FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 12
Work starts on Salem's new Boys and Girls Club branch
The family of a long-time supporter of the local Boys and Girls Club was on hand on Thursday, June 10, as ground was turned to start construction on a new clubhouse.
PHOTO GALLERY Jun. 9
PHOTOS: Tours offer gardening inspiration as part of Lord & Schryver Conservancy fundraiser
Lord & Schryver Conservancy, a local preservation nonprofit, held its annual fundraiser over the weekend allowing the public to take a look at nine unique gardens.
SALEM HISTORY Jun. 9
New exhibit tracks the once unlikely rise of Oregon’s wine industry
“Toasting the Mid-Willamette Valley Winemaking Heritage,” a new exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center takes a look at how the region’s wine industry’s roots from small farm-based operations in the 19th century to multi-billion dollar enterprise. The exhibit includes a look at Salem-based Honeywood Winery, which was once the state’s only bonded winery.
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 8
Weekend race helps bolster funding for local soccer club
Runners competing in a half marathon, 5k or 10k were cheered on by soccer players. The race raised money for Capital Futbol Club, Salem’s nonprofit youth soccer club, on Sunday.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jun. 7
As summer heats up, Salem community pools ready to offer lessons for kids
Several Salem neighborhoods maintain community pools open to the public, and many local fitness clubs have swim lessons available this summer after a 2020 hiatus.
LOCAL HISTORY Jun. 3
SALEM HISTORY: How Deepwood's gardens went from producing vegetables to masterpieces of landscaping
This column is part of a regular feature from Salem Reporter to highlight local history in collaboration with area historians and historical organizations. This week Yvonne Putze, executive director of Deepwood Garden & Museums, explains the history of some of Salem's most iconic gardens.
Enchanted Forest opens Saturday
LIFE IN SALEM Jun. 2
COLUMN: Fledgling season arrives as Salem birds nest, raise young
Local birder and natural history author Harry Fuller shares what birds are up to in the Salem area in his "Some Fascinating Things About Birds" column.
Neighborhood garden tour takes place this weekend
AROUND OREGON May. 31
AROUND OREGON: Oregon Shakespeare Festival will resume in-person performances in July
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced Thursday the company would resume in-person performances in July. “While the State of Oregon has loosened its requirements for outdoor performances, audiences must wear masks and seating is planned to allow for physical distancing, as required by OSF’s union partners,” said the press release.
SALEM HISTORY May. 26
LOCAL HISTORY: Salem takes to the airwaves with KOCO
KOCO was an early Salem AM radio station started in 1947. Willamette Heritage Center shared an undated photo of the station with readers Wednesday in hopes of identifying the people in it. They didn't have to wait long.
Oregon Museum of Mental Health to reopen May 28
SALEM PEOPLE May. 26
Salem teacher designs shirt commemorating an educational “glitch” year
Graphic design teacher Dave Pluister started apparel company Causewagon to raise money and awareness for Salem nonprofits. His latest design seeks to recognize student resilience while benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Salem.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 21
Family Building Blocks keeps auction lively with "Schitt's Creek" theme
The Salem nonprofit held its annual fundraiser virtually for the second year in a row, bringing in almost $360,000 to support families of young children in the mid-Willamette Valley.
SALEM THEATER May. 21
Back from Los Angeles, Salem actor wants to teach teens the craft of theater
Zach DuFault grew up in a football-loving family in Salem but fell in love with acting in college. After eight years studying and acting in Los Angeles, he’s opening The Salem Playhouse to give young people a place to rehearse scenes and practice for auditions.
Willamette Humane Society receives grant to continue saving animals
FreeSALEM HISTORY May. 20
LOCAL HISTORY: Explore Salem's past during Historic Preservation Month
This column is part of a regular feature from Salem Reporter to highlight local history in collaboration with area historians and historical organizations. Kimberli Fitzgerald, Salem's historic preservation officer, shares online resources for discovering Salem history this May.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 19
After 69 years of marriage, Salem couple renews vows surrounded by family
A teenage double date led to a lifelong marriage for Johnny and Doris Hartley, now 88 and 86. Their children said their parents kept a weekly "date night" at 5 p.m. Fridays to sustain their marriage, and often opened their home to others who needed help.
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS May. 18
Marion County volunteers find personal rewards advocating for foster kids
May 18 marks the first time Oregon has dedicated a day to recognize Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs - adults who volunteer to represent foster children's best interests during court proceedings.
SALEM HISTORY May. 14
SALEM HISTORY: Salem's alley names provide a glimpse into the past
As part of Salem Reporter’s local history series, Jacqueline Heavey, chair of the design committee for the Salem Main Street Association, explains the reason for an alleyway naming project and delves into the history of Electric Alley.
