What’s happening in your community, Sept/Oct 2022

Share your history with the museum

The Lebanon Museum Foundation has begun its first oral-history project, with the aim of collecting stories from the town’s past in the form of audio interviews. Anyone who has lived in Lebanon for approximately 75 years or longer is encouraged to volunteer.
Ten will be recorded by the end of this year. Future oral-history projects will likely follow, perhaps on specific topics and more recent events.
The completed interviews will be available at the Lebanon Public Library as well as the future Lebanon Museum.
To volunteer for an interview or to learn more about the project, contact Linda Ziedrich at (503) 707-1539 or [email protected].

Join Every Kid Outdoors program

Back-to-school season means a new class of fourth-graders will soon be eligible to enroll in Every Kid Outdoors, a federal program which provides up to a year of free access to national forests, national parks, and other public lands for fourth-grade students and their families.
Fourth-graders, parents and educators can visit the Every Kid Outdoors website at www.everykidoutdoors.gov and learn more about how to obtain free entry to all federal lands, for fourth-graders and their accompanying family members.
Students can obtain passes by completing a brief online activity. Educators who work with them can visit the site to download an educational activity guide, after which they’ll be able to obtain vouchers for their students. Once printed, students and their families can also redeem the paper voucher for a durable, plastic pass at any Forest Service office where passes are sold. Passes and vouchers are valid for the entire school year, through Aug. 31, 2023.

Square Circlers host dance lessons

Lebanon Square Circlers has announced square dance lessons, which will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 18 at the IOOF Hall, 20 E. Ash St.
Charlotte Jeskey will lead the classes, which are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays.
No partner is required to participate. No previous dance experience is necessary, and families are especially welcome. Anyone who enjoys line- and contra-dancing are also invited to check out “our brand” of American folk dancing as well.
Each class is $6 per person or $15 for a family of three or more. The first class is free.
For more information, call (541) 401-9780 or visit www.lebanonsquarecirclers.com.

Storytime resumes at Lebanon library

Lebanon Public Library is resuming in-person storytimes at its location, 55 Academy St.
Some of the activities include a “Baby and Me Storytime” for children up to age 24 months and their caregivers, scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Attendees can enjoy interactive time with their child through stories, finger plays, rhyme-time and more.
A preschool storytime for children aged 3 through kindergarten will meet at 10 a.m. Thursdays for an interactive exploration through books, songs, fingerplays and crafts.
Lebanon firefighters will participate in the Thursday, Oct. 6, storytime as guest readers. Storytime attendees will participate Thursday, Oct. 27, in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign designed to help bring readers across the nation together in one large reading experience.
For more information, contact the library at (541) 258.4926, visit www.LebanonOregon.gov/library or www.facebook.com/LebanonOregonLibrary, or follow the library on Instagram at Lebanon_Library.

Suicide awareness walk set Sept. 24

The Lebanon Area Mental Health Alliance – in conjunction with sponsors Veterans Services Organization, Samaritan Health Services and Dala’s Blue Angels – will hold the annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Ralston Park.
The event, which acknowledges Suicide Awareness Month, will include information and a walk through downtown Lebanon. Resource booths and a food truck will be available.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the park. Registration forms are also available at https://lamha.org/annual-community-walk/#walk.
Proceeds via donations will go toward a LAMHA members attending suicide grief group training.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit lamha.org.

Take a stroll to the Japanese Garden

Hit the trail with the Lebanon Senior Center from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, for a walk to the Japanese Garden at Boulder Falls Inn, 505 Mullins Drive.
Participants will be able to stroll through the garden, behind the hotel, before returning to the Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
Signups are requested at least two days before the event at the Senior Center office or by calling (541) 258-4919.

Vaping effects topic of session

Linn Together is holding a community training session, “Behind the Cloud,” from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Boulder Falls Inn Event Center, 605 Mullins Drive, Lebanon.
Dr. Michelle Peace, a forensic scientist and associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss the effects of vaping on youth.
To register, visit www.linncountyhealth.org/adg/page/topic-month.

State Rep. Jami Cate to speak at forum

State Rep. Jami Cate will be speaking at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Forum Lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30., at Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 S. Main St.
Cate is a strong advocate for the importance of the agriculture industry to Oregon’s overall economy. A lifelong resident of Lebanon and fifth-generation farmer in Linn County, she works alongside her family and raises grass seed to be shipped across the country and around the world.
When not working on the farm, Cate dedicated much of her free time volunteering and being active in her community. She served on the board of directors for groups like the Lebanon Strawberry Festival, Lebanon Museum Foundation and Lebanon Community Foundation.
Cost is $18. RSVP buy calling 541.258.7164, or sign up online at lebanon-chamber.org/events.

Farmers markets host fundraiser

Sweet Home and Lebanon Downtown Farmers Markets will hold a fall fundraiser dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Sweet Home VFW Hall, 580 Main St.
Cost is $15 per person or $17 at the door. Musician James F. Wright will perform.
The menu feature a tossed salad served with choice of beef or veggie lasagna, garlic bread, assorted desserts, coffee and water.
A 50/50 raffle and prize raffles will be held.
Advance tickets are available at the farmers markets.

Gardening Q&A scheduled Oct. 11

Learn about gardening at a free Second Tuesday Gardening Q&A from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
This month’s topic will be “Garlic, Onions and Shallots – plant to harvest. “
For more information, contact Sheryl Casteen at [email protected].

Harvest Festival coming Oct. 1

Mark your calendars now for the Sweet Home Harvest Festival, scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave., Sweet Home.
The event will include pumpkin painting, tree-climbing, Kid Zone games, wagon rides, face-paintng and a photo booth, as well as the chili cookoff and pie bake-off contest.
Admission for the chili cookoff is $5 per person or $10 per family, with a limit of six people per family. A ticket will be provided as proof of purchase for general admission, and will serve as a “voting ticket” for the People’s Choice Award. Attendees can taste pie bake-off entries for a $3 donation.
Entry forms for the chili cookoff are available at https://bit.ly/3d1tlts. To participate in the pie bake-off, visit https://bit.ly/3DhwqAw.
Vendor applications are available at https://bit.ly/3B0HkHY.
The event also seeks volunteers.
For more information, call (541) 367-8113 or email Sweet Home Associate Planner and Harvest Festival organizer Angela Clegg at [email protected].

Make cider at Thompson’s Mills

Kids of all ages are invited to help make apple cider from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and 29, at Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, 32655 Boston Mill Drive, Shedd.
Unlimited cider tasting and half-gallon jugs will be available for a $5 contribution to Thompson’s Mills Preservation Society. Apples are provided by Riverwood Orchards, but visitors are invited to contribute apples from their own trees, as well.
Docents will be on hand for mill tours.
Admission is free and picnic tables are available on the grounds.
For more information, contact the Albany Visitors Association at (541) 928-0911.

Fall fundraiser for Crossroads

Crossroads Community hosts its first annual Fall Fundraiser Dinner and Auction from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the American Legion, 480 S. Main St.
To buy tickets, or donate to the fundraiser or auction, contact Community Resource Officer Mandy Wolke at 503.409.3802 or email [email protected].