At Pringle Creek Community, we value sustainable practices that can last a life-time. Our Urban Farm goes beyond the greenhouses and branches out into the orchards and berry patches that extend across the creek. The Sustainable Living Center and Pringle Creek Community joined up to talk about the Urban Farmer Class at Holding Court. Please click here if you’re interested in taking this fun and educational class!
With Carol McAlice Currie out on assignment, news columnist Capi Lynn joined Carlee Wright at Holding Court this week where there was talk of dancing, dining, and diving into gardening.
Marcia Hoak and Emily Wieczorek, wearing their finest folk dancing garb, stopped by to let the community in on a little secret.
The Salem International Folk Dancers have been around since the 1970s, experiencing the world of dance every Wednesday in an informal, no pressure, no experience needed setting.
“We’re not a performing group,” Wieczorek said, although some participants have performed at the World Beat Festival in the past. “We’re for fun.”
All ages are encouraged to join in on the fun, and both Hoak and Wieczorek pointed out the exercise benefits of dancing. It’s also educational as participants learn new dances from countries and cultures all over the world.
The group meets every Wednesday evening at the American Ballet Academy, 1795 Broadway NE. Teaching starts at 7:45 p.m., and dancing goes until 9:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Joan Bennett at 503-580-6793 or email@example.com.
Hit the water
Do you dream of the outdoors?
Jon Yoder and John Russellof Salem Environmental Education stopped by to let us know about the Outdoor Adventure Series. The next talk focuses on kayaking and canoeing.
Aimed at beginners or casual boaters, the talk will teach about equipment and safety while sharing details on the best places to paddle in the Mid-Willamette Valley. It’s also an opportunity to connect and network with like-minded folks. Featured speakers are Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club co-founder Rob Blickensderfer and club member Theresa Wingard.
The talk takes place 7 p.m. Jan. 18, in Louck’s Auditorium at the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE.
Cost is $5. Free for students. For information, call 503-602-0745. The group produces an environmental issues series as well as outdoor adventure talks alternating each month. Visit salemee.org for more information.
Learn to fix it
Kimberly Fanshier, a collaborator and self-proclaimed hopeful instigator, and Jessica Ramey, of Marion County Environmental Services, filled us in on The Repair Fair & Share, an event that aims to foster the idea of repair rather than replace.
It’s an opportunity to learn how to make minor repairs. If you have a broken item, bring it, along with any needed parts, and you can meet a fixer at the fair.
Anything goes but there are focus areas, said Jessica, such as jewelry, tool sharpening, computers, small appliances, textiles and bikes. “We will try to help regardless.”
Kimberly got involved with the event after she, herself, was looking to learn to repair household items. She aims to help bring fixers and fixables together. “When you start looking they are everywhere. People are excited to share their knowledge. People who know how to fix stuff want to help.”
The free event takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at The Northwest Hub, 1230 Broadway St. NE. Donations will be accepted for the Northwest Hub.
For information, call 503-365-3180 or go to repairfair.net.
Get ready to grow
Sue Wilson and Colleen Owen of the Sustainable Living Center at Pringle Creek Community are already thinking about spring planting. The duo stopped by to let us know about the Urban Farmers Course, a series of eight hands-on classes that start Feb. 4 and run through May 20.
The classes aim to teach everything you need to know for a successful growing season including planning your garden, understanding your soil, selecting seeds and managing pests and concludes with harvesting and preserving.
Classes are held 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at Pringle Creek Community, 3911 Village Center Dr. SE. Cost is $130, $180 for a couple (shared materials) or $140 for parent and child. To register, call 503-315-1055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, visit pringlecreekslc.squarespace.com.
From the Almond Roca Buttercrunch to the Creamy Smooth Mint Patties, Camp Fire’s Candy Sale is on now. Kat Bell, Deb Vaughn and her daughter Emery, Melissa Kreutz Gallardo, and her sons Gus and Oscar brought the details and the goods to Holding Court.
The once-a-year fundraiser is happening 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 5 at South Salem Fred Meyer at 3450 Commercial St. SE.
“Anyone who would like candy but can’t get to South Salem Fred Meyer, contact me,” Deb said. “We will happily supply them.”
Money raised will support the kids going on a campout aimed at furthering their environmental education. In addition to environmental and outdoor activities, the group has a community service component, too.
You may remember the local Camp Fire group for their jingles. No, it’s not a tune, although we did hear them sing a catchy one, but rather a collection of plastic bottle caps that are strung together in a row to create colorful upcycled art. The jingles will be on display at the Eco Hub, a shared space at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, that offers classes, talks and more on environmental issues. There will be an opening reception on 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 4.
Camp Fire USA aims to help youth find their sparks and discover who they are and is open to youth up to age 18. The Salem group is the only one in Marion and Polk Counties.
“Camp Fire is for both girls and boys. Everybody is welcome,” Kat said. “We are encouraging people to start their own group. It’s not that hard and we’re happy to mentor.”
To get involved, contact Deb at email@example.com.
Meet a princess
The Oregon Dairy Women’s 58th annual Oregon Dairy Princess- Ambassador Coronation Banquet is happening Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Salem Convention Center, 201 Liberty St. SE.
“It’s a really fun event,” said Jessica Kliewer State Director and Dairy Princess Ambassador for the Oregon Dairy Women, “and it starts with cheese from all over Oregon.”
In addition to a variety of cheese to sample, the event features a catered dinner of rib eye steak, grilled wild salmon or portabella marsala. It’s also a chance to meet 2016 State Dairy Princess Ambassador Sara Pierson and 2016 First Alternate State Dairy Princess Ambassador Gina Atsma, plus the four state finalists for 2017 Emma Coleman of Marion County, Kiara Single of Columbia County, Faith Wilson of Linn and Benton Counties and Kortni Ragsdale of Washington County before seeing one of them crowned.
“They work for it all year,” Jessica said. “Writing speeches, advancing their dairy knowledge, learning skills to work with kids and serving a lot of ice cream.”
The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Oregon Dairy Women is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that aims to promote the dairy industry.
Cost is $40, $15 child. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 503-357-9152 or visiting oregondairywomen.com/events. Reservation deadline is Jan. 15. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Warm up with a book
Historical fiction author Leonide Martin will talk about the thrill of virtual travel through her novels at a 7 p.m. event Friday, January 13 at The Book Bin.
She has written four e-books in a series about the ancient Mayas, and “The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl lk’nal of Palenque” is the first to be released in print.
The book is based on the story of the first Mayan queen who ruled for 22 years, averted enemy attack, and brought prosperity. It is set dense rain forest where reconstructed ruins draw thousands of visitors each year. Martin has visited several times and lived in Mexico for five years.
Her presentation will include a slide show of some of the natural wonders of the ruins.
Keizer Community Dinners are baaaaaack!
Terry Frazier stopped by to spread the word about the return of the communal effort to provide free community meals to all comers on the fourth Wednesday of the month, beginning Jan. 25.
Last year, he said the monthly gatherings drew an average of 250 to 300 people.
“Everybody’s invited; it’s not just to feed the hungry,” Frazier said. “We’d love to have anybody come, including families.”
St. Edward Catholic Church, at 5303 River Road N in Keizer, will continue to host the dinners from 5 to 7 p.m., with support from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Keizer Chamber Men & Women, Keizer Christian Disciples of Christ, and Lakepoint Community Church.
Frazier said they could always use more volunteers before, during or after the dinner. If interested, contact Bonnie Henny at 503-393-5423, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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