Around Town: October 2017

Veterans Parade entries open

The 66th annual Albany Veteran’s Day Parade will be held Sat., Nov. 11.

Parade applications are now available.

For more information, on how to participate, contact the Veterans Commemoration Association at (541) 981-2390 or [email protected].

Lunch and Learn at Senior Center

Lebanon Senior Center presents the 2017 Fall Lunch and Learn Series the next three Mondays at 80 Tangent St.

Bring your lunch for educational presentations are co-hosted by the Lebanon Senior Center and Linn-Benton Community College Community Education.

  • At 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, join Kimberley Burdon, LBCC Communications Instructor, will be sharing her time spent in the Middle East.
  • At 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23, Rebecca, Lebanon Senior Center Activities Planner, will host a video series on some of Oregon’s historic haunted communities. The story of Bay Ocean, Scottsburg, Chitwood Bridge, and Idiotville will be featured.
  • At 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, join Emily Simpson, OSU graduate student studying history of science and education, in her talk “Martians in New Jersey?-Science, Literature, and Myth in the 1938 Panic Broadcast.” She will be discussing the original War of the Worlds radio broadcast and the Martian Canal Controversy.

You can register at LBCC or the Lebanon Senior Center.

For more information, call the Senior Center at (541) 258-4919.

Water flushing starts Oct. 17

The City of Lebanon will begin the annual flushing of the public water system Tuesday, Oct. 17.

This is done to ensure clean, safe drinking water, increase flow through fire hydrants, and identify any maintenance needs before they become a problem. During the process, City of Lebanon maintenance crews will be flushing fire hydrants and exercising water valves throughout the city.

While crews are flushing the system, there is potential for sediment in pipes to be stirred up causing discoloration of the water. If customers encounter discolored water in their home, they should turn on all the cold-water faucets and allow them to run until the water is clear and flush all toilets twice.

If running the water does not alleviate the problem, customers are encouraged to call (541) 258-4914 or (541) 258-4918 for assistance.

Living with chronic conditions Oct. 18

Learning how to live better with chronic conditions, such as low vision and blindness, will be the topic of the Mid-Valley Low Vision Support Group at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Karen Douglas, master trainer and health education coordinator for Samaritan Health Services, will present an overview of the “Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop” which she coordinates throughout Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

The workshop is proven to help people realize their goals, problem solving, communication skills and improve self-management when living with a chronic condition such as diminishing vision.

Also, last details will be given on the support group’s bus trip to the Casey Eye Institute’s Macular Degeneration EXPO on Oct. 28 at Double Tree Conference Center in Portland. There is available space on the bus, which also has two  accommodations for wheelchairs.

Reservations must be made and a ticket must be purchased.

Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group imeetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (541) 928-5008.

Photographer to share from travels

The Lebanon Public Library will present World Cultures and Travel Series at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, in the community room.

Join Donald Lyon as he shares a photo presentation about English Country Life. Lyon has 40 years of travel experience and knowledge from his career as a photo tour operator.

This event is free and does not require a library card to attend.

For more information contact the library at (541) 258-4926 or www.lebanonpubliclibrary.com.

Medicare class at Lebanon LBCC

A class covering the basics of Medicare parts A, B, C, and D will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at LBCC’s Lebanon branch, 44 Industrial Way.

The free class is offered by Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, in partnership with the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program and the Linn-Benton Community College.

It is open to anyone who is eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare; current beneficiaries who would like to better understand Medicare benefits and options; and spouses and other relatives of Medicare eligible clients.

A SHIBA counselor will present this class, which is sponsored by the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the OCWCOG.

Reservations are required. For more information or reservations, call (541) 812-0849.

Runaway Pumpkin races Oct. 21

The annual Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon and 8K will take place, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Cheadle Lake Park.

The event is an annual benefit event for Albany’s ABC House, the Child Abuse Intervention Center of Benton and Linn Counties.

Runners and walkers dressed in Halloween costumes are encouraged. Admission for non-racers is free.

The start and finish line will be located on Weirich Drive. The half marathon will follow the river along Berlin Road, heading toward Mallard Creek Golf Course to Waterloo, across the bridge and will return on River Road, finishing at the north end of Cheadle Lake. This event will feature a local craft beer/cider garden, food trucks, a Kidz Zone, and much more!

For entry fees and more information, visit www.runawaypumpkinhalf.org.

Disc golf tourney for breast cancer

The 2017 Hope Open disc golf tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at Waterloo County Park in Lebanon.

Online registrations close at 8 p.m., Oct. 19.

