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WhirLocal Salem

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222 Commercial St NE PMB 2303
Salem, Oregon 97301

After last weekend’s snowy weather kept many indoors, Salem is buzzing with excitement for this weekend’s lineup of events. It’s a perfect opportunity to shake off the cabin fever and enjoy what the community has to offer!

Brighton Beach Memoirs

“Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Pentacle Theatre

Frosty weather may have forced the cancellation of opening weekend, but the show must go on! Pentacle Theatre proudly begins its 70th Season with a production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” directed by Jo Dodge. “Brighton Beach Memoirs is part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy — a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937, living with his family in a crowded, lower-middle-class Brooklyn home. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene copes with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn, his formidable mother, his overworked father and his worldly older brother, Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style” (Concord Theatrical).

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Date: January 19 – 21, 2024
Time:  Thurs – Sat 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Sun 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Pentacle Theatre // 324 52nd Ave NW, Salem, OR 97304
Cost: Ticket prices vary (view ticket information)

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Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s Party at The Silver Inn

Get set for a blast from the past at The Silver Inn’s 80s Party on January 19th! Starting at 8:00 PM, this event promises a night of retro fun and nostalgia. Dress in your best 80s gear for a chance to win the costume contest and cool prizes. Enjoy the night with special 80s-themed drinks, dance to classic tunes, and sing along during the karaoke session. Don’t miss out on this night of 80s vibes, laughter, and memories at The Silver Inn!

Date: January 19, 2024
Time:  8:00 PM
Location: The Silver Inn // 3788 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR
Cost: FREE

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Kroc Center Health Fair

FREE Kroc Health Fair 2024

Join the Salem Kroc Center on January 20th for their annual Kroc Health Fair, offering free health screenings and a free day pass for family activities—including swimming. Attendees can explore various health and wellness resources and enjoy fitness demos and screenings from providers like Acorn Pediatric Dentistry, OHSU, and Salem Health. Special membership offers are available, and the event is a fantastic opportunity to kickstart health for the whole family in 2024.

Date: January 20, 2024
Time:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: The Kroc Center Salem // 1865 Bill Frey Dr, Salem, OR 97301
Cost: FREE

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Wedding Showcase & Dress Sale

Wedding Showcase and Dress Sale (Plus Free Cake Tasting)

The Chic Bride is hosting a bridal shopping and wedding season kickoff event. Attendees can explore a selection of bridal gowns, enjoy free cake tasting from Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes (YUM!), and sip on mimosas from Just Us Girls. There will also be guest wedding vendors present. It’s a great way for those planning their special day to get ideas and inspiration.

Date: January 20, 2024
Time:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: The Chic Bride // 2195 Hyacinth St NE #100, Salem, OR
Cost: FREE

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Best Books 2023

Best Books 2023

Also rescheduled after the wintry weekend, join three Salem Public Library librarians for an engaging presentation showcasing the top books of 2023! This lively event will feature book selections voted on by library staff, patrons, and critics. Attendees will have the opportunity to check out copies of many of these acclaimed titles. This free program welcomes everyone, with seating offered on a first-come, first-served basis. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Date: January 20, 2024
Time:  2:00 PM
Location: Salem Public Library // 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301
Cost: FREE

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Live Music at Infinity Room

Daniel Jones with Jordan Taylor Roach and David Stefanik

Enjoy live music at Infinity Room featuring Daniel Jones, Jordan Taylor Roach, and David Stefanik, all talented singer/songwriters from Oregon. Advance tickets are $12, or $15 at the door for this 21+ event. The venue offers a full kitchen and bar menu. Accommodations like ASL interpretation are available on request. No outside food is permitted, and valid ID is required for alcohol purchases.

Date: January 20, 2024
Time:  Doors open at 7:30 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM.
Location: Infinity Room // 440 Ferry St SE, Salem, OR 97301
Cost: $12 adv, $15 day of show (view ticket information)

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Generation X Video Dance Party

Gen-X Video Dance Party Make Music Salem Fundraiser

Get ready for a Gen-X Video Dance Party hosted by Make Music Salem! Dance with your friends to your favorite 80s and 90s hits with their original videos. This event doubles as a fundraiser for Make Music Day Salem, featuring DJ 42 from 105.5 FM The Moon. It’s an all-ages event, with adult beverages available for those with ID—thanks to Taproot Old Mill Cafe. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Join the fun at the Willamette Heritage Center on the 20th.

Date: January 20, 2024
Time:  Doors open at 6:00 PM, music starts at 7:00 PM
Location: Willamette Heritage Center – The Spinning Room // 1313 Mill St SE Ste 200, Salem, OR
Cost: $10 presale, $12 at the door (view ticket information)

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Put your snow gear away and grab your rain jackets, Salem—let’s step out into the weekend and embrace the local community events happening around town!

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