Around Town: March to April 2020

Editor’s note: Due to restrictions on public gatherings and other developments occurring even as Lebanon Local goes to press, it’s highly possible that many of the events listed here may be postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

Spring break activities for kids offered

Lebanon Community School District and Lebanon Public Library will both offer spring break activities for children.
The library will offer the following at 55 Academy St.:
♦ Candy Car Bingo for Kids is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.
♦ Lego Extravaganza is from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.
♦ Steve’s Creature Features, a live interactive reptile program, starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26.
♦ Dungeons and Dragons for Young Adventurers is from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Ages 7 and up are invited to learn all about the world of D&D through games and activities, and how to use it to tell stories with friends.
All events/programs are free and do not require a library card to attend. No registration is required. The activities are sponsored by Friends of the Library.
For more information, stop by the  circulation desk, call the library at (541) 258-4926, visit LebanonOregon.gov/library, or like the library on FaceBook at Facebook.com/CityofLebanon.
The district will offer a program for children up to 18 years of age from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 23 to 27. at Lebanon High School.
Come for food, festivities and fun with free activities and lunch.
For more information, call (541) 259-8902.

Pain Alliance to meet March 18

The Mid Valley Pain Science Alliance will host speakers Veronica Moresi and Ashley Grajczyk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.
The group meets once a month and addresses issues regarding alternatives to managing persistent pain. Moresi, a physical therapist, will speak about pain and mindfulness, and Grajczyk will talk about her personal experience with pain.
For more information, call Sandy Ragan at (541) 223-3355.

Violinist to play at Lebanon library

Violinist and fiddler David Greenberg will perform a free program ranging from baroque to folk from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at 55 Academy St.
Greenberg has performed for three decades as a Baroque violinist and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, fiddler. His fluency and experience in these two genres make him uniquely qualified to interpret the wild music of 18th-century Scotland, which will be on the program, along with modern tunes.
Greenberg will also perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Sweet Home Library, 1101 13th Ave.
All events/programs are free and do not require a library card to attend. For more information, stop by the  circulation desk, call the library at (541) 258-4926, visit LebanonOregon.gov/library, or like the library on FaceBook at Facebook.com/CityofLebanon.

Night of worship for local women

Mid-Valley Women of Christ will host a Valley-Wide Night of Praise and Worship at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Life Community Church 4900 NW Hwy 99 Corvallis.
Immensely popular, these praise events draw over 800 women statewide as the ministry concludes 47 classes of Community Bible Studies held in 21 cities across seven Oregon counties. Doors open at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early as these events fill quickly.
The speaker will be Kim-Maree Janzen, an Australian-born worship leader who is currently an adjunct professor of music at Portland Bible College. Kim-Maree has almost of decade of experience as a worship pastor, worship leader, songwriter, recording artist and college professor. Kim-Maree currently resides in Vancouver, Wash.
The evening’s music will be led by Albany-based worship leader Chris Spivey and the Willamette Community Church Worship Team.
The free event is open to all women. Donations will be accepted during a free-will offering that will be taken.
For more information on this event and the ministry of Mid-Valley Women of Christ visit www.midvalleywomenofchrist.org.

Fundraiser dinner for fire victims

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Cheryl Gaskey and her family, who were victims of a fire, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Ignite Hope Church, 580 F St.
Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up, and $5 for ages 5 to 12. Raffle prizes will be available, and gourmet cupcakes from Whisk Upon a Star will be served.

Scratchboard art class in Lebanon

Linn County Arts Guild will host a Scratchboard Art Class from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at 605 Main St.
Award-winning artist Donna Lee will guide participants through the process of creating a bald eagle using scratchboard, an Exacto knife and ink. Cost is $30.
For more information, contact the guild at (541) 497-0386.

