Day: August 7, 2013

6th annual RIVERfair adds new events in ‘13

The sixth annual RIVERfair will be held on Saturday, August 10 at Keizer Rapids Park. The one-day festival will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; admission is free. Parking is available at the park. Staged by the Making Keizer Better Foundation, RIVERfair will feature vendor booths, live entertainment, a beer and wine garden, a disc golf tournament presented by the Professional Disc Golf Association and other activities for all ages. An off-site element of the festival is the RIVERfair Cruz-In, a car show that will  be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Schoolhouse Square parking lot at the corner of River and Chemawa Roads. Car owners can still enter their vehicles into the show by calling Paul Pfinister at 503-949-8751. 1430 KYKN will be broadcasting live from the Cruz-In and the RIVERfair site. Two new events have been added for 2013: a 5K run/walk and river paddle and an American Volkssport-sanctioned walk. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the August 2 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Hero (costumer) for hire

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Give Casey Ocupe a bit of time, leather and resin hardener and he’ll turn you into a superhero. “I’ve been really crafty since I was young, always building things from Legos that weren’t in the instructions. I would make cars and spaceships out of cardboard and duct tape and crayons and imagine I was flying or riding them,” Ocupe said. These days Ocupe works out of a loft in a small business park on Cherry Avenue in Keizer where he turns out replica superhero costume components like masks and chest armor for clients looking for a bit of escape from the humdrum everyday existence. “I’m not interested in the latest trending costumes, I like the classics like Batman and Superman,” Ocupe said. His latest project is a full-scale replica of the proton packs worn by the Ghostbusters that he plans to retail for about $200. His first crack at the piece weighs about 10 pounds without the vacuum-formed plastic that will become the exterior. Ocupe learned most of the techniques he currently employs by watching instructional videos on YouTube and then putting his own spin on them. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the August 2 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print...

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