Tag: Angel Tree

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 5, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 05, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I have a huge apology to make to my editors again this week. With the busy-ness of the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and the wonderful day, itself, I let the deadline for my column pass me by. A gentle reminder late on Saturday Miss Calliopebrought the realization that my ability to multi-task these days is definitely slipping. I quickly wrote a column and submitted it on Sunday morning (three days late), with the instructions to use it this week if it could not be squeezed into last week’s paper, in time. So, if you are reading this one, then you already know that Jim and I have been blessed with a beautiful new great-granddaughter, Calliope Jean Stevens, who was born on Thanksgiving Day. Her name is unusual and we’ve had many comments on it. Our grandson, Kevin, picked it out from the long list of baby names he and Jazmine scoured when they found out they were having a girl. I have no doubt that she will be called “Callie” or “C.J.” as she grows, but for now, she’s our little Calliope.

I want to quickly update you on my participation in the Fern Ridge Community Choir and our plans to do a holiday sing-along concert the week before Christmas. A few columns ago, I told you how difficult it was for me to learn choir parts of the beloved Christmas carols I have sung all of my life. I don’t read music and being an alto, the harmony parts don’t come very close to the melody. I vowed, though, that I was going to stick it out and make the most of this wonderful opportunity.

Well, I’m progressing and am really enjoying the experience of doing something out of my comfort zone. There are only a few songs that we are singing harmony on as our rehearsal time is limited, so I’ll be able to sing the melodies on most; but I’m catching on to learning the alto parts of harmony with the help of YouTube. I found I can sing along with one of the various alto samples of “Carol of the Bells” while sitting at my computer. It’s wonderful!

The choir will sing quite a few of the other beautiful, familiar carols and at the end, the audience will be invited to sing some of the rollicking favorites with us—“Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” We’ll be holding the performances at the Applegate Regional Theater, 87230 Central Rd, Eugene, OR 97402 (the corner of Central and Fleck Roads) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22. I hope that we can fill the house. It will be so much fun!

The Angel Trees are now in place at the Lorane Family Store in Lorane and at the Crow Middle/High School in Crow for those who want to buy holiday gifts for local children of families in need. Be sure and stop by and select one or more ornaments that give ages and needs or wants of each child from the trees and bring back a new, unwrapped gift for that child. The gifts will be wrapped by volunteers and delivered to the families by Christmas.

The food boxes are also in place throughout Lorane… at the Grange, the Lorane Family Store, the Lorane Deli, and the Lorane Christian Church.

Let’s all be generous in our giving again this year so that each of us, no matter our circumstances, can enjoy this holiday season!

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 13, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 13, 2018
By Pat Edwards

The holidays this year are like a speeding train and taking a whole week out of my life to deal with the flu derailed my plans to get the house decorated and shopping started. I think I’m back on track for now anyway… at least the shopping part of it. Because our family has grown to giant proportions over the past few years, Jim’s and my focus is on making sure the little ones get to rip open presents on Christmas morning. The older members get small, funk, token gifts when we all gather at our house for a Christmas breakfast and then, later, a dinner for those who are able to stay. For the adults, our biggest blessing is to be together to celebrate.

I’m always reminded this time of year of a Christmas story told to me by one of Lorane’s “old timers,” Lyle Conrad, who Nancy, Marna and I interviewed in 1987 for our book. Lyle had grown up in the Ham Road area of Lorane and at the time of the interview, lived with his wife Hazel and family in their home at the base of Stony Point. The story was included in our books, Sawdust and Cider and From Sawdust and Cider to Wine.
“Lyle Conrad remembers his father, Orville, telling of one of his Christmases as a child. Orville said he was hoping to get an orange that Christmas, and sure enough, that was what he got. Orville said, ‘Well, at least I got my Hope.’”

Let’s all “hope” for those things that are attainable in our current circumstances, but never allow our dreams to darken. We all have the potential to work toward the goals we set for ourselves. We just need to want them badly enough.

