Local Events

Events in and around Lebanon, Feb/March 2024 issue

Tree seedling sale
The Linn County Small Woodlands Association hosts its 29th annual tree seedling sale from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 4690 Hwy. 20, Sweet Home.
Due to weather, the event had been pushed forward and location moved, causing them to not be able to host the Local Woods Fair & Sale this year.
For more information, email [email protected].

Growing Gardeners series
The Linn County Master Gardener Association and Lebanon Public Library offer the following series of gardening education events on Thursdays at the library’s community room, 55 Academy St.
Feb. 22, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Vermicomposting & Mealworms, with Melissa Selby
Feb. 29, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Garden Journaling, with Angela Blackburn
March 7, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Dry Gardening, with Darren Morgan
March 14, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Artificial Intelligence & Plant ID Apps, with Leo Sherry
March 21, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Eco Therapy, with Susannah Prenouveau
For more information call the library at 541.258.4926 or email [email protected].

Local authors fair
Friends of the Lebanon Library will host its first-ever Local Author Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
Oregon writers who would like to participate may apply by Feb. 10 at https://forms.gle/M7thCcrRTvqqsoq56.
Space is limited. Booth space starts as low as $10. For more information, call 541.730.3602, email [email protected], or visit https://linktr.ee/lebanonlibraryfriends.

Chili cook-off
Meadowlark Senior Living will host their first-ever chili cook-off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 181 S. 5th St.
The public is invited to participate by sharing their favorite chili dish for the community to sample, with a chance to win some “hot” prizes. Residents at Meadowlark and public attendees will be the judges. One “very excited” resident of Meadowlark will bring his family recipe to the cook-off and “give everyone a run for their money.”
Meadowlark will supply everything needed (except the ingredients and crockpot). Register by texting/calling Erica at 541.799.4855.

Seed swap
Santiam Food Alliance presents “Seedy Tuesday” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.
This is an opportunity to swap seeds with other plant enthusiasts and glean some information. This year’s Seedy Tuesday will include brief presentations on a few plants whose seeds will be on offer, a Master Gardeners’ advice table, and an information table for the Lebanon Garden Club.
Bring envelopes and a pen, any seeds you want to share, as well as well-wrapped plants, tubers and bulbs. Seedy Tuesday is co-sponsored by the Lebanon Public Library, the Lebanon Garden Club, and Linn County Master Gardeners.

Game night for adults
Lebanon Public Library hosts an adult game night (18+) from 5-8 p.m. on a monthly basis at 55 Academy St. Bring your own game or play one from the library. This event will be held Feb. 28, March 27, April 24, and May 22. For more information, call 541.258.4926 or email [email protected].

First Fridays downtown
The Lebanon Downtown Association hosts its First Friday events from 5-8 p.m. every first Friday of the month. With a special theme each month, downtown merchants invite the public to participate in the event, check out their businesses and enjoy historic Lebanon.
March 1: Pub Crawl
April 5: Spring Fling Farm to Table
May 3: Cinco de Mayo
June 7: Strawberries
July 5: Red, White and Boozy
Aug. 2: Food & Drinks from Around the World
Sept. 6: Crafters Night
Oct. 4: Harvest Festival
Nov. 1: Chili Cookoff, Shop Small
Dec. 6: Christmas in the Park

Genealogy meeting
The next meeting of the Lebanon Genealogical Society will be at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Lebanon Public Library Community Room, 55 Academy St. There will be a surprise speaker. This is a fun opportunity to learn about history and find your roots.

Annual purse auction
The annual Ladies Night Out purse auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at the Boulder Falls Event Center, 605 Mullins Drive.
The 21-and-over event includes vendors, raffle, silent auction, dinner and beverages. The theme is “Diamonds, Pearls and Black Dress.” Cost is $40 per person, $300 per table. Proceeds benefit youth attending after school programs at the Club. Buy tickets online at https://events.readysetauction.com/boysgirlsclubsgreatersantiam/ladiesnightout/shop/tickets.
For more information, contact Courtney Paul at 541.512.7356 or email [email protected].

“Eclipsed” at Albany Civic Theater
Albany Civic Theater presents “Eclipsed,” directed by Charlotte J. Headrick, at 7:30 p.m. on March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, located at 111 First Ave. W., Albany.
This play follows the women of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. Set in a Magdalene laundry in
the 1960s, the all-woman play documents the Irish Catholic Church and their practice of incarcerating pregnant and unwed Irish mothers in church-run laundries, making them work as penitents. Although a
drama, the play is filled with moments of humor and song.
Tickets are $17-20 for adults, and $12 for kids. Discounts are available for seniors, military and veterans, and Oregon Trail Card holders. Visit AlbanyCivic.org for more information.

Pollinator conference
The 10th Annual BEEvent Pollinator Conference will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road.
The conference is hosted by the Linn County Master Gardeners Association as part of OSU Extension Master Gardeners. Each year the conference presents up-to-date research and information about pollinators of the Willamette Valley. The focus of this year’s conference is “The Impact of Changing Climate on Pollinators and Plant Pollination.”
Dr. James Hung is the keynote speaker. At the forefront of his research are studies of the impacts of climate change and invasive species on pollinators and plant pollinations. Dr. Hung runs a research program focused on the conservation of pollinators and pollination services in a rapidly changing environment. His research includes refining techniques for effective monitoring of pollinator populations.
Register online at LinnMasterGardeners.com/pages/beevent-registration. Cost is $35 for in-person attendees, who will have access to all conference presentations, onsite bee supply and book sales, gardening and pollinator local vendor tables, door prizes, and the Pollinator Conference raffle of dozens of gardening and pollinator items. There will be complimentary water, coffee, tea and cookies available during lunch and breaks, as well as a small selection of box lunches available for pre-order (pre-order by Feb. 22).
LCMGA will be live-streaming the event via Zoom Conferencing. Online attendees who register with the $35 fee will have access to all conference presentations, post conference presentation recordings, and post conference bee supply ordering for pick up at OSU Extension offices.
Parking at the Expo Center is free, however it does fill up with more than one event happening on the same day as our Pollinator Conference. There are a number of handicapped designated spaces for those with mobility challenges.
For more information, visit LinnMasterGardeners.com/pages/beevent, call 541.990.5624, or email [email protected].

Teen Coding Club
Lebanon Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group hosts its newest club, Teen Coding Club, from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at the library’s youth section, 55 Academy St.
Bring your own computer and join other teens who are between the ages of 12 and 18. TAG leaders will be on-hand to help teens who are already coding or would like to learn how to get started. This club is for anyone who would like to hang out with other teens who like all things related to coding. Teens can share ideas, chat and enjoy snacks. All levels are welcome to attend.
The club is held every first Monday of the month. For more information, call 541.258.4926 or email [email protected].

Auditions at Albany Civic Theater
“Karlaboy” open auditions at 7 p.m. on March 4-5; performances in May. Directed by Jillian Alden, [email protected].
“Bullshot Crummond” open auditions on April 8-9; performances in June. Directed by Erick A. Esrael, [email protected].
“Spring Awakening” open auditions on April 22-23; performances in July. Directed by Christy Anderson, [email protected].
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” open auditions on June 26-27; performances in August. Directed by Rebecca Douglas, [email protected].
Visit www.AlbanyCivic.org for more information.

Forum on affordable housing
The League of Women Voters hosts a forum, “Affordable Housing, Here and Now,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St.
Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club, the forum will address how the city, the state and private agencies are addressing the shortage of affordable housing for both buyers and renters, and both moderate- and low-income residents.
Panelists will represent the City of Lebanon, DevNW, Crossroads Communities, the Linn-Benton Housing Authority, and the Farmworkers Housing Development Corporation. Each speaker will make a brief presentation, and a question-and-answer period will follow.
The forum is free of charge and open to all. For more information, contact Linda at 503.707.1539.

Book club
Lebanon Public Library hosts a monthly Adult Book Club (18+) at 5:30 p.m. at 55 Academy St. This event will be held March 6, April 3, May 1 and June 5.
A new book is discussed every month. For more information or to inquire about the current book, call 541.258.4926 or email [email protected].

Cheadle Lake walk
Build Lebanon Trails invites the community to join them on a Cheadle Lake walk/presentation from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9.
The South Shore Cheadle Lake trail walk will highlight recently completed trail sections, and major trail and park improvements planned for construction in 2024 at Cheadle Lake Park, including the extension of the existing trail system.
The estimated length of the walk is two to four miles and is expected to take one to two hours with moderate difficulty. The surface type is varied, including hard and soft surface areas. There are parts of this walk that are not wheelchair accessible; participants will cross dirt and grass fields. Dogs on-leash are welcome, but may not be allowed inside structures.
Meet at the South Shore parking lot, 37954 Weirich Drive. Please arrive 10 minutes early to receive a listening device to hear the speaker providing details about BLT, trail development and more. For more information, visit BuildLebanonTrails.com.

Book sale
Friends of the Library hosts a $5 bag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
Buy a bag (or bring your own), pay $5 and fill it with as many books as it will hold. All books and media must go. Wide variety of genres and includes vintage, hard-to-find, and damaged books, plus frequently includes DVDs, CDs and audiobooks. Debit/credit cards accepted.
Proceeds support reading and arts programs at the Lebanon Public Library.

Gardening and cancer survivor study
Oregon State University seeks eligible cancer patients for its “Hope Grows Here” study, a vegetable gardening and nutrition education program for the health and well-being of cancer survivors. If enough participants sign up, the program is expected to begin in April.
OSU researchers are interested in learning more about the health benefits of participating in Hope Grows Here, a program where cancer survivors receive resources, mentorship and support from OSU Master Gardeners to grow and maintain their own vegetable garden. In the study, they will ask survey questions targeting overall wellness, including components of diet, leisure exercise, quality of life and social supports, including sense of community and companionship.
The study includes a survey packet, four gardening classes taught by Master Gardeners, and informational meetings from May to September. Participants may garden at home or at a community garden in Lebanon, Albany or Corvallis. Participants will receive information from OSU students studying nutrition, dietetics and horticulture, which may include recipes and tips on how to harvest, use and prepare vegetables. Participants will also be paired with a Master Gardener mentor to help guide them along their gardening journey during the summer.
For more information or to find out if you are eligible to participate, take the Hope Grows Here survey at beav.es/HGH-eligibility, in person at the Samaritan Cancer Resource Center (400 Hickory St. NW, Albany, or 501 NW Elks Drive, Corvallis), or by phone at (541) 812-5888 (Albany) or (541) 768-2171 (Corvallis).

Flea market
The Linn County Fair & Expo Center hosts the county’s largest indoor flea market on Saturday, March 16, at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany. Over 85+ spaces full with vendors selling antiques, collectibles, vintage and one-of-a-kind items. Early admission (cash only) from 8-9 a.m. is $6, regular admission from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is $2, children 12 and under are free; parking is free. For more information visit linncountyfleamarket.com.

Comedy hypnotist show
Meadowlark Senior Living will host “Cirque du Meadowlark,” a comedy hypnosis show, from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at 181 S. 5th St.
A professional hypnotist will visit the building to provide fun and laughs, along with stilt walkers, jugglers and a magician. Dinner will also be available.
Admission to the show will be a donation to support the Lebanon Soup Kitchen. Register to attend by texting/calling Erica at 541.799.4855.

Walk a Mile for a Child
Dala’s Blue Angels will hold its annual Walk a Mile for a Child awareness and fundraising event starting at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Academy Square (next to the Lebanon library).
Participants can walk the mile or opt to run the 5K.

Hygiene donations sought
Crowfoot Baptist Church operates a hygiene supply program for families in need. They are in need of toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, bar soap, hand soap, feminine hygiene products (tampons and pads), razors, shaving cream, dish soap, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner, bleach, toilet paper, garbage bags.
To donate, or for more information, call 541.258.3138, or visit the church during open hours (T, W, Th, and Sun from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m) at 699 Cascade Drive.

“The Prom” at Albany Civic Theater
Albany Civic Theater presents “The Prom,” directed by Christi E. Sears and Mirinda Keeling, at 7:30 p.m. on April 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 and 21, located at 111 First Ave. W., Albany.
Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage, so when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow, but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. “The Prom” captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever.
Tickets are $17-20 for adults, and $12 for kids. Discounts are available for seniors, military and veterans, and Oregon Trail Card holders. Visit www.AlbanyCivic.org for more information.

OSWA convention
The Linn County Small Woodlands Association hosts the Oregon Family Forest Convention and Tree Farmer of the Year tour on June 13-15 at Boulder Falls Inn, 505 Mullins Drive.
The three-day event will include a Saturday tour of Oak Basin Tree Farm, a business convention, panels on various topics and a tour of the Freres mass plywood plant.
For more information, visit linncountyswa.com/events/.