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Submit Questions for June 15 City Manager Candidate Virtual Forum

June 10, 2022

Four-month recruitment and screen process yields three finalists

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Splash Fountains Open June 21, 2022

June 9, 2022

Salem’s self-operating splash fountains will be open every day beginning Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Spray fountains are a fun way to stay cool during the hot summer weather. The splash fountains at Riverfront and River Road Parks are open two hours earlier than the splash fountains at the smaller neighborhood parks.

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Sign Up to Comment June 13 on Our Salem, 2023 Budget and Other City Issues

June 9, 2022

Salem City Council and Salem Urban Renewal Agency to Meet

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Public Works Day is Back!

June 2, 2022

Come to Riverfront Park for City of Salem’s Public Works Day on June 17, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Meet Oscar the Orca!

June 2, 2022

Introducing Oscar the Orca the newest member to the Clean Streams Education Team! Oscar will help teach students about orcas, their adaptations, behaviors, diets, and habitat.

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Indian School Excavation Reveals Thousands of Artifacts

June 2, 2022

April excavation drew archaeologists and volunteers from around the region.

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2022 Summer Reading Club starts June 7

May 27, 2022

Readers of all ages are invited to Read Beyond the Beaten Path with Salem Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Club. Sign up, track time, and earn badges for completing activities through Beanstack online or the Beanstack app, available for phones, tablets, and other devices.

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29 Graduating Seniors Earn City Recognition for Volunteerism

May 26, 2022

Teens’ volunteerism includes virtual forums, leadership summits, volunteering at City events, special projects and the annual shoe drive

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Poll Focuses on Community Improvement Bond Perceptions

May 24, 2022

Polling on bond perceptions starts today

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In-Person Family Storytime Resumes

May 19, 2022

In-person Family Storytime resumes Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

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What’s happening
Jun. 25
Driftwood Mobile Craft 1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.Anderson Rooms A&B
Salem Public Library

Bring a bit of the ocean into your home! Make unique driftwood moibles to decorate your space. All materials are provided. Registration is required.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jun. 27
Salem Housing Authority Commission Meeting6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular meeting of the Salem Housing Authority Commission. Submit comments on agenda items no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at cityrecorder@cityofsalem.net.

Agenda:

Agenda - Salem Housing Authority Commission Meeting

Meeting Minutes:

Minutes - Salem Housing Authority Commission Meeting

Phone: 503-373-3801

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-373-3801 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

City Council Meeting6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular Meeting of the City Council

View meeting in real-time on Comcast Cable CC:Media Channel 21 or CC:Media You Tube Channel

Submit comments on agenda items no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at cityrecorder@cityofsalem.net.

Real-time public comment and testimony may also be provided during the meeting via Zoom. Please pre-register between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at Public Comment at Salem City Council Meeting

Agenda:

June 27, 2022 City Council Agenda

Meeting Minutes:

June 27, 2022 City Council Minutes

Phone: 503-588-6097

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6097 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Jun. 28
In-Person Family Storytime11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Youth Services staff are very excited to resume in-person storytimes! Early literacy rich storytimes are a great way for children to develop the skills that will prepare them for kindergarten success. The recommended age for these weekly storytimes is 5 and younger. Space is limited to a first-come, first-seated basis. El personal de Servicios para Jóvenes está muy entusiasmado de reiniciar los cuentos en persona. Los cuentos llenos de alfabetización a edad temprana son una gran manera para que los niños desarrollen las habilidades que los preparará para tener éxito en kindergarten. El último martes de cada mes será una edición especial bilingüe en inglés y español. La edad recomendada para estos cuentos semanales es de 5 años o menos. El espacio está limitado y disponible por orden de llegada.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Tinker Tech Time4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.Story Room B
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Kids through grade 5 with an adult are invited to explore a variety of STEAM activities in the library. Check out a kit at the Children's Desk from a variety of choices for a 30-minute session in Story Room B. A CCRLS library card is required. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Most kits are recommended for grades 2 - 5, but there is also a small selection of kits available for younger children.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Southeast Salem Neighborhood Association (SESNA) Meeting7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.Capital Park Church
410 19th ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Monthly neighborhood meeting. Please see agenda for meeting details and meeting topics.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-540-2303

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This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-540-2303 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

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