Local Events

Local events, March 2024 edition

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. 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].


South Shore Trail hike

Build Lebanon Trails invites the community to walk around the South Shore Cheadle Lake Trail from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9.

The walk will highlight recently completed trail sections, as well as major trail and park improvements planned for construction this year, including South Shore Trail, including the extension of the existing trail system. Participants are asked to arrive at the South Shore parking lot, 37954 Weirich Drive, 10 minutes early. Listening devices will be passed out so participants can hear the speaker providing details about BLT, trail development and more.

It is an estimated two- to four-mile walk lasting one to two hours with moderate difficulty.

The surface type varies, including hard and soft-surfaced areas. There are parts of this walk that are not wheelchair accessible, and cross dirt and grass fields. Dogs on leash are welcome but may not be allowed inside structures.

For more information, visit BuildLebanonTrails.com.


CPR class

Santiam CPR offers a free CPR class for parents and teens from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at NW Fit, 600 S. Main St.

The class will focus on how to give CPR to children and infants along with how to manage choking emergencies. The class is approximately one hour long and does not come with a certification upon completion. Register at santiamcpr.com/free.


Albany garden club presentations

The Albany Grand Prairie Garden Club will host a monthly series of garden talks at the Albany Library, 2415 14th SE Ave., Albany. The club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the libary classroom.

March 14: Garden Journal Techniques, by Angela Blackburn.
April 11: Basic Orchid Growing, by Jessie Wilson
May 9: A Tabletop Garden – Microgreens, by Patricia Welling
June 14: Tataki Zome, Flower Pounding Workshop, by Susannah Prenoveau (contact Sheryl Casteen for a list of supplies needed)

For more information, contact Sheryl Casteen at [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


“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.


Auditions at Albany Civic Theater

“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.


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.


Spring propagation fair

Agrarian Sharing Network will host the 2024 Spring Propagation Fair from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at Sweet Home Liberty Charter School, 28721 Liberty Road, Sweet Home.
The free event includes affordable root stock, free and affordable live plants, free seed swap, and free quality scion grafting. ASN is seeking scion cuttings of named fruit varieties from prolific, healthy, un-sprayed, and organic sources for apple, plum, peach, pear, cherry, berries, fig, grapes and more. Volunteers who would be interested in contributing to and sharing in this community-driven event may contact ASN via email at [email protected].
For more information, visit agrariansharing.net, or find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/groups/agrariansharingnetwork.

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 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].

Genealogical Society meeting

The Lebanon Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, April 5, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy Square, in the community room.  The meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. and the speaker will be Don Lyon, friend of Thompson’s Mill State Park in Shedd, Ore. He will talk on its history and becoming a state park. This is free to all. Anyone in need of help finding their ancestors, see one of the members or come to the genealogy room in the library on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for help.


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.


Calving schools

The Oregon State University Extension Service will host two calving schools from 1:30-5 p.m. on April 19 and April  22 in Corvallis. These classes are designed for ranchers or farm workers who are new to calving. Topics will include nutritional and management strategies, calving facilities, the calving process, newborn calf care, and dystocia, along with a hands-on activity. Spanish-language materials are available.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost to attend is $5. For more information or to register, visit https://extension.oregonstate.edu/events/calving-school-corvallis-april-2024.

Linn County Livestock Assoc. meeting

The Linn County Livestock Association will hold its next meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at Brownsville Baptist Church, 27910 Seven Mile Lane, Brownsville. An agenda and dinner details will be announced at a later time. RSVP by calling either Lynden Brown at 541.258.8263 or email [email protected], Mike Cowdry at 541.979.3703, or Tom Nichols at541.990.2878.


Civil War at Cheadle Park

The Northwest Civil War Council (NCWC) will host a “Living History” Civil War reenactment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 17 (school day), and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, at Cheadle Lake Park, 37941 Weirich Drive.

The nonprofit organization works to educate the public about the American Civil War through reenactments. Members wear authentically-reproduced clothing, use black powder weapons, cook over open fires and sleep in canvas tents as they participate in battle reenactments and live the military and civilian life. The reenactments across Oregon are a small sampling of what members do to share about the history and people during the Civil War era. For more information, visit www.nwcwc.net.


Garden Club flower show

The Lebanon Garden Club will host some flower design classes at the Lebanon Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9. This will be in anticipation of the club’s upcoming annual flower show to be held on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. More information will be forthcoming.


Plant sale

The Lebanon Garden Club’s annual plant sale this year will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 880 Tangent St., on the corner of 10th Street. Plants for sale will include perennials, annuals, veggies, trees, shrubs and gardening supplies. For more information, contact Lynne at 541.990.3894.


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/.


Health summit

The Linn, Benton, Lincoln Partners for Health Coalition will host the 2024 Annual Community Health Summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 23. Location to be announced later.
The annual community health summit has been hosted by the Partners for Health Coalition since 2011. They have focused on such topics as childhood obesity, culinary education, wholistic living, chronic disease prevention, adverse childhood experiences, screen time, food insecurity, generational poverty, mental health services and more.
he community health summits have been geared for both community members as well as community organizations and historically were conducted in person. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coalition transferred the summits to a virtual format with the 2022 summit being the first summit to be hosted in a hybrid model (both in person and over Zoom).
For more information, visit https://cccwn.org/partners-for-health/.