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vol 8 issue 24 â€˘ feb 23-mar 7, 2012
Planning Rules pg 8
Salem Weekly feb 23-mar 7, 2012 â€˘ page 2
Airport Master Plan faces City Council vote on February 27 “The plan justifies the expense with forecasts of increased aviation activity”
Who does Salem’s Planning Commission serve? “Swaim voiced concern about the makeup of the Planning Commission...”
Salem Photo League makes art public “We hope it pulls photographers out of the wood work.”
Public Library presents live music 12 Salem “I am tremendously impressed with the local music sene.”
opens new expanded lounge 14 Gilgamesh “They don’t weigh you down or annihilate your tongue”
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A bill introduced early in the Oregon Legislative Session raised alarms with activists. The bill sb1534, dubbed the “Twitter Bill”, would have made it a felony for two or more people to communicate by electronic devices to commit a crime at a specific location. Critics attacked the bill, which was so broadly written that some feared it could have outlawed tweets calling for demonstrations or Occupy gatherings in public parks. Some activists thought the bill, which died in committee, may have had origins with ALEC. ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, is a secretive conservative organization which has come under scrutiny in the past year by watchdog organizations and the investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica. The group, made of legislators and funded by major pharmaceutical, fossil fuel and telecom companies, drafts “model legislation” that is then introduced by conservative Republicans mostly at the state level. ALEC is behind the Arizona immigration law (sb1070). ALEC legislators have also sponsored tough voter ID laws passed in 18 states that impact the voting rights of students and seniors, as well as legislation
weakening environmental regulations and targeting public and private sector unions. ALEC’s big funders include Exxon Mobil and foundations tied to Koch Industries and the billionaire Koch Brothers. Although not illegal, the introduction of “model legislation” by state lawmakers is a clandestine process not transparent to citizens and members of ALEC don’t tend to advertise their affiliation. “They are ‘buying’ the model legislation rather than doing the work of writing the laws,” said Lauren Regan, an attorney with the Eugenebased Civil Liberties Defense Center, speaking to Occupy Portland activists on February 10. She thought the bill, with its vagueness and apparent target of Occupy activists, had all the earmarks of ALEC legislation. Out of all the states, Oregon receives the third-largest amount of ALEC money, Regan said. Fourteen legislators in Oregon have known ALEC affiliations, according to ProPublica. Governor John Kitzhaber, Representative Kurt Schrader and Representative Gene Whisnant, who was ALEC State Legislator of the Year in 2011, are among the Oregon lawmakers who receive the largest amount of corporate money, according to the Center for Media and Democracy. sb1534 was introduced by
Senator Doug Whitsett and 10 other Republicans, as well as one Democrat, none of whom have known ALEC affiliations.
City Watch Endorses Anti-Corporate Personhood Amendment
The “Twitter Bill” and ALEC
Salem City Watch, a citizen watchdog group, unanimously voted on February 11 to ask the Salem City Council to refer to Salem voters a ballot measure calling for a constitutional amendment stating that corporations are not people and money is not speech. The ballot measure would in turn ask the Oregon Legislature to petition Congress to introduce the amendment. “This is part of a strategy to create a groundswell of popular support in the local jurisdiction, at the city, county and eventually state level,” said activist Kirk Leonard, who presented the proposed amendment to the City Watch Board. Similar resolutions have been endorsed by city councils in Los Angeles and New York City as well as smaller communities like Madison, Wisconsin and Boulder, Colorado. Corvallis has collected enough signatures to get a similar initiative on the ballot in November.
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spectrum,” said Jon Yoder, President of Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center. Twenty-two nominations throughout Marion, Polk, and Lane counties were submitted in January for this year’s Green Awards. Green Award categories include “Recycler of the Year,” “Sustainable Organization of the Year,” “EarthWise Certified Business of the Year,” and “Green Building of the Year” Raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win a Sanyo Electric Bike, valued at $1,300. Event tickets are $50 and include dinner and wine. Dinner options include wild mushroom lasagna, grilled salmon or prime rib.fselc.org/greenawards. html or call Alexandra at (503) photo by Joan Lockwood 391-4145, or email@example.com.
Wage Theft Policy
A policy briefing organized by the Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft was held at the Capitol on February 10. Advocates say that wage theft is a serious and pervasive problem. It is a significant issue in terms of revenue for the State of Oregon in addition to being a workers’ rights issue, says Joan Lockwood, a member of Oregon Working Families Party who attended the briefing. “Wage theft occurs when employers pay workers less than the minimum wage, don’t pay time-and-a-half for overtime hours, cheat on the number of hours worked, steal tips or don’t pay workers at all,” states
a fact sheet put out by the Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP). Areas where reports of wage theft are highest include: construction, information sectors and accommodation and food services. According to the Oregon Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOLI), agricultural and day laborers are particularly vulnerable. One study of Marion County farm workers found that 90% of workers reported that their “piece rate” earnings were consistently less than minimum wage. A nationwide survey found that nearly half of all day laborers (49%) had been completely denied payment by an employer for their work. Panelists included Senator Floyd Prozanski who sponsored legislation on wage theft issues in 2011 and Bureau of Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. “A glaring omission was the fact that the vast majority of workers are not represented by a union,” said Lockwood, a long-time labor activist. The Coalition includes 19 organizations, including NorthwestWorkers’ Justice Project, Oregon AFL-CIO, CAUSA and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.
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The popular event highlighting those community members who have “gone green” is set for March 3rd at the Salem Conference Center. “The Green Awards has become a phenomenal event that brings folks together from all parts of the environmenta l
Religious Tracts in Salem-Keizer School District
After our story about teachers directly distributing pamphlets for religious afterschool clubs to district students, the district’s position on the literature appears to remain open. On February 13, 2012 Salem Weekly asked the district for complete clarification on this policy. We asked the following; 1) Does the Salem-Keizer School District have a specific policy about the distribution of Good News and other after-school religious club literature? 2) If so, what is it? 3) If not, are school principals allowed,at their own discretion, to personally hand out religious fliers or instruct willing staff to do it?* In reply, Mr. Speck wrote us, “No, we don’t have a specific policy on that. Our practice is to let clubs distribute materials to students who are interested in the club. We do not wish to offend anyone by giving their child information about a club that they object to. The principal has the final say as to how student club materials are distributed in their school. The district guidance for principals is to urge them to think about ways in which the students can access the information if they are interested, but not to send materials with every student regardless of their interest in the club. Leaving a stack of materials on a table would work.”
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Citizen’s Guide to Salem City Council 2012 is a year of change
by Sarah Epstein
It’s election year; every two years roughly half the nine council seats are subject to a vote. Although all details are not yet clear, we know that by next February the Council will have at least one new member. The seat most immediately contested is that of Ward 7 Councilman Bob Cannon. Cannon recently announced that he would not complete his course, which was to last until the end of the year. Two men have filed to fill the open seat: Evan D White and Warren Bednarz. Bednarz has had more than 31 years experience in real estate development Our City Council is and property managecomprised of eight non-partisa ment and has particin, unpaid Councilors, one fro pated in Salem’s urm each of the city’s eight Wards ban development and and also Salem’s planning as a citizen. Mayor. Evan D. White, a retired PUC engineer The seats which ma y be in question and economist, is Bedare Ward 1, Ward 3, Ward 5, Ward narz’s opponent. As 7 as well as the Ma yor’s seat. someone who’d spent his professional life The date to file to run in these analyzing public serelections is March 6, 2012; election vices (electricity, waday is May 15, 2012. Those who ter, natural gas) for prevail will take offi ce in January maximum efficiency, of 2013. White became active in his NeighborAt this time, Coun cilors for Wards hood Association 1 (Chuck Bennett,) Ward 3 (Brad and began attendNanke) and Ward 5 (Diana Dickey) ing meetings of and the position of Mayor (Anna Land Use Network, Peterson) are unop posed in their a group that meets quest for reelectio n. once a month with city planners and city staff. When we spoke with White, he said his economist experience makes him an ideal resource for Salem’s Mayor and the eight other members of the Council. He’d like to help craft a “clearer, more efficient government.” Diana Dickey, who held the post of Councilor of Ward 5 since 2008, declared in January of 2012 that she would not stay her full term, which ends December of 2012. But when no one filed to run to replace her, Ms. Dickey refilled on February 6, 2012. In December 2011, Ward 8 Councilor Dan Clem registered to run for a new post, Polk County Commissioner. Clem’s City Council term would have ended in 2014. His opponents in the Polk County Commissioner race are incumbent Jennifer Wheeler and Monmouth City Councilor Steve Milligan. If Clem should prevail against these two by more than 50% of the vote in May, he’ll win the position of Polk County Commissioner. If he is one of the top two, he’ll participate in a run-off in the general election this November. If he is victorious in either, he’ll begin his County Commissioner term in January 2013 and will be unable to serve out his Salem City Council term. At whatever point this happens – if it happens – the City Council will appoint another citizen to fill out the rest of Clem’s term. More City Council races may yet appear as the date to file to run is still a few weeks away. Ballots for the vote will be sent out April 16 and must be returned by election day, May 15. Those who have not yet registered to vote in the election must turn their election registration cards in by the April 24th deadline if they wish to vote in these primaries.
