Events

LifeSource generally keeps a pretty full schedule on our Outreach and Events calendar.

We have all kinds of things going on, from in-store product sampling to demonstrations and information booths at events organized by the community. Your patronage of LifeSource allows us to offer our Community Room for food, community and wellness events sponsored by other organizations or individuals. A minimal fee or store purchase may be required to help fund the room.

On this page you’ll find a calendar of upcoming events. You can also subscribe to our blog by email or RSS reader and keep up to date that way. We’ll post all our upcoming events to the front page of our website so you can view them in one convenient place!

Jun
12
Mon
Friends Of Family Farmers
Jun 12 @ 12:45 pm – Jun 30 @ 1:45 pm
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Our Family Farms 2017 Seed to Table Dinner
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Join us at our Annual Seed to Table DinnerSaturday, August 19th at 6 pm at Salant Family RanchSmithfield’s Restaurant of Ashland will gather foods and flavors from the Rogue Valley to prepare a four-course dinner paired with local libations.

Tickets can be purchased Online at our website.

Our Family Farms Members receive $10 off!  Farmer discount also available. Please contact us for more information.


Welcome to all our Newest Business Members!

Thank you LifeSource Natural Foods and Wandering Roots Farm for becoming an Our Family Farms Business Supporter! Show your support and become a member today!

LifeSource Natural Foods

LifeSource-Natural-Foods.jpgLifeSource Natural Foods is Salem, Oregon’s only independent, locally owned all natural and organic full service grocery store. We strive to carry as much locally sourced produce and other foods and products as possible. It’s part of our mission and our vision to support small scale family farmers, especially those who work toward reducing toxic herbicides, pesticides and who strive to consider the entire eco-system in their production methods. The store opened in 1994 with 8 staff, which included the owner, Alex Beamer. Alex still works here, although no longer in the bulk department. LifeSource now supports nearly 100 employees, providing fully paid medical, dental & vision coverage, profit sharing, paid community service days and we even get our birthday as a paid holiday. It’s a great place to work.

Wandering Roots Farm

Wandering-Roots-Farm-Logo.pngWandering Roots Farm is a 50-acre farm located in the heart of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon. Started by Jeff and Anna Boesch in 2012, what was once a giant hay field has slowly been transforming into a diverse, sustainable fruit and vegetable farm with 8 acres of vegetables, 1 acre of mixed berries, and over 2 acres of mixed fruit and nut trees.

Wandering Roots Farm is now Certified Organic through Oregon Tilth. All methods of seeding, growing and harvesting are practiced in a sustainable and restorative manner.  We do not use any chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides.

See all of our businesses supporters in our BusinessMember Directory!

Legislative Update

Make Monsanto and Scotts Pay
Don’t let Scotts walk away scott free again like they are in Malheur county after their Genetically Engineered (GE) bent grass escaped and harmed both farmers and the county. Why should farmers and the county taxpayers have to pay for patent holder’s negligence and faulty products when they escape and contaminate farmers’ fields and public waterways?

HB 2739-1 (dash-1) is a bill to protect from the financial losses due to contamination from GE crops by holding the patent holders financially responsible for the damages they cause to others. Oregon has no rules or regulations to protect us from unwanted GE contamination.

Take action now and tell our elected officials to support HB 2739-1 (dash-1) before the session comes to a close.

Write your Oregon state representative and state senator today letting them know you want them to support HB 2739-1 (dash-1).

Josephine County Legislative Update
Sadly we are at an impasse in Salem regarding the unjust situation of not upholding the Josephine county GE plant ordinance that was passed in 2014. Southern Oregon senators need to show support for correcting this social injustice the was done to the voters of Josephine county.

Please contact your Southern Oregon senator listed below and let him know that his constituents want a GMO free Rogue Valley.Voters in both Jackson and Josephine counties overwhelmingly passed ballot measures on the same day to protect their farmers from GE contamination. Jackson county’s ordinance is now in effect. Josephine county’s ordinance is pending a legislative fix because of language in SB 863. The will of the voters should stand.

Senator Herman E. Baertschiger Jr.
Sen.HermanBaertschiger@state.or.us
503-986-1702

Stay up to date on all the latest news on our Website and Facebook page!


