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UPDATES: Ska festival announces 2022 lineup

April 6, 2022 at 4:28pm

Get a boost on gardening, fitness, nutrition with free library workshops

Plants in the greenhouse at McKay High School on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Knowledgeable Salemites want to help you better manage stress, tend to your garden or get started hiking - for free.

The Community Wellness & Recovery Workshop Series has a variety of free one-hour workshops available starting April 11 through early June.

The series is a partnership between the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service, which includes Salem's library, and Chemeketa Community College. Many courses are taught by Chemeketa instructors.

Courses offered include several gardening offerings, including planning a vegetable garden, propagating seeds and gardening for mental health. There are also sessions on family fitness and nutrition, music and art.

To view a complete schedule and register, visit the workshop series website.

-Rachel Alexander

April 6, 2022 at 10:40am

Man who robbed northeast Salem Subway at knifepoint still at large, police say

An image of the man police say robbed a northeast Salem Subway at knifepoint (Courtesy/Salem Police Department)

Salem police are searching for a man they say robbed a northeast Salem Subway at knifepoint before fleeing on March 31.

Salem Police Department officers responded around 9:45 a.m. to a report of an armed robbery at the Subway in the 2800 block of Northeast Lancaster Drive, according to a news release.

Using a knife, the man demanded money from the employee at the counter, who stepped away from the till and yelled for help.

"The suspect then fled the store on foot," the news release said.

Employees described the man as wearing a gray and black baseball cap, a dark blue jacket, dark red gloves, blue jeans and dark shoes. He also carried a black backpack and wore a dark neck gaiter pulled up to his nose, the news release said.

Salem police asked anyone who knows the man's identity or has information about the case to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

An image of the man police say robbed a northeast Salem Subway at knifepoint (Courtesy/Salem Police Department)

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

April 6, 2022 at 10:36am

Lineup announced for Salem's punk, ska MIG Fest

Attendees stand near the stage at MIG Fest, a punk and ska music festival at Minto Island Growers farm on July 17, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem's newest music festival is returning for 2022, with a lineup featuring punk and ska bands from New York City, Oakland and Los Angeles.

MIG Fest, held at Minto Island Growers, is scheduled for July 16, 2022. The festival began last summer.

The lineup announced Tuesday features headlining band The Slackers, a New York City band formed in 1991 that describes itself as "self styled masters of Reggae, Ska and Rock’n’Roll," according to the band's website. 

Also featured are ska band Matamoska, from Los Angeles; southern California ska-punk band Bite Me Bambi, Oakland rockers Year Of The Fist, and Salem's City of Pieces.

Tickets will be limited to 200 attendees and are not yet on sale.

The poster for 2022 MIG Fest (Art by Tiqvah Aviv)

-Rachel Alexander