What’s happening in your community Mar/April 2023

LBCC concert focuses on water

The Linn-Benton Community College music program will host its March concert, “Elegy on Water,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Russell Tripp Performance Center on campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.
The traditional choral concert focuses on the importance and symbolism of water.
A pre-concert reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Roast Runners, which is located next to the Student Union on the main campus’ first floor. Participants can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and beer, as well as hear from choir director Raymun Ocampo and LBCC President Lisa Avery.
Tickets are $25 for the VIP experience, which includes the pre-concert reception and guaranteed reserve seating for the performance; $10 general and $7 seniors and veterans. LBCC students will be admitted free, but they will still need a ticket.
Tickets are available online at bit.ly/3F4wkfB.
For more information on the reception, email [email protected] or call (541) 917-4209. Seating is limited.

Cancer patients sought for project

Oregon State University seeks eligible cancer patients for its “Hope Grows Here” project, a vegetable gardening and nutrition education program for the health and well-being of cancer survivors. If enough participants sign up, the program is expected to begin in April.
“Hope Grows Here” provides a four-week basic gardening course taught by master gardeners, a community garden space to practice growing a vegetable garden, weekly gardening support from master gardener mentors, nutrition information and recipes from OSU experts, a complimentary set of personal gardening tools, a chance to earn a $50 incentive for participating in the program and a place to meet and interact with other cancer survivors learning to garden together.
For more information or to find out if you are eligible to participate, take the Hope Grows Here survey at beav.es/HGH-2023, in person at the Samaritan Cancer Resource Center (400 Hickory St. NW, Albany, or 501 NW Elks Drive, Corvallis), or by phone at (541) 812-5888 (Albany) or (541) 768-2171 (Corvallis). Or contact Candace Russo at [email protected].

Author to speak at worship event

Mid-Valley Women of Christ will host author, speaker and musician Kelly Minter for its upcoming Praise and Worship Night Friday, March 17, at LIFE Community Church, 4900 NW Hwy. 99, Corvallis. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Albany-based worship leader Chris Spivey will lead the evening’s music.
The free event is open to all women. Donations will be accepted during a freewill offering at the event.
Women are encouraged to arrive early, as the event is expected to fill quickly.

Book sale at library March 18

Friends of the Lebanon Public Library will hold its monthly book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. Saturday, March 18, at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
Sale items include a select inventory of books, new arrivals, special editions and sets, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and more.
Most books run 50 cents to $2 each. Credit/debit cards are accepted on purchases of $5 and up.
Proceeds support children’s programs and special projects at the Lebanon Public Library.

Gala concert to feature love songs

A Gala Concert entitled “The Power of Love” will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Sweet Home High School Auditorium, 1641 Long St.
Sponsored by Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment, the show will be headlined by Douglas Webster, known as “The Broadway Baritone,” the event will feature some of the favorite love songs of the last 50 years, performed by local musicians.
Emceed by Miriam Swanson and George Medellin, performers will include Stefani Brown, Melody Jordan Reese, Deb Cooley, David Dominy, Allison Hurst, John and Libby Kluttz, Scott Swanson, Alex Wilson and Praise in 3D – George, David, Clifford and Titus Dominy.
Elementary school dancers Logan Shaffer and Shasta Tenbusch will also perform.
Tickets are $15 for general admission. A limited number of VIP tickets, which includes an after-concert meet-and-greet reception, hors d’oeuvres and VIP seating, are $35. Tickets are available at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce, 1575 Main St., at The New Era, 1313 Main St., at the door, or online at www.facebook.com/shshocase.

Garden classes at Senior Center

Weekly food garden classes are held each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon through April 15 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
The free classes cover basic organic gardening with hands-on seed planting. Participants can pick seeds, plant and take home containers to germinate and grow at home. All materials are supplied.
Covered topics include soil and amendments, seedlings, plant physiology, site location needs, planting, irrigation, containers, diseases and pests, harvesting and seed-saving.
To participate, RSVP to Sheryl Casteen at [email protected].

Propagation fair in Sweet Home

A propagation fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Sweet Home Charter School, 28721 Liberty Road.
The event is free and open to the public.
Participants can purchase scion wood and root stock, and/or have the scion grafted to the rootstock if preferred, featuring apple, plum, peach, pear, grape, figs and berry scion wood cuttings.
This is a propagation and seed swap event. Live plants will be for sale as well.
A speaker will answer questions on pollinators and master gardeners will be available to answer questions.
For more info and to volunteer, email [email protected].

