Showing posts from February, 2011

LBCC Travel at the Tripp Film Series “South by West”

Join filmmaker Gray Warriner as he presents the third film in the LBCC Travel at the Tripp film series “South by West” on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in the Linn-Benton Community College Russell Tripp Performance Center.

Explore the heart of the Desert Southwest through this travel and adventure film with the emphasis on adventure. Raft the wild Colorado in Utah’s Cataract Canyon. Follow the Outlaw Trail of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Discover the ancient cities and ruins of the great pueblo builders of the Southwest. Explore the mysterious and colorful slot canyons. Visit our most beautiful national parks, Bryce Canyon, Zion, the Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon. Explore the drowned canyons of what was the Colorado River in Lake Powell. Discover the past and present of this intriguing land, from its ghost towns to today’s Las Vegas.

Warriner is an independent producer of documentaries and travelogues. He has worked as a cameraman, director, and producer and has won nationa…

LBCC Choir Concert “Say it With Song: Live, Love, Laugh, Sing!”

The LBCC choirs will perform “Say it With Song: Live, Love, Laugh, Sing!” on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Tripp Performance Center, LBCC Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

LBCC music instructor James Reddan will conduct performances of LBCC’s award-winning Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men's Ensemble, Women's Ensemble, The Blue Light Special, and the Sirens. Diana Hancock will accompany on piano, with Jason Caffarella conducting the LBCC Men’s Ensemble. Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir was recently featured at the 2011 OMEA and All-Northwest Music Educators Conventions.

The concert is a tribute to the importance of the combination of words and music to express the human condition. The pairing of music and words has always been a wonderful way to express any type of thought or emotion, says James Reddan. For many, the pairing of words and music often is the way that we can express the true way we feel or think, he added.

The concert w…

Benton Center Acoustic Showcase Features “Acorn Bros.”

The LBCC Benton Center Acoustic Showcase will feature the band “Acorn Bros.” on Friday, Feb. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Benton Center student lounge, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

The Acorn Bros. acoustic duo features traditional and original American roots music by Ralph Penunuri and Ron Snyder. The duo plays a wide free range of straight-ahead fiddle tunes to original story songs, folk rock ballads to traditional old country music in the Louvin/Delmore/Monroe style, and spirited acoustic swing and bluegrass/newgrass jams.

Various combinations of stringed instruments include guitar, mandolin, banjo, octave mandolin and mountain dulcimer. Dynamic, eclectic, steeped in traditions and jamming it out, Acorn Bros. play vintage and new evolving music, playfully-artfully sharing foot-tapping virtuosity and enthusiasm — and spreading musical heritage, adventure and fun.

The Benton Center Acoustic Showcase is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the LBCC Benton Center …

LBCC’s SSH Gallery Show and Reception for Stone and Hammond

The creative work of LBCC theater instructor Dan Stone and stage manager Leslie Hammond will be on view in the LBCC South Santiam Hall Gallery, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, through March 4.

Stone is presenting a selection of original hand-molded masks and hand-sewn costumes from past productions he has directed.

The masks and costumes were made by Stone and his wife, Tina Marie, and are based on his long time interest and research into Commedia dell' Arte, an important theater form that began in the 14th century and that became very popular during the 17th and 18th centuries in Italy. Though it has a long tradition, it continues to be an influential art form in contemporary theater.

Hammond is a master technical theater builder who has worked on numerous set constructions for productions across America. Her recent set design work includes work on "She Stoops to Conquer" (Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 2005); "The Scarlet Letter" (Indiana University, 2005); and &qu…

LBCC Hosts PCC’s “Illumination Project”

Portland Community College will bring its interactive theater “Illumination Project” to the LBCC Albany campus on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. in the LBCC Forum building, room F-104, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

The Illumination Project is interactive theater that focuses on social justice topics. This project’s topic of focus is racism. The interactive format of the play allows the audience to step in and intervene when the characters need an advocate, allowing audience member to make a change.

