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City of #SalemOR: Take the Online Survey concerning Riverfront Park Master Plan!

An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway!

Take the online survey to say what you think about the three design concepts. Learn more below, or to get the latest news, sign up for the email list.

Riverfront Park is the City’s premier urban event park, located along the Willamette River and in close proximity to businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and other parks and trails.

The park is also home to a number of Salem’s annual events, including The World Beat Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Summer Movies in The Park, Holiday Tree Lighting, and many walk/run events.

The 26-acres of existing parkland is the result of industrial land conversion. Paper, flour, and woolen mills, as well as a coal gasification plant and an auto junkyard formerly occupied the site. Today, it features large grassy areas, an amphitheater, play equipment, a splash pad, and a covered Rotary Pavilion. A dock provides access to the Willamette River and the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler.

Riverfront Park is also home to Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, and the EcoEarth Globe. It connects to Minto-Brown Island Park by the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and to Wallace Marine Park by the Union Street Railroad Bridge.

Online Survey


WU Lecture in #SalemOR: Tibetans, Denisovans, and Others: Genes, Evolution, and Archaeology Meet in the High Himalayas – Thurs. March 1st

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Dunwalke Lecture:

Dr. Mark Aldenderfer, University of California-Merced

Tibetans, Denisovans, and Others: Genes, Evolution, and Archaeology Meet in the High Himalayas

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 7:30 PM


Willamette University | Law School, Rm 218 (Smartroom)

The discovery of a new branch of the human species, labeled the Denisovans, in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia, rocked the scientific community.

he painstaking analysis of ancient DNA recovered from their remains indicates that they share a common ancestor with the Neanderthals and may also be related to modern humans, including Melanesians and the indigenous peoples of Australia.

Their discovery has led to feverish attempts to create models of migrations across the Old World. But what does this have to do with the High Himalayas?

My project has been looking at the genetics and evolution of moving people onto the high plateaus and mountain regions of the world. Studying ancient DNA, we have identified two genes in a population of highlanders in Nepal that promote adaptation to high elevation—EPAS1 and EGLN1– that go back at least 3000 years. But what does this have to do with Denisovans?

Amazingly, our newly-discovered kin also have one of these genes—EPAS1. Does this mean that Denisovans are the ancestors of Tibetans and other high elevation peoples?

Maybe, maybe not. What we do know, and what will be stressed in this lecture, is how genomics is changing the way us simple archaeologists think about the past in (mostly) good ways.

This event is free and open to the public.

Event Sponsor(s):
The Center for Ancient Studies and Archeology (CASA)
And the Archaeology Institute of America (AIA)

Willamette Events Calendar

Location Information:
Willamette U. Campus – Law School
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 218 — (Smartroom)

Contact Information:
Name: Reyna Meyers
Phone: 503-370-6615
Email: rmeyers@willamette.edu

An Evening of A Cappella at CCC in #SalemOR – Fri. March 2nd

An Evening of A Cappella

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Chemeketa Community College

A cappella groups including those from U of O, OSU, South High, local middle schools and Senate-Aires, will gather to perform all types of a cappella music.

Cost: $15 general admission.

Proceeds will go to the Marion-Polk Foodshare.

Tickets available at boxofficetickets.com or by calling 503-881-5794.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, Oregon 97303

Performance at Willamette U. in #SalemOR: Golden Snail Opera – Fri. March 2nd


The Dempsey Lecture Series presents:

The Golden Snail Opera

With co-writer, Anna Tsing, UC Santa Cruz Anthropology Professor

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Willamette University | Hudson Hall | Rogers Music Center

“The Golden Snail Opera” is a multimedia presentation that uses video and performance to tell the story of the golden treasure snail, a species introduced to Taiwan in 1979 as a new food source. Instead, the snail ravaged rice paddies and became a major agricultural pest. The performance highlights rice farmers who forego poison. Instead, these “friendly farmers” manage and integrate the invasive species to bolster production.

“The Golden Snail Opera tells an important story in a new way“ says Joe Bowersox, Willamette University environmental and earth sciences professor and director of the Dempsey Lecture Series. “I hope our students and the public are inspired to incorporate lessons from the performance into their lives.”

Free admission – No ticket is required

The Dempsey Lecture Series

The event is sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation and Willamette University’s Environmental and Earth Sciences Department.

For more information, contact Joe Bowersox at 503-370-6220.

Contact Information:
Dempsey Lecture
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301


Concert: The Civil Disobedients “Songs of Redemption” at UUCS

song of redemption

The Civil Disobedients

Sing Songs of Disobedience … and Redemption

Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 7:00 PM

We are Ryan Amend: [vocals, keyboards, and …] Ryan’s been teaching kids to play together nicely in the sandbox since 1997. Enjoys being crafty, likes music and being outdoors. Will not own a car that seats less than six for at least 12 more years. Marcia Christenson: [Vocals, guitar] She’s been singing and playing songs of social justice since she was 13. Mother of 3 and grandmother of 11, she wants to build a great planet for her kids. Tim Lewis: [Vocals, bass and guitar]: Tim’s a retired Salem-Keizer music specialist, father of 3, simple man, loves his wife.  Jana [Vocals] and David Loney [Cajon] have been involved in music education in Salem for the past 13 years.  They enjoy having an outlet to make music together with a message.  “Without music, life would be a mistake.”  Nietzsche.  And Ron Relaford: [lead guitar, ukulele]: Been playing and teaching music in Salem for 45 years.  Uh-oh. Does this mean Ron is the oldest in the group?  Tim stole Ron’s bio.  Ron loves his wife more!

Come join us!  A community that sings together can be united in harmony.

UUCS Webpage

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
5090 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: 503-364-0932
Fax: 503-364-3280
Email: office@uusalem.org

#SalemOR FOR: “4th Sunday at 4” OR. Black History Month Celebration in music and more! – Sun. Feb. 25th


Programs of Peace, Justice and Nonviolence for 30 plus years

“4th Sunday at 4”

Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 4:00 PM

Salem Friends Meeting House | 490 – 19th Street NE


Our guest presenters are:

  • Salem gospel soloist Ms. Glenda Faye Pullem
  • Ms. Glendora Claybrooks, CEO of Friends of the African Union (FAU) and current Washington County Democratic Party Black Caucus Chair, will lead us in a dialogue on “Universal Health Care.”
  • Aneesah Furqan-Peace serves as the  V.P. of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA), that is a statewide organization, currently  celebrating its 40th year anniversary, and whose purpose is to improve the political, educational, social, legal and economic status of Blacks in Oregon. Aneesah will provide us with an overview of the OABA.

Please invite others and join us for this celebration

Pot luck meal follows the program

Everyone Welcome!


Information: 503-371-6109

Exploring Our Heritage: Oregon’s 159th Birthday Celebration in #SalemOR – Today! Sat. Feb. 17th

Exploring Our Heritage — Oregon’s 159th Birthday Celebration!

Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 10 AM to 2 PM

Oregon State Capitol | 900 State Street, Salem

Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859 and to celebrate we will have costumed history interpreters, historic re-enactments, activities for children, period music, covered wagons and a stagecoach, free birthday cake while supplies last and more! A special tribute this year for the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail and the historic vote at Champoeg. This event is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.