What’s happening around town Aug/Sept 2023

Flock a friend fund-raiser
Dala’s Blue Angels is putting on its annual “flocking” fund-raiser through the end of August. For a $25 donation, a person’s yard or business of one’s choosing will be flocked with flamingos for 24 hours. The “flocked” person may choose to donate to have them removed earlier or can buy insurance to prevent being flocked again.
Funds support Dala’s Blue Angels, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit for child abuse prevention and education.
To participate, contact the “flamingo hotline” at 541.619.1030 (Lebanon) or 541.974.6385 (Albany).

Hosts sought for foreign students
Interested in hosting a foreign exchange student?
International Experience, a nonprofit student exchange organization based in Monroe, is seeking local families to host students for the upcoming school year.
Host families provide safe and caring hospitality, meals, local transportation and a quiet place to study. Students provide their own spending money, school expenses and insurance.
Children of host families are also eligible for scholarships to visit other countries through IE three-week summer immersion homestay programs.
To learn more, contact Cynthia Bugeson at [email protected] or (541) 704-0937.

Free concerts in the park
Lebanon’s annual summer Concerts in the Park series takes place on Tuesday evenings through August in Academy Square, next to the Lebanon Library, 55 Academy St.
Concerts are free and run from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your own goodies and seating.
Final performances this year are the Blue Owens Band and Ty Curtis on Aug. 22, and Rhythm Roundup on Aug. 29.

Native American cultural event
Linn County will host its last cultural encampment this year from Aug. 25-27 at Cascadia County Park, 48241 Cascadia Drive, Cascadia. For more information, contact Deitrich Peters at [email protected].

Blues and Brews Fest Aug. 25
A Street Blues & Brews festival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at 80 E. Ash St.
The event will include appearances by the Jeremiah Johnson band of St. Louis, Mo., the Ty Curtis Band of Portland, and the Metts Ryan and Collins trio, also of the Portland area.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free.
Visit www.nwstreetfest.com for tickets and more information.

Picnic set for genealogy group
The next meeting of the Lebanon Geneaological Society will be an indoor picnic at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the Lebanon Library Community Room, 55 Academy St.
This will be a time for members to share about their summer activities. Regular meetings with speakers begin on the first Fridays of the month starting in October.

First Friday wine and art walk planned
Lebanon Downtown Association will host a “Wine and Art Walk” for its First Friday event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.
Local artists will showcase their work throughout businesses in the heart of Lebanon where a selection of wines will also be available to sample.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/FirstFridaysDowntownLebanon.

Chili Cook-off
Wiley Creek will host a chili cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1-4 p.m. at its facility, 5050 Mountain Fir St.
Community members and businesses are invited to submit their best chili creations, and everyone is invited to sample the submissions. Contestants will be entered into a raffle drawing. To participate, call Wiley Creek by Aug. 25 at 541.367.1800.

‘Moon Over Buffalo’ on stage in Albany
“Moon Over Buffalo,” a comedy about fading actors who have a chance to return to stardom, will open Saturday, Sept. 16, at Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave. W.
In the play, George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950, are on the brink of a disastrous split-up when they receive word they might have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. If he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his upcoming movie. But everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing.
Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30 and Oct. 1. A matinee performance will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for youths under 18, seniors 60 and over, U.S. military veterans, and holders of Oregon Trail Cards. Tickets for streamed online performances are also available. For more information or tickets, visit albanycivic.org.

Trails work day scheduled
Build Lebanon Trails will hold a work day at Cheadle Lake on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9-11 a.m. Meet at the north Cheadle Lake parking lot (near the boat ramp) off River Drive.
Volunteers will work on a variety of maintenance tasks, including invasive growth cutbacks, trail clearing, bench cleanups and trash pickup. 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 loppers, push brooms, trash grabbers or weed whackers. 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.