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May. 24
Snuggle a kitten while drinking beer at Thursday event
May. 23
Catch Chemeketa artwork in first student show since pandemic
May. 23
Learn about Russia-Ukraine war's impact on citizens at Salem Tuesday library talk
May. 20
Catch a flamenco-inspired saxophone performance in Sunday concert
May. 18
South honors thespian legend in black box theater dedication
May. 17
Celebrate Gerry Frank's life Thursday at Salem Convention Center
SALEM EVENTS May. 16
PHOTOS: Kids explore trains, tractors and old-fashioned laundry
Powerland Heritage Park's annual S.T.E.A.M.'d Up for Kids event drew curious people of all ages to the collection of antique museums for a day of discovery and building.
May. 13
Learn about local Pacific Islanders through school district event
May. 12
Learn about one of Oregon's first Black residents at Sunday lecture
May. 12
City seeks help Saturday to prepare Pioneer Cemetery for Memorial Day
SALEM THEATER May. 12
Young performers bring on a rainbow of fun
A one-weekend-only performance of Enlightened Theatrics’ “The Rainbow Fish Musical” brings the talents of local elementary and middle school students to the stage.
May. 11
Annual S.T.E.A.M.’d Up for Kids returns to Powerland Saturday
May. 9
Library book sale returns to Salem this weekend
May. 6
City cancels First Friday amphitheater concert due to thunderstorm forecast
May. 4
Marion County gardeners resume annual fairgrounds plant sale Friday
May. 2
Contemporary art collection on sale Tuesday to benefit Assistance League
Apr. 29
Beach Boys, Nelly part of State Fair's seven-concert lineup this summer
Apr. 29
Free concerts by local bands added to Salem's First Fridays
Apr. 28
Willamette Master Chorus performance to benefit Ukraine
Apr. 28
Salem Poetry Project Thursday features award-winning writer, open mic
Apr. 28
South's 1991 baseball state champions to reunite Saturday
Apr. 22
Colin Mochrie coming to Elsinore with hynosis-improv act "Hyprov"
SALEM AREA EVENTS Apr. 22
Gender-bending “Twelfth Night” adaptation opening Friday at Pentacle dives into identity
Based on the classic Shakespeare play, performances of “Twelfth Night” are scheduled at the northwest Salem theater until May 14.
Apr. 21
Salem leaders celebrate groundbreaking for domestic violence housing complex Hope Plaza
Apr. 21
Oregon Ag Fest returns Saturday and Sunday in Salem
SALEM BUSINESS Apr. 19
Botaneity offers, wine, eggs in revitalized west Salem farmstand
The Lindbeck farm, once a U-Pick orchard in west Salem, is getting a new life as a farmstand after Kayla Borgen and Robert Lauer purchased and restored the home over the past year. They will hold a grand opening April 23.
Apr. 19
Celebrate Earth Day with Friday nature walks, ice cream
Apr. 18
Salem Convention Center hosts exhibition celebrating new artwork
Apr. 14
Marion County Fair announces country, hip-hop headliners for 2022
LOCAL EVENTS Apr. 14
Cast before the pandemic, actors take the stage in family drama "Independence"
An intimate, four actor production set entirely in a dysfunctional family's living room opens Friday at Keizer Homegrown Theatre.
Apr. 11
Get your spring garden on with plants from FFA students
Apr. 7
Awesome 3000 won't happen in 2022, future uncertain
Apr. 6
Get a boost on gardening, fitness, nutrition with free library workshops
Apr. 6
Lineup announced for Salem's punk, ska MIG Fest
SALEM ART AND CULTURE Apr. 1
Salem artist fashions colorful clothes from whiskey packaging
Artist Carlee Wright's exhibit of fashion made from repurposed trash will be on display through April at the downtown Salem on the Edge gallery.
SALEM EVENTS Apr. 1
Get a piece of South, Leslie history at Saturday gala
The Saxon Success Fund, a parent-led nonprofit to support longer-term projects benefiting South Salem High School students, is hosting its first fundraiser over the weekend as leaders plan to relocate and expand the school’s college and career center.
Mar. 28
Police identify four killed in homeless encampment crash Sunday
SALEM EVENTS Mar. 28
PHOTOS: Equestrians compete at state fairgrounds
The Oregon Paint Horse Club Spring Fling brought dozens of competitors to the Historic Horse Stadium in Salem.
Mar. 24
Oregon Symphony returns to Willamette University in October
Mar. 22
Public memorial for Gerry Frank set for May 19
Mar. 17
Stock up on plants at Deepwood's weekend plant sale
Mar. 16
Hoopla expands to 6-day event for 2022
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 4
World Beat Gallery opens "Impressions of China" exhibit
The gallery is run by the Salem Multicultural Institute, which will also bring back the World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park this summer.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 3
Saturday market opens March 5 for longer season
Salem’s largest farmers market has had two years of steady growth during Covid as people looked for outdoor activities and ways to avoid the grocery store. This season, organizers hope to launch an emerging farmer program for kids to sell produce.
