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Page 6 RO JNI3 TOWN Vt3t JD O_t3MMI JNITV le  r. - February 29, 2012 A Little Night Music postponed A Little Night Music, a fund- raiser concert by the Sweet Home High School&apos;s choir and band pro- grams, has been postponed. The event was scheduled to be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, but compli- cations developed, organizers said. A new date will be announced, like- ly in the spring. Teens can make money gardening Teens interested in participat- ing in a garden-based Oregon State University research project called Producing for the Future can sign up now for limited placements in Sweet Home. Participants will earn up to $1,200 for completing the pro- gram, which runs from February through August, and will spend up to 10 hours per week learning basic research skills, working in the gar- dens and handling produce sales. Low-income persons ages 16-20 are invited to apply. A recruitment meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Sweet Home United Methodist Church, 845 6th Ave., Sweet Home. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health to ex- l ........... a foursquare church Pastor Rick Ellingson • You are welcome, just as you are 1234 Long St., Sweet Home 541-367-6161 Services. 10 o m Sunday 42250 Ames Creek Road Sweet Home • 367-5106 Sweet Home ' Mennonite Church /J 1266 44th Ave. PO Box 515 541-367-2848 Pastor-Pete Kauffman 9:15 am Coffee Fellowship 9:45 am Sunday School 10:45 am Morning Worship (Nursery and Children's Church) 6 pm Eve. Worship Service II Fir Lawn Lutheran Church llJ+; 109 W. Holley Rd. + - Worship-10:00 am z  541-367-3642 j Sweet Home United Methodist i< J ' Church en Hearts Open gi/ds, -- Open Doors 9:30 am Sunday School 11:00 am Worship Free Meal - Tue and Fri - 5:00 pm 6th & Ironwood • 541-367-307 ,S :" + • 5"/,: • ';; :; Elm Street Baptist Church (Association of Reformcd B@t&t Churches of Americo) Sunday Services: Sunday School 9:45; 11:00 am Worship Prayer Meeting: Sunday 6:00 pm 1150 Elm St. Sweet Home 541467-5883 First Baptist Church 2470 E. Main Street Pastor Danny Wyatt Open Door Church 9:30 Sunday School 10:50 Worship Sunday Eve - 6 pm 6:30 pm Wed. Bible Study I Sweet Home Christian Church Minister Dale Robinson 18th & Long Street, Sweet Home (541) 367-2094 shccl 8th-long@centurytel.net BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH LCMS All Welcome! Church: 541-367-4838 • Home: 541-259-2820 9:00 Bible Study 10:30 Divine Worship 7:00 Bible Study,Thursday 2590 Long St., Sweet Home St. Helen's Catholic Church 600 6fh Avenue Sweet Home, OR 97386 541-367-2530 Reverend Fred J. Anthony Mass Schedule Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am Saturday Vigil: 5:30 pm • Sunday Mass: 9:00 am Reconciliation: Saturday - 3:30-4:30 pm plore health benefits Of community- based garden programs. Gardens are located at West- side Community Church in south- west Corvallis and Sweet Home United Methodist Church, and have been in operation for a year. To qualify, participants• must earn less than two times the pov- erty level. For a single person, this means earning less than $1,815, or for a family of four, less than $3,725. Adults can participate as non- paid volunteers. For information, visit http://health:oregonstate.edu/ producing-for-the-future Gospel quartet to perform in SH Keepers of the Faith Quartet will perform gospel music at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at River of Life Fellowship, 1.658 Long St. The quartet, which has been performing since 2003, is a group of brothers from Hawaii and their cousins from the Seattle area. They have performed throughout the Northwest and in Canada, and appeared at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky. For more information, call (541) 367-6855. Chamber dinner Saturday night, Sweet Home Chamber of Com- merce will hold its annual Awards Banquet, themed "Fabulous Fif- ties," at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Community •Center. Social hour will start at 6 p.m., followed by a prime rib dinner at 7. To sponsor a table or for tickets, contact the chamber at (541) 367- 6186. Democrats to hold kick-off The Linn County Democrats will hold a "Revitalizing Democ- racy" Election Year Kickoff, fol- lowed by a free chili feed from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, upstairs at Two Rivers Mall (250 Broadal- bin St.) in downtown Albany. Speakers include Oregon State. Treasurer Ted Wheeler, "The Mad as Hell Doctors" and discussion of other current issues such as the economY, the environment, can- didates for local, state and federal offices, and ways to network PCPs and volunteers throughout the