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Juneteenth: Afrikan-American Independence Day at #SalemOR Riverfront Park Pavillion – Sat. June 16th


Afrikan-American Independence Day

A Time to Reflect and Rejoice

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Salem Riverfront Park Pavillion

Co-sponsored by Salem-Keizer NAACP and Coalition of Churches

Celebrate African American Independence Day, which marks the official end to slavery.

This is a community potluck.Organizers will provide drinks, utensils, and main dishes (including a limited number of vegan and halal dishes).Guests please provide the following:Last names beginning with

  • A – I: Side dishes
  • J – Q: desserts
  • R – Z: chips, dips, salads, or fruit

Kid friendly!


Film: “Without Evidence” at #SalemOR Cinema – June 12th


This is a Reel Change for Our Community Event:

Fundraiser for the Englewood Forest Festival:

Without Evidence

United States. Directed by Gill Dennis. (93 mins.) Not Rated.

Starring Scott Plank, Anna Gunn, Andrew Prine, Angelina Jolie, Paul Perri, and Ernie Garrett

About the true story of the murder of Michael Francke.

June 12, 2018 | 7:45 PM

Salem Cinema | 1127 Broadway ST NE, Salem

Based on a true story, Oregon Department of Corrections director Michael Francke visited his brother Kevin in Florida and confided in him that he discovered a drug-smuggling ring with links to prison inmates. Shortly afterwards, Michael is killed, and Kevin goes on a desperate search to learn what happened.

We have a few speakers who will talk about the film at the introduction and then lead a discussion after the film. They include: Peter Vanderwall, Assistant Director of the film; Tim King, a reporter for KATU and other news outlets during the time of the murder; and a third, mystery speaker who will share local lore!

Without Evidence film on Wikipedia

The money raised after we pay for the film, Salem Cinema, etc will go to help fund the Englewood Forest Festival.

Tickets available now at our box office during regular business hours or online at boxofficetickets.com until 11:59 PM on Monday, June 11th.

  • $12 in advance | $15 at the door

Tickets are cheaper if purchased in advance. You can purchase tickets online here:


For more info: 503-881-5305

Find out more about the ENGLEWOOD FOREST FESTIVAL here!

175th Founders’ Day Celebration at Champoeg State Heritage Area – Sat. May 5th – Today!

175th Founders’ Day Celebration

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Champoeg State Heritage Area

  • Fun events
  • Demonstrations
  • Ceremonies

Champoeg State Heritage Area will host living history actors, a replica historic townsite and other family-friendly activities for the annual Founders’ Day celebration Saturday, May 5. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the 1843 vote held in Champoeg that established the first provisional government west of the Mississippi River.

“That vote began Oregon’s journey to statehood,” said Dan Klug, interpretive ranger at Champoeg State Heritage Area. “Founder’s Day celebrates that achievement and is great way for the whole family to learn more about the history of our state.”

Join us for a reenacted fur trappers’ camp, replica historic townsite with building facades, tradesmen demonstrating 19th-century techniques and a post office with souvenir post cards.

A 1 p.m. ceremony to honor the original May 1843 voters will feature distinguished speakers, a mock vote and a rifle salute. The afternoon concludes with a live stage coach run delivering the souvenir post cards to the St. Paul post office.

Founders’ Day celebrates a vote held in Champoeg by local settlers on May 2, 1843. A large group gathered that day to decide the future of the Oregon territory. After a spirited debate, a slim majority voted “aye” to form Oregon’s first provisional government, laying the groundwork for Oregon’s statehood in 1859. Founders’ Day has been held annually at Champoeg since 1901.

Event parking at Champoeg State Heritage Area will be free.

Light refreshments will be available after the conclusion of the 1 p.m. ceremony.

For more information, call 503-678-1251.

Oregon State Parks page

Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR: 33rd Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival – May 12th

Karen-Spinning-800x532Willamette Heritage Center:

33rd Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mill Street SE

First held in 1985, our Sheep to Shawl festival is a classic family event, offering the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of wool fiber processing, from the shearing of animals – sheep, of course, but also als, llamas, and the occasional rabbit – to the production of beautiful lace at the hands of expert fiber artists.

Weaving, spinning, knitting, and rug-hooking are on display, as are blacksmith demonstrations in our operating forge.

You don’t want to miss the 2018 Sheep to Shawl!

