EVENTS: Dancing, train ride and baseball on the weekend bill in Salem

A celebration of the Philippines, a bike ride through east Salem and a community block party are among the events on Salem’s weekend calendar.

It’s shaping up to be a warm and sunny weekend. The National Weather Service’s latest reading at McNary Field forecasts temperatures in the early 80s Friday through Sunday.

This is your guide to the fun in Salem this weekend, June 23-25.

Dancing at the Elsinore

The Premiere Academy of Performing Art has two dance shows on the bill at the Elsinore Theatre this weekend.

They will perform their 24th Annual Spring Recital on Saturday, June 24, featuring all the academy’s genres. The first scheduled act is Shipwreck Part 2, followed by a children’s production of Pinnochio.

Doors open at noon and the show starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $18.

The academy’s “company level dancers” will perform the classic ballet Coppelia, a comic ballet based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s short story Der Sandmann, according to the event listing. “Dr. Coppélius is a doctor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his heart’s true desire, Swanhilda. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending it came to life. Chaos ensues, but all is soon forgiven.”

Tickets are $18. Saturday: doors open at 5 p.m., the show starts at 6 p.m. Sunday: doors open at 2 p.m., the show starts at 3 p.m. The theater is located at 170 High St. S.E.

World Beat Festival

The festival returns to Riverfront Park this weekend, this time to celebrate the Philippines.

“You can experience the music, dance, food and traditions of over 70 nations and cultures,” the event listing said.

The main stage will be open Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Then, a children’s parade will begin Saturday at 9:45 a.m. and continue until Sunday evening.

Tickets are available online – $10 daily or $15 for a weekend pass. Tickets are free for children 14 and under as well as SNAP Card holders.

No pets are allowed except service dogs. More scheduling information is available online.

The park is located at 200 Water St.

Family-fun adventure

Take a trip to Brooks on Saturday as Powerland Heritage Park hosts its free Family Fun dDay and swap meet.

Those who attend can take a ride on the Willow Creek Railroad’s 1/8th scale train, visit more than 10 museums or participate in the swap meet, with thousands of antiques, toys and collectibles on display. Food vendors will be at the park throughout the weekend.

“A highlight of the day will be the participation of Salem’s own B-17 Alliance Foundation. Visitors will be treated to interactive displays and an actual Ball Turret, as part of the Foundation’s efforts to educate the public about their work preserving World War II history,” organizers wrote in an email.

The swap meet is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. and the Family Fun Day starts at 10 a.m. The park is located at 3995 Brooklake Rd. N.E., just off Interstate 5 exit 263. Parking is free for the event. More information is available on Powerland’s Facebook page.

Take a bike ride

The Salem Bike Vision Summer Ride will host the first of three summer events on Sunday with a tour of east Salem.

The community ride is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at Geer Park, 241 Geer Dr. N.E.. The ride is intended for people who bike regularly and feel comfortable doing so on city streets.

The tour will end at The Yard Food Park, 4106 State St. 

Fill out a form online to sign up for the ride.

Block party

The Gilbert House Children’s Museum is bringing back its Summer Block Party on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Enjoy a full day of activities as you learn about summer opportunities for your kids, play fun games, and take part in interactive demonstrations,” according to the museum’s website.

Tickets are $5 for all attendees and don’t include admission to the museum at 116 Marion St. N.E. They can be bought online.

Baseball and fireworks

Friday will be the first of three Scout nights this summer at Volcanoes Stadium, 6700 Field Of Dreams Way N.E.

Those who attend can meet the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes players, watch the 6 p.m. game with reserved seating, enjoy post-game fireworks and camp overnight in the outfield, followed by a 7 a.m. breakfast. 

Tickets are $24.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.