Tag: Rural Art Center

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, January 10, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 10, 2019
By Pat Edwards

It’s time I get back to updating everyone on upcoming Lorane events. There aren’t many scheduled yet since most were put on hold during the holidays, but, there are a few things that are “back in action.”

The January Lorane Movie Night was held last Saturday and I regret not letting you know about the movie that was shown, “East Side Sushi.” So, let me give you a head start on February’s offering by the Rural Art Center. On Saturday, February 9, the movie, “Far From the Madding Crowd” (PG-13; 2015) will be shown at the Lorane Grange. The main female character, Bathsheba, was an independent landowner in a time when women were not meant to be either. Three suitors present themselves to remedy the situation in this romantic drama, based on the book by Thomas Hardy. The dinner portion is being billed as a Valentine chocolate potluck. Hmm…

Mark your calendars for dinner at 6:00 p.m., antics and doorprizes at 6:45 p.m., and the feature film at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donations are $7 for adults and $5 for children, 12 years of age and under.

The Lorane Grange’s dinner and bingo night will resume on Saturday, January 26, beginning with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and bingo following. The blackout progressive jackpot has grown substantially and is ripe for the winning. Bring the whole family out to eat the spaghetti dinner and join your neighbors and friends in our raucous games of bingo. Randy “Santa” Eschleman is a great bingo caller who takes a lot of ribbing, and his sidekick Marty has her computer handy to compute each game’s prize. Join the fun. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors.

The Crow Grange has resumed its regular 1st and 3rd Saturday dinner and bingo nights, as well. The next one is scheduled for January 19. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. when dinner becomes available and bingo begins at 7:00 p.m. Connie and Dan Suing, dedicated grangers, have been hosting it for the Crow Grange for many years now and welcome everyone who wants to join in their fun, as well.

Another neighboring grange that is going to try its hand at a bingo night is the Creswell Grange. They have scheduled their first bingo night on Wednesday, January 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00. They are located at 298 W. Oregon Avenue in Creswell. They will be offering refreshments, but no dinner.

Jim and I are going to have to see if we can make it. As many of you know, we are “old hands” at bingo. We’ve spent our whole marriage playing bingo. Both of our mothers were huge fans and taking them as often as possible allowed us quality time to spend with them in the years when they were both widowed. Later, it became a fun, inexpensive “date-night” for us. Unlike movies (which Jim won’t go to), or dinner out, we were able to sit and visit with each other as well as other family members and those around us for a whole evening… and much of the time we spent less than we would have on the other activities. It got me away from my computer for an evening and Jim was able to stare at a bingo monitor instead of his TV screen.

These granges depend on the receipts of these fundraiser nights to help maintain their buildings and organizations. If you haven’t been to one, please give it a try and I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy your evening.

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 6, 2018

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

Now that school has started and everyone is looking towards fall, community activities are starting up again.

This month, the Crow Grange will resume its monthly bingo and dinner event that helps to provide funding to maintain their building and grounds. It’s a fun evening that the whole family can participate in. It sponsors two dinner and bingo nights a month—on the first and third Saturdays. They break for the winter holidays and summer vacation, so their first dinner and bingo evening will be on Saturday, September 15. Dinner is served beginning at 6:00 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join them for the food, fun and games.

The Lorane Grange will be getting back into its own dinner and bingo schedule beginning in October. I’ll let you know the exact date closer to the time.

The Lorane Christian Church is sponsoring a class called “Financial Peace” starting September 18th. This is a 9-week course on how to get out of debt, budget your money and build wealth. It will be held at the Lorane Grange on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. You must register on-line at FINANCIAL PEACE REGISTRATION. The cost for the class is $109, but if you need financial assistance, the church can help with part of that. Contact Heidi Rusten Langstraat on the website for questions or info.

The Lorane Rural Art Center has released its line-up of movies to be shown for this upcoming season. They are seeking sponsors to provide homemade soup—3 gallons of meat-based soup and/or 3 gallons of vegetarian—at each of the scheduled movie nights.

The movies include:

  • October 13: “Bend It Like Beckham”
  • November 10: “Hidden Figures”
  • December 8: “The Book Thief”
  • January 12: “East Side Sushi”
  • February 9: “Far From the Madding Crowd”
  • March 9: “Beasts of the Southern Wild (?)” (This last one has not been locked in yet and it may change.)

For more information, contact Rural Art Center board member, Chris, at stacool28@gmail.com or call 541-942-3511.

As reported in an earlier column, former Crow graduate, Chad Alden Andrews, passed away on August 19. His mother, Robin Rene (O’Brien), sent this update that I’d like to share.

I got a letter yesterday from the Life Center Organ Donor Network in Cincinnati… they are the family liaison for organ donors. They told me that all the transplants donated by Chad were successful and the hospital is flying a flag out front with Chad’s name on it. They also sent me a small flag and 100 “Donate Life” wristbands which I will put out to share at his memorial.

Note: The date of the memorial celebration will be announced when it has been determined.

We’re sending prayers and our thanks to all of the fire fighters who have been working so many hours, days and weeks to try to control the many wildfires in the area. We especially thank those who worked so hard to contain the fires that broke out near Curtin, along I-5 that could have easily headed our way.

It’s so sad to witness the destruction of so many trees, wildlife and even, in certain areas, homes, property and human life. It’s pretty scary. Thank you to those of you who are willing to put your lives on the line. Your efforts have not been overlooked!