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Some Final Lessons From The Buster

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Those of you regularly reading this column may have some familiarity with the not-so-obedient, but always good and klutzy, Black Lab that wormed his way into our hearts some years back at a Corvallis shelter. I mean, we had sort of intended on finding a smaller dog and Buster was the biggest, most muscular dog we would see that day – he was eighty pounds of floppy ears and jowls and a massive head. We would see a lot of dogs that autumn day; some would wiz around excitedly between us three, others would ignore us and check out the room or yard, and then, there was Buster. He just plopped himself down between us, rolled himself over on his back and smiled this sort of smile, as if to say, “We all know you wanna scratch my belly, right?” Long story, short, we were smitten.

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We would later figure out that Buster had been bounced around between homes most of his first five years and that he had also been abused – which would lead me to one of the first lessons of many that Buster would teach me – he still believed we would treat him right, that we would love him and always take care of him. With everything he had been through, he still had faith in us people.

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Over the years Buster would also teach me about optimism, love, perseverance, thankfulness and so much more – some of which I’ve shared here over the years. This last January I tried writing a column about all this, but there was just too much there for the space.

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But now, Buster is gone. He passed peacefully and naturally at home in early April, surrounded and cuddled by us three. The illness that overtook him let him continue as he always had until just the last half day he was with us, there was no pain and no suffering.

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And again, even with this event he continued to teach. He had been ill for some time, but he made the most of every day until the end, still running, hiking, keeping himself in the middle of his family, and still being a bit stubborn about just a thing or two. He accepted his limitations and lived to his fullest. And in the middle of those final hours as he was leaving, as my daughter was crying, he even then tried to console her – and was this his secret? To always put someone before himself – philosophies and religions of the ages would say, maybe. Of course, I know what you may be thinking, that I ought not read too much into all this, that he was just a dog, but the thing is, at the end of it, he seemed pretty happy, and that to my way of thinking is a compelling notion.

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ithout a doubt, Mother’s Day is a well-deserved holiday. The following are some local ideas for celebrating this special day. TEA COTTAGES: • Ivy Garden Tea Room (333 1st Ave. W, Albany) will be serving a six-course Mother’s Day tea for $18.50 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, May 4 through 7. The tea includes: sorbet, soup, finger sandwiches, savories, a scone, and assorted sweets, all made from scratch in-house. Reservations are required; call (541) 928-7330. • Mrs. B’s Special Teas (55 W Grant St., Lebanon) will be serving special teas at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7. For $14, patrons will receive a small fruit cup, open-faced sandwiches, stuffed cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and lavender cream scones with Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves, assorted desserts, and all of the tea you want. Reservations are required; call (541) 259-5100.

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sorbet, scones, soup, as well as salad, and a Mother’s Day dessert. Reservations are strongly recommended; call (541) 9297700.

• Lisa’s Tea Room (1520 Main Street, Philomath) will be serving high tea in honor of Mother’s Day on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mother’s Day tea is $18.25 and includes: a pot of tea, finger sandwiches,

LOCAL SALON SPECIALS • Blush Salon (238 First Ave., Albany) has four different Mother’s Day Spa Packages available. For specifics, visit their website at http://www.iloveblushsalonandspa.com/ blog/2011/04/13/mothers-day-specials, or call (541) 928-8306. • Today’s Salon and Day Spa (317 1st Ave W, Albany) is offering $10 off pedicures and a full set of nails or a shellac manicure for $25 on Mother’s Day. Call 967-8663 for more information or visit their website at www.todayssalonandspa. com. • Hair Body and Soul (2611 NW 9th St., Corvallis) is offering $10 off a dual facial or massage on Mother’s Day, also a manicure and pedicure package for $50. Visit http://www.hairbodyandsole.com for details, or call (541) 757-1116.


Celebration DELICIOUS EATS • Aqua Seafood (151 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis), featuring Hawaiian regional cuisine, will be opening their doors at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, to celebrate Mother’s Day. Call (541) 752-0262 for specifics. • Novak’s (2306 Heritage Way SE, Albany) Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, and includes their signature Chicken Paprikas, cabbage rolls, Hungarian meet balls, appetizers, bite-size samples of their pastries, as well as breakfast biscuits and gravy, German quiche, and free Mimosas to all moms. Be sure to call ahead for reservations at (541) 9679488. • Carino’s Italian Restaurant in Albany is handing out flowers to all moms this year. Affiliated with Red Robin, this restaurant has a lively atmosphere and an affordable price range. They are located in the Heritage Mall parking lot, and are famous for their Italian Wedge Salad and Tiramisu dessert. • Sybaris (442 1st Ave., W, Albany) will be serving Mother’s Day brunch at 12:30 on May 8th. The $27 per person price includes: assorted fresh homemade

pastries and coffeecake, fresh fruit salad with candied citrus, pheasant “hash” with spring vegetables and a poached egg, and a mother’s day tradition- valrhona chocolate waffles with a valrhona cream and creme brulee ice cream. Reservations are required; call (541) 928-8157. • Valley Catering’s Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Benefiting the CARDV Advocacy Center. The Adair Clubhouse (6097 NE Ebony Lane, Adair Village) Sunday, May 8th at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Call (541) 745-7455 to reserve your seat. For menu information, visit http:// valleycateringoregon.com/blog/annualmothers-day-brunch. LOCAL ADVENTURES • Mother’s Day Free Admission at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village (116 Marion St. NE, Salem) Sunday, May 8, noon–5 p.m. moms receive free admission with one paid child admission. Call (503) 371-3631 for details or visit http://acgilbert.org. • Arrange for Mom to get a Sea Lion Kiss at the Oregon Coast Aquarium (2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd., Newport) Saturday, May 7, from 10-11 a.m. $35 members, $40 nonmembers (limit 10). Make

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reservations in advance by calling (541) 867-3474. Visit http://aquarium.org/ events/98-sea-lion-encounter for details. • My Fair Lady Mother’s Day Bazaar at Cheldelin Middle School (987 NE Conifer Blvd., Corvallis) is scheduled for May 7 from 10-3. Admittance is free and local performers including: the Crescent Valley Cheerleaders, Corvallis Dance Team, Break Zone, Quintet, and Indian Dance, will make an appearance between 12 and 1 p.m. Call (541) 760-1081 for details. • Mom’s Chocolate Fantasy Night Out (Flynn Block Hall, 222 First Ave. W, Albany) This event, hosted by the Mid-Willamette Family YMCA, will be on May 7 from 6-8 p.m. Local area businesses will supply dessert samples, and area salons will be providing nail color changes, makeup tips, waxing, and spray tanning. Cost is $25 if you purchase pre-registration tickets at the YMCA, or $30 at the door. Call 541-9264488 for additional information. Angela Dusenberry owns A Quiver Full Preschool and is the author of a book series for “tween” girls. www.angeladusenberry.com.

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Your Child’s Very Own Fairy Garden B ring a little whimsy into your garden this summer by creating a special fairy garden with your children. Children’s love of gardening can blossom, along with their imaginations, when you help them create a wild natural space filled with special touches.

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What is a fairy garden? A fairy garden is filled with native plants and decorative touches that would make a perfect home for fairies. Whether your child truly believes in fairies or simply has a great imagination, this project is a great way to introduce knowledge of the native environment found in our local woodlands. Fairies love gardens that are haphazard with a variety of plants that would be found together in nature. How to Create a Fairy Garden First, find a forgotten corner of your yard that could use a little lift. A location under a native tree would be an ideal place for many shade-loving flowers and ferns.

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Family Time killer. You can create a little path through the garden with bark mulch that leads to an enchanted nook. Use curving lines as much as possible and avoid symmetry. Rustic wood or river rocks would make a perfect border. When choosing plants, make sure you include different sizes and textures. Find some nice large ferns, long grasses and delicate flowers. Also, our local nurseries are very helpful at helping you find native plants for different environments. (See the sidebar for a list of native plants.) When you have chosen some plants for your garden, place them so they look like they were born there with small plants nestled below large ones. Finally, find some natural items to decorate your garden, such as little branches placed near ferns, or a nice rounded granite rock with a touch of moss. Fashion fairy houses or fairy doors to place at the base of trees. Create spirals of pebbles or spires of pine cones. Hang some bells from a branch, a bird house, or some sparkly crystals that turn the afternoon sunlight into tiny rainbows. Invite the fairies in to help care for your garden and watch your child’s imagination take wings. Suzanne Wright gardens and is director of Home Schoolhouse in Corvallis.