Long anticipated airport master plan vote almost here
by Helen Caswell
The runway will cost about $13.3 million
Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock these past ten years knows that the rich are getting by Nathaniel Quinn richer, and the poor are getting poorer, but a lot of people don’t know how sizeable the gap really is, and when the issue is brought up, the tired phrase, “class warfare,” tends to pop up where it isn’t needed. What many people don’t know is just how much inequality there actually is. The simplest way of figuring it out is to use the GINI coefficient. A coefficient of 0 would mean that everyone’s incomes are equal, while a coefficient of 100 would show the opposite. According to the CIA World Fact Book, the GINI coefficient for the US is 45 (2007). For comparison, Haiti has a coefficient of 59.2 (2001), China has a coefficient of 41.5 (2007), Canada has a coefficient of 32.1 (2005), the member states of the European Union have an average coefficient of 30.4, and Sweden has a coefficient of 23.0 (2005). The growth of our stark income inequality is shown in CBO statistics on income growth: Between 1979 and 2007, after tax income grew 275% for the top 1% of earners, 60% for the next 19%, about 40% for the middle 60%, and 18% for the bottom 20%. This meant that the top 20% increased their share of the country’s post tax income by 10% while every other group’s share of the total income declined by about 2 or 3 percent. Keep in mind that “after tax-income” is the income that someone has after all federal taxes have been paid and all federal benefits, such as Social Security, unemployment benefits, and Food Stamps, have been received. This means that income growth has been grossly unequal in spite of the evil, Godless, Marxist redistributive effects of food stamps. This leave an important question: What should we do to reduce income inequality without harming economic efficiency? This is a difficult issue to deal with, especially in a political environment hostile to the idea that we should deal with income inequality. An obvious first step would be to end the Bush tax cuts, which would increase the redistributive effect of the income tax while halving the deficit. Beyond this, other policies that could ameliorate economic inequality include investment in public infrastructure, policies to promote an economic recovery with more jobs, the maintenance of a moderately progressive tax code, a moderate expansion of social assistance, programs to promote small business, and investments in health and education. An example of a policy we could pursue to these ends would be a massive program to update and repair infrastructure, which would provide jobs, an economic stimulus, and badly needed improvements to public goods. Nathaniel Quinn is a student in the Willamette Democrats at Willamette University, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or someone you know is interested in having your opinion published in Salem Weekly as a guest opinion, please send us a written piece under 450 words to email@example.com.
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The development of a new master plan for the cause I see the airport as an advantage to Salem.” City of Salem’s Airport, which began assembly A conglomeration of neighborhood groups is in December 2010, is an initial step for the City’s more cautious. Critics like Paul Jaudes of Ameriseeking federal funding for airport improvement cans for Prosperity worry that figures the Master projects. Salem City Council will vote February 27 Plan uses do not accurately reflect past aviation usin a meeting open to the public, in Council Chambers, 555 Liberty Street, Room 240 between 6:30 and 10 p.m. If the plan is accepted by the City Council, it will be forwarded to the FAA for environmental assessment. As a guide for the next twenty years of Salem Airport, the $24 million Master Plan covers a multitude of matters including many updates required to meet current FAA regulations. But of primary interest to ordinary Salem residents has been the Plan’s formalized justification of a runway expansion to begin in 2014, which would lengthen the runway from 5,800 to 7,000 feet. It is the most prominent improvement John Paskell, Airport Administrator, shows design for Master Plan airport improvements in the plan and has attracted the most citizen attention. In 2008 Salem was awarded $2.6 million of age and that its projections of growth don’t factor Oregon Lottery money under the ConnectOregon in increases in fuel prices. He doesn’t believe the grant program that funds transportation projects. City of Salem can supply enough business for inThe Master Plan estimates that the runway excreased air flights and that City outlay must be kept tension will cost about $13.3 million, covered by in check. “We hear it’s federal money (that will prithose funds along with roughly $9 million conmarily fund the Master Plan),” he says, “but it’s still tributed by the FAA. The Plan justifies the expense taxpayer money and we need to stop spending it.” with forecasts of increased aviation activity that At a recent public meeting numerous resiwould add to area revenue, as well as better safety. dents objected to the noise and pollution that Laura Tesler is City Councilor for Ward 2, the more frequent and larger aircraft would cause. area of Salem where the airport is located. Her view They point to the sizable sums the city has spent is that since the City has already accepted the Conon the airport several times in the last decade – nectOregon funds, and since the project is good public funds that they say have caused no net for the economic growth of the area, she doesn’t improvement to the local economy. In general, want to go back. “I was elected to be a wise stewresidents reluctant to embrace the Master Plan reard of taxpayer money, and that’s what I intend to quest of the City and Airport Administration more be,” she says. “It’s not fortuitous assurance that the improveto back out of a project like this ments proposed really will make when the funds are in place.” a positive difference this time. Aviation Fueling manager Ron Gould of Salem CityRon Peters is also in favor of Watch is especially concerned expansion. He feels a longer about the impact of airborne runway means more safety lead on citizens. He cites a 2011 for the planes. Peters says he Duke University study that contalks daily to pilots who recluded that living within 2/3 fuel at McNary, and nearly of a mile of an airport where every one tells him that a aviation gasoline is used may lengthened runway would allow aircraft to have a significant effect on blood lead levels land more safely and boost fuel economy. in children. He points to the August 2005 anJohn Paskell, Airport Administrator, highnouncement from the Center for Disease Conlights the utility of a long runway in another trol that said “no level of lead in a child’s blood way. He points out that airport tenants like Colcan be specified as safe.” Gould wonders if this son & Colson already need longer space. The price balances the advantages of a longer runway. shorter length McNary has, now requires planes The debate continues but the City Counto use less fuel so they can become airborne cil vote on February 27th will represent a sigmore quickly. This forces them to refuel en route nificant marker for the future of Salem Airport. to more distant destinations. The necessity of If the Master Plan is approved that evening, “taking a weight penalty” in airports such as the expansion is still subject to FAA assessmet Salem makes the facility considerably less atbut looks much more likely. Citizens have actractive to both existing and potential tenants. cess to the Master Plan on the main floor of SaMayor Anna Peterson agrees. “It’s imporlem Public Library and on the City of Salem Web tant for people to know the big picture about site, and are invited to continue to comment the runway extension. I’m very supportive beon the FAA’s analysis through December 2012.
