Tuesday, November 26, 2013

LBCC and Legacy Ballet Present “The Nutcracker”


Legacy Ballet will perform the classic holiday production of “The Nutcracker” at Linn-Benton Community College’s Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, Dec. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

An annual tradition, Legacy Ballet brings the magic of “The Nutcracker” to Linn and Benton counties for its second full-length production, in partnership with LBCC’s Russell Tripp Theater.

Legacy’s performance will feature adult and children dancers from the community. Established in Albany in 2008, the dance company offers ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern and tap dance for ages three through adult.

Tickets are $12 general admission. Purchase online for no fee www.linnbenton.edu/russelltripptheater. Tickets are also available at the theater Box Office by phone at 541-917-4531, or one hour prior to the performance. Box Office hours the week of the performance are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

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.

LBCC GED/Adult Basic Education


Free orientation sessions for GED and Adult Basic Education classes held at Linn-Benton Community College’s Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers will begin December 9.  

Classes can help you improve your skills in reading, writing or math, prepare to take the GED test, or improve your score on the Computerized Placement Test for college entry.

Orientations will be held Dec. 10 and 11, Jan. 7 and 8, or Feb. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., or from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

Orientations at the LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St., will be held Dec. 9 and 11, Jan. 6 and 8, and Feb. 3 and 5 from 8:30-11:30 a.m., or from 6-9 p.m.

It is mandatory to attend both days of the orientation before registering for classes. Classes start Jan. 6. A $30 enrollment fee is due at registration.

Lebanon Center classes will meet Monday thru Thursday, 9-11:50 a.m., or Monday through Wednesday, 6-8:20 p.m. Sweet Home Center classes will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11:20 a.m., or 6-8:20 p.m.

For more information, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.
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Friday, November 22, 2013

LBCC Lebanon Center AARP Driver Safety Program


AARP Driver Safety Program will be held at the Lebanon Senior Center starting December 2.  

AARP’s program is designed to help develop and reinforce safe driving skills and techniques. Satisfactory completion of this class may qualify you for reduced auto insurance premiums (check with your insurance carrier).

This one-week class will meet on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 8:30 to 11:20 a.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St. Cost for the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. 

For more information or to register, contact the Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Business Faculty Joseph Bailey Recertified as Certified Professional Facilitator

Joseph Bailey, instructor for Linn-Benton Community College Business and Employer Services, earned his recertification as a Certified Professional Facilitator from the International Association of Facilitators. 



Bailey was one of the first professional facilitators certified in the state of Oregon. The designation of CPF is the only international assessment process that is based on rigorous peer review of knowledge, experience and demonstration of skills.

Bailey is available for board planning, team building, strategic planning, and meeting facilitation. For more information, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.

LBCC Fall Choir Concert “Sing for Joy”

LBCC choir director James Reddan leads choir students
in a practice session in the Bookstore atrium.
Linn-Benton Community College will present its fall choral concert “Sing for Joy” Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Conducted by James Reddan, LBCC Choral Activities director, the performance includes the Concert Choir, Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir, the Musical Theater/Opera Workshop, and the vocal a cappella groups Blue Light Special and The Sirens. Penny Bazanele will accompany on piano.

“The fall choral concert will truly be a choral extravaganza, with literally something for everyone,” said Reddan.  “We will present a real choral tour-de-force, celebrating the joy of the season reflected in song from many different cultures and periods!” 

The concert will feature different choral works to celebrate the joy of the season, including: Magnificat Mysticum (Snyder), Weep No More (Childs), In Dulci Jubilo (Culloton), Dúlamán (McGlynn), Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet (Gilpin), The Little Drummer Boy (Hayes), O lux beata trinitas (Matshushita) and many more. 

LBCC’s new Musical Theater/Opera workshop will perform selections from Chicago and Into the Woods, celebrating the festivity of the fall season. The a cappella ensembles will present a wide variety of popular favorites including: Clarity, Telephone, Wonderwall, and You Found Me Turning Tables.

LBCC choir alumni will be invited to come to the stage to perform We Three Kings (Meader), an LBCC tradition. The performance will round out with a performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students, seniors, and veterans, and $5 for under 18. Purchase for no fee online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/tickets, at the Russell Tripp Performance Center Box Office, by phone at 541-917-4531, or two hours prior to the performance. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 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.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

LBCC Choirs to attend World Choir Games

Two Linn-Benton Community College choir ensembles have been selected to compete in the eighth-annual World Choir Games held this coming July in Riga, Latvia.

