May 29, 2009


I’m very proud to announce that myself, Kristi Reed and Suzanne Martin, with the Salem Conference Center, have both completed Marion Counties “Master Recycler” program!  This is an 8 week course that we dedicated our time, effort and passion to.  We are now in the process of completing 30 hours of “giving back” to the community, so, if you would like to talk about how we can help make your company or organization become more Earth Friendly- give us a call!   The knowledge we gained from completing this course will be a great asset to the Hotel and Conference Center.  If you are interested in becoming a Master Recycler, please log onto  http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/ES/master.htm.masterrecycler

May 26, 2009

Visit Saturday Market and Wednesday Farmers Market in Downtown Salem


Open Air Markets in Full Season

One of our traditions each summer is to stroll through downtown Salem on a Wednesday or Saturday and peruse through the huge selection wonderful offerings from local farmers, artisans, and merchants. Salem locals take great pride of our Wednesday Farmers Market and Saturday Market. Our guests always enjoy the festive atmosphere as they visit the open markets and take in the local sounds, sights and wonderful smells that is distinctly Downtown Salem. When you stay with us this summer, make sure you add a trip to one or both of these weekly events to your itinerary. These events are not to be missed.

During the week, The Wednesday Farmers’ Market offers Salem residents and visitors fresh locally grown produce, cut flowers, plants, meats, tasty foods and well crafted gifts.   Visitors will always find something fresh and new when shopping the Farmers Market. The Wednesday Farmers Market takes place right around the corner from the Phoenix Grand Hotel and Bentley’s Grill each Wednesday, May- October 10am-2pm on Chemeketa Street NE (Between High & Liberty Streets, NE in Downtown Salem

If you are staying with us over the weekend, we encourage our guests to enjoy the eclectic Salem Saturday Market. The market features over 300 of Oregon’s finest artists, designers, craftsman, bakers, farmers, and florists. Shoppers will find everything from baked goods to organic produce and handmade accessories- the selection is endless.  On this fun outing, guests will also enjoy live music and a delicious assortment of festival food.

The Salem Saturday Market is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through the end of October. It is located at the corner of Summer & Marion Streets NE.

The mission of Salem Saturday Market is to provide growers of agricultural products, producers of locally prepared foods, artisans and crafters with the opportunity, services and sites to market their products; to provide all members of our community with a vibrant gathering place; and to strengthen and encourage community support of local, sustainable agriculture in order to help preserve the Willamette Valley’s unique agricultural heritage.

May 26, 2009

2009 EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration @ The Salem Riverfront Park- just two blocks from the Phoenix Grand Hotel!

4th of July Celebration!

Salem, OR – May 15, 2009 – The 2009 EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration, scheduled for July 3-5, at Riverfront Park in downtown Salem, announces the Friday night, July 3, headline entertainment line-up.

Friday night’s headline entertainment includes Vancouver, WA, recording artist Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters. Branching out as a solo performer and Nashville Songwriters Association Member, Carrie has opened for numerous national acts such as Sugarland, Mark Wills, Keith Anderson, and Heidi Newfield. Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters are scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. on the Riverfront Park Amphitheater Stage.

At 8:15 p.m., the Friday night entertainment continues with Salem’s own “High Point.” High Point is made up of Salem natives Mark Melnichuk, Shane Hall, and John Baldwin. Enjoy rocking music from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today!

Various food and beverage choices will be available beginning at 4:00 p.m. In addition, a fireworks display over the Willamette will be fired at dusk, Friday night, July 3.

Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets, and join us for the greatest and most family-friendly Independence Day celebration and fireworks display in the mid-Willamette Valley.

A suggested donation of $3 per adult will be accepted at entry gates with the proceeds going to sustaining the EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration for years to come.

The 2009 EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration and the City of Salem prohibits pets, cans, glass bottles, personal fireworks, or coolers.


