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Growing Food, Growing Community

Growing food, when done with friends and neighbors, is also an opportunity to grow community.  Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS), a local nonprofit organization does this very well - and we're proud to share the experience together.  Throughout the year, we partner and interact with MPFS at events like the MPFS seed swap and Salem-Keizer Education Foundation's Ag Fest to help address the issue of hunger and self reliance in our region. MPFS is a vital part of Salem's community that is growing leaders and self-reliant citizens as it grows and provides food to those in need. Besides offering food for local ... Read more

Salem’s Rich Theater Culture

Salem is a town rich in artistic, theatrical, and musical talent. During any given weekend in Salem there are three to four plays and musicals, improv comedy, various touring shows, dinner theater, workshops, and special events.  A couple of theaters in the downtown core are nearly as old as the town itself, signifying the depth of Salem's commitment to the arts.  There are numerous artistic expressions throughout the community found in expected and unexpected places and venues.  Salem is a place where paying attention pays off; there are creative forces everywhere – especially in the downtown core. Salem hosts international ... Read more

Chainsaw Art Completes Our Newest Park

Local Salem chainsaw artist Kevin Strauslin has completed his work here at Pringle Creek Community leaving us with two new benches and some whimsical carvings, too! Many thanks to Mr. Strauslin for his creative work that has transformed our little pocket park into a truly comfortable place to sit, relax, and even take time to read a book from our Little Free Library.  This park is located just in front of our community center, Painters Hall.  The park and new benches, carved into the oak that rests where it fell last year, will also add a new dimension to future ... Read more

The Ultimate Recycle – Our Geothermal Loop System

Geothermal, 'earth's heat,' is the basis for heating and cooling systems that are elegant and efficient in design and an energy source that is completely renewable.  Pringle Creek Community (PCC) converted an old industrial well into a giant heating and cooling system. As you may know, PCC sits upon a 32-acre property that once served as the maintenance grounds for the Fairview Training Center.  Fairview, established in 1907, was Oregon's state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities until the year 2000.  Fairview Training Center had an extensive 670-acre property, part of which was powered through steam heat.   The industrial well ... Read more

Unlimited Hiking Opportunities Nearby!

There are unlimited outdoor opportunities in and around Salem, Oregon. We are very fortunate to have all kinds of places to explore, to hike, to boat and swim, to fish, ski, and just relax on one of our many beautiful ocean beaches.  The recreational opportunities in Oregon are limitless - and Salem is in the middle of it! In the realm of hiking, one of my favorite spots is Minto-Brown Island Park, on the west side of town along the Willamette River, just 3.6 miles from Pringle Creek Community. Minto-Brown Park is 1200 acres of parkland that offers open meadows, riverside trails, ... Read more
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