Tag: Lorane Talent Show

Sweet Lorane Community News, April 11, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
April 11, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I’m finally able to turn my attention to community news this week. Although the going is slow, Jim is healing from his falls of a couple of weeks ago. I’m still his chauffeur, cook and morning help at the store, but we’ve fallen into a routine that works for us both. Hopefully, the physical therapy that he’s going to begin next week will help build his strength and balance again.

Thank you to the Lorane Grange for the wonderful community service awards that Lil Thompson presented to not only Jim and I, but Tara Wigle, Larry and Donna Moore, Heidi Langstraat, and Josie Skeers. We were deeply touched by the presentation at last weekend’s Lorane Talent Show sponsored by the Grange and the Rural Art Center.
While there, Jim and I were entertained, along with about 30 others, by some exceptional talent from the community. It included the always popular Kyle and Jim singing duo who are so popular at our annual Ice Cream Social held every August.

Then, there was the amazing “almost-six-year-old,” Jillian McGladrey, who sang and danced to two songs while her dad accompanied her on the guitar. My favorite of her songs was “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Members of the audience… including me… were encouraged to sing along with her and I haven’t done that in years. What fun!
The next entrant, “Little Banjo” decided that this year wasn’t going to be her debut to perform her dance after all, so she gave us a rain check.

The program was rounded out by the very talented Crow High School Junior, Cooper Morris, who sang and played the guitar. It was an afternoon that we all enjoyed immensely. Thank you to all!

Lil Thompson announced that there will be no Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night held again until next fall. They usually hold it through the school year, but are finding that they won’t be able to do it in April and May this year. Mark your calendars for the next one to be held on the 4th Friday in September.

If you’ll be having withdrawals from bingo, you still have some options. The Crow Grange holds their dinner and bingo nights every 1st and 3rd Saturdays through the school year.

Then, the Applegate Elementary Booster Club will be playing bingo on May 10, I believe. It will be held in their gymnasium. I’ll try to get more details closer to the time.

The Creswell Grange will be having a bingo night on Wednesday, April 17, at the grange hall at 298 West Oregon Avenue in Creswell. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the games begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Lorane Christian Church will be holding its Easter “Sonrise” Service again this year on the King Estate terrace at 8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning, April 21. Following the service, at 9:00 a.m., there will be a free breakfast at the church. The regular worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend all of the services.

I wish to personally thank Crow High School teacher, Heather Hohnstein, the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District administration and the students of CHS for my invitation to participate as an interviewer in the Career Mock Interview Day for graduating seniors. It was a wonderful experience. Each of the four students that I interviewed were respectful, neat, articulate, and self-confident. Those I spoke to have goals for what they want to do after graduation and showed their excitement in moving forward. I wish that other community members who do not have the opportunity to interact with today’s youth often, would be able to meet with these young men and women one-on-one as I did. If they are representative of the calibre of today’s generation, I feel our country’s future is in good hands. Thank you, Gracie, Stephen, Emily and Joel! You are all treasures!

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 14, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 14, 2019
By Pat Edwards

It’s so nice to be able to sit down this week to write my column and actually know ahead of time what I’m going to be writing about!

First off, I’ll begin with the Lorane Grange news…

The Lorane Grange has taken on a new project to help veterans in need. It is collecting and buying NEW socks and underwear and is asking the community to donate additional of these items, as well. They are receiving them from now through May, so drop off your donations of new men’s and women’s socks and underwear to the Lorane Grange during that time. The items will be given out at the Lane County Veterans’ Stand Down planned for later this year.

There will be a collection box set up at the grange on March 23 when the Spaghetti dinner and Bingo Night takes place, the dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

The doors to the grange will also be open for donations on April 4 when it has its monthly meeting. Take advantage of the excuse to stop by and learn a little about how membership in the grange works and what it involves. They’re welcoming new members.

Then on April 7, there is another opportunity to add your donation. The annual FREE Rural Art Center/Lorane Grange-sponsored Community Talent Show will be held that day. Someone will be there to receive your donations from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. The actual event will begin at 3:00 p.m. and they are looking for new talent to showcase. Of course, the long-established performers are always welcome, too. And, if your talent involves things you make or design, bring some samples of those, too, so it can be put on display.
Lil Thompson asks that anyone interested in participating in the talent show should contact her by text (541-520-3637) or email (lilyhillthompson@gmail.com) to give the organizers an idea of how many entrants they can expect. You may also contact a member of the Rural Art Center.