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Twenty-first Century Male Bonding by Joe Cozzolino
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Gender issues are in flux in America. As our society alters its perspective on women’s roles, as well as its understanding of issues like homosexuality, so does it rethink friendships between men. Here in Salem, conversation on male friendship will be jumpstarted at the next Progressive Film Series event with the documentary “fivefriends” and three speakers. Participants will learn that though inroads towards ease have been made, the topic is still touchy. Hank Mandel is a lean, successful 65-year-old New England man, a married heterosexual husband and dad, who has many long-term tmale friendships that are vital to him. “I think there’s a sympathy for the deep currents that run through our lives,” says Barry, an artist friend of Hank's. This is one of Hank’s five closest male friendships that are examined in the film. Barry and Hank talk long hours and go shopping together, unembarrassed to say “That looks fantastic on you!” when one tries on a leather jacket. Hank, who is a Jew, is also friends with an African-American Baptist with whom he walks; Bob, a businessman with whom he travels and cooks, and Scott, a fellow New York Giants fan. Hank’s friendships survive geographic moves, job changes, divorce and remarriage. But these relationships are not typical. Despite films such as I Love You, Man, and prominent articles about “man dates,” Hank’s deep bonds with other men are far from the norm, even now. Kelley Strawn, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Willamette University, will speak after the film. He discussed with Salem Weekly
Hank’s deep bonds with other men may be far from the norm how culture encourages men to be cautious about intimacy, no matter how “sensitively” they have been raised. “I arrived at... young-adulthood with a fairly high degree of discomfort with emotional intimacy and vulnerability in male-male friendships.” Jade Aguilar, another Assistant Professor of Sociology at Willamette agrees. “...As society increasingly started linking homosexual behavior with a homosexual identity, and then demonized that identity, men who created and maintained close friendships with one another became increasingly at risk of being labeled "gay" and had to deal with all the negative sanctions that came with that label.”The film presents insights in cut-aways to Michael Kimmel, a prominent sociologist and Alan Frow, a Southern California pastor, both of whom discuss the forms male-male uneasiness can take, especially the unwillingness to risk trust. For those who believe that, intimate male friendships are an ideal society should strive for, this Progressive Film Series evening provides a pulse-taking of the
Fivefriends, 2011, 71 minutes, directed by Erik Santiago
Progressive Film Series March 8, 2012, 7 p.m. Grand Theater, Salem OR
United States at this moment in history. Tim Buckley, Salem-based writer and communication consultant with extensive experience leading men’s groups, will also be on hand to discuss the challenges of men sharing experiences, especially for many who are incarcerated. When asked about the benefits of male friendships, Aguilar told Salem Weekly, “There are so many. I think all friendships are linked to higher rates of emotional and physical health. Having a close friend of the same gender is also beneficial because they have navigated similar social terrain and experiences.” Strawn concluded our conversation saying, “We are, most likely, much more open about male-male relationships in the 2000-teens than we were in the 1980s. But we are also probably a long, long way from a wholesale change in how we define "maleness" in our society…. As a life-partner to my spouse, I would like to be free of the burdens of "socialized maleness," and discussions like the one on March 8 are steps in that process. “
Reﬂections in the Mirror
ell, dear friends, all I can do is send out these messages and trust that people are reading them and getting it, but at the same time, we all have our own lessons to endure. With the coming of the continuing changes in the world, Spirit has told me that I need to write about and teach this message again and again because it is that important, so I will do so. Our world is changing - of course it is. As a species, we are meant to evolve in all areas, especially the spiritual. However, we are not moving into anything new; we are coming back home to what we have always known. It isimportant, however, to understand that as much as a pendulum has swung high in one direction, it will swing in the other before it ﬁnds the center. It will come back to the center because the center is where grounding is and where the heartbeat of Mother Earth sits. Since the beginning of our species on earth we have come from the spiritual self and have had to move through and understand the human self. This is the journey of lessons to help us to reconnect to the spiritual and to stay connected through the gratitude of life and living. What I mean by "the pendulum swinging in the other direction" is that we are moving from a place of structured social inﬂuence, including organized religion, back into a place of unique spiritual being. In order to do this there are many human "thinking" experiences that we must move through and learn from and heal from.With this coming back home or reconnecting to the spiritual self, there are more and more people who are seeking. They are seeking teaching and they are seeking healing. This is because people are reawakening to the fact that there IS more and they want to understand it, feel it, be a part of it. What I mention next is the experience many of us will have together before the pendulum centers itself. With this rise in the need to be back home within spirit, those who choose to remain spiritually ignorant through fear will stay or become more lost. The reason for this is that they are not listening. When one does not listen, the teachings from true spiritual consciousness eventually stops. Many of these people will continue to rise up and they will continue to come forward with the intentions of gain for personal gratiﬁcation from those who are seeking to be well and happy. Plainly put, we will continue to see anuprising of self-proclaimed alternative "healers," "teachers," "philosophers," etc.: people who are not at the development they claim to be but who see personal opportunity in the fears, ignorance and desires of others. I see it, and lately I’ve seen more and more. I also see it in the form of so-called spiritual groups and gatherings that are no more than hurtful cults trying to take advantage. As the pendulum swings, the tests from the other end of the spectrum will be there to offer us lessons that are just as painful. I will give you an example of which to be cautious. I recently read a notice for an upcoming event, and this opportunist’s way of thinking was so obvious to me that I almost fell over. The advertisement states, "Energy work administered by two or more healers per individual" and "Healers will not diagnose patients nor comment on the state of their aura or energies." Read that again, and think for a minute. What's wrong with this picture? Think on past lessons you’ve learned, but as well, what does your gut tell you? If your doctor said, "Here, take these pills and I'll tell you why later," would you do it? Where is the earned trust? Again, all true healing comes from the healing of the mind, which means working on your thoughts and your fears through self-honesty, the truth of your life.
Teaching and guidance are also energy work because thoughts and words ARE energy. There is no quick ﬁx to heal your mind, your body, your life. The journey is usually long and challenging but always rewarding. No true or permanent healing will come from anyone waving their hands, arms or crystals around or on you. Attempting to heal without ﬁrstly offering teaching, guidance and counseling is a sham! These people will try to pull you in by making you think you’re feeling better with their hype and mental suggestions. Do they really think that changing the state of our lives and the world is going to be that easy? And besides, why would you want to just throw away the joy that comes with the journey? Accomplishments through hard work are how we learn to respect and appreciate ourselves and life. Do people really think that we’drespect life itself if healing was that easy? If you choose to participate in these events, then you are supporting the sham by encouraging it. The wiser you become through your personal awareness, the more you will understand, recognize and walk away from untruths. Many people have told me that they have gone to someone who has done energy work on them and they felt better for a few hours or a day or two but then felt even worse than before they went to the person. This is oftenbecause the mind thinks there has been some healing done, but then the thoughts and behaviors at the root of the issue, which are not resolved, continue to attract the same feelings and lessons. More often than not, a person will pick up the issues and energies of the so-called "healer" and feel worse! If you want calm, go to the woods or the park and talk to Spirit. Goddess knows, most of us don't visit with nature enough anymore. Sit,breathe, relax, speak and listen. If you are honest and patient, you will be given some sort of information, whether it comes at that moment or later. You might need to research the "message," but hey, it's called "doing the work." A person who truly offers healing will not call themselves a "healer” or ask a lot of questions, but will certainly do a lot of talking and explaining because they can see and feel what's going on. No secrets, no games, noguessing! The helper will probably be local because true helpers know that there is no end to the work in one’s own community; therefore, the community helper will probably be well-known and respected. As well, true helpers have a sacred, spiritual space for their work within their community. Card readings can usually be done anywhere quiet and peaceful, but for energy work, no matter how humble, a space must be cozy, private, andserene. I don't apologize if anyone reading this doesn't like it; I'm not going to go along with the crowd just so I can temporarily beneﬁt from the suffering of others or bring people into my "business" to make money. Not gonna happen. To those of you who understand what I'm saying and why it's so important, I commend you, and say to you: keep up the good work! -Blessings, Carma
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Planning Rules by Helen Caswell
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The City Council is Salem’s governmnet body entrusted with enforcing the laws of the Revised Code. They have interviewed, reviewed and appointed five real estate-invested commissioners in the past few years.