Concert band to perform March 25

The Willamette Valley Concert Band will present “Moments And Memories In The Great Outdoors” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Albany Performing Arts Center at West Albany High School, 2100 Elm St. SW, Albany.
Admission is free.
The 50-member concert band will perform in front of curated, AI-generated artwork to further illustrate interim director Carrie French’s programmatic theme. During “Reflections From The Wall” by David Shaffer, the screen will project a vibrant sunrise and sunset that shifts in sync with performers.
A concert highlight will be “Selections from Blossom Time,” a 1921 Sigmund Romberg operetta that reworks familiar Franz Schubert themes and tells the tragic (and fictional) story of that composer’s love life.
Also on the program are James Newton Howard’s “Grand Canyon Fanfare” and Thomas Knox’s “American Pageant.”
The Willamette Valley Concert Band is a participating member of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Donations to the band are used to send local music students to summer band camp, among other things.

Bowling night for singles

Lebanon’s Meet and Mingle for Singles will host a St. Patrick’s Day bowling night at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Linn Lanes, 2250 S. Main Road.
The $10 cover charge includes bowling, shoe rental and a soda.
RSVP on the “Lebanon’s Meet and Mingle for Singles” Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3l14xpw.

Walk a Mile for a Child set April 1

The 11th Annual Walk A Mile/5K for a Child will start at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 1, in Academy Square, 40 N. 2nd St., Lebanon.
Cost is $15 for the walk, $20 for the run through March 22, when the prices increase.
Held by the Lebanon Police Department and Dala’s Blue Angels, the event supports child abuse awareness in Linn and Benton counties.
For more information, to become a sponsor, to donate or to sign up, visit https://bit.ly/3mDCrkE.

Speedway season opener April 15

Willamette Speedway’s 57th season begins with test-and-tune sessions from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1 and 8, followed by the April 15 season opener at the track, 36606 Airport Drive.
The Cabin Five season opener features super late models, IMCA sport mods, Super Sports, sportsman and street stocks. Its tickets are $15 general, $12 seniors and $5 for youth aged 6 to 12.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.trophymotorsports.com.

OSU presents calving schools

Oregon State University Extension Service will present three Friday calving schools in Corvallis this April.
Topics will include maternity pen management, the calving process, dystocia, newborn calf care and hands-on activities.
The April 7 school will be dairy-centric while the Friday, April 14 focuses on beef. The April 17 session will be dairy-centric, with Spanish translation.
Free snacks are provided. Space is limited.
Details on the location and times will be provided in a confirmation email. Participants age 15 and up are welcome. Anyone under 18 will need a parent/guardian to handle registration.
Pre-registration is required at beav.es/SwN. (There will be a couple of steps to sign in with an email address if you haven’t used OSU’s system before.)

Mineral show in SH April 1-2

The 73rd annual Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, in the activity gym at Sweet Home High School 1641 Long St.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The event will include displays, demonstrations, vendors, raffles and food available for purchase.
Admission is 50 cents, with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call (541) 451-2740 or (541) 451-1577.

First Friday event scheduled April 7

Lebanon’s First Friday event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, starting at 680 Main St.
April’s theme will be “Dungeons and Dragons.”
For more information, contact the Lebanon Downtown Association at (541) 497-1415.

Blossoms bazaar to bloom in Albany

Albany’s American Legion Post will hold its annual Spring Blossoms Bazaar Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, at the Post, 1215 SE Pacific Blvd.
The American Legion Auxiliary Albany Unit 10 is seeking crafters, bakers and home-based business representatives to share their wares.
For information on how to participate, contact Michelle at (541) 409-4170 or [email protected].

Search and Rescue seeks applicants

The Linn County Sheriff Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women ages 14 to 18 to join the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program.
This will be the 29th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.
Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.
There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the sheriff’s office at 7 p.m. on April 10 or May 8 to participate.
Applicants will also need to pass the physical aptitude test on either May 13 or May 20.
Accepted applicants will be required to attend the pre-academy meeting on June 12. At that time, applicants will be eligible to attend the 10-day Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.
For more information about the program contact Emergency Management/SAR Coordinator Ric Lentz at (541) 967-3950 or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at www.linnsheriff.org.
Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff’s Office in Albany.

Chamber Biz Expo set for April 18

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Biz Expo from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the River Center, 3000 S. Santiam Hwy.
Admission is free. Many local businesses and vendors will be present with demonstrations of their services and wares, and free giveaways.
For information on how to participate as a vendor, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164.