Around Town – Oct. 1

Exchange student organization seeks local representatives

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as area representatives in the local community.

ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community. Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity.

ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s area representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible.

For more information about ASSE or becoming an area representative, call 1-800-733-2773 or email [email protected], or visit host.asse.com.

Supply drive for Veterans Home

The Samaritan Lebanon Health Center facility is inviting all employees, patients and the community to participate in a supply drive in October for the Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home.

Items requested by the VA home include: Folgers coffee, back scratchers, art craft kits for people with limited motor functions, matching placemats in increments of 14, microwave popcorn, twin-sized quilts, large-print crossword puzzle books, $5 or $10 gift cards to Walmart or Fred Meyer, individualized snack items like small bags of chips or cookies, name-brand soda, electric razors, CD players, neck pillows and DVD Players with HDMI capability.

The drive will continue through Friday, Nov. 9. Donations can be dropped off with check-in staff on either floor of the facility, located at 675 N 5th Street.

For more information, call Clinic Manager Kim Vaughan at (541) 451-6282.

Democratic candidates to speak

Democratic candidates for Linn County Commissioner and State Representative will be the featured speakers during the Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting of the Linn County Democrats in the Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.

A social time, with light refreshments, begins at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6:30.

Child care will be provided.

Three candidates, all endorsed by the Linn County Dems, will give opening remarks, then answers questions. They are:

• Stephanie Newton, Linn County Commissioner candidate, who faces Republican incumbent John Lindsey and Independent candidate Gary Sullivan in the Nov. 6 general election.

• Jerred Taylor, House District 15 State Representative candidate, who is running against Republican Shelly Boshart-Davis and Independent Cynthia Hyatt.

• Renee Windsor-White, House District 17 State Representative candidate, who is running against Republican incumbent Sherrie Sprenger.

Later in the meeting, other candidates in attendance who are Democrats or consider themselves allies of the Democratic Party will be given time to talk. There will also be an update on statewide and county ballot measures.

On another note, the Linn Dems Campaign Office in Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin St. S.W. in downtown Albany, is open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays.

For more information about the meeting and the Linn County Democrats, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury at (541) 974-2075 or [email protected].

Blessing of the Animals service

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the corner of Milton and Williams streets in Lebanon.

Animals should be brought on a leash or in a carrier. For those not comfortable with other animals, a photo or stuff animal can be used as a substitute. Water and pet food will be available for animal visitors, with a coffee hour reception for humans after the service.

The service will be held outdoors. It is free.

For more information, call (541) 451-1159 Wednesday or Friday mornings, or visit www.facebook.com/St.Martins.Lebanon.