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Gardening Activities For The Family • Tuesdays. S.A.G.E. Volunteer Work Party. Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE), located off SW Country Club Drive and SW 45th Place, in Bruce Starker Arts Park. 3 p.m. until dark. Gather at SAGE to help plant, weed, harvest and do other fun tasks. Tools provided. All welcome but prepare to get dirty! Not a gardener, but interested in volunteering? They could use your tool maintenance or carpentry skills. Contact Leslie Van Allen (541) 753-9211 or leslie@ corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org. • Wednesday Weekly Garden Party. MidWillamette Family YMCA, 3311 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Wednesdays 5-7 p.m. Free. The Mid-Willamette Family YMCA has recently created a 9,000-square-foot community garden on-site in Albany, Oregon. The garden has the goal of distributing all of the produce harvested to community members who have limited access to healthy, nutritious food. The mission of the garden is to help improve community food security in Albany. No need to sign up. There will be a list of tasks displayed each week, and they encourage everyone to bring their own tools. Contact: Michael Spinello at (541) 926-4488 ext. 307, or

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email mentor2@ymcaalbany.org. • June 3-4 Lebanon Garden Club Standard Flower, Quilt, and Art Show and Competition. Evangelical Church, 75 E Ash, Lebanon. Friday 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday 12-4:30 p.m. This year they will also have a youth horticulture and design work competition, and people’s choice awards. Flower show schedules at: Lebanon Express, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and the Lebanon Senior Center. Call 541-207-8481 for information, or visit us online at www. lebanongardenclub.org. • June 3-4 16th Annual Garden Tour & Plant Sale Benefiting A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. 116 Marion St. NE, Salem. Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to explore eight colorful gardens throughout the Keizer area are available at the museum, and at all Salem and Keizer Roth’s Markets for $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The plant sale will be at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mission Mill, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem. Call (503) 371-3631 or visit http:// acgilbert.org/upcomingevents. htm#june for details.

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local visitor centers for more information. Play board games Some games, like dominoes, draw on math skills; others, such as Scattergoies, develop language. Try to have a variety of games. Local garage sales are a great way to find gently-used games to add your collection. Use the library Make a summer reading list, join a reading or writing club, or attend storytelling and art events. There are so many ways you can use the library. Check out the summertime library events and opportunities. Plan summer camps There are a variety of day and sleepaway camps in the area. Some are dedicated to science and exploring the natural world, others focus on music and playing instruments. Find a camp your child will enjoy and sign him up today.

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hether you’re ready or not, school is almost out. Summer is coming, and another academic year is winding down. But while sunny days and flip-flops may showing up with more frequency, there is still a month left of school. Help your child stay motivated and focused — to make the most of those last days. The end of the year can be a crucial time, when the skills they practice build on work they have been doing all year long. To help your children make it through, check in with them and their teachers. Ask about their progress and find out what projects or tests maybe happening soon. Map out the rest of the year on a calendar. Then set up some practical goals: practicing certain skills, making up missing assignments, or bringing up grades in weak areas. For teens, have them set the goals with you. Once you have goals, develop appropriate incentives. Plan some rewards to give yourself and your children if you manage to meet the goals. Take yourselves out for something special like a movie, game time, or frozen yogurt treats. This will help finish the year on a positive note. May 2011, Valley Parent

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hildren of every age can benefit from filling their free time with meaningful, healthy hobbies. The activities they engage in when they’re young can become passionate, lifelong interests and help set them down potential career paths. When thinking of healthy hobbies, we’re not talking about playing video games and collecting toys from fast food restaurants. We’re talking about hobbies that stimulate your child’s development, both physically and mentally. Healthy hobbies get your child moving and thinking. They will give her something to be proud of – more than just the high score on the latest video game. Younger children benefit from sampling a wide variety of activities; it’s the perfect time to explore interests and skills. From these activities, they can develop fine motor skills, expand their cognitive capacity, and gain social skills. For children ten and under, hobbies can also be a chance for parents and children to bond together. Engaging in healthy hobbies is just as crucial to the development of older children and teens. Stimulating hobbies help build self esteem and confidence, and provide a crucial opportunity for self expression.

Once your child has explored several hobbies, it’s time to focus. As teens they can take one or two hobbies and really hone their skills, making them their own. With teens, you can step back as a parent and watch them blossom – giving them a sense of independence.   There are plenty of opportunities in the mid-valley for children to start and explore healthy hobbies. Martial arts classes can teach focus, self-defense, and discipline. Music lessons come in a variety of forms, with a wide range of instruments and genres. Perhaps you child wants to try his hand at art. Within that

category he can paint, pot, craft, and more. There are also multiple athletic opportunities, along with dance, drama, and clubs for avid readers and writers. Outdoor exploration, through climbing, hiking, fishing, hunting, or sailing, also may be appealing. Help your child find and identify potential hobbies that she can enjoy now and for years to come. Start with her interests, then brainstorm ideas with her for fun activities. Not every hobby will be a good fit. Sometimes he will be frustrated, disinterested, or just bored. Make sure you know the difference between when he just is having a bad day, and when he needs to try a new hobby.  To do this, help your child set goals and accomplish them. If she wants to take a dance class, make sure she is prepared to see it through. Don’t let her quit after one lesson; support and encourage her to finish. If she is struggling and seems miserable, help her identify why she is feeling this way and work with her to overcome that. When it comes to teens, when the hobby gets difficult, they may want to bail. Offer them help and support to accomplish the goals they set out to meet. Keep a cool head and help them practice their skills.

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Summer Music Education Events in the Willamette Valley For the Teens and “Tweens” there are many choices for summer fun—some of which are: • Play Rock Band—for real. Musicafe Rock School offers summer camps for kids wanting to play in a rock band. The offer many summer camps and have locations in both Albany and Corvallis. Call 541-738-ROCK (7625) or type www.rockschoolstar. com/detail-camps.html. • Younger kids have plenty of opportunities as well. For ages 7 to 12, Corvallis Montessori School has three weeks of summer camp—one of which is devoted to “Music Making.” The camp runs from July 25th through August 19th. Type corvallismontessori.org/summer.php or call (541) 753-2513 for more information. • The United Methodist Church in Corvallis offers a Teen Arts Camp that includes some music instruction. Type www.corvallisfumc.org or call 541-752-2491 for more information. • For children ages 18 months to 7 years old, Kindermusik is a great way to get started with music. Located between Philomath and Corvallis at the First Congregational Church, Sue Hardin has been teaching music to young children well over a decade. Some camp dates start in mid-June and all are finished by mid-July. Call her as soon as possible at 541-929-3771 to secure your spot in one of her summer camps—they can fill up quickly. • Private lessons on a plethora of instruments are available nearly everywhere. Contact your local music store for contact information.

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Corvallis’ Only Indoor Golf Facility After School Golf Classes These classes offer beginning golfers an opportunity for growth in a positive environment. As an indoor facility, we offer a year ‘round opportunity to play golf, work to improve your game and offer the latest technology in video and swing analysis. • Classes for moms • After school programs • Classes/lessons – Sept. thru June • Club membership • Great for homeschoolers As an experienced high school coach, I am passionate about golf and what it can do for children. – Cheryl Van Vleet Head Coach/Owner

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passing interest. Fortunately, you can rent an instrument! Typical rental rates run at around $18 to $45 per month depending on the instrument. Some schools own some instruments—again, contact the band director for more information. As most experienced music teachers will tell you, strong instrumental skills don’t materialize overnight. It can take years—and requires a commitment to practice, practice, practice. It is important for parents to understand this, so they can provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for their budding musician.