NEWS

Global Warming and Sustainable Agriculture
By Dr. Ramon Seidler

Climate change is the “long-term” trends in the Earth’s climate (changes in temperature, wind, precipitation, strength and frequency of extreme weather events); global warming refers to the increase in Earth’s average surface temperature due to increased concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG). Sustainable agricultural practices are farming techniques that protect the environment, protect soil health and productivity, and protect public health, human communities, and animal welfare. How does all this come together?

A lot of Applegate Valley agriculture is known to involve sustainable and “near sustainable” agricultural practices. These practices protect neighbors, use few if any toxic synthetic pesticides and attract more consumers who seek foods, plants, and vine imbibes with enhanced health and nutritional properties.

Climate models suggest that global warming from the release of greenhouse gasses (GHG like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) will change everything about our future agriculture industry. Figure 1 shows temperature trends anticipated for Jackson County including the Applegate area based on mathematical modeling conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey scientists.
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This graphic shows we have already experienced a 1.5ºF mean increase in annual temperature during the 1950-2005 period. It shows another 4ºF expected to be phased in over the next 40 years with another 4.1ºF increase (9.6 total) by the end of the 21st century if we follow BAU.

These models predict less snow pack for summer irrigation, earlier spring snowmelt providing less irrigation water during the late growing season, and a reduction in soil moisture. Anticipated are changes in the current natural fauna and flora, a necessity to change crops using cultivars more adapted to a warmer environment (such as different wine varietals), possible losses of beneficial biological control and pollinator populations, warming river temperatures as riparian vegetation zones change (disappear?) and a significantly increased area involved in wildfires and therefore increased potential for soil erosion.

Scientists have estimated that the global food system and conventional agriculture contribute one-third of the GHG emissions and account for some 30% of the world’s energy consumption.

Fossil fuel combustion for the production of ammonia fertilizer, mining and shipping of other mineral fertilizers, soil preparation, synthesis and application of pesticides, manufacturing farm equipment, and the harvesting and shipping of food thousands of miles from where it was produced all contribute to energy demands. In the Rogue Valley we are now receiving fruits including table grapes from Chile, located some 6,000 miles away.

Adding to the problem is the loss of soil organic matter as carbon dioxide, largely since WW II, due to farming practices that physically disturbed the soil and used non-specific toxic chemicals to control pests. This destroyed the soil’s health and sustainability.

If some atmospheric carbon dioxide gas is sequestered back into the soils again forming soil organic carbon, scientists believe that further global warming can be at least partially slowed. It is possible that 5-15% of annual global carbon dioxide emissions can be offset by increased global soil carbon sequestration.

Financial incentives to sequester carbon by using sustainable agricultural practices include improved fertility and soil water holding capacity, and increased crop yields.

Soil carbon sequestration is only a minor part of the total repair of global warming. Reduction in fossil fuel emissions coupled with soil carbon sequestration are vital combinations for buying time to find more significant ways to slow climate change.

Practices that facilitate soil carbon sequestration:

  1. Decreasing the level of soil disturbance (i.e. tillage).
  2. Increasing the mass of organic inputs to soils (organic fertilizers free of toxic chemicals, plants with numerous deep roots, cover crops).
  3. Improving soil microbial diversity and abundance (healthy soils by increased soil organic matter and avoiding pesticides).
  4. Adopting year-round cover crops, crop rotation.

Dr. Ray Seidler is a retired senior research scientist and Team Leader of the Genetically Engineered Organism biosafety program within the US EPA and former Professor of Microbiology at Oregon State University. Thanks to Dr. Alan Journet of SOCAN for Figure 1. Article Originally published in the Applegator, summer 2017 edition.

Are you a farmer?
Check out this series of videos created by the Integrated Crop Pollination Projectabout pollinators and habitat! From Pollinator Habitat 101 to explaining how to increase fruit production with bees, there will bee something for every grower to incorporate into their farmscape.

Buy SEED: The Untold Story on DVD
Celebrate seeds with 10% off the award-winning SEED: The Untold Story! 

Use code OFFSEED at seedthemovie.com and 30% of proceeds will be donated to Our Family Farms!  

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In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

SEED comes from the filmmakers behind Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? It features Dr. Jane Goodall, Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, and Andrew Kimbrell.

Got Seed? Want Seed?
Input needed from Rogue Valley Farmers Who Produce or Buy Seed

Jackson County farmers who buy or sell seed are invited to participate in a seed purchasing and production survey conducted by Our Family Farms and the Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association. The 5-minute survey is part of a larger USDA grant-funded market research project evaluating the potential to increase the production and sales of seeds grown in Jackson County.

