Thursday, October 31, 2013

LBCC Benton Center Word Mob Poetry Slam

LBCC’s Poetry Club will present “Word Mob” at the LBCC Benton Center Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

LBCC students and poets will share poetry in an open-mic format. Mic will be open to anyone who would like to share original or favorite poetry.

Word Mob is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Computer Application Classes



Learn the second level of Photoshop Elements, how to use your iPad or Kindle Fire, through Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers.

The class Photoshop Elements II goes beyond the basics to include how to use layers, touch up portrait photos, restore old photos, add special effects, create slide shows and more.

This five-week class will meet Wednesdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. beginning Nov. 13 at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $39.

The IPad and Kindle Fire class will help you learn about core functions and settings. Search, download and use practical and fun apps, learn tips for shopping and how to edit and share your pictures and videos.

This three-week class will on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting Nov. 6 at the LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. Cost is $39.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

LBCC Valley Writers Series Hosts Danny Earl Simmons

Danny Earl Simmons (photo contributed)
Corvallis poet Danny Earl Simmons will hold a poetry reading as part of the Valley Writers Series at LBCC’s Benton Center Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in room BC-234, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Simmons has lived in the Willamette Valley for over 30 years and considers himself an Oregonian. A graduate of Corvallis High School, he is a friend of the Linn-Benton Community College Poetry Club and an active member of Albany Civic Theater.

Simmons’ poems have appeared in various journals, such as Naugatuck River Review, Off the Coast, Shadow Road Quarterly, Grey Sparrow, and Verse Wisconsin. His first collection of poems titled Dancing the Allergic Swim is waiting publication.

The LBCC Valley Writers Series is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the LBCC English Department. The series exists to connect beginning writers with professional writers and to stimulate creative writing among area students, to enhance literary awareness in our community and to encourage Oregon writers.   

For questions about this event or suggestions for future events, contact Jane White at whitej@linnbenton.edu. For special needs and accommodations, contact the LBCC Office of Disability Services at Phone 541‑917‑4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

LBCC Pesticides Applicator Classes


Pesticide applicator classes, including laws and safety and private applicator classes, will be held at Linn-Benton Community College in November.

Designed to prepare senior agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exam, classes provide in-depth training, including extra coaching in math and calibration skills.

Pesticides Laws and Safety, Public and Commercial applications, will be held Nov. 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-213, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW. Cost is $99.

Pesticide Private Applicator will be held Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC- 213. Cost is $99.

LBCC offers ODA exams at an additional cost of $58 each. For test dates, see the METRO web site at http://oregon.metrosignup.com or call 1-877-533-2900. The ODA pesticide applicators exam is optional and should be arranged with Metro.

To register or for more information, contact LBCC’s Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929.

LBCC Hosts Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors

OSF actors Benjamin Pelteson, left, and Eduardo Placer.
Oregon Shakespearian Festival actors Benjamin Pelteson and Eduardo Placer will give two free performances on Friday, Nov.8 at Linn-Benton Community College as part of the OSF School Visit Program, which is open to the public.

The OSF actors will perform selections from Shakespeare’s Tempest as well as selections from more contemporary plays.

The first one-hour show, An Adaptation of The Tempest,” will be from 10 to 10:50 a.m. and features Shakespeare characters from The Tempest, which will be part of the upcoming OSF 2013 – 2014 season.

The second show, “To Be or Not To Be (or The Problem of Happiness and How to Achieve It by W. Shakespeare and various other dudes),” will be held from Noon to 12:50 p.m. and features a medley of scenes from Shakespeare and contemporary plays.

The actors also will hold a two-hour performance workshop at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the LBCC Forum building, F-104, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. 

Pelteson has been with OSF for one season. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, his OSF credits include King Lear, Cymbeline, and Black Swan Lab.

Placer, a graduate of University of California, San Diego, has been with OSF for one season. His work with OSF includes Cockney Quartet 1, My Fair Lady, and The Heart of Robin Hood.

The 2013 OSF School Visit Program is funded by grants from the Bowmer Society, Sharkey Family Charitable Foundation, Joseph R. Parker Foundation, Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, Starseed Foundation, the Helen Clay Frick Foundation, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Havenick at 541-917-4574. For disability accommodations, call 541-917-4789 or TDD 1-800-735-2900.

Lebanon Center Holds Free SHIBA Class Medicare A, B, C & D

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) will hold a free class that covers the basics of Medicare as well as upcoming changes in 2014.

Class is designed to help beneficiaries gain a better understanding of their Medicare benefits and options, and for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare, their spouses and relatives.

This one-day class will meet Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10 to 11:50 a.m. at LBCC’s Lebanon Center Annex, 44 Industrial Way. Reservations required by calling 541-812-0849.

