January 12, 2016 | Carol McAlice Currie and Michael Davis

We’ll start with the icing on the cake.

Darrell Hoerauf of Cherry City Cake & Candy Supply made us crave dessert when he brought two 6-inch decorated cakes to the Court Street Dairy Lunch on Tuesday.

The good news: No journalist was harmed in the making of this column, because the cakes were fakes.

Hoerauf was using the foam-cored but brightly decorated models to illustrate what can be learned in two of his shop’s upcoming classes.

Up first is a beginners’ fondant class. If you believe that all cakes need to be coiffed in decadent buttercream, fondant might be a new term. But it’s been around a while, and Hoerauf is offering classes in how to decorate with the soft, creamy confection that is akin to edible wrapping paper.

The class, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.on Saturday, Jan. 23, will feature instruction in how to level, torte (split a cake into layers for filling) and crumb-coat a cake with buttercream to facilitate the application of fondant. Hoerauf has selected a delicate snowflake pattern, and students will learn to make the snowflakes as well as color fondant and apply sugar beads of assorted sizes. Each student will leave the class with their own 6-inch decorated cake.

Cherry City Cake & Candy Supply believes in hands-on learning, so its classes are limited to five or six people. If a class gets any larger, Hoerauf says they’ll add another one instead of crowding the first class.

The second class will run three hours, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, and is a buttercream basics class. In addition to leveling, torting and crumb-coating, participants will be taught how to create borders and roses as well as learn about how to apply icing.

Cost for either session is $55 per person per class. No supplies such as pre-made icing or tools are required. If students want to further their cake-decorating skills, the shop will discount all cake-decorating tools by 30 percent on class days.

“So if you learn you can’t live without a 5-inch offset spatula, we’ll have it on sale,” Hoerauf said.

Reservations are required. Call (503) 364-6511 or (866) 217-CAKE (2253).

Getting the word out

In early December 2014, a World War II B-17G surplus Flying Fortress airplane was dismantled — after more than six decades on a perch above gasoline pumps at a station in Milwaukie — and trucked down to a hangar at McNary Field, where it’s being restored and will eventually be reassembled.

It is one of fewer than 50 left in the world.

And while many veterans know the bomber is at home at Salem’s airport, Paul Payne, a 92-year-old WWII veteran, and Terry Scott, executive director of the B-17 Alliance, which is overseeing its restoration, are trying to get the word out that the project is now open for tours.

“This is a really big deal. We have this icon here in Salem, but not many know we’re here. So we’re giving tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, and it’s easy to get to through the main terminal of Salem’s airport. We even have signs out on Thursdays directing folks to the hangar,” Scott said. “We’re also giving tours by appointment, so if Thursdays don’t work, call us and we’ll set up a reservation for another day of the week.”

The restoration and reassembly project is expected to take five to 10 years to complete, but folks needn’t wait that long to see work being done on parts such as the fuselage, and the rest of the exhibit. When the propellers were pulled off the engines for the recent move, it was discovered that the internal components were “like new,” so getting it out of the rain will likely help preserve it for generations to come, and Salem is fortunate enough to have it in its backyard.

Scott and Payne are hopeful teachers will bring classrooms of students and recreational directors will bring senior-living residents down to see the bomber and learn more about its role in WWII. The two say the project is a fun way to bring WWII history to life for residents of all ages.

The B-17 Alliance is also putting out a call for volunteers. The alliance is planning to expand tour hours to Saturdays, and it needs tour guide volunteers.

“We can’t do Saturdays unless we have a crew of volunteers to help us lead the folks on tours,” Scott said.

“We really need some help,” said Payne who flew a B-17 like the one at Salem Airport (it should be noted the one on the tour never flew in the war). “Veterans really appreciate this, but we need to generate some interest now so we can expand.”

The suggested donation to take a tour is $4, and the entire tour is indoors so it can be taken rain or shine. Scott promises “a lot of fun and information” for the money.”

To learn more, go to or call (503) 654-6491.

Scholarship ceremony

The public is welcome to watch 19 students of color get scholarships this Sunday, Jan. 17, and celebrate their overcoming challenges and hurdles many students don’t ordinarily face.

Former Salem Mayor Mike Swaim, who has a legal practice on Cottage Street NE, stopped by Holding Court to generate some excitement and attention for 19 students whose academics were among the last criteria considered for the awards. These are not the students with 4.0 grade-point averages, but rather students who have potential to soar.

“We examine the challenges these students faced in their academic careers,” Swaim said. “Many come from foster homes and have faced obstacles other students can’t begin to understand.”

The program is called the Thompson-Patch Scholarship Awards Program, Swaim said, and was started 22 years ago by Dorothy Patch, a longtime Salem-Keizer teacher, and the Rev. Nellie Thompson, founder of the Pauline Memorial AME Zion Church, which was destroyed by an explosive arson fire in 1976. The two women, who both understood the importance of continued education, joined forces and worked to promote racial justice and equality for students of color. The women set up the program to assist these students in furthering their educations.

The scholarships, which range from $500 to $1,000 each, continue in their name.

This year’s keynote speaker is Elizabeth Bahe, director of Willamette University’s Native American program.

