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Downtown Salem Expanded Outdoor Dining and Retail Program Postponed Due to Poor Air Quality

September 11, 2020

Downtown Salem’s successful outdoor dining and retail program is being put on hold due to poor air quality from area wildfires. There will be no downtown State Street closures (between Commercial and Liberty) on Sept. 12 or 13, 2020. The program and street closures will resume when air quality improves.

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Salem Fire Department Deploys Wildland Task Force to Beachie Fire

September 10, 2020

Firefighters are well-trained and prepared to help protect families and businesses in the path of the fires

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Proposed Wastewater, Water, and Stormwater Rate Increases

September 9, 2020

Salem City Council sets wastewater, water, and stormwater service rates every two years.

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Despite Wildfires, Salem's Water Remains Safe to Drink

September 8, 2020

Salem's drinking water remains safe to drink. We remain concerned for our neighboring communities, who are evacuating their homes and businesses.

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What's Happening Downtown?

September 8, 2020

The Streetscape project area includes State ST (from Front ST to Commercial ST), the north side of Court ST NE (from Front ST NE to Commercial ST NE), and the west side of Commercial ST SE (from Ferry ST SE to State ST).

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Mayor Cheers “Great Work” around COVID-19 Efforts in Salem

September 7, 2020

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett cheered “the great work everyone has done in Salem as we move forward” in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Are You Ready? Step 2: The Right Tools Always Help

September 4, 2020

Duct tape, flashlights and maps can be some of your best friends during a disaster. So can doing some thinking ahead of time about conditions during a disaster.

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Are You Ready? Step 3: Planning for the Long Haul

September 4, 2020

A major earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone could mean long months of service and emergency response disruptions on the West Coast, including Oregon.

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Are You Ready? Step 4: If Fire Strikes

September 4, 2020

A home fire escape plan can help you survive one of the worst personal disasters

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Are You Ready? Step 5: Testing the Plan

September 4, 2020

A home fire escape plan can help you and the people you care for survive one of the worst personal disasters

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What’s happening
Sep. 21
SPL Storytime at Home8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.Virtual Meeting

Families are invited to join Youth Services staff online each week for stories, songs, and fingerplays. New online storytimes are published on the library's Facebook page using #splathome each Monday and Saturday in English and Thursday in Spanish.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Pine Needle Baskets - Center 50+ online chat group9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Learn how to make beautiful baskets from pine needles through peer guidance. Its free! Meet weekly and gain skills, not to mention enjoy crafting together again. To attend you'll need internet connection, either a laptop or desktop computer with camera and microphone, a smartphone or tablet. To sign up you must email your name, phone number, and the name of the class you wish to attend to [email protected] Within two business days you'll receive a Zoom meeting link and instructions. Dimensions of Wellness: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Occupational and Environmental

Phone: 503-588-6303

City Council Work Session6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Work Session: Police Response to Non-Criminal Activities in Salem

Agenda:

September 21, 2020 City Council Work Session Agenda

Meeting Minutes:

September 21, 2020 City Council Work Session 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.

West Salem Neighborhood Association Meeting7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular meeting. Please view the agenda for Zoom meeting link and login information.

Agenda:

September 21, 2020

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.

Sep. 22
History Drop In Group - Center 50+ online chat group10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

If you love history, join the History Drop-in Group online. Its free. This group will meet weekly on Tuesdays to enjoy learning about interesting points in history while watching videos online. Format is casual; past topics have been "The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906" and "The History of the Texas Rangers." Each week a new topic is presented. To attend chat groups, you'll need internet connection, either a laptop or desktop computer with camera and microphone, a smartphone or tablet. To sign up, you must email your name, phone number, and the name of the class you wish to attend to [email protected] Within two business days you'll receive a Zoom meeting link and instructions.

Phone: 503-588-6303

Exploring Together: A Focus on Race and Racism6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Talking about race and racism is often uncomfortable, sometimes confusing, and almost always difficult. Salem Public Library invites you to get uncomfortable with us as we provide an opportunity for community members to do the important work of exploring race and racism in America. In this series of community conversations, staff will act as facilitators and work to establish a respectful and supportive space for everyone to contribute their thoughts, share questions, and explore the ideas from the readings and videos. Each of the three discussions will have its own focus: Session 1: Systemic Racism and White Privilege (July 28-DONE) Session 2: Race and the Criminal Justice System (August 25-DONE) Session 3: The History of Racism in America and Oregon (September 22) Sign up to get Exploring Together Zoom login information by email on the morning of the discussion. We ask that participants prepare by reading, listening to, or watching at least one of the recommended resource for the discussion, as listed at the top of the sign-up form.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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