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If starting from scratch in a big group is too daunting, consult your band teacher for guidance in seeking private lessons. They are available for almost every band instrument. With the right teacher, your child can get a great head start on her band experience. The local music stores (particularly stores that rent band instruments—Gracewinds and Albany Music and Sound) also have lists of available instructors. The reality is that there are many reasons to study music—almost all of them more important than “being awesome.” The social, physiological, psychological and cognitive advantages abound. Starting music in the preteen years allows plenty of time for musical accomplishment. Nearly everyone can engage in a musical activity and benefit from it. If you have a child in 5th grade, this is a great time to get started. Contact your school to find out how to sign up. If possible, talk to the band teacher to get a clearer idea of what is required. Let the musical journey begin! — Matt Neely


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When used properly, spell check can help people improve their writing and communication. But when misused, spell  check is a detriment to language acquisition and thinking skills. For the first time this year, the Oregon Department of Education allowed students to use spell check on the annual state writing test. Whether you agree with this decision or not, there are valid points that can be made both in favor of and in opposition to this change. Here are some of the most powerful arguments being made for and against the use of spell check by students.     Pro • Spell check is a tool

that students can be taught how to use properly. It has applicable uses just like a calculator in math class, the periodic table in science class, and a map in social studies. Students can use spell check on every other writing sample they produce (with a word processor) except the state writing test. Therefore, using spell check on the test is more reflective of their normal writing conditions. When evaluating writing, it is important to look at content rather than context. The meaning of the words is more important than the presentation. Conventions scores on the state writing test count twice, so students can meet every other standard and still fail the test if they do not meet the conventions standard which includes spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Spell check can help students learn to identify words they commonly misspell.

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Con • Learning to spell is a foundation of acquiring vocabulary, understanding language, and communicating with others. • Students using spell check will be less likely to learn the difference between homophones and commonly mistaken words. • Spell check does not correct punctuation, like misused apostrophes, semicolons, or commas. Despite spell check, students can still fail to meet the conventions standard on the state writing test by making egregious mistakes in grammar and punctuation. • Spell check creates bad habits, allowing students to rely on the program and discouraging them from looking up the correct word. • Spell check cannot be used on other tests like the SAT and ACT. Therefore, students need to be able to function without it.

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e’ve all dreamed of them. Many of us have actually seen them. But how do we actually raise them? I’m talking about siblings who get along.  Those mysterious brothers and sisters who enjoy being together and have each other’s back. There’s no magic wand to wave and make our children stop bickering. But there are some techniques to encourage a cordial, even friendly, relationship. After all, your kids will have each other long after you’re gone. It’s in their best interest to help them appreciate each other while they’re young.

as a child and then blaming her sister. So don’t assume you know what your kids are up to. They may need help resolving a conflict, but try not to take sides. And don’t blame the older one for not “knowing better,” that puts undue pressure and resentment on the oldest child.

Attitude is everything Katie Allison Granju, a mom of five kids and author of Attachment Parenting, has found that the best way to build a good sibling relationship is simply to have a sort of unspoken, baseline expectation within the family that siblings will indeed be friends. Don’t compare She explains, “I see some families where the Nearly all experts agree that the number parents are constantly making remarks about one thing parents can sibling rivalry and jealdo to help their kids ousy and the mom and be on good terms dad almost seem to fan is to not pit them the flames of potential Sibling classes available through Samaritan against each other. sibling ‘issues’ startHealth Services at www.samhealth.org or call: And whatever you do, ing in early childhood. • Albany: (541) 812-4301 don’t choose a favor“ Encouraging your • Corvallis: (541) 768-4752 ite. Beware dreaded children to view their phrases such as “Your • Lebanon: (541) 451-7872 siblings as close allies sister never.” or “Why brings them together in a very fundamental way.  can’t you do what your brother does…” Jane Isay, author ofMom Still Likes You Best, says that only serves to fuel the competition.  “Kids Activities and opportunities   don’t blame their parents for the unfairness as Have your kids go to each other’s games much as they grow to resent their brother and and activities. Get them involved in each sister.” other’s lives so they have a better appreciation for who the other person is. “We go to Stay out of the way each other’s activities, participate in activities Try not to get too involved in your kids’ together and we as parents are supportive of arguments, unless there is physical injury each other as well as our children,” remarks or cruel taunting. Learning cooperation and Patricia Walters-Fischer, mother of two kids. problem solving is an important skill in life, Not only do her children go, but they offer and one best taught by having to work probsupport as well, encouraging each other lems out with siblings.  Isay cites one grown before a big game or performance and offerwoman who remembers biting her own arm ing comfort when things don’t go well. 

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As a family, play games or be active together – walk the dogs, go for a bike ride or even fly a kite. There’s a reason that family game night is gaining popularity: it encourages teamwork and a healthy sense of competition. When families spend their time shuttling kids from activity to activity, they lose the sense of being a unit and become instead a group of individuals. Joint chores Once in a while, give your kids something they have to do together -- wash the car, rake leaves or wash and dry the dishes.  Dr John Duffy, a clinical psychologist and author of The Available Parent, recalls one family who always assigned co-chores, “Whether it was doing the dishes, walking the dog or taking out the garbage, at least two siblings were involved. In doing this, the parents created a situation in which cooperation was an imperative, and their children have really risen to it.” Conversations Family meetings allow family members to safely and comfortably talk about problems or conflicts that they feel with their brothers or sisters. Everyone should be allowed to speak, and everyone should be expected to listen. It’s the perfect time to plan family events, discuss opportunities, resolve conflicts, and offer up congratulations. Throughout the week look for opportunities to continue to share and encourage each other. Parents shouldn’t be shy about divulging their good news, frustrations and accomplishments with their kids. Likewise, kids should be encouraged to regularly talk about their days’ events. Vacations Finally, don’t underestimate the value of a

family vacation for bringing siblings together. The effects may be temporary, but when kids are out of their comfort zone, away from their friends and forced to spend time together, amazingly they often enjoy each other. It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate. In fact, a weekend camping trip offers some of the best opportunities for working together, hanging out, having fun and experiencing something new. It also removes the technical gadgets that kids are so used to now. And if that doesn’t work…. Alas, for some families, even with the best intentions and actions, nothing works. Their kids seem enjoy being in a constant state of fighting, tattling and arguing. It may be a tough few years for you, but Isay offers a silver lining: “The fact that they’re fighting as kids has no relation to how they will get along as adults.”

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his year’s Strawberry Festival theme is “Strawberries in Paradise.” June 2-5 at Hwy 20 & Werich Drive at Cheadle Lake in Lebanon, this event includes parades, fireworks, entertainment, food and the “World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake,” serving over 15,000 people. The Grand Parade begins on Saturday, June 4th, at 11 a.m. The Junior Parade begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd at 2nd and Maple, and then proceeds east to Main, north on Main to Rose, and west

on Rose and will disband at the American Legion parking lot where popsicles will be distributed to all participants. Staging begins at 12 noon, on 3rd and Grant Street, and judging is from 1-2 p.m. Carnival Tickets are available for purchase at The Camber of Commerce and at the OSU Federal Credit Union in Lebanon. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and/or $25 at the site. Visit www.lebanonstrawberryfestival.info for a complete event schedule, or call 541-258-7164.

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he Linn County Lamb & Wool Fair is one of the oldest Fairs in Oregon. Located at the Scio Fairgrounds, 38777 N. Main St. in Scio, this year’s event runs Friday through Sunday, May 20-22. The small town parade will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the street dance will be Friday night at 8 p.m. The fair also includes the nationally ranked dog trials, a queen’s court, fun & games, quilt

show, tractor show, lamb show & competition, great food, and the Sheepskin Revue (a local theatre, music production). The dog trials will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This event’s goal is family friendliness, so almost everything besides the dog trials is free of charge. For more information call (503) 3943389 or visit: http://lambfair. org/?file=kop1.php.

