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What’s happening in and around Lebanon; Memorial Day photos

DMV closed through August

Lebanon’s Department of Motor Vehicles office is closed through August as the agency has diverted staff to other offices, the DMV reported in May.
The closure is one of six throughout the state, including Stayton, so staff can “reinforce larger nearby offices.”
Hours have been cut at 10 other offices, including the Downtown Portland DMV.
The DMV says many routine transactions can be handled online, at www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/index.aspx, although some types of services require an in-person visit. That includes getting a “Real ID” drivers license.
The agency also says it’s working to recruit and train new employees.

Library to kick off performer series

Lebanon Library will kick off its summer reading program’s Performer events with an appearance by master juggler Rhys Thomas at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at the library, 55 Academy St.
“Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” the Lebanon Public Library’s summer reading program, began June 1.
The program is open to all ages. Those wishing to participate may visit the library at 55 Academy St. to pick up a reading journal to keep track of how many minutes are spent reading, then bring it back to claim prizes. Families are encouraged to sign up and read together throughout the summer.
Free summer lunches will be provided for children up to age 18 after Tuesday Storytime and Thursday Performer events. Rain or Shine Outdoor Storytime will be held Tuesday mornings through Aug. 16 on the Children’s patio.

Local author to appear at store

Local author Kathryn Boyer will lead a free storytime event at Beauty’s Bountiful Books, 678 S. Main St., Lebanon, at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
Boyer’s “Benny the Red Cell” is the story educating listeners about how blood is drawn and how it doesn’t have to be a scary experience.
For more information, call (541) 405-5202.

The farmer’s market in Lebanon opened on Saturday, June 2, with fresh produce and flowers available. Here, Greens Bridge owner Julie Laube, left, chats with Patty Baker, who’s buying a basket of strawberries from the vendor. Photos by Sarah Brown

Marteeny to speak at forum lunch

Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny will be the featured speaker at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce’s Forum Lunch at 11:15 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Santiam Place Event Center, 139 Main St.
Marteeny will speak on “Changing Crime Statistics and Trends in Linn County.”
Reservations are required. Cost for lunch is $18.
RSVP/info: (541) 258-7164.

Sweet Ride Car Show in SH

The Sweet Home Sweet Ride charity car show for children will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, on the track and field at Sweet Home Junior High School, 880 22nd Ave.
The event will feature cars, pickups, motorcycles, 4-by-4s, semis, log trucks and vintage trailers. Activities include a burn-out pit, 50/50, vendor alley, a poker walk, music and more than 100 trophies. A food court will also be available.
Entries for the burn-out pit are $10 per vehicle for a first pass and $2 for each additional pass. Veterans’ vehicles with insignias are admitted free.
For more information, visit https://sweethomesweetride.com/ or email [email protected].

Chamber to host July 8 golf tourney

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual golf tournament Saturday, July 8, at Mallard Creek Golf Course 31966 Bellinger Scale Road.
Registration is at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Individual and team entries are available. For information, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164.

Concerts in park to begin in July

Summer music fires up in early July with the Concerts in the Park on Tuesdays and Summer Bands and Brews on Sundays.
Summer Bands and Brews starts Saturday, July 9, at Strawberry Park. Jobe Woosley with DTW will headline on July 16, followed by Rock n Roll Cowboys on July 23.
Concerts in the Park series kicks off Tuesday, July 12, at Ralston Park, 925 Park Street.
Concerts begin at 6 p.m.
James F. Wright will perform on July 12. Hank and Bill Shreve are on stage July 19.

Independence Day concert for band

The Willamette Valley Concert Band will celebrate Independence Day with a two-hour free concert Sunday, July 3, at the Main Street Park in Monmouth, at 120 Main St. E.
The Independence Day program will include a wide variety of marches, music by famous popular composers and by jazz great Duke Ellington.
Led by John Russell, the band will play marches by John Philip Sousa and Henry Fillmore, popular pieces from Broadway, songs by Henry Mancini and film score composer John Williams, “76 Trombones” from “The Music Man”), and even a medley of songs by jazz great Duke Ellington, such as “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” “C Jam Blues,” “In A Mellow Tone” and more.
Admission is free.

Tickets available for county fair

Reserved seating tickets are available for main stage entertainment at the Linn County Fair, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 14-16, at the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Albany.
Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
This year’s headliners include Sara Evans on July 14, Five for Fighting on July 15 and Sawyer Brown on July 16. All performances begin at 8:30 p.m.
General seating is free with daily admission ($7 general, $5 seniors over 60 and free for children 12 and under), but reserved seats are $22-$30. Daily parking is $5.
Three-day passes are $21 general, $15 for seniors and FFA/4-H members and $15 for parking.
A family fun pack for the carnival is $120, which is good for any single day of the fair and includes four general admission tickets and four all-day carnival wristbands.
A Pick-Your-Day Fun Pack, which includes one of each item, is available for $35. An all-day carnival wristband is available for $32 by Sunday, July 10.
For more information, visit www.linncountyfair.com.

At the farmer’s market.

Free gardening classes offered

Free gardening classes will be offered by Master Gardener Sheryl Casteen on second Tuesdays through Oct. 11 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Register by emailing [email protected].
Sessions will be held at 10 a.m., beginning with a question-and-answer period followed by short lectures on gardening topics.
The July 12 topic will be “Planting a Winter Garden in July.”
Other classes include: Aug. 9: “When to Harvest”– Sept. 13: “Cover Crops for Your Garden”– Oct. 11: “Planting/Harvesting Garlic, Onions and Shallots.”
Register for these free classes and submit questions ahead of time by emailing [email protected].

Library to hold July 16 book sale

Lebanon Friends of the Library will hold their regular monthly Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
Most books range from 50 cents to $2 each. Inventory includes the group’s refreshed bookstore, new arrivals, audiobooks and DVDs, blind date books, special bundles and sets, carved vintage book art, unique book gifts and more.
Proceeds support the Lebanon Public Library’s reading and arts programs. Credit/debit card and contactless payments are available on purchases of $5 or more.

Lebanon Biz Expo set for July 26

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its 16th annual Biz Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Cheadle Lake Park.
Booths are available to local businesses interested in connecting with the community in this popular event, which is free to the public. Booths are $130 without power, $160 with electrical hookup.
Sign up online at www.lebanon-chamber.org or call (541) 258-7164.

Guitars Under the Stars tickets

Advance tickets are available for the fifth annual Guitars Under the Stars, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, at Cheadle Lake Park, 37941 Weirich Drive, Lebanon.
Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The full slate includes such performers as Mark Mendoza (Twisted Sister), Stu Hamm, Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Ron Keel (Keel, Steeler and Saber Tiger), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Mark Heylmun (Suicide Silence), Thöm Häzäert, Ernie Iniguez (Quietude, Salimus), Brandon Cook (The Loyal Order, Black N’ Blue), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Chris Martucci (Stone Sour, Black Star Riders). Among the featured bands are Lilac, The Loyal Order, Sweater for an Astronaut and ED to Shred.
Tickets are $70 for advance two-day festival passes, $35 for Friday and $40 for Saturday. Camping passes are $40 in advance and $150 for RV parking.
Visit guitarsunderthestars.com and aftontickets.com/GuitarsUnderTheStars for more details.