Around Town: November 2016

City seeks Lebanon Arts Commission members

The Lebanon City Council invites interested persons to apply for the newly created Lebanon Arts Commission, serving generally to develop, facilitate, and preserve access to the arts.

The Mayor will appoint seven members based on areas of expertise and/or interest. Up to two members may reside outside of the city limits, but within Linn County.

The commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Lebanon City Council while promoting the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of Lebanon by actively pursuing the placement of public art in public spaces within city limits, organizing visual art displays and events, supporting literary arts, and promoting musical and performing arts.

The Lebanon Arts Commission shall meet at least quarterly each calendar year but could be as frequently as every two weeks. Additional meetings, time and location of meetings will be set by the commission.

For more information about the commission, visit the city’s website.

To apply, fill out the online application found at the bottom of the page on the above web link, pick up an application at Lebanon City Hall (925 S. Main Street), or call and request one.

Submit your completed application to the Lebanon City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2016.

For more information, contact City Clerk Linda Kaser at 541.258.4905 or [email protected].

Tree-trimming under way in city

The City of Lebanon’s annual tree-trimming program is under way through March.

City crews will be trimming trees, shrubs and other vegetation that encroach rights-of-way in the city.

The purpose of the tree-trimming program is to provide safe and usable right-of-way for pedestrians, vehicles, and maintenance equipment in streets, sidewalks, and alleys by meeting Lebanon Municipal Code 12.16.040 which requires a clearance of 13 feet above streets and alleys, 14 feet above streets on truck routes and 8 feet above sidewalks.

Properties that have vegetation in the right-of-way will be left a lavender door hanger notifying them of the need for trimming.

Property owners who receive a door hanger have two options for vegetation trimming to comply with city ordinances: Notify the Maintenance Department at (541) 258.4918 or by email at [email protected] that you will trim the vegetation, or have city crews trim the vegetation, at no charge, to meet code.

When city crews trim the vegetation, they will only trim what is encroaching the right-of-way, which will leave a straight cut on your vegetation and trees. If you have trees or shrubs that require special trimming or you would like to have it trimmed evenly, it is recommended that property owners complete the trimming.

Leaf collection on streets in progress

Leaf collection on Lebanon city streets has begun.

Residents are asked to put loose leaves in piles on the street away from parked vehicles and two feet from the curb to allow for water drainage. The leaf piles must not contain limbs, yard debris or any type of bagging.

On Nov. 19 and Dec. 10, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., city residents may drop off their leaves at 884 4th St. (corner of Maple and 4th Street). This is a leaf drop-off site only and other yard material will not be accepted.

For further information, please contact Jason Williams, Maintenance Services director, at (541) 258-4280 or via email at [email protected].

Warming shelter open, with changes

Lebanon’s Warming Shelter season will undergo some changes this winter.

The shelter, which will be located at the First Christian Church (where the Soup Kitchen is situated), 170 E. Grant St., will be open through March 31 any time the temperature drops to 25 degrees for three consecutive days.

The center will also open if the temperatures are expected to drop to 20 degrees or if weather conditions warrant opening. When the center will be open, Lebanon Police will send out a flash alert, as well as social media posts to communicate to the public that it is open.

This year a three-member team will take over the lead of the shelter, allowing the Lebanon Police Department to continue to work in the background.
Team leaders are Sean Casey of the Lebanon Soup Kitchen, Kim Bevel of Pay It Forward and Kyle Randleman of Teen Challenge. The team will focus on running the warming shelter at the direction of Chief Frank Stevenson.

Lebanon Police will still continue to monitor and train volunteers for the program.

Those interested in volunteering for the Warming Center are asked to contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339 for the dates available for volunteer training.

Blue Angels Christmas Tree

The Blue Angel Christmas Tree is on display  in the front lobby of the Justice Center, 40 N. 2nd St.

The tree benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates, the local branch of a national association that supports and promotes court appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment.

Donations to the tree will pay for gifts that will be delivered by Dala’s Blue Angels to CASA for distribution to needy children in time for the holiday season.

For more information, contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339.

International game night at library

Lebanon Public Library will celebrate International Game Night with a Family Game Night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

People attending the event are invited to join in playing Life Sized Candyland. Participants are invited to bring their own favorite board game or play one the library offers. There is a chance to win fun prizes playing Bingo beginning at 7:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided during Bingo.

