Tag: Ukulele Club

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 16, 2020

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 16, 2020
By Pat Edwards

Life right now is rather mundane following the “busy-ness” of the holidays. For Jim and me, the days are filled with doctors’ appointments, yoga classes, and trips to town to run errands for the store… with one exciting exception…

We have season tickets to the 2020 UO women’s basketball games along with our son, Rob, daughter, Michele, son-in-law, Brian, and the Steve and Renee Grube family. Last night had to be one of the best games I have seen played—anywhere. University of Oregon Duck, Sabrina Ionescu, who is considered by most to the be the best college basketball player in the nation—set records last night for highest UO women’s career scoring and her own single-game scoring at 37 points.

What is so amazing about this team, is not only the supreme player it has in Sabrina, but the standards that each of the team members represent. Regardless of whether kids today are even interested in athletics, the unselfish team play and work ethic on the floor make them ideal role-models for today’s youth—both girls and boys.

I’d much rather our grandchildren’s role models come from the high school and college ranks rather than the professional levels of any activity or career because those who are succeeding are doing it for the pure love of working towards a goal, whether it be athletics, music, science, agriculture, business, education or any other endeavor that has caught their interest. Just doing it for the monetary rewards should be secondary. Good game, Ducks!

As for current activities and news of the Crow Middle/High School, here’s some information passed on to me by Lil Thompson.

The 2020 version of the Ukulele group is once again meeting every Thursday at the school’s music room from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. They have a wonderful time learning to play these instruments and perform at various events around the area. If you’re interested in joining them, just show up at one of the practices.

In addition, the Crow High School welding classes are selling decorative wall-hanging metal hearts made from horseshoes in various colors. They have a hanger welded on them where hats, backpacks, necklaces or other items can be hung on them. To see and/or order them, call the office at 541-935-2227. Proceeds go to help fund the welding class.

The Applegate Regional Theater is also recruiting people for their Reader’s Theater group which reads scripts and acts out skits for area audiences. They perform not only at the ART, but also for senior groups in assisted living centers around the county. Rehearsals are kept to a minimum and there is no memorization involved. They are fun to watch since many of the readers really get into their parts and tend to really “emote” while reading, using different voices and accents. If you’re interested, contact Vicki Sourdry or Marti Byers at the Applegate Regional Theater, 541-935-3636 or art-inc@hotmail.com.

Well, we made it through this past week’s snowstorm warnings with little (if any) “white stuff” on the ground. Here’s hoping we escape the remaining winter and early spring without any extreme weather, as well.

Sweet Lorane Community News, August 30, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
August 30, 2018
By Pat Edwards

This week, as we begin the process of transitioning from summer to fall, I have some announcements and events to put on your calendar.

Robin Rene (O’Brien) posted the following information on the Lorane, Oregon Facebook page about her son, Chad Alden Andrews (March 3, 1981 – August 19, 2018).

“With great sadness, I need to inform the local people of the passing of my youngest son Chad. We are planting a tree with his ashes on my place and will have an open-gate day so people can come to see it and share things they remember if the want. We will announce the date for that soon. His brothers, Jerry and Robert, still live in Lorane as do I. Jerry’s wife Kristy and son Timothy are also Loranians. His father Robert is a resident of Cottage Grove. He has a nephew Jalin in Crow, Logan in Tigard and Addyson in Springfield. Chad was an organ donor and the care center says his organs saved the lives of three people and his corneas will restore vision to two more. Our family is very upset and grieving at the moment and I am posting here so we can avoid telling it over and over. We welcome your thoughts, prayers, good energy or whatever your belief system allows you to send our way. Thanks. Robin Rene”

Chad attended the Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools and was remembered by many. Among the comments were these: “My last memories of Chad were as a bright, energetic, funny, creative teenager.” and “He was a bright light and one of my favorite kids back when he was at Crolane.”

We send the family our heartfelt condolences at this time. I can’t think of anything worse than losing a child, no matter what age…

The Rural Art Center’s Ukulele Club is revving (strumming?) up again and lessons/practices will be held on Thursdays, beginning October 4, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Crow Middle/High School Music Room. Beginners through accomplished players are invited and welcome to join in the fun. More information can be found on the Rural Art Center Facebook page.

A new Lorane resident, Kirsten Barnes, is offering gymnastics to local kids soon. She is seeking a venue for her mobile classroom. Message her on our Facebook page if you are interested in your child participating.

Mark your calendars for a public hearing being held to discuss the Sudbury Charter School proposed for the Lorane area. It will be held at the Applegate Elementary School cafeteria on Thursday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m. You are urged to come join in the discussion and to find out how it will impact not only the Lorane community, but the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District, as well. More information can be found at http://eugenesudburyschool.org/charter/

One last notice for this week… The Balance Restoration Nursery on Chambers Mill Road, south of Lorane, has posted a job opening for seasonal employees who preferably have Wetland Restoration experience, to work with plants, greenhouse construction, and the restoration of soil. The employment will run from September 24 to December 20, three days a week/8- to 10-hour days with pay $11 to $14 per hour. Contact: balancenursery@yahoo.com; or the Balance Restoration Nursery LLC Facebook page.

Sweet Lorane Community News – January 26, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 26, 2017
By Pat Edwards

“Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows…” Well, maybe our days have not quite reached those particular sentiments expressed by Lesley Gore so many years ago, but this past week has certainly been an improvement over what we’ve been experiencing, weatherwise.

The Ukulele Club, sponsored by the Rural Art Center has resumed its lessons on Thursdays in the Crow Middle/High School music room. Age groups, 4th grade through adult, are invited to join them. Beginners meet from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. and the class for those who have already had some lessons is at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. each Thursday afternoon. If you’re interested, plan on joining them. From what I understand, it’s a fun group.

With all the dissension over politics on a national level these days, many people are feeling helpless about not really having a say in what is happening in our country. Individuals frequently cannot see how their efforts leave any major impact. But one way that you can see result of your caring is by serving your community in some way. By doing so, you can feel a rewarding sense of pride and accomplishment. Here are some great opportunities for area residents to make a real difference in our community.

Three positions are opening on the Lorane Fire Board and they are asking for applications from local residents who are interested in having a say in how our Lorane Rural Fire Department is run. Please contact a member of the Lorane RFPD for more information. The Fire Chief is Tom Soward and the Assistant Fire Chief is Jim Bailor. Go to their website at https://loraneorfd.samariteam.com to send a message or call and/or leave a message by phone at 541-942-1233.

In addition, the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District #66 is seeking volunteer patrons to serve on the Budget Committee this year. They will hold 2-3 meetings in May and a meeting in June with the school board and administration. If you are interested, contact Lee Ann in the district office at 541-935-2100.

I hope that these positions fill rapidly. Help is needed and the time you spend in service to your community will bring rewards, not only to Lorane or Crow, but to yourself, as well.