Class is taught by a SHIBA counselor and sponsored by Linn-Benton RSVP. For more information, contact the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Linn-Benton Opera Guild Preview: Salome

The Linn-Benton Opera Guild will preview the opera Salome, by Richard Strauss, on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:45 p.m. at 303 Benton Hall, Oregon State University campus, Corvallis.

OSU music professor Angela Carlson will tell the story of the opera and play recorded excerpts from the score. Admission is free to Linn-Benton Opera Guild members, students of Linn-Benton Community College and OSU. Cost for the general public is $5.

Performance dates will be Nov. 1, 7 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, Portland. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

Linn-Benton Community College and the Linn-Benton Opera Guild will host a bus ride to the closing performance on Saturday, Nov. 9 for those interested. Round-trip coach fare is $39 per person. Cost for opera tickets is not included, and seating reservations are required.

The bus will leave LBCC’s Benton Center parking lot–757 NW Polk Avenue, Corvallis–at 4:30 p.m., arriving at Key Bank–3rd and Ellsworth, Albany–at 4:55 p.m., then to Super 8 Motel–1288 Hawthorne Avenue, near I-5 Market Street exit, Salem–at 5:30 p.m. The bus will return immediately following the performance.

Tickets to the opera must be purchased in advance through the Portland Opera Box Office, 503-241-1802 or toll-free at 866-739-6737 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by visiting Portland Opera website at www.portlandopera.org.

For more information about the Linn-Benton Opera Guild or to make bus reservations, call Betty Miner, Opera Guild coordinator, at 541-757-8949.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

LBCC Computer Application Classes

The class Computers-2nd Step will be held at the LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers starting Oct. 31.

This class builds on basic computer skills. Learn how to copy between programs, organize files, create folders and more. This four-week class meets Tuesdays from 6 to 8:20 p.m. beginning Nov. 5 at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $39.

An additional class will be held at the LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St., Thursdays from 6 to 8:20 p.m. beginning Oct. 31.

For more information or to register, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Forklift Safety Training

Forklift Safety Training will be offered through Business and Employer Services at Linn-Benton Community College Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LBCC Albany Campus, IC building, IC-103, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This eight-hour course will provide four hours of classroom training and four hours of practice on the forklift. Training includes forklift safety, handling and moving loads, principles of lifting, stacking and un-stacking loads and driving with a load.

Upon completion of eight hours of training and meeting the requirements, student will receive an award of completion to take to their current or future employer.

Cost for the course is $149 and includes all materials.  For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.

Friday, October 11, 2013

LBCC Theater Production of “Macbeth – Movement Into Darkness”


Tickets are on sale for Linn-Benton Community College’s production of “Macbeth – Movement Into Darkness” at LBCC’s Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Directed by LBCC theater instructor Dan Stone, this physical theater adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play tells the tragic story of murder, betrayal and witchcraft entirely through the use of music and movement, with no dialog.

Performances are Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and active military, and $5 for children under 18.  Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Seating in limited.

Tickets can purchased online for no fee at linnbenton.edu/russelltripptheater, at the Russell Tripp Performance Center box office beginning Oct. 28, and at the door one hour prior to performance. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.

For more information, contact the LBCC theater box office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services at 541‑917‑4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

Free Pharmacy Technician Information Sessions



LBCC is offering two free Pharmacy Technician Program pre-application information sessions for those interested in training to work as a Pharmacy Technician.



The sessions will be held Monday, Oct. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. 

No need to pre-register to attend the session.

Attendance at the session is mandatory in order to take the program.

The 18-week Pharmacy Technician Program starts Feb. 3 and runs through June 6, 2014.

Skill areas covered include customer service, pharmacy math, pharmacy laws and rules, pharmaceutical vocabulary, prescriptions, billing, insurance, industry software, pharmacology and on-the-job training.

Cost for the program is $5,000 and includes all books and supplies. The program is eligible for financial aid.

Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at www.linnbenton.edu/go/forms. For more information, contact LBCC Healthcare, ELearning and Media at 541-917-4923.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Grand Opening for New Advanced Transportation Technology Center

ATTC site in Lebanon, Oregon.
Linn-Benton Community College will hold a Grand Opening for its new Advanced Transportation Technology Center at 2000 Oak Street in Lebanon on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tours of the new facilities will be given after a brief program, which begins at 5:15 p.m. and is open to the public.

The center is the only major broad-spectrum training facility between Seattle and San Francisco for students learning to service alternative fuel vehicles, and will serve as a first step toward creating a base for alternative fuel technology in the Willamette Valley.

The facility has state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including a dynamometer diagnostic tool, the only one of its kind between Vancouver, BC and San Francisco.

