What’s happening around town mid-May to mid-June 2021

‘Li’l Art Show’ in Lebanon

Linn County Arts Guild is holding its first-ever “Li’l Arts Show” through May 29.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is made possible through a grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition.
All artwork will be for sale, with 20 percent going to the gallery. For more information, stop by at 605 Main St. in Lebanon, or call (541) 497-0386.

OSU exhibit on indigenous history

An outdoor museum exhibition and series of talks recognizing native Kalapuya history and land stewardship in Oregon has opened at Oregon State University.
“This IS Kalapuyan Land” first opened at the Five Oaks Museum in Portland in 2019. The exhibition was guided by Five Oaks’ first guest curator, Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) in collaboration with several Indigenous historians, artists and cultural experts, including OSU College of Liberal Arts instructor David G. Lewis (Chinook, Santiam, Takelma, Grand Ronde).
The exhibition prompts critical thinking around representation of Indigenous history and identity in non-Indigenous institutions. Five Oaks Museum later added a series of signs declaring “This IS Kalapuyan Land” that can be placed as pop-up exhibits in outdoor locations.
In addition to the sign exhibit, OSU will hold two of a series of three talks later this month:
Tuesday, May 18, 5 p.m. – A session about tribal histories and connections will be led by guest speakers David Lewis and Esther Stutzman (Kalapuya and Coos), a founding member of the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association and founding director of the American Indian Youth Camp. View it live on the Eena Haws Facebook page or register to view at: beav.es/3Se.
Thursday, May 20, 5 p.m. – The final session of the series will focus on the original art exhibition hosted by Five Oaks and highlight some of the artists who were involved. Speakers will be Littlebird Fogel; Angelica Trimble-Yanu, an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; and Whitney Al Lewis, a Chehalis Tribe member in Washington state. View it live on the Eena Haws Facebook page or register at: beav.es/3S2.
A third talk, on the original art exhibition at Five Oaks and its impact on reshaping the museum, was held May 11. It can be seen on the Eena Haws Facebook page. Guest speakers are Littlebird Fogel, an indigenous artist, writer and curator from Portland who guest curated the 2019 exhibition, along with Molly Alloy and Nathanael Andreini, co-executive directors of Five Oaks.

Seed Library continues for locals

The Lebanon Public Library offers a Seed Library, a collection of seeds (flower, vegetable and herb) donated by generous local and national seed companies, that you can borrow to plant and grow at home.
The seed collection depends on donations and seasonality.
While there is no obligation to save and return seeds, especially if you’re new to seed saving, the library’s goal is to help residents grow as gardeners and seed savers and share seeds with the Seed Library.
The library also accepts donated seeds that are in their original packaging and no more than 3 years old.
Both patrons and non-patrons are welcome to borrow up to five seed packets per season, while supplies last.
More information on how to plant, grow and save seeds will be available on the library website www.ci.lebanon.or.us/library/page/library-services.

Trail closure for construction

All public access between Gill’s Landing RV Park and River View Park (including
the Eagle Scout Trail) will be closed beginning Monday, May 17, to begin trail
construction to connect the two parks. The closure is expected to last at least
through the end of May.
For more information, contact the Parks Department at (541) 258-4917, or
email [email protected].

Dog park closures for maintenance

The Gillott Dog Park at Bob Smith Park will be closed for annual weed control maintenance on the following days:
Small dog park – Tuesday, May 18, through Wednesday, May 19
Large dog park – Wednesday, May 19, through Thursday, May 20
The City of Lebanon will be using Roundup and Crossbow for weed control and each park will be closed for 48-hours for the safety of your animals.
For more information, contact the Parks Department at (541) 258-4917 or [email protected] [email protected].

Lebanon Farmer’s Market starting

Lebanon’s Farmer’s Market will open for the season Thursday, May 20, at the corner of Grant and Main streets.
Hours are 2 to 6 p.m.

