by Jessie Leckie Degler
Celebrate your heritage, or learn more about your neighbors! From A-Z this week there are events from American Indian culture to Zimbabwe! Learn about Scandanavian doings, playing basketball, communicating with animals! Walk, Run or Race in these amazing things to do in the Willamette Valley:
1. Siletz Pow Wow - Siletz, Oregon
Aug 10, 11 & 12
The public is invited to attend this free family-friendly event, a tradition for the Siletz people and other American Indians.
2. Back to School Family Health Fair - Salem, Oregon
Aug 11, 2018
free resources for kids: backpacks & school supplies; vision & dental screenings; bike rodeo and helmet giveaway; and family fun activities!
3. Zimfest - Salem, Oregon
Zimbabwean music festival is family-friendly with three days of dynamic concerts, fun educational workshops, African marketplace and more.
4. 58th Annual Scandinavian Festival - Junction City
August 9 – August 12
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday hours are 10am-10pm, and Sunday is 9am-9pm
FREE ADMISSION enjoy tasty food and beverages, entertainment and arts and crafts!
5. Animal Communication Clinic - Scio, Oregon
Aug 11, 2018 - 1pm to 4pm
a delightful afternoon learning basic techniques and tips to get you started right away in communicating with animals of any species
Tickets are $45. All funds go towards the care of the wonderful animals who call Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary home. Purchase your tickets here:
6. Polk County Fair - Rickreall, Oregon
Aug 9-11, 2018 - 10am-10pm
Adults 16 + $8.00**
Juniors 11-15 $5.00
Seniors 62+ $5.00
10 and Under Free
7. NWB Grudge Race - Albany Sand Drags - Albany, Oregon
AUG 11-13, 2018
Grudge racing begins at 7-8pm
$10 spectator entry
$30 per rider entry.
Riders must be 12 or older
8. High Street Hustle 8k 5k 1k - Salem, Oregon
Saturday August 11, 2018 at 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Run, walk, or race on the streets of scenic Salem Oregon in the 4th Annual High Street Hustle.
9. Nearby Nature Walks: Englewood Forest Festival - Salem, Oregon
Saturday, August 11 at 11 AM - 6 PM
Englewood City Park
1260 19th St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
Nature walks at Noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for families attending the festival. Learn about the park's Douglas-firs, Oregon white oaks, and visit the Englewood Garden. nature art activity.Hablamos español.
FREE to attend the Englewood Forest Festival and our Nearby Nature walks.
To learn more, call 503-779-5227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Youth Warrior Challenge - Springfield, Oregon
Saturday August 11, 2018 at 9 AM - 12 PM
Competition includes running, strength test, flexibility challenges, climbing race, communication and team spirit.
Ages 6-12. $15 in-district/ $18 out-district
More info and to register, visit
11. Albany Girls & Boys Club “Hoop Jam Basketball Tournament”- Albany, Oregon
August 11 & 12, 2018 -
Hoop Jam 2018, is a 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in Albany, at the Heritage Mall
12. Lebanon Downtown Farmers' Market Power of Produce Kids Club- Lebanon, Oregon
Aug 9, 2018 - 2pm - 6pm
Kids ages 4-12 will be able to do a fun and educational activity and then receive tokens to be used for Fresh produce or plant starts at the market.
13. Summer Art Tent for Kids - Salem, Oregon
Fridays until August 31
Kid focused art activities in clay, watercolor, collage and more will be offered at the Summer Art Tent this July and August. Join artist Nancy Kurz every Friday morning July 27-August 31
14. Whitewind's Wild West. - Silverton, Oregon
August 11-12 &18-19.
This is a period show from 1840-1900. It includes the Wild Bill’s Stunt show, trick riders, trick ropers, sharp shooting, quick draw, western merchants, a saloon, 3 stages of continual entertainment, Music, Singers, Dancers, Magician, comedians, juggler, food, kids games, old time bull riding machine, shooting gallery, Civil War, Indians, Cowboys, AND Steampunk!