On Saturday, March 2,
the African Acrobats will perform at 10:00 a.m. in the gym at
Linn-Benton Community College. The troupe's repertoire includes
feats such as gymnastics, rope jumping, juggling acts, Limbo, balancing,
contortionist, and human pyramid building.
The multimedia musical
Frog Town closes the series at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 13, in the
LBCC Forum. Frog Town is an acclaimed diversity story, enhanced
through projected animations, a live story reading, and live music
performances featuring Portland All-Stars Linda Hornbuckle, Devin
Phillips, Shannon Day, Andy Stokes, Fogatron, Heather Christie, Portland
Opera soloist Victor Morris, and the No Kidding! Choir.
Admission is free for each event.
Performing Arts Series is presented by the Albany Parks & Recreation
Department and funded by: Mom Magazine, KRKT/KLOO, LBCC, AFSCME
Local 2909, IBEW 280, Portland & Western Railroad, Target
Distribution Center, KGAL/KSHO, Allied Waste Services, Greater Albany
Rotary Club, Lassen RV & Lassen Toyota, Linn Veterinary Hospital,
Linn County Cultural Coalition, the locally owned Red Robin, Oregon
Freeze Dry, Phoenix Inn Suites, and River View Family Eye Care.
City of Albany on Comcast Channel 28
The City of Albany took over programming responsibilities for Comcast Cable Channel 28 on January 11, 2013.
channel is provided for public, educational, and government use as part
of the City's franchise agreement with Comcast. City programming
is being developed and currently includes a calendar of public meetings,
fire safety information, and information about upcoming events
presented by Albany Parks & Recreation Department.
Albany City Council
meetings are broadcast live at 7:15 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesdays of the month as of February 13, 2013. The meetings are
simultaneously streamed live on this website and will be rebroadcast on
Channel 28 at other times to be announced.
The channel has been
included in the franchise agreement since 1998; until now, programming
was provided by other public agencies including Greater Albany Public
Schools and Linn-Benton Community College. The City Council
resolution that created the channel and outlines its goals and policies
is found here.
If you have questions about or suggestions for Channel 28, e-mail email@example.com or call 541-917-7507.
Flock to Talking Water Gardens for winter birding
|Red-breasted Sapsucker, photographed by Matt Lee|
Cabin fever? Come enjoy a fun family activity that gets you outside.
Talking Water Gardens
engineered wetland, 577 Waverly Drive NE, is a great place for bird
watching. Plenty of birds visit the wetlands in the winter months
including the American Coot, Northern Shoveler, bald eagles, mallards,
and Great Blue Herons.
Local birders are
sharing photographs of these and other birds on the Talking Water
Gardens website and Facebook page. A flier at the entrance to the
Gardens can help you identify the birds you see there.
For more information, contact Heather Slocum at firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.talkingwatergardens.com, or follow TWG on Facebook.
Help your neighbors. Help your neighborhood. Be a part of THE BIG PICKUP: ALBANY COMMUNITY ACTION DAY, Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Big Pickup, Albany's annual spring neighborhood cleanup, will focus
this year on the area east of Century Drive NE between Earl and Dian
Avenues. Area residents can get rid of unwanted junk, trash, yard
debris, and tires between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. that day. Community
volunteers will be working in the area as well, picking up roadside
litter and doing other work in Timber-Linn Memorial and Waverly Parks.
The Albany City Council
invites service, church, and civic groups to participate; and they
welcome suggestions for other projects that day to improve Albany's
appearance - landscaping a curbside planter strip, planting trees, or
helping a neighbor with yard work are some examples.
Volunteers will gather
and register for their assignments at Timber-Linn Park, starting at 8:30
a.m. All who help out can come back to the park for an
appreciation lunch at noon.
The Big Pickup is part
of a communitywide volunteer effort that includes the spring stream
cleanup and Republic Services' (formerly Allied Waste) annual Recycle
Roundup. It is sponsored by the City of Albany and Republic
For more information, contact Heather Slocum at 541-791-0058 or email@example.com. Let her know by Friday, May 3, 2013, what you'd like to do and how many people will participate.
Thanks for helping to pick up Albany!
Watercolor Society of Oregon in Albany April 5-7
The Watercolor Society
of Oregon will hold its spring 2013 conference April 5-7 at the Holiday
Inn Express in Albany, and three events associated with the show are
open to the public.
Mary Ann Beckwith, juror
for the convention, will attend a public reception at the host hotel
from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 5. Beckwith is a professor of art at
Michigan Technological University and a prominent and titled member of
the watercolor community throughout the United States.
An artists' reception will be held at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW, 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
City Hall will also be
open on Sunday, April 7, from 1-4 p.m. where more than six dozen
watercolor paintings will be displayed through the month of April.
While in Albany, artists
will be found painting at the Albany Regional Museum, the Historic
Carousel and Museum, and at the Wheelhouse overlooking the Willamette
River and on porches in the historic districts.
The Watercolor Society
of Oregon has about 900 members; 200-300 are expected at the Albany
convention. For more information about the society and the
Drive Less Connect: free online tool helps commuters save, earn prizes
Albany residents who are interested in saving money on commuting costs
can learn more about how to do it through a free online tool sponsored
by the Oregon Department of Transportation and transportation providers
throughout Western and Central Oregon. Drive Less Connect is
endorsed by the Albany Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.
The free tool, at www.DriveLessConnect.com,
is part of Oregon's Drive Less Save More campaign, which encourages
people to think before they drive, avoid trips when possible, and change
driving to reduce congestion and improve air quality. The
campaign encourages Oregonians to use transportation options such as
carpooling, vanpooling, transit, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting.
tool allows users to use a private online calendar to track the trips
made by biking, bus, walking, telecommuting, carpool, and other modes.
Participants are eligible to win prizes such as gift cards to
First Burger, Safeway, and Starbucks.
Here's how to get started:
- Create a profile at www.DriveLessConnect.com by clicking "Register Now."
on "Ridematch" in the top blue bar to create a trip, then "Manage Your
Trips" to view rideshare matches. Click on "Calendar" to track
- Questions? Call Tarah at Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, 541-924-8480.
Less Connect has over 1,100 members in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln
Counties. Wasted time and fuel from commuter traffic costs
Oregonians $1.2 billion annually, according to a study by the Texas
A&M Transportation Institute.