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Notice to local Artists and Vendors! Englewood Forest Festival in #SalemOR – August

Englewood Forest Festival

Englewood Forest Festival unfolds in the next season but local artists and small business vendors can apply now to be part of the second annual event that takes place Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The festival takes place in the 7-acre Englewood Park, the city’s oldest park at 1260 19th St. NE in Salem, and the remnant of a forest that once blanketed the area.

The festival is meant to celebrate the talents in the Northeast neighborhood, build community and educate people about the local environment.

The festival is open to all artists and craftspeople producing original, handcrafted work as well as small businesses in Northeast Salem.


Up to 60 artists will be chosen to exhibit at the 2018 event. The criteria for acceptance include artistic merit (craftsmanship, design, vision, creativity, presentation and originality).

The first priority is artists from Northeast Salem.

Artists from outside the Northeast Salem will be considered for acceptance beginning June 1 but may submit their applications earlier.

Two artists may share a booth; however, both individuals must submit separate applications and fees. Artists and vendors must staff their booth for the duration of the festival.

The application for artists is online at http://englewoodforestfestival.com/ and can also be picked up locally at 2010 Nebraska St NE in Salem.

Artists under the age of 18 do not pay a fee. Artists pay a $50 fee and keep all proceeds. 

Festival organizers are excited to give a prize this year for an original poster. To learn more and submit an entry go to http://englewoodforestfestival.com/poster-contest.

The Englewood Forest Festival is sponsored by Northeast Neighbors (NEN), N2 Community Partnership Team and the City of Salem.

For more details on the festival go to http://englewoodforestfestival.com.

Lynn Takata



Open House: Riverfront Park Master Plan at Pringle Hall in #SalemOR – Tues. April 24th

riverfront-carousel-early-morning_web_1600x1067_colorRiverfront Park Master Plan Open House

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Pringle Community Hall | 606 Church St SE, Salem

The City will hold the third of three community meetings on the Riverfront Park Master Plan update. After more than 1,600 responses to two community-wide surveys, two community meetings, and three stakeholder advisory meetings, the City will present the preferred concept for the park.

The meeting was originally planned for March 22 but was rescheduled to allow the planning team to coordinate the preferred design concept with the ongoing Downtown Salem Streetscape Design and the proposed Gerry Frank Rotary Amphitheater stage and cover.

Once approved by the City Council, the updated park master plan will provide a comprehensive vision for Riverfront Park within the context of its location, resources, and input from the community. The master plan will guide future park improvements, enhancements, rehabilitation projects, and grant applications.

Learn more about Riverfront park and the ongoing master planning process

Contact us:
Patricia Farrell
Parks Planning and Resources Manager
Public Works Department
503-588-6211 ext. 7489

Downtown #SalemOR Streetscape Plan Open House #3


Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Courthouse Square | 555 Court ST NE, Salem | Senator Hearing Room

The scope of work for this project includes a communication strategy that will include multiple opportunities to gather input from the community to inform development of the Design Plan.

This public input process began in 2017 and will continue in 2018.

Walker Macy has experience in streetscape projects that have been shown to enhance downtowns. Their project team consists of experienced professionals in the fields of landscape architecture/planning, civil engineering, transportation, public involvement, and economics.

Contact us:
Sheri Wahrgren, Downtown Revitalization Manager
Email: swahrgren@cityofsalem.net
Fax: 503-589-2054


#SalemOR CityWatch Meeting at Broadway Commons – Sat. April 14th


Salem City Watch Meeting

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Broadway Commons | 1300 Broadway St NE, Salem | 3rd floor meeting room


  • Mike Niblock, Salem Fire Chief, discussing his department
  • Steve McCoid, City Council Ward 4, with a City update


Coffee with #SalemOR Mayor, Chuck Bennett at Capital Coffee – Wed. April 11th

Coffee with Mayor, Chuck Bennett

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Capitol Coffee (Transit Building on Court St NE)

Join your neighbors and City of Salem Mayor, Chuck Bennett, for coffee and discuss issues facing Salem and your neighborhood.