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his Mother’s Day Weekend, there are two separate opportunities to get some exercise and support a great cause. CARDV (Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence) is having their ninth annual Mother’s Day walk for safe families on May 7, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Second Street and Western Boulevard in downtown Corvalis. At 9 a.m. the 5K Run/Walk begins, and then a one and 2-mile Fun Walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The Run/Walk and Fun Walk are each flat, out-and-back courses. Strollers are definitely welcome. Throughout the event, visit the community booths at the Family Fun Fair and enjoy live music by the Bush Pilots. The registration fee is $25. For more information, call (541) 758-0219 x301, or visit http://cardvservices.org/. The YMCA, with cooperation of the Albany community, is also hosting a benefit run. The family of Mason MacRostie, a local

boy who recently was diagnosed with a large tumor will receive 100% of the proceeds to help with his ongoing care. There will be a 5 mile walk/run, a 5k walk/run, and a one mile kids run on Sunday, May 8, beginning at 2 p.m. at the LBCC track (6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W. Albany). The top three overall winners will receive medals, and ribbons will be given to the top three age group winners for both male and female. Every contestant receives a Racin’ For Mason T-shirt and one raffle ticket to be entered into a raffle prize drawing of their choosing. Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale at the YMCA and the event. Come join the fun at the finish line after the race for entertainment, award presentations, and a raffle. Visit http://www. ymcaalbany.org/racin_for_mason.html to fill out a registration form, or call (541) 9264488 for additional details.

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Benton County MusicafĂŠ Rock School’s Dancing Dog Show “Undergroud Punk Concertâ€?

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ine local bands will take you for a ride under the streets of Corvallis on Saturday, May 14, at the Corvallis Players Den (Formerly The Platinum & La Bamba), 126 SW 4th St. Featuring the music of: The Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, The Strokes, 7 seconds, The Go Go’s, The Kinks, Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, Green Day, Joan Jett, The Clash, and Weezer. The show will be from 3 to 6 p.m., with doors

opening at 2:30. General Admission for this all age show is $10. Tickets are available at the following outlets: Corvallis~ Grass Roots Books and Music. Albany~ SELCO Community Credit Union, and also at Albany and Corvallis ROCK SCHOOL locations. (If not sold out, tickets may be available at the door.) For information call (541)738.ROCK, or visit www. rockschoolstar.com.

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8:45 p.m. There is a $5 per adult, per evening recommended donation, but they invite participants to come even if they can’t afford the donation. Kids will swim for free either way, a $3 per kid value.  On May 4, the topic will be “ReBuilding Trust,� followed by “Building

a Climate of Respect,� on May 18. Each session stands alone, so couples can start anytime in the cycle of topics, and catch up later if they happen to miss a week or two. Dave Jackson, the coordinator for The Third Option, encourages participants to take the time to invest in their relationship so it can become and continue to be the happy, healthy marriage that they’ve always wanted. Contact Dave at (541) 760-9637 or visit www.thethirdoption.com for more details.

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Friday from 4:45-5:15 p.m. and is free for members. Non-members pay the day use rate of $4 for kids ages 2-10. Come one, come all for great Disney Dance Aerobic Fun, and if that’s not enough, than you’re free to stay for the family open swim which is also on Fridays from 6-6:50 p.m. and is included in the day use fee. Call (541) 926-4488 or visit http://www.ymcaalbany. org for additional information.

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Heart of the Valley Astronomers. Chintimini Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., Corvallis. 7 p.m. First Thursdays. For those interested in learning, exploring and enjoying the night sky. (541) 766-6048 or mcgettis@ peak.org. Mommy Connections Postpartum Support Class. Samaritan Medical & Diagnostic Center, 400 NW Hickory St., Albany. 1st Floor Conference Room. First and Third Thursdays. No need to register. 6 p.m.. Free. New Mothers, supportive partners(spouse, mother, sister, friend) and your new baby are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call (541) 812-4301 for more information. Open Studio at the Art Center. 700 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $10. All ages welcome. Join teaching artist, Diana Ryan for an open studio experience for homeschool/unschool families. Participants have access to a full clay and mixed media room. Weekly projects announced. Caregivers free. Call Chris Neely at (541) 754-1551 for more information. www.theartscenter.net. Sign Language Classes. Lilypad Lounge at Frogs & Pollywogs, 222 1st Ave W, Downtown Albany. Starts Thursday May 5th, 6 week session, meeting every Thursday. 3-3:45 p.m. or 6-6:45 p.m. Parent/Child Class for 9 months to 4 years old. Child Class for School Age Kids (K-5) runs from 4-5:30 p.m. Classes are $49 for the 6 weeks. Parent/Child class includes kiddo and up to two adults. Maximum of 10 children in each class. They need a minimum of 5 in order to hold the class. Sign up soon! For more information call 541-967-3055. Teen Yoga. Live Well Studio, 971 NW Spruce Ave., Corvallis. 4-5 p.m. Yoga just for teens, all welcome. Stretch, move, wiggle, strengthen and then free and relax your body. For more information call (541) 231-6091 or visit www.livewellstudio.com. Treasure Hunters Road Show. Holiday Inn Express, 781 NE 2nd St., Corvallis. May 3-7, Tues-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. The World’s Largest Traveling Roadshow. Experts will be available to examine your Antiques, Collectibles, Rare Coins, Rare Currency, Vintage Guitars, and more. This event is free, open to the public, with no item limits. Call (217) 726-7590 or visit http://www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com. Yarn Yoga. Creative Crafts, 934 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis. Tuesdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Free. Have fun getting together with people who have similar interests. An instructor will be available to help with knitting, crocheting, or basically any project you choose involving yarn. Just relax and create! Bring a current project or start a new one. Kids 8 and up welcome. For more information call (541) 753-7316 or visit www.corvalliscrafts.com.

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Disney Dance. Mid-Willamette Family YMCA, 3311 Pacific Blvd. SW Albany. 4:45-5:15 p.m. every Friday. Free for members. Non-members pay the day use rate of $4 for kids ages 2-10. Moms, dads, kids, and families, come one, come all for great Disney Dance Aerobic Fun. This is a work out class specifically designed to capture the attention of kids and make exercise fun. Disney-themed music will pump you up and get you excited to dance and step to the beat. Call (541) 926-4488 or visit http://www. ymcaalbany.org. There is also an open swim on Fridays from 6-6:50 p.m. which would be included in the day use fee. Lebanon Garden Club Plant Sale. 780 Glenwood, Lebanon. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Flowers, shrubs, trees, Dahlia bulbs, Daffodil bulbs, Christmas cactus, vegetables and more. Prizes and free coffee to be enjoyed. For more information please call Dona Townsend (541) 258-2496 or email lebanongardenclub.org. Music a la Carte – Thousand Waves. Memorial Union Lounge, OSU Campus, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 12 p.m. Free lunchtime concert. Koto, flute, violin, guitar, perform traditional Japanese music, classical music and modern music. For more information contact Erin Sneller at (541) 737-5592. Parent Survival Night. The Little Gym of Corvallis, 958 NW Circle Blvd., Suite A. 6-9 p.m. $25 for members, $30 non-members with additional children being $10 and $12. Designed to give parents the opportunity to enjoy three hours of quality time while the children burn energy. Children must be 3 years old and toilet independent. Call to register, (541) 753-0950. Silver Falls Owl Prowl. Silver Falls State Park, 20024 Silver Falls Hwy, Siblimity. 8 p.m. New Ranch. Discover owls’ amazing survival adaptations. Listen for owls on a one-mile night hike. Learn to hoot like an owl! Call 503-874-0201 to register. Space is limited. Sundaes on Friday Dance. Albany Timber Twirlers square dancing club, first and fifth Friday of each month. IOOF Hall, 738 E. Fifth Ave. 7:3010:30 p.m. (541) 974-4978 or www.angelfire.com/sd2/timbertwirlers. “The Miracle Worker” Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave. SW. Friday and Saturday 8-10 p.m. Sunday matinee 2 p.m. Cost, $8-$11. Directed by William Gibson. When infant Helen Keller’s illness is cured, her parents discover to their horror that she is now deaf and blind. After six years of trying to deal with her, they realize they cannot reach her, so they hire young Annie Sullivan to care for the girl. Out of the tumultuous interactions between the combative Helen and the equally stubborn Annie, is finally born the miracle that unlocks Helen’s bounds and allows her to communicate with her parents, Annie, and the world. Tickets available at Sid Stevens Jewelers (541) 967-8140 or Rice’s Pharmacy (541) 752-7760. or visit www.albanycivic.org for ticket information. Upstairs Downtown Tour at the Albany Regional Museum, 136 Lyon St., Albany. 4-8 p.m. Free Admission. All are welcome to view their upstairs! For additional information, call (541) 967-7122, or visit http://www.armuseum.com/events.htm. Treasure Hunters Road Show. See 5/5.

