Sweet Lorane Community News, May 14, 2015

Fern Ridge Review                                    
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 14, 2015
By Pat Edwards

The Lorane Grange has discontinued its monthly spaghetti dinner and bingo nights until September. According to Lil Thompson, “With other commitments, work on our grange roof, and vacations, there weren’t enough members to get the meal prepared and served.” It will be scheduled for the 4th Saturday each month when it resumes on September 26.

The Crow Grange will be taking a break from its bingo nights, usually held the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. The last one this spring will be held on June 6 and it will probably resume the 3rd Saturday in September.

Anyone who wants to reserve a craft or sale table at the Lorane Grange for the September 12, Lorane Celebration 2015 should call Lil Thompson, 541-942-5701. She can also schedule advertising, for a moderate fee, if you want to list a yard sale at your own home that day, too.

The Rural Art Center, with funding from the Lane Library League, will be hosting a series of workshops to build two “Little Bitty Libraries” and stock them with books. They will be meeting at The Blue Rooster Bed & Breakfast, on Territorial, 1/4 mile south of Gillespie Corners, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on four Tuesday afternoons this summer (June 23 to July 14) to screen, label, and repair books. They will also construct, paint and erect two tiny libraries that will be placed in strategic areas around the Lorane area. On Saturday, September 12, 2015, the libraries will be dedicated at 4:00 p.m. at the Lorane Celebration.

RAC needs volunteers of all ages to help. Donations of new or used books, especially children’s books, can be left at the Lorane Family Store. Building materials (6″ x 8′ treated posts, 2″x6″ sections at least 3′ long, 2″x4″ at least 3′ long, shingles, a very large old microwave, nails, screws, cement) are being solicited, as well. Contact RAC at ruralartcenter@gmail.com to find out if what you have is what is needed.

Volunteers are also being asked to bring their building skills to the workshops. A host is needed for one Little Bitty Library along Siuslaw River Road. There is already a site chosen for Cottage Grove-Lorane Road. The host provides space where it is easily accessible to the community, and looks after the books, restocking it as needed.

Help is also needed to install the libraries – dig postholes, set posts and position the Little Bitty Libraries. This sounds like a fun project that will allow you to meet with your neighbors while providing an exciting new community feature!

We have a new business in Lorane, too. Torrie Thompson and her husband recently purchased the Lloyd Counts Stables on Territorial Road, about a quarter of a mile from the Lorane Deli. They have named the property “Little Slice Ranch” and they will be offering services including children’s riding lessons, photo shoots and pony parties. You can get more information on their websites (http://www.dazzlingponyparties.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/LittleSliceRanch).

Jo-Brew and I had an eventful week, visiting both Oregon City and Milwaukie to give presentations on our Highway 99 books. We don’t have any more talks scheduled for out of town until late June now, so I’m looking forward to planting the garden boxes that Jim made for me as well as enjoying being at home to soak up the sunshine and fresh air. Home is certainly where this heart is!

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