Mar. 2
Get up to speed on Ukraine with panel of Willamette experts
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 1
Corban leaders highlight donations for agriculture program, athletic facility at scholarship fundraiser
Dr. Sheldon Nord, Corban University's president, announced he'd be stepping down from the job following this year's graduation ceremony in early May.
SALEM EVENTS Feb. 25
McKay strings take center stage with Saturday “Four Seasons” fundraiser concert
Rather than sell chocolate bars or collect cans, the high school’s most advanced orchestra is staging a one-night-only performance of one of the most difficult pieces in the classical canon, with a guest soloist from the University of Oregon.
SALEM SPORTS Feb. 22
Salem Capitals kick off debut basketball season
The team, formed last year, is a member of The Basketball League and will play its first game March 4 at the Salem Armory.
LOCAL EVENTS Feb. 17
Constellations features a unique love story through the eyes of the multiverse
With the popularity of stories about the multiverse increasing in pop culture (such as Spider-Man: No Way Home), the latest offering from Keizer Homegrown Theater explores a romantic story that spans different realities in the show Constellations. Shows run Thursday through Sunday this week.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 11
COLUMN: Community leaders gather, applaud mayor’s final State of the City
Mayor Chuck Bennett delivered his final address to a room full of the city’s electeds and department heads, including commissioners, the district attorney, fire chief and former mayor.
SALEM EVENTS Feb. 7
PHOTOS: An icy swim raises funds for Special Olympics
Two dozen teams braved an ice-cold pool in Salem Saturday, with some Polar Plunge participants donning costumes or wearing their police uniforms. The event was one of several Special Olympics of Oregon fundraisers around the state, and raised close to $44,000.
SALEM EVENTS Jan. 26
“The Little Mermaid,” awash with melody and heart, opening at North
After delaying the show’s opening due to the omicron surge, tickets for the North Salem High School production are on sale, with shows starting Feb. 3.
SALEM EVENTS Dec. 24
PHOTOS: Tuba performers make merry at Salem Tuba Holiday
The annual tradition returned to the stage Friday at the Elsinore Theatre.
SALEM EVENTS Dec. 23
Salem's Christmas Eve tuba tradition is back
The show begins at noon Friday at the Elsinore Theatre and will feature about 35 tuba and baritone players from around the region playing Christmas classics, with some new arrangements.
Dec. 17
Watch lights synchronized to music, donate to Center for Hope and Safety
Dec. 10
Holiday market offers handmade gifts all weekend
Dec. 10
City ceremony will light up Riverfront Park Friday night
Dec. 8
Catch a Christmas play starting Friday at Willamette
Dec. 8
"True red" art on display through December at downtown gallery
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Dec. 8
Family Building Blocks' Gala of Trees spreads joy throughout the community
The nonprofit's annual gala included spreading decorated trees across the city, culminating in a virtual tree auction.
Dec. 3
Small businesses featured at Equity in Action bazaar Saturday
Dec. 3
Deepwood hosts free Holiday Open House Saturday
COVID VACCINATION Dec. 3
New Marshallese nonprofit aims to bolster community health through Covid vaccine clinics
The President of the Marshall Islands and Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett are among the featured speakers at a Saturday Covid vaccination clinic put on by the Marshallese American Network for Interacting Together, a recently formed nonprofit based in Keizer.
LOCAL EVENTS Dec. 3
The Gubser Miracle of Lights tradition continues in Keizer
This year’s display will begin on Friday, Dec. 3 and continue every night from 6-10 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 26. The route is approximately 3.5 miles and runs through the Gubser neighborhood beginning at 14th Avenue NE and Lockhaven Drive.
Dec. 2
Handmade, vintage gifts on tap at fairgrounds Saturday from over 100 vendors
SALEM THEATER Dec. 1
Beloved musical "Annie" gearing up for Salem audiences
Enlightened Theatrics' production of the Broadway classic opens Dec. 3 at Salem's Historic Grand Theatre.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 30
Pentacle presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” through radio broadcast
The show runs from Dec. 3 to 18 at Pentacle Theatre and follows the Christmas classic tale of George Bailey as he learns how he's touched the lives around him.
Nov. 9
Veterans to be honored at Oregon Capitol
Nov. 9
See an alligator before Jurassic Park showing at the Elsinore Theatre Wednesday
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 5
Salem Peace lecture to focus on Indigenous strategies to fight climate change
Winona LaDuke, a longtime Indigenous activist and two-time Green Party vice presidential candidate, presents the 2021 Salem Peace Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 10
Nov. 4
Polk County Fairgrounds to host holiday fair Friday, Saturday
HALLOWEEN IN SALEM Nov. 1
PHOTOS: Salem celebrates Halloween 2021
There was plenty of fun to be had at the annual Fairmount neighborhood Halloween parade, as well as trick-or-treating events at Gilbert House Children's Museum and Willamette Heritage Center.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 26
Boo Bash shares happy tails of pet adoption
Canine greeters, kittens and plenty of volunteers helped raise money for the Willamette Humane Society's annual auction.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 20
Farmers, business leaders celebrate Oregon agriculture
The Harvest Festival returned to Salem Convention Center this week, featuring a talk about in-vitro dairy cow fertilization and more.