Salem Multicultural Institute receives $10,000 national arts grant
LOCAL SPORTS May. 14
PHOTOS: Baseball returns to Keizer with Volcanoes' first game of 2021
The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes kicked off the 2021 season Thursday night in their first game as part of the new, independent Mavericks League. The Portland Mavericks took home a 4-2 win.
Oregon Farm Bureau rolls out new guide to state's agricultural bounty
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 13
PHOTOS: Playtime at Gilbert House
Kids are back to playing with bubbles and driving tractors at Gilbert House Children's Museum, which recently reopened indoor exhibits after a closure of over a year.
YMCA's Camp Silver Creek, Camp Greider are back for 2021
Dress as your favorite Schitts Creek character to support Family Building Blocks
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 11
For Salem kids, these bikers stand guard against abuse
The Willamette Valley chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse has been attending court with kids and helping them feel safe confronting abusers since 2014. As daily life slowly returns to normal, the group’s leaders say they’re once again seeing more referrals.
SALEM NONPROFITS May. 7
Meals on Wheels looking for distribution hubs in south, west Salem
As more seniors stayed home during the pandemic, Salem's Meals on Wheels program grew from serving about 450 people daily to 750. To sustain a bigger program and ease the work of volunteer drivers, the program's leaders are now looking for more space.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 6
A spring garden afternoon supports Willamette Valley Hospice's healing through music
In its first in-person event since the pandemic began, Willamette Valley Hospice invited music therapists to perform for guests at a reservation-only jewelry sale to benefit the program.
FreeSALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 5
During a difficult year, Assistance League expands help for Salem students
Volunteers like Jeanette George have helped pick out clothing and assemble kits with basic hygiene items for thousands of students in Salem-Keizer schools this year through their Operation School Bell program.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY May. 4
After losing everything in Santiam Canyon wildfire, couple returns home thanks to a turn in fortune
Be Bold Street Ministries gave a couple who had been living in hotels for the past seven months an RV and more recently a car that was donated to the Salem nonprofit.
"Feed the Tuba" campaign launches to benefit wind ensemble, Salem food banks
Salem Cinema offers private theater rentals as restrictions take hold
SALEM HISTORY Apr. 30
COLUMN: Former Salem restaurant used to feed inmates at the courthouse
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. The curator at the Willamette Heritage Center explains tough working conditions in a Salem restaurant that fed inmates and patrons of the red light district alike.
Race around Salem to benefit local refugees
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 27
Hoping to break ground on “more than a field,” Capital Fútbol Club raises money for expansion
The Salem-based soccer club has operated an increasingly in-demand playing field. Now, it hopes to add two turf fields that’ll serve as a regional sports hub and community center. The club hopes to foster more connections formed through the world’s most popular sport.
Confluence LGBT Chorus seeks new board members
AROUND OREGON Apr. 27
AROUND OREGON: Oscar winner ‘Nomadland’ based on book by former Oregon journalist
Jessica Bruder, an Oregonian/OregonLive reporter from 2006 to 2008, traveled for several years throughout the West and worked alongside her subjects at low-wage jobs to research the 2017 book.
Capitol hosts virtual event honoring Asian Pacific Americans
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 22
Salem Elks celebrate 125th anniversary
Civic, social and fraternal organizations throughout the country have seen membership declines in recent years, but Salem Elks was growing before the pandemic and has about 500 members who work on volunteer projects to aid homeless veterans and local students.
Learn about Salem's former Chinatown during online event Saturday
Virtual chamber music concert to benefit programs in local schools
SALEM HISTORY Apr. 20
COLUMN: Search for Salem's Chinatown unearths cemetery shrine
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. In our first installment, Salem's historic preservation manager explains how a collaborative archaeology project led to the rediscovery a Chinese funerary table and an annual celebration of the Qing Ming festival.
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 19
Salem woman honored for her role preserving legacy of trailblazing women landscape architects
Bobbie Dolp has spent more than 16 years trying to preserve the legacy of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first women to own a landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest. The avid gardener was drawn to the women’s story and helped acquire the Salem property where they did their work.
Pet-loving artists wanted for Willamette Humane t-shirt contest
Salem for Refugees asks for volunteers to help with garden prep
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 12
Car choir performs for retirement home in first show off campus
The Chemeketa Car Choir started earlier this year as a way to have student singers perform safely. On Sunday, they performed for hundreds of residents at Capital Manor in a welcome respite following a year of isolation at the retirement home.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 12
Sprague seniors join storm cleanup effort at Pioneer Cemetery
The cemetery has been closed to the public since the February ice storm brought branches and several trees down across the 17-acre site. With volunteers and contracted crews, the city hopes to reopen the site by Memorial Day.
