Author: Lyndon Zaitz

A little Mozart?

The Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre at Keizer Rapids Park is fulfilling its vision of bringing concerts and other events to its stage. So far the music has been rock and roll—both oldies and contemporary.  After this season’s schedule, which is already set, the city and schedulers of the amphitheatre should strive to mix up the shows. Children’s theatre, Shakespeare in the park and classical music have often been mentioned as possible shows.  Rock and roll shows have brought the people to the park.  There are other entertainment seekers whose needs are not being met. Next summer we would like to see a string quartet or a symphony present a show that people can enjoy while dining out of a picnic basket.  The amphitheatre is an asset that should expand its offerings so everyone feels welcome to come, sit and...

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Construction company needs help for Extreme Makeover

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is coming to the Mid-Willamette Valley. Full details had not yet been released as of press time, but a builder has been selected. Rich Duncan Construction will lead the effort and needs volunteers to help complete the task. Needed are everyone from concrete finishers to electricians and painters. To volunteer or learn more, visit www.richduncanconstruction.com. Hosted by Ty Pennington, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has aired on ABC since...

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Is your chili the best? Find out on Saturday

By LYNDON ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes Florence Carter’s suggestion has grown from a little wine tasting into a full-blown chili cook-off at her son John’s restaurant, Tuff Ranch BBQ, at McNary Golf Club. The first Spicy Pepper Chili Cook-off and Wine and Beer Festival will take over the patio at Tuff Ranch from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. The public is invited to bring their best chili or salsa to the cook-off. There will be no cooking at the event; contestants will cook prepare their chili at home and bring their entries to Tuff Ranch BBQ. Entrants should plan on bringing “a few gallons of chili to sample,” said Carter. Those entering a salsa should also bring enough for 150 people to sample. Admission and sampling of the chili and salsa entries is free. Cost to enter the cook-off is $5 for each entry with an unlimited number of entries per person. Along with the chili and salsa contest more than 10 area wineries and four breweries will display their products.  A 5-ounce beer or a 3-ounce wine will each cost $4. Each winery will have bottles of several varietals for sale. Food Services of America (FSA) and Sysco have donated ribs, chicken, and pork for the event.  Food will be sold throughout the day aside from the cook-off entries. The evening will be capped...

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Tell us how

Every politician has their ‘applause line,’ the part of a speech that gets a fevered reaction from their intended audiences. These days most politicians seeking votes and support talk about creating or attracting jobs—“We must create living wage jobs” or  something akin to “Our future depends on attracting jobs.” What’s often missing from this is a lack of specifics.  We want to know how these polticians would create or attract jobs in Oregon in general and in Marion County and Keizer in particular. Coming out for more jobs in a recession is like coming out strongly for motherhood, baseball and apple pie. It’s an easy stand to take but the devil is in the details. Every county and city wants new jobs.  Oregon’s unemployment rate stands stubbornly above 10 percent.  The public calls for cutting government at every level, but cutting government means cutting jobs.  Those public employees let go will end up chasing the few jobs that come open or in line at the unemployment office. Government can not force business to create jobs. Government (which means us, the citizens) can create the environment for business to be confident enough to plan on adding jobs. Those in the public eye do a disservice when they say things like “when the economy rebounds” or “when the recession is over.”  We all need to realize that we are currently in...

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Learning something

Warmer weather is finally here in our area, school is out and everyone is in vacation mode.  The last thing anyone wants to do is learn anything.  Learning’s for school. The 4th of July holiday weekend in Keizer offers a fun way for kids and adults alike to learn something without it seeming like school. The Northwest Civil War Council is staging its annual reenactment at Willamette Mission State Park just north of Keizer through Monday, July 5. For the past 20 years the Council has erected Union and Confederate camps complete with actors portraying military and civilian personnel including women and children.  Each is eager to answer questions about the Civil War era and each is knowledgeable about the part they play. The Civil War reenactment is like an amusement park for history buffs.  Kids enjoy it because it is like the ultimate game of army; when the army comes onto the field with drums and bugles and a battle ensues, it’s an action movie come to life.  Kids will learn something about one of America’s important events and never once realize they are actually learning something—in summer. It’s not just the young ones who can thrill at the camps, the battles and the scene.  The reenactment is the perfect summer diversion for grown-ups, too. The reenactment is one of the few large events that Keizerites can enjoy...

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