Clean-up day in Lebanon May 22

Lebanon Downtown Association’s annual community clean-up day is scheduled Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to noon.
LDA is seeking volunteers to pick up around Ralston Park, or help beautify their neighborhoods, businesses, roadways and favorite public spots.
Bring your own tools and supplies, but trash bags and yard debris bags from a public area clean up can be dropped off at Ralston Park.
Individual and group volunteers can register via the “ticket” link at lebanondowntownassociation.com/community-clean-up-day.
Clean-up check-in begins at Ralston Park. Don’t forget to post a pic of your work with the hashtag #LebanonCommunityCleanup.

Flea market in Lebanon planned

Santiam Place Event Hall will host an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at 139 Main St.
For more information, including how to participate as a vendor, call (no texting) (541) 259-4255.

Vision support group to meet

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group will resume its monthly meetings at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, Brookdale Senior Living, 1929 Grand Prairie Road, Albany.
Due to the COVID-19 Virus-mandated shut-downs, the group has not been allowed to meet since March of 2020. For this meeting, Brookdale Senior Living is requiring that face coverings be worn.
The program will be an open group discussion centering around the planning of upcoming programs and speakers. All meetings are focused on the treatment of a variety of low-vision challenges, as well as learning to adapt to total blindness.
Speakers are knowledgeable professionals within those areas and inspirational individuals who have been successful in overcoming their sight challenge, and displays of visual equipment.
The group maintains a comprehensives resource library concerning the symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and prognosis of low vision and blindness.  It is offered free to anyone who wishes to have it.
Formed in 2015 the Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group continues to be a nonprofit organization, self-funded through donations. No reservations are required for its meetings and all are welcome to attend.
For more information, call (541) 928-5008 or (541) 974-6233.

Jobs for teens can pay off for bosses

Linn County employers who hire first-time employees ages 14 to 19 this summer, can qualify for a $4 per hour stipend provided by a Youth Wage Grant.
The program, in its 16th year, is supported by Video Lottery funds designated for economic development and was initiated by the Linn County Board of Commissioners.
To qualify, businesses must hire eligible employees between May 1 and Sept. 30. The employee must be legal to work in the United States and a resident of Linn County.
In 2019, the program included 20 businesses and 44 young people and the county provided a $2 per hour stipend that totaled $28,217.
Qualifying businesses must employ 35 or fewer employees and the young people must be first-time employees, who have not previously worked for the individual business.
Maximum reimbursement is $6,000 per employer and businesses can hire up to three qualifying young people at a time.
For additional information, call the Linn County Board of Commissioners office at (541) 967-3825 or visit www.co.linn.or.us.

Blood donation events in Lebanon

Individuals of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now to give blood, and in most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.
Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in May will automatically be entered for a chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps five, powered by Suburban Propane. The Red Cross is also thanking those who come to donate May 28-June 13 with a limited-edition T-shirt, while supplies last.
Collection events in Lebanon will be:
Monday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy.
Tuesday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 3111 S. Main Road.
Saturday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Safeway, 1983 S Main St.
Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Master Gardeners offer online classes

The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program is offering a series of free virtual monthly classes, The Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series, which will be broadcast via Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month through November at extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/growing-oregon-gardeners-level-series.
The classes, which include topics as far-ranging as Dazzling Dahlias to Adapting Your Garden and Landscape to Climate Change, are meant for those with a bit of gardening under their belt.
The content, taught by horticulture experts from around the state, is meant to address current issues like wildfires, climate change and pollinators.
The class for June 8 is “Unique Winter Vegetables to Grow.” Take a deep dive into growing some of the more underappreciated winter vegetables, including cover garlic, radicchio, celeriac (celery root), Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, winter squash and purple sprouting broccoli. Basic winter gardening techniques will also be covered.

Boys & Girls Club plans golf tourney

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam will host its annual golf tournament fund-raiser Friday, June 25, at Pineway Golf Course.
Sponsored by Linn-Co Federal Credit Union, the tournament tees off at 7:30 a.m., with the final group starting their nine-hole round at 2 p.m. The event includes special games and contests, lunch and free drinks, on-course hospitality, and opportunities to support underprivileged children and youth golf.
Cost is $500 per foursome, which includes snacks, drinks, lunch and two carts. Special games area available for $100 per foursome.
For more information on participating, contact Shyla Malloy at (541) 258-7105 or email [email protected].