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Craft fair, home business expo

Santiam Place Event Hall is hosting a Crafters Market and Home-Based Business Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at 139 S Main St., Lebanon.

Local crafters’ creations and home-based business people’s wares will be on display and for sale. Admission is free for the public.

Donkey basketball Saturday at LHS

Lebanon Future Farmers of America will host their annual Donkey Basketball fund-raiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at the high school.

The basketball game is played on a standard basketball court, though the players ride donkeys. Come and see if Les Schwab can maintain its two-year winning streak.

Tickets at the door are $9 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for children up through sixth grade.

St. Martin’s annual  High Tea Sunday

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church is hosting its Annual High Tea function from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the church’s parish hall, 257 E. Milton St.

This year’s theme, “Tea by the Sea,” will include food, music, fashion show and raffles. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and under. Proceeds benefit community outreach projects of St. Martin’s Episcopal church women, including Lebanon Soup Kitchen and Learning Perch Reading Program.

For more information, call (541) 451-1159, or email [email protected].

KATA fund-raiser bowling event

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.

Commission to talk art park, festival

Lebanon Arts Commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Lebanon Library Community Room, 55 Academy St.

Discussion will include the Strawberry Park art boards, the Noon at the Plaza program, and The Great Quirky Turkey Pageant. Members of the public are welcome.

For more information, call (541) 258-4253.

Landlord training class in Salem

The next Salem Police Department Landlord Training two-day workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19, at Chemeketa Community College, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE.

The workshop is designed to teach participants about state laws and local ordinances that affect rental properties, how to reduce crime in and around rental properties, as well as how to establish and maintain a stable rental environment.

Cost is $75 per person or $95 per couple. Registration includes reference materials and refreshments. To download the registration form, visit www.cityofsalem.net/police.

For more information, call (503) 588-6175 or send an email to [email protected].

Deaf and blind woman to speak

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group has scheduled a deaf and blind person to provide the program for its next meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.

Donna Brooks, an inspirational and informative speaker, will share her challenges of living in a world made for people with sight and hearing. With her will be a special assistant to interpret her story as Donna tells it.

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support group is a self funded, non profit organization which is open to anyone to attend. There are no memberships and every meeting is free to attend. Light refreshments are served. For more information, call (541) 928-5008.

‘Crafterdark’ yarn painting at library

Lebanon Public Library is offering Huichol-inspired yarn painting for adults from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the library’s community room.

All materials will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information about Lebanon Public Library events, stop by the library’s circulation desk, visit our website at www.lebanonpubliclibrary.com, call the library at (541) 258-4926, like us on FaceBook or follow us on Instagram at lebanon_library.

In this free “crafterdark” event, attendees will create their own one-of-a-kind yarn art inspired by the Huichol people of Mexico. The Huichol are famous for their “yarn painting” – small tablets covered with a mixture of beeswax and pine resin into which threads of yarn are pressed (the beeswax/pine resin will be substituted with glue).

Teach-a-teen-to-drive class at LBCC

A class to help you teach your teen to drive will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon, starting April 19.

Participate in one of the following classes, from 5:30 to 8:20 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the LBCC Benton Center, room BC-209, Corvallis; from 5:30 to 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the LBCC Albany campus, Takena Hall, room T-215; or from 5:30 to 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at the LBCC Lebanon Center, room LC-200.

Teaching teens to drive can be a tense and thrilling time. Make it more enjoyable by adding new information to what you already know about driving.

The class costs $15. For more information or to register, see the LBCC vehicle safety website at www.linnbenton.edu/vehicle-safety, email [email protected], or contact LBCC Extended Learning at (541) 917-4840.

Forum to focus on pain management

Kevin Curraco will speak about pain management in the community at the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Forum Lunch from 11:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Career Training Center, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.

Curraco, a Samaritan physical therapist, will talk about opioids and other pain management options for those suffering from chronic pain.

Cost is $15 per person and RSVPs are required. The menu is slow roasted pot roast, baby bakers, veggies, tossed salad with dressing, rolls and butter, and caramel apple dessert.

For more information or to RSVP, call (541) 258-7164 or visit www.lebanon_chamber.org.

Cyber seminar for seniors April 28

Oregon State University College Pharmacy students will hostCyber Senior Outreach: A Guide to the Internet and Email from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Bring your technology (tablets, laptops, smart phones) and receive one-on-one help, with a focus on helping you feel comfortable accessing the internet. This is a friendly and social event aimed at helping seniors access medical information and records.

Senior Center activity fund-raiser

Lebanon Senior Center will host a Senior Center Activities Fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at 80 Tangent St.

Stop by the kitchen for a delicious soup and salad lunch for a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds from this fund-raiser will go toward supplementing material costs for various Senior Center activities.

