Hello Sweet Home community,

Here comes April! I still cannot believe I am so fortunate to be a part of the Sweet Home Chamber!

I want to express my gratitude to everyone who attended our Annual Banquet on March 11th and our incredible vendors, including Angila Tack Food Services, Moore Family Vineyards, Tipsy Gypsy, Santiam Place, The New Era, Sweet Home Senior Center, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, and Heaven's Jewell Photography. In addition, SHOCASE did an excellent job decorating the gym! We would also like to thank our table sponsors for their fabulous decorations! Finally, this year's Best Dressed Table winner is Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital! Congratulations!

You can find pictures of the night's festivities here.

I am also immensely grateful for the volunteers who generously gave their time and energy to make the event successful. Of course, I couldn't have done it without the hard work of the following Banquet Committee members: Christy Duncan, Karla Hogan, Shari Smith, Susan Coleman, and Michelle Knight. Additionally, I want to thank the following volunteers for their help: Sweet Home High School Interact Students, Don Knight, Tracy Matlock, Firiel Severns, Matt Coleman, Jim Corley, Colton Emmert, Kyle Sprenger, Ray Towry, Madi Coleman, Vance Monroe, and my supportive husband, Tommy.

I am excited to announce that nominations are now open for next year's awards! If you know of a community member doing something remarkable, please let us know by filling out the nomination form HERE!

Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you soon. Please continue reading for helpful tips & upcoming events.

Warm regards,
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Pinwheel Garden & March for a Child
April 1st, 9am
Sweet Home Police Station
1950 Main Street
Sweet Home Police Department and the City of Sweet Home are inviting the community to raise awareness of child abuse by participating in a campaign during April. They are encouraging people to plant blue pinwheels at their homes and businesses and to swap their porch lights with blue bulbs. Pinwheels can be obtained from the Police Department for a suggested donation of $2 each or six for $10, and proceeds will go to the Linn County Child Abuse Network. On April 1, there will be a pinwheel garden planting and march, with a hot dog lunch provided afterward. For more information, contact Community Services Officer Sean Morgan at (541) 367-5181 or visit the Sweet Home Police Department.
Sweet Home Rock & Mineral Show
April 1st, 10am-6pm
April 2nd, 10am-5pm
73rd Annual Rock & Mineral Show this weekend in the High School Gym. 1641 Long St. Sweet Home OR 97386. Admission is $0.50 Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Community Lunch
When: Every Wednesday 11:30am
Where: 880 18th Ave -
Sweet Home Senior Center

Every Wednesday the Sweet Home Senior Center sells delicious hot lunches to the community. Senior Center membership not required. $5.00 dine-in, $5.50 take-out.

Please call at least a day ahead if you are picking up take-out for 3 or more lunches to ensure we have enough to serve everyone.
Thank you 541-367-4775

**50 cents extra for take-out containers**
Join us for a fun Easter Egg Hunt for kids! Saturday April 8th at 11am at Sankey Park in Sweet Home.
Resurrection Celebration
April 9th, 10:30am
Hillside Fellowship
501 Nandina St
Sweet Home
Join us on Easter Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus!
Coffee with Colleagues
April 11th, 8:30-9:15am
Get connected to the Sweet Home business community. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30-9:15am. This month we will be at the Sweet Home Public Library.
Bring a raffle prize and your business cards to add to the fun!
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Calling all folks growing a business.
Get free in-person support. Take the next steps with your business and get connected with resources to make it happen!
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Go to the Computer & Technology section
to see the classes listed above.
We offer face-to-face as well as remote classes!
Arbor Day Celebration
Join us Saturday April 15th at Northside Park to celebrate Arbor Day.
Events will include a self-guided park tour, dog parkour presentation by Canine Training Adventures, free* dog treats provided by Santiam Feed and Garden, tree plantings, and a free* seedling giveaway.

*Free dog treats and seedlings while supplies last.

10:00 AM Reading of the Proclamation
10:15 AM Community Tree Planting
11:00 AM Dog Parkour
2:00 PM Celebration Ends

Purchase of the trees was made possible by a grant from Oregon Community Trees.

For more information, please visit sweethomeor.gov.
I am for the Child Luncheon
April 19th, Noon
Join us for our annual I Am For The Child Luncheon at Boulder Falls Inn Event Center, 605 Mullins Dr Lebanon 97355, where you can learn about CASA's impact on our local community and how you can help expand our reach. Our featured speaker, Honorable Heidi Sternhagen, Linn County Circuit Court, will join us to discuss how CASA makes a difference in the lives of foster youth.

Please contact Executive Director Leslee Mayers at leslee.mayers@linncasa.org for any questions.
Tables and Sponsorships still available but they are going fast.
Linn County Road Department is Hiring!
The Linn County Road Department is hiring 19 summer workers in Oregon, paying $18 per hour. Applicants must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record. The jobs include manual labor, such as roadside vegetation cutting and debris clearing, asphalt repair, and the operation of pickup trucks and other equipment. On-the-job training and personal protective equipment are provided. Most jobs run from June 15 to Sept. 21, and applications can be obtained at the Linn County Road Department, 3010 Ferry St. SW in Albany
For more information, call 541-967-3919
Wiley Creek Senior Living invites the local business community to enjoy a FREE Drive Thru Breakfast on April 27th, 7am-9am at 5050 Mountain Fir Dr. They will serve coffee, juice, breakfast burritos, biscuits & gravy and fresh fruit. Drop off your business card for a chance to win a Seasonal Gift Basket!