Marketing, Ed Dougherty, EJD Promotions, LLC, 503-510-8989

Corporate Sponsors, Les Williamson, 503-932-3633

Operations, Bruce Bolton, Entertainment Consultants, LLC, 503-910-4487

May 21, 2009

Willamette Valley Wineries Host Memorial Day Weekend Events


Need a reason to visit Salem this Memorial Day Weekend?  Willamette Valley is recognized throughout the world for our vineyards and incredible wines that are produced locally. Our fabulous wineries used to be one of our best kept secrets until Yahoo Travel ranked Willamette Valley’s wine country as one of the best places to visit this year. Memorial Day weekend is the ceremonial start of the summer wine touring season, and we hope you can visit some of these local wineries hosting special events this weekend:

Wineries Memorial Day Weekend Open House
Various wineries in the Willamette Valley
503-581-4325 or 800-874-7012

Memorial Weekend Open House
Redhawk Winery, Salem

Memorial Weekend Open House
Cherry Hill Winery, Rickreall

Memorial Weekend Open House
Cristom Vineyards, Salem

Memorial Weekend Open House
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner
503-588-9463 or 800-344-9463

Wine Tasting Featuring Amity Vineyards Wines
Schreiner’s Gardens, Salem

East Willamette Valley Wine Tour
East Willamette Valley Vineyards and Wineries

May 05, 2009

We want to welcome the 2009 American Water Works Association!

logoThe City of Salem Public Works Department is hosting the 2009 Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association (PNWS-AWWA) May 6-8, 2009, at the Salem Conference Center.

The annual conference provides a platform for approximately 800 drinking water professionals from Oregon, Idaho, and Washington to gain knowledge on relevant and up-and-coming topics, access new innovative products and services, showcase their skills in a variety of competitions, and network with drinking water professionals from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Attendees include public officials and professionals in operations, treatment, quality, resources, research, conservation, customer service, finance, small systems, engineering, and distribution.

The economic impacts to Salem from this conference are significant.

Conference activities begin Monday, May 4, 2009, and continue through Friday, May 8, 2009. Approximately 1000 room-nights are booked locally as a result of this event. Conference organizers are partnering with Travel Salem and Go Downtown to promote First Wednesday and other local businesses and activities.

PNWS-AWWA Trustees will begin to arrive in Salem on Monday and will be recognized at the Salem City Council Meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. Trustees will hold their annual Spring Meeting on Tuesday. Other conference attendees will start to arrive on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Approximately 100 guests will be participating in the annual golf tournament hosted at the Salem Golf Club on Wednesday. Other attendees will be in pre-conference seminars on Wednesday. Still others who are not attending a pre-conference seminar or golfing in the tournament will continue to arrive on Wednesday afternoon.

The PNWS-AWWA Annual Spring Conference provides a continuing education forum for drinking water professionals. The conference is comprised of a two-day technical program offering sessions in all aspects of the drinking water field. Attendees also have the opportunity to attend one of the four full-day seminars available on Wednesday. Hot topics such as climate change, cross connection, emerging contaminants in drinking water, and engineering aspects of water transmission systems are some of the seminars being held. Those attendees that are newer to the industry can attend a half-day seminar on mentoring.

In addition to a diverse technical program, attendees will have access to more than 95 vendors and consultants during the vendor trade show on Wednesday and Thursday. The vendors/consultants showcase up-and-coming products and services to aid drinking water professionals in their daily jobs.

Conference participants also have the opportunity to showcase their

specialized skills through various competitions and events. Four-person

teams compete at the annual Tapping Contest to see who can tap into a pressurized water main with the fastest time and no leaks. This highly competitive event draws a huge crowd as attendees cheer on their favorite teams. For those attendees that are innovative, the Field Ops session is comprised of the latest and greatest operator-made inventions that help folks do their job more efficiently. Another crowd pleasing event is the Top Ops competition on Friday afternoon where teams of water operators compete in a fast paced, question answer based competition showcasing their knowledge in all aspects of the drinking water field. The competition winners in all events will then have the opportunity to represent the Pacific Northwest Section at the national level competitions.

Agencies will also compete for the title of “Best Tasting Water in The Northwest” on Friday afternoon. Judges will determine the best tasting water based on taste, odor, appearance, and aftertaste. Agencies must have won at their subsection level in order to compete at the section conference.

The winner of this event will represent the Northwest at AWWA’s national conference in June.

May 05, 2009

Celebrity Waiter Dinner

If  you’re the waiter,  you’re the Celebrity.  If you’re the guest, your waiter will have been transformed into a Celebrity and their table will be decorated in a matching theme.  Get your friends, co-workers, and all the generous people you know together for great fun, great food and a great cause!

May 30th, 2009  6pm  www.ywcasalem.org/events

Tickets are $40 each or 2 for $75, or $300 for a pre-paid table of 8.

To be a waiter, a sponsor, or a guest, or for more info, contact Wendy Laudette at 503-581-9922 x 314 or wlaudette@ywcasalem.org.


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