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Council approves free concert series


An agreement for at least eight free concerts and theater productions at Keizer Rapids Park this summer was approved by the Keizer City Council last week.

The Keizer Rotary Amphitheater has hosted city-sponsored concerts the past two summers. Among those gracing the stage in 2012 will be the Ty Curtis Band, JFK, High Point and Five of Clubs.

Councilors unanimously approved an agreement with KRA LLC, a company led by Clint Holland, that will extend over the next three summers. Under the contract, a newly-created theater group called Keizer Homegrown Theater is allowed to put on plays in the park.

The group is holding auditions next month for a Macbeth production, and is set to perform July 27 and 28 at the amphitheater.

A provision in the new deal allows KRA to ban outside food and drink, a move Holland said was due to liability concerns.

“Like in water bottles you could bring in vodka and no one would ever know the difference,” Holland said. “… The [Oregon Liquor Control Commission] checks these places all the time.”

In other business, councilors:

• Proclaimed April 21, 2012 as Keizer Heritage Center Day, in honor of the center’s open house from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. that same day. The former Keizer School now contains the all-volunteer Keizer Community Library, Keizer Heritage Museum, Keizer Art Association and Keizer Young Life Association.

• Passed routine resolutions that temporarily suspend ordinances banning street vendors and authorizing temporary use and signs for the Iris Festival.