Observers of Salem government have questioned the legality of the composition of the city’s Planning Commission. The Commission is the group that makes recommendations to the City Council on how the community is to grow. “Nobody who has any economic interest in the outcome of a development project should have a vote on that particular project. That just makes sense,” says Attorney Mike Swaim, former Salem mayor (1997 – 2002). At a recent Progressive Film Series event Swaim voiced concern about the makeup of the Planning Commission, which is currently manned by several people involved in real estate-related businesses. Swaim’s argument has a basis in law. The City of Salem’s Revised Code of March 2009 agrees with him. The Revised Code makes certain requirements of Salem’s seven appointed Planning Commissioners, including that no more than one member may be engaged in the same kind of business, trade or profession as any other. The Code, in other words, provides rules to ensure Commissioners bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to their decisions. The Code is also specific that the Com-
mission should be manned by economically tion industry and Fry listed Stephanie Fry disinterested people, particularly in connecConstruction as his employer and described tion with commercial development: “No more himself as someone with a “residential and than one member shall be engaged principally in commercial development background.” the buying, selling, or developing of real estate for Goss is a real estate appraiser and real profit as individual or be a member of any corestate consultant and Levin lists his profesbyan Helen Caswell poration that is engaged principally in the buysion as “Commercial Real Estate” on the aping, selling, or developing of real estate for profit.” plication, and mentions his service on the However, when SaSalem Board of Realtors. lem Weekly reviewed Former City CounEvery year serving the applications filed cil members tell Salem by members currently Weekly that when obCommissioners must sign a serving on the Planservations about the declaration swearing they ning Commission, it apparent disconnect are in compliance with looks as if five of the from Salem law and ethics guidelines, including seven are involved practice were brought heavily in real estate forward in past years, that they have no involvement Three of these were Salem City Attorney with issues they vote on. approved since the Randall Tosh essen2009 Revised Code was tially dismissed them. written: Jim Lewis was They say that Tosh dereappointed in 2010, Mitch Schmidtke apfined “real estate” narrowly, so that workpointed in 2010, and Rich Fry in 2011. The ing in related fields – sometimes fields three were added despite the existing memmany would describe as “real estate” itberships of Darr Goss and Nathan Levin. self – were, in his judgment, unrelated. Lewis is Executive Director of the Salem Former City Council member Kasia QuilBoard of Realtors, Schmidtke is president linan, recently appointed to Salem’s Parks of an aboveground tank manufacturer that and Recreation Advisory Board relates, serves, among other industries, the construc“Tosh said a mortgage broker could serve
Members of the Planning Commission, (left to right) Tom Gallagher, Rich Fry, Nathan Levin, Mitch Schmidtke, James Lewis, David Fox, Darr
on the Commission because, in his legal opinTwo Salem Planning Commission posiion, the broker wasn’t involved in real estate.” tions are currently open. Tom Gallagher’s and Quillinan feels that Tosh’s position does not reDavid Fox’s terms both ended in December of flect the spirit of the law. “The Planning Com2011. Gallagher and Fox are the two members mission is supposed to represent the community of the Commission least involved in real estate. at large, and not just rubber stamp every develWe asked Mike Swaim how the Planning opment that comes along.” Commission might represent Sources say Tosh mainthe interests of a broader tained people with perrange of Salem residents. You need to develop sonal intimate knowledge “You have to gain the public interest and make of development were vital agreement of the majority sure ordinary citizens as Commissioners because of the City Council first, that they understood the intricahaving diversity is the way know they are welcome cies of the issues the Planto go, and issues like this are to participate on the ning Commission ruled on. best discussed publically. Planning Commission. Mike Swaim understands Then you need to develop -Mike Swaim arguments in favor of includpublic interest and make sure ing people who have real esordinary citizens know they tate savvy. “It’s not unreasonare welcome to participate on able to think that growth-oriented people have the Planning Commission. And if they start apvaluable expertise to lend the Planning Complying, they must be prepared to understand that mission. I agree that those with an economic whenever change comes, and especially when it interest should be invited to participate – they impinges on the economic interests of some, they should just not be voting members. Instead they may face strong and sometimes vocal opposition.” should use their persuasive powers to convince If a citizen believes the rules of Salem’s Revised less-involved people of what’s best for the city.” Code are being violated, they can file a grievance The Salem Revised Code enumerates ethwith the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. ics rules for public officials, including detailed definitions of “conflict of interest.” It prohibits “any action or any decision or recommendation by a person acting in a capacity as a public official, the effect of which would be to the private benefit or detriment of the person or the person’s relative or any business with which the person or the person’s relative is associated.” The Code requires that if any public official is aware of a conflict of interest, he or she must report this to the appointing authority, in this case, the City Council. Every year serving Commissioners must sign a declaration swearing they are in compliance with ethics guidelines, including that they have no involvement with issues they vote on. Salem Weekly asked the City for clarification about the apparent inconsistencies between policy and practice, but officials were not given adequate time to respond before publication. Their comments will be featured in a future issue.
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CLAY BALL: MAD ABOUT ART! Join artists and patrons for a dazzling evening of art, wine, dinner & musicto benefit SAA’s educational programs. This year’s theme is inspired by the hit TV show Mad Men on AMC. Come dressed to impress in early 1960s attireand celebrate the arts in Salem!Presented by the Salem Art Association Endowment Foundation To purchase tickets, visit www. SalemArt.org. 5 pm-10 pm Salem Conference Center.
thr.mar1 “THE IMPOSTURES OF SCAPIN: A COMEDY!” (“LES FOURBERIES DE SCAPIN: UNE COMéDIE!”) A cast of Willamette students perform one of Molière’s most hilarious comedies, “Les Fourberies de Scapin”. Come and see Scapin, the cunning and irreverent servant, trick his masters on stage! The play is in French but there is also a group of English-speaking narrators. The narrators and the numerous mimes used by the cast will make sure that everyone can have a good laugh and understand EVERYTHING that is going on, even if you don’t speak French at all! Tokyo International University of America (Kaneko Auditorium). Kaneko Auditorium can be accessed by a pedestrian bridge going over 12th St. firstname.lastname@example.org 8 am-9 pm Free.
SALEM-KEIZER SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT 3rd Annual Salem-Keizer Sustainability Summit includes keynote speakers Secretary of State Kate Brown and Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread. Morning break-out sessions on topics such as green buildings, marketing sustainable projects, renewable energy innovations, local food, training and education to grow a sustainable workforce. $45 in advance for registration. $35 for EarthWISE certified businesses. Exhibit tables and sponsorship opportunities still available. For more information please visit: www. sustainabilitysummit.info 7 am-1 pm Salem Conference Center.
AUDIOLOGIST SCOT FRINK SPEAKS AT MEETING Scot Frink, Audiologist, from Salem Audiology Clinic as our keynote speaker. We will continue our balance and gait study starting at 6:30 p.m. It’s not too late to participate. First Presbyterian Church. 6 pm-8 pm First Presbyterian Church. GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING- SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Come and sing along to the classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Words are displayed on the screen so you can sing along. It’s like a giant karaoke! And lots of fun 7 pm-9 pm Grand Theatre. STEVE SLOAN AT ROADHOUSE 101 Come to Lincoln City’s Roadhouse 101 for an evening of music and fun. For more information and our calendar of events: http://www. roadhouse101.com/events.html 8 pm-10 pm Free. Roadhouse 101.
GROWN UP STORY TIME Grown-Up Storytime Held every Friday, storytime is not just for kids anymore. At Grown-Up Storytime, adults are invited to enjoy an entertaining work of short fiction or non-fiction, read aloud. Doors open at noon, listeners are welcome to bring their lunch. Held in Anderson Room A. Free and open to the public 503-588-6052 or www. salemlibrary.org 12 pm-1 pm Free. Salem Public Library. MONTHLY LEGO PARTY FOR KIDS West Salem Library Monthly Lego Party Kids are invited on the last Friday of every month for an hour or two of unstructured Lego play. Legos are provided. Kids only need to bring their imaginations. No sign-ups are necessary. Held at West Salem Branch Meeting Room. Free and open to the public 503-588-6301 or www.salemlibrary.org 3 pm-4 pm Free. Salem Public Library. ROCKY HORROR SHOW-PERFORMED AT GALLERY THEATRE The Rocky Horror Show, the cult musical originally produced in 1973 in London, will be performed on Gallery Theater’s main stage from February 24 through March 17. Known as an outrageous assemblage of the most stereotyped science-fiction movies and popular comic books, The Rocky Horror Show has a reputation for being a crowdpleaser. Parental discretion is advised due to adult themes. We have a special midnight show for this run! Appropriate costumes are encouraged! Dates: February 24, 25, 26, March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17 ~ 2012Curtain: Friday- 7:30 p.m., Saturday-7:30 p.m. and midnight (12:01 a.m). No Sunday Matinees, Saturday March 17 (closing night), one showing at 7:30 p.m. Call 472-2227 for tickets. For further information go to www. gallerytheater.org. 7 pm-10 pm Gallery Theater. IMPROV TAILOR MADE FOR YOU! Friday night come out and see a show that is always different. A show that is constantly changing. A show made just for your. Capitol City Theater’s main stage of improvisers is ready to take your suggestions and morph them into scenes that will only be seen that night and never again. Bring the whole family and prepare yourself for a work out comedic proportions! 7 pm-9 pm Capitol City Theater.
LINFIELD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FEATURES CELEBRATED ORGANIST The Linfield Chamber Orchestra will feature celebrated organist Craig Cramer. He will present a pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m., and a reception will follow the concert. Cramer will perform on Linfield’s Alice Clement Memorial Organ, a colorful instrument built in 1969 whose resonant tones are produced by more than 2,300 pipes and three divisions. Professor of organ at Notre Dame in Indiana, Cramer performs in cathedrals and concert halls throughout the world, and is a frequent guest on American Public Radio. The concert will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on the Linfield College campus, at 900 SE Baker Street in McMinnville. Single reserved tickets are $27. General admission is $20, and $5 for students K-12. For ticket and concert information, visit Linfield Chamber Orchestra or contact the orchestra at (503) 833-2637 orLCO@linfield.edu. The Linfield Chamber Orchestra is currently in its 21st Season. 8 pm-10 pm Linfield College.
IMPROV FUN ON SATURDAY Looking for something fun for everyone to do this Saturday? Well come on out to Capitol City Theater and we’ll take care of the fun for you. Our improv comedy is off the cuff and spontaneous making it the ultimate in entertainment. We’ll see you there. 7 pm-9 pm Capitol City Theater.
JACOB MERLIN BAND AT ROADHOUSE 101 Come to Lincoln City’s Roadhouse 101 for music and fun. For more info, see our website calendar for events: http://www. roadhouse101.com/events.html 9 pm-9 pm Free. Roadhouse 101.