Band concert to feature cornetist

The Willamette Valley Concert Band will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Russell Tripp Performance Center, Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.
The free concert will feature a cornet soloist, Bob LaTorre, from Manzanita, performing his own composition written in 2003, “Gatti’s Polonaise.” LaTorre has been playing for more than 40 years.
The theme of the program is “Love, Leprechauns and Songs from across the Sea.”
The concert will include “Fanfare and Flourishes” by James Curnow, based on Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s (1634-1704) “Te Deum,” “Irish Rhapsody” by Clare Grundman, “Second Suite in F For Military Band” by Gustav Holst, “Loch Lomond,” “Belle of the Ball” by Leroy Anderson, “A Longford Legend” and “The March From ‘1941’” by John Williams from the 1979 movie by that name directed by Steven Spielberg.
Though the concert is free, donations are gratefully accepted. The funds defray costs and pay for band camps and other expenses for local students.

Learn all about cooking eggs

Celebrate the egg during a cooking demo to be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
Participants will learn many ways to cook this staple.
The event is free. For more information, call (541) 258-4919.

‘Name That Tune’ at Senior Center

Lebanon Senior Center plans a “Name That Tune,” inspired by the game show,, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at 80 Tangent St.
A little music, a little composition, and possible bragging rights await the winners. Prove that your musical knowledge is superior. Music will be from various decades and genres.
Refreshments will be available. Sign up your team in the office or by calling (541) 258-4919 by March 24.

BOLI head to speak at Forum Lunch

Val Hoyle, Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries will speak at the Chamber of Commerce’s Forum Luncheon, from 11:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Lebanon Samaritan Hospital Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.
She will discuss ways BOLI can help local businesses.
Cost is $15 per person and RSVPs are required. The menu will be artichoke chicken, loaded mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, tossed green salad with assorted dressings and assorted cupcakes.
For more information or to RSVP, call (541) 258-7164.

Make fabric bag at CrafterNoon

Lebanon Senior Center will host two separate CrafterNoon opportunities at 80 Tangent St.
Make a reusable fabric shopping bag from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 27. There is no cost for this craft, but you will need to bring your own supplies.
Decorate a ready-made birdhouse from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The cost is $3 and paint will be provided, but you may bring other decorating supplies as preferred.
Sign up for one or both of these events in the office or by calling (541) 258-4919.

Wedding, party decor resale event

Stock up for that big occasion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at a Wedding and Party Decor Re-Sale market event hosted by Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 Main St.
The wedding/party decor market offers chances to buy and sell your gently used centerpieces and other wedding décor. Admission is free to the public. Vendor fees apply. Business sales will not be allowed.
For information, contact Sally at (541) 259-4255.

‘Turn Lebanon Blue’ on March 28

Dala’s Blue Angels will “Turn Lebanon Blue” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, to raise awareness about child abuse.
Volunteers interested in helping can meet at the Lebanon Police Department, 40 N. 2nd St.

‘Biggest’ egg hunt March 28 at LHS

King’s Chapel will host its annual “Biggest Easter Egg Hunt” from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, at Lebanon High School.
Children ages infant through 6th grade are invited to participate in the free event, which includes a life-size puppet show starring Buddy Easterly (aka the Easter Bunny). Bring your basket, come early, and enter the free prize drawing.

Mineral show in Sweet Home

The 72nd annual Sweet Home Gem and Mineral Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, at Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St.
This year’s theme is “River Wonders: Agates and Jaspers.” The event, which started in 1948, will include displays and demonstrations, door prizes, a raffle, and a snack bar. The event is put on by the Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Club, which includes Lebanon members.
Admission is 50 cents for adults and teenagers. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call (541) 451-1577 or (541) 451-2740 or visit the club’s facebook.

Equipment classes starting at LBCC

Registration is open for driver education, tractor and farm machinery safety, and forklift training classes offered through Linn-Benton Community College Community Education.
Driver education classes start as early as March 29, and are offered in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon. The cost is $265 for ages 17 and under, $445 for ages 18 and over.
Forklift safety is a one-day class held on Saturday, April 18 and May 16. Each class is limited to 10 students. The cost is $149.
Tractor and farm machinery safety training is held at the Albany campus starting Tuesday, June 23. The class is for farm workers ages 14 to 18, and the cost is $99.
Classes fill quickly, early registration suggested.
For more information or to register, contact LBCC Community Education at (541) 917-4840.

