Sweet Lorane Community News

I’m going to try to get back on track this week with Lorane news, although there isn’t much of it right now. I missed reminders on a few events that have come and gone, but my hope is that I can share some of the messages from my heart with you, as needed, too.
Crow Middle/High School has announced that a new program on the study of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been approved. Students will now have the opportunity to explore careers in those fields. I also understand that the Crow-Applegate-Lorane school board also approved the establishment of an FFA Chapter.
To me, this is great news. Along with being offered instruction in some of the manual trades — mechanics, construction, welding, etc. — students who either might not be destined for a four-year college education or who plan to go to college, but have shied away from considering agriculture and/or natural resources because of the demise of the timber industry in Oregon, will get a chance to get some hands-on experience in these fields before setting their goals. It’s long been my belief that too much emphasis has been placed in recent years on getting formal college educations that they may not be able to afford and may lead nowhere. Kudos to C-A-L!
Mark your calendar! Lorane Eta Theta Rho, the girls’ youth service organization sponsored by the Lorane Rebekah Lodge has set a new date and time for their annual “Parents’ Night Out.” In the past, they have offered the gift of a night out to the parents of local children in the C-A-L school district during the holiday season. This year, however, they have scheduled it for Friday, Feb. 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Parent’s Night Out is an evening where Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 provides free babysitting/daycare for the evening so parents can go on a date, relax at home, or do whatever they’d like to do, sans children. It is chaperoned by Eta’s adult female advisors. It will be held at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge at 80284 Old Lorane Rd, Lorane OR 97451. Contact Tara Wigle, Head Advisor (cell – 541-520-4151; or home – 541-935-5245), for more information.
The Celebration of Life for Sandy Larson, Veneta’s former mayor and friend to many of us from areas all over Lane County, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Middle School in Elmira. Parking is expected to be limited at the school, but the lots at the Fern Ridge District Office, Elmira Elementary School and, possibly, the church next to the Middle School are being made available too. In lieu of flowers, those who want to contribute to Sandy’s memory are encouraged to do so through Mid-Lane Cares, Friends of the Fern Ridge Library or the Applegate Regional Theatre.
My good friend and co-editor of “Groundwaters,” Jennifer Chambers, has been asked to conduct a 6-week series of classes called “A Winter Writing Workshop” on the basics of writing short stories and fiction. Jen, a recognized published author of various genres of books and stories, has recently lectured around Oregon on her two most recent books, “Oregon’s Remarkable Women: Revolutionaries and Visionaries” and “Hesitate No Longer: Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon.”
The classes will be held on Wednesday nights, beginning on Feb. 20 and continuing through March 27 at the Fern Ridge Library’s Konnie Room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost will be $50 for the entire series, and you will get personalized feedback on your stories from Jen
For more information, contact Vicki Sourdry, c/o Friends of the Library, at [email protected]; 541-337-7007.
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