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.

Download the Center 50+ Program Guide

Sign-up online for Center 50+ Programs  

What’s happening
Jul. 14
Acrylic Painting - Center 50+ online class10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

You will enjoy painting a portrait of either a landscape, floral, animal seascape or still life. In order to attend this class online, you will need a laptop computer, desk computer with camera and microphone, smartphone, or tablet. Class will be held utilizing GoToMeeting. After students have registered for class, instructor Bridget Miller will send more information via email or phone. Last date to register for class is the Friday before each Tuesday class.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Instructor Bridget Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

Jul. 15
Visit Salem PL Island in Animal Crossing5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Animal Crossing

Hey, Salem! Have you been escaping to Animal Crossing during quarantine? 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 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. 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 back on our Facebookpage. We'll post your Dodo code to join at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. ¡Hola, Salem! ¿Ha estado escapando a Animal Crossing durante la cuarentena? ¡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 5-7 p.m. el miércoles 15 de julio. ¡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. Visite nuestra página de Facebook. Visite nuestra página de Facebookpage. Publicaremos el código Dodo para unirnos a las 5 p.m. el miércoles 15 de julio.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Imagine Your Story 2020 Short Story Contest for Teens and AdultsLibrary Website

Entries due: July 15

Winners announced: August 20

Writers are invited to enter an Imagine Your Story 2020 Short Story Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of three categories (Middle School, High School, and Adult). We are looking for short stories (250-1,500 words; fiction and non-fiction). Entries are judged on originality, plot and pacing, conventions, and emotional impact. Prizes awarded are $50 for first place; $20 for second place; and $10 for third place.

Review complete contest rules and enter online.

Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Salem Public Library.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jul. 21
Acrylic Painting - Center 50+ online class10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

You will enjoy painting a portrait of either a landscape, floral, animal seascape or still life. In order to attend this class online, you will need a laptop computer, desk computer with camera and microphone, smartphone, or tablet. Class will be held utilizing GoToMeeting. After students have registered for class, instructor Bridget Miller will send more information via email or phone. Last date to register for class is the Friday before each Tuesday class.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Instructor Bridget Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

Jul. 28
Acrylic Painting - Center 50+ online class4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

You will enjoy painting a portrait of either a landscape, floral, animal seascape or still life. In order to attend this class online, you will need a laptop computer, desk computer with camera and microphone, smartphone, or tablet. Class will be held utilizing GoToMeeting. After students have registered for class, instructor Bridget Miller will send more information via email or phone. Last date to register for class is the Friday before each Tuesday class.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Instructor Bridget Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

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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
Salem OR 97301
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