‘Star Wars’ art contest at library

Pay homage to your favorite “Star Wars” character, scene, or planet and enter Lebanon Library’s  Star Wars Fan Art Contest.

All ages are welcome to submit art in any medium and format they desire, including but  not limited to: sculpture, origami painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, and ceramics. Art work will be accepted from 10 a.m. on April 30 through May 3 at 6 p.m.

Winners will be announced during the “May the Fourth” event on – you guessed it – May 4 (see that date below for details).

Art contest entry forms and contest rules will be available at the library during business hours. The event is free for all ages.

Free class about area Indian life

Explore the life ways of the Santiam/Kalapuya Indians prior to Caucasian invasion. The first class meets from 1 to 2:50 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Linn-Benton Community College Sweet Home Center, room 101, 1661 Long St.

The second class is a field trip to Cascadia Cave from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Cascadia State Park, where the class will examine traditional cultural resource areas and discuss restoration opportunities.

These classes are free, but students must supply their own transportation to Cascadia State Park, and bring their own lunch and water, and wear field appropriate clothing. Please register online (www.LinnBenton.edu/register), by phone or in person. CRN 40964

Learn the pre-history of the people of Western Oregon, including archaeological evidence, early settler accounts and Kalapuya-era replica artifacts.

Scholarships for medical students

Three scholarships now available for application are being offered through the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation for east Linn County students pursuing careers in health care.

  • The Frank Girod Medical Scholarship for aspiring physicians: Deadline to apply is Monday, April 30. Winners will be announced by Friday, June 1. East Linn County residents enrolled in medical school are eligible for the scholarship, named for the late Frank Girod, MD, a primary care physician who was instrumental in the establishment of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

Scholarship amounts have ranged from $1,500 to $8,000 per year. Previous recipients of the scholarship are now working across the country, from Hawaii to New York. Applicants must submit an application, available from the foundation office at the hospital, as well as a Cost and Resource Estimate Work Sheet, a written statement about their goals and any community service involvement.

  • The Rachel Easton Nursing Scholarship for nursing students: The scholarship is named for Rachel Easton, who was a longtime nurse at the Samaritan Park Street Clinic in Lebanon. College students from east Linn County who are accepted into a nursing program are eligible. Deadline to apply for the $1,000 scholarship is Monday, April 30. Winners will be announced by Friday, June 1.

All applicants must submit an official transcript including fall 2017 grades, a one- or two-page typed statement discussing why you are pursuing a nursing degree and listing your goals; a completed application form and a Cost and Resource Estimate Work Sheet; any special circumstances you might like the Easton Scholarship Committee to consider; and a signed and dated letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well.

  • The John and Carol Dinges Medical Scholarship is offered for students in a health career program at Linn-Benton Community College.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 30.

Some examples of entry-level programs include certified medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, medical office specialist and dental assistant.

First preference for the $1,000 scholarship will be given to seniors and graduates of Lebanon High School, but seniors and graduates at all high schools in east Linn County are invited to apply.

Winners will be announced by Friday, June 1.

For more information, or to obtain an application, call the foundation at (541) 451-6303. The application is also available online at samhealth.org/Scholarships; click on the Linn County link and scroll down to the appropriate scholarship.

Local Genealogy ‘Show and Tell’

Jeannine Cook will host a “Show and Tell” at Lebanon Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Lebanon Library, 55 Academy Street.

Attendees are encouraged to bring items to show or tell about a trip. There will be a question-and-answer period. Newcomers and guests are welcome.

For more information, contact Colleen Cook at (541) 928-8926 or Pat Dunn at (541) 258-5062.

‘Star Wars’ Day at Lebanon Library

The Lebanon Library will host a “May the Fourth Be With You” Star Wars day  from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at 55 Academy St.

The event will include “Star Wars” – themed crafts, games and a movie, plus raffle drawings and refreshments.

A costume contest will be held. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite “Star Wars” character or object.

First Fridays on Main start May 4

First Fridays on Main start May 4 in Lebanon’s downtown.

The events, presented by the Lebanon Downtown Association, run through September each Friday night, during which select businesses are open in the downtown area from 6 to 9 p.m. Signs in windows will indicate which ones they will be.

Businesses will hold sidewalk sales and vendors will be positioned throughout the downtown area, including food vendors in the Grant Street parking lot.  A disk jockey will play music in front of Let It Bead.

Participation is free and all ages are welcome.

For more information, contact Alysia Rodgers at (541) 974-4391.

‘Shrek Jr.’ musical at Seven Oak

Seven Oak Middle School students will present their production of “Shrek The Musical Jr.” starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, May 5, with an additional performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Seven Oak’s Old Gym Theater, 550 Cascade Dr.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. They can be purchased at the school office, or at the door. For more information, contact Emily Latimer at [email protected].

