From what I have heard in Groupme, You've been approached by a couple PG's already that are within the Portland/Salem Meta. I am an ex-PG salem meta and welcome to the community.
These events you are referring to are posted on the forums http://forums.cogcollective.com/viewforum.php?f=7, Cog Collective is usually the main funnel of information for Salem/Portland meta's. Eugene metas run through Damekshop, http://damekshop.com/forum/, and then the majority of all communication is through Groupme. GroupMe is pretty useful IMO and can be muted if you value privacy. If you want to be more info