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Afterschool Adventures: OMSI Portable Planetarium Discovery Dome – at #SalemOR Public Library, Thurs. Oct. 26th

Full STEAM Ahead!

Afterschool Adventures:

OMSI Portable Planetarium Discovery Dome


Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 4:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Salem Public Library Main Branch | Loucks Auditorium

Children in grades 2–5 are invited to join us for a STEAM-based after-school experience. OMSI’s portable, museum-quality planetarium brings the night sky inside with live presentations.

Space limited to 30 participants per session. Only registered children in grades 2-5 will participate inside the Portable Planetarium.

Each child must have a responsible adult who waits in Loucks Auditorium throughout the event.

Sign up online at using the links below or at the Children’s Ask Here Desk, 503-588-6315.

In choosing a session, please be aware that the 4 p.m. session is close to capacity at this time. There are more available spaces in the 6 p.m. session.



585 Liberty St. SE

Salem, OR 97301




10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1-5 p.m.


Our mailing address is:
City of Salem
585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR97301


3rd Annual High Street Hustle (8k 5k 1k) in #SalemOR

Let’s Hustle to Prevent Heart Disease!

High Street Hustle 8k Run –  5k Run/Walk – 1k Kid's Run

Registration DEADLINE: Weds Aug 9th at 11:59:59 PM

Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • 8k and 5k will share a 7:30 AM Start
  • The Kid's 1k Run will begin at 9:00 AM

All races share same Start/Finish Line located one block east of the Oregon State Capitol Building on Court St NE between Capitol and Waverly streets.

• Run, walk, or race on the streets of scenic Salem Oregon.
• The High Street Hustle 8k 5k 1k is the largest race held in Salem — a blueprint for a community coming together to get healthy.
• Join Gallagher Fitness Resources, Salem Health, New Balance, the City of Salem and all our local sponsors as we host over 1300 runners and walkers.
• In two years we have raised $60,000 to increase heart disease awareness in Marion and Polk counties.
• Enthusiastic participants, local businesses and supportive neighbors have made this a classic Salem event!

Court Street past the State Capitol Building, up High Street and back.  Streets are completely closed to vehicular traffic.  See the Course Maps links below.

70's Costume Theme
• Dig up something groovy, far out or classic rock-n-roll, and race, run, jog, or walk through the streets of scenic Salem, Oregon.
• Post-race party includes 70's Music and local food, beer and cider. Hang out and party before the awards and vote for the most inspired looks from the 70's.

Proceeds benefit the Salem Health Foundation High Street Hustle for Heart Fund

Event details – more information

Ready, Set, Eclipse! at #SalemOR Public Library – Sat. Aug. 5th


Ready, Set, Eclipse!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Salem Public Library Main Branch

Come to the library for family-friendly eclipse activities, experiments, and presentations to help you understand what happens during a solar eclipse.

Pick up a free pair of eclipse-viewing glasses, while supplies last.

On the main floor of the library:

  • Take a green-screen photo from the surface of the moon
  • Learn how a “pin-hole” camera works
  • Decorate your own sun-cookies
  • See how the moon can block out the sun and how far away the earth is from the sun
  • Do a hands-on comparison of size, distance and temperature of celestial objects
  • Make your own  bookmark to remind you of the this special event
  • Make a solar flare flipbook
  • For our youngest participants: make a sun, earth, or spaceship

In Loucks Auditorium:

  • ​Shooting the Great Eclipse | ​1:00 p.m. 
    Learn how to safely photograph this once-in-a-lifetime event with photographer Jim Baumgart. An amateur astronomer and astrophotographer since his high school days, Jim’s astrophotos and techniques have also appeared in several books on astronomy, and his articles and photos have been published in both Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines.
  • Oregon’s 2017 August 21 Total Solar Eclipse | 2:00 p.m.
    Retired NASA Scientist, Daniel Adamo, will share why and how often solar eclipses occur, how to safely watch them, where a total solar eclipse can be seen in Oregon, and what wonders await those in the “path of totality.” An amateur astronomer for over 50 years, Mr. Adamo has professionally studied the motions of celestial bodies and spacecraft since 1979.

Salem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

First annual Englewood Forest Festival in #SalemOR – Sat. Aug. 12th

Jan Black house and park

First Annual Englewood Forest Festival

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Englewood Park | 1260 19th ST NE, Salem

Englewood Forest Festival will highlight local artists, musicians, cottage industries and businesses in Northeast Salem. 

Our festival's goals include building community, culture and environmental education in our neighborhood.

Art & environmental workshops, children’s activities, music, dance, neighborhood history, food trucks, and booths featuring local artists, cottage industries, businesses and community resources.

The first annual Englewood Forest Festival is centered on Salem’s oldest park with its many stately Oregon white oaks and Douglas fir trees.

But the event is about more than trees in a northeast neighborhood. 

The event will highlight local artists, musicians, and businesses and also focus on helping people learn to take care of the trees, birds, gardening, and to create backyard habitat.