This family friendly comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. In order to succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.

Asian culture at Senior Center

An Asian Culture Celebration will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Try Asian food samples and check out the Monmouth Taiko (Japanese) Drum troupe’s performance, scheduled for 1 p.m.

Tickets are $3 in advance (through April 27) at the Senior Center for seniors and limited general admission tickets will be available to the general public after that date.

B&G Club Spring Auction May 5

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam will hold its Spring Auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the club headquarters, 305 S. 5th St. in Lebanon.

For information, contact Kate at (541) 258-7105.

Genealogist to talk ancestor search

Learn how to search for relatives from other countries during the Linn Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting at 1:15 Saturday, May 5, at Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. SE.

Liz Tice, who has Greek ancestry, will discuss how to overcome language barriers and other challenges in searching for immigrant ancestors or those previous to that point. Tice is president of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society and is a genealogy volunteer for the Salem Public Library.

For more information, call (541) 791-1618 or visit www.lgsoregon.org.

Safe driver course offered in May

A three-week safe driver refresher class is being offered through Linn-Benton Community College, and meets from 6 to 7:20 p.m. Mondays, starting May 7, at the LBCC Albany Campus, Takena Hall, room T-215.

Included will be a unique hands-on experience from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, that provides an opportunity to challenge yourself in distracted driving situations.

Students must be 16 or older to attend. Cost is $79; materials included.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC vehicle safety website at www.linnbenton.edu/vehicle-safety, email [email protected], or call LBCC Extended Learning at (541) 917-4840.

Next step in dog training class

Dog Training II, a  five-week course, will be offered from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. Thursdays, beginning May 10, at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost: $69

Build on skills learned in Dog Training I. Practice precision heeling, learn new tricks, and politely greet strangers.

Dogs must be current on shots and students must bring a completed dog history for to the first class. Forms available at LBCC centers. Please register at www.LinnBenton.edu/register, by phone or in person.

Class offered for computer novices

Personal Computer Essentials I (is a four-week class for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on instruction. The course runs from 6 to 7:50 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning May 10, at Linn-Benton Community College Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St.

Attendance at the first class is important. Cost is $65. Please register online (www.LinnBenton.edu/register), by phone or in person.

Designed at an easy pace, it includes identifying various parts of the computer, on/off control, and use of mouse and keyboard. It introduces Windows 10, with a brief intro to email and the Internet.

Lebanon Fire Community Day

Lebanon Fire District will hold its 2018 Community Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Cheadle Lake Park.

The free event will include demonstrations, vendors, opportunities to get an up-close look at a fire truck and ambulance, and lots of other fun for the whole family.

For more information, call (541) 451-1901.

Free gardening talk May 14 at Lobby

A free gardening talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, May 14, at The Lobby, 661 S. Main St. in Lebanon.

The event is sponsored by the Lebanon Garden Club and Linn County Master Gardeners. It is held monthly.

For more information, contact Eileen at (541) 259-4303.

Auditions for ‘The Music Man’

Auditions for “The Music Man,” to be performed this summer by Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15-17, at Cascades Elementary School, 2163 7th St.

The musical will be performed July 24-18 at Lebanon High School Auditorium. Rehearsals start May 21. For more information, visit lafta.webs.com or  email [email protected].

County spelling contest May 17

A Spelling Contest for Linn County students is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, to be held at the Lebanon Community School District office, 485 S. 5th St.

Local school districts throughout Linn County are invited to send their top spellers to the contest, which then qualifies spellers to be invited to proceed to the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship, presented by Oregon Spellers.

The Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship will be held at the Oregon State Fair in Salem on Sept. 1.

All contests are written, and the winners of the state championship will be awarded cash prizes.

For information about how to qualify students to participate in the Linn County contest, contact  Kaynor Heineck at [email protected].

Extension offers scholarships

The Linn County Extension Service offers two LCEA Legacy Scholarships of $1,000 annually. The scholarship is based on residency in the geographical areas served by Linn County Extension, the applicant’s financial need, GPA of 2.75 or higher, involvement in 4-H or other Extension programs, and community involvement and/or work experience.

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 1. For more information and application: extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/awards-and-scholarships.

Vendors sought for fund-raiser

The Lebanon Elks Lodge and Scroggin’s Mill are hosting a vendor/yard sale event and would like to invite interested parties to rent a booth. Booths might include personal yard sale items, vendor products, crafts, or whatever you like.

Booth rentals cost $10 for a 10- by 10-foot space, and proceeds benefit the Lebanon Elks and Scroggin’s Mill. Bring your own table. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Scroggin’s Mill, 280 W. Sherman St.

There will be a food vendor on site, music during the day, and tours of the mill. To reserve a booth space, or for more information, contact Pete Boucot at (541) 258-3237.