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Salem Main Street Association is hosting “Retail Bingo,” a game to encourage shopping at downtown Salem retail stores, through Dec. 5. (Photo: MICHAELA ROMÁN / Statesman Journal)

Shop downtown with ‘Retail Bingo’

Salem Main Street Association is encouraging the public to discover the downtown Salem retail scene, and it has a game to get you started.

“Retail Bingo” gives players a chance to win prizes by filling out a bingo card while you shop and explore downtown retailers. The goal is to draw people downtown without an event or a party, given the current pandemic situation, the association said.

After registering at salemmainstreetassociation.org/retail-bingo, participants will receive a printable bingo card. With card in hand, players can check out 36 participating businesses, picking up a sticker at each location to start filling up your card.

The contest runs until Saturday, Dec. 5, so trips to downtown retailers can be split over multiple visits.

All ages can participate. While no purchase is required to obtain a sticker at each location, organizers hope participants will take time to shop at retailers.

Participants are encouraged to park in a downtown parkade. Each business is three blocks or less from a parkade, organizers said.

Completed game cards must be turned in at the Salem Riverfront Carousel before the game deadline of 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Owners of completed bingo cards have the chance to win $250, $150 or $100 prizes. Winners — three total — will be selected and notified by email or phone.

Oregon Family Support Network offering pair of assistance programs

Oregon Family Support Network has announced a pair of programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OFSN recently launched Reach Out Oregon, an online support community for caregivers of children and youth experiencing significant mental health challenges. The organization also has received a grant from Oregon Health Authority to help support families with food and essential care.

Parents can talk with other parents who understand the challenges of raising youth with mental health needs, OFSN said in a release. Parents also can connect with other caregivers, share information and resources, and gain hope from a supportive community by connecting to the program online or by calling the Family Support Warmline.

Reach Out Oregon’s Family Support Warmline is staffed by trained staff and volunteers who have raised youth experiencing mental health challenges, the release said.

There are three ways to connect to the Reach Out Oregon program: by emailing [email protected], online at reachoutoregon.org or by calling the warmline at 1-833-REACH-OR (1-833-732-2467).

Meanwhile, OFSN will use grant money from OHA to deliver food boxes and essential care kits to families in Latinx, Black/African American and Indigenous/Native American communities around the state, the organization said.

The aim of the food box program is to provide healthy food for families that have lost jobs and other means, such as childcare.

OFSN will provide food boxes for families in Marion and Polk counties, as well as statewide. The organization anticipates delivering between 50-100 food boxes each month in the Mid-Valley.

Contact Oregon Family Support Network at 503-363-8068 for more information.

Play "Retail Bingo" at downtown businesses or see how the Oregon Family Support Network is offering assistance during the pandemic.

Retail Bingo

Discover Downtown’s Retail Scene!

We’re hosting a fun game for you to enjoy while you shop and explore downtown Salem. Visit participating businesses to fill out your bingo card for a chance to win $250, $150, or $100!

Wanna win $100? How about $150?
Or would $250 be better?

1) Sign up via the form at the bottom of the page to receive your printable bingo card.

2) Park in a parkade if you’re coming Downtown by car. Every Downtown business is three blocks or less from a parkade.

3) Visit all 36 participating businesses and earn a sticker at each location between now and December 5, 2020. Break it up and visit a few businesses for each visit Downtown.

4) Bring completed game cards to the Salem Riverfront Carousel before December 5 at 5PM. THREE WINNERS will be selected and notified by email or phone.

GO NUTS! HAVE FUN!

ALL AGES CAN PARTICIPATE. There are no age restrictions to participate. From babies to centenarians, all are welcome to participate in the fun. ONE GAME CARD PER PERSON. Only one completed game board per person will be eligible for the prize drawings. Each person must be present when collecting a sticker. One person cannot receive stickers for multiple game cards at each participating business. BE SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE. By taking part in this game, you are assuming all responsibility for your actions and behavior. Salem Main Street Association and participating businesses are NOT responsible for any damage or injury to property and persons while participating in this game. TURN IN GAME CARDS BY December 5, 2020, 5PM. All game cards eligible for the random prize drawing must be turned in at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel to be eligible for the cash prizes. Rules and prizes subject to change.

Retail Bingo Discover Downtown’s Retail Scene! We’re hosting a fun game for you to enjoy while you shop and explore downtown Salem. Visit participating businesses to fill out your bingo card