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Albany and Corvallis Farmers’ Markets. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Riverfront, First and Jackson, downtown Corvallis; or 4th and Ellsworth, downtown Albany. www.locallygrown.org. Between the Cracks Forum 2011. The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. Pam Madsen, Cal state composer. Through her interactive opera/installations, writings, collaborative projects she has created a body of work with a profound breadth of vision. Performance at 7 p.m. Free to college and high school students, $10 Adults, $5 Art Center Members. For more information visit theartscenter.net/events. For more information on this performer please visit www.pamelamadsen.com. Brownsville Farmers’ Market. 9 a.m.-1.p.m. Main and Park Streets. Features local produce, plants, fresh eggs, pies, breads, jams and crafts. Enjoy musicians, a cheery fire, and tables scattered around the site. It is a very relaxed small town atmosphere. Contact Marcia Rae at (541) 868-4822 or farmersmarket@gocfa.org. Build It Yourself Project. Home Depot, 3500 Spicer Dr. SE, Albany, and 1780 NE Four Acre Pl., Corvallis. First Saturdays, 9 a.m. Free. For kids ages 5-12. The project leader provides all the tools and materials and will help build a project. Parents welcome to stay. Each participant will receive a Home Depot apron and, upon project completion, a pin and certificate. Albany, (541) 812-0808; Corvallis, (541) 758-9303. Buy Local First Breakfast. Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. The Breakfast takes place on Saturdays May 7, June 4, July 2, 7:30-9:30 a.m. $6/adults, $4/Children age 12 and under ~ Coupons at participating businesses. A partnership between First Alternative Co-op, Corvallis Independent Business Alliance (CIBA), and the Corvallis Odd Fellows, the Buy Local First Breakfast series was launched in 2007 as a way to help raise awareness of the importance of buying local and promote local businesses. Contact: Emily Stimac (541) 753-3115x321. CARDV Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Safe Families. Downtown Corvallis, Second St and Western Blvd., Corvallis. 8-11 a.m. 5k Run, 1 and 2 mile Fun Walk, families welcome, strollers welcome, Family fun fair, music by the Bush Pilots. $20 early registration; $25 after April 28th. For more information call (541) 758-0219 ext 301 or visit cardvservices.org/runwalk/. Carriage Me Back. 101 Park Ave., Brownsville. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 12-5 p.m.  A somewhat historic, always enjoyable, community drama of life in a particular year in the history of Brownsville. Dressed in period costumes, local actors take on the personalities of well-known historical characters. Visitors reside in a horse-drawn carriage from Linn County Historical Museum to the 1881 Moyer House enjoying reenactments at stops along the way. Call (541) 466-3390 for tickets or more information, or visit www.albanycivic.org. Corvallis Artisans’ Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. First and Monroe, downtown Corvallis. Features work by local artists and crafters, live music and performances, and a booth with kids’ activities. (541) 602-6215 or www. corvallisartisansmarket.com. Corvallis Folklore Society – Contra Dance. First Congregational Church, Gatton Hall, 4515 SW West Hills Rd., Corvallis. First and third Saturdays, Sept. through June. Newcomer’s session 7:30 p.m., $1 discount for bikers, and walkers. Dance 8-11 p.m. Admission $6 members/ $7 non-members. All dances open to the public and feature live music (fiddle, guitar, bass, flute, drums, dulcimer, saxophone, accordion, concertina, bagpipes) For more information visit cfs.peak.org/index.php. Corvallis Waldorf School’s May Faire. Central Park, SW 6th St at Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Affordable tickets for crafts and activities. Delicious food, live music and much more. For more information call (541) 758-4674 or visit www.corvalliswaldorfschool.org. Family Climb Time. Indoor Climbing Center, 425 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Sat and Sun, 1-5 p.m.. Cost is $3 per child, $6 per adult with a two kids per parent limit; parents who are RecSports members bring only their current OSU ID to get in. Parents/guardians must sponsor and belay the child at all times. http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/ or call (541) 737-1595 for more information. Festival of Flowers. Main Street, Jefferson, Oregon. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a day of fun including a traditional May Pole dance, live music, juried arts and crafts, food vendors and a silent auction. Call Linda Baker for more information at (541) 327-2423 or call (541) 401-2336. Kid’s Night Out. Frogs & Pollywogs, 222 1st Ave W., Albany. They will watch the kiddos from 6-9:30 p.m. $15 per child. First Saturdays. Dinner and snacks will be provided. Lots of fun for the kids while you have a special evening out. Reservations required. Call (541) 967-3055 for more details or to reserve your spot. La Leche League at the Corvallis Saturday Market. (1st & Jackson, Downtown Riverfront) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will have a children’s activity, and places to relax, nurse, and chat. For meeting reminders and other group news by email visit http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ LLLWillametteValley/. Little Sprouts: Seedlings – Pizza Herb Pot. Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis. 11 a.m. $5 per child. Children can learn more about herbs and plant their own Pizza Herb Pot to take home. Registration is required. Call (541) 753-6601 to register. Master Gardeners Plant Sale. Benton County Fairgrounds - Floral Courtyard 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Call (541)7666750 or visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/. Mom’s Chocolate Fantasy Night Out (Flynn Block Hall, 222 First Avenue West, Albany) This event, hosted by the Mid-Willamette Family YMCA, is from 6-8 p.m. Local area businesses will supply dessert samples, and area salons will be providing nail color changes, makeup tips, waxing, and spray tanning. Cost is $25 if you purchase pre-registration tickets at the YMCA, or $30 at the door. Call 541-926-4488 for additional information. My Fair Lady Mother’s Day Bazaar. Cheldelin Middle School, 987 NE Conifer Blvd., Corvallis. The Bazaar is from 10-3 p.m. Free admission. This is a fundraiser for Cheldelin PTO and funds raised will go towards buying Athletic supplies for Cheldelin. For more information please email Sharnapras@aol.com or call (541) 760-1081.

Silver Falls Mother’s Day Birding & Wildflower Festival. 20024 Silver Falls Hwy, Sublimity, Oregon. Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring your mother and family to view native plant displays, participate in various plant and birding walks and presentations. Visit Salem Audubon Society’s displays. Purchase native plants for your garden. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Silver Falls and Silver Falls State Park. For details visit www.oregonstateparks.org/park_211.php or call (503) 873.8681 x21 for more information. Storytime@Borders. Borders Books, 777 NW 9th, Corvallis. 11 a.m. Free. Saturdays. All ages. (541) 738-0580. Sweet Home Farmers’ Market. 10-2 p.m.. Thriftway parking lot, 621 Main St., Sweet Home. Seasonal fruits, vegetables, specialty cheeses, breads, flours, honey, home-spun yarn and wool goods. Local music of many different genres and live belly dance on occasion. For more information call (541) 401-2678 or visit http://sweethomefarmersmarket.org. The Throne of Fire Release Party. Borders Books, 777 NW 9th, Corvallis. 2 p.m. Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to this exclusive release party for the new Kane Chronicles book. Put on your favorite pharaoh gear, brush up on your hieroglyphics and get ready to party with Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles and LEGO’s Pharaoh’s Quest! Space for this event is limited, call the store to RSVP at (541) 738-0580. “The Miracle Worker.” See 5/6. Treasure Hunters Road Show. See 5/5.

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Pokemon League. The Elks Club at Grant Avenue and 9th St. in Corvallis. Meets each Sunday 2-4 p.m. Free. Play the card game, trade; earn promo cards, fun tournaments. Ages 5 to Adult. Beginners’ welcome. Bring your own deck. (541) 753-1978. Racing for Mason Benefit Run. LBCC Track, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W., Albany. 2 p.m. The fee for the 5 mile is $30, the 5K is $25. Kids $10, and families of four or more $75. All proceeds will go directly to Mason’s family for his ongoing medical care. This event is sponsored by the YMCA in Albany. For more information visit http://www.ymcaalbany.org/racin_for_ mason.html or call (541) 926-4488. Carriage Me Back. See 5/7. Family Climb Time. See 5/7. Silver Falls Mother’s Day Birding & Wildflower Festival. See 5/7. “The Miracle Worker.” See 5/6.