Conflict resolution speaker coming to Salem April 14
Draw, garden or get a leg up at work with free Chemeketa workshops
LIFE IN MARION COUNTY Apr. 6
PHOTOS: Tulip Fest showcases the Willamette Valley's springtime color
Peak blooming season is just ahead for the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, which draws visitors to Woodburn to appreciate the spring flowers. After a 2020 cancellation, the farm is back open and will honor passes from last year.
Uncover the secrets of soil at Salem City Club
SALEM LIFESTYLE Apr. 5
PHOTOS: Drone images capture Capitol, cherry blossoms from up high
PHOTOS: Salem's cherry trees have long been a symbol of the city, and a drone photographer caught stunning images of trees in bloom during sunrise at the Capitol.
SALEM LIFESTYLE Apr. 4
PHOTOS: Adapting to restrictions, Shangri-La hosts drive-thru Easter Egg event
PHOTOS: Shangri-La of Salem once again put on its Easter event as an accessible fun time on Saturday, April 3, for those with disabilities.
Willamette Heritage Center to reopen April 6
FreeSALEM AREA EVENTS Apr. 2
PHOTOS: Car parade aims to raise awareness about child abuse
The early morning parade cruised from the Willamette Heritage Center past the Capitol as several groups "painted the town blue" in honor of child abuse prevention month.
Salem to host Ironman triathlon in July
Finish Women's History Month Wednesday with a panel of Salem women
SALEM AREA EVENTS Mar. 30
Austrian music, absurdist poetry coming to Salem as Oregon Symphony plans October return
After more than a year with no live performances, the symphony is planning a regular season of six concerts at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium, with season tickets on sale now. Newly appointed music director David Danzmayr will make his debut.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Mar. 26
With an uncertain reopening, Salem’s events magazine ponders its future
Carlee Wright is the brains behind Press Play Salem, a bi-monthly free events magazine. She’s debating if she can put out a summer issue after a more than year-long hiatus.
World Beat cancels event that draws thousands for second year in a row
SALEM PEOPLE Mar. 25
After helping write landmark laws and keeping Salem’s nonprofits humming, Ken Sherman retires
In his 46 years practicing law in Salem, Ken Sherman Jr. left his mark on the community through decades of service to civic and nonprofit organizations, particularly Salem Health. Recently retired, he’s eager to keep learning, reading and raising his newly adopted cat.
Reservations open for "recess" at Gilbert House Children's Museum
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 19
New bubble exhibit will welcome the first kids back to Gilbert House
Salem’s Gilbert House Children’s Museum kicked off a renovation in early 2020 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Months after work finished, families can at last explore the outdoor play area and check out Bill’s Bubble House as it reopens over spring break.
Salem to celebrate its cherry blossoms on March 20
AROUND OREGON Mar. 16
AROUND OREGON: Libraries shrug off Dr. Seuss book controversy
Seuss books rarely are challenged by library patrons across the nation, she said. “Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke has affirmed our library’s commitment to dismantling systemic racism and oppression,” Cunningham said. In Washington County, Tattersall said individual branches would make decisions about whether to keep the books on their shelves.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 15
With open conversations about addiction, Bridgeway’s primary care provider tackles health and recovery
People with substance abuse and mental health problems die younger than the general population, but often from the same causes, like heart disease or diabetes. For six years, physician assistant Sarah Hadfield has been trying to change those odds in a unique setting: a primary care clinic housed inside Salem's largest addiction treatment provider.
Adult softball and kickball leagues return this spring
LOCAL NONPROFITS Mar. 11
Salem Friends of Felines has new Keizer home
After 10 years on South Commercial Street, the no-kill shelter's new location will make adoption appointments easier and provides more space for quarantining cats.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 8
PHOTOS: Salem Saturday Market kicks off a month early
The early start meant less fresh produce than usual, but locals flocked to the market for canned goods, bread, meat and crafts.
Oregon gardeners can get free seeds, watch educational videos through gardening challenge
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 4
With masks and social distancing, Salem Saturday Market returns early
The weekly market opens a month early to offer Salem fresh produce and other goods. While Covid precautions remain in effect, the market hopes to have more vendors than last year.
SALEM NONPROFITS Mar. 4
Years in the making, the foundation is being built for Salem’s new YMCA
The pandemic has delayed construction and increased costs for Salem’s downtown YMCA, which is now expected to open in April 2022. CEO Timothy Sinatra wants the three-story building to be a gathering place for families of all ages, offering everything from swim lessons to senior triathlons and school outreach events.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 2
Pioneer Cemetery surveying damage to grave markers, historic trees following ice storm
Two white oaks at Salem's Pioneer Cemetery were among the casualties during February's ice storm, and the cemetery remains closed to the public pending a debris pick-up.
