Jun 082010

It’s hard to believe that one year has gone by since our first meeting. When we first proposed to form a new group to address the lack of support for social innovation in Salem, most people were intimidated by the prospect of consensus-based, youth-driven decision making.

Initially designed to target the neglected 18-45 demographic, the Salem Creative Network has grown to include economic development, nightlife and sustainability programming. Dozens of small businesses and hundreds of individuals have experienced the value of our events and educational forums. And we’re continuing to grow.

Join us 5:00 pm, Thursday, June 17  for our annual board meeting at the place where it all started – Venti’s Basement Bar. We’ll review our past successes and introduce our programming for the coming year. We’d love to see you there!

Willamette Valley Wine Walk – Pinot Noir
Friday June 11 6:00 pm Coffee House Cafe

As seen on TV! That’s right, on this month’s wine walk, we’ll be shooting a segment for Explore the Northwest, a locally-produced syndicated television show with hostess Dawn Holmstrom. This will be their first Salem show!

Here are more surprises for you at this month’s event:

6:00 pm Pinot Noir tasting at Coffee House Cafe 135 Liberty St NE
Starting this summer, Coffee House Cafe will be add beer and wine to their menu and we’re breaking it in with a wine tasting in the back room. Cubanisimo Vineyards and Namaste Vineyards will be there with free tasting.
7:00 pm Pinot Noir BLIND WINE TASTING at Bishop Building Lofts 145 Liberty St NE
Join us upstairs from the Coffee House Cafe and experience downtown living.
Bring a bottle of your favorite local pinot noir and everyone will taste it and rank it from 1 to 10. The wine with the highest score wins a prize.
9:00 pm Allessandro’s Ristorante and Galleria
This month we have a guided art tour of Allessandro’s with Rebecca Maitland scheduled for our visit. As always, discounted wine and appetizer specials await the wine walkers.
10:00 pm Bentley’s Grill
The manager and sommelier at Bentley’s have been excellent hosts, offering complimentary tastes and delicious appetizer specials. Stop by and see what they have in store for us this month.
11:00 FlipSide!
Wear your dancing shoes!
See you downtown!

Creative Pub Crawl – African Safari

Grab your loincloth and elephant ears, we’re going on a safari! This pub crawl marks the 12th installment of our merriment downtown and our last international night for a while. And, we’re adding a surprise venue – Willamette Noodle Company. They just got their full liquor license and wanted us to stop by and give them a test drive.

So whether you’re a hunter or the hunted, join us as we crawl through EIGHT venues enjoying Salem Creative Network benefits and plan for the future of nightlife in Salem.

Bonus points if you wear a pith helmet!

Please remember – bring cash, drink lots of water and pace yourself! There’s no rule requiring you to take advantage of EVERY special. Tip the bar help!

Here’s the schedule:

6:00 pm Venti’s Cafe and Basement Bar
6:45 pm Copperjohn’s
7:30 pm Brown’s Towne Lounge
8:15 pm Magoo’s
9:00 pm Pete’s Place
9:45 pm Cokie’s Landing
10:30 pm Willamette Noodle Company
11:15 pm FlipSide!

Other dates of interest:
Sunday June 13 3:00 pm Salem City Repair meeting at Coffee House Cafe
Wednesday, June 16 Solarize Salem RFP release
Thursday, July 1 Salem Green Professionals – Zena Timber
Friday, July 23 First Anniversary of the Creative Pub Crawl
Friday, July 30 Willamette Valley Wine Walk – Sparklies
Monday, August 2 Solarize Salem launch
Friday, August 6 Sound off noise ordinance forum
Saturday, August 14 Salem City Repair Harvest Swap and Chalk Mural

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