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Elyssa at WhirLocalThe Mental Benefits of Learning Another Language

The Mental Benefits of Learning Another Language

Did you know that December is "Learn a Foreign Language Month"? What better time to dive into a new language? Whether you're a seasoned polyglot or just starting your linguistic journey, understanding how learning another language can benefit your brain is truly fascinating. Cognitive Enhancement Learning a new …
Elyssa at WhirLocalChoose Local: Why Supporting Small Businesses Matters This Shopping Season

Choose Local: Why Supporting Small Businesses Matters This Shopping Season

As the holiday season approaches, consumers are bombarded with endless Black Friday deals. During these high-profile shopping days, when big box retailers and online giants often dominate the market with massive sales and promotions, choosing to shop at small and local businesses can make a big difference. While Small…
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Dec 8 – 10, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Dec 8 – 10, 2023

Another weekend is nearly upon us in Salem, Oregon, which means there's another great line-up of local events. Here are just a few to add to your calendar! Holiday Sparkles at Powerland Experience the magic of the holiday season at Powerland Heritage Park's Holiday Sparkles drive-thru event! For three weeken…
Elyssa at WhirLocalBeyond Solo Reading: Perks of Book Clubs and How to Start Your Own

Beyond Solo Reading: Perks of Book Clubs and How to Start Your Own

If you like to read, you likely enjoy those cozy solo moments when you get to be fully immersed in a new book. But when the book is over, you might have further questions or feel the urge to talk about what you've just read. Starting or joining a book club can transform your reading experience into a social and insigh…
Elyssa at WhirLocal7 Fun Water-Based Summer Activities for Kids

7 Fun Water-Based Summer Activities for Kids

When summer temperatures soar, finding ways to keep kids cool and entertained becomes essential. Don't worry; we've got you covered! These seven exciting water-based summer activities will ensure your kids (or any big kids at heart) stay cool and have a blast all season long. Water Balloon Frenzy A water balloon…
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Dec 1 - 3, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Dec 1 - 3, 2023

December is nearly upon us in Salem, Oregon, and with it comes a magical transformation of the city. The streets twinkle with festive lights and decor, the air is filled with the sound of laughter and togetherness, and there's a great line-up of local events to usher in the holiday season. Downtown Salem Holid…
Elyssa at WhirLocalWays to Support Local Artists and the Arts

Ways to Support Local Artists and the Arts

Do you love art and want to support the local art scene in your neighborhood? If your answer is a resounding “YES!” we have five ideas to help you do just that. Attend Local Art Shows or Pop-up Art Gallery Exhibits A great way to support the local art scene is by attending art shows or art gallery exhibits i…
Elyssa at WhirLocal3 Reasons to Donate To Your Local Thrift Store

3 Reasons to Donate To Your Local Thrift Store

Spring cleaning season is among us, which means it's time to figure out what to do with your unwanted items. Instead of letting your items pile up in storage or be thrown away, you should consider donating them to a local thrift store. If your items are desirable and still in good condition, there are many benefits to…
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Nov 24 – 26, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Nov 24 – 26, 2023

From the team at WhirLocal Salem, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you—our local Salem community of friends and businesses that we know, like, and trust. After the Thanksgiving holiday is over, let the good times keep coming! Here are a few local events happening over the …
Elyssa at WhirLocal4 Ways You Can Support the Art Scene in Your Area

4 Ways You Can Support the Art Scene in Your Area

Do you love art and want to support the local art scene in your neighborhood? If your answer is a resounding "YES!" we have four ideas to help you do just that. Attend Local Art Shows or Pop-up Art Gallery Exhibits A great way to support the local art scene is by attending art shows or art gallery exhibits in yo…
Elyssa at WhirLocal3 Family-Friendly Fall Activities

3 Family-Friendly Fall Activities

Have you seen the leaves changing? Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes cooler weather, the return of school for some, and fun seasonal activities. Looking for family-friendly fall activities to do this season? Look no further! Here are a few of our favorite ideas. 1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch Going to …
Elyssa at WhirLocal10 Must-Haves for Day Hikes

