Band collects South Albany donations 

The Willamette Valley Concert Band would like to thank all those who donated funds at our annual Memorial Day Concert in Corvallis. We raised $2,316.49, all of which will go toward the band program at South Albany High School.

We also would like to thank the Linn County Cultural Coalition for all that it does for our band and for music programs in general.

South Albany High School suffered a multimillion loss from an arson fire last April 1. The blaze destroyed the school's cafeteria, band and choir rooms, along with many instruments and sheet music.

The band has two more concerts coming up, one on July 3 in Monmouth, and another on July 7 at Ralston Park in Lebanon. Our concerts are free, but we accept free-will donations at our concerts. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, which means that any donations are tax-deductible.

Anyone wishing to donate to the school should make out checks to the Albany Public Schools Foundation. Information is available at http://www.albanypublicschoolsfoundation.org/donate-now1.html

Once again, thanks so much for your generosity.

Willamette Valley Concert Band 

Albany Options thanks running club

The Albany Options School running class wants to publicly thank the Heart of the Valley Runners club and the Lebanon Strawberry Festival for their financial donation and support.

Heart of the Valley Runners paid the entry fees for Mark Wolfe and his student runners to participate in the June 6 Lebanon Strawberry Festival 5K. The Lebanon Strawberry Festival was kind enough to donate race T-shirts to the student runners as well. The generosity of both groups is greatly appreciated as the students take on a newfound love for running/walking.

Albany Options School

Greater Albany Public Schools

Luncheon honors family volunteers

On Thursday, May 28, more than 40 Linn County Family Service Volunteers met for their annual luncheon celebration. The luncheon was given to thank the volunteers who give an average of 15 hours a week to support each other through mentoring and respite services. In addition, they provide set up, cleanup and youth activities for Collaborative Problem Solving Classes and support groups.

There were many awards handed out and recognition of hours spent selflessly giving to others. There was laughter and tears as they celebrated the individual growth and strengthening of families during this past year. The volunteer group affirmed its recognition that there is no "bad" child or parent, just opportunities for growth and support.

Collaborative Problem Solving Classes and support groups are free, thanks to many local churches who embrace the work and support the volunteers with free space. They are held in Sweet Home, Lebanon and Albany, and are offered to families and individuals who want to develop a collaborative parenting style within a strength-based culture.

Family Support Volunteers evolved from Collaborative Problem Solving Classes begun with five families more than eight years ago when group members had a desire to continue supporting each other after the 10-week class ended. Linn County now has more than 50 Family Support Volunteers and more than 200 families attended classes this year. For information, call 541-730-8716.

Verla Jean Caudill

Linn County Family Service Volunteers

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