What’s happening in your community this month

BOC to rock River Rhythms

Perennial classic-rock radio staple Blue Oyster Cult (“Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You”) takes the stage Thursday, July 21, as part of the River Rhythms series at Monteith Riverpark, 489 NW Water Ave., Albany.
The series continues weekly through Aug. 11. Future performers include Ruthie Foster (July 28), ABBA tribute act Arrival (Aug. 4) and Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry (Aug. 11).
Admission is free, but a $1 per person donation is encouraged. Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but cash or a check is preferred. Food is available for purchase from on-site vendors.
For more information, visit https://www.cityofalbany.net/parks/events/river-rhythms.

LAFTA to stage mystery-comedy

Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts presents “Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, and at 2 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Lebanon High School, 1700 S. Fifth St.
This is LAFTA’s first show since the COVID pandemic, as well as its first nonmusical.
A fun, comic, mystery play-within-a-play, the show opens with players at The Murder Mystery Playhouse rehearsing a new show, “Putting a Little English On It,” a not-so-good attempt at a British murder mystery, complete with cheesy dramatic music and accents. When the lights go out at the final dress rehearsal, a character dies onstage. This death, however, was not in the script. The authorities are quickly called and soon the company finds itself replaying the scene and working together to solve the case.
Admission is $8 general, $5 for children and seniors.
Tickets are available at the door. Credit/debit cards cannot be accepted.

Bands and brews in Lebanon plaza

Summer Bands and Brews continues from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays through the end of August at Strawberry Plaza, 847 S. Main St.
Scheduled performers include Rock n Roll Cowboys (July 23), Fate 55 (July 30), The Brothers Reed (Aug. 6), The Bandulus (Aug. 13), Chasing Ebenezer (Aug. 20) and Gabriel Cox Band (Aug. 27).

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, 37941 Weirich Drive.
The event is free to the public.
Booths are available to local businesses interested in connecting with the community at $130 without power, $160 with electrical hookup.
Sign up online at www.lebanon-chamber.org or call (541) 258-7164.

Concerts continue at Ralston Park

The Concerts in the Park series continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through August at Ralston Park, 925 Park St. Admission is free.
No concert will be held Aug. 2 due to Lebanon’s National Night Out celebration (see below).
Scheduled performers include Bluesmind (July 26), DRTR (Aug. 9), CastleTown (Aug. 16). The Diversified Band (Aug. 23) and Lover of the Year (Aug. 30).

Summer reading program continues

Lebanon Library’s Summer Reading Program series continues through Aug. 11 at 55 Academy Street.
All programs begin at 11 a.m.
A Science and Craft Day starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, followed by a Rainbow Dance Theatre performance on Thursday, Aug. 4. The series concludes with a candy-bar bingo event for children on Thursday, Aug. 11.
All Summer Reading events are free and do not require a library membership to participate. For more information about the program or any of its performers, please visit www.ci.lebanon.or.us/library or call (541) 258-4926.

National Night Out set Aug. 2

Lebanon will celebrate National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Academy Square, in front of the Lebanon Library, 55 Academy St.
Hosted by the Lebanon Police Department in partnership with the Lebanon Fire District, the event will include music, a dunk tank, vendors, food and more. The police and fire chiefs will compete to see who can raise the most money in the dunk tank.
Also, the second annual Rubber Duck Scavenger Hunt will be held for ages 16 and under. (Participants must be accompanied by an adult.) One winner will find the rubber duck and win a grand prize. Competitors must be present to participate.

Library hosts invention events

Lebanon Library is hosting Makey Makey Invention Kit workshops at 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 3 and 10 at 55 Academy St.
The Aug. 3 activity will be for participants in third through sixth grades. The Aug. 10 session will be for kindergarteners through second-graders.
Registration is required. For more information, visit www.ci.lebanon.or.us/library or call (541) 258-4926.

After 5 to hold backyard picnic

After 5 Connection is holding a backyard picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 9 at 700 E. Sherman St.
All ladies and gentlemen are invited.
Community policing officer Dala Johnson will share valuable tips about home safety. Darien Parsons, a former teacher’s assistant and special-education interpreter in Yelm, Wash., will deliver a moving tribute.
Cost is $15, which includes everything. Credit cards cannot be accepted.
For reservations, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6414 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or [email protected]. If unable to attend, please cancel your reservation.

First Friday event scheduled Aug. 5

Lebanon’s First Friday event, a once-a-month party downtown with each month a different theme, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at 680 Main St.
The theme will be Greased Lightning.
For more information, contact Cassie Cruze at [email protected] or call (541) 497-1415.

Gardening classes offered in Lebanon

Free gardening classes are offered on second Tuesdays through Oct. 11 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.
Sessions will be held at 10 a.m., beginning with a question-and-answer period followed by short lectures on gardening topics, as outlined below.
♦ Aug. 9: “When to Harvest.”
♦ Sept. 13: “Cover Crops for Your Garden.”
♦ Oct. 11: “Planting/Harvesting Garlic, Onions and Shallots.”
Register for these classes by emailing [email protected].

OSU presents ‘Twelfth Night’

Oregon State University Theatre’s Bard in the Quad will perform “Twelfth Night” for its 17th season of staging Shakespeare plays in front of the Memorial Union on the Corvallis campus.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-7 and 11-14 outdoors on the Memorial Union Quad.
Tickets are $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $5 for OSU students. To purchase tickets, go to bardinthequad.org or call the Theatre Arts Box Office at 541-737-2784. “Early Bard” tickets for $15, $10 and $5, respectively, are available online through July 31. For more information call 541-737-2853.
No seating is provided on the quad, so blankets and lawn chairs are recommended, along with warm clothing. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. each performance night and picnics are encouraged.

Fall sports sign-ups at B&G Club

Registration for fall sports through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam is under way.
Volleyball and football sign-ups for elementary school students run through Aug. 12. A $25 late fee will apply to all registrations past that date.
Volleyball cost is $117 for third- and fourth-graders, $127 for fifth- and sixth-graders. Practices start the week of Sept. 12.
NFL Flag Football is offered for kindergarteners through sixth-graders. Cost is $117 for kindergarteners, $127 for first- and second-graders, and $137 for third- through sixth-graders.
Register at www.bgcgreatersantiam.org.

Sheriff to speak at Forum Lunch

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Forum Lunch from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 S. Main St.
Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan will speak.
Cost is $18 per person. RSVPs are required.
To register or for more information, contact the chamber at (541) 258-7164.

FCHN offers nursing course

The Faith Community Health Network is offering the Foundations for Faith Community Nursing course for actively licensed registered nurses, and Foundations for Health Ministry course for faith community lay members, allied health professionals and RNs who are not currently licensed.
Faith community nursing is a recognized nursing specialty. The Foundations course prepares registered nurses to bridge the health care system and diverse faith community population.
The course will take place over six Zoom sessions, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Monday and Tuesday over a six-week period: Aug. 29-30, Sept. 12-13, and Sept. 26. A session will also be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Cost for training is $275 for residents of Linn, Benton or Lincoln counties, and $325 for out-of-area residents. This includes books and 38 continuing education contact hours.
For registration information, contact Foundations Course Coordinator and Lead Educator Deb Fell-Carlson at [email protected] or (541) 248-0595 (voice or text OK).