Farmer input is crucial for this project in order to support the financial and production needs of the region’s farm businesses.  The implementation of this project will identify the seed needs of area farmers and connect area seed growers to new wholesale and retail buyers.

Take the survey online.

For more information about this project, or if you would prefer to fill out a paper version, please email Wendy Siporen.

Southern Oregon boasts an excellent climate for growing vegetable and flower seeds. The hot summers and relatively low precipitation during the fall allow seed crops enough time and heat to fully ripen and dry down. During the past decade, the number of small-scale, specialty crop seed growers in the region has greatly expanded.  The passage of a ban on genetically engineered crops in 2014 means that seed farmers and their customers can have more assurance that their crops remain genetically true.  The research will evaluate the potential to expand production and sales, share seed processing equipment, educate consumers, and train new seed farmers.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Soil, Ecology and Climate
June 13-16 in Portland, Oregon
As part of the Soil, Ecology and Climate Series, the Soil Not Oil Coalition is hosting a panel presentation featuring James Cassidy, Senior Instructor of Soil Physics & Organic Agriculture at Oregon State University.

Garlic Seed Growing Farm Tour
June 22 from 6 to 8pm in Grants Pass, Oregon
A free SOSGA event. Take a tour of Whistling Duck Farm. Mary Alionis will discuss managing an online garlic seed company, explain garlic production and storage, and demonstrate her paper pot transplanter.

City of Talent celebrates National Pollinator Week
June 24 from 1 to 3 pm at the Talent Commons in Talent, Oregon
Bee City USA Subcommittee and the City of Talent will celebrate National Pollinator Week with children’s activities, music, and refreshments and present information about local pollinators. Everyone is invited to this free event.

SOCAN Monthly Meeting
June 27 from 6 to 7:30 pm at The Farm at SOU in Ashland, Oregon
Brandon Schilling will led a field trip to tour the The Farm at SOU. The student-led organic Farm is a center for sustainability that produces healthy, sustainably harvested food for the SOU community. It is a hub for education, student and faculty research and community outreach to the Rogue Valley. Projects on The Farm inspire a generation of ecologically-committed leaders who promote a vision of living and working sustainably in community and on the land.

Deadline to sign up for the USDA Census of Agriculture
Make Sure Your Farm is Counted by June 30th!
The National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting a census of all types of agricultural operations of all sizes. The census takes place every five years along with other agricultural surveys. All agricultural operations, large or small, are invited to participate.

Dry Farm Field Day
August 15 from 1 to 6 pm in Applegate, Oregon
The Field Day will begin at the OSU Extension Teaching Farm at 1 pm and continue to Ridgeline Meadows Farm in the Applegate. See crops grown without any supplemental irrigation and taste the results! A free event sponsored by SOSGA.

Our Family Farms Seed to Table Dinner
Saturday, August 19 at 6 pm at the Salant Family Ranch
Reserve your seat at our Annual Seed to Table Dinner! Join us at the Salant Family Ranch in the Applegate Valley (Jacksonville) for a four-course dinner prepared with local foods and flavors gathered from the Rogue Valley by Smithfield’s Restaurant of Ashland. Tickets can be purchased online on our website.


OFF_logo_full_FINAL.jpgWe hope you will support Our Family Farms as we work to create thriving communities and resilient food systems by promoting and protecting family farms and traditional seed from threats of genetically engineered crops.


Jun
27
Tue
Straub Environmental Learning Center @ Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium
Jun 27 – Jul 31 all-day
Straub Environmental Learning Center @ Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium  | Salem | Oregon | United States

 

 

Media Contact:

Kourtney Linebaugh, Communications and Program Coordinator

Kourtney@StraubEnvironmentalCenter.org

Phone: 503-779-5227

 

PROGRAMS + EVENTS | JULY 2017

 

PASSPORT TO NATURE: “FIELD OUTING TO THE GAIL ACHTERMAN WILDLIFE AREA”

 

Sunday, July 2, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Meet at Social Security Hole, at the end of Halls Ferry Rd, Independence, OR 97351

Cost: $5 per person suggested donation to the Straub Environmental Center (includes a free field notebook!)

Pre-registration required | Open to the public

For more information, email info@StraubEnvironmentalCenter.org or call 503-779-5414

Take a private, guided tour of the Gail Achterman Wildlife Area near Salem with Straub Environmental Center educators and staff from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This usually-off-limits site features one of the largest and most intact riparian forests along the Willamette River and is now permanently protected to benefit Oregon’s native fish and wildlife.

