2017 SESNA Heritage Neighborhood Calendar


The 2017 SESNA Heritage Neighborhood calendar is now available!

You can see a preview of the calendar here.

Order calendars from this form.

Calendars are $15 each.

Proceeds will support neighborhood projects.

The South East Salem Neighborhood Association (SESNA) was designated as the Salem’s second Heritage Neighborhood by the Salem Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) on November 19, 2015. SESNA will participate in this program through June, 2017. This program was established to help encourage Salem neighborhoods to learn about their history and provide them with an opportunity to engage in a positive way with the City’s historic preservation program. The HLC will be building upon the work that was completed through the NEN-SESNA Neighborhood Plan “Looking Forward” which was adopted in March, 2015. A sub-committee consisting of volunteers from the SESNA neighborhood will be meeting in January, 2016 to discuss potential projects to focus on.

For more information about this program, please contact: Kimberli Fitzgerald, AICP, Historic Preservation Officer;; 503.540.2397 or Sally Studnar, Historic Planning Staff Support;; 503.540.2311.

Community Emergency Response Team Classes




You can help yourself and your community prepare for an emergency. There are classes for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT brochure). A free CERT class is beginning March 3rd near SESNA at Salem Fire Training, 2740 25th Street SE, Salem OR. See the CERT Training Calendar for other classes scheduled throughout the city. The class is six modules, if you miss a class or two you can make up a module later. In addition to classes, there are CERT Events you are welcome to participate in. For more information and general emergency preparation information, see the City of Salem Emergency Management web page.



New for 2015, SESNA Meetings on the 4th Tuesdays


Beginning January, 27th 2015, SESNA will meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Meetings will still be at 7pm at 19th and Mill St. in the Capital Park Wesleyan Church. Previously two other neighborhood associations met the same night as SESNA which sometimes created scheduling conflicts for city staff. Also some SESNA residents requested the change.


SESNA Garden Plots

The Southeast Salem Neighborhood Garden is now renting out garden plots at the Garden on 19th St SE (between Oak & Bellevue). 4×10 plots are $25 for the calendar year & 3×4 plots are $10. You can rent multiple small plots. The fees include access to tools to use on-site, water, compost, some seeds & use of the greenhouse. Not only that, but expert advice is available from Master Gardeners.

If you’d like an application, please email me off the list. Plots are starting to be rented, so hurry to get a plot, as there is a very limited number.

Oh yes, please excuse the appearance of the Garden. We have some work parties scheduled, & will have the plots ready & the Garden in better shape in no time.

Looking Forward Neighborhood Plan 4/9







A post card has been seen to SESNA residents to join in creating a new neighborhood plan. This project is in partnership with Northeast Neighbors (NEN) and the City of Salem. Please join us Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 pm at First Christian Church at 17th and Court Sts. More information about the project can be found at .

Richmond Elementary’s Annual Winter Bazaar 12/14



Every year Richmond School (Richmond Ave. & Mill) holds a Christmas sale of donated items so their kids (& families) can buy Xmas presents for each other at a low cost AND make money for the school. The sale is Dec. 14 from 5-6:30pm. The school needs the following new or gently-used items that are clean & in good repair. Gift-wrapping volunteers are also needed. Contact Rachel Cancino, at 503/399-3180;  

  • Lots of toys  
  • Books  
  • Games with all of their pieces 
  •  Working electronics  
  • Complete puzzles  
  • Unused bath/beauty products  
  • Unused candles 
  •  Picture frames  
  • Jewelry  
  • Housewares  
  • Wrapping paper, ribbon & bows 
  •  Tape

 Anything else you can think of that a child might love to have

SESNA Meeting Agendas 8/12

The city is no longer mailing paper SESNA meeting agendas. You can get the current agenda or subscribe and the city will email them to you each month. You can always find the “meeting agenda” button on the left margin to get the agenda.


Low Interest Flood Disaster Loans

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, and non-farm businesses of all sizes who suffered physical and economic losses caused by the severe winter storm system that occurred January 17 through 21, 2012. The Marion County SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be open Tuesday, April 3 through Thursday, April 19. For more information see the Press Release, Fact Sheet, Agency Flyer, and SBA Disaster Web Site.