ALL ABOUT EREADERS All About eReaders As eReaders become an increasingly attractive option for library patrons, this class explores some of the factors to consider before purchasing an eReader, and how to download library books through Library2Go. Free and open to the public 503-588-6052 or www.salemlibrary.org 10 am-12 pm Free. Salem Public Market. READ TO A PET Read to a Pet Read to a Pet offers a chance for children to try the most relaxing, non-threatening way to practice reading out loud – reading to a dog or cat. These visiting furry friends have been trained and certified as therapy animals and are mellow and friendly. Held in the Children’s Room. Free and open to the public 503-5886088 or www.salemlibrary.org 1 pm-2 pm Free. Salem Public Library. CLAY BALL: MAD ABOUT ART! Join artists and patrons for a dazzling evening of art, wine, dinner & musicto benefit SAA’s educational programs. This year’s theme is inspired by the hit TV show Mad Men on AMC. Come dressed to impress in early 1960s attireand celebrate the arts in Salem!Presented by the Salem Art Association Endowment Foundation To purchase tickets, visit www.SalemArt.org. 5 pm-10 pm Salem Conference Center. WILLAMETTE MASTER CHORUS “WINTER CONCERT” The Willamette Master Chorus will be joined by members of the Portland Symphonic Choir for two performances of the massive work Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Joining the 120 professional singers will be a children’s chorus of 50 select local youth. The entire vocal ensemble will be accompanied by 40 orchestral players. www. WillametteMasterChorus.org 503-370-6929 7 pm-8 pm Willamette University, Smith Auditorium.
“HIGHWAY TO HELL TOUR” WITH ROXXSLIDE Hair Metal and Classic rock from the 70’s-90’s with ROXXSLIDE 9pm Joe Satriani Tribute Band ICE 8 pm-1 am Roxxy Northwest..Special guest takes the stage at 8 pm, a tribute to JOE SATRIANI There is no cover, and 21 and over only please! www. roxxynorthwest.com 503-990-8142 Check our website, for more upcoming events www.roxxynorthwest.com 503-990-8142 email@example.com 8 pm-11 pm TY CURTIS AT THE ROADHOUSE 101 Come to Lincoln City’s Roadhouse 101 for music and fun. For more info, see our website calendar for events: http://www.roadhouse101.com/ events.html 9 pm-9 pm Free. Roadhouse 101. TRAINING YOUR DOG! a workshop for dog owners Registration and payment is required in advance because space is very limited. Just $10 holds your seat. 503.362.4555 Meet Helix Fairweather, Personal dog trainer, Karen Pryor Academy, a Certified Training Partner Create a fun happy life for you and your dog. Learn the why’s of your dogs behavior. Discuss your dogs’ fear, anxiety, reactivity and other serious issues including aggression, phobias, obsessions, digging, chewing, leash pulling, barking, potty training, managing your dog. Leave the dogs at home. Come alone . www.http//www. facebook.com/NaturesPetSalem 503-3624555 firstname.lastname@example.org 2 pm-4 pm Nature’s Pet Market. CAMERATA MUSICA CELLO CONNECTION is an ensemble of local cellists playing some works composed directly for cello ensembles as well as arrangements of other music. Held in Loucks Auditorium. Free and open to the public 503-364-3929 or www. cameratamusica.org 2 pm-4 pm Free. Salem Public Library.
BALANCE-IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM “Better Balance and Fall Prevention” is an eight-week balance-improvement program that also helps participants learn specific fall prevention techniques. The Monday and Friday course begins Monday, Feb. 27 . Scholarships are available. Participants must be 65 years of age or older, living independently in the community, not currently using a walker (cane is acceptable), and not had more than two falls in the last six months. Registration for the classes is required. To sign up, please visit salemhealth. org/chec or call 503-814-2432 during business hours. 2 pm-3 pm West Valley Hospital.
SPEAK UP! TEEN BOOK CLUB Speak Up! Teen Book Club February’s book discussion of, “Infinity” by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Held in Teen Scene. Interested readers are encouraged to stop by the Teen Scene to sign-up and get a copy of the book. Free and open to middle and high school-aged youth 503-588-6364 or www.salemlibrary.org 4 pm-5 pm Free. Salem Public Library.
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EVENING WITH THE ARTIST: PAUL LAJEUNESSE Join us for an artist lecture by Paul LaJeunesse, one of the featured artists in the CONSTRUCT: Icons & Archetypes exhibition in the Camas Gallery at the Bush Barn Art Center. Paul’s work captures the tranquility and solitude of rural America in rich paintings that are at once comforting and disquieting. Refreshments and casual conversation will follow from 6:30-7:30 pm. This event is open to SAA members and their guests. www.SalemArt.org. Free. Bush Barn Art Center.
“THE IMPOSTURES OF SCAPIN: A COMEDY!” (“LES FOURBERIES DE SCAPIN: UNE COMéDIE!”) A cast of Willamette students perform one of Molière’s most hilarious comedies, “Les Fourberies de Scapin”. Come and see Scapin, the cunning and irreverent servant,
by Jodi Kerr When you are a documentary photojournalist it’s easy to see empty space and envision it filled with art. On March 7th the first in a series of photography exhibits will debut during First Wednesday in downtown Salem, showcasing the work of local photographers exploring diverse Salem themes. Focus on Salem will support Salem’s vibrant downtown, contribute to our artistic community, and highlight the sober reality of multiple business closures due to our struggling economy. Compelling photo essays will be on display on the windows of the buildings along Liberty Street that formerly housed Coffee House Café and Cherry Redd. “There are a lot of things happening downtown, and there is a lot going on in the artistic community. At the same time we are seeing business closures,” said Phil Decker, Salem Photo League facilitator. “We want to do something to help,” said Diane Beals, who co-created the event with Rebecca Maitland. “We want to lighten up vacant buildings just by being there. It’s about highlighting the potential our downtown has,” said Beals. For March, photo essays will include “Homeless in Salem” by Diane Beals, “Nothing To Do In Salem?” by Jennifer Carley, “The Happiest Place On Earth” by Joan Lockwood, “We Live Here” by Joel Zak, and “The Bush Park Crew” by Phil Decker. Salem Photo League photographers will be live on Liberty Street to show and discuss their work. Each photographer will create text for each photo to explain what they are trying to communicate through the essay. “We hope that it pulls photographers out of the woodwork, and you can imagine a First Wednesday street photo exhibit with many artists represented giving people a chance to reflect on the Salem Community.”
The Salem Photo League is a collection of local documentary photographers, professional and non-professional, who shed light on local issues, and who support individuals engaged in documentary photography projects. The group was formed in July 2011 after collaboration on the “Faces of Salem” diversity exhibit sponsored by the Salem Multicultural Institute. Local photographers are encouraged to contact the Salem Photo League to enter photo essays to be considered for each month’s exhibit. “We are always inviting new people to join us,” said Decker. “We have a Facebook page, ‘Salem Photo League,’ and are always looking for new photographers to join us. The main criteria are to be a documentary photographer, live in the area, and be interested in contributing to the community.”
“Focus on Salem” Takes Photography to the Streets
MASTERY OF AGING WELL Join this facilitated program for healthy living. You will learn practical, research-based solutions to problems you or aging family members may be encountering. Memory difficulties: Should I be worried? Depression in later life Medication jeopardy Food as medicine? Physical activity and exercise in later life Instructor – Jan Irving 2nd Floor Classroom http://www.salemhealth.org/chec 503-8142432 10 am-11 am Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center.
SALEM-KEIZER SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT 3rd Annual Salem-Keizer Sustainability Summit includes keynote speakers Secretary of State Kate Brown and Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread. Morning break-out sessions on topics such as green buildings, marketing sustainable projects, renewable energy innovations, local food, training and education to grow a sustainable workforce. $45 in advance for registration. $35 for EarthWISE certified businesses. Exhibit tables and sponsorship opportunities still available. For more information please visit: www. sustainabilitysummit.info 7 am-1 pm Salem Conference Center.
WORLD OF MUSIC World of Music: Cover Band Showcase The finest, funnest, and funkiest of the Salem area’s cover bands will gather on the Loucks Auditorium stage. Three bands will be chosen to rock the night away, emulating and celebrating well-known and lesser-known hits. SPECIAL PRICING!!! Tickets sold at the door only. $2 or 2 cans of food (to be donated to Marion-Polk Food Share) 503-588-6052 or www.salemlibrary. org 7 pm-9 pm Salem Public Library.
