Community events in January and February

Want to do something fun this winter? Here are a few events in Salem, Polk County, and  other surrounding areas to get you started!

Figure and Form: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection

Medicine pot, Burkina Faso, possibly Bobo, 20th century, terra cotta, collection of Keith Achepohl, Eugene, Or. Photo courtesy of Willamette University.

January 13 to 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibit is closed on Monday.

If you love art and/or are fascinated with other cultures then this event is for you! This exhibition is a collection of Keith Achepohl and features 17 ceramic vessels. All vessels are made by hand by African potters and are mostly fired in the open. These vessels are created for domestic and ritual use and they represent a deep understanding of process, material, and embellishment.

Salvation Army Kroc Center’s 6th Annual Health Fair

Saturday, January 21 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This free event is all about being and staying healthy. This fair includes fitness demos, health screenings, and vendors showcasing health-related products. If you haven’t had your flu shot yet, they’re also available for free.

Mo’s Crab & Chowder Festival

Saturday thru Sunday, January 28 to 29 at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Because it’s winter, it’s hard to get delicious seafood this time of year. Luckily, Mo’s is holding a festival full of seafood and you don’t even have to travel to the cold weather of the coast! Have a bite of the well-known chowder bowls available at Mo’s, some fresh crab, or other tasty seafoods. There’s live music and dancing for entertainment as you chow down.

Polk County Flea Market
Polk County Flea Market

Polk County Flea Market

Sunday, February 5 at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Since 1970, this has been the traditional country swap meet event many locals look forward to, but it’s definitely open to the public. Whether you’re looking for handmade items, collectibles, or special items that have been around for a while, you just might find a treasure here! There’s new and old items from all types of vendors.

Shaolin Warriors: Martial Arts Performance

Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This mixes traditional martial arts with entertainment as anyone can buy tickets to see the show. Shaolin Warriors is a popular theatrical performance by masters of Kung Fu. More than 20 Kung Fu masters have toured around the world performing in front of millions to share their skills and artistry in this choreographed stage production.

Noises Off

Wednesday thru Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. until February 11.

This comedy by Michael Frayn is based on a play within a play. The play within this play is called Nothing On and is set in “a delightful 16th-century posset mill”. If you’re looking to brighten up your day with something hilarious, this play is recommended! Tickets are $24 for adults and there’s a$1.50 discount for seniors, students, and military.

17th Annual Silverton Poetry Festival Flyer
17th Annual Silverton Poetry Festival Flyer

Silverton Poetry Festival

Friday thru Sunday, February 24 to 26 at 1:45 p.m.

This poetry festival is dedicated to the famous poet William Stafford. The intent is to honor his work by discussing it and relating it to everyday life. There will be guest speakers who were Stafford’s students and they will share what they remember about learning from Stafford. Afterwards, three readers will translate Stafford’s poem, Scars, into their own language and into English. There will be an open mic for anyone in the audience to read their favorite Stafford poem and discuss how that poem is significant to them.

Salem Famous Improv Show

Every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This weekly show is a great, cheap, and hilarious night out! If you need a break from studying, this might be the perfect quick getaway for you. The content of the show is driven by audience suggestions performed by seasoned professionals.

More events can be found at Travel Salem. Let us know if there are any events we missed! We hope your winter term is fun and fulfilling!


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