Audience members can dynamically change the performance outcome. In this way, the Illumination Project challenges the viewpoints of both the audience and the actors in a performance.

The Illumination Project is free and open to the public. The project, hosted by LBCC’s Diversity Achievement Center, is part of PCC’s Sylvania Women’s Resource Center.

Seating is limited. For more information, contact the LBCC Diversity Achievement Center at 541-917-4461, or e-mail at dac@linnbenton.ed…

36th Annual Children’s Play Nick Tickle, Fairytale Detective

The 36th annual LBCC Children’s Play Nick Tickle, Fairytale Detective will be held Feb 20 and 26 at 3 p.m. in the Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Directed by LBCC theater director Dan Stone, the play is a comedy by author Steph DeFerie about fairytale detective Nick Tickle who gets caught-up in trying to save the future of fairytales. As story props come up missing, Granny can’t tell her fairytales and calls on Nick, and some cleaver audience participation, to find the “mysterious figure” and help solve the case.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for age 17 and under. Tickets are available online through Box Office Avenue for no fee at

Tickets can also be purchased at the theater box office or by phone at 541-917-4531, or at the door two hours prior to the performance. Please arrive early to purchase tickets, show starts promptly. Box-office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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LBCC Cooking Class on Making Sausage

Learn the art of sausage making in the one-day class Making Sausage offered through Linn-Benton Community College Albany Community Education.

The art of making sausage has been around since as early as 600 BC. Learn the techniques and skills involved in making sausage at home before you invest in equipment. Class will focus on fresh and smoked sausage.

Due to popular demand, this second session has been added for this one-day class. Class will meet on Sunday, Feb. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at the LBCC Culinary Arts kitchen, second floor Calapooia Center building. Cost for the class is $29 with a $40 lab fee.

Pre-registration is required. Seniors age 62 and over receive a 25 percent tuition reduction. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.

Polysomnographic Technology Free Orientation

A free information and orientation session for those interested in becoming a Polysomnographic Technologist, or sleep technician, will be held at Linn-Benton Community College on Thursday, March 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Calapooia Center building, room CC-213, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Polysomnographic Technologists assist sleep physicians to help patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Technologists ready the patient for testing, track the patient’s sleep patterns, and write and interpret the results for the physician.

LBCC’s Polysomnographic Technologist program combines online and in-class instruction with a clinical practicum. Skill areas covered include the physiology of sleep with an emphasis on sleep disorders and their treatment. The program also covers how to administer, interpret and score a variety of sleep tests.

A second orientation will be held on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Attendance at one of the orientation sessions is mandatory before appl…

Culinary Arts Winter Banquet

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Linn-Benton Community College Winter Banquet presented by the LBCC Culinary Arts students.

The banquet will be held on Friday, March 4, with two seating’s at 6:30 and
7 p.m., in the College Center Commons dining room. All dishes are prepared and served by LBCC’s culinary students.

This year’s theme for the buffet-style banquet is “Take a Culinary Tour of the Iberian Peninsula,” including foods from Portugal, Spain and the Basque region.

A sampling of the menu includes minted lamb meatballs, laquered pork ribs, Beira Alta roasted pork, wild boar stew, roasted chicken in sherry sauce, paella, white fish with olive and sofrito, and garlic roasted leg of lamb.

Tickets are $21 per person and include the complete buffet and beverages. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the LBCC Culinary Arts Department located in the Calapooia Center, second floor room CC-214, or by phone at 541-917-4385.

All proceeds go to support the LBCC Culinary Arts progr…

Valley Writers Series Hosts Author and Instructor Alison Ruch

The Valley Writers Series at Linn-Benton Community College will host a reading by Corvallis author and LBCC English faculty Alison Ruch on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. in the LBCC Forum building, room F-104, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Ruch writes short fiction and teaches composition and creative writing classes at LBCC. In spring of 2009, she received an award as one of LBCC’s outstanding part-time faculty.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Ruch moved to Corvallis in 2004 and received her master’s of fine art degree in Creative Writing at Oregon State University. During the program, she wrote a novel about a comic book artist entitled Comic Toast.

