Seniors & Center 50+

Although Center 50+ remains closed to drop-in activities, we are beginning to roll out one-on-one activities by appointment and limited activities for small groups with registered participants.  The Center offers online classes and activities as well as outreach services, including site visits with the Wellness on Wheels van.  For all activities, we strictly adhere to safety precautions required by the CDC, OHA, and Salem EOC.  Congregate meals offered Monday through Friday at Center 50+ 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 Video

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What’s happening
Jun. 16
Let's Talk Books! Virtual Book Club for Adults12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Sign up to receive the Zoom links to participate in the virtual book club! Copies of the eBooks are available in unlimited quantities on Library2Go (the Libby app).* Join us as we discuss the following books:

Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller | On Zoom

Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn | On Zoom

Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16: Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad | On Zoom

*OverDrive, the company behind the Oregon Digital Library Consortium's eBook platform Library2Go, has made some eBook titles available for unlimited checkouts through the middle of December 2021. If you're unsure how to download a library eBook through Library2Go, please email [email protected] for detailed instructions or call (503) 588-6315 and leave a message for a library staff member to call you back.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jun. 21
Center 50+ Computer Class - Introduction to the Internet2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.Center 50+
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301

Bring in your own mobile device such as a smartphone, laptop, notebook, or tablet, to Center 50+ for this free, in-person computer class. You may also attend from home, using your device. Instructor Steve Boston has 40 years of experience as an educator and can help you get familiar with connecting to the internet. If you wish to sign up, please contact us at the email address or phone number provided below.

Presenter: Instructor Steve Boston

Phone: 503-588-6303

Jun. 22
Let's Talk Travel - Next Stop Germany - Part 21:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Continue with amateur photographer, Ed Peteros, as he takes you to places in Germany and invites you to explore the splendor of little towns, century old churches and mystical castles along the Rhine River. This armchair travel Zoom presentation will not only be comfortable to see at home but a fun new way to start planning your next trip! If you are interested in attending in person or on Zoom, email us at [email protected] Class fee: $5

Phone: 503-588-6303

Exploring Together: Generational Differences6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Talk of tension and finger-pointing between generations seems to have reached new heights as the Millennials face off against the Boomers, GenX rolls their eyes at both, and the GenZ throws up their collective hands. Salem Public Library invites members of all generations to talk together about why everyone is so defensive, what we should take the time to understand about each other, and which arguments (maybe all of them?) have merit. 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: Economic Alterations (April 27)
  • Session 2: Environmental Impacts (May 25)
  • Session 3: Parenting & Lifestyles (June 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 see the list and receive Zoom login information by email on the morning of the discussion.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Jun. 23
Explore Salem's Neighborhood History6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

Did you know Salem used to have a Chinatown? Or that Herbert Hoover’s boyhood home is right here in Salem? Join the City of Salem’s Historic Preservation staff to learn about some of Salem’s historic neighborhoods and the people who lived there! Through maps and photos Kirsten and Kimberli will share interesting facts about Salem’s oldest neighborhoods and historic districts including Salem’s historic downtown.

Sign up to receive the Zoom link!

Phone: 5035886315

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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 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.
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
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