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Thursday

Come ride the rapids of a comic spectacle that follows the tale of John Wesley Powell’s exploration of the Colorado River, where story and gender can be as excitingly fluid as a white-water crusade.

Men on Boats runs until Oct. 12. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. at the M. Lee Pelton Theatre. 289 12th St S.E. Tickets cost $12, with discounts for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased on the Willamette University website.

Friday

Prepare to be scared. This weekend the Nightmare Factory opens at the campus of the Oregon School for the Deaf.

Tickets cost $15 per person, with a VIP option or a “Booger’s ride ticket” in which participants are strapped to a wheelchair for the “ride of your life” with Mr. Booger, a menacing-looking clown. Booger’s ride is “not for the faint of heart or people with weak knee syndrome.”

The haunted house is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 999 Locust St. N.E. More info is online.

Saturday

Some of Independence’s buildings date back to the late 1800’s seeing life that may have never left.

Listen to stories of Independence’s past during the annual ghost walk on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees will be given maps and have the option to choose their own adventure by picking a route and heading to marked locations to hear the tales of historic buildings from “ghost hosts.” 728 S. Main St., Independence. More info can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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A corn maze the shape of Oregon. A pumpkin patch. Pony rides. All that and more is taking place at E.Z. Orchards during its monthlong Harvestfest.

Events run all week. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a pie eating contest, tractor-drawn hay rides and live music. Admission costs $8. 5504 Hazelgreen Rd N.E. More info is on the E.Z Orchards website.

Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby is hosting its first-ever tournament this weekend. There will be seven bouts during the two-day event.

Tickets cost $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday or $20 for the weekend. Kids cost $5 per day. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the bouts start at 10 a.m. 1335 Madison St. N.E. More info is on the event's Facebook page.

Sunday

Strap on your running shoes and get ready for a run through Salem. Runners participating in the Spirit of Oregon half marathon will race around the State Capitol building, Bush’s Pasture Park and Geer Community Park on Sunday. The race also features a shorter 5k, 10k or kid’s half mile option.

The half marathon starts at 7 a.m. at 900 Court St N.E. More info can be found on the Spirit of Oregon website

Monday

The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health is celebrating its seventh anniversary this month, and screening “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at Salem Cinema at 7 p.m. as part of the festivities

Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door.1127 Broadway St. N.E. Tickets can be purchased on the Salem Cinema website.

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