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#SilvertonOR Hills Strawberry Festival – Fathers’ Day – June 17th

Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival

Strawberries and Ice Cream!!shsfhomer1

Fathers’ Day | Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Coolidge-McClaine City Park

Since 1951, Silverton area folks have been enjoying this local tradition. Originally held at the Silverton Hills Grange Hall, we now celebrate in our local Coolidge-McClaine City Park. Held on Fathers Day Sunday, June 17, 2018.

We serve up a strawberry delight with biscuits and ice cream and a free second helping of strawberries, all for just $6.00! Strawberry shortcake desert is free for children 2 or under and 80 or over!

Kicking off our Strawberry Festival musical line-up from 12:00 to 2:30 will be The SycoBilly’s, a talented group who is hitting the local music scene like a ton of bricks!

And from 2:30 to 5:00 the Oregon Valley Boys will be providing their own brand of Western Swing at The Main Entertainment Stage, located near the covered area in the park!!

Only $6.00!

Under 2 and Over 80 Free!!

More information…


#SalemOR Soap Box Derby at Bush Park – Sat. & Sun. June 10th

2018 Annual AASBD Local Championship Soap Box Derby

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Trial Runs: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bush Park | Mission Street | Salem

Divisions: Stock, Super Stock, Super Kids

Join us this weekend June 9/10 at the lovely Bush’s Pasture Park Soap Box Derby Track for our Annual AASBD Local Championship. The road to a becoming a World Champion starts with the Local Race.

Along with the rest of Region 1, Derby in Salem is really starting to pop! We’ll be running the Super Kids Race on Saturday and both Stock and Super Stock on Sunday. The Champions in each division win the once in a lifetime chance to represent Salem at the FirstEnergy All American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, OH this July. There they will join Local, Regional, and National Champions from around the globe to race off for $36k of college scholarships and the chance of possibly becoming the 8th World Champion from the Salem Club.

For those racing, please arrive at the lower pit area by 8:00 both days. Saturday morning cars will receive final setup, inspection, and weigh in. Plan to catch the Super Kids at 9:00 and cheer on these awesome racers. Following final weigh in, cars will be impounded and stored overnight at the track.

Starting at 5:30 Saturday evening, there will be a Derby Banquet for racers and families at Izzy’s Pizza, 2205 Lancaster Dr NE. Be there or be square.

Sunday morning starting at 8:00 we will set up the track (help appreciated), the cars will be brought out, and final driver weights will be checked. We expect to get a crisp and early start and have a great afternoon of racing. If there are question on any of this, message us here or contact Club President Paul Sadler at (541) 410-0609.

Best of Luck to all the racers this weekend!

Location of Track: Bush Park, Mission St., Salem, OR 97302

Contact Person:

Paul Sadler 541-410-0609

2018 Summer Concert Series in #AlbanyOR Monteith Riverpark

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River Rhythms 2018 Summer Concert Series in Albany, Oregon

Thursdays in July and August | Concerts start at 7:00 PM

Monteith Riverpark | 489 Water Ave NW

River Rhythms Website

#MonmouthOR Music In The Park Series – 2018

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Wednesdays | 6:30 PM

Monmouth Oregon | Main Street Park Amphitheater.

This may be the perfect day to think about warm summer nights and lots of music.

With that thought in mind, here’s the 2018 Music In The Park Series lineup.

  • July 11 – Ben Rice Blues Band – Blues
  • July 18 – Wanderband – Rock
  • July 25 – Salem Big Band – Jazz
  • August 1 – Deadstring Family Band – Country
  • August 8 – Boka Marimba – Zimbabwean Marimba
  • August 15 – Orquestra Pacifico Tropical – South American Cumbia
  • August 22 – Coming Up Threes – Celtic
  • August 29 – Cedar Teeth – Rock

Beer wine, and food will be available.

Please leave your pets at home.

See you this summer!

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

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