Christmas Ships Parade Sticking to Holiday Schedule Despite Pandemic

Christmas Ships Parade Sticking to Holiday Schedule Despite Pandemic

Portland, OR. The Christmas Ships will be parading for fifteen nights this holiday season, December 4th through December 22nd (with just a couple of nights off). Organizers say, “We’re excited to continue the parade this year and offer some form of normalcy in such an abnormal time. Our lighted boat parade is an event that people can enjoy and view safely this holiday season. Even if you just catch a glimpse of us on the water while driving, we hope we brighten your evening.”

The boats, 14 to 65 feet long, are brightly decorated for the holiday season. Up to 60-holiday boats are expected to make up the two fleets.

The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the two Columbia and Willamette River fleets.

The privately-owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas. Some of the ship’s owners have been part of the Christmas tradition for more than 30 years.

The Christmas ship parade is on its way.

Christmas Shipowners are getting ready to set sail for their 66th year as residents make plans to watch the colorful flotillas during the parade’s 2020 holiday season.

Organizers remind spectators to stay six feet apart, wear masks, and follow all other protocols to stay safe from the spread of COVID-19. “We are scheduled to parade 15 nights and there are many places along the parade routes to watch without crowding. Check our schedule and plan ahead. We want you to enjoy our parade in the best of health and well-being!”

The nonprofit is also looking for donations. The primary funding source is the waterfront business community. Many of these businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and are not able to donate this year. Donations help to defray the cost of administering, maintaining and promoting the non-profit. Christmas Ships, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization. Here’s a link to the donate page:  https://www.christmasships.org/make-a-donation

Below is the schedule for the Willamette Fleet:

(There are four nights where the ships don’t sail, so check the Columbia and Willamette River schedules. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, there will be no “Meet & Greet” gatherings with the fleet.)

COMBINED
04 Dec
2020
07:00 PM

North Portland Harbor – Combined Fleet

Route Details 7:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assemble heading upriver in front of Salty’s Restaurant, 38th/NE Marine Drive and turns at NE 42nd St […]
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05 Dec
2020
06:00 PM
COMBINED

Camas / Washougal – Combined Fleet

Route Details 6:00 PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assembles in front of Port of Camas/Washougal and parades in the area for about an hour. The fleet […]
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08 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Johns Landing to Fremont Bridge Area

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The fleet will make their way upriver, past the Old Spaghetti Factory, […]
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09 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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10 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Johns Landing to Fremont Bridge Area

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The fleet will make their way upriver, past the Old Spaghetti Factory, […]
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11 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie / Oregon Yacht Club

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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12 Dec
2020
06:00 PM
COMBINED

St Helens – Combined Fleet

Route Details 6:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assembles at the St. Helens City Docks and heads downriver to Columbia City, and weather/river […]
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13  Dec
2020
04:30 PM
COMBINED

Scappoose / Multnomah Channel – Combined Fleet

Route Details 4:30PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) meets in the afternoon at Coon Island and leave for Scappoose arriving approximately 5:00PM then […]
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16 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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17 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Johns Landing to Fremont Bridge Area

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The fleet will make their way upriver, past the Old Spaghetti Factory, […]
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18 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie / Oregon Yacht Club

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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19 Dec
2020
04:30 PM
COMBINED

Lake Oswego – Combined Fleet

Route Details 4:30PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) will leave RiverPlace Marina headed to Lake Oswego, arriving about 6:00PM, subject to weather and […]
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20 Dec
2020
05:00 PM
COMBINED

St. Johns Bridge – Combined Fleet

Route Details 5:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assemble in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, […]
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21 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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22 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Johns Landing to Fremont Bridge Area

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The fleet will make their way upriver, past the Old Spaghetti Factory, […]
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Below is the schedule for the Columbia Fleet:

COMBINED
04 Dec
2020
07:00 PM

North Portland Harbor – Combined Fleet

Route Details 7:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assemble heading upriver in front of Salty’s Restaurant, 38th/NE Marine Drive and turns at NE 42nd St […]
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05 Dec
2020
06:00 PM
COMBINED