Salem woman exceeds goal for hygiene products drive following Salem Reporter article
AROUND OREGON Feb. 25
AROUND OREGON: Bend proposes code changes to ease creation of homeless shelters
The city wants to remove a code that requires 1,000 feet of separation between temporary housing facilities and make transitional housing, which includes warming and permanent homeless shelters, an outright use in commercial zones and in the section of the Bend Central District that is west of Third Street.
SALEM TREES Feb. 24
Getting rid of a white oak that fell during the ice storm? Be sure to save a slice for science.
Two scientists at Willamette University say the downed trees represent a unique opportunity to study one of Salem’s most iconic native species, the Oregon white oak.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 22
Hot potato: How a Salem woman came up with an idea to keep unsheltered people warm and full
Lisa Letney wanted to help when she heard about flooding in the two camps where unhoused people have been allowed to live during the pandemic. She turned to spuds because they’re cheap, hot and make it easy for people to get involved.
Hundreds of trailer loads of debris hauled out of Salem drop off sites
SALEM HISTORY Feb. 17
To honor Oregon’s birthday, Salem history groups create video on the state’s early Black settlers
The video tells the story of how Black people came to Oregon at a time when the state constitution barred them from settling or owning land. It includes the story Hiram Gorman, one of Salem’s first Black residents who operated a newspaper press and had a green thumb.
More than 48,000 in Marion and Polk counties remain without power
Keep fridge doors closed and don't taste food to find out if it's gone bad, Emergency Management advises
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 16
“You can do more damage than the storm.” Foresters urge caution when assessing tree damage
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two tip sheets which can help residents determine if they can salvage their trees, where to make cuts and if a professional is needed.
FreeWEATHER Feb. 15
With more outages overnight, many in Salem head into fourth day without power
Portland General Electric still has no set timeline for restoring power to the tens of thousands of Salem-area homes currently in the dark. Churches in Salem and Keizer will open as warming centers Tuesday and online school is canceled for Salem-Keizer as many students, teachers and district buildings remain without power.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 15
As the lights went out, Salem adapted with camp stoves and candles
Tens of thousands of people in Marion and Polk counties were left without power after the worst ice storm in decades left the Willamette Valley a frozen mess of downed trees and power lines. Salem Reporter reached out to residents to found out how they handled a weekend of darkness.
Volunteers needed for warming shelters Friday as temperatures stay freezing
WEATHER Feb. 12
Widespread power outages, impassable roads likely as ice storm rolls into Salem Friday night
Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice could accumulate in the Salem area overnight, potentially downing tree branches and knocking out power for homes in freezing weather.
Local arts nonprofits bolstered by Oregon Arts Commission grants
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 11
“She just had a big heart, a heart of gold.” Colleagues and family remember bus driver killed in crash
Rachel Bunting was known for her affinity for cats and her warm presence. After being killed in a car crash in early February, a memorial will go up on the route she drove.
Salem has snow plows on standby
Hallie Ford now open to members with reservation; public visits begin Feb. 23
Snow expected in Salem starting Thursday night
SALEM NONPROFITS Feb. 9
Cloth diaper kits are ready and waiting for Salem families through the Salem Cloth Project
A Salem woman's "light bulb moment" became a nonprofit that offers cloth diaper kits to families in need. Now, the organization just needs more people to find out about their work and sign up for help.
LIFE IN SALEM Feb. 9
Wooden arches raised, bringing Riverfront Park amphitheater one step closer to completion
The $4 million project hit its fundraising goal, the Rotary Club of Salem announced Monday. When completed this summer, the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater will serve as a outdoor event venue.
True North duo to perform virtual concert Sunday to benefit Salem Cinema
AROUND OREGON Feb. 8
AROUND OREGON: National Parks in Northwest post record highs, lows in visitors during 2020
Monthly visitor numbers published by the National Park Service from 2020 show an up and down year across Oregon: Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon broke several monthly records last year, for example, while the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve posted the lowest annual visitor total since 1945.
Salem galleries, theaters get nearly $40,000 in state operating support
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 4
Salem art gallery hosts erotic art for the month of February
Gallery owner Melanie Weston wanted to do a fun show in the downtown gallery space she’s had for less than a year. So, she put a call out for erotic art pieces that are now on display until the end of the month.
Salem's new community radio station, KMWV 98.3 FM, gets its first director
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 3
Hallie Ford Museum explores Great Depression through virtual exhibit
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art has been closed since November because of Covid restrictions and is reviewing guidelines in hopes of reopening soon. For now, art junkies can view the latest exhibit online.