Tag: Parents’ Night Out

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 7, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News ,
February 7, 2019
By Pat Edwards

By the time you read this, Jim and I will have returned from our 4-day visit to Anthem, Arizona to visit our youngest daughter, Kelly, and her husband Justin Fontaine. Since my submission deadline takes place while we are away, I’m submitting this short column ahead of time…

The gears have begun to turn on the proposed realignment of Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and Lorane. The Oregon Department of Transportation is proposing to pay Lane County $30 million over several years to take on the ownership of Territorial Highway which has, until now, been a state highway. Much of the proposed money will be used on a safety project to straighten the curves and widen our section of Territorial where there are no shoulders or areas suitable for passing the increasing number of bicyclists who ride it in the good weather months.

The county has already taken steps to outline a plan to survey a new alignment of the section that will include and address the long-term problem of the Stony Point curves and the geological shifting and sinking of the pavement itself. It’s long been a safety concern for all of us who drive that stretch on a daily basis… especially since trees were cut last year to make way for new power lines and the edges of the pavement leading up the hill are not protected by guardrails.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners was to meet last Tuesday to vote on the arrangement, but because I am writing this early, I won’t be able to include that information in this column.

Our own Karen Pidgeon, a professional artist who, with Alix Mosieur, gave us our beautiful mural, is one of 25 artists whose work is featured in the Eugene Love Show, a non-juried art exhibition that examines “the concept of love.” Karen’s piece, titled “Wolves at Play” is one of those being used to promote the event. You can visit the exhibit that will take place in downtown Eugene just off Kesey Square (located on Broadway and Willamette) in the lobby of the Broadway Commerce Building.

Here’s a reminder about some of the upcoming events I’ve mentioned in past columns:
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School: The Celebration of Life for former Veneta mayor, Sandy Larson; Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School.

Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.: The Eta Theta Rho Girls Club’s free Parents’ Night Out for Lorane and Crow parents… free childcare!

More details on both of these events can be found in my January 24, 2019 column that’s posted on my website at https://allthingslorane.com/category/newspaper-columns.

I hope you enjoyed your snow while Jim and I were enjoying our Arizona sunshine.

Sweet Lorane Community News – December 03, 2015

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 03, 2015
By Pat Edwards

Now that we are looking through the rearview mirror at Thanksgiving 2015, our community is gearing up for Christmas 2015.

The members of Theta Rho will once again be hosting a Parents’ Night Out on Friday, December 11 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 p.m. at the Lorane I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall. The girls are providing free child care for children ages 2 to 12 years of age. There will be crafts, games, snacks and fun for all the children who will be closely supervised by Theta Rho girls and adult advisors. Contact Tara Wigle 541-935-5245 or Mary Houle’ 541-942-9341 with questions or for more information.

As a reminder, too, plan on attending the Lorane Grange Christmas dinner on Sunday, December 13 at 1:30 p.m.  The traditional dinner of turkey, gravy, ham and potatoes are furnished by the grange; everything else is potluck and those who are attending are asked to bring a salad, side dish or dessert. The whole Lorane community is invited.

The Lorane Angel Tree has now been installed at the Lorane Family Store and I believe there is now one at the Crow Middle/High School. The store’s tree is located by the little library at the back of the first aisle. I hope that everyone is generous and takes one or more names off the tree for whom they can buy gifts. Jim and I began participating in this several years ago, selecting two – one for a boy and one for a girl. Jim has taken great delight in buying the gift for the boy all on his own (we don’t have too many boys in the family!) and I select the girl’s gift. It means so much to us to imagine the children’s excitement when opening them. I highly recommend it for everyone. If you have any questions or if you would like to add children’s names to the tree, please call Marissa McNutt-Cooper at 541-517-6608 (Lorane) or the coordinator at Applegate Elementary at 541-686-5140 (Crow).

The Applegate Winter Program, held at the Applegate Elementary School is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15. It will include dinner at 5:30 p.m. and school performances by the bands and choir at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is asked to bring canned or non-perishable foods to be used in the food boxes that will be made available to C-A-L families in need.

While participating in the West Lane Holiday Bazaar a few weeks ago, I was approached by someone who asked why Lorane and Crow were not coordinating their food and gift baskets and trees through the very successful Mid-Lane S.A.N.T.A. Project headquartered in Veneta. Their advertising includes Lorane, Crow and other local communities and they welcome and invite us to join them in coordinating and planning the activities and events associated with S.A.N.T.A. I wanted to pass her invitation on to our local organizers. More information on the project can be found at http://www.midlanecares.org/holiday-programs/.

The Rural Art Center is sponsoring its next half-day of art on Friday, December 11. It’s open to elementary kids in the C-A-L School District. Middle and high school students are also welcome as volunteers. Adults may also volunteer, but they need to pass a background check before being accepted.  Alyssa Shepherd will guide the students through the annual holiday ornament and candlemaking.  Classes are $10, but scholarships are available.  Contact Alyssa at 541-556-8151 or malyssa2@yahoo.

The R.A.C. Lorane Movie Night will also be holding its next movie… the 1925 oldie-but-goodie “The Gold Rush” featuring Charlie Chaplin on Saturday, December 12. “This classic silent comedy includes two of Chaplin’s most famous skits (he eats a most creative meal). Capturing the optimism of the gold-seekers and the hardships and romance they found, this is the film Chaplin most wished to be remembered for. “ (95 minutes). There will also be short entertainment provided by the Ukulele Club and the on-screen version of Tiny Tim singing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” The non-profit beneficiary of the evening will be the RAC Ukulele Club.

There are lots of activities to participate in locally, so be sure to plan some of your holiday entertainment within the community, if at all possible.