September 17, 2014 | Carlee Wright

Two community events celebrating earth and the environment are happening in Salem on Sunday, Sept. 21.

The Salem Community Earth Fair is an opportunity for families to spend time together while celebrating and learning about the environment. The event is in support of the People’s Climate March in New York, as well as the International Day of Peace, which both take place on Sunday.

Organizations will offer information about local environmental and peace efforts. DIY Studio will be hosting an upcycled, cultural craft activity for fair attendees. There also will be other family-friendly, community-building and promoting games and activities.

Additionally, Michele Darr of Salem Bicycle Taxi is organizing a Kidical Mass bike ride for children and their parents that is happening in conjunction with the fair. All are welcome to join. The group will meet at the fountains across from the Oregon State Capitol Building at 1:30 p.m. then caravan to the Salem Community Earth Fair at Riverfront Park.

Out south, the Community Celebration and Open House at Pringle Creek Community will welcome people to visit, celebrate and get to know its community.

“It is kind of two events in one,” Pringle Creek Community Event and Outreach Coordinator Kerry Fox said.

There will be a community celebration with food from the community’s cafe and live music from Bohemian Enclave, which plays an eclectic mix. And then people also can tour many of the homes.

There also will be an old-fashioned water-balloon toss, badminton and croquet as well as bocce with the Salem Bocce League.

“Marion County Environmental Services is going to have a sorting challenge. NW Permaculture will have seed balls to give out. LifeSource, Straub and Full Circle Creamery will be here,” Fox said.

Gilgamesh Brewing will have beer and wine available for purchase.

“The other thing I think is exciting is the connection with the People’s Climate March,” Fox said. “I am trying to put messages out to people who are at rallys to come here afterward and see a true example of living in a community that respects the climate and environment, a living example of comfortable living in a sustainable way.”

Salem Community Earth Fair

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21

Where: Eco Ball in Riverfront Park

Cost: Free


Community Celebration and Open House

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21

Where: Pringle Creek Community, 3911 Village Center Drive SE

Cost: Free

Information: (503) 315-1055