Presented by Innova, the tournament will support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and benefit the American Cancer Society. The tournament will feature two 18-hole layouts. The permanent Waterloo course will be for all players except Recreation Level and Youth competitors, who will play a temporary course.

Hole sponsorships are available for $25 and honor signs for $25.

Camping is available via Linn County Parks at www.linnparks.com/parks/waterloo.

Tournament entry fees are $50 for amateurs, $60 or $55 for professionals  and $35 for youth. Player’s packs include a custom-stamped Innova disc as well as an $18 voucher to custom-designed apparel from Events by Idea.

For more information or to purchase a tee/honor sign, contact Tournament Director Chris Slinger at (541) 981-0017.

Free pickleball introduction events

Lebanon Pickleball Club will hold two free Introduction to Pickleball events on successive Saturdays, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, 305 S. 5th Street in Lebanon.

No experience is necessary – just come try it out for free.  Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. It is a game that can be played at any age.

Regular play is $3 per day Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club.

For more information, call (541) 401-9780 or visit lebanonpickleballclub.weebly.com.

Oct. 21 Sand Ridge Cemetery meeting

Sand Ridge Cemetery Association will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at Kidco Head Start, 31575 Sand Ridge Road, Lebanon.

The association will be adopting new by-laws governing the association.

For more information call (541) 619-6437 or (541) 451-2006.

Fantasy Dragon Egg event at library

The Lebanon Public Library will be hosting a Fantasy Dragon Egg Crafternoon for ages 9-16 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the community room, 55 Academy Drive.

Participants will craft their very own Fantasy Dragon Egg using aluminum foil, modeling clay, and various bedazzling materials.

This event is free and does not require a library card to attend.

Space and materials are limited and registration is required.

Please call the library at (541) 258-4926 or stop by the main circulation desk to sign-up.

‘Medicare for all’ panel discussion

Do you have questions about what “Medicare for all” would look like for you, your family, our country?

Rural Oregon Progressives of Linn County will present a panel discussion on what “Medicare for all” would look like  from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Linn-Benton Community College LEbanon Annex, 44 Industrial Way.

Dr. Bruce Thomson, who had a family practice in Corvallis for many years and was the recipient of the Oregon Family Physician of the Year award in 2001 will speak on his views about universal health care. Since retiring from private practice, Thompson has travelled the world extensively, mostly through countries with universal health care. He will share what he has been learning.

Thompson’s presentation be followed by two speakers  with first-hand knowledge of what it is like to live under a universal health care system, in Canada and in the U.K. These presentations will be followed by a time for open dialogue and questions.

Rural Oregon Progressives is group of local concerned citizens whose mission includes encouragement and facilitation  of grassroots action to achieve positive progressive change. Bring your questions and concerns. The goal is for you to come away with answers and increased understanding.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Living with Chronic Conditions class

Samaritan Health Services will host a Living Well with Chronic Pain workshop at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

The series will meet for six weeks every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon beginning Oct. 25.

Living Well with Chronic Pain is a free workshop that teaches practical skills for living a happy and healthy life while managing chronic pain. This interactive workshop will help participants learn: techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep;  appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; how to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; and pacing activity and rest.

The series is free and does not require a physician referral.

To register, please call (541) 768-6811 or email [email protected].

Forum to feature Veterans Home

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Forum Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

Kelly Odegaard of the Veterans Care Home of Lebanon will speak. The menu will be a tostada bar with refried beans and Spanish rice.  Cost is $15 and admission is by reservation only.

To RSVP, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164 or email [email protected].

Learn to sell your timber Oct. 27-28

Oregon State University Extension Service of Lane County will offer a symposium titled “Selling Logs From Your Property: An Educational Symposium for Landowners” on the evening of Friday, Oct. 27, and all day Saturday, Oct. 28, at Crow Middle/High School, 25863 Crow Road.

Participants will learn how to organize a profitable timber sale that meets their individual objectives. The event will feature both classroom sessions and panel discussions on the fundamentals of managing a timber sale, followed by a field trip.

Classroom sessions will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

At the conclusion of the classroom sessions, participants will visit a local small woodland for the field portion of the symposium. The field trip will include a log scaling demonstration, a portable sawmill demonstration, and a tour of harvested units of different ages, providing visual context for what forests look like immediately after harvest through maturity. Symposium speakers include consulting foresters, loggers, log buyers, small woodland landowners, and representatives from the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Cost to attend (including Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and field trip transportation) is $40 per person before Oct. 1, and $50 per person Oct. 2 through 5 p.m. on Oct. 20, when registration closes.

To register or learn more about the symposium, visit extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/upcoming-classes-events or contact Lauren Grand at [email protected] or (541) 579-2150.

