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          Working to build a humane  and compassionate community is a big project. SFA! has come across many, many groups that provide meaning, fulfilling and sometimes essential services to "greater Salem". It's not one size fits "All!". In "greater Salem" there are many micro-communities that have lives of their own. This week we talked to a person who worked for the immigrant and refugee community in Salem. We offered them a chance to participate in the March 4 and March 5 Associated Chamber Music Players Play-In. Our reasoning was that of the 100 refugees in Salem some of them  or their contacts would be musicians and perhaps a Play-In would offer friendship, comradery and fun. For these displaced people it enables them to share something universal- music.

          The snow disrupted an appointment I had this week with Sarah Tideimann, Executive Director, of Young Musicians and Artists. It's a fabulous arts camp in Portland and the Wallas, and if we can, we will work to get scholarships for some of Salem's underserved kids to it. It could be a life changing experience for them. We're also working to get grants for, Summer Strings, Jon Harris-Cappinger's music camp at Leslie Middle School.

           Ross Sutherland of the Bush House e-mailed that the SAA  is willing to be a venue for the ACMP Play- In as did the Charles and Martha Brown House in Stayton and the Woodland Chapel. We're trying to find venues for the underserved, the usual music goers and a special venue for musicians who just want to play chamber music with musicians. Mark Babson is leading the effort to engage the musicians.

          A special thanks to Carol Z. of the Santiam Heritage Foundation for helping oil the wheels of community up East of Salem.

           A sad note: longtime Board Member and Secretary James Bennett is resigning his position. James had made a huge contribution to in over three years. I believe he has a great future in Human Services. His work was thorough and his insights very valuable. He has excellent compassion.

           Jonathan Graf is going to set up a Twitter account so we can Twitt as we list things on our Facebook page.

                                             Other News:

                                1. Mark Babson was unanimously voted to the Board at the Board Meeting last night. Mark brings many community and musical contacts to the Board.

                                 2. Our grant application is in at the Salem Foundation. We're waiting to hear.

                                         Opportunity of the Week!

                                                           Salem Public Library

Community Reads:

                                                        One Book, One Community 
is a community reads project that invites everyone in Salem to come  together to read the same book, take part in discussions, and enjoy related programs throughout the month of February 2017.


The Salem Public Library Foundation has more information at

Events are also listed on the Salem Public Library website on the Salem Reads page. 

The Salem Reads:One Book, One Community Spare Parts book giveaway has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Many thanks!

Michael D. Mann
"Salem For All!
Building Community with Opportunity


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