Seniors & Center 50+

Center 50+ has closed to the public. Congregate meals offered Monday through Friday at Center 50+ will continue through a drive-up option.  Follow Center50plus on Facebook for additional information. Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

An important part of staying healthy as you age is staying engaged physically and socially. The City of Salem along with concerned citizens, and the 501(c)3 nonprofit Friends of Center 50+, collaborated to create Center 50+ as a non-membership community center providing programs and services to adults age 50 and older. Other programs throughout the City provide help in specialized areas.

Center 50+ Update

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What’s happening
Aug. 14
Acrylic Basics on Demand - Center 50+ online classVirtual Meeting

In this class recording you’ll learn the fundamentals of painting with acrylic medium; Types of Materials and Supplies, Techniques, Color Theory, Styles, Terms, Composition and More. Instructor Brigitte will demonstrate a complete painting of a pear. You’ll need a computer, smartphone or tablet to view your on-demand class recording, which is about an hour and a half in length. It can be played at your own convenience, as many times as you wish, until July 1, 2021. Within two business days after registering, you’ll receive an email with the class recording link. You do not have to buy any art supplies before you view the recording. The instructor will contact you to talk about an art supply list. This class is the pre-requisite for on-line Acrylic Art classes offered by instructor Brigitte Miller.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Bridget Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

Aug. 17
Acrylic Basics on Demand - Center 50+ online classVirtual Meeting

In this class recording you’ll learn the fundamentals of painting with acrylic medium; Types of Materials and Supplies, Techniques, Color Theory, Styles, Terms, Composition and More. Instructor Brigitte will demonstrate a complete painting of a pear. You’ll need a computer, smartphone or tablet to view your on-demand class recording, which is about an hour and a half in length. It can be played at your own convenience, as many times as you wish, until July 1, 2021. Within two business days after registering, you’ll receive an email with the class recording link. You do not have to buy any art supplies before you view the recording. The instructor will contact you to talk about an art supply list. This class is the pre-requisite for on-line Acrylic Art classes offered by instructor Brigitte Miller.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Bridget Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

Aug. 25
Moving & Grooving in Age Friendly Salem12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Moving & Grooving in Age Friendly Salem and Staying Connected to Your Community is a livestream event by AARP featuring Center 50+. Nearly 80% of Americans age forty-five and older want to live in their own home and community as they age. Age-friendly communities have affordable, accessible and appropriate housing and supportive community features to help us thrive at every age. Join AARP & Center 50+ to kick off our series on Age Friendly living in Salem with a focus on staying connected to your community. Hear from Marilyn Daily, Manager of Center 50+ an agency of the City of Salem, on how we can create a great city for people of all ages to live, work and play and how you can get involved and stay connected.

Phone: 503-588-6303

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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) Session 3: The History of Racism in America and Oregon (September 22) We ask that you prepare for these discussions by reading or watching at least one entry from the suggested resources list. Sign up to receive the Zoom login information by email on the morning of each discussion: https://bit.ly/exploringtogether Suggested resources for Race and the Criminal Justice System Books: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. Check availability on: cloudLibrary (https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/salempl/Featured) Library2Go/Libby (https://library2go.overdrive.com/) Articles: There is Overwhelming Evidence that the Criminal Justice System is Biased. Here’s the Proof by Radley Balko (The Washington Post) - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/opinions/systemic-racism-police-evidence-criminal-justice-system/ Criminal Justice Fact Sheet (NAACP) - https://www.naacp.org/criminal-justice-fact-sheet/ These Posters Help Your Picture Alternatives to Policing (Fast Company) - https://www.fastcompany.com/90514184/these-posters-help-you-picture-alternatives-to-policing Defund the Police Explained...for the Last Time by Terrell Jermaine Starr (The Root) - https://www.theroot.com/defund-the-police-explained-for-the-last-time-1844236393 Visual Media: The 13th (Netflix) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6IXQbXPO3I This is America - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY PS: I Can’t Breathe (Kanopy) - https://ccrls.kanopy.com/product/ps-i-cant-breathe-black-lives-matter The Talk: Race in America (Kanopy) - https://ccrls.kanopy.com/product/talk-race-america

Phone: 503-588-6315

Aug. 26
Visit Salem PL Island on Animal Crossing3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.On Facebook - @spl.oregon

Hey, Salem! We've been busy building a Salem Public Library Island and would love a visit from you! We'll open the gates to our Salem PL Island from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, August 26. Come visit!! Liv the Librarian will be on hand to answer IRL reference questions. You can take your picture in our virtual library, swap in-game recipes, and just have a look around.

Check on our Facebookpage.

We'll post your Dodo code to join at 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 26. ¡Hola, Salem! ¡Hemos estado ocupados construyendo una Isla de la Biblioteca Pública de Salem y nos encantaría una visita! Abriremos las puertas de nuestra isla Salem PL desde las 3-5 p.m. el miércoles 26 de agosto. ¡Ven visitarnos! Liv, la bibliotecaria, estará disponible para responder a las preguntas de referencia del mundo real. Puede tomarse una foto en nuestra biblioteca virtual, intercambiar recetas del juego y echarnos un vistazo.

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Publicaremos el código Dodo para unirnos a las 3 p.m. el miércoles 26 de agosto.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Center 50+
​Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 infection, Center 50+ is closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Because Center 50+ serves a population considered to be at higher risk for contracting the virus, serves more than 250 people each day, and we cannot guarantee social distancing, Center 50+ will remain closed until the Oregon Health Authority deems it safe to reopen.

Congregate meals offered Monday through Friday at Center 50+ will continue through a drive-up option. Follow https://www.facebook.com/center50plus/ for virtual program offerings during this time. Call -503-588-6303.

Regular Hours suspended:
Monday 7:30 a.m–9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED
2615 Portland RD NE
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