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Enjoy Free Customer Parking in Downtown Salem

December 5, 2019

Enjoy holiday festivities in Downtown Salem – unique attractions, as well as diverse shopping and restaurants. The downtown district offers 3,500 free short and long-term customer parking spaces. More than 1,000 free customer spaces are available in well-lit, dry, and conveniently located parkades near Downtown shopping and attractions.

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Give Hope This Holiday Season

December 4, 2019

No matter the size, your contributions will go the furthest toward making a difference when donated through established organizations

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Accessory Dwellings Help with Salem Housing Needs

November 27, 2019

Until mid-2024, the City of Salem will waive System Development Charges on accessory dwelling units to promote addition of new multi-family housing

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Painting Stimulates Creativity at Center 50+ Respite Care

November 27, 2019

“Food for Thought” is the theme of the eighth annual Art from the Heart show, 4-6 p.m. n December 3rd, at City of Salem’s Center 50+.

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Brown Road NE Will Open to Traffic on November 27

November 26, 2019

Construction of roadway and sidewalk safety improvements on Brown Road NE from Sunnyview Road NE to San Francisco Drive NE are nearly complete. Crews anticipate the street will open Wednesday, November 27. Drivers are advised to continue to use caution in this area as construction activities will extend until mid-January 2020.

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Salem Selected to Receive Over $450,000 in Rental Vouchers to House Very-Low Income Residents with Disabilities

November 22, 2019

The Salem Housing Authority was selected to receive 75 Mainstream Rental vouchers valued at $450,927 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist very-low income households of persons with disabilities in our community. The awarded vouchers assist non-elderly persons with disabilities, particularly those who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings; at serious risk of institutionalization; currently experiencing homelessness; previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project; or at risk of becoming homeless.

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Dec. 10
Salem Reads: Piecing Me Together Book Give Away6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Salem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Salem Reads chosen title, Piecing Me Together, will be given away - 400 free books, one to each library cardholder. Don’t have a library card? Don’t worry. Just bring your picture ID and proof of address, and we’ll get you a free card. If you miss the give away, we have 120 library copies in circulation. The book can also be purchased at Friends Book Store, Salem Book Bin, and Reader’s Guide. We hope you will join us for the fourth season of Salem Reads in February 2020.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Cultural Tourism and Promotion Advisory Board meeting6:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State St
Salem
OR 97301

Monthly meeting of the Salem Cultural and Tourism Promotion Advisory Board.

Agenda:

https://www.cityofsalem.net/meetingdocs/cultural-tourism-promotion-advisory-board-agenda-2019-12-10.pdf

Phone: Chris Neider, Staff Liaison, 503-540-2361

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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 Chris Neider, Staff Liaison, 503-540-2361 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Dec. 11
Joint URA, SHA and Council Board and Commission Appointments Committee meeting 8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.City Manager’s Conference Room
Civic Center 555 Liberty ST SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301

Meeting of the Joint Urban Renewal Agency, Salem Housing Authority and City of Salem Board and Commission Appointments Committee

Agenda:

​Board and Commission Appointments Committee meeting agenda for December 11, 2019

Phone: 503-588-6255

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 503-588-6255 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Salem Public Art Commission9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.Public Works Department
Civic Center
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301

The Public Art Commission is charged with overseeing the City’s public art collection and recommending the Public Art Fund annual budget to City Council. The commission’s primary duties include: acquisition, maintenance, cataloguing, decommissioning art within the City’s collection, and approving public murals.

Agenda:

December 11, 2019

Phone: 503-588-6211

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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 503-588-6211 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

North Neighbors (N2) Meeting11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.

Join neighbors and partners as they work together to make a difference in North Salem Neighborhoods. For more information, call Salem Leadership Foundation at 503-315-8924.

Salem Public Library Advisory Board5:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.Salem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Monthly meeting of the Salem Public Library Advisory Board.

Agenda:

Salem Public Library Advisory Board Agenda Packet

Phone: 503-588-6071

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 503-588-6071 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

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