the public.

Many of OSU’s enduring research projects began in the early 20th century. Some of them continue to have relevance today, such as the univeristy’s renowned hops and wheat breeding programs, according to Landis. Among his topics will be early work in soils, forestry, home economics, social sciences and humanities.

Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, attendance will be limited, and advance registration will be required. Registration is available online or by calling University Events at (541) 737-4717. People who arrive without a ticket are welcome but will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as the roadside geology of Oregon and the bond between people and dogs are available at http://communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Lebanon Chamber Biz Expo April 10
The Lebanon Chamber Commerce’s annual Biz Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at The River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy.

The event will feature over a hundred vendors from the local area demonstrating their services and products. Admission is free, including food and drink samples.  Over $3,000 in prizes awarded every hour; must be present to win.

Drop Everything and Read April 12
Think Brain Candy Books & Tea will host Drop Everything and Read Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at 678 Main St.

In honor of Beverly Cleary’s 102nd birthday, bookshops, schools and libraries across the country are offering tribute to her powerful impact on our world.

Think Brain Candy will make a day of it, scheduling readings, stories about Cleary and her impact, offering classes on how to read to children, and helping families grow together through a love of literature.

For more information, call (541) 258-7151.

Samaritan Diabetes Day at Expo Center
Samaritan Health Services invites the public to learn more about healthy living at the free annual Diabetes Day symposium from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 14, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E in Albany.

Teresa Martin, a certified diabetes educator with Novo Nordisk, will give a keynote speech titled “The Journey to Good Health May Be Through Your Gut.”

Other presentations will include “Eating on a Budget,” “Metabolic Syndrome,” “Diabetes Journey, for Patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes,”  and, “Medication Update.”

There will be snacks, vendors and door prizes. Pre-registration is required by visiting samhealth.org/DiabetesDay or calling (541) 451-6313.

Crafters market, home business fair
A Crafters Market and Home-Based Business Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 Main St., Lebanon.

Local crafters and home businesspeople will display and sell their creations. Admission is free to the public. Vendor fees apply.

For more information, call (541) 259-4255.

Donkey basketball FFA fund-raiser
The Lebanon High School FFA will hold its annual fund-raiser, donkey basketball, at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the high school gym.

Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for children. Discount tickets are available from FFA members.

Bowling fund-raiser for cat adoptions
A fund-raiser for Kitty Angel Team Adoption will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Linn Lanes, 2250 S. Main Road.

KATA is a nonprofit organization made up wholly of volunteers who rescue abandoned and unwanted cats throughout Linn County. Proceeds help with the cost of food, medication, surgeries, transportation and more.

Cost is $15 per person to bowl during the two-hour period; half of the proceeds go to KATA. Kittens and cats will be available for adoption. Donations of cat/kitten food and litter will also be accepted at that time.

Tickets can be purchased from KATA volunteers, or at the door. For more information, contact Deb at (541) 905-7706.

Grants available for arts, history, more
The Linn County Cultural Commission 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 deadline for a second round of grants will be April 27.

The commission may allocate up to $11,000 for 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.

For more details, see the Linn County Cultural Plan at www.linnculture.com.

Grant applications are available at www.linnculture.org and the County Parks Department, 3010 Ferry St. SW, Albany; The New Era, 1313 Main St., Sweet Home; KGAL radio, 36991 KGAL Drive, Lebanon; Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave.; and Scio City Hall, 38957 NW 1st Ave.

They should be submitted by mail to Brian Carroll, Linn County Cultural Commission, 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 Scott Swanson at (541) 367-2136, or Brian Carroll at (541) 967-3917 or [email protected].

Search and Rescue members sought
The Linn County Sheriff 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.

The Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.

Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff’s office at 7 p.m. on April 9 or May 14 to attend the academy.

For more information about the program contact Lt. Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541-812-2272) or visit www.linnsheriff.org.