ROCKY HORROR SHOW-PERFORMED AT GALLERY THEATRE The Rocky Horror Show, the cult musical originally produced in 1973 in London, will be performed on Gallery Theater’s main stage from February 24 through March 17. Parental discretion is advised due to adult themes. We have a special midnight show for this run! Appropriate costumes are encouraged! Performance Dates: February 24, 25, 26, March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17 ~ 2012Curtain: Friday- 7:30 p.m., Saturday-7:30 p.m. and midnight (12:01 a.m). No Sunday Matinees, Saturday March 17 (closing night), one showing at 7:30 p.m. only. Call 472-2227 for tickets. For further information go to www.gallerytheater.org. 7 pm-10 pm Gallery Theater. ONE WAY OUT Come and listen to music at the Roadhouse 101. All listings are posted on our events page of the website. http://www. roadhouse101.com/events.html 9 pm-9 pm Free. Roadhouse 101.
TEACUP DOG AGILITY TRIAL Small dogs and big fun is what’s planned at the Teacup Agility Trial at My Dogs Gym and Training Centre in Salem. Admission is a can of human or pet food to benefit Marion-Polk Food Share to re-stock shelves. Everything is smaller in Teacup Agility. The arena is smaller, the jumps are shorter, the teeter-totter is only 8-feet long and the tire looks doll house tiny. Most people call the set-up ‘cute’ but that doesn’t mean the competition won’t be fierce www.mydoggym.com 971-239-5518 Judi@ mydoggym.com 9 am-3 pm $1 can of food My Dogs Gym. JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE MEMORIAL CONCERT This concert, sponsored by the Salem Public Library, honors the victims of Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/radiation leaks. Concerned musicians with emotional ties to Japan have come together to offer hope through the sharing of traditional Japanese music. Performers include Masumi Timson and Noriko Dozono, who are masters of the
koto (a stringed instrument), Larry Tyrrell, an accomplished player of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and Monmouth Taiko, an ensemble who perform on large drums (taiko). The Honorable Takamichi Okabe, the Consul General of Japan will attend to give the opening remarks. After the koto and shakuhachi performances and a brief intermission, Kazue Suzuki, a resident of Salem, will share images from her recent visit into areas affected by the disaster. This will be followed by a taiko performance and the concert ends with an audience sing-along. There will be general seating, and the doors at Loucks Auditorium will open at 2 PM. Monetary proceeds from the sale of CD’s and t-shirts will be donated to the town of MinamiSouma City, Japan to help with relief efforts there. Please come, enjoy the music and help us to help others in Japan! 2 pm-4 pm Free. Salem Public Library.
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LOCAL MUSIC AT THE ROADHOUSE 101 Come and listen to revolving local music at the Roadhouse 101. All listings are posted on our events page of the website. http://www. roadhouse101.com/events.html 8 pm-10 pm Free. Roadhouse 101.
LUNARIA GALLERY-FIRST FRIDAY EVENT”REFLECTIONS” “Reflections”Works by Jane Castelan Buccola and “Signs of Spring” Works by Jane Castelan Buccola and “Signs of Spring”. Lunaria Gallery will feature the oil and pastel paintings of artist Jane Castelan Buccola during the month of March. The exhibit, entitled “Reflections,” will focus on the colors and shapes created by sunlight as it dances on water and strikes physical objects in its path. Also, Boutique Romantique continues this month with “Signs of Spring”. 7 pm-9 pm Free. Lunaria Gallery.
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trick his masters on stage! The play is in French but there is also a group of Englishspeaking narrators. The narrators and the numerous mimes used by the cast will make sure that everyone can have a good laugh and understand EVERYTHING that is going on, even if you don’t speak French at all! Kaneko Auditorium can be accessed by a pedestrian bridge going over 12th St. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/ events/239863892766242/ 5035805237 email@example.com 8 am-9 pm Free. Tokyo International University of America (Kaneko Auditorium).
feb23-mar7 SONNY HESS PLAYS AT THE ROADHOUSE Come and listen to music at the Roadhouse 101. All listings are posted on our events page of the website. http://www. roadhouse101.com/events.html 8 pm-8 pm Free. Roadhouse 101.
TEACUP AGILITY TRIALS Small dogs and big fun is what’s plannedat the Teacup Agility Trial at My Dogs Gym and Training Centre in Salem. Admission is a can of human or pet food to benefit Marion-Polk Food Share to re-stock shelves. Everything is smaller in Teacup Agility. The arena is smaller, the jumps are shorter, the teeter-totter is only 8-feet long and the
tire looks doll house tiny. Most people call the set-up ‘cute’ but that doesn’t mean the competition won’t be fierce 9 am-3 pm $1 can of food for Marion Polk Foodshare My Dogs Gym. TRAINING YOUR DOG! a workshop for dog owners Registration and payment is required in advance because space is very limited. 503.362.4555 Meet with Helix Fairweather, Personal dog trainer, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner Create a fun happy life for you and your dog. Learn the why’s of your dogs behavior. Discuss your dogs’ fear, anxiety, reactivity and other serious issues including aggression, phobias, obsessions, digging,
chewing, leash pulling, barking, potty training, pack management. Leave the dogs at home. Come alone. www.http//www. facebook.com/NaturesPetSalem 503-3624555 firstname.lastname@example.org 2 pm-4 pm Nature’s Pet Market. MAY DUDLEY MEMORIAL ORGAN CONCERT 4 pm-6 pm Free. St Pauls Episcopal Church.
CLASS: TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE This 16-session class is perfect for those who’ve never tried Tai Chi or for those who are looking for a class that moves at a slower pace. You’ll learn the research-tested 8 Form program of Tai Chi
specifically designed to improve balance and prevent falls in older adults. Classes held in 2nd Floor Conference Center http:// www.salemhealth.org/chec 503-814-2432 3 pm-4 pm Regional Rehabilitation Center.
. ARTIST TALK: KATHY LORD – SAA TEACHING ARTIST You are welcome to join the Gallery Guides at the Bush Barn Art Center this month for a presentation by Kathy Lord. She will discuss her residency at Mary Eyre Elementary. The art from this residency will be exhibited in the upcoming SAA Young Artists’ Showcase in the A.N. Bush Gallery. Those interested in becoming a Gallery Guide are welcome to attend a monthly meeting or contact Nikki Freepons at 503-588-2748 for more information. 10 am-12 pm Bush Barn Art Center. WATER WONDERLAND Preschool Drop-in: Ready, set…get wet! “Water Wonderland offers water play of all kinds. Preschoolers can even try to catch our resident (magnetic) fish. Drip, drop by and enjoy all the activities featuring water. Info: (503) 371-3631 | promotions@acgilbert. org | www.acgilbert.org. 10 am-12 pm A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. BOOGIE WOOGIE CONCERT AT THE LIBRARY Boogie Woogie Concert This free concert of family-friendly music and fun is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. This replaces the regular Preschool Storytime for the day. Held in Loucks Auditorium. Free and open to the public on a first-come , first-seated basis. 503-588-6088 or www.salemlibrary.org 10 am-12 pm Free. Salem Public Library.
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Library gets “Tuned” in When you think of the library, the only sound that may come to mind is “Shhhhh,” accompanied by a finger over the lips. Not the case on the evening of March 2nd, when the Salem Public Library welcomes the Cover Band Showcase for the first time. “We have always had an annual event that features original music,” said Sonja Summerville, Salem Public Library Teen Services Librarian. “This is our first year we are doing cover bands. We wanted to add an element to it that would allow us to showcase and celebrate our local bands that do cover stuff.” Special pricing for this series concert is only $2 or 2 cans of food. Tickets will be available only at the door. Food items collected will be donated to Marion-Polk Food Share. From across the musical map, four of Salem’s finest, funnest, funkiest cover bands will gather on the Loucks Auditorium stage for this new addition to the World of Music at the Library series. “This is a chance to be exposed to a different dimension of our local music scene. We have such a variety of bands and I am really excited about it. We saw an opportunity to address a community need and get together and have a good time,” Summerville said. The featured bands offer a mix of favorite music genres, something for everyone. Axolotl Daydream – Rock/pop/alternative/ power pop: Axolotl Daydream consists of wunderkind and drummer extraordinaire, Isaac King (aka Ikogrande) and his humble father, Tim. The group plays a variety of musical styles, mostly tapping into the 60s and 70s when melody was kind and harmony a faithful sidekick.
TEEN TECH WEEK Teen Tech Week - Wall of Memes: Kick Off Teens are urged to stop in and use the Teen Scene Creation Stations to explore meme-building sites, make a meme, visit memes created by others and print one to add to the Wall of Memes in the Teen Scene. Free and open to middle and high school-aged youth. Pre-registration is recommended using the “My Calendar” link at www.salemlibrary.org 503-588-6364 or www.salemlibrary.org 3 pm-7 pm Free. Salem Public Library.
