New ‘Around Town’ events, August 2018

School supply distribution

The Elks Lodge of Lebanon will hand out backpacks filled with school supplies for families in need at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, at their new building, 41 West Maple St.

The Elks is partnering with Lebanon School District to provide school supplies and services for Lebanon’s low-income families.

Lebanon Garden Club

Lebanon Garden Club will meet at noon Monday, Aug. 20, at the home of club matriarch Donna Townsend.

The meeting will include a tour of Townsend’s landscaping and her dahlia plants. Among her credentials are service as a Flower Show judge and Daffodil Judge Emeritus.

The Lebanon Garden Club is a member of the Santiam District of Garden Clubs, encompassing Linn, Benton and Marion counties. The public is welcome.

For information, call (541) 521-5677.

History Day in Brownsville

The Linn County Historical Museum in Brownsville will host a Hands on History living history event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at 101 Park Ave., Brownsville.

Participants will have opportunities to try their hands at various crafts, skills and pastimes that made up the lives of folks who lived in the area long ago, including domestic skills such as carding and spinning wool, weaving, quilting, wash day using wash boards and basins and sourdough bread making. Farmstead skills offered will include blacksmithing, beeswax candle dipping and apple cider pressing.

Weave a necklace/pouch with Kalapuya tribal member Stephanie Craig, who will also be demonstrating Kalapuya weaving and telling about camas harvest and use.

For general ambiance, take a ride in a wagon pulled by Tom Marquette’s beautiful Belgian draft mules, much like the breeds of mules that pulled many of the covered wagons across on the Oregon Trail.

Feelin’ like a kid? You can play with pioneer era toys, like the limberjack and the gee haw whimmy diddle.

Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., husband and wife duo the Crazed Weasels will perform and teach some dances to music from the 1850s.

Between 1 and 4 p.m., storyteller Gordon Munro will share amazing true stories of folks’ experiences on the Oregon Trail.

Pioneer clothing will be available for both young and old to try on and have pictures taken in front of the Drinkard covered wagon that crossed on the Oregon Trail in 1865.

Gwen Carr will be there telling of the experience of Oregon’s black pioneers.

All activities are free of charge thanks to a generous donation by Randall Tripp and grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Linn County Cultural Coalition.

For more information, call (541) 466-3390, visit linnmuseum.com or find the Linn County Historical Museum on Facebook.