Family Tree dinner to celebrate growth

Family Tree Relief Nursery will hold its annual Celebrate the True Spirit of Lebanon dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at The River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy.

The event celebrates the growth of Family Tree, a private, nonprofit organization in Lebanon that provides children and their families with complete, integrated services: a therapeutic classroom and nursery, an outreach program and respite, home visitation, parent education and support.

Admission is $25 per person or a table for seven for $175.

For more information, visit www.familytreern.org/celebrate-true-spirit-lebanon-dinner or contact Martina at (541) 967-6580 or [email protected].

Live Longer Lebanon meeting

Lebanon’s Blue Zones effort, now rebranded as Live Longer Lebanon, will hold a Community Update meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2,  at COMP Northwest.

Find out what;s happening to help Lebanon thrive with healthier, happier lives, and how you can support the Live Longer Lebanon effort.

Live Longer Lebanon has partnered with the Lebanon Community School District, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam, the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, and local community groups to help Lebanon’s kids and those who support them develop the lifelong practices that lead to healthy, happy lives.

The Community Update meeting will feature presentations from the School District, the Club, and the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, a discussion of the 5-2-1-0 in 30 Challenge, a Community brainstorming session, and a Q&A to tie up any loose ends.

Resources and volunteer opportunities will be available and organizations are invited to bring their own resources to display.

For more information or to share resources, contact Jennifer Meckley at  [email protected] or (541) 259-8908.

Sister act to return to library Nov. 7

The Lebanon Public Library welcomes back Ari & Mia, New England’s Americana sister act, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the community room at 55 Academy Drive.

Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls.

The performance is free to attend and does not require a library card to attend.

For more information, contact the library at (541) 258-4926 or www.lebanonpubliclibrary.com.

Bazaar Weekend in Lebanon

Nov. 3-5 is Lebanon’s Bazaar Weekend, with a variety of events kicking off the holiday season.

Here are events that are planned. Note: Some hours may be subject to change.

  • St. Edwards Bazaar and & Country Store, 100 Main St.: Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baked goods, holiday/home decor, crafts. Lunch served both days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Knitty Gritty Yarn Shop, 824 S. Main St.: Open House Saturday,  Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get together from 11 a.m to 2 p.m .with fellow fiber artists to knit, crochet, or spin. “Grand” selection of yarn, roving, and accessories. Gift certificates available.
  • Linn County Arts Guild – Holiday Gift Store, 605 Main St.: Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Handcrafted in Linn County” items. Free demonstrations of jewelry making, wire wrapping, painting, birdhouse making, paper crafting, 3-D card making. Store open Nov. 1 through Dec. 24,  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesdays through  `Saturdays).
  • Holiday Bazaar, 20 E. Ash St.: Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Christmas shopping, homemade crafts, Avon, Tupperware and many other vendors.
  • Restoration Boutique, 1711 S. Main St.: Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Have a cup of tea and shop upscale and classy donated items. New and vintage too.
  • Harvest & Holidays, First United Methodist Church, 1890  2nd St:  Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local crafters, cookie walk. Lunch served Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Craft Bazaar, 1787 S. 12th St.:  Nov. 3, and 4,  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Gift baskets under $10, baby quilts, Duck and Beaver stuff!
  • River Center Holiday Craft & Gift Fair, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy.: Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Visit local crafters for beautiful and unique crafts and other gift items. Door prizes throughout the day.

Family Game Night Nov. 4 at library

Lebanon Library will hold a free Family Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at 55 Academy St.

Participants are invited to play Life Sized Candyland, Giant Ker-Plunk, Colossal Connect Four – or   bring their own favorite board game or play one that the library offers.

There is a chance to win fun prizes playing BINGO beginning at 7 p.m. Snacks will be provided during BINGO.

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

Archaeology  on Tap at brewery

Barsideous Brewing will host Archaeology on Tap, a free public event, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at 644 S. Main St.

Archaeology on Tap is a new Science Café mini-series presented by the Northwestern Archaeological Conservancy, featuring discussions with archaeological scientists exploring human pasts across Oregon.

Scott Thomas, of the Bureau of Land Management, will discuss patterns of bison hunting in southeastern Oregon. The archaeological record there reveals the long-range migration of human hunters following prey animals.

Cayla Hill, of Oregon State University, will discuss the historic archaeology of St. Joseph’s Mission in St. Paul. Artifacts recovered from excavations reveal information about the  lives of the people at the first Catholic mission in the “Oregon Country.”

Molly Kirkpatrick, also of OSU, will discuss how geology can help archaeologists tell the story of human-landscape interactions on the Pacific Coast of Oregon at Tahkenitch Landing, near Reedsport.