The Crow Grange has launched a membership drive in hopes of attracting some new members from that community, too. If you are interested in finding out more information about the grange itself and/or joining, contact Connie Suing or Patrick Dearth through their Facebook pages.

On Sunday, April 14, the Lorane Christian Church is once again hosting a popular event called the “Living Last Supper” to commemorate Easter. It has become an annual event and those who have attended it in the past tell me that it is a moving, inspirational experience. It will begin at the Lorane Christian Church at 11:00 a.m.

The planning committee has begun to plan this summer’s 2019 Art in the Country Art and Author Festival sponsored by the Applegate Regional Theater in Veneta. This year’s festival will be expanded to two days in late July. The date will be finalized at our next meeting to be held on Friday, March 22, at 10:00 a.m. at the ART theater on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads. We are currently in the process of lining up food and beverage trucks and vendors to participate and could use a few more volunteers. We will also be sending out a call to artists and invitations to authors and musicians for the 2-day event soon. If you are interested in making it an even better event than it was last summer, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Karen Andersen, at 858-525-3580 / andersenk76@gmail.com, or Vicki Sourdry at 541-935-3636 / art-inc@hotmail.com.

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 29, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 29, 2018
By Pat Edwards

For the past month (and a little more), I’ve pretty much stayed at home. I had a virus that held on for much too long. I still am dealing with residual symptoms of it as well a painful shoulder that I injured last August, and, most of all, the loss of my friend and colleague, Jo-Brew. I’ve been quietly occupied much of the time, working on writing projects, painting our guest bathroom and taking a lot of naps, but I haven’t tried to get out much.

Contributing to my general ennui, we rehomed one of our sweet Blue Heeler dogs because I realized that Nora really needed to be the only dog in the family. She is now with a couple without children who absolutely worship and spoil her rotten, playing her favorite game of fetch several times each day. We both love and miss her, but we knew that we were being selfish to continue to keep her with Toby who has declared his ownership of Jim and me and resented the attention I, especially, paid to her.

All of this adds up to what I feel was a minor bout of depression. I feel, however, that I’m beginning to step out of the fog I’ve been in and I’m ready to experience more of life again.

It’s time to make plans and to get outside more. I’m making a list of the plants I need to get in the ground soon and to fill two petunia planting boxes I made a couple of years ago for our daughter, Michele, and me. I’ve begun taking notice of all of the small limbs that need to be picked up from this winter’s brush clearing that we had done and the fact that the grass is growing a lot right now. I want to take Toby on some more walks and let the still-crisp air fill me with new energy and life.

Yesterday, I was sent information on a writer’s “summit” that is taking place at Sunriver over Memorial Day weekend. I don’t usually participate in these types of things, but it is offering classes and topics on things that really interest me as a writer and I’m hoping that I can work out a way to go… hopefully, with another good friend and colleague, Jen Chambers.

I’ve also decided to take on a new book project about Capt. John O’Brien that I’ve been hoping to write for quite a few years as part of my Early Lorane Settlers series. I published one on the Bailey family of Bailey Hill last year, so this will be the 2nd in the series. I have already gathered a great deal of information on this fascinating Civil War veteran, newspaper publisher and long-time union organizer. All I’ve needed was an incentive to begin it. I’m finally feeling it! It’s time.

This column is supposed to be about Lorane events and people, but there’s little news to share right now and I feel that by talking about my own experiences occasionally, I am able to let others, who are experiencing the same types of things, know that they are not alone. We all have our bouts of the doldrums occasionally and I’ve learned that it’s ok… it’s part of life. We need to learn to deal with the downs in our lives as well as the joy. Each balances out the other and makes life much more interesting!

And just to make sure this column isn’t totally about me this week, I need to remind everyone about the upcoming annual RAC/Lorane Grange-sponsored Talent Show that will be held on Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. If you want to participate, give Lil Thompson a call at 541-952-5701.

Happy Spring everyone!