The art exhibit will feature more than 40 artists , most who live in the neighborhood.

The family-friendly art workshops include printmaking, painting, clay, mosaics, paper crafts and drawing.

EFF Enlace Folkloric dancingLive music and dance will also be offered in various styles, including folk, Celtic, pop, country, 50s and 60s, blues, classical, traditional Mexican music, and Latino Folkloric dance.

The Latino folk dancers will be from ENLACE of Northeast Salem which promotes collaborative community projects that encourage people to help each other. This traditional idea comes from Oaxaca, Mexico is called Guelaguetza. 

Environmental workshops are a big component and include gardening for pollinators, wildlife in the park, caring for mature trees, composting, creating backyard habitat, backyard pond basics, making bird nest boxes, and vermiculture.

Informational booths will stage interactive activities for all ages and members of the family.

Some booths will feature Salem Audubon Society, Straub Environmental Center, Marion County Master Gardeners, Pond Envy, Lord & Schryver Conservancy, and Friends of Trees.

Friends of Englewood Forest will have neighborhood historian Virginia Green on hand. She will lead historical tours of the area at a later date.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to everyone.

Parkingis available on surrounding streets and at Englewood United Methodist Church (1170 17th St NE) or east parking lot of the First Church of the Nazarene (1550 Market St NE.) The portion of 20th Street NE that runs behind Englewood School will be closed to accommodate food trucks and ADA parking.

Englewood Forest Festival Page – more information

Lynn Takata

#SalemOR movies in the park: The Sandlot! – Sat. July 29th

Salem Movies in the Park – The Sandlot!

Saturday, July 29, 2017 | 8:45 PM – 10:45 PM

Riverfront Park | 500 Water ST NE, Salem OR 97301

Movies in the park gives you a chance to spend time with family and friends or just take a break and enjoy a summer evening.

Join us under the stars to watch family-friendly movies on a 24-foot screen in the Riverfront Park Amphitheater.

All shows start at dusk and you are encouraged to bring your blankets, low-back chairs, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Movies are captioned.

Parking is available in the Carousel parking lot and at the north end of Riverfront Park.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Tibby Larson at 503-589-2197.

Learn more

Phone: 503-588-6261
Email: parks_recreation@cityofsalem.net

Mel Brown Jazz Concert Public · Hosted by #MonmouthOR Music In The Park Series

Sunday, July 30, 2017 | 5:00 PM

The Main Street Park Amphitheater

The Mel Brown Summer Jazz Worshop kicks off with the annual concert in the park.

Wamba starts the evening off with Afro-pop followed by the Mel Brown Septet.

Free Admission and Kid Friendly

Music In The Park is a summer music series in Main Street Park. Concerts are held every Wednesday during July and August. This is a special concert on Sunday, not Wednesday.

City of Monmouth Event

Coming Soon to the Willamette Heritage Center: Caboose #507 – Welcome Party July 28th in #SalemOR

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Coming Soon to the Willamette Heritage Center

Oregon & California Caboose #507

Arriving Friday, July 28th!

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mills ST SE, Salem, OR

In 2015, the Willamette Heritage Center was offered a unique treasure – 1909 Oregon & California Caboose #507. Since its retirement in 1962, the Caboose has rested in a forest outside of Eugene, Oregon. The property owner offered the Caboose to the WHC in hopes that it could be restored and preserved as a symbol of the Willamette Valley’s past. After several years of preparation and coordination, we finally have an arrival date set for the Caboose on Friday, July 28th!

Join us for a welcome party all day at the museum. We’ll have a live stream of the move in the theatre, fun train-related activities for children, snacks and refreshments, and more!



According to the 1913 ICC Roster list for Southern Pacific Cabooses, Caboose #507 was one of nine cabooses made by the Standard Steel Car, Co. for the Oregon & California Railroad in 1909. As part of the O&C’s merger with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in 1915, the car was transferred to the Southern Pacific Railroad. Maintenance cards from the Portland Rail Yard show continued use of Caboose #507 in Oregon through at least 1954. The Caboose was retired from service in 1962 and sold to a private party. Since that time, it has been maintained on private property near Eugene, Oregon.

Interpretive Goals

Once the transportation and restoration of Caboose #507 is complete, visitors will be able to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the purpose of the caboose and its role in local transportation history
  • Learn about individuals who lived and worked around this car
  • Be exposed to and tangibly interact with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) principles related to the operation of a railroad in this area

The Caboose will be designed with an ADA accessible ramp and decking to allow all visitors the ability to experience its interior.

The relocation and restoration of the Caboose would not be possible without the generous donation of time, expertise, and resources from several individuals and organizations. Thank you to the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for your generous roles in getting Caboose 507 home!

  • Kay Lee & Dave Brown
  • Albany & Eastern Railroad
  • Ed Austin & Associates
  • Boatwright Engineering
  • Cougar Construction
  • Financial Products & Services, Inc.
  • Salem Downtown Rotary Club
  • Trust Management Services
  • Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Willamette Heritage Center Page