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Special Performance: TRUE NORTH at Historic Grand Theatre – Sat. Jan. 27th

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre | Enlightened Theatrics

True North returns to the acoustically superb Grand Theatre in Salem for a special performance to celebrate the release of their newest album, Open Road, Broken Heart.

Award-winning singer-songwriters Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel will be joind by special guests Martin Stevens (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) and Josh Adkins (bass, vocals), sharing songs from the new album as well as other True North favorites.

All ages welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 PM

General Admission is $10 in advance | $15 at the door

True North Event Page, including link to ticket sales

Contact for True North:

Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre | Enlightened Theatrics
191 High St. NE Salem, OR 97301


“What About Whales?” At the #SalemOR Public Library – Thurs. Jan. 4th

Full STEAM Ahead

“What About Whales?”

presented by the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Thursday, January 4, 2018 | 4–5 PM

Salem Public Library | Anderson Rooms A & B

Kids in grades 2-5 are to learn all about some of the most magnificent mammals of the sea in this multimedia presentation about whales and how they live.

This STEAM-based after-school experience is taught by experts from the Oregon Coast Aquarium using a multimedia presentation, bones, blubber, baleen and two life-sized inflatable whales. The focus is on how toothed and baleen whales have adapted for survival. Participants will compare their own adaptations with those of these giant creatures.

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

SIGN UP NOW: What About Whales

Main Library | 585 Liberty ST SE | 503-588-6315

“Magic at the Mill” at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR

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Magic at the Mill

Tuesday, December 19 through Saturday, December 23, 2017

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mill St SE Salem, OR

Willamette Heritage Center

Event website: https://www.willametteheritage.org/magic-at-the-mill/

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

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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