Tag: Rural Art Center

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!

Sweet Lorane Community News, May 17, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 17, 2018
By Pat Edwards

I have a few leftover items from the Lorane Community Association’s recent meeting to tell you about. I wasn’t able to get everything included last week.

Volunteers are being sought to help with the Lorane Senior Lunch Program. Each week, area seniors are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch accompanied by entertainment and social interaction. Linda DeBos has been fixing the meals for quite some time, but she needs some volunteer help to keep it going. If you have some free time on Mondays through the lunch hour, contact Linda. Unfortunately, I don’t have a phone number for her, but a message can be left for her at the Lorane Family Store or Lorane Deli.

For those who have not heard, the Rural Art Center sponsors a monthly rug hooking group. No experience is needed and the members will show you how it’s done. If rug hooking doesn’t interest you, there are other craft projects you can do with the group, as well. Contact Mina Knittel at the Lorane Deli for information on days, times and locations of where they are currently meeting since the venues and times tend to change with the season.

Mike and Joanne Cantrell are active in veterans’ groups in the Lorane area and work to support those who have served our country in the past. They are currently selling tickets for a motorcycle raffle to benefit Lane County veterans! The tickets are $20 and only 2,000 will be sold! Please contact the Cantrells for details. A message can be left for them at the Lorane Family Store.

The Lane County veterans also will be doing their annual ‘Stand Down’ at the fairgrounds on October 3rd. They will be collecting warm winter coats later this fall, so keep them in mind if you clean out your closets between now and then.

A community-wide yard sale is being considered for next month if there seems to be enough interest. Contact an LCA member if you are interested in taking part and/or if you have suggestions or want to help organize it.

On August 4th, the Applegate Regional Theater north of Crow is going to host a new annual event—”Art in the Country”—at the theater property on the corner of Central and Fleck Roads. The property is part of the former Central School and the event will take place on the grounds outside and behind the buildings. Booths and displays proposed include juried professional art, selected amateur and kids’ art as well as visual art of all kinds—fabric, glass, sculpture, photography, writing, etc. There will be live musical entertainment on two stages as well as demonstrations, readings, a wine bar, a beer garden, and a kid’s area, among other things. The ART is hoping that anyone interested in helping to make this a big success, contact Karen Andersen at andersenk76@gmail.com.

The Crow High School graduation this year will be held on Friday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Congratulations, Seniors!

The Crow Middle/High School Booster Club is losing a couple of the senior moms who have been very involved in the good workings of the group for several years. It’s now time for others to step up and fill the huge shoes that they will be leaving. The group needs more members and more organizers to keep it going. Over the past few years, the Booster Club has been extremely successful in fundraising that has resulted in major benefits to classrooms and students of all ages in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District.

It’s time to begin keeping an eye on the Lorane Farmer’s Market food stand in front of the Lorane Deli. I understand that there may be some plant starts for your gardens as well as the produce they will eventually produce.

Summer’s coming!