Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, March 13, 2015, Image 2

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Comcast helping Big Toy project
presented by
UFC 185
Pettis vs. Dos Anjos
—–———— 21 & OVER ——————
Live Fights at 5 pm – Tickets $12
All Ages Replay at 10:15 pm – Tix $8
Reserved Seats Available Now Online
March 21,
at 11:00 am
Sensory Sensitive Showings are designed
specifi cally for customers with autism
and other special sensory needs.
Lights, Comedy, Laughs!
Saturday, April 4th
perform at 7pm and 9pm. Admission is
only $10. Ages 21 & over only. Reserved
seating for this show. Purchase tickets at
box offi ce or at our website.
Today in History
Astronomer William Hershel discovers Uranus, the seventh
planet from the sun.
— March 13, 1781
Food 4 Thought
“Only two things are infi nite, the universe and human
stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
— Albert Einstein
The Month Ahead
Through Thursday, March 28
Keizer Art Association presents its March show: Home is
Where the Heart Is at the Enid Joy Mount Gallery. Gallery
hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pentacle Theatre’s run of The New Mel Brooks Musical:
Young Frankenstein, directed by Robert Salberg. Tickets
are $24. Visit for show times and
Through Tuesday, March 31
Vintage hats, glove and handbags from the private collection
of Kathe Leigh Mash on display at Keizer Heritage Museum.
2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.
Friday, March 13
Pinot for the Parks, fundraiser for Keizer Parks Foundation
benefi tting the Big Toy project. Starts at 6 p.m. at Keizer
Civic Center. Tickets $25 each.
Friday, March 13 – Saturday, March 14
Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m - 6 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m. –
1 p.m., Saturday at Bauman Farms, 12989 Howell Prairie
Road in Gervais.
Saturday, March 14
Rossini’s La Donna del Lago based on the novel by Sir
Walter Scott starts at 9:55 a.m. at Regal Santiam Stadium
11, 365 Lancaster Drive SE. Tickets are available at the door,
$22 for seniors and $26 for general. (503) 983-6030.
Willamette Valley Genealogical Society meets at 10:30
a.m. at the Life Source Community Room at Candalaria
Terrace, 2661 Commercial Street SE, Salem. There will be
a tour of the offi ce space at Candalaria Terrace. For more
information, call (503) 363-0880.
Sons of Norway potluck, 6:30 p.m., Salem Masonic
Temple, 1625 Brush College Rd. N.W. 503-910-3302.
The Salem Pops Orchestra presents Gypsy Fiddles at the
Grand Theatre, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Sunday, March 15
Downton Abbey Tea at 11 a.m. at Deepwood Estate.
Salem Concert Band presents Historic Elsinore Theater In
The Steps of Sousa at 3:00 p.m. at Elsinore Theater, 170
High Street SE. For tickets and more information call (503)
362-0485 or go to
Monday, March 16
Keizer City Council meeting, 7 p.m. in council chambers at
Keizer Civic Center.
Tuesday, March 17
Keizer Points of Interest Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m. in
council chambers at Keizer Civic Center.
Free admission day at Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State
St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit
for exhibit details.
Thursday, March 19
Volunteer Coordinating Committee meeting, 6 p.m. in
council chambers at Keizer Civic Center.
Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting, 7 p.m.
at Gubser Elementary School.
Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 21
The annual Deepwood Estate Erythronium and native plant
sale will be held from 10 am. to 3 p.m. both days at the
estate at Mission and 12th Streets in Salem. 503-363-1825. Free admission.
Saturday, March 21
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus LIVE! Starring
Peter Story in the theatrical comedy based on the best-
selling book. Begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Historic Elsinore.
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Of the Keizertimes
A cable TV company
learned about a big park project
in Keizer thanks to e-mail.
That led to Tim Goodman,
director of Government Affairs
for Comcast Cable in Oregon
and Southwest Washington,
publicly thanking Janet Carl-
son at the March 2 Keizer City
Council meeting.
Carlson, the Marion County
commissioner, is co-chair of
the fundraising task force for
the Big Toy playground project,
scheduled to be built by com-
munity volunteers over a fi ve-
day period in June at Keizer
Rapids Park.
Part of the public thanking
included a $1,000 check and a
pledge to help in the future.
“Sometime back in the early
fall Commissioner Carlson e-
mailed me some information
about a park here in Keizer, that
you guys were developing a Big
Toy,” Goodman said. “She indi-
cated some fi nancial help might
be needed. Upon her request, I
put in a request to Comcast.
I was able to get a little bit of
But that wasn’t all.
“In addition to that, I believe
you guys are looking at a June
construction date,” Goodman
said. “I talked to our local tech
op who manages all the local
(Comcast) cable guys in Sa-
lem-Keizer. They are interested
in putting together a team to
come help ya’ll put it together.”
Goodman then explained
why he wanted to do the pre-
sentation while sitting next to
“I have to give Commis-
sioner Carlson credit, because
we wouldn’t have known about
it if it hadn’t been for her bend-
ing my ear a little bit,” he said.
“I’ve had the check with me
for a couple of months, but
we were trying to coordinate
a time when we could both be
here together. I have a check
for $1,000 I wanted to give
you tonight, and a commitment
for a work crew for when you
do the construction in June.
That’s why we’re here tonight.
I wanted to give her some rec-
Carlson noted she had re-
sponded to what seemed like
an open invitation from Good-
“When he asked me, ‘What
can we do to help in Marion
County?’ I said, well, we’ve
been working on this project in
Keizer,” Carlson said.
According to Goodman, the
project hit a nerve for him since
he was formerly a parks and
recreation person for 14 years
in California.
“We did a project similar to
this back in the day,” Goodman
said. “I know how this works. I
have a check for whoever wants
to take it.”