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Caring Conversations: Talking Frankly About End of Life Matters. Benton Hospice Service, Conference Room, 2350 NW Professional Dr., Corvallis. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Talking with your family about end-of-life wishes, concerns, and choices can be difficult. Join Benton Hospice Service chaplain Marsha Gulick for tips and suggestions for getting this important conversation started. For more information call (541) 757-9616 or visit http://www.bentonhospice.org/. La Leche League “Celebrating Breastfeeding Families/ Communicating Support.” Wee Bunz, 2064 NW Fillmore, Corvallis. 6:30-8 p.m. Information on breastfeeding and parenting and thriving as a family. Dads/Partners especially invited. For information, call (541) 7660055 or visit www.llli.org. S.A.G.E. Volunteer Work Party. Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE), located off SW Country Club Drive and SW 45th Place, in Bruce Starker Arts Park. 3 p.m. until dark. Gather at SAGE to help plant, weed, harvest and other fun tasks. Tools provided, All welcome but prepare to get dirty! Not a gardener but interested in volunteering? They could use your tool maintenance or carpentry skills. Contact Leslie Van Allen (541) 7539211 or leslie@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org. Teen Writers Group. Youth Activity Room, Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. Meets every Tuesday, 6 p.m. Free and open to all teens ages 12-18 interested in writing. This group is led by local YA author, Bryan Bliss. For more information call (541) 766-6794. Yarn Yoga. See 5/5.

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Albany Fitwalkers. Villas of Courtyard Villa, 1929 Grand Prairie Rd. SE, Albany. 7 p.m. Second Wednesday. This group sponsors walking events and presents walks around the community. Their motto is “walk for the health of it.” For more information contact Rozy Weatherby at (541) 9267890 or e-mail her at wrozy@yahoo.com. Corvallis Farmers’ Market. Downtown Corvallis, 1st & Jackson. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (541) 740-1542. www.locallygrown.org. Hey! Look Us Over maternity program. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 3600 NW Samaritan Dr., Corvallis. Second Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Free. Expectant parents will tour the Center for Women and Families and meet the delivery staff. Call (541) 768-4752 for more information. Rubber Stamp Club for Children. Corvallis. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Second Wednesdays. Learn the art of rubber-stamping while making cool projects. Call Michelle, (541) 231-8418, for location. Wednesday Crafternoons! Frogs & Pollywogs, 222 1st Ave W., Albany. Every Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. we will be having a craft. You can drop in any time during that window and join us for some artsy fun. The craft will change every week and is low cost. Usually $2 or so. Call (541) 967-3055 or email frogs and pollywogs@gmail.com to find out what craft is happening this week. Weekly Garden Party. Mid-Willamette Family YMCA, 3311 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Wednesdays 5-7 p.m. Free. The Mid-Willamette Family YMCA has recently created a 9,000 square foot community garden onsite in Albany, Oregon. The garden has the goal of distributing all of the produce that is harvested to community members who have limited access to healthy, nutritious food. The mission of the garden is to help improve community food security in Albany. No need to sign up. There will be a list

of tasks displayed each week, and they encourage everyone to bring their own tools. Contact: Michael Spinello at (541) 926-4488 ext. 307, or email mentor2@ymcaalbany.org.

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La Leche League of Lebanon Meetings. Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon on the Second Thursday of the month at 6 pm. Breastfeeding information and support for expectant and breastfeeding mothers and fathers. Babies welcome. Open to the public, no admission. For info call (541) 766-0055 or visit www.llli.org. Open Studio at the Art Center. See 5/5. Teen Yoga. See 5/5. “The Miracle Worker.” 8 p.m. See 5/6. Yarn Yoga. See 5/5.

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American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Memorial Union Quad, OSU Campus,   Corvallis. 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. $20. Call (541) 231-0929 or visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=30369. Corvallis Community Theatre, “Kiss Me, Kate.” Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. May 13-15, 19-22, and 26-29. 7:30 p.m. (2:30 matinees on May 22 and 29) Admission: $16. Seniors (65 & over) and children under 18 and students w/valid ID $14. Structured as a play within a play, where the interior play is a musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew, and the exterior play is about the ups and downs of the theatrical company that is producing the interior play. Visit http://www.corvalliscommunitytheatre.org for details, or to purchase tickets online. LBCC Performing Arts Presents—Spring Scapin. 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany. May 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21 @7:30 p.m. There will be an ASL interpreted performance on May 22 at 3 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and students. Scapino is a comedy classic that leaps across time, national boundries and the usual limits of the stage. The servant Scapino practices a series of merry pranks, frustrating the efforts of two miserly fathers to spoil the romances of their sons. Assisting Scapino in his athletic endeavors at matchmaking is another servant, a happily besotted tramp, a purse-lipped nurse, and various denizens of the waterfront cafe that is the play’s setting. Purchase tickets online at https://secure.boxofficeavenue.com/LinnBenton/, by phone at (541) 917-4531, or at the door beginning 2 hours prior to performance. Music la Carte: John Nilsen, Piano. Memorial Union Lounge (OSU Campus) 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 12 p.m. Free. With CD sales approaching one million copies, Nilsen can be seen performing his original instrumental pieces of jazz, classical, folk and rock throughout the United States and elsewhere around the world. Visit http://www.johnnilsen.com/ johnnilsen.html or call (541) 737-5592 for details. Parent Survival Night. The Little Gym of Corvallis, 958 NW Circle Blvd., Suite A. 6-9 p.m. $25 for members, $30 non-members with additional children being $10 and $12. Designed to give parents the opportunity to enjoy three hours of quality time while the children burn energy. Children must be 3 years old and toilet independent. Call to register, (541) 753-0950. Disney Dance. See 5/6. “The Miracle Worker.” See 5/6.

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Audubon 2nd Saturday Field Trip. Benton Center, 757 NW Polk, Corvallis. 7:30 a.m. Free. This field trip is especially interesting for beginning birders and birders new to Oregon’s Mid-Valley area. They will work on identifying birds by sight and sound while enjoying the outdoors. Contact Bill Proebsting at proebstw@gmail.com or 541-752-0108 with questions. Check the Midvalley ListServ, http://www.midvalleybirding. org/pipermail/birding/, the week before the field trip for updates. Community Garden Party. Mid-Willamette Family YMCA, 3311 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. The Mid-Willamette Family YMCA has recently created a 9,000 square foot community garden onsite in Albany, Oregon. The garden has the goal of distributing all of the produce that is harvested to community members who have limited access to healthy, nutritious food. The mission of the garden is to help improve community food security in Albany. Volunteers will assist with making planting beds, weeding, composting, and putting down straw. They encourage everyone to bring their own tools do to a limited supply. Light refreshments will be provided, so please let them know if you can attend by calling Michael Spinello at (541) 926-4488 ext. 307 or by email at mentor2@ymcaalbany.org. Corvallis Repertory Singers: Curtain Up! First Congregational Church 4515 SW Hills Rd., Corvallis. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $17; students free with ID. Another rollicking evening of Musical Theatre, directed by Steven Ziekle and Emily Thielen Merecado. Visit http://www.repsing.org/ or call (541) 754-2106. La fiesta de su biblioteca. Youth Activity Room, Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. Free 11 a.m.-Noon, second Saturdays. Come and enjoy a fun bilingual English/Spanish program! Children of all ages welcome. Crafts are made after the story time. Refreshments served. Venga y disfrute de la fiesta de su biblioteca! Un programa bilingue cada mes en la biblioteca. Gratis Refrescos. Call (541) 766-6794 for more information. Musicafe’ ROCK SCHOOL’s “Underground Punk Concert.” 126th SW 4th St., Corvallis. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (doors open at 2:30). $10 General Admission ALL AGE SHOW! Ticket outlets: Corvallis~ Grass Roots Books and Music. Albany~ SELCO Community Credit Union, and also at Albany and Corvallis ROCK SCHOOL locations. (If not sold out, tickets may be available at the door.) Nine bands take you for a ride under the streets of Corvallis featuring the music of~The Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, The Strokes, 7 seconds, The Go Gos, The Kinks, Sex

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Library Story Times Albany Public Library, Main Monday: Wednesday: Thursday: Saturday:

7 pm with puppet show 10:30 am with puppet show 10:30 am with puppet show 10:30 am

Albany Public Library, Downtown Monday:

10:30 am with puppet show

Philomath Public Library Tuesday: Wednesday:

Philomath Bedtime Story Time, 7 pm, all ages  Philomath Story Time, 10 am, 3-5 years old

Corvallis Public Library Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: 1st Saturday:

Bedtime Story Time, 7 pm, all ages  Toddler Story Time, 10 am, 18-36 months old Infant Story Time, 10 am, Birth-18 months old Preschool Story Time, 10 am, 3-5 years old 11 am, 0-36 months old with dads

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Pistals, Talking Heads, Green Day, Joan Jett, The Clash, Weezer. For information call (541)738.ROCK, or visit www.rockschoolstar.com. Secrets of Growing Organic Heirloom Tomatoes with Steve Goto. Garland Nursery. 5470 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Steve, the heirloom guru, will unveil the secrets of growing heirloom tomatoes organically. Visit http://www.garlandnursery.com/index.html or call (541) 753-6601. Albany, Corvallis, Brownsville, and Sweet Home Farmers’ Markets. See 5/7. American Cancer Society Relay For Life. See 5/13. Corvallis Artisans’ Market. See 5/7. Corvallis Community Theatre. See 5/13. Corvallis Folklore Society – Contra Dance. See 5/7. Family Climb Time. See 5/7. LBCC Performing Arts Presents—Spring Scapin. See 5/13. Storytime@Borders. See 5/7. “The Miracle Worker.” See 5/6.

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International Brotherhood of Magicians. Ray’s Food Place, 621 NW Hickory Street, Albany. 2 p.m. Third Sundays. All ages. A social club dedicated to advancing the art of magic performance, interest, and fellowship. Call (541) 752-3900 for details; magictuba@proaxis.com, www. ring238.org. International Dance. Chintimini Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., Corvallis. 7-9 p.m. first and third Sundays. $2.50 adults, $1.25 children. Learn international dances in a relaxed and social atmosphere. All levels of dancing ability welcome. (541) 753-7638. Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. Family Climb Time. See 5/7. Pokemon League. See 5/8.

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Preschool Drop in at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. 116 Marion St. NE, Salem. noon–2p.m. Free with paid admission. Preschoolers and their parents are invited to explore the children’s museum’s 20,000 sq. ft. Outdoor Discovery Center, also known as “A.C.’s Backyard.” Work together to solve the clues in a fun scavenger hunt and enjoy the prize at the end! Info: (503) 371-3631 | info@acgilbert.org | www.acgilbert.org. Safehaven Humane Society presents “Be Safe with Dogs.” Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, Albany. 7 p.m. Free. For details visit http:// library.cityofalbany.net. Suicide Prevention Workshop. Sponsored by the Benton County Health Department, and located at St. Mary’s Church in Corvallis.  May 16 & 17. 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Of deep concern across Benton County are recent teen suicides.  Benton County Health Department is responding to the crisis with an opportunity for education for those who touch the lives of parents and children. There are only 30 seats available at this workshop, but a waiting list will be compiled for future training dates. Contact Kelly Locey, Adolescent Health Promotion Coordinator at (541) 766-6247 or email Kelly.locey@co.benton.or.us if you are interested in attending. Teen Game Night. Corvallis-Benton County Library Main Meeting Room,

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645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 5-7 p.m. Free. All teens, ages 12-18 are invited. No registration required. Xbox360, PS2, and Wii games provided. Featuring Halo 3, Guitar Hero 3, Rock Band, Wii Sports, Dance Dance Revolution and others. Board games, too! Call (541) 766-6792 for more information.

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Around the World in a Day. Corvallis Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler St., Corvallis. 3:30 to 5 p.m. $5. It’s your own personal tour of the world through the eyes of four Cultural Exchange students at OSU.  Featuring stories told with pictures, demonstrations and snacks.  Space is limited, so sign up early by calling (541) 766-6918 or (541) 766-6466. Dining for Women. Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Church at 2945 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m. third Tuesdays. Started by Marsha Wallace in 2003, Dining for Women empowers women living in extreme poverty by funding programs fostering good health, education and economic self-sufficiency. In this grassroots movement, community members across the country gather for a monthly potluck rather than at a restaurant, and donate the money they would have spent dining out to international programs. Bring your potluck dish to share, your donation (any amount, check or credit card preferred) and be ready for a fun, uplifting evening of friendship. For more information contact chapter co-chair Roslyn Burmood or visit them online at www.diningforwomen.org. Homeschooling in Oregon Informational Meeting. Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, Albany. 6:30 p.m. The Oregon Home Education Network talks about homeschooling: local resources, legal requirements, learning styles, and teaching methods, with ample question time. Call (541) 9177580 or visit http://library.ci.albany.or.us for additional information. S.A.G.E. Volunteer Work Party. See 5/10. Suicide Prevention Workshop. See 5/16. Teen Writers Group. See 5/10. Yarn Yoga. See 5/5.

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La Leche League Tea for Moms. Wee Bunz, 2064 NW Fillmore, Corvallis. 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call (541) 766-0055 or visit www.llli.org. The Third Option—Building Better Marriages. Osborn Aquatics Center Meeting Room, 1940 Northwest Highland Dr., Corvallis. 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. $5/adult/evening recommended donation. Your kids can swim while you invest in your marriage. People can begin at any time. Call Dave Jackson at (541) 760-9637 or visit www.thethirdoption.com for more details. Corvallis Farmers’ Market. See 5/11. Wednesday Crafternoons! See 5/11. Weekly Garden Party. See 5/11.

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Oregon Amusement Parks Program. Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, Albany. 2 p.m. With Darrell Jabin and the owners of Enchanted Forest. Visit: http://library.ci.albany.or.us for details. Sundays at Four: Russian pianist Cyril Deaconoff. Good Samaritan Church, 333 NW 35th St., Corvallis. 4 p.m. Free. American composer, conductor, pianist, and organist Cyril Deaconoff (born Kirill Dyachkov), attended Gnesine State Music College and is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Composition and Choral Conducting). In December 2006, Deaconoff completed his Doctoral degree in Conducting at Indiana University Bloomington, where he also studied composition with Sven-David Sandström. Visit http://www.myspace.com/cyrildeaconoff. Antique Expo. See 5/21. Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. Dogs Gone Dancin’ Canine Musical Freestyle Competition. See 5/21. Family Climb Time. See 5/7. LBCC Performing Arts Presents—Spring Scapin. See 5/13. Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair & Championship Sheep Dog Trials. See 5/20. Pokemon League. See 5/8.

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Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. LBCC Performing Arts Presents—Spring Scapin. See 5/13. Open Studio at the Art Center. See 5/5. Mommy Connections Postpartum Support Class. See 5/5. Teen Yoga. See 5/5. Yarn Yoga. See 5/5.

Albany Civic Theatre Previews Music and Dance from “Oliver!” Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, Albany. 7 p.m. Visit: http://library.ci.albany. or.us for details.

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Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair & Championship Sheep Dog Trials. 38777 N. Main St., Scio. Fri through Sunday. Parade 10 a.m. Sat. Street Dance Friday night at 8 p.m. Nationally ranked dog trials Dog trials 8 am to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fair also includes a queen’s court, fun & games, quilt show, tractor show, lamb show & competition, great food, and the Sheepskin Revue (a local theatre, music production). For more information call (503) 394-3389 or visit http://lambfair.org/?file=kop1.php. Music a la Carte: Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers. Memorial Union Lounge (OSU Campus) 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 12 p.m. Free. For details call (541)737-5592. Travel Tips & Packing Workshop. Salbasgeon Suites Hotel, 1730 NW 9th St., Corvallis. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Free (limited space so please RSVP). Please join us for a fun-filled hour as author and travel expert, Anne McAlpin, demonstrates the secrets of organized packing. Call 541-7572535 or 1-800-764-4222 to RSVP. Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. Disney Dance. See 5/6. LBCC Performing Arts Presents—Spring Scapin. See 5/13.

