Day: June 30, 2011

Where to find fireworks shows all weekend long

While the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are on the road on the Fourth of July, they’re setting off fireworks at all three games Friday-Sunday at Volcanoes Stadium. Game time is 7:05 for all three contests; fireworks come after the game. Friday and Saturday’s games come against the Everett Aquasox, while the Volcanoes face the Vancouver Canadians on Sunday, July 3. Looking elsewhere in the mid-valley and beyond: JULY 1 The 88th Annual Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo brings the first of four days of fireworks. The rodeo is at 815 Shirley Street in Molalla. In Woodburn, gunpowder launches at 9:30 p.m. at Woodburn Company Stores. Event is free, with special sales in various outlet stores kicking off at 8 p.m.   JULY 2 And the 88th Annual Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo brings the second of four days of fireworks. On the coast, Pacific City gets in on the act.   JULY 3 In St. Paul, there’s a fireworks display on July 3 as part of the St. Paul Rodeo. And in Independence, day one of two days of fireworks displays start at dusk as part of Independence Days, a four-day festival that includes a Fourth of July Hometown Parade, carnival, vendors, live music, games and art shows. In Molalla, day three of the Buckaroo Rodeo brings more fireworks. And The Oregon Garden is shooting off fireworks to celebrate 10 years in Silverton as part...

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Making a splash this summer

How to cool off in Keizer & Salem Parks and pools in both Salem and Keizer offer plenty of ways to cool off this summer. Salem have five splash fountains in its parks, and Keizer has one behind the civic center on Chemawa Road NE. In Salem, fountains at River Road Park and Riverfront are open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, while Fairmount, Northgate and Wes Bennett parks are operating noon – 8 p.m. Englewood Park opens June 30 and will operate noon – 8 p.m. All are open every day. If you wanna splash around in Keizer, first check the forecasted temperature: If it’s 75 degrees or up, come on in! The fountain will be open 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, then July 4th weekend, then every Wednesday-Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Updated information will be posted at For a more immersive experience hit up two public swimming pools in the area:  The Salem Kroc Center (503-566-5762) at 1865 Bill Frey Drive NE, and the Olinger Pool (503-588-6332) at 1310 A Street NE. Rates at the Kroc Center are $5 for a day pass. Starting July 1 that goes up to $7 for those aged 18-61, kids and those 62 and up remain at $5. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday noon-6 p.m.,  reopening at 7 p.m. and going until 9 p.m. Fridays the pool...

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