Tag: Rural Art Center

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 2, 2023

The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 2, 2023
By Pat Edwards

According to Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District teacher, Michele Kau…

“The new Crow Middle/High School construction class has been busy building an awesome storage shed which will soon be raffled off to the public. What makes me most proud is the craftsmanship that these students have demonstrated in building this structure—and another one like it—earlier this year. Our awesome shop teacher, Kyle Kishen, is doing a fantastic job of arming these kids with some life-long, incredibly valuable skills, that they will be able to take with them when they leave us at the end of their high school years… and that’s pretty great!!”

This past week, the school has launched the sale of the tickets for anyone who wants to be eligible to win the shed. Two hundred tickets are being offered for $50 each. The drawing will take place as soon as they are sold. Proceeds will be used to help fund future construction projects. Contact the Crow Middle/High School office if you want to buy raffle tickets at 541-935-2227.

I also recently read a write-up about one of the construction projects undertaken by Eugene 4-J School District called “Future Build House.” For it, students work half days to finish construction of low income housing by learning such skills as cutting and attaching siding, installing windows and using the tools of the trade. By doing so, they can also earn College Now credit through Lane Community College.

These projects are life-changing for some students and it’s the kind of thing that has been absent from many of our schools in recent years when so much emphasis was put on college advanced placement courses and preparation for 4-year colleges, while discontinuing the trades classes that have been so popular in the past. I have long believed that both options are vitally important in today’s high school education—even in middle school. Not all students choose to go to a 4-year college whether it be due to finances, academic status or a desire to train at either a trade school or the school of hard knocks. Don’t get me wrong—a higher education benefits all students—even those interested in working in construction, retail sales, auto mechanics, farming, the hospitality industry, computer technology, and so many other occupations that keep the cogs in the wheel of our daily lives working, if they are able to attend. But, it’s important to expose all students to the many and varied choices available to them and not downplay or denigrate the vital role that being a tradesman or, in today’s jargon, “blue-collar worker” play in all of our lives. Kudos to the return of trades classes in a lot of our schools!

The Rural Art Center’s Lorane Movie Night will be presenting another unnamed family-appropriate movie at the Lorane Grange on Saturday, February 11. Dinner,which includes a selection of homemade soups and bread,will be served at 6:00 p.m. Before the movie begins at 7:00 p.m., RAC’s current community ukelele group will perform for the enjoyment of those attending. The last Movie Night of the season will be held on Saturday, March 11.

RAC partners with the Lorane Grange to provide another fun community event on Sunday, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. The annual Community Talent Show organizers are seeking people with all kinds of talented acts and displays—both formal and funny—to sign up for this year’s events. All of the various acts will be performed on stage at the grange, and display talent—artwork, books, crafts, etc.—will be displayed in the grange kitchen for everyone to view. Contact either Lisa Livelybrooks of RAC (ruralartcenter@gmail.com), or Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange (541-942-3401; lilyhillthompson@gmail.com) for more information or to sign up.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 6, 2023

The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 5, 2023
By Pat Edwards

Jim and I received the very best New Year’s gift we could have wished for yesterday (January 4). We were able to greet our newest great-grandson, Teagen James Stevens. Teagen is the son of our grandson, Kevin and our granddaughter-in-heart, Jazmine. Teagen weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs 9 oz, and was 21.5″ long. Best of all, he was born on his grandma, Gloria Edwards’, birthday. This wonderful, sweet boy was also greeted with lots of hugs and kisses by his adoring 3-year-old sister, Calliope, and joins a cadre of cousins who are going to welcome him into their midst. Welcome to the world, Teagen!

The community of Lorane is beginning to pick up where it left off in 2022. The Rural Art Center’s popular Lorane Movie Night will resume on Saturday, January 14, at the Lorane Grange in theater seating. Under an odd arrangement with the company that provides their movies, they are not allowed to publicize the name of the upcoming show, but all are well-planned and family-friendly. A half-hour before each movie, which begin showing at 7:00 p.m., a dinner of homemade soup and freshly-baked bread is served and doorprize drawings are held. RAC has been sponsoring the Lorane Movie Night for many years and it is quite popular with local residents.

This month, the Lorane Grange will be meeting on Thursday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m. instead of its usual “first-Thursday” meeting schedule which will resume in February. They welcome new membership and encourage anyone interested in checking out this strong community group to join them at any of their meetings. They will be hosting their very popular community dinner and bingo night later this month, but a definite date has not yet been set.

As I rush to complete my column today—January 6, 2023—I know that I cannot help but comment on the 2nd anniversary of an event that will continue to tear at my heart forever. I was born and raised a patriot who loved my country unconditionally, knowing that it was not perfect, but it represented “home” and “family” and the pride I felt to be an American. I never put labels on my patriotism… it has just always been part of me. Even though I was registered with one political party, I voted for whomever and whatever felt “right” to me among the choices regardless of which party was represented, and I still do. The extremes at either end of the political spectrum scare the daylights out of me and the events of two years ago have proven to me how much we all need to put aside the hatred, jealousy and desire to have everything done our own way without considering the views of others. We are a diverse nation, more so than when I was a child, but the United States has always been a melting pot of many cultures, religions and customs. My generation needs to step back enough to allow the younger generations to guide their own future. Jim and I trust our own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to carry on the values we have tried to instill in them through the years. I’ve seen so much good in these younger generations who were raised to respect home, family, country and each other. I just pray that their values will prevail, but it will be up to them and their counterparts to guide and determine their own future. I’ve had a good life… one that I can be proud, but I’m glad that I am at this end of it. Our generation is leaving our posterity a huge burden to try and rectify, and that saddens me a great deal.

May God Bless America! Our country needs all of the help we can get right now.

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.