Camas / Washougal – Combined Fleet

Route Details 6:00 PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assembles in front of Port of Camas/Washougal and parades in the area for about an hour. The fleet […]
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08 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay

Unfortunately we will not be going in to Hayden Bay this season. The rest of our route on this night is not affected (Hayden Bay is just a small portion of our route). Between water levels and the added […]
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09 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

James M Gleason Boat Ramp, Washington Shoreline

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive. Tonight the fleet will remain the first hour in the area of the boat ramp, and […]
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10 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay

Unfortunately we will not be going in to Hayden Bay this season. The rest of our route on this night is not affected (Hayden Bay is just a small portion of our route). Between water levels and the added […]
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11 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

North Portland Harbor

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia River Fleet assembles headed upriver in front of Salty’s Restaurant, 38th/NE Marine Drive and turns at NE 42nd St to head downriver to North Portland Harbor. […]
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12 Dec
2020
06:00 PM
COMBINED

St Helens – Combined Fleet

Route Details 6:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assembles at the St. Helens City Docks and heads downriver to Columbia City, and weather/river […]
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13 Dec
2020
04:30 PM
COMBINED

Scappoose / Multnomah Channel – Combined Fleet

Route Details 4:30PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) meets in the afternoon at Coon Island and leave for Scappoose arriving approximately 5:00PM then […]
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16 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

James M Gleason Boat Ramp, Washington Shoreline

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive. Tonight the fleet will remain the first hour in the area of the boat ramp, and […]
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17 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay

Unfortunately we will not be going in to Hayden Bay this season. The rest of our route on this night is not affected (Hayden Bay is just a small portion of our route). Between water levels and the added […]
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18 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-205 Bridge area, Steamboat Landing

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and continues upriver to the I-205 Bridge area and Steamboat Landing. The fleet […]
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19 Dec
2020
04:30 PM
COMBINED

Lake Oswego – Combined Fleet

Route Details 4:30PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) will leave RiverPlace Marina headed to Lake Oswego, arriving about 6:00PM, subject to weather and […]
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20 Dec
2020
05:00 PM
COMBINED

St. Johns Bridge – Combined Fleet

Route Details 5:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assemble in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, […]
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21 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay

Unfortunately we will not be going in to Hayden Bay this season. The rest of our route on this night is not affected (Hayden Bay is just a small portion of our route). Between water levels and the added […]
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22 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

North Portland Harbor

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia River Fleet assembles headed upriver in front of Salty’s Restaurant, 38th/NE Marine Drive and turns at NE 42nd St to head downriver to North Portland Harbor. […]
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From the Christmas Ship Parades:

You can support the Christmas Ship Parade at https://www.christmasships.org/make-a-donation

If you’ve never seen our parade before, you have many opportunities to see us. Figure out which river and night work best for you from our schedules: Columbia River Schedule -or- Willamette River Schedule.  The schedule details for each night list some of the best viewing locations to see us.  Sometimes that may be from a shoreline park or it may be from the warmth of a restaurant overlooking the river.  On the Willamette, you always have the opportunity to see us from a dinner cruise.  Make your reservations now, they book up fast!

How will you participate this year?  As a spectator or as a Christmas Ships skipper?  As long as you have a boat that can do at least 6 knots and have a desire to decorate it, we welcome anyone to join us.  It’s a fulfilling experience that you won’t forget.  Be warned, it is addictive!  The commitment can be whatever you want it to be.  Join us for one night or join us for all.  To see some of the benefits, please visit: Benefits. To sign up, please visit: Sign Up.

Jesuit Financial Aid Benefit Moves Online and Raises $450,000

Jesuit Financial Aid Benefit Moves Online and Raises $450,000

Portland, OR. Jesuit High School held its first-ever online Financial Aid event to raise funds for financial aid. Head Coach of the Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra, was one of the featured speakers during livestream event. The Jesuit graduate is pictured above at a pre-pandemic meet and greet with students.