Seating is open and unreserved, but limited. It is recommended to arrive half an hour before the discussion begins.

Genealogist to talk about female kin

Linn Genealogical Society will meet at 1:15 Saturday, Nov. 4, at Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. SE.

Pam Vestal will speak on “Beyond Names and Dates: Filling in the Stories of our Female Ancestors.”

Names, dates, and places may be the target of genealogists’ research, but they often conjure up little more than the skeletal framework of an ancestor, and when it comes to female forebears, even those details are frequently missing.  For most of recorded time, women have not left much of a paper trail.

Nonetheless, these ancestors led rich, full lives, and it is up to us to find ways to tell their stories.   Vestal will discuss ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories and other resources can help.

She does genealogical research for clients and works one-on-one with aspiring genealogists who want to improve their skills.  She entered the field of genealogy after a 20-year career as a professional writer.  She has had articles published in the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and her education includes intensive courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh. Her website can be viewed at www.generationsgen.com.

For more information call the LGS Library at (541) 791-1618 or visit www.lgsoregon.org.

LHS Hall of Fame deadline Nov. 10

Nominations are  being accepted for the Bud and Dorothy Page Lebanon High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

Deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 10.

The nominee must have graduated from Lebanon High School at least 10 years ago and have demonstrated outstanding achievements in one of the following areas: medicine and science, business and professional, art and entertainment, humanitarian service, athletics, and lifetime recognition.

Nomination forms are available at Lebanon High School, 1700 S. 2nd St.; Lebanon Community School District office, 485 S. 5th St.; and RKI Insurance, 1175 S. Main St. Online applications are available at www.lebanon.k12.or.us and on the Lebanon Alumni Facebook page.

For more information, contact Chrissy Shanks at Lebanon High School, (541) 451-8555 or [email protected]

Christmas Show auditions Nov. 15

Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts  will hold Christmas Show auditions at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Lebanon High School Auditorium.

Rehearsals will be held Nov. 28-30, with performances on Dec. 1 and 2.

Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 at the auditorium, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Would-be performers should be prepared to demonstrate their capabilities at the audition, not what they hope to have ready by the performances. Those who choose to choose to perform with music from the sound room need to bring the music for the sound man the night of auditions.  Those who need an accompanist should bring music.

Organizers reserve the right to combine acts, such as if multiple performers prepare the same number. Oftentimes,children are combined into groups. Last year people ended up with speaking parts (telling jokes, reading stories, etc.) That may be the part you are assigned.  We write a script and work everyone in.

What happens in the show will be determined after auditions.

For more information, email [email protected].

Lunch and Learn at Senior Center

Meet Rural Oregon, an event designed to showcase and celebrate rural health as well as the quality of life advantages of working in small and rural communities, will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at COMP NW Medical School 200 Mullins Drive.

The event will include a raffle, lectures, food, information booths, and community displays that showcase the health occupations in the Lebanon community. Organizer Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center, based in Corvallis, seeks to enhance access to healthcare, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals via partnerships with academic programs, communities and professional organizations.

The public is invited to attend and learn more about health care career opportunities in and around Lebanon. Participants are also encouraged to share something you contribute to the local community or that represents what you contribute to community at a showcase table. Donations for a raffle are also welcome.

For more information, visit opahec.org or call (541) 768-5316.

Health Career event for teens

Local teens are invited to participate in the Lebanon Health Career Ladder from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at COMP-NW, 200 Mullins Drive.

The event is one of a series of free Saturday Acadmies in which COMP-Northwest clinicians, scientists, medical students, and our community partners engage the whole family in science activities to educate and build skills and confidence for students from Lebanon and surrounding communities in grades 6-10. The goal is to provide opportunities for students to create, explore, and develop college and career goals and objectives.

All sessions are held at COMP-Northwest in Lebanon. Lunch is provided for all attending. Adult accompaniment of students is required as participation from parents, guardians or designated adults is a vital part of the experience.

For more information, call (541) 259-0299.

Master Gardener training scheduled

The 2018 Linn-Benton Master Gardener Program will be held in Tangent on Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Jan. 25 and ending March 22.

Program requirements will also include the completion of several online modules as well as workshop attendance during the growing season. The months of April-October are available for new MG trainees to “pay-back” the 66 required volunteers hours.

The cost of the MG Program is $130, with a limited number of scholarships available.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2017. Mandatory orientation dates for each county will be scheduled in December.

Those interested in this opportunity and in an application should contact MG Program Coordinator Pami Monnette at (541) 967-3871 or email at [email protected].