Currently, Ruch is working on a collection of short stories, tentatively titled Human Error. Ruch’s story “Safe” is forthcoming in The Iowa Review. She has published stories in Stringtown Magazine and with the Oregon Literary Review.

At the reading, Ruch will introduce her fiction collection project, talk about themes she likes to exp…

Lebanon Center Free Workshop Living Well with Chronic Conditions

A free workshop on the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions Self Management Program will be held at the LBCC Lebanon Center starting Feb. 15.

This six-week workshop is designed for people with ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, emphysema, heart conditions, high blood pressure, MS, and other conditions.

Participants will meet on Tuesdays starting Feb. 15 from 1 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. at LBCC Lebanon Center at 44 Industrial Way. There is no charge for the workshop or accompanying book "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions."

Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Carole Kment at 541-451-6466 or e-mail at The workshop is co-sponsored with Samaritan Health Services in partnership with Linn and Benton County Health Departments.

For more information, visit the LBCC online schedule at or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Benton Center Computer Care Class

Keep your computer in tip-top health in the class Computer Care: At Home and On the Road offered at the LBCC Benton Center starting Feb. 1.

Whether your computer is new or aging, learn to diagnose problems and find answers using online resources with minimum impact to your wallet. Discover which accessories you need at home and which ones you need on the road when traveling with your laptop. Instruction will specialize in Windows 7, Vista and XP.

This four-day class will meet on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. beginning Feb. 1 at the LBCC Benton Center, room 206. Cost for this non-credit class is $39.

For more information, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944, or visit the online schedule at

Benton Center offers Social Networking Class

Staying in touch with friends, family and co-workers has never been easier through social network systems such as Facebook and Twitter. Discover the variety of uses of these popular online tools in the class Social Networking offered through the LBCC Benton Center starting Feb. 1.

Learn how to personalize privacy settings and share only what you want to share. Take part in informative discussions, have lots of hands-on practice and test your skills in class before networking in the real world.

This three-day class will meet on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. at the LBCC Benton Center, room 206. Cost for this non-credit class is $39.

For more information, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944, or visit the online schedule at

Students Named OCCA All-Oregon Academic Team

LBCC students Jon Calhoun and Fredrick Whitman have been named to the 2011 All-Oregon Academic Team.

The Oregon Community College Association, in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa, recognizes outstanding students from each of Oregon’s 17 community colleges yearly.

Nominated students will be honored at a luncheon with Governor John Kitzhaber in April, where the governor will present each student with a plaque from the OCCA. Students also receive a $1,000 scholarship from the university they plan to attend after graduation from LBCC.

Whitman, an Albany resident and social science major, plans to transfer to Oregon State University to complete his bachelor’s degree. He is an honor roll student and serves on the LBCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Calhoun, a North Powder, Oregon resident and agriculture business and management major, plans to transfer to Kansas State University to complete his bachelor’s degree. He serves as vice president of the LBCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and as a volunt…

BES Offers Renovation, Repair and Painting Certification Course

The course Renovation, Repair and Painting, a lead-safe certification course, will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College Business and Employer Services on Friday, Feb. 18.

The one-day RRP course will cover topics such as lead dust hazards, EPA regulations, prep work, dust containment, clean-up of work site, post work inspection, record keeping, and training non-certified workers.

This course meets all EPA requirements for contractors, property owners, managers and maintenance personnel who are involved in any activity that has the potential to disturb lead based paint.

Class will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 in the LBCC Fireside room, CC-211, Calapooia Center second floor, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Cost for the course is $225 and includes the Certified Renovator test and certificate. Course is in compliance with the Toxic Substance Control Act, Section 402(a)(2).

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-91…