Tag: S.A.N.T.A. Project

Sweet Lorane Community News – December 8, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 8, 2016
By Pat Edwards

I can’t believe that the holidays are upon us already! As nice as our family Hawaiian luau was for Thanksgiving, I’m having a hard time adjusting to the fact that Christmas is just two weeks away. When I think about what I need to fix for our annual prime rib dinner on Christmas Day, my mind keeps conjuring up visions of turkey and dressing.

This is the second time in 74 years that I have seemingly “lost” Thanksgiving. The first time was back in 1983 when I was released the day before Thanksgiving from a week’s stay at the hospital following surgery, only to be rushed back a half-day later with a high fever. They thought it was a complication of the surgery, but instead, an ultrasound revealed that I had a large tumor encapsulating my left kidney. I spent Thanksgiving Day in a feverish fog and had my kidney removed on Black Friday. I had a lot to be thankful for that year because, despite the 80-20 odds against me, the tumor proved to be benign. I don’t dig up those memories often, for obvious reasons.

Fortunately, this year’s “lost” holiday was not really lost… just different, and I’m having a hard time adjusting to the fact that it’s time to decorate and prepare for Christmas. But, you know, I can deal with that!

If you get a chance, try to make one of the two performances of “A Fairytale Christmas Carol” by the drama group on December 12 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Crow High School. Admission is $5 per adult and $3 for students and children. They encourage you to bring an item for the S.A.N.T.A. project of Veneta. By doing so, you will receive a $2 discount. Toys, dolls, stuffed animals, games, books, and coats for children 3-17 are needed.

The Lorane food boxes are in all organizations (Rebekah Lodge, Fire Hall and Grange) and the Lorane Family Store. The donated food will go to deserving families within the community. If you know of a family in our community that would benefit, please contact Marissa Cooper. There is a list of items that are suggested for donation at the Lorane Family Store. You may also contact Roberta Miller, who lives in the house across from the Grange.

An Angel Tree has been set up at the Lorane Family Store, too, as well as at Crow High School. Selecting an ornament from the tree will ensure that a local child or teen will have a good Christmas this year. All food and gifts must be in by December 15.

Get in the holiday spirit by attending the Winter Concert at Applegate Elementary on Tuesday, December 13. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. The school district has always benefited by a strong music program. For many years now, under the direction of Mr. Pat Dixon, our students have gotten a good introduction to band and choir, and the concerts always have provided joy to the holiday season.

Joe Blakely, Jo-Brew, Jennifer Chambers and I are sharing a booth at the Holiday Market located at the Lane County Fairgrounds again this year. We’re not only selling our mainly Oregon history books, but even better… we’re getting to see and visit with friends we have not seen in years who happen to be passing by. I enjoy that part of it, especially. If you visit the Holiday Market, stop by and see us. We have a corner booth in the southwest corner of the main building, just down from the entertainment stage. We’d love to have you drop in and say “hi.”

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.