Erik Spoelstra, Head Coach Miami Heat

During the livestream event on November 19th, Spoelstra spoke about the importance of financial aid at the private Catholic school to support current and future students.

The online event raised $450,000 with more gifts promised by individuals and corporate matching programs in the coming weeks.

Stan Brock also recorded a greeting for fellow supporters. He’s a former NFL football player and Jesuit graduate.

Hosts for the event were Father Billy Biegler, S.J., and math teacher Laura Schick.

Jesuit Portland president Tom Arndorfer helped move the evening along and the fundraiser clocked in at less than one hour.

Here’s a recording of the livestream event:

From Jesuit High School:

For the current school year, 351 deserving students and their families received over $3.7 million in assistance. This is a 12% increase from 2019-20. Your gift of any size is needed and appreciated by present and future Jesuit students.

Still hoping to donate? We are continuing to accept contributions to our financial aid fund. Click here for a link.

We are also incredibly grateful to our wonderful sponsors and donors, including the Challenge Gift Sponsors who joined together to match gifts up to $50,000. Special thanks to The Scott/Daniel Family, Renee James and Steve Cooney, Tricia and Patrick Heffernan

Our mission to educate young women and men is rooted in over four centuries of a Jesuit educational tradition defined by faith, community, and a commitment to serve the “Greater Glory of God.”

Shop Local with the Arts Council of Lake Oswego Holiday Marketplace

Shop Local with the Arts Council of Lake Oswego Holiday Marketplace

Portland, OR. You could find your next Christmas gift at the Arts Council of Lake Oswego Holiday Marketplace. It showcases work from over 30 local artists including fine art, wood, ceramics, jewelry, handmade gifts, ornaments, textiles, confections, accessories, and more. The Holiday Marketplace is open for in-person, online, and curbside pickup shopping from Nov 28 to Dec 30.

During the two-week freeze that started on Nov 18th by order of Oregon Gov Kate Brown, the Holiday Marketplace is able to still offer in-person shopping with a lowered capacity that is limited to ten people including employees.

“I think what’s great about it is that we still are able to offer some sort of in-person shopping experience and from artists who are local,” Executive Director, Nicole Nathan, said. “So, while it may look a little bit different, we’re still able to offer the same core [values] at the heart of what we do and support our artists while also supporting the artistic community in Lake Oswego.”

The 2019 Holiday Marketplace.

In its fourth year, the Holiday Marketplace is one of the only in-person local gatherings of artists for the Portland and Lake Oswego area. Purchases directly benefit the artists and community-enriching programming of the Arts Council and this year the Holiday Marketplace can be found at the ARTspace Gallery.

For those who would like to stay local and stay safe while shopping, an online option will be available for the first time due to COVID-19 coinciding with the opening day of the Holiday Marketplace on Nov 28. The online shopping platform won’t feature everything from the gallery, instead, a few pieces of work from this years’ artists will be available to browse.

Nathan believes that this will be a good option for those who either live far away or might be sheltering place, because of travel restrictions, since they might not be able to come by in person. The online Holiday Marketplace will be able to reach those from further afield and still be able to enjoy some work, by local artists, or artists who they love and have seen before.

Some of the artwork offered at the Holiday Marketplace last year.

With restrictions in place, the Holiday Marketplace will look different this year with fewer wearables such as clothing and textiles. Vendors will also be further spread out to adhere to the six-foot guidelines. With the few pieces of clothing that are offered those will be disinfected between each visitor among other extra precautions.

ARTspace Gallery is taking all the safety precautions for a safe visit including:

  • Face masks are required to visit
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the gallery
  • Safe distance decals and public capacity are enforced
  • Sanitizing and cleaning after visitors
  • Contact-tracing – provide information where the public can check-in
  • Requesting people to stay home if not feeling well

According to Nathan, “We have an incredible number of artists who’ve been with us in past years and some new work as well. There’s some beautiful work, that you can get for yourself or your loved ones; It’s really in great support of not only our artists but helps support the arts council throughout the year.”

