What’s happenin’ Jan/Feb 2024

Jeremi Gutierrez and Stephanie Dering put booties on Sadie the maltipoo to protect her little paws from the cold while enjoying a walk.

Snow much fun

Though not technically snow, Lebanon was blanketed by freezing rain between Jan. 12-15 of the new year. Despite the freezing temperatures that dipped into the teens, some in the community still found ways to appreciate the outdoors. Jeremi Gutierrez and Stephanie Dering put booties on Sadie the maltipoo to protect her little paws from the cold while enjoying a walk.

For those who do not have homes, the Lebanon Soup Kitchen opened up a warming shelter, serving as many as 19 people all day and night.



The Tempest

The Majestic Theatre presents “The Tempest” starting on Jan. 19 from 7:30-10 p.m. at 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.Tickets: $16 / $18

Evening performances (7:30 p.m.): Jan. 19, 20, 26 & 27

Matinee performances (2:30 p.m.): Jan. 21* and 28 (*ASL interpretation Jan. 21)

This beloved Shakespearean classic has a little bit of everything: love, tragedy, revenge, drunken butlers, airy spirits, shipwreck and wizardry. Prospero, a practitioner of the magical arts, and his young daughter Miranda are betrayed and stranded on an uncharted island populated by a single islander, Caliban, and many spirits who delight in creating mischief. Through his wizardry, Prospero engineers a tempest and a shipwreck which gives him the opportunity to exact revenge against those who wronged him. The play forces the characters and the audience to confront questions about redemption, forgiveness, reparations and the power of love as a force for regeneration.

Rated: PG for drunkenness, discussion of abuse and dirty Shakespeare puns. For more information, call 541.758.7827, email [email protected] or visit majestic.org.


Teen book club

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) through Lebanon Public Library hosts a book club discussion from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 55 Academy St. The book for this meeting is “The Disappearance of Emily H,” by Barrie Summy. Snacks and beverages will be available.

For more information, call 541.258.4926 or email [email protected].


Learn wood burning

Meadowlark Senior Living invites guests to learn how to do wood burning at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at 187 S 5th St., Lebanon.

Options include cutting boards, signs and more. All supplies will be provided by Meadowlark. Register by Jan. 19 by texting or calling Erica at 541.799.4855.


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 Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 27, April 24, and May 22. For more information, call 541.258.4926 or email [email protected].


Movie and crafts for teens

Lebanon Public Library invites teens (13-18) to an after-hours movie night with crafts and snacks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 55 Academy St.

Disney’s original “Alice in Wonderland” will play while guests sip tea, eat tea-time snacks and make mini terrariums. Registration is required for participants who do not drive. Persons responsible for picking up kids will need to supply a name and number. For more information, call 541.258.4926 or email [email protected].


The Great Gatsby

Albany Civic Theater presents “The Great Gatsby” starting on Friday, Jan. 26, from 7:30-10 p.m. at 113 1st Ave. W, Albany.

Evening performances (7:30 p.m.) will be Jan. 26 & 27, Feb. 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10.

Matinee performances (2:30 p.m.): Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.

Online streaming is also available for this show.

“The Great Gatsby” is a timeless tale of love and tragedy set in the jazz age of New York. Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues a former lover, Daisy, and his pursuit meets with a tragic end. This adaptation draws the audience’s attention to themes of equity and privilege, and showcases Daisy’s strength and character. Crafted from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this show is a world premiere performance by Portland playwright Maeve Z O’Connor.

Note: This show is recommended for audiences ages 12 and up. There is a murder-suicide depicted on stage.

Tickets are available for purchase online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=193555 or in-person at the box office 45 minutes before the show’s start time. The box office is also open from 12-4 p.m. on Wednesdays.If you want to see the show for free and earn community service hours, consider signing up to usher for a performance via https://signup.com/go/rJuUykw.

To see the full cast list and learn more, visit https://albanycivic.org/shows/great-gatsby/.


Cultural Coalition accepting applications
The Linn County Cultural Coalition is accepting proposals for grants to fund projects involving the arts, humanities and heritage activities in Linn County. The deadline for completed grant applications is Feb. 2.
The LCCC has $22,000 available for grants in 2024. Grants typically range between $250 and $2,000. The grants are available to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status. An organization or individual sponsored by a qualifying nonprofit may also apply.

Grant applications are available online at https://linnculture.org/our-grants/. Applications can be submitted online or sent by mail to the Linn County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 69, Albany, OR 97321. For more information, contact Rebecca Bond at 541.928.0911.


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.

Feb. 2: Spa and Chocolate Walk

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


Genealogical Society meeting

The Lebanon Genealogical Society will hold its next meeting on at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Lebanon Public Library, 55 Academy St. Anyone is welcome. This month’s presentation will be a show and tell. Bring interesting historical artifacts, books, stories, etc. to share with others. It is quite fun and we always learn something.


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 Feb. 7, 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].


Tech for teens

Lebanon Public Library hosts a “Tech Afternoon for Teens” (ages 11-18) event focusing on circuitry from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 at 55 Academy St.

The Mobile Makerspace will bring supplies to engineer paper circuit cubes to demonstrate the basics of circuitry. Learn about open and closed circuits, polarity, power and components. Each participant will be able to take home their paper circuit cubes. Registration is not required to attend this STEM event. This event is hosted by the Mid-Valley STEM CTE-Hub.

For more information, call 541.258.4926 or email [email protected].


Lebanon trails work day

Build Lebanon Trails’ next work day will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, meeting at Gill’s Landing, 1400 E. Grant St.

Volunteers will replace vandalized trees along the Old Mill Trail. Wear closed-toe shoes, work gloves and good apparel for working in dirt and mud, and consider the possibility of rain. If available, bring a personal tool of choice such as shovel, garden rake or wheelbarrow.

Mark your tools for identification. Loaner tools will also be available. Dogs are not allowed on workdays. For more information, visit buildlebanontrails.com/events or contact Rod Sell at 541.409.1302.


2023 DSA awards

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce annual Distinguished Service Awards will start at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at Boulder Falls Center, 605 Mullins Dr.

The event honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have shown a dedication to the community, exemplary service and community leadership. Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/48PscfQ. Appetizers and mingling from 5-6:30 p.m. awards from 6:30-8 p.m.

New this year is the After Hours party hosted by 1847 Bar & Grill. You’re already dressed up and looking fabulous. Who wants to waste that? Step over to 1847 for drinks and appetizers, and take advantage of their $99 rooms. Sign up at https://bit.ly/3tYGJqD.


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.


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. The next clearance bag sale will  be held Sept. 21.


Flea market

The Linn County Fair & Expo Center hosts the county’s largest indoor flea market on Saturday, March 16, at 105 Opal Ct. SE, 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.


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.


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.