The natural area provides habitat for wapato (a rare plant), Bald Eagles, native turtles, herons, frogs, neotropical birds and owls.

The outing is open to the public; pre-registration is required. Attendance will be limited to 20 persons. Bring your own water and snacks.

To register and more information, call 503-779-5414 or email info@straubenvironmentalcenter.org.

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PASSPORT TO NATURE: IRON MOUNTAIN

WILDFLOWER WALK @ CONE PEAK TRAIL

 

DATE CHANGE: Sunday, July 16, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Meet at Eco Hub @ The Willamette Heritage Center (carpool and caravan to Iron Mountain)

1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

Cost: $5 per person, children under 5 are free

Pre-registration required | Open to the public

For more information, email info@StraubEnvironmentalCenter.org or call 503-779-5227

Iron Mountain (near Sweet Home) is home to more than 300 different native wildflowers and shrubs. On Sunday, July 16, the Straub Environmental Center is providing a hike for kids, families, and adults to view the wildflowers, birds, and insects in the Iron Mountain area.

John Savage, of the Straub Environmental Center and Willamette Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will lead a rigorous, 4 to 5-mile hike with leisurely stops to view the wildflowers along the Cone Peak Trail. Participants must be able to hike 2 to 5-miles easily.

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STRAUB NATURAL SCIENCE SUMMER CAMPS

 

NEW Application Deadlines

Salem, Oregon – If your child loves nature, the Straub Natural Science Summer Camps for students in Grades 1-8 could be the perfect fit! Three, week-long day camps offer nature-based outdoor activities in a fun, supportive environment led by certified, award-winning educators:

July 10 – 14, 2017 | Students entering Grades 6 – 8 (deadline July 7)

July 17 – 21, 2017 | Students entering Grades 4 – 5 (waitlist only)

July 24 – 28, 2017 | Students entering Grades 1 – 3 (deadline July 21)

To apply, visit www.StraubEnvironmentalCenter.org, complete the application form on the “Summer Day Camps” page and mail the form and tuition payment ($245 per student) to:

Straub Environmental Center, P.O. Box 12363, Salem, Oregon, 97309

For information about the camps and scholarship opportunities, contact Bobbie Snead at bobbie.snead@gmail.com or call 503-508-5225.

ABOUT THE STRAUB ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

The Straub Environmental Center (SEC) inspires our community to connect with and care for nature in the mid-Willamette Valley. SEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that embraces diversity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national/ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and all other classifications protected by law. SEC is supported through grant funding, donations, sponsorships, and its programs. To learn more, call 503-302-4645 or visit www.StraubEnvironmentalCenter.org.

New Location: Eco Hub @ the Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 107, Salem

Mailing Address: Straub Environmental Center | P.O. Box 12363, Salem, OR 97309

Refuge Recovery Meeting @ LifeSource Community Room
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
SALEM

Mondays – 12:00pm to 1:00pm – Journeys: A Center for the Soul, 1595 Cottage St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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contact:  Debbie Lee at 503/999-7365 or debil52@msn.com

Tuesdays – 5:30pm to 6:30pm – LifeSource Community Room (Candaleria Terrace, Main North Entrance) 2661 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR  97302
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contact:  Debbie Lee at 503/999-7365 or debil52@msn.com

 

 

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Jun
29
Thu
YOGA for People with Purpose @ LifeSource Community Room
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Public Works Day at Riverfront Park @ Salem Riverfront Park
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Public Works Day at Riverfront Park @ Salem Riverfront Park | Salem | Oregon | United States

Thursday, June 29th                     10:30am – 2pm                      Public Works Day at Riverfront Park

The City of Salem Public Works Department is holding their fourteenth annual “Public Works Day!”  Come see how they provide the water, sewer, street, and park services that we enjoy every day through educational booths and demonstrations, as well as kid’s activities and free food and drink!  Admission is free; food or cash donations to Marion-Polk Food Share are encouraged.  Learn more at cityofsalem.net/calendar

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14th Annual Public Works Day

Location Choice

Riverfront Park, 500 Water ST NE, Salem OR 97301

Start Time

6/29/2017 10:30 AM

End Time

6/29/2017 2:00 PM

All Day Event

Recurrence

Event Description

Come join us for our annual Public Works Day at Riverfront Park. We will have lots of fun, hands-on activities, equipment demonstrations, and informational booths. Have you met Claudia the Chinook? Well, she will be joining us again this year, and she is excited to meet your little ones. If you are curious how our department works to make Salem the beautiful city that it is known for, then come out and see us! A great time to be had is guaranteed. We can’t wait to see you. Food or cash donations are welcome to help support our Marion-Polk Food Share.