Healthy Gardens, Healthy People: A Workshop Series

Healthy Gardens, Healthy People: A Workshop Series

Presented by Marion-Polk Food Share, Pringle Creek Community, Willamette University and Marion County Master Gardeners


A series of 13 workshops for the beginner and intermediate gardener.

Hosted by experts and enthusiasts from the local community.

$5 suggested donation per workshop.


RSVP to any and all workshops to: 503-581-3855 ext. 329, or Address and directions provided upon RSVP.

1. Sunday, March 18: 1-3pm.  Taking advantage of sun and shade in your yard:  Herb gardens, Shade gardens, and Mushroom Basics (for both unwanted and edible mushrooms). 

                   Presenters:  Briana Lindh and Susie Dunham, each is a Professor of Biology at Willamette University

                   Venue:  Willamette University’s Zena Farm


2. Thursday, March 29: 5-7pm. Gardening 101: An introduction to growing your own food.

                   Presenter: Nicole McDavid, Urban Farmer at Pringle Creek Community

                   Venue: Pringle Creek Community Garden


3. Saturday, April 7: 10am-12pm. Soil health in the home garden.

                   Presenter: James Cassidy, Crop & Soil Scientist, Oregon State University

                   Venue: Redeemer Community Garden


4. Saturday, April 21: 10am-12pm.  Attracting birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden.                                        Presenters:  Bev Loos, mason bee enthusiast, and Dean Wentworth, Botanical Garden and Greenhouse Curator at Willamette University

                    Venue: Willamette University’s Zena Farm


5. Saturday, May 19:  1-3pm.  Vegetable gardening in the northwest.

                   Presenters:  Peter Henry, Zena Farm Manager, and Jennifer Johns, Associate Director for Sustainable Agriculture Education at Willamette University

                   Venue:  Willamette University’s Zena Farm


6. Thursday, June 7: 5-7pm.  Vermicomosting: Creating compost with worms.

                   Presenter:  Gretchen Doering, AmeriCorps Service Member, Marion-Polk Food Share.

                   Venue:  Hammond Community Garden


7. Saturday, June 16: 10am-12pm.  Garden friends and foes: Managing pests and encouraging beneficials in your garden.

                   Presenter:  Gail Gredler, Instructor of Horticulture, Chemeketa Community College.

                   Venue:  Southeast Salem Neighborhood Garden


8. Saturday, July 14: 10am-12pm.  An introduction to permaculture design.

                   Presenter:  Andrew Millison, permaculturalist and instructor at Oregon State University.

                   Venue:  Sunnyside Organics, River St. House.


9. Sunday, August 12: 12-2pm.  Heirloom varieties and saving your own seed.

                   Presenters:  Diana Cason, seed saver enthusiast & Ian Dixon-McDonald, Marion-Polk Food Share Community Gardens Program Director.

                   Venue:  Redeemer Community Garden


10.  August, TBD.  Cover crops and winter gardening

                   Presenter:  Pete Nagy, Northgate Forgiveness and Peace Garden Coordinator and winter gardening enthusiast.

                   Venue:  The Oregon School for the Deaf Urban Farm


11. September, TBD.  Hoop house construction

                   Presenter:  Pamela Lyons-Nelson, Fuente de Vide Community Garden Coordinator

                   Venue:  Fuente de Vida Community Garden


12. September, TBD.  Season extension with cold frames

                   Presenter:  Michael Taylor, the Greenhouse Catalog.

                   Venue:  Northgate Forgiveness and Peace Garden


13. Sunday, October 14:  1-3 pm.  Crop rotation and companion planting for your garden.  Presenters: Peter Henry, Zena Farm Manager, and Jennifer Johns, Associate Director for Sustainable Agriculture Education at Willamette University.

                   Venue:  Willamette University’s Zena Farm

Work Party at the Sesna Garden with the Americorps Folks 2/12

The Sesna Garden has a lovely new picnic table, funded by the Salem Area
Garden Club & built by neighbor John Stalnaker & Tom Martin.  Seven
wonderful Americorps volunteers ate their lunch at the new table after
working hard at a 2/12/11 Garden work party. More photos.