Capitol Coffee (in Cheriotts Transit Building, ground floor)
555 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

Forum: #SalemOR City Club Meeting – Ballot Measure No. 24-429: Shall We OK $619 Million For Local School Facilities? – Fri. April 6th

Ballot Measure No. 24-429: Shall We OK $619 Million For Local School Facilities?
Friday, April 6, 2018 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill | 1313 Mill St SE, Salem

We’ve planned an election forum about Salem-Keizer School District’s proposed $619.7 million bond measure 24-429 for our April 6 luncheon meeting.

Three key leaders of the citizen task force that studied school facilities needs and recommended a long list of improvements will explain the measure and respond to our questions.

If approved by local voters on May 15, the borrowing would fund 170 new general classrooms, numerous new science labs, career/technical spaces at all high schools, gymnasiums, fitness rooms, and enlarged cafeterias and libraries. Rather than construct another high school now, it would expand and improve facilities at the six existing high schools so they could serve up to 2,200 students each. The measure also would fund seismic safety projects at schools deemed very high risk of collapse during a major earthquake. It also would provide for safety and security projects (including remodeling at 34 schools), various technology and access upgrades, and future non-routine maintenance projects.

Our speakers will be Michael Wolfe, Chief Operations Officer of the school district; and Lisa Harnisch and Mark Shipman, the co-Chairs of the Citizens Facilities Task Force, which studied the district’s facilities needs in 2016-17 and recommended priorities to the School Board.

Michael Wolfe oversees district Business and Support Services, including staff support for the  task force. He served in the military, worked for the Oregon Dept. of Transportation and served as  Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mt. Hood Community College before joining Salem-Keizer School District in 2010. He has a Masters of Business Administration degree from University of Oregon.

Lisa Harnisch is Executive Director of the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub, a non-profit which works to ensure children are ready for kindergarten. She has more than 20 years’ experience working at state-level early education, child welfare, and organizational policies. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a certificate from Willamette University in public administration.

Mark Shipman is an attorney and shareholder at Saalfeld Griggs PC. He grew up in the Seattle area and earned a degree at Western Washington University before attending and graduating from Willamette University School of Law. He worked at two other Salem law firms before joining Saalfeld Griggs, where he has worked 19 years and leads its Real Estate and Land Use practice group.

After their explanation of the study, the determined needs, and the recommendations to the board, our speakers will spend most of our hour responding to questions. Three members of our program committee will pose the first questions, followed by our usual audience questions.  So you are guaranteed to emerge much better informed about the $619 million question, how to vote in the May 15th election.

For April 6 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503) 370-2808 by noon, Wednesday, April 4.


• Member Lunch – $15.00 *Please note that lunch reservations are non-refundable and due by noon on the Wednesday before the program. If you are unable to attend the luncheon and have a lunch reservation, please be aware that cancellations made after noon on Wednesday will not be granted. In this case, payment for the reserved lunch is still owed.

• Member Program Only (No-Lunch)

• Non-Member Lunch and Program – $22.00 *Please note that lunch reservations are non-refundable and due by noon on the Wednesday before the program. If you are unable to attend the luncheon and have a lunch reservation, please be aware that cancellations made after noon on Wednesday will not be granted. In this case, payment for the reserved lunch is still owed.

• Non-Member Program Only (No Lunch) – $7.00

#SalemOR Police Facility Town Hall/Open House – Wed. March 21st – TODAY!

Salem Police Facility

Town Hall/Open House

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Broadway Commons | Grant Room

​In May of 2017, the residents of Salem passed a bond measure to finance the development of a public safety facility where the Salem Police Department can conduct business efficiently and safely.

The site selected for the new facility is on the corner of Commercial and Division streets NE, formally the location of the O’Brien Auto Group. Current site demolition is anticipated for late February and construction could start as early as summer 2018. Project completion is estimated by fall 2020.

  • Design concepts
  • Talk to the design team
  • Ask questions
  • Provide input
  • Open
  • Guidance
  • Community spaces. The people’s building
  • Series Building Buzz series: #Buildingbuzz
  • Camera to see progress
  • YouTube: Salem building buzz
  • Behind the scenes

All invited

Send comments and suggestions to buildingbuzz@salem.net