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Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund. Visit http://www.corvallisshowandshine.com/ or call (541) 321-0630. Dogs Gone Dancin’ Canine Musical Freestyle Competition. Benton County Fairgrounds –Auditorium, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee: cash donations. Canine musical freestyle is a dog sport combining tricks and traditional obedience moves choreographed to music. Visit http://www.bentoncountyfair.net/calendar_ 11may.php or http://dogsgonedancin.com/ or call (541) 766-6521. 9th Annual Eugene Scottish Festival. 3060 River Rd., Eugene. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 and two cans of food, to benefit FISH. Singers, Dancers, Pipers, and more performing throughout the day. Historical swordsmanship demonstrations, vendors & clans selling authentic Scottish merchandise. Free children’s activities and horse cart rides. Scottish dog parade and photo contest, and a variety of delicious Scottish food. Call (541-688-2218 or visit http://www.eugenescottishfestival.com/Eugene_ Scottish_Festival/Welcome.html for the exact schedule. Albany, Corvallis, and Brownsville Farmers’ Markets. See 5/7. Corvallis Artisans’ Market. See 5/7. Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. Corvallis Folklore Society - Contra Dance. See 5/7. Family Climb Time. See 5/7. LBCC Performing Arts Presents—Spring Scapin. See 5/13. Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair & Championship Sheep Dog Trials. See 5/20. Storytime@Borders. See 5/7.

Anime Club. Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, Albany. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Fans of Japanese animation age 11 through adults meet monthly to play Yu-Gi-Oh or other games, share books, practice drawing in the Japanese style, and meet others with similar interests. Participants are encouraged to come in costume, and to bring snack foods and drinks to share. For more information about this program, call Young Adult Services Librarian Doris Hicks at 541-791-0015 or e-mail doris.hicks@cityofalbany.net. Antique Expo. Albany Boys and Girls Club, 1215 Hill St SE, Albany. May 21st from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., & May 22nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free Admission! Oregon State University and the Albany Boys & Girls Club is putting on this fundraiser. There will be a silent auction and concessions. Please call 541-971-2440 for more information. Corvallis Show & Shine. Reser Stadium Parking Lot, 26th & Western, Corvallis. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free, but donations accepted. This is a charity auto show featuring cars from the 1930’s to the 1970’s benefiting the

All About breast-feeding. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 3600 NW Samaritan Drive, Corvallis. Fourth Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Free. Learn how breast-feeding can reduce a baby’s chances of getting diarrhea and respiratory and ear infections. It gives baby an increased immunity against other diseases as well. Call (541) 768-5244 for more information. Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra 2010-2011 Season - Scaling the Heights. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 8 p.m. $15$30. Visit http://www.cosusymphony.org/ or call (541) 758-6822. S.A.G.E. Volunteer Work Party. See 5/10. Teen Writers Group. See 5/10. Yarn Yoga. See 5/5.

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Elementary Strings Spring Concert with 509J Middle School Orchestra. Crescent Valley High School, 4444 NW Highland Dr., Corvallis. 7 p.m. $3. Visit http://www.cysassoc.org/ or call (541) 766-4903. Sprout Film Festival. LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Entertaining and memorable films related to the field of developmental disabilities. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free admission. Donations accepted. Visit http://www.homelifeinc.org/ or call (541) 753-9015. Teen Book Club. Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis. 4-5 p.m. Free and open to all teens ages 12-18. This month’s discussion will be about The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane, a story about an eighth-grader named Molly who’s ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, but also helps in other aspects of her life. Snacks will be provided, and copies of the book can be picked up in the youth department. For further information, please call 541-766-6794. Corvallis Farmers’ Market. See 5/11. Wednesday Crafternoons! See 5/11. Weekly Garden Party. See 5/11.

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Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. Teen Yoga. See 5/5. Open Studio at the Art Center. See 5/5.

Philomath Montessori Kid carts & train sets keep the little ones happy while you shop!

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Friday 27 Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. Disney Dance. See 5/6.

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Albany, Corvallis, Brownsville, and Sweet Home Farmers’ Markets. See 5/7. Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. Corvallis Artisans’ Market. See 5/7. Family Climb Time. See 5/7. Storytime@Borders. See 5/7.

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Corvallis Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate. See 5/13. Family Climb Time. See 5/7. Pokemon League. See 5/8.

Tuesday 31

S.A.G.E. Volunteer Work Party. See 5/10. Teen Writers Group. See 5/10. Yarn Yoga. See 5/5.

Wednesday, June 1

Expectant Parent Class. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suite 100, Samaritan Pediatrics, 3600 NW Samaritan Dr., Corvallis. First Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Are you expecting a new baby and have questions about proper care? Learn about newborn care and talk with a pediatrician. (541) 768-4900. La Leche League of Corvallis. First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis. 10 a.m. Breastfeeding information and support for expectant and breastfeeding mothers. Babies’ welcome. Lending library, pamphlets, books and baby slings for sale. Open to the public, no admission. For more information or for breastfeeding help anytime call Corvallis Farmers’ Market. See 5/11. The Third Option, Marriage Support Group. See 5/18. Wednesday Crafternoons. See 5/11. Weekly Garden Party. See 5/11.

Thursday, June 2

Lebanon Strawberry Festival. Hwy 20 & Werich Dr., Lebanon. Located at Cheadle Lake in Lebanon, this event will include parades, fireworks, entertainment, food and the “World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake.” June 2-5. Event schedule is posted online at: www.lebanonstrawberryfestival. info or call 541-258-7164. Heart of the Valley Astronomers. See 5/5. Open Studio at the Art Center. See 5/5. Mommy Connections Postpartum Support Class. See 5/5. Teen Yoga. See 5/5. Yarn Yoga. See 5/5.

Friday, June 3

16th Annual Garden Tour & Plant Sale Benefiting A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. 116 Marion St. NE, Salem. Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to explore eight colorful gardens throughout the Keizer area are available at the museum, and at all Salem and Keizer Roth’s Markets for $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The plant sale will be at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem. Call (503) 371-3631 or visit http://acgilbert.org/upcomingevents. htm#june for details. Furniture Share Benefit Sale. Bertsch/Allied Moving & Storage warehouse, 155 SE Lilly, Corvallis. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Lots of furniture, household and miscellaneous items for sale! Funds raised will help support and provide services to vulnerable children & families in Linn, Benton and surrounding counties. For further information please contact Michelle or Mona at 541-754-9511. Lebanon Garden Club Standard Flower, Quilt, and Art Show and Competition. Evangelical Church, 75 E Ash, Lebanon. Friday 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday 12-4:30 p.m. This year they will also have a youth horticulture and design work competition, and people’s choice awards. Flower show schedules at: Lebanon Express, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and the Lebanon Senior Center. Call 541-207-8481 for information, or visit us online at www.lebanongardenclub.org. Square Dance. Albany Timber Twirlers square dancing club, first and fifth Friday of each month. IOOF Hall, 738 E. Fifth Ave. 7:30-10:30 p.m. (541) 974-4978 or www.angelfire.com/sd2/timbertwirlers. Disney Dance. See 5/6. Lebanon Strawberry Festival. See 6/2.

Saturday, June 4

State Parks Day & Silver Falls Challenge Foot Race. 20024 Silver Falls Hwy, Siblimity. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the beauty of Silver Falls for free. Day fees are waived on this day only. Regular campsites are also free Saturday night. Reservations are recommended - call (503) 452-5687. Begin the day with a brisk dash over the creek and through the woods in our Annual 5K Footrace and Youth Development Run. Race info and registration can be found at www.racenorthwest.com. Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff. Borders Books, 777 NW 9th, Corvallis. 2 p.m. Kids under 12! They double-dog dare you to read 10 books this summer! Are you up for the challenge??? Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer opens in theaters on June 10. Celebrate all things Judy Moody and the joy of summer reading at this official summer reading kick off event! NOTE: This is NOT a costume character event. Best for kids ages 8 to 12. See store for details, or call (541) 738-0580. Albany, Corvallis, Brownsville, and Sweet Home Farmers’ Markets. See 5/7. Corvallis Artisans’ Market. See 5/7. Family Climb Time. See 5/7. Furniture Share Benefit Sale. See 6/3. Lebanon Strawberry Festival Grand Parade. 11 a.m. Free. See 6/2. Lebanon Garden Club Standard Flower, Quilt, and Art Show and Competition. See 6/3. Storytime@Borders. See 5/7. 16th Annual Garden Tour & Plant Sale. See 6/3.

Sunday, June 5

Family Climb Time. See 5/7. International Dance. See 5/15. Lebanon Strawberry Festival. See 6/2. Pokemon League. See 5/8.

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