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The Cover Band Showcase March 2nd, 7 p.m. Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE 503-588-6052. salemlibrary.org The Steve Hill Blues Band – Blues: Steve Hill recorded a self-titled album in 2007, which includes original blues and covers Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, and other blues legends. Steve sings and plays guitar as well as harmonica. Misplaced Tropics – Island-influenced pop and Hawaiian contemporary: Misplaced Tropics brings the relaxed sounds of Hawaii to Salem, offering a real taste of modern Hawaiian music that has something for everyone to enjoy. BobbiLynn Forbus – Country, classic rock & blues: This local performer is making a name for herself as a Nashville recording artist and songwriter, and is also currently touring with her original album, “BobbiLynn, Halfway Home.” She has a passion for music, life, and advocating for the less fortunate. “We selected each of the bands and there was an application process. Bands sent in a sample CD and we chose the best four,” said Summerville. “I was looking for variety, and I am pleased that we have some different sounds that people can really enjoy.” “The quality for our World of Music Series has always been collectively high, and I am tremendously impressed with the local music scene. It is always worth listening to.”
. CLASS: TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE This 16-session class is perfect for those who’ve never tried Tai Chi or for those who are looking for a class that moves at a slower pace. You’ll learn the researchtested 8 Form program of Tai Chi specifically designed to improve balance and prevent falls in older adults. Classes held in 2nd Floor Conference Center http://www.salemhealth. org/chec 503-814-2432 3 pm-4 pm Regional Rehabilitation Center. FOCUS ON SALEM PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT The “Focus on Salem” Photography Exhibit will be on display during First Wednesday in downtown Salem, on the windows of the buildings along Liberty Street, that formerly housed the closed down Coffee House Café and Cherry Redd. Photo essays by members of the Salem Photo League will include “Homeless in Salem” by Diane Beals, “Nothing To Do In Salem?” by Jennifer Carley , “The Happiest Place On Earth”, by Joan Lockwood, “We Live Here” by Joel Zak, and “The Bush Park Crew” by Phil Decker. For more information contact Phil Decker 503-580-0970; email@example.com Thanks, Phil Decker, Salem Photo League 5 pm-8 pm Free. Cherry Red. REED OPERA HOUSE: WEDNESDAY RAID Uncover Salem’s treasures at the Reed Opera House and Roger Yost Gallery Pirates , painters and Poets Raid downtown...... In the Underground Studios: -”Fight like a Pirate”....with the Theater Outreach Production members of Peter Pan. - Learn Martial Art moves with “Mystic Lotis” -Photos with Pirates outside of “Quirky Finds” -Treasure hunt and prizes - Raffle prizes for Jewels from Meagan Donahue Jewelry and a Dragon-on-skull-candle/ incense burner for pirate treasure drawing at The Crystal Mirror. --Professor and Poet Maureen Clifford will be reading original poetry. Ink Underground Meet the Artist Night, Lolly Canela, Delan Cancelini, Jason Graham Custom design Tattoo exhibit. Ongoing March raffle for ink, 100% proceeds go to Turner Flood Relief First Floor -Grand Opening “Good Things” Antiques & Furniture. -Salem Photo League “We live here” multimedia exhibit of our lush
territory, by photographer ZJ Thomas. This presentation is in conjunction with “Focus on Salem”, photography exhibit taking place on Liberty Street. - Artist Jessica Axtell painting live -”Greek Family dancing at 6:30pm at Macedonia Contact: The Reed Opera House (503) 391-4481 or qaproperties@hotmail. com 5 pm-8 pm Free. Reed Opera House. CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASSES These interactive classes will help prepare you and your support person(s) for the labor and birth process. You will also learn how to take care of yourself and your new baby after the birth.. Register for the class early in your fifth month of pregnancy; plan to take the class during your seventh or eighth month of pregnancy; and plan to finish your class series at least three weeks before your due date. The cost for the class of $70.00 includes you and your main support person. Scholarships are available for moms on Oregon Health Plan and/or the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Call (503)814-2432 for more information. Specific location for the event: Salem Hospital, Building D in CHEC Classrom #1 http://www.salemhealth.org/chec 503-8142432 6 pm-9 pm Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center. CULINARY PASSPORT: THE MAIN EVENT: VEGETABLES AND WHOLE GRAINS Tonight’s menu includes: A lively trio of satisfying main courses with one of the most requested cookie recipes (repeat of a sell-out!) for dessert. • Farro Salad with Buttermilk-Herb Dressing and Seasonal Vegetables • Double Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Chile Pepper Oil • Lasagne Tart in a Parmesan Crust • Triple-Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies (these lovely morsels will be prepared ahead) Class taking place at: Salem Hospital, Building D - in CHEC Wellness Kitchen http://www.salemhealth. org/chec 503-814-2432 6 pm-8 pm Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center.
venuelist A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village
116 Marion St. NE, Salem Bush Barn Art Center 600 Mission St, Salem
Capitol City Theater
189 Liberty St. NE, Suite C, Salem
155 Liberty St NE, Suite 160, Salem
895 W. Main St., Silverton 503-874-25
First Presbyterian Church 770 Chemeketa St, Salem
210 NE Ford St., McMinnville
191 High St., Salem 503-362-4013
Historic Elsinore Theatre 170 High St. , Salem 503-375-3574
900 SE Baker St, McMinnnville
113 N. Water St, Silverton
Nature’s Pet Market
4555 Liberty Rd. S, Salem
Reed Opera House
189 Liberty St. NE, Salem
Regional Rehabilitation Center
2561 Center Street NE, Salem, OR 97301, Salem (503) 561-5986
4649 SW HWY 101, Lincoln City 541-994-7729
Salem Conference Center 200 Commercial , Salem
Salem Hospital Community Health Education Center 939 Oak St SE Building D, Salem
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St. SE, Salem 503.588.6052
Salem Public Market
1240 Rural Ave. SE, Salem St Pauls Episcopal Church 1444 Liberty St, Salem
The Roxxy Northwest 1230 State St, Salem 503-990-8142
Tokyo International University of America (Kaneko Auditorium) 1300 Mill Street Southeast, SALEM 5035805237
Unitarian Universalist FellowshipCorvallis 2945 Circle Blvd, Corvallis
West Valley Hospital
525 SE Washington, Dallas
Willamette University, Smith Auditorium 900 State St., Salem
by Jason Stringer
Saturday, February 25 Talkdemonic, Kalaloch, Symmetry/Symmetry IKE Box, 299 Cottage St. NE 7 p.m., $7 in advance, all-ages
Thursday, February 23-Saturday, February 25 A super-duper rock block The Triangle, 3215 Liberty Rd. S Varying times, varying prices, 21+ Just to be clear, this three-night showcase of Oregon rock & roll talent at the newly remodeled club isn’t officially called “super-duper rock block”, I just couldn’t bring myself to leave any of The Triangle’s shows over this three-day-span out of Live Beat and therefore needed a cheesariffic name to put it all together. On Thursday, February 23, three of Portland’s most buzzed-about bands - Youth, The We Shared Milk and Old Age - will grace The Triangle’s new stage (9 p.m., $3 cover). On Friday, February 24, Mick Bare and his glamtastic band “Hundred Dollar Jayhawks” headline a 70x7 Productions night with local garage-rock dynamos “The Fools” and prog-rock mainstays “Office Diving” (8 p.m., $6 cover), and on Saturday, February 25, the politely-named Duty, Hooker Vomit, Sh**wolf and Facepalm Death will test The Triangle’s foundation (8:30 p.m., no cover). If you’re wondering about the state of Salem’s original rock n’ roll scene, take a long weekend and check out this superduper rock block (you can create your own name for it if you like).
Saturday, February 25 Major League Comedy The Dugout, 3838 River Rd. N 9 p.m., $5, 21+ Major League Comedy has been bringing in quality professional comics at a monthly rate for the past year, and February’s installment is no different with bona fide television personality Ian Karmel. Local sports fans may know Karmel from his comic-relief segment “Karmel’s Corner” on Comcast Sports Net (the channel with the Trailblazers, Ducks and Beavers games), and Portlandia fans may know him from his appearance on the IFC television show as star Carrie Brownstein’s doomed significant other in the first season’s second episode. Karmel also has made waves in the standup circuit, winning the 2010 Portland Amateur Comedy Competition. Salem native Jesse Priest is slated to host the event.