Students in LBCC’s Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, ranked amongst the top choirs in the world, will compete in three categories including Mixed Chamber Singers (a cappella), Musica Sacra A cappella, and Musica Contemporanea, with approximately 300 choirs from six continents and more than 60 countries competing.

“This is truly a huge honor and a testament to the hard work of our absolutely wonderful choral students here at LBCC,” said LBCC Choral Activities Director James Reddan, “We feel so lucky to have this opportunity to represent our country at such an important and prestigious event with all of the world’s eyes on us.”

Leading up to the competition, LBCC’s choirs will give invitational performances in Helsinki, Finland at the Senaatintori (Senate Church) in Senate Square and the St. Nicholas Church in Tallinn, Estonia.

In addition, the choirs will participate in a friendship concert in downtown Riga, and will participate in workshops lead by the world famous “King Singers” and composer Morten Lauridsen.

Held every two years on a different continent, the World Choir Games are based on Olympic ideals, which aim to “peacefully unify singing people and nations connected by song in fair competition.” 

LBCC’s choirs are currently working to raise funds to help pay for students to take trip. If you would like to make a donation in support of the choirs, please contact James Reddan at 541- 917-4550 or by email at reddanj@linnbenton.edu.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Free Diabetes Symposium

A free Diabetes Symposium will be held at Linn-Benton Community College on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the Commons cafeteria, second floor of the Calapooia Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW., Albany.

Diabetes experts will present information on self-management, and a product fair will feature diabetes equipment, services and free healthy snacks.

Co-sponsored by LBCC Albany Community Education and Samaritan Health Services, the symposium is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Space is limited.

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

Monday, November 4, 2013

LBCC Hosts 34th Annual Bob Ross Nature Photography Show

The 34th Annual Bob Ross Open Invitational Nature Photography Show will be held at Linn-Benton Community College on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Forum building, room F-104, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This is a free, non-juried show and is open to anyone to attend, weather you are showing photographs or just want to see what others are doing in the field.

This year’s theme is “On the Ground” or “Grounded.” Nature for this purpose is defined as plants, animals, landscapes, rocks, clouds, water or anything else that one finds in nature and that lacks any evidence of humans. No architecture, vehicles, hot air balloons or backpackers, ect.

Nature photographers from throughout the Willamette Valley gather each year on this occasion to celebrate nature and share their experiences, techniques, favorite places and things to see.

Please limit your photographs to no more than 15 digital images. Send your images one week prior to the show to Bob Ross at rosspix@comcast.net, or send by disk to Bob Ross, Biology Department, LBCC, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, Oregon, 97321.

No major manipulation of the photos is allowed. A slight adjustment to brightness, contrast or balance is acceptable.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bob Ross at 541-928-3711 or email at rosspix@comcast.net.

Friday, November 1, 2013

LBCC Hosts Parenting Educators for Training in Attentive Parenting

Parenting educators from nine agencies that serve families in Linn and Benton Counties attended a two-day training for the newly released Attentive Parenting curriculum, part of the Incredible Years® training initiative.

Taught by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, the developer of The Incredible Years, this was the first training in the United States for Attentive Parenting.

Educators who attended the training will be rolling out the Parenting Success Network’s new school readiness initiative, “Ready Together.” The six-session Attentive Parenting program will be taught to parents through schools and other community organizations, with a goal to reach out to families in many settings so all children arrive at school ready to learn.

The curriculum teaches parents how to build their child’s academic and social skills to prepare them to succeed in school. Parents learn to coach children in reading readiness skills and strategies to manage their emotions, persist at a task, solve problems and get along with others.

Research shows that the abilities to listen and pay attention, remember instructions, persist at a task and have self-control are most important in ensuring success in school. Attentive Parenting is the newest addition to The Incredible Years training series, a set of highly regarded research-based comprehensive curricula for parents, teachers and children.

The Parenting Success Network is a coalition of organizations working to improve and expand parenting education in Linn and Benton Counties and encourage all families to use opportunities to improve their parenting skills.

The collaborative work of the project is facilitated by Linn-Benton Community College’s Parenting Education Department and supported by a multi-year grant from Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative. Training was made possible by the grant funding.

For more information, contact LBCC Parenting Education at 541-917-4897.