Organization

Public Works Department

Primary Phone

503-588-6261

E-Mail

idowd@cityofsalem.net

E-Mail 2

mgotterba@cityofsalem.net

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Salem Categories

Departments and Agencies:Public Works Department; Move to Salem; Parks and Activities; Seniors and Center 50+; Visit Salem; Youth and Families
Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group @ Salem Community Acupuncture Wellness Center
Jun 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Spring Forest Qigong has moved to the Salem Community Acupuncture Wellness Center.

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Jun
30
Fri
Silent Sitting Meditation @ LifeSource Community Room
Jun 30 @ 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

We are all in essence the Sat or “truth”.  The nature of the Sat is stillness and silence.  This is an opportunity to come together in a group setting to experience the nature of this truth force as we sit in silence together.  Sitting can be done in a chair or on a cushion, as you prefer.  Chairs are provided, bring a shawl, wrap, or blanket for warmth, and a pillow if needed.

No cost.  If coming, please email bevsmith@wildblue.net

Jul
1
Sat
Tribal Dance Classes @ Community Room
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Galadriel (of Middleearth Productions) for a Tribal Dance class Saturdays in the LifeSource Community Room!

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Jul
2
Sun
Just Walk Salem/Keizer @ LifeSource Natural Foods patio
Jul 2 @ 9:15 am

Just Walk is a group walk around the neighborhood, sponsored by LifeSource and the South Salem Neighborhood Association.

Walk with us for just under an hour and get a piece of fruit or an energy bar, compliments of LifeSource at the end.

Complete 25 walks and get a $5 gift card.

 

It’s a great day to walk with your neighbors! Sundays and Thursdays at LifeSource!

Note: although the walks happen each week, there’s no weekly commitment or registration required, and you don’t have to live in the neighborhood to participate. Feel free to drop in and Just Walk! Keep in mind that for safety reasons, we request that walk leaders do not go out unless there are at least two other walkers. All walks are free.

This symbol means that dogs are welcome as walking partners! All dogs should be friendly, leashed, and up-to-date on shots for the safety of walkers and other dogs.

Click here to view our calendar on Meetup.com, and click here for a printable version of the schedule.

Sundays

9:15 am:  LifeSource Natural Foods

Walk with Jennifer Carley, founder of Just Walk Salem. Meet on the front patio at LifeSource Natural Foods (2649 Commercial St. SE). From there, the group generally either walks the hills behind the store or goes through the historic Pioneer Cemetery, although it can also go to Bush Park or Clark Creek Park. The walk is usually about 2.5 miles and is paced to accommodate the people who show up. LifeSource rewards each walker with a free piece of fruit when they return from the walk.

Walk leader and JWSK founder Jennifer Carley (center) with walkers at LifeSource

Mondays

9:00 am:  Bush’s Pasture Park

Walk leader Ann (far left) with a group at Bush's Pasture Park

Choose from one or two figure-eight loops for a 1 mile or a 2 1/2 mile walk in Bush’s Pasture Park (600 Mission St. SE). The park has bark and asphalt paths with some inclines and stairs. Water and restrooms are available. Meet at the playground at the southwest corner of the park across from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (near the intersection of High and Leffelle Sts.). Parking is available on Leffelle St. Rain or shine. (Walk leader: Ann)

9:30 am:  Judson Middle School area

Walk through the Faye Wright neighborhood near Judson Middle School. The group walks about 2 to 3 miles on flat ground with an occasional short hill. It takes them between 45 minutes to an hour. The walk goes rain or shine, but please call ahead (503-364-7021) to let them know that you’re coming and get the address of the meeting point. (Walk leader: Barbara)

Judson M.S. area walk leader Barbara (center, in green) with some of her group members

Tuesdays

10:00 am: Keizer Walk

Formerly known as Walk with a Firefighter, this is now our weekly Keizer Walk. Join us for a 45-minute family-friendly walk through Keizer Station. The 2-mile route is paved and flat and there is plenty of parking. Meet at Panera (6110 Keizer Station Blvd). Dogs and strollers welcome. The walk goes rain or shine. (Walk leaders:  Amber)

