The Salem Area Arts Council will be hosting a community acoustic jam and a class where community members can learn how to make an old fashioned straw dolly in September.

Musicians and listeners of all ages and talents are invited to the Salem Area Arts Council’s community acoustic jam at the Creative Arts Center, starting at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. 

The area arts council invites residents to bring their own instruments and play along with the crew, or just attend to listen to bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, modern ballads and oldies. Gloves and masks are not required to attend, but residents are asked to remain cautious and use safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The event is free, and will take place at the Creative Arts Center, behind the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center, at 202 S. Main St., in Salem. Residents in need of directions or information, should call the council at (573) 247-0279 or e-mail saac@embarqmail.com. The event could turn into an outdoor acoustic jam at the Farmers Market, next door to the center, if weather permits. 

In September, residents can also learn how to make an old fashioned straw dolly at a class held by the Salem Area Arts Council. Suzanne Douglass will teach community members the ancient art, starting at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25. All supplies and instruction will be provided for people of all ages, who will take home a finished product. The class is $10 per person, which will cover all of the costs to make a dolly. Call or text 573-247-0279 to register and reserve a spot. The class will take place at the Creative Arts Center, located behind the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center, at 202 S. Main St., in Salem.