LBCC automotive students and technicians already in the field will receive training at the center on vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, propane, electric and biodiesel as well as traditional fuel vehicles.

Future plans for the site include building a new 10,000-square-foot innovation center, and construction of compressed natural gas and propane fueling stations, and electric vehicle charging stations.

In addition, LBCC continues to raise funds to support moving its heavy equipment and diesel program to the center, with plans for a 20,000-square-foot building to be built on site for the program.

The college has raised approximately $6.7 million for the project, with more than $2 million in private donations, $1.5 million from the Economic Development Administration, $1.4 million from the City of Lebanon Urban Renewal District, $800,000 from Oregon lottery funds, $350,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust,  $170,000 from Pacific Propane Gas Association, $150,000 from the LBCC Foundation, $100,000 from the Lebanon Industrial Development Corporation, $60,000 from Consumer’s Power, NW Natural and Pacific Power, and $50,000 from Drive Oregon.

Industry partners for the ATTC project include Snap On, Pacific Power, John and Phil’s Toyota, and CoEnergy Propane of Corvallis. 

This event is co-sponsored by Northwest Natural, which is providing food and refreshments, and the LBCC Foundation. For more information, contact the LBCC Foundation office at 541-917-4209.

LBCC Veterinary Assistant Information Sessions

Two free Veterinary Assistant Program information sessions will be held at Linn-Benton Community College for those interested in training to become a Veterinary Assistant.

These pre-application sessions will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 2 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Calapooia Center, room CC-212.

No preregistration needed to attend. Attendance at the information session is mandatory in order to take the program.

The 17-week LBCC Veterinary Assistant Program starts Jan. 6 and runs through May 2, 2014. Skill areas covered include basic education and experience in common disease states, commonly used medical and surgical techniques, and an introduction to hospital management, business procedures and radiation safety.
 
Cost for the program is $4,500. The program is eligible for financial aid. Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at www.linnbenton.edu/go/forms.

For more information, contact LBCC Healthcare, ELearning and Media division at 541-917-4923.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

LBCC Driver Education Begins Oct. 14

Drivers Education classes at Linn-Benton Community College begin Oct. 14.

The course includes Oregon state mandated 30 hours of classroom instruction, a three-hour parent/student orientation at first meeting plus 12 hours behind-the wheel practice and driver observation. 

Registration requirements include completed packet, fee, original driver permit and one photocopy. Students must register at the college. Online registration is not available.

Registration packets are available at all centers one week prior to registration or online at www.linnbenton.edu/driver-education.

Cost for the course is $259 for ages 17 and under, $429 for ages 18 and over. Class must be dropped 24 hours prior to start date for refund.

LBCC’s Driver Education program serves students throughout Linn and Benton counties and is approved by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

For more information, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.

LBCC GED Testing Changes

Students working on getting their General Education Development (GED) certificate are encouraged to finish their testing as soon as possible.

The current version of the GED tests will expire at the end of this year, and will be replaced Jan. 2, 2014 with a new test. To avoid having to start over, students must pass all five tests in reading, science, social studies, math and writing by the end of the year.

Linn-Benton Community College offers GED classes to help you prepare to take the tests. You must attend a free two-session orientation before registering for classes.

Orientation sessions will be offered the week of October 28, and GED classes will begin the week of November 4. There is a $30 enrollment fee due at registration.

Orientations and classes are available at the LBCC Albany campus, the LBCC Benton Center in Corvallis, and the LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers. Dates and times vary. 

If you are ready to take the GED tests, contact the LBCC Student Assessment Center at 541-917-4781.

For more information on classes, call LBCC Adult Basic Education/General Education Development at 541-917-4710.

LBCC Lebanon Center Going into Business Workshop

A free one-day workshop for those thinking of starting a business will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 3:20 p.m. at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

The Going Into Business workshop will cover the rules, regulations, financing, customers, market and feasibility of your business idea.

For more information or to register, call the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 514-917-4923.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Digital SLR Photo Class Oct. 9

A digital photography class Enhance Your Digital SLR Skills will be held at Linn-Benton Community College starting Oct. 9.

Learn how to use your new or older digital SLR camera including how to control exposure, stop action, portraiture, landscape, and high dynamic range using Photoshop Elements for photo editing and enhancement.

This five-week class will meet Wednesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, McKenzie Hall room MKH-209, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.  Cost is $59.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.

LBCC Social Media Class


A class on understanding social media will be held at Linn-Benton Community College starting Oct. 21.

Learn about online networking, news, wikis, and other terms and take the mystery out of using social media.

The four-week Understanding Social Media class will meet Mondays from 6:30 to 8:20 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, Forum room F-202, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.