From the Arts Council of Lake Oswego website: The Arts Council of Lake Oswego works to ensure that arts are an integral part of life in our community, now and into the future.

#myRCH Event Raises Over $250,000 for Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

#myRCH Event Raises Over $250,000 for Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

Portland, OR. The fourth annual #myRCH event raised $250,000 for Randall Children’s Hospital. The theme for the October 23rd fundraiser was a virtual pajama party; it was moved from in-person to online to follow COVID-19 guidelines for physical distancing. Dale Johannes of Artisan Auctions and event coordinator Alyson Evans are pictured above in their PJs. The virtual event highlighted the work of Randall Children’s providers, patient testimonials, and a livestream raffle to celebrate the hospital’s courageous kids, while raising funds for its programs.

Donors heard the story of Leah Lopez, who made national headlines this year as one of the nation’s first kids diagnosed with the COVID-19-related illness, Multi-inflammatory Syndrome in Children. The experts at Randall Children’s collaborated on her lifesaving treatment. (Photo courtesy ABC News)

From Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation:

Gold sponsors this year included Gold + Arrow Salon, Ida P. Colver and Roger C. Ray, Violetta Office, Northwest Newborn Specialists/MEDNAX and PacificSource Health Plans.

Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds for the hospital, a regional leader in the care of babies, children and teens — blending the finest in medical services with family-friendly spaces.

Randall Children’s Hospital is part of Legacy Health – the area’s largest local, nonprofit health system.

To learn more about supporting Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation visit legacyhealthgiving.org.

Golfers Raise Nearly $60,000 for Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center

Golfers Raise Nearly $60,000 for Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center

Gresham, OR. Mount Hood Medical Foundation recently raised almost $60,000 at its annual golf tournament to support the expansion of cardiac services at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. Jeff Ganz, pictured above, explains, “This tournament is great fun every year, and this year was no exception. We had to overcome COVID and then a smoked out valley, but in the end, we made it through and really enjoyed ourselves.” Ganz is a Trustee for the Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation and feels strongly about supporting its efforts. “The expansion of cardiac services at the hospital will be a great asset to our community.”

Players from 15 sponsor companies participated in The Drive Benefit Golf Tournament at Stone Creek Golf Club from September 1 through October 16. The format changed this year from a one-day tournament to a six-week event to follow safe COVID-19 guidelines for physical distancing.

This year’s Double Eagle Sponsor was Soderstrom Architects, a firm with a broad philanthropic mission: “Soderstrom believes in changing lives beyond architecture, through charitable giving. We give because we are committed to improving our community and making sure no one is left behind.”

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is in the midst of a three-year campaign to expand cardiac services, including two new cardiac catheterization suites for emergency care.

Funds from the tournament will support a separate $600,000 campaign for community education services, nutrition counseling, exercise equipment, and patient assistance.

From Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation:

Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation raises funds for Legacy Mount Hood, East Multnomah County’s full-service community hospital. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
is part of Legacy Health – a nonprofit health system driven by a mission to improve the lives of those around us.

To learn more about supporting Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation, visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving

World AIDS Day Moves Online With Virtual Memorial Quilt Display

World AIDS Day Moves Online With Virtual Memorial Quilt Display

Portland, OR. “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact” is the theme for World AIDS  Day. The annual commemoration is coming up on December 1st, but there will be no big in-person gatherings where supporters unite, as seen above. There will the first-ever nationwide AIDS Memorial Quilt display. Each year, sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt travel to communities throughout the country for in-person displays. In 2020, it’s not possible due to Covid-19. Organizers explain, “While nothing can replace the beauty of seeing the Quilt in-person, our hope is that this first-ever, 50-state AIDS Memorial Quilt virtual exhibition, helps use the power and beauty of the Quilt to help our nation heal and remember during these difficult times.”

Here’s a link to the  Oregon Quilt Display.  A curated story is provided by each Quilt host, linking to their organization website to learn more about their work in the community. See the full list of displays by state and territory.

Each display is hosted by a Quiltmaker, community organization or business and includes touching narratives that connect each display to the lives memorialized and their work around HIV/AIDS