Fundraiser dinner for ABC House

ABC House will host a Celebrate Hope Fundraising and Awareness Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Boulder Falls Conference Center, 605 Mullins Drive.
The dinner is free, but reservations will be required.
A social hour with a no-host bar will start things off before dinner, at 5 p.m. A specialty event-themed cocktail will be available for purchase, with the proceeds above the cost of the drink going directly to ABC House.
A plated dinner and dessert will be served at 6 p.m. Meal options will be available when registering. Seating is limited. Business attire is recommended.
To register, visit www.abchouse.org/events/celebrate-hope.
For more information, contact Leslie at (541) 926-2203.

First Friday Poker Run on April 3

Lebanon First Friday will host a Poker Run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, in downtown Lebanon.
Participation will be free.

Lecture on native Americans April 3

Linn County Historical Museum, at 101 Park Ave. in Brownsville, has opened a new exhibit covering the history and legacy of the Kalapuyan People in the Willamette Valley.
To celebrate the opening, the museum is hosting the final of three free lectures at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the Box Car Theater, adjacent to the museum.
Dr. Tom Connolly, director of   archaeological research at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, will discuss “Kalapuyan Archaeology: The Cultural Record before 1800.”
All are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to view the exhibit prior to each lecture.
For more information, call (541) 466-3390.

Walk a Mile for a Child April 4

Dala’s Blue Angels will host their annual Walk a Mile for a Child walk/5K from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Lebanon Police Department, 40 N. 2nd St.
Registration for the walk costs $15, and $20 after March 30. The 5K run costs $20, and $25 after March 30. Event shirts and sweatshirts are available for purchase. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/OR/Lebanon/WalkaMileforaChild5K, or visit their Facebook page for more information.

LAFTA workshop for ‘Music’ actors

Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts will host a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at Lebanon High School for prospective child actors in its “Sound of Music” production this summer.
The workshop will be for youngsters interested in playing the Von Trapp Family children in the musical to be staged this July. Children who have attended previous workshops are encouraged to attend this one as well.
Auditions for all roles will be the first week of May. Show dates will be July 21-25.
For more information, email [email protected] or visit lafta.webs.com.

Orchestra to play Tchaikovsky, more

Willamette Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform a spring concert April 4 and 5 at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 Research Way, Corvallis.
The orchestra will perform “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” by Edvard Grieg, a concerto for string bass, with soloist Tyler Abbott, and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 2 in C Minor.”
Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 5. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, and students 13 and older, and free for children 12 and under. For tickets and further information, visit willamettevalleysymphony.org.

Habitat fundraiser breakfast April 9

The Lebanon Area Habitat for Humanity will hold a breakfast fundraiser Thursday, April 9, to raise money in support of local home building activities and a home repair and preservation program.
The local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International has partnered with families to build and remodel 27 homes in Lebanon and Sweet Home over the past 25 years. Eight homeowners have paid off their mortgages. Site preparation has begun for a home in Sodaville and applications are being accepted for the home repair and preservation program. Money raised at the fundraising breakfast will help support these programs.
Breakfast will be served free of charge to invited guests. Space is limited.
Anyone who is interested in attending or who would like more information or to make a donation is asked to call (541) 405-5213.

Hospice training for care-givers

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice will host an eight-week training in “Resilience and self-care for caregivers,” from 3 to 5 p.m. starting Thursday, April 9, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.
The classes are good for those who are supporting a vulnerable family member or friend, or had provided emotional and physical support to someone in the past.
There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. For more information, or to register, contact Anna Looney at (609) 468-2270, or email [email protected].

Garden gathering to talk raised beds

April’s Second Monday Garden Lecture will focus on “Garden Anywhere, in Raised Beds,” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 13, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.
Speaker will be Master Gardener Sheryl Casteen. There is no cost and RSVPs are not required.

