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Things to do between May 4 and 10 in the mid-Willamette Valley

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The Arts Center will be the starting point of a guided walking tour of Corvallis' South Central Park neighborhood on Wednesday, May 4.


"Celebrate Historic Preservation Month: South Central Park Guided Walking Tour," 4 p.m.; meet in front of The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. Quality historic resources enrich this pedestrian-friendly tour. See Gothic and Colonial Revival, Italianate, American Foursquare, Craftsman and High-Style Bungalow homes while learning about adaptive use. This walk begins at an 1889 church (now an arts center) and includes an 1892 grocery store (now a home). Doug Eaton will meet participants in front of the center and guide the tour, which is free and doesn't require registration. Information:


The Old Bates Berry Farm Barn Spring Show, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 38021 Weirich Drive, Lebanon. Handcrafted treasures, scented soy candles, rustic garden décor, gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day, home décor and more. Information: 541-401-8801.

U.S. Congress District 4 town hall debate, 6 p.m., Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. The event will provide the community with an opportunity to hear from the candidates for Peter DeFazio’s seat. Seven of the nine candidates plan to attend: Sami Al-Abdrabbuh, Doyle Canning, Andrew Kalloch, Steve Laible, Jake Matthews, John Selker and Tommy Smith. Val Hoyle will not be present; there was no reply from Alek Skarlatos. Bring your candidate questions to this free, non-partisan event. Moderator: Robyn Davis, Albany Human Relations Commission. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Corvallis and Associated Students of Oregon State University. Information: 541-760-2351.


Music à la Carte, noon, lounge, Memorial Union, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. Program by the Oregon Symphony Chamber Trio, featuring music by Portland composer Kenji Bunch, Xenakis and Brahms. Performers are James Shields, principal clarinet; Trevor Fitzpatrick, cellist; and Yoko Greeney, pianist. Free. Information:

Visiting Writers Series Reading, 7:30 p.m., Valley Library, 201 SW Waldo Place, Corvallis. Writer and educator Venita Blackburn will host a free reading, question-and-answer session and book signing as part of Oregon State University's School of Writing, Literature and Film's series. Blackburn's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, the Paris Review and other publications. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize in fiction in 2017 for her collected stories, "Black Jesus and Other Superheroes." Blackburn’s second collection of stories, "How to Wrestle a Girl," was published last fall. She founded the literary nonprofit organization Live, Write, which provides free creative writing workshops for communities of color. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno. Information:


"Kentucky Derby: A Night at the Races," 7 p.m., Albany Historic Carousel & Museum, 503 W. First Ave. Adults-only, age 21 and up, evening of dinner, drinks and gambling at the carousel. Southern-style buffet dinner. When you hear the trumpet sound "Call to the Post," it's time for the race to begin. Bets will be taken on the carousel horses for the chance to win a prize. Each Grandstand Terrace guest will start off with $100 Derby Dollars to purchase prize chances, and each Turf Club Balcony guest will start with double the Derby Dollars. At the end of the night, participants can cash in their winnings for raffle tickets for prizes. A photographer will be on hand to capture your pose as you arrive in your finery; formal attire encouraged. Start off the evening in the Owner's Box Bar, where libations will be served. Grand Turf Terrace and Millionaire's Row VIPs will have their first drink served in their own commemorative Derby glass, free of charge. Grandstand Terrace (general admission): $50; Turf Club Balcony, $75 Millionaire's Row (VIP) table (seats eight), $600. General seating except for VIP tables. Tickets: Fundraiser for the carousel.

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