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Make History on New Year's Eve!

A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village, the children's museum in downtown Salem's Riverfront Park, will celebrate 150 years of Oregon statehood in one historic night on December 31. The museum's annual New Year's Eve Family Fun night highlights the best of Oregon's past, present and future with pioneer-themed crafts and demonstrations, oldtime music in a heated tent, a 4-H farm animal petting zoo and more. The party begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. with a countdown and lighted ball drop from the museum's Erector Set tower.

Each room of the museum will feature a different pioneer activity, from butter churning to shoe cobbling. Storytellers will bring history to life with tales from pioneer days. Families can sit for a free "antique" portrait with old-fashioned props and a sepia-toned photo to commemorate the event.

Tickets are available at the museum ($5 for members / $10 nonmembers). This event is sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Centers and funded in part by the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax Funds.

Info: 503-371-3631 or http://www.acgilbert.org.

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