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Community calendar needed

The event calendar in Keizer is full and getting fuller. Finding a weekend anytime of the year to schedule an auction, a fund raiser, or an event is getting hard.

There are so many events that some weekends see more than one major event on the community calendar. On Saturday, May 12, alone,  there will be three events, two fund raisers and one scholarship program. The Distinguished Young Woman of Keizer (nee Junior Miss) will compete with A Knight of Song, a dinner fund raiser for the McNary High School choirs, and the annual St. Edward Catholic Church dinner-auction.

Any group trying to schedule an event in Keizer has a difficult task in finding a weekend anytime of the year that does not already have an event planned. Of course it is not only Keizer—there are events in Salem as well that compete for attention, support and donations. Every event is worthwhile and deserves support.

What once were sleepy weekends and were safe for scheduling a community event are now as much in demand as any other weekend. Block out times of the year when nothing is scheduled (i.e., Spring Break, holiday weekends) and the competition to hold the preferred event gets tight.

If ever there was a need for one comprehensive community calendar, it is now. Every group should be encouraged to place their event on an accessible web site for ease of planning.  Such a calendar should also include the major events in Salem such as the Clay Ball, the Salem Art Fair and other popular events. This would be especially helpful to groups develop new events.

The events listed on the master community calendar should be those in which the public is invited, as well as events in which raffle, auction and monetary donations are sought from the community.

Keizer is a very generous community when it comes to donating goods or money. These donations are more important now since the private sector is taking up the slack left by decreasing government budgets.

Fund raisers can be placed in several categories: kids, youth sports, school, community need.  It is time to start a  dialogue about holding super-events.  For example, one large, prosperous fund raising event for Keizer schools with proceeds divided among the schools. The same could be done for youth sports, etc. There is only so much money available.  Let’s a find a way to maximize the generosity of Keizer’s businesses and citizens.