Gardening Q&A, Tomato Fest, benefit concert and more

The Gardening Q&A on Tuesday, August 9, will start at 10 a.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent Street, Lebanon. Master Gardener Sheryl Casteen will be talking about growing garlic, planting through harvest, and talking about 30 vegetables and when to harvest them.
Free garlic and seeds might be available.
Casteen will also be hosting the upcoming (free) Tomato Fest on Sunday, September 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center. She encourages the public to tell and invite friends and family. Heirloom tomatoes that are not normally sold in stores or nurseries will be available at the event.
Not only will there be tomatoes to taste, but several 10-minute talks will be had on the following topics: hot water canning, pressure canning, crockpot harvest recipes, drying food, how to preserve foods for the freezer, and answering general gardening questions.
All 10-minute talks, recipes and reference books will be sent to attendees digitally. An OSU Master Food Preserver will be in attendance, as well. She will answer canning and/or preservation questions.
Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit
The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit will be at Grocery Outlet, 1950 14th Ave SE, Albany (across the street from Heritage Mall) on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The rolling exhibition brings the local community, veterans, active-duty military and their families together through interactive exhibits, short films and shared stories. The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes as well as to serve as an official ‘welcome home’ station for our nation’s Vietnam Veterans.
All veterans, active-duty military, their families and the local community members are invited and encouraged to visit, take a tour and speak with WAA representatives and volunteers. They can also share more about the national nonprofit, and the work its volunteers do to support our heroes and their communities year-round.
Public tours for the MEE are free and open to the public, and members of the media, dignitaries, veterans and other interested groups are urged to come, ask questions, share stories and experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit. This is the first time they have come to Oregon. Daughters of the American Revolution is one of their sponsors & hosted by local DAR Chapters.
Benefit concert for Alzheimer’s
The Oaks at Lebanon Retirement & Assisted Living hosts its annual “Live at the Square” benefit concert for Alzheimer’s Association.
Kurt Van Meter and Gabriel Cox will be performing at the free event on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Academy Square. Gates open at 5 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m. Conversion Brewing hosts a beer, wine and cider garden. Plus there will be food trucks and prizes.
Proceeds and donations support Team Oaks in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.