International Game Night began nine years ago. This year more than 2,000 libraries worldwide are expected to take part in this annual event.

For more information, call (541) 258-4926 or visit www.lebanonpubliclibrary.com for more information.

Garden Club invites visitors

Lebanon Garden Club invites all gardeners to  its monthly meeting at noon Monday, Nov. 21, at First Christian Church on the intersection of  Grant and Grove streets  in Lebanon.

This month the club will hold its annual Thanksgiving Potluck, along with a recipe exchange and Country Store. Visitors can bring a potluck dish, copies of a favorite recipe and a gently used item for the “Country Store” if they wish, but are not obligated to. Just attend.

Lebanon Garden Club is a member of the Santiam District of Garden Clubs, which encompasses 12 clubs from Alsea to Salem. Meetings are always open to the public; new gardeners of all ages are welcome.

For more information, contact Trudie Bason at (541) 521-5677 or e-mail [email protected].

Christmas lights show starts Nov. 24

Mayor Paul Aziz will kick off his annual computerized Christmas light show at his home, 312 E. Sherman St., Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24.

The show runs from 6 to 8 p.m. nightly until January.

Sit in your warm car and tune the radio to 100.9 FM to listen.

As usual, this year the light show will accept donations for the Lebanon Soup Kitchen, but this year they will be accepting for Lebanon Kid Packs, a food backpack program started by Roseanne Hartness. Also, painted rocks that look like snowmen faces (see photo at www.facebook.com/CascadeChristmasLights) will be placed around town. Finders can return them to the show for Frozen or Polar Express prizes.

Guitar group to perform at library

2nd Street Guitars will perform at 7 p.m. on Dec.  5 at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.

The free, family-friendly program will feature classic rock guitar hits from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Don Sansone and Tim Wallace formed the two-man show, 2nd Street Guitars, in 2006. They will be joined by Jeff Patterson on the drums.

For more information, call (541) 258-4926 or visit www.lebanonpubliclibrary.com.

Free Thanksgiving dinners open to all

Two Thanksgiving dinners are being served locally next week for those who need or want to enjoy some holiday fare.

Lebanon Soup Kitchen will hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 170 East Grant St.

Soup Kitchen Manager Sean Casey said all are invited.

“Anybody. They just have to show up.  They can drive up in a Porsche or walk up in tatters.

“We encourage all walks of life to come in, check it out, see what we’re doing.”

Financial and food donations are accepted, though Casey said the latter may be subject to whether the food can be used by the Kitchen. Safeway is donating food for 200 dinners, he said.

For information, call (541) 451-7667.

A free dinner will also be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Second Street and Airport Road.

Everyone is welcome to dine on turkey, ham, potatoes, dressing, green beans, salad, bread, pie and beverage.  The dinner is sponsored by St. Martin’s Episcopal, First United Methodist, Our Saviour’s Lutheran, First Christian, Lebanon Mennonite and St. Edward’s Catholic churches.

For more information, call (541) 451-1170.

Christmas tree sale for Soup Kitchen

Lebanon Soup Kitchen will hold its annual Christmas tree sales fund-raiser through Dec. 22 – or until trees are gone in the Hometown Furniture parking lot, 2665 S. Santiam Hwy.

For information, stop by or contact Sean at (541) 451-7667.

LHS theater to stage ‘Elf’ version

Lebanon High School Musical Theater students will perform “Elf, The Musical Jr.” at 7 p.m. nightly Dec. 1-3 at the high school auditorium..

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

A special meet-and-greet with Santa and the cast will be Friday, Dec. 2 only.

Tickets for that event are $10 each or $20 for a family of four (each additional ticket is $5).  Ticket prices include photos with Santa, hot cocoa/cider, treats and admission to the show.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or [email protected].

Holiday celebration at Ralston Park

Lebanon’s Holidays in the Park celebration will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Ralston Park, 925 Park St.

The event will include music and entertainment, face painting, LOCI rides, food and craft vendors, horse- drawn carriage rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa House,  the Holiday Magic Twilight Parade at 5:15 p.m. and Lighting of the Tree at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Cindy at (541) 259-4649.

Build Lebanon Trails will hold its Historic Downtown Walk at 2 p.m., beginning near the Gazebo at  the park. Arrive early to sign up and pick up a listening device. Walkers will search for Rudolph and the Holiday Spirit as they visit historic spots in the downtown area. Dress for the weather and well-mannered, leashed dogs are welcome. Walkers will return to the park in time for the holiday events.