The Angel Tree at the Lorane Family Store is continuing to have its “fruit” plucked daily and as of this writing it is bare again, thanks to the giving spirit of our community that is making sure that each child in our midst has his or her “hopes” fulfilled. Regardless of the holiday each family is celebrating, it becomes especially meaningful when we share our bounty with others. Thank you to all of the generous souls who have fulfilled an angel’s wish. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) when you participate, you end up feeling that you are being gifted, too.

Just a couple events that I haven’t reported on recently that you may want to take part in…

Yoga classes are being offered at 9:30 a.m., Thursdays, and/or 6:15 p.m., under the stars, on Tuesdays. Yoga is a fun, safe way to develop balance, inner strength, flexibility, relaxation and stress relief! This class is for all levels regardless of yoga experience. It’s offered by Happy Hikers’ Fitness located at 29077 Cottage Grove-Lorane Road; call 818-535-0670 for more information or check out their Facebook page. A few spots are available; $12 donation is requested for each class.

Evening classes are held under the stars, in a yurt and a bonus of tea and cookies after the class is offered. Come let your inner radiance shine.

I have a note from Beverley Sieminski reminding those who expressed interest in the group she formed for spinning, knitting, crocheting, quilting—“whatever”—that they have begun meeting again. They met last Thursday and hope to interest others who might want to join them after the holidays. According to Beverley, it’s a very casual group that meets at her loft shop on Siuslaw River Road. She has lots of supplies and those who want to learn how to do one of these crafts are encouraged to attend. I don’t have Beverley’s contact info, but she can be messaged on the Lorane Facebook page.

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 6, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 6, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Despite getting my flu shot this fall, I’ve been laid low with chills and everything from my head and eyes to my hips and back has been screaming with aches for the past couple of days. As a consequence, I don’t feel very witty, but there are some things I wanted to share with you today.

A call this morning put a huge smile on my face… Jim and I have been blessed with our newest great-grandchild. She was born to our granddaughter, Stephanie, and her husband, Chad Furlong, and joins two sisters on their sheep ranch in Roseburg. Little Miss Shiloh Kate Furlong weighed in at 9 lbs. 3 oz. and we can’t wait to meet her… but, we’ll have to wait until I’m sure I’m not going to be spreading around any flu bugs. Welcome to the world Sweet Shiloh Kate!

Last week, I included a short blurb about the Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 in my column. I was hoping to tell you more about it, but didn’t have the information at the time. The club just celebrated its 10th year.

According to Head Advisor, Tara Wigle, “We currently have 19 members and 3 of them have been elected Jurisdictional officers of Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly. Stephanie Wigle is the current Jr. Past President, Bethany Struthers is the current President and Moira Struthers is the current Warden. Eta Theta Rho #94 won the club community service award at Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly with over 300 hours of community service last year.

“Examples of our community service included events such as litter pick-up, writing letters and making gift boxes for active duty soldiers and cemetery clean-up. We have had four of our girls earn the Girl of the Year Awards including Sierra Lloyd, Stephanie Wigle, Bethany Struthers and Moira Struthers.

“Theta Rho Girls learn leadership, citizenship and teamwork while having fun at meetings and also traveling where they meet new friends across the United States. The girls also learn skills such as public speaking and interacting with peers and adults.”

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday during the school year at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge and always welcomes new members between the ages of 8-18 at any meeting. Contact Tara Wigle at 541-520-4151.

The Angel Trees for Crow-Applegate-Lorane children has so far been a huge success. Marissa McNutt Cooper is trying to keep angels on the trees, but the one at the Lorane Family Store is usually stripped soon after she hangs new ones. Please be sure that Marissa has the names and info of any child in the community whose holidays would be so much merrier if there was a special gift awaiting them. Give her a call if you would like to add some names to Marissa’s list – 541-517-6608. All info will be kept confidential. The angels that are hung on the tree just have the child’s age, gender and a description of what they would love to find under their tree.

Don’t forget to keep those boxes for food and warm clothing full, too!

I hope that you all have been enjoying this beautiful, sunny weather, even if it is cold outside… at least, it looks pretty from my window.