The event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday in Room 179 of the Student Center in Building 2 at Chemeketa Community College. There is no charge, and the public is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

“We want these students to know they’re supported,” Swaim said.

Talking toasted

Ken Smith, vice president of marketing for The Flying Toasters Club of Salem, is inviting the public to an open house of his Toastmasters club from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. this Thursday, Jan 14.

Why just 50 minutes, you ask? Because the club wants to ensure that folks can get back to work on their lunch hours. And what is a Toastmaster, you inquire? It’s a program designed to teach folks how to overcome the fear of public speaking or become a better public speaker.

At each regular weekly meeting two speakers, who’ve volunteered, give a 5-to-7-minute speech on a variety of topics. There is no criticism, just encouragement, Smith said. There are also “off-the-cuff” table topics where volunteers give 1- or 2-minute speeches on a topic given to them with no advance notice. Fabrication is allowed, Smith said.

“It is a very safe environment; there are no failures,” Smith said. “We invite folks to visit as a guest until they feel comfortable, and this open house is a chance to see how a meeting is run.”

Light refreshments will be served at the open house; sack lunches are welcomed at the regular meetings, and if a noon hour on Thursdays doesn’t work out, Smith said there are numerous other Toastmaster clubs in Salem that meet on different days or during the evening. They can be found at

The open house will be held at the Department of Human Services building, 500 Summer St. NE. Sign in at the front desk for directions to the meeting room.

Road runners

For 50 years now, Americans have been overindulging on Super Bowl Sunday, perhaps the most uncomplicated holiday in any calendar year.

Turn on the set. Open your pie hole. Pour down a refreshing adult beverage. Nibble a chicken wing. Rinse (or wipe) your hands and repeat.

Around these parts, the ramp up to the Big Game includes the annual Zena Road runs, a spirited outing for the fit, who burn off calories in advance of the football feast later in the day.

The personable Teri Wright, race co-director, says that the event is the second-oldest running event, stretching back 48 years.

“We have a completely new, really cool T-shirt this year,” she said, describing it as a “long-sleeve technical running shirt.”

Because the co-columnists of Holding Court only run in color-coordinated attire, we were assured the tee is light blue to match our eyes.

There are 3-mile, 6-mile and 15k (about 9.3 miles) distances to cover, and all participants step off at the same time. This year it’s 11 a.m.

Terri, who coaches cross country and track at Salem Academy, hopes for clear skies, temps in the 40s and sun.

Mother Nature, who loves to drench Oregonians, may have other plans.

For further information, call Teri at (503) 910-9054 or reach her at

By the way: Orders from the shirt must be made by Jan. 22. So….run to the keyboard and register online at

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Wilametee Valley Road Runners Club, arch rivals of the Willamette Valley Coyotes Club.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

On behalf of the Salem-Keizer Branch of the NAACP, member Barry Halgrimson dropped by to remind Mid-Valley residents that everyone is welcome to join the Salem-Keizer celebration of Martin Luther King’s birth next Monday.

Representatives from a coalition of churches will symbolically re-enact a civil rights movement march. Participants will assemble at the Wal-Mart parking lot on Commercial Street at 12:30 p.m. The 45-minute march will end back at the Wal-Mart.

“We encourage people to bring signs,” Barry said.

Then participants will proceed to the Salem Mission Faith Ministries facility at 4308 Hillrose St. SE in Salem, for lunch from 2-3 p.m.

Following that will be a panel discussion on King’s legacy and a celebration service featuring keynote speaker Mark Strong, senior pastor of Portland’s Life Change Christian Church.

“The highlight for me every year is the choir,” said, a congregant at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem. “The service is always authentic and uplifting.”

Grow your own

Did you ever want to grow your own fresh organic produce and save yourself a bundle of cash at the checkout line?

Well, help is only a phone call or email away.

For just $130 for an individual, or $200 per couple, area residents can partake of classes on pruning, seeding, garden planning, plant propagation, bugs, mason bees, compost, harvesting and preserving.

The hands-on classes are held Saturday mornings from 10 to noon at 3911 Village Center Drive SE in Salem.

Susan Wilson said that this year, for the first time, kids 12 and older will be accepted into the class, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Participants will have access to the Sustainable Living Center’s greenhouses and garden space.

Refugee resettlement forum

There are fewer than 300 seats at the Salem Public Library’s Loucks Auditorium, so residents of the Mid-Valley should plan to arrive early for a community forum on refugee resettlement scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.

It promises to be an informative evening, capped by the appearance of two recent refugee arrivals to the United States, one from Iraq and one from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Jennifer Barischoff, match grant coordinator for Catholic Charities in Portland, joined a lively group at a Dairy Lunch booth discussing the civic event.

To get things started, Jennifer will provide background on Catholic Charities, which has been providing refugee resettlement services to the community since the 1940s. She’ll then provide some details on the 50 refugees expected to resettle in Salem in the coming months.

“They are individuals who will be eligible to work, with full legal status,” she said. “These are not economic refugees, and they will not add to the welfare rolls.”

She said the refugees have already undergone a years-long screening process.

“We want them to feel welcome and safe,” said Paul Wilson, a peace-issues activist.

Bill Hayden, local president of the U.N. Association, said community volunteers came together to propose the forum.