county. The event will be followed by a "Wide Variety" free chili feed and get-to-know-the-candidates so- cial. Plenty of free parking is avail- able. For more information, call the Linn County Democrats Head- quarters at (541) 926-8139. SHHS Art Show and Sale Monday Sweet Home High School's Art Department's annual Art Show and Sale will begin Monday, March 5, with an opening reception from 5 to 7p.m. in the library. The event will include hors d'oeuveres and refreshments• Art by students and professionals will be on display and for sale. All proceeds benefit the Art Department. The show runs through March 30. B&G Club spring sports registration Registration for youth baseball and softball through the Boys and Girls Club of Sweet Home is open through March 9 at 5 p.m. Those who do not register by that date will be placed on a wait- ing list and added to teams if there is room. For more information on playing or coaching, contact Shari at (541) 367-6421. Forestry Club Skills Day The Sweet Home Forestry Club wilt hold its annual "All Skills" Competition Day from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Sweet Home High School For- estry Club Competition Grounds, between the baseball field and the tennis courts on 18th Avenue. For more information, contact Advisor Dustin "Nichol at (541) 367-7145 or Karla Burcham at (541) 812-3404 or (541) 401-3339. Singing Christmas Tree director chosen By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era A retired Albany man has signed on to direct the annual Sing- ing Christmas Tree this year. The Singing Christmas Tree had been looking for a director since Da- vid Dominy resigned several weeks ago to spend more time with his fam- ily. Don Bacher responded to a re- port in the Albany Democrat-Herald and met with members of the choir two weeks ago. Last week, he met the board and helped select this year's theme, "Star-Led, Wonder Bound," the title of a piece of music he submitted to the board. "I actually had been thinking for quite awhile it would be fun to do something like this," Bacher told the board. He tried to direct choir at Al- bany Mennonite Church for the past couple of years, but with schedule conflicts it was always difficult to get the same people at each practice. "Then there was the article," he said. "I looked at my wife. I sat& 'What do you think?' So I responded to the notice in the newspaper." He called and met with repre- sentatives of the choir at a restaurant in Albany. "The fit felt right with his thoughts concerning what he wanted from a choir and what we need in a director," said board President Sue Olson. "We are genuinely excited • about the partnership." Bacher said he was looking for "committed" people who want to perform "high:quality music." "Church choirs are fine if you have a core group that comes to ev- ery practice and represents the voice of the choir," he said, adding that Photo by Scan C. Morgan Don Bacher has been selected to direct the Singing Christmas Tree. the only time he has ever had that, though, has been when he was teach- ing. Bacher holds an undergraduate degree in secondary music education and a master's degree in education. He has taught in the public and private school systems in Indiana d Iowa. He also taught for two years in Jamaica. He has directed choirs, bands and strings. He has directed numerous choirs and served as a chorister for more than 40 years at his church. In Jamaica, he taught a pre- vocational high school music, he said. "They were there because they wanted to do something in music. Most of the kids I taught-went into the tourist industry." After returning to the United States, he taught in Christian schools and took a choir of about 25 teens on tour. He is iooking forward to getting back into it with a dedicated group, Bacher said. "I can hardly wait for September." He enjoys fun music as well as one or two numbers that challenge a choir, he said. He enjoys using familiar tunes performed differently or joining familiar songs that people may not imagine being performed together. "Those are fun - to take something familiar, old hat, and make it something interesting," he said. He likes to stress the fun and help the "off-and-onners" become "onners," Bacher said. "The bar is high," he said. "We'll have fun, but we'll work hard." The Singing Christmas Tree performs three shows annually the first weekend of December. There is no admission charged for the community event. The choir is all- volunteer and always seeking new members and volunteer help. For more information or to join the choir, contact Olson at (541) 367- 4639, visit the Sweet Home Singing Christmas Tree on Facebook or e-mail Olson at sgolson@comcast. • net.