Bring the whole family!

Admission is free for everyone!

Go here for the Entertainment Schedule and Children’s Activities!

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

Lecture at Willamette U. in #SalemOR: The Fortune of Michelangelo’s “Last Judgement” in Late Sixteenth-Century Art – Wed. April 4th

Image: Michelangelo (Italian, 1475-1564), The Last Judgement (detail), 1536-1541, fresco, 539 x 472 inches, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City.

Image: Michelangelo (Italian, 1475-1564), The Last Judgement (detail), 1536-1541, fresco, 539 x 472 inches, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City.

Paintings and Prints:

The Fortune of Michelangelo’s “Last Judgement” in Late Sixteenth-Century Art

Alessandra Baroni, Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester and the Università di Arezzo, Italy

April 4, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Willamette University College of Law | Paulus Lecture Hall | Room 201

We invite you to join us for the final lecture accompanying the Hallie Ford Museum of Art exhibition Holy Beauty: Northern Renaissance Prints Discovered in an Early English Bible.

Guest speaker Alessandra Baroni will explore the development of printmaking processes in and outside Rome in the late sixteenth century, focusing, in particular, on the relationship between painters, draftsmen and printmakers in the production of images after Michelangelo’s masterpiece at the Sistine Chapel.

After receiving her PhD from the University of Utrecht, Prof. Baroni spent a period of time conducting research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow. She has extensively published on sixteenth-century art and theory, focusing primarily on the study of drawings and prints. She teaches at the University of Rochester and the Università di Arezzo, Italy.

Free and open to the public

More information about exhibit at the Willamette U. Events page

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University
700 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 370-6855

Distilled Pub Talks: Here Come the Androgynes! In #SalemOR – Wed. April 4th

Distilled: Here Come the Androgynes!

A Forgotten Episode In Ancient Christianity

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial St. SE, Salem

Willamette University’s “Distilled: Pub Talks” series will feature a talk from historian and religious studies professor Stephen Patterson, who will present “Here Come the Androgynes! A Forgotten Episode In Ancient Christianity.”

“Before early Christians said anything new about God, Jesus, death, resurrection, eternal life or sin, they said something new about gender: ‘There is no male and female,'” says Patterson. “Yes, the followers of Jesus dabbled in strategic androgyny, and I’ve got pictures!”

Before becoming the George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University in 2010, Patterson taught for more than 20 years at Eden Seminary in St. Louis, and, as a fellow of the Westar Institute, he chaired the Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins.

In nine books and more than 75 essays, Patterson has explored various aspects of Christian origins, but he is best known for his work on the Gospel of Thomas. A former Fulbright Fellow, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard and the Claremont Graduate University, where, in 1988, he earned a doctorate in religion.


The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 PM.

The Half Penny

3743 Commercial St. SE (Just south of Madrona)

Salem, OR

Contact Information:
Adam Torgerson
Email: atorgers@willamette.edu

Pub Talks Lecture: “From Swans to Shamrocks — A Natural History of Ireland” with Professor David Craig – in #SalemOR on Wed. March 7th

Willamette University presents “Distilled: Pub Talks

From Swans to Shamrocks — A Natural History of Ireland

With biologist and professor, David Craig

March 7 | 7:30 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial St. S.

Professor Craig studies the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, which often includes tracking birds across international borders or working with researchers in other countries. His passion for travel included living in Ireland for a semester to teach a class about Irish natural history and culture.

“Ireland’s rich tradition of storytelling is full of symbols based on its relatively simple flora and fauna,” says Craig. “That being said, Ireland’s natural history has had a dramatic impact on global culture, especially in countries like the US that harbor the descendants of the Great Famine.”

The Half Penny is an Irish pub, and the talk falls just ten days before Saint Patrick’s Day. “It’s a perfect place and time for a talk about Irish natural history,” says Craig.

A graduate of Lewis & Clark College and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Craig collaborates with Willamette students and other scientists to study bird migration. If not in his lab or in Willamette’s biology hearth, Craig is busy being a sometimes-runner, artist or guerrilla gardener.

Open to all ages until 9 PM

Distilled is held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Half Penny and features free public talks by Willamette scholars. No background knowledge is needed, and a Q&A follows each talk.

The Half Penny is just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny.

WU Distilled Pub Talks page