10 Must-Haves for Day Hikes

Day hiking is an excellent way to get outside and enjoy nature. It can also be a great opportunity to exercise, explore new hiking trails, and spend time with friends or family. If you are planning a day hike soon, we've compiled a list of 10 must-haves that will make all the difference! 1. Good Shoes or Hiking Boo…
Elyssa at WhirLocal6 Great Reasons to Support Your Local Public Library

6 Great Reasons to Support Your Local Public Library

Many people are unaware of the benefits public libraries provide to communities. From free Internet use to library programs for all ages, the library has something for everyone! Let's discuss 6 great reasons why you should visit and support the library in your community. 1. Free library cards It's true—most pu…
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Nov 17 – 19, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Nov 17 – 19, 2023

Looking for something to do in Salem, Oregon this weekend? Here are 10 great events to add to your calendar. Live Performance - Native Stories with Ed Edmo Join Keizer Cultural Center in celebrating Native American Heritage Month as they welcome Ed Edmo, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, for a series…
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Nov 10 – 12, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Nov 10 – 12, 2023

As November unfolds, Salem, Oregon continues to be a hub of exciting events and activities. Get ready to dive into a weekend filled with memorable experiences, starting right here with these upcoming local events. Heart of the Valley Home & Garden Show Come and be part of the Heart of the Valley Fall 202…
Elyssa at WhirLocalIndoor Children's Activities in Salem, Oregon to Save for a Rainy Day

Indoor Children's Activities in Salem, Oregon to Save for a Rainy Day

The rain is back in Salem and likely here to stay for a while, but that doesn't mean rainy days have to be a bummer for the kiddos! There's a treasure trove of indoor activities to explore right in your own neighborhood. Let's dive into a few local spots that can turn dreary days into indoor adventures and lasting mem…
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Nov 3 - 5, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Nov 3 - 5, 2023

It's the beginning of a new month, and November brings another fresh wave of local events to Salem, Oregon. Whether you're in the mood for family-friendly activities, unique shopping experiences, art shows, or musical performances, Salem has something on the calendar for everyone. Quiltopia Oregon Quilt Show a…
Tim FahndrichThings to do in Salem, OR // Oct 27 - 29, 2023

Things to do in Salem, OR // Oct 27 - 29, 2023

Get ready for an action-packed weekend of excitement and entertainment in Salem! From thrilling Halloween celebrations to family-friendly gatherings and unique shopping experiences, this weekend has it all. Salem is buzzing with events that promise unforgettable moments and cherished memories. So, grab your calendar, …
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Oct 20 - 22, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Oct 20 - 22, 2023

The weekend is almost here, Salemites! Here are a few events that are going on in the area. The Great Junk Hunt Prepare for the excitement and sheer joy of remarkable discoveries! At the Great Junk Hunt, your treasure-hunting adventure awaits, promising not only fabulous vintage finds and unique home decor b…
Elyssa at WhirLocal5 Harvest Festivals and Pumpkin Patches in the Salem, Oregon Area

5 Harvest Festivals and Pumpkin Patches in the Salem, Oregon Area

Fall is in full swing in Salem, Oregon, and the city and surrounding areas are bustling with seasonal delights. Whether you're looking to find the perfect pumpkin, navigate a twisting corn maze, spend time with cute farm animals, or simply savor the flavors of autumn, this guide to the area's best pumpkin patches and …
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Oct 13 – 15, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Oct 13 – 15, 2023

As we get further into October, we've got another great line-up of upcoming events in Salem, Oregon. Let's take a look at what's happening this weekend! Capital Pioneers Meet and Greet at Icarus Stop in at Icarus Wings & Things on Friday for a meet and greet event with the players of the Capital Pioneers…
Elyssa at WhirLocalThings to do in Salem, Oregon // Oct 6 – 8, 2023

Things to do in Salem, Oregon // Oct 6 – 8, 2023

It's that time of the week again—time to look ahead to the weekend's upcoming events in Salem, Oregon! Let's take a look at what's going on in and around the Salem area. Fall Book Sale - Friends of Salem Public Library Discover an abundant collection of books, CDs, DVDs, and more at the upcoming Friends o…