Mayor Cathy Clark had
councilor Marlene Quinn,
chair of the Community Build
Task Force, accept the check
and pose for a picture with
Goodman and Carlson.
The following evening,
Carlson gave a fundraising up-
date during the monthly CBTF
meeting. Carlson noted she’ll
be talking about the project this
spring on Comcast Newsmak-
ers, while fundraising co-chair
Richard Walsh has been talk-
ing to churches about getting
volunteers for the June 10 to
Tim Goodman (left) from Comcast thanked Janet Carlson
(right) and pledged his company’s support to the Big Toy
project during the March 2 Keizer City Council meeting.
14 build dates. She also com-
mended former mayor Lore
Christopher for “going like
gangbusters” in getting fi nan-
cial commitments.
According to fi gures from
Carlson, recent contributions
have included $2,500 from
Mountain West Investment
Corporation, an additional
$2,000 from Keizer Rotary
for a swing set (in addition to
$30,000 already contributed by
Rotary to the project), $5,000
from Keizer Elks for a log
cabin, $1,000 from Northwest
League of Professional Baseball
for a bench and $8,000 from
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for a
new volcano slide, which was
highlighted in last week’s Keiz-
Carlson’s fi gures show more
than $223,000 has been raised.
With the budget recently being
lowered to $319,000 in light of
a cheaper surface, approximate-
ly 70 percent of the funds have
been raised.
“This is looking real good,”
Carlson said.
Carlson noted sometimes
additional funding ends up be-
ing a wash, as exemplifi ed by
the funding from the Volcanoes.
“Another interesting thing
is sometimes there are puts and
takes,” she said. “The Volcanoes
are providing money, but that’s
also an expense we didn’t have
Carlson also emphasized
fundraising isn’t necessarily
done once build date arrives.
“Even if we don’t reach the
$95,000 left to raise by then,
there will still be people who
want to donate later once it is
built,” she said. “We’re not go-
ing to say it’s over until it’s over.
The build date is not the end
date for fundraising. We will
probably need to think of on-
going maintenance costs and
grants for activities in the park.
June may not be the end.”
Road trip for Arts Commission
Of the Keizertimes
There have been tours of
Keizer organized by city groups
like the Keizer Parks and Rec-
reation Board.
But one of the city groups
organizing a road trip? That’s a
bit more unusual.
The Keizer Arts Commis-
sion – soon to be renamed
Keizer Public Arts Commis-
sion – has scheduled a March
26 road trip to Grand Ronde.
The purpose? To look at to-
The Keizer City Council
will consider a supplemental
budget for the 2014-15 fi scal
year budget at its meeting on
Monday, March 16. The meet-
ing will take place at 7 p.m.
in council chambers at Keizer
Civic Center.
in the KT
Councilors won’t buy
library building
A building purchase proposal
for the Keizer Community
Library was rejected by city
councilors, saying the city
simply didn’t have the money.
tem pole art.
In case your fi rst question is
why an art group from Keizer
would be traveling to look at
totem poles, the answer is ac-
tually simple. There are two
Douglas fi rs in front of the
Keizer Civic Center that were
trimmed a couple of months
Jill Hagen and Lore Chris-
topher from the KAC have a
shared vision of a local artist
doing art on one of the trees,
with members of a local tribe
doing art on the other. Ha-
gen has been in contact with
a Grand Ronde tribal group
to explore the idea of doing a
totem pole in front of city hall.
During the Feb. 24 KAC
meeting, Hagen gave her up-
“They want us as a com-
mission to go out there and
see the standing totems they
have in Grand Ronde,” Hagen
said. “They want us to visit as a
group, do a presentation to us
and then do a presentation to
our group here. They said the
images they’d be using are more
authentic and local to this area.
They would approach us in a
sacred manner.”
A potential issue would have
to be worked out.
“The pieces would have to
come down for carving,” Ha-
gen said. “Pine is not the best
thing (for carving) because it
has knots. They like cedar the
As such, Hagen said the
current standing Douglas fi r
wouldn’t be good.
“They want it to be on the
ground level while they work
on it,” she said. “These are
standing. That will not work for
KAC member Rick Day,
owner of Advantage Precast in
Keizer, said cedar logs could be
put up once they are fi nished
on the ground.
“We could do concrete
pits and then put the wood in
there,” Day said.
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Blueprint for River
Road unveiled
Renaissance project would
“set the table” for developers
to overhaul and update the
city’s business core. The plan
calls for creating a chain of
fi ve commercial districts each
with a different ambiance and
focal points.
Woman tracks erratic
driver to drug cache
A call from a 19-year-old
Keizer woman resulted in a
major drug bust at a home near
McNary High School. Police
found suspected heroine
marijuana and a .357 Magnum
Police phone delays
get council attention
City offi cials pledged to try
to improve the Keizer Police
system, which they concede
has frustrated many callers to
the department.
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Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Part 1 (PG-13) Fri 6:00,
Sat 5:15, 10:15, Sun 5:45
The Hobbit: Battle of the
5 Armies (PG-13) Fri 8:45, Sat
2:10, 7:40, 10:15, Sun 3:00, 7:30
Into the Woods (PG) Fri 6:20,
Sat 12:20, 2:45, Sun 2:20, 5:00
Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb (PG)
Fri 4:00, Sat 3:30, Sun 1:00
Taken 3 (PG-13) Fri 6:45
The Wedding Ringer (R)
Fri 9:00, Sat 8:15, Sun 8:05
Unbroken (PG-13) Fri 4:10, 8:25,
Sat 12:50, 5:40, Sun 12:00, 4:35
Wild (R) Sun 7:15
Big Hero 6 (PG)
Fri 4:05, Sat 12:00, Sun 12:15
Penguins of Madagascar (PG)
Sun 2:40