Tag: Community Ukulele Club

Sweet Lorane Community News – December 07, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 7, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I just received word that another former Lorane resident has passed away. Ellis D. Runk died on December 4. Ellis and his wife Karen helped me immensely when I was researching the Lorane history and, more recently, our Highway 99 books. Ellis grew up on the property on Lorane Highway where his grandfather, Jacob G. “Jake” Runk, settled. It is also where our family home, now owned by our daughter, Michele, and son-in-law, Brian Kau, sits. Both Ellis and his father Everett grew up there. I don’t remember ever having met Ellis in person, but I feel I knew him through Karen.

Karen Runk, asked me to pass along information on his memorial service. It will be held from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 at their home at 6955 Glacier Drive, Springfield. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Karen.

The Runk family has a long history in Lorane. As a boy, Ellis’ grandfather, Jake, moved to the area in 1884 with his brother John, sister Katherine, their mother, Rosina Schneider, stepfather, Francis Schneider and step-brothers, Joe, George and Frank.

Jake’s brother, John lived with his family in various locations around Lorane – down the Siuslaw River at the foot of “Koch Hill; near Siuslaw Falls on the King Ranch; in the former William Jackson grocery store; in the house next to the I.O.O.F. Cemetery; in a home owned by Frank Davis that sat across from the Methodist Church, and in a house which sat across Cottage Grove-Lorane Road from the historic Lorane Valley Ranch house which belonged at that time to Oral Crowe. Tragically, in 1936, that home caught fire and burned, killing John’s son, Ivan, who died after saving his sister Reatha from the fire.

A much-loved Lorane resident, Julia Adler, also passed away recently on November 9. Her family just released the following update.

“For those of you who may not know, Julia Adler, of Siuslaw River Road, a 20-year resident of Lorane, passed away on November 9th. We will be having a celebration of life in the near future, and will keep friends and neighbors posted when we have more details.”

I had only met Julia a few times, but Jim remembers her fondly as a regular at the Lorane Family Store. Julia had a lot of friends in Lorane and she is sorely missed. Jim and I offer our sincere condolences to her two daughters, Megan and Tess.

The Lorane Rebekahs will be holding their Annual Holiday Bake Sale on Monday, December 18 at the Rebekah Lodge beginning at 10:00 a.m. No closing time is listed, but it’s assumed that they’ll be open until the goodies are sold or 4:00 p.m. – whichever comes first. Now’s the time to pick up some yummy baked goods for your holiday celebrations or to bribe St. Nick on Christmas Eve.

I asked Lisa Livelybrooks to give me some more information on the non-profit Rural Art Center’s Ukulele Club that has been active in Crow for several years now. This seems like a fun group and they get to entertain at different venues and events in the area.

According to Lisa, they’ve had participants ranging from 10 to 90 years of age in the classes. They provide three 10-week “terms” of instruction for ukulele playing per year. The first term just ended and “Term 2″ will be offered beginning January 4 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Crow High School music room. Terms are approximately 10 weeks each, and they ask for a $10 donation per term if folks can manage it. New members are welcome to join each term.

Lisa added, “If we have some beginners, we may split into smaller groups to catch the newbies up. We have a goal of trying to give away one ukulele each term to one of our learners who don’t yet have their own instrument.”

For more information, contact Lisa or email the Rural Art Center at ruralartcenter@gmail.com.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 30, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 30, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I’m going to cheat a bit and use Marissa McNutt-Cooper’s words to tell you about Lorane and Crow’s Angel Tree Project.

“It is that time of year again. We are getting ready for our annual Angel Trees. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the trees, they are trees that will soon be located at the Lorane Family Store and Crow High School gymnasium. They are decorated with felt Angels that have suggestions/ideas for gift or necessity items for a child in our community whose family is in need of assistance this holiday season. The forms went out with the Weekly Buzz newsletter to all children attending Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools. I just wanted to let everyone know to be on the look out for them in your children’s backpacks.

“Also, the Angel trees are for families in need of assistance with children age birth through 18 who live in Lorane or Crow. The children do not have to be of school age or attend CAL schools—just live in our community. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this year, please return the form to the school office or contact me at 541-517- 6608. Please know that all information received is completely confidential and that the Angels on the trees do not include names; just age and gender.”