11:00 am:  West Salem Walk

West Salem walk leader Nancy

Meet in front of the West Salem branch of the Public Library (395 Glen Creek Rd. NW) and walk through Wallace Marine Park, across the Union St. railroad bridge, and back. This is a relatively flat, moderately-paced walk that takes about 45 minutes. (Walk leaders: Nancy and Suzanne)

6:15 pm: Englewood Neighborhood Walk

Meet at the community board in the northwest corner of Englewood Park (1260 19th St. NW). The walk moves at a gentle pace and lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, visiting at least one Little Free Library (more info is available at littlefreelibrary.org). Feel free to bring books to share with others! Kids and strollers are welcome. (Walk leaders: Skye and Jessica)

Wednesdays

9:00 am:  Downtown Walk with 350 Salem

Meet at the plaza on the west side of the Salem-Keizer Transit Center on High Street between Chemeketa and Court (click here for a map) and enjoy a 45-minute walk downtown with environmental group 350 Salem. The group will go to Riverfront Park, make a loop around the carousel, and then follow Pringle Creek for a short ways before returning to the Transit Center, for a total of about 1.75 miles. There is an option to continue on to the Wednesday downtown farmers’ market, which is just a block away. (Walk leader: Ray and Roberta)

9:30 am:  Judson Middle School area

Walk through the Faye Wright neighborhood near Judson Middle School (4512 Jones Rd. SE). The group walks about 2 to 3 miles on flat ground with an occasional short hill. It takes them between 45 minutes to an hour. The walk goes rain or shine, but please call ahead (503-364-7021) to let them know that you’re coming and get the address of the meeting point. (Walk leader: Barbara)

11:00 am:  West Salem Walk

Meet in front of the West Salem branch of the Public Library (395 Glen Creek Rd. NW) and walk through Wallace Marine Park, across the Union St. railroad bridge, and back. This is a relatively flat, moderately-paced walk that takes about 45 minutes. (Walk leaders: Nancy and Suzanne)

Thursdays

9:15 am:  LifeSource Natural Foods

Meet on the store’s front patio at 2649 Commercial St. SE. From there, the group will either walk the hills behind the store or go through the historic Pioneer Cemetery. LifeSource rewards each walker with a free piece of fruit when they return from the walk. (Walk leaders: Jim, Rob, and Jaylene)

11:00 am:  West Salem Walk

Meet in front of the West Salem branch of the Public Library (395 Glen Creek Rd. NW) and walk through Wallace Marine Park, across the Union St. railroad bridge, and back. This is a relatively flat, moderately-paced walk that takes about 45 minutes. (Walk leaders: Nancy and Suzanne)

Fridays

8:00 am: Walk with Parents & Principal at Hallman Elementary

This walk starts at Hallman Elementary School (4000 Deerhaven Dr NE, Salem, OR 97303) and circles the block for a moderately-paced, 45-minute walk. Hallman Elementary Principal and Staff are walking with the community to help make their neighborhood a healthier, safer, and more connected place to live, work, and play.

9:30 am:  Judson Middle School area

Walk through the Faye Wright neighborhood near Judson Middle School (4512 Jones Rd. SE). The group walks about 2 to 3 miles on flat ground with an occasional short hill. It takes them between 45 minutes to an hour. The walk goes rain or shine, but please call ahead (503-364-7021) to let them know that you’re coming and get the address of the meeting point. (Walk leader: Barbara)

Saturdays

8:30 am:  Saturday Downtown Walk

Start the weekend with a Saturday morning walk in downtown Salem! Meet in the parking lot behind the First Christian Church (685 Marion St. NE). The group generally goes across the Union St. pedestrian bridge and through Riverfront Park before returning to the church by 9:30 a.m.–a distance of about 2.5 miles. Other options include Bush’s Pasture Park, the State Capitol, the Saturday farmers’ market, and Wallace Marine Park. If it’s raining, the group can choose to stay indoors and stroll the elevated walkways in the Salem Center mall. Parking is available in the lot behind the church. (Walk leaders: Dena and Sandi)

9:00 am:  Walk with the Chemeketans at Minto-Brown Island Park

Meet at the last parking lot (2200 Minto Island Rd. SW). The walk is a moderate-paced, easy 3-4 mile route. For more information about the Chemeketans, visit www.chemeketans.org. (Walk leader: Laura)

Transmission Meditation @ LifeSource Community Room
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm