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UPDATES: Learn about defusing heated rhetoric at League of Women Voters event Wednesday

March 16, 2022 at 3:56pm

Hoopla expands to 6-day event for 2022

A basketball game between LS Hoops and CCC Pride on Court Street in front of the Oregon State Capitol during the Hoopla 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem's signature 3x3 basketball tournament is getting bigger in 2022.

Hoopla will be held July 12-17 on the streets surrounding the Oregon Capitol, growing the normally four-day tournament into a six-day event, according to a Wednesday news release from organizers.

Registration is now open online, with early bird discounts through May 23. A schedule of events is also online.

The 2021 tournament drew a record 1,012 teams after the 2020 event was canceled due to the pandemic. Organizers hope to grow that number again this year.

"Each year we have a renewed energy and focus to continue to bring all involved a first-class event,” Hoopla tournament director Jason Unruh said in a statement. “Our goal after each year's event is to evaluate how we do things and continue to make improvements. This year is no different, and we have some very exciting things in store."

Last year's tournament included a new free clinic for high school student athletes with disabilities. In 2022, that event will expand to include middle schoolers.

Hoopla will again include a 2x2 tournament on Friday in addition to the 3x3 games over the weekend.

-Rachel Alexander

March 16, 2022 at 3:22pm

Oregonians can now get help finding jobs in 12 languages through WorkSource Oregon

A local employment program is now providing help in 12 languages for Oregonians searching for jobs.

People can schedule in-person or virtual meetings with a specialist at a local WorkSource Oregon center, available throughout the state. The program is a partnership with the Oregon Employment Department and state, local and nonprofit agencies, according to its website.

WorkSource Oregon has expanded its languages to the following: Amharic, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Farsi, Korean, Lao, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, a Wednesday news release said.

“Our WorkSource Oregon centers are dedicated to providing services to all Oregonians,” said Jim Pfarrer, director of workforce operations, in the news release. “This is just one step toward making sure all job seekers, regardless of their preferred language, can get help changing careers, updating their resume, finding a job and more.” 

Appointments can be scheduled online at WorkSourceOregon.org, with a contact button for all language pages. Time can also be scheduled to use a WorkSource Oregon computer "for job search activities," the news release said.

People looking to get help over the phone in a language other than English can call the WorkSource Oregon Language Access Line at 833-685-0845.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

March 16, 2022 at 11:02am

Learn about defusing heated rhetoric at League of Women Voters event Wednesday

Terry Busch will join the League of Women Voters of via Zoom Wednesday to talk about defusing rhetoric. (Courtesy/ League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk counties)

A man who works for a nonprofit aiming to depolarize America will share his insights with the League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk Counties Wednesday.  

Join the group on Zoom at 7 p.m. March 16.  

Terry Busch, a management consultant and workshop facilitator for nonprofit Braver Angels, will share what his experience has taught him to work in defusing heated rhetoric and broaden the perspectives of others. Following his presentation, the group will discuss the points he brought up. 

Busch has a Ph.D. in political science from Miami University and was an assistant professor of political science at Denison University. He served in Germany and Vietnam as an Army Medical Service Corps officer, and then spent 28 years as a leadership expert and senior executive with the Central Intelligence Agency.  

His most recent book is titled, “What the Best Managers Know and Do.” 

Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 846 7548 4169 

Passcode: 730772 

 -Saphara Harrell