- Salem Public Library still has virtual resources available online: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/virtual-library-still-available-while-branches-are-closed.aspx
- Hidden in the Salem Public Library virtual resources is the Ancestry Library, the library edition of Ancestry.com which usually is available just in the library but Ancestry has made it available from home for a limited time during the pandemic. It’s a great opportunity to explore one’s family roots. https://login.ezproxy.ccrls.org/login?qurl=https%3a%2f%2fancestrylibrary.proquest.com%2f
- NPR published a long list of free things that were not free before COVID-19. You can watch some and even participate in others, including: Broadway plays and musicals, opera, symphony, concerts, online courses offered by colleges and universities, sports events, and yoga and gym work-outs.
- AARP hosts weekly tele-town halls about COVID-19 on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. This week’s town hall will address telehealth. Learn the basics of electronic and virtual services and how to access them. You can find the tele-town hall call-in number and recordings of previous town halls on the AARP website.
- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) offers free online art classes.
- Portland Chef, Jenn Louis, offers weekly pasta classes every Friday.
- Audible has free audio books for all ages.
- High-definition visits to National Parks.
- Amazing tours of famous museums
- Apps for virtual socializing / movie nights / game nights
- Virtual road trips and beautiful sights
- A free online vegetable gardening course
- Free online streaming services
- Portland-based music and arts
(Thanks to Eastside Village in Portland for most of this list.)
Oregon State Capitol hosts virtual Multicultural Day Aug. 15
Participants of cultural and heritage events, usually hosted at the Capitol as part of the award-winning Capitol History Gateway programming, have joined together to create Multicultural Day Reimagined. This Facebook event, sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, will be celebrated Saturday, August 15, starting at 10 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/events/779237482609193/. Join us online for family-friendly activities such as musical entertainment, dancing and storytelling.
This virtual event will feature specially recorded performances by our CHG partners and contain recordings of some past performances and video tours of heritage sites in Oregon. In addition, many groups will be sharing information about their communities and provide links to learn more about them. In all, approximately 45 partners contributed information to making this virtual festival happen.
For those who cannot join on Facebook, the Capitol will host a page of partner videos that will go live August 15 https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/capitolhistorygateway/Pages/multiculturalday-partners.aspx as well as the festival’s main page https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/capitolhistorygateway/Pages/multicultural-day-reimagined.aspx.
To learn more about the Capitol, visit www.oregoncapitol.com or call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388. To learn more about our presenting sponsor, the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, visit www.oregoncapitolfoundation.org.