Local all-ages institution IKE Box has put together a pretty stellar night with big-named Portland experimental outfit Talkdemonic, Salem husband-wife, psych-folk duo Kalaloch and dream poppers Symmetry/Symmetry. Talkdemonic won Willamette Week’s second “Best New Band” poll way back in 2005, but unlike many of the bands that wore the aforementioned title, Talkdemonic never achieved a national audience to the degree its hype first implied. Still, the band’s consistency and originality has kept Talkdemonic amongst Pacific Northwest royalty within the past seven years, helping them ink a deal with Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace Recordings. The concert also will serve as Kalaloch’s record release. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com.
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Friday, March 2 Sons of Huns, Monoplane The Triangle, 3215 Liberty Rd. S 10 p.m., free, 21+ Want to attend a truly raucous evening with a slew of other hard rock lovers? Sons of Huns. Monoplane. The Triangle. Free. The night is going to be packed, the guitars are going to be loud, the drums are going to be pummelin’, and heads are going to be bangin’ (and there’s going to be a few Stooges t-shirts). You can’t get a better guarantee outside of a Les Schwab tire. It’s also the first show in Live Beat history that has had a start time of 10 p.m. Sound like a show for you?
Saturday, March 3 Don Rickles Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 Salmon River Hwy 8 p.m., $15 and up, 21+ Wasn’t comedian Don Rickles an old man in 1975? Your move, Rickles.
Monday, March 5 XIBALBA, Take Offense, Soul Search, Born To Die, 9th Step, Tides, Subverse The A-Frame, 5775 Gaffin Rd. SE 6 p.m., $7, all-ages
Have a hankering to hear spot-on interpretations of Triumph, Montrose, Foghat or Great White numbers? Well, The Roxxy Northwest has your answer: Roxxslide. The cover band specializes in re-creating the classic performances of arena rock’s (mostly) forgotten heroes. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Roxxslide pulled out some timeless head-bangin’ gems like Scorpions’ “Rock You Like A Hurricane” or Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”. Getting excited? The Joe Satriani tribute “ICE 9” will open the night.
You know local promoter Jared Sheridan is back in action when you see a promotion for a seven-band bill littered with metal, punk and hard rock bands from both near and far on a Monday night. A recipe for disaster? Apparently not. In Salem’s world of “all things loud,” more is more and Sheridan who was owner/operator of the now-defunct Wasteland730 - is king. Side note: Pomona, California death metal outfit XIBALBA is named after the Mayan underworld and lives up to its name.
Saturday, February 25 Via Italia! Historic Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE 7:30 p.m., $28-43, all-ages
Tuesday, March 6 The Shivas, The Blacklights, Sexy Water Spiders Papa G’s Blacklight Bar 9 p.m., $3, 21+
Juno-award winning Canadian guitarist Robert Michaels brings his “Via Italia!” music and dance spectacle to the Historic Elsinore Theatre February 25. The ode to Italy pays tribute to each of the distinctive regions of Michaels’ original homeland, blending Italian scenery, folk dancing and traditional guitar with the platinum-selling artist’s improvisational style and flamboyant perfomances. Check out ViaItaliaShow.com and ElsinoreTheatre.com for more information or tickets to the show.
Yep, The Blacklights at the Blacklight bar. Anybody that’s been to both Papa G’s and seen The Blacklights and/or Sexy Water Spiders knows this is a match made in... well, Papa G’s Blacklight Bar, I guess. Portland’s The Shivas feature rock n’ roll good-time vibes and a superbly excellent bass player, and Sexy Water Spiders are an unconventional, unpredictable, and often underappreciated band of freak-rockin’ miscreants that would shock the house party in Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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Saturday, February 25 Roxxslide, Ice 9 The Roxxy Northwest, 1230 State St. SE 8 p.m., free, 21+
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Gilgamesh Brewing expands in Salem! After two years of doing business, brothers Mike, Nick and Matt Radtke and their father, Lee Radtke, have moved and improved their downtown Salem Ale House location. The Gilgamesh Lounge opened Friday, February 17 at 210 Liberty Street, directly across from The Grand Hotel, Bentley’s Grill and the Salem Conference Center. It offers 8 taps of the company’s creative and flavorful beers, including the award-winning Mamba, the favorite Ridgeway Ale and Vader, a new Cascadian dark ale. At any given time Gilgamesh brews about twenty varieties, including their seasonal offerings and “experimentals.” Customers will be able to try these on a rotating basis, including having the opportunity to fill growlers and liter bottles on-site. At 1200 square feet, the location struck the family because of the great space for live music, which they value. There are plenty of comfortable tables for guests to enjoy the wide variety of libations and an expanded menu. The breadth Gilgamesh offers begins far from the streets of downtown, in a thick wood near where Mike Radtke stands over a steaming vat of 150° water that swirls with grain and mash. He’s especially fond of the company’s pilsners and lagers, pale and easily drinkable brews. “These are Sessions beers,” he
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Spent barley & Rye in the brewery yard
says, of the lower-alcohol offerings that make a relaxed few hours at the Lounge enjoyable. “They’re light on the palate when you just want a cold glass of something great. They don’t weigh you down or annihilate your tongue.” After living in the area for more than forty years, patriarch Lee discusses his affection for Salem. “It’s a city with the quaintness of a small town. Here you can get to know people, and what you yourself represent has a chance of being known.” Lee and his sons and daughterin-law have remodeled the location over several weeks, putting in long hours of painting and construction to make every detail come out right. Street parking is easily available and a city parking structure is steps away at the garage at Liberty and Ferry Streets SE. The pub will have more hours and days in April. The Gilgamesh Lounge fills a need that many in Salem feel, for a lively and attractive pub atmosphere with great brew.
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Cape Lookout-South Beach Trail
How to get there:
Leaving Salem, head west on Highway 22 toward the coast. When you reach Valley Junction (just prior to Spirit Mountain Casino) you’ll turn right on Highway 22, also known as Hebo Road. If you see signs for Tillamook, you’ll know you’re heading in the right direction. Hebo Road/Highway 22 is very scenic and parallels the Little Nestucca River. It is also a bit curvy, so be careful on your trip home if it is dark. At the junction for Pacific City, stay to the right and continue heading toward Tillamook. When you reach the little town of Hebo, turn north on Highway 101. Continuing north, you’ll pass through the town of Beaver. Take a left at Sandlake Road and watch for signs to Cape Lookout State Park; it’s hard to miss.
Distance and elevation gain:
It’s an easy hike heading down to the beach but it can be a bit difficult on the return trip, since the climb spans 800 feet in elevation. If you have weak knees, this is probably not the hike for you. Total length round trip is 3.6 miles, but can be lengthened considerably if you walk along the beach.
Fees and permits:
There are no fees to park here and the trail is open all year. It is dog friendly and there is a portable toilet in the parking lot.
What to see and do:
Since I prefer to hike in places that are less known and less populated, it is surprising that I recommend this hike since Cape Lookout is a very popular destination. It is claimed to be one of the best spots along the Oregon coast to view migrating gray whales in the spring and winter months. But the majority of hikers who come to Cape Lookout head out to the tip of the cape and never set eyes on the beach below. The quiet and secluded beach is the destination of this hike. It begins at the west end of the parking lot, just beyond the state park signboard with trail maps and park regulations. The trail leads west for about 50 feet and then branches off to the south and begins a gradual descent through a dense forest of old Sitka spruce, hemlock and western red cedar. The understory is thick with native sword ferns, salal and salmonberry and through the forest you can see the ocean waves lapping on the beach. I imagine more people do not venture to this beach because of the steep trail, but thankfully, the numerous switchbacks make it attainable. Just go slow and enjoy the view and the sounds of the crashing ocean waves. I don’t want to scare you away from this hike, so I will repeat, it is a very gradual descent/ascent and well worth the effort. Three-quarters of the way down the trail, there is a little wooden bench with names and dates carved into it. It’s a perfect spot to rest and view the cape and beach below. Cape Lookout is actually part
of an old lava flow from Eastern Oregon, dating back 15 million years, according to scientists. These massive basalt flows created our beautiful, rugged Oregon coastline. If you have never hiked out to the tip of Cape Lookout I would definitely recommend it, for the entire trail is relatively easy and the views are spectacular. Be prepared for lots of people traffic at this time of year, however. When you finally descend all the way to the beach, which doesn’t take long, head over to the cape. If the tide is out, you’ll find a small tide pool area with barnacle-covered rocks and plenty of sea creatures. It’s fun to explore and search for the sea anemones, starfish and hermit crabs, but be careful. The rocks can be slick and the waves are unpredictable. The only other access to this beach is from the Sand Lake campground, over 2 miles south, so expect few people and lots of peace and quiet as you stroll the beach. The return trip is back up the trail you came down; just take it slow and enjoy.
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