Marissa has been heading up this project for the past several years and it has proven to be a popular and much-appreciated way for each of us to give to our community. Combined with the food boxes, these gifts allow those less fortunate to experience the joy of the holiday season, too. Please open your hearts and your wallets this year. Thank you, Marissa for all that you contribute to the Lorane community!

The Community Ukulele group will be performing at a couple of events this holiday season. The first is only a possibility, but they are hoping to participate in the Crow Middle/High School Choir and Band’s Winter Concert to be held on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Then, on December 9, they will provide the “pre-movie” entertainment at the December Lorane Movie Night, featuring my all-time favorite, “The Sound of Music,” also at 7:00 p.m.

The Applegate Elementary School will be holding their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. Along with that will be their Canned Food Drive.

My last holiday reminder is for the Lorane Grange’s Christmas Dinner and Open House, scheduled for Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m. I’ve given you full details in past columns, but one thing new they are suggesting is that you bring a simple and/or funny “white elephant” gift to exchange.

Long-time Lorane resident, Patrick Dearth has announced this past week that he and his wife, Teresa, are opening a new business in Lorane called the Lorane Saw Shop and Small Engine Repair. They hope to provide repair and winterizing services locally and offer free pick-up and delivery for the Lorane/Crow area. Included in their plans is to make some loner and rental equipment available. They also hope to establish a mentoring program by holding various classes (i.e. blade sharpening and seasonal preparedness) at the Lorane Grange. His shop is located at 80485 Old Lorane Road in Lorane, and his phone number is 541-520-5383.

Sweet Lorane Community News – November 23, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 23, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Well, we’ve survived the overeating frenzy of another Thanksgiving day. Oh! How good it was (and still is), though. Jim and I had 22 people at our house for a 4:00 p.m. dinner followed by two tables full of card games going until after 10:00 p.m… There were at least 8 playing Contract Rummy at the big dining room table and four of us playing Pinochle at the smaller game table in the family room. Gosh! It’s been years since I played Pinochle. I had forgotten how much fun that can be. Having family and friends gather at our house each year is so special for us and we know how blessed we are to have each other.

The next Lorane Movie Night sponsored by the Rural Art Center will be held on Saturday, December 9. It will feature what has got to be my very favorite movie of all time… “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews. My daughters and I know the lyrics to every one of the songs in that show by heart. We must have seen the movie dozens of times… “Do, a deer, a female deer; Re, a drop of golden sun…”

There will be a pre-show that night featuring the Community Ukulele Club leading a sing-along. This sounds like an evening I could really get into… maybe they can even strum a few lines of “My Favorite Things,” although I’m having a hard time envisioning a ukulele version of it.

The soup dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the pre-show at 6:45 and the movie at 7:30 p.m. There will also be doorprizes drawn. The suggested admission price is $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for children with most or all of the proceeds going to the each night’s sponsoring area non-profit organizations.

A reminder… The Lorane Grange will be holding its annual community Christmas dinner and Open House on December 10, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The turkey and trimming dinner is free! We are encouraged to bring a dessert or side dish to share, but no one will be turned away. Unfortunately, I will be working our booth at the Holiday Market that day, so I won’t be able to go, but I know from past years that it’s a great event.

Speaking of our booth at the Holiday Market, if you are planning to go between now and Christmas Eve, plan on stopping by to say “Hi!” Joe Blakely, Jennifer Chambers and I share the space in the far southeast corner of the hall at the fairgrounds where it is located. It’s just down the back wall from the entertainment stage and food booths. We offer our collection of Oregon and Lane County history books. They make great holiday gifts. I have to laugh, though… so many people who buy a book from us confide that, “Of course, I’m going to read it before I give it to – (name the family member) – for Christmas.” Even if you’re not in the market for books, we’d love to have you stop by to chat. I’ve seen so many people I haven’t seen in years there, and some who are neighbors that I have never met.

The Angel Trees will be going up at Lorane stores and at Crow High/Middle School again this year. Be sure to plan to take one or more tags off the trees to fill with a holiday gift for a local area child in need. These gifts are so important in making the holidays less stressful for the families that have fallen on hard times. ‘Tis the season to be generous.