OSU Extension Calving School

Oregon State University will hold its Calving School from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at  Oldfield Teaching Center (on the west side of the OSU campus).

Cost is $20 per person, which includes program, the calving school handbook, and a pizza dinner.

Topics covered will include the calving process, nutritional and management strategies to prevent calving problems, designing calving facilities, dystocia and calving assistance, diseases and injuries associated with calving, and managing newborn calves.

Presenters will be beef cattle specialist Reinaldo Cooke, regional livestock and forage specialist Shelby Filley, and OSU Extension veterinarian Charles Estill.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call (541) 236-3016.

To register, visit bit.ly/LinnCalvingSchool  or call (541) 967-3871.

‘Snowy Country Christmas’ Dec. 9

Dala’s Blue Angels will present “A Snowy Country Christmas,” a country-themed holiday show for the benefit of the ABC House, at 2 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 65B Academy St.

The 2 p.m. show is free for seniors; general admission is $5 and tickets are available at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, 1040 S. Park St., the Senior Center and the Lebanon Justice Center, 40 N. 2nd St.

ABC House is the child abuse intervention center that provides high-quality child abuse assessments for local children when there are concerns of abuse and neglect in local communities.

The cast is made up of local community members from Linn and Benton counties, aged 9 to 92, who have been rehearsing since the beginning of October. They will perform holiday songs recorded by famous country artists and also some moving spiritual Christmas songs – something for everyone.

LAFTA Christmas Show Dec. 9-10

Lebanon Association For Theatre Arts will hold its annual Christmas Show at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 in the Lebanon High School auditorium.

Organizers say this year’s format will be new: a variety show somewhat like the Michael and Kelly show. Along with vocal, dance and instrumental performances, and skits, it will include a performance by LAFTA’s a cappella group Voices In Your Head, children reading letters to Santa, people sitting on Santa’s lap and discussing their list, an ugly sweater contest that will include both cast and audience, and a cast joke contest, with the audience selecting the winner.

Traditional hot chocolate, wassail and sweets will be for sale at intermission and the annual Christmas carol sing-a-long will follow.

For more information, e-mail [email protected].

Christmas pet photos for KATA

Kitty Angel Team Adoption is offering photos with your pet and Santa at Petco stores in Albany, Corvallis and Salem from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

Cost is $10 and proceeds benefit KATA, which is a local non-profit organization that works to find warm, caring adoptive homes and families for otherwise unwanted kittens and adult cats, including feral cats. It also promotes responsible neutering of cats and provides assistance to low-income people who are unable to pay to do so.

For more information, visit http://kittyangelteam.org.

Road Maggots toy run Dec. 11

Lebanon’s Road Maggots motorcycle club will hold its ninth annual Toy Run, “In Memory of Milkman Mike,” at noon Sunday, Dec. 11, starting at Walgreens.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy or perishable food item to participate in the ride through town to the River Center. Walgreens will offer special discounts for the event.

All motorcycles and old-time cars are welcome.

For information, call (541) 451-1035.

Community Chorus concert

Lebanon Community Chorus will hold its annual Winter Concert from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Lebanon First Assembly of God, 726 W Oak St.

The concert will feature volunteer singers from the Lebanon community, under the direction of Colin Salisbury. This year is the group’s  50th.

The program will include classical works such as Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and exerpts from Handel’s “The Messiah,”  as well as modern choral anthems and a selection of holiday-themed music.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors over 55 and students.

Tickets can be purchased at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Office, 1040 S Park St.

Proceeds support area school music education programs.

Lebanon women’s dinner Dec. 13

Lebanon’s After Five Connection will hold its monthly dinner, and a special Christmas program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at The Lobby (Formerly King’s Coffee House), 661 S. Main St. in Lebanon.

All women are invited to share in an evening of fun, food and a sing-a-long.

Celebrate with festive Christmas carols, dinner, and a creative Christmas story with audience participation complete with many prizes and gifts.

Guest speaker Trudy Monsma, originally from the Netherlands, will talk about “Defining Moments.” Monsma was a music teacher, an obstetrics nurse, and later taught nursing to college students.

Cost is $8.50 and only cash will be accepted.  All women are welcome.

To RSVP, contact Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or at [email protected] or Norma at (541) 259-5672 or [email protected].  If unable to attend, please cancel your reservation.