A Celebration of the Life of Local Artist James Kirk at River Gallery – Aug. 5 – Sept. 5

A Celebration of the Life of Local Artist James Kirk

August 5, 2021 – September 5, 2021

River Gallery in Independence | 184 Main Street, Independence, Oregon

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

A large group of drawings and paintings by James Kirk have been thoughtfully selected from his studio. The collection of both framed and unframed pieces will be available.

Look for updated event information on Facebook and on the website at https://www.rivergalleryart.com

Contact:   (503) 838-6171

72nd annual Salem Art Fair & Festival – Virtual – July 16 – 25

Virtual Salem Art Fair & Festival

July 16 – 25, 2021



Thank you for supporting the arts by attending the Salem Art Fair & Festival!

Monmouth’s Music In The Park is Back! – July and August

Monmouth’s Music In The Park is Back!

Wednesdays (July and August) | 6:30 PM

Monmouth Main Street Park (100 block of Main Street East)

Music In The Park is a summer music series in Main Street Park in Monmouth. Concerts are held every Wednesday during July and August.

The music series was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Concerts start at 6:30 PM. 

Bring a chair, blanket, picnic basket, and enjoy an evening of music outdoors.

Annual #SalemOr MAKE MUSIC – Mon. June 21st

Make Music Salem

Monday, June 21, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Downtown Salem and Taproot at the Old Mill Cafe

Make Music Day is dedicated to celebrate music by any and all!

The festivities will take place on June 21st from 11 AM – 11 PM featuring performers downtown as well as the main stage at the Old Mill Cafe.
There is no better way to celebrate the first day of summer than making some noise! Come and join us for a full day of beautiful melodies. 

For more information about Make Music Day and who will be performing, visit here.

Schedule: https://www.makemusicsalem.org/schedule

The chemeketa car choirs in #salemor – Fri. June 4 and Sat. June 5th

The Chemeketa Car Choirs

Friday, June 4, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Blue Lot at Chemeketa Community College in Salem | In front of Building 37

Saturday, June 5, 2021 | 4:00 PM

Blue Lot at CCC in front of Building 37

  • The Chemeketa Car Choirs are in the final stages of preparations for their Spring performances and would love to have you come experience the magic! Students gathered over the term and sang into microphones from the comfort of their cars, and tuned into a radio station that allowed them to hear the conductor, the piano player and their fellow classmates.
    • The evening choir will be performing a selection of standard choral classics in four different languages on Friday evening, June 4th, at 7:00pm in the Blue Lot on the Salem campus of Chemeketa Community College in front of Building 37 (link to map). All you have to do is show up, tune your car radios to FM 88.9 and enjoy!
    • The day choir is performing a Broadway revue they’re calling “CaRbaret!” This performance will feature the choir with six different Broadway classics, along with a selection of outstanding soloists. This performance will be on Saturday, June 5th, at 4:00pm–also in the Blue Lot in front of Building 37, but for this one you’ll want to tune your car radios to FM 89.3.

#salemOR Neighborhood Garden Tours – Sat. & Sun. June 5th & 6th

Lord & Schryver Conservancy present:

Neighborhood Garden Tour

Saturday and Sunday, June 5th and 6th, 2021 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Stroll through attractive and unique residential gardens in the Historic Court-Chemeketa Neighborhood, east of downtown Salem, Oregon.

A family-friendly event featuring nine neighborhood gardens. Our 2nd annual tour is the successor to the popular garden tours run by Gilbert House Children’s Museum for 21 years.

The self-guided garden tour is an annual fundraiser for Lord & Schryver Conservancy. Learn more about the organization and our tour sponsors at www.lordschryver.org. The ticket price is just $20 per person ages 16 and older and free under age 16.

This year, limited timed entry tickets will be sold to comply with COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Select to come Saturday or Sunday and on the hour between 10am and 3pm. No tickets may be purchased on site during the garden tour.

Farm fresh boxed lunches featuring health savories, sweets and beverage, generously supplied by Minto Growers, may be ordered ahead for $15.00 (order at bottom of ticket screen.) Pick up at the event to enjoy on site before or after your tour.

Parking is available on street, and in Court Street Church parking lot (except 10-1pm Sunday.)

Garden terrain varies and may not be suitable for those with mobility challenges. Please keep that in mind when planning your visit.

To get to the Lord & Schryver webpage and to pick your date…

Exploring Together: Generational Differences – part 2: Environmental Impacts – MAY 25TH

Exploring Together: Generational Differences

Part 2: Environmental Impacts

May 25, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Digital Meeting

Talk of tension and finger-pointing between generations seems to have reached new heights as the Millennials face off against the Boomers, GenX rolls their eyes at both, and the GenZ throws up their collective hands. Salem Public Library invites members of all generations to talk together about why everyone is so defensive, what we should take the time to understand about each other, and which arguments (maybe all of them?) have merit. In this series of community conversations, staff will act as facilitators and work to establish a respectful and supportive space for everyone to contribute their thoughts, share questions, and explore the ideas from the readings and videos. Each of the three discussions will have its own focus:

  • Session 1: Economic Alterations (April 27)
  • Session 2: Environmental Impacts (May 25)
  • Session 3: Parenting & Lifestyles (June 22)

The Pew Research Center can provide a quick overview of how the generations are defined: Defining generations: Where Millennials end and Generation Z begins by Michael Dimock (Pew Research Center)

We ask that you prepare for these discussions by reading or watching at least one entry from the suggested resources list.

Resource list for Economic Alterations


  • The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace by Lindsey Pollack
  • Zconomy: How Gen Z Will Change the Future of Business and What to Do About It by Jason Dorsey
  • Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream by Conor Doughtery
  • Generation Broke: The Growth of Debt Among Young Americans by Demos (The Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Find these resources from Salem Public Library through Curbside Service or through downloadable eBooks and eAudiobook systems: cloudLibrary and Libby/Library2go


Visual Media:

Quick, helpful links to stuff going on in Salem, Oregon.