Biz Expo April 14 at River Center

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will host its 13th annual Biz Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at The River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy.
A wide range of merchants and community organizations will have booths at the event, which is free to the public. Many participants hand out free swag, as well as providing information about themselves.
For information, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164.

Women’s dinner topic: chocolate

Lebanon’s After 5 Connection will hold its monthly dinner for women of all ages from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St.
Starla Gade of Stargazer’s Gourmet, of Yachats, will share her story of her family’s four generations in the gourmet candy business.
Soloist Jen Justus will perform and guest speaker Sherry Mehl of Sacramento, Calif., a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, will share how going from stubborn, independent and controlling can smooth out life’s rough roads.
Cost is $10, including everything, and credit cards cannot be accepted. RSVPs are required.
For reservations, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or [email protected].

Summit on poverty April 16 at SLCH

Registration is open for the generational poverty summit to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.
The 2020 Coast to Cascades Community Wellness Network Community Health Summit will examine generational poverty with an inspirational account by Dr. Donna Beagle, workshops discussing the reach of poverty in our region, and resource tables hosted by organizations working to improve outcomes for people experiencing poverty.
The event is free, and lunch is provided. Space is limited. Online registration is closed, but seats are still available. Register at the event, or call (541)768-5256.

Garden Club to learn propagation

Lebanon Garden Club will meet at noon, Monday, April 20, at Santiam Place, 139 Main St.
Danita Cahill, former owner of DanCin’ Bloomers Greenhouse, will talk about propagating from cuttings and divisions.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Lynne Neuman at (541) 258-7568, or email [email protected].

Oaks to hold plant sale on April 24

The Oaks at Lebanon will hold its plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 24, at 621 W. Oak St.
A barbeque lunch will be available. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call (541) 258-7777.

Rural entrepreneur networking event

Oregon RAIN will present Catalyze Rural 2020 from 1:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Boulder Falls Event Center, 605 Mullins Drive.
Network with rural entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, legislators, elected officials, city and county leaders, and community supporters during a day of celebrating rural innovation and big ideas.
Seth Tibbott, founder of Tofurky, is the presenting keynote speaker. Senator Wyden will deliver a special message, and entrepreneurs will speak about challenges and successes. There is also a panel discussion about building Oregon’s rural entrepreneurial economy, and rural entrepreneurs will showcase their products, services, and food and beverages.
Finally, local entrepreneurs pitch their startups to a panel of judges from Oregon’s largest venture funds, with an audience vote and prizes awarded.
Registration is required to attend this free event, but please consider making a suggested donation of $20 or more. The money goes directly into the prize awards for the startups that are competing at this event, and it’s tax-deductible.
Oregon RAIN is 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations to us are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our federal tax ID number is 46-5544340.
For more information about the event, please visit Oregonrain.org/pitchfest2020 or email Corey Wright at [email protected].

Murder mystery dinner theater

The Willamette Manor Players present “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine,” a murder mystery dinner theater event, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the American Legion Post 51, 480 S. Main St.
This deliciously “cleaver,” family friendly comedy will satisfy your cravings for mystery while solving a murder.
Tickets can be purchased for $25 each at Willamette Manor Assisted Living and Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. There is also a silent dessert auction, raffle basket, and music performance by James Wright.
Willamette Manor is a nonprofit, assisted living home for seniors and people with disabilities since 1930. Proceeds from this year’s theater event will go toward the completion of its roof repair.
For more information, call (541) 258-8178.

Make a Memorial Day bouquet

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice invites people to make a Memorial Day bouquet from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the hospice house, 4600 Evergreen St. SE, Albany.
The free event allows people to make a special flower bouquet to honor a loved one for Memorial Day. The flowers can be used for a grave, given to a loved one, or kept at home to remember those who are in the heart.
For more information, call (541) 812-4662.

Downtown group to hold cleanup

The Lebanon Downtown Association invites local businesses and community members to partner with them for the annual Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 23.
Opportunities are available to clean streets, parks, schools and cemeteries. Organizations, companies, church groups, clubs and individuals interested in helping may contact Cassie Cruze via email at [email protected].