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 19
PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of "The Mousetrap" as live theater returns to Salem
The murder mystery show, which runs through Oct. 23, is the Pentacle Theatre's first in-person performance since the Covid pandemic began.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 14
Disco guests silently raise money for breast cancer research
Kelli Jaecks, a Salem breast cancer survivor, used her birthday as an opportunity to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Oct. 13
Don a costume and bid on animal-themed gifts at Bowser's Boo Bash
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 12
PHOTOS: Dance and celebration mark Indigenous Peoples' Day in Salem
Gathering under an amphitheater designed to resemble a Kalapuya woven basket, dancers from several tribes celebrated Oregon's first recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday.
Oct. 11
Jewish jazz compositions highlighted in virtual Salem concert series
Oct. 5
Pentacle Theatre returns to the stage with murder mystery "The Mousetrap"
Sep. 17
Colorful dances, music featured at Oregon Capitol's Hispanic Heritage Month event Saturday
Sep. 16
Adopt one cat, get a second one free in Salem Saturday
SALEM EVENTS Sep. 13
PHOTOS: Cornholers gather at Capitol to benefit Shangri-La
Experienced competitors and novices took to the grass Saturday for the Capital City Cornhole Classic. It was the fifth year for the competition and fundraiser.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Sep. 7
Benefit raises more than $500,000 to support Santiam Canyon relief
An historic farm was the setting for robust bidding at oral and live auctions on Saturday, Aug. 28, to support two groups helping the communities and people of the Santiam Canyon continue recovery from last year's wildfires.
SALEM EVENTS Sep. 6
Return of the Monster Cookie Ride
The Monster Cookie Ride was on Sunday, Aug. 29. With good weather, riders had options for several routes to get to their cookies.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 30
PHOTOS: West Salem marching band performs at Premier Night
Following two weeks of band camp, high school marching band students at West enjoyed a barbecue with their parents, then performed at the school's football stadium.
STATE FAIR Aug. 29
PHOTOS: From rides to animal competitions, Oregon State Fair brings smiles
Several new thrill rides are the among the attractions at this year's state fair, which runs through Sept. 6.
Aug. 26
Free summer fun at Northgate Park wraps up Friday with bike repairs and more
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 26
Fun makes a comeback at the Oregon State Fair
The fair kicks off Friday and runs through Sept. 6, with carnival rides, animal shows and live music. Two special fundraising events will support Santiam Canyon wildfire recovery efforts.
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 23
Voices of Pride: Attendees and participants express delight at the 2021 Salem event
About 1,000 people turned out on Saturday, August 21 to celebrate both inclusion and individuality at Riverfront Park. The 2021 Capitol Pride in the Park festival was the event and, behind the mandatory masks - there were all smiles.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 18
Pride returns to Salem Saturday with fun run, drag and comedy performances
Salem has traditionally held its LGBTQ Pride event in August, rather than June - both to avoid competing with bigger cities and to drive home the message that pride can be year-round. A new Capital Pride board hopes the event will facilitate social connections between LGBTQ Salemites.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Aug. 16
Monster Cookie Ride returns for 45th year
The beginner-friendly bike ride through the Willamette Valley will be held Aug. 29, with a new start and end point in Keizer Rapids Park.
Aug. 11
Englewood Forest Festival canceled due to Covid
Aug. 4
Catch country music for a good cause at fairgrounds Aug. 5
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 4
Salem police, firefighters rush to collect blood
Salem's first "Battle of the Badges" Red Cross blood drive pits the Salem Police Department and Salem Fire Department against one another to see which group of first responders can deliver the most donors. If you sign up, you get to pick which agency gets credit for your donation - and take home a T-shirt.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 2
Catch renowned glass art by Dale Chihuly in Salem
The whimsical glass sculptures by the world famous Tacoma artist have attracted more than 100 people per day to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art - a “blockbuster” exhibit, according to museum director John Olbrantz. The exhibit is open until August 28.
Jul. 28
Ike Box to host block party to thank community for saving historic building
SALEM CULTURE Jul. 27
“Lorelei” set to showcase Salem on the big screen
Filmmaker Sabrina Doyle debuts a “blue collar fable” shot in Marion County and other parts of Oregon at Salem Cinema on July 31.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 23
Ironman racers will take to streets, Willamette River Sunday
More than 2,300 athletes, plus their family and friends, are in Salem for a 70.3 mile triathlon on July 25 centered around Riverfront Park.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 23
Nashville act to bring James Taylor tribute to Salem
Bill Griese will perform his acoustic, one-man James Taylor tribute act at the Grand Theatre July 30.