Day: June 28, 2012

Summer concert series begins this weekend

A free concert series returns to the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park this summer. This year’s shows include rock, gospel, country, blues and more. The series is sponsored by the City of Keizer, CenturyLink, Gilgamesh Brewing and Salem Electric. Promoters are KRA. All the shows at Keizer Rapids Park are free and open to the public. They all kick off at 6:30 p.m., and gates open at 5 p.m. Food, beer, wine and liquor available at most shows. Patrick Lamb, a Portland-based artist, is just one of the big additions to this year’s lineup. Among the unique new events are Shakespeare in the Park and Movies in the Park. The Shakespeare production features MacBeth as performed by Keizer Homegrown Theatre. The movie has yet to be decided. Clint Holland of KRA said JFK drew a crowd of 650 last year and the Ty Curtis Band brought in nearly 800 fans. He hopes turnout gets even better this year. “We’re trying to add one big-time band each year,” he said. The concert schedule runs through Labor Day, here’s the full line-up: June 30 – High Point – Top 40 rock and blues. Sponsored by Advantage Precast. July 14 – JFK – High energy hard rock. Sponsored by West Coast Bank. July 21 – Five of Clubs – Classic rock and blues. July 27 & 28 – Shakespeare in the Park – Keizer...

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More than just a view at McNary Restaurant

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Having owned McNary Restaurant and Lounge for a year now, owner David Zahradnik thinks he’s found the formula for success. A Keizerite for most of his life, his family moved to McNary Estates in 1990, and he played on the golf course for years. He was a varsity member of McNary High School’s golf team and bought his own house in the development a few years back. He sees three distinct audiences: The residents of McNary Estates, golfers and the larger communities of Keizer and Salem. His first step was to establish breakfast as a cornerstone for the business, then added quick-serve lunch items like sandwiches, burgers, soup, salad and wraps. His aim at midday is to attract the lunch-hour crowd, getting them in and out in a timely fashion. Dinner brings on dishes like steak, grilled salmon, pork ribs, meatloaf, teriyaki chicken, seafood combos and several pastas, including a macaroni and cheese with three cheeses and bacon. Zahradnik’s personal favorite courses include the reuben sandwich for lunch, and for dinner the ribeye steak and the chicken and shrimp rustica – sauteed with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes. The chicken parmesan, which can be served in several ways, is also popular. McNary Restaurant’s menu features a handful of vegetarian dishes, and they’re working on adding more gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly items. Then there’s the view....

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Councilor Smith says he won’t seek second term

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  Brandon Smith announced he will not seek re-election to the Keizer City Council seat he’s held since 2007. Smith, 40, said he’s looking forward to spending time with his family, which includes a brand new grandson born just last week. But he’s proud of the changes that have taken place during his tenure on council. “We have a beautiful new civic center, an amphitheater for public performances, new events like Good Vibrations and the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade, and a public art program,” he said. Smith also touted “less glamorous” projects like an updated Transportation Systems Plan, expanding public television offerings and a stable budget. He also thanked fellow city councilors, who “have educated, collaborated, argued, mentored and laughed with me over these last five years.” First appointed after Troy Nichols resigned to take a job out of state, Smith won a full term in 2008, easily beating Marty Matiskainen. He’s not necessarily done with elected office and enjoys being on the council, he said, but it’s time to focus on family. In the meantime he’s considering applying to be on a committee once his term expires at the end of the year, or even forming a neighborhood association in his area of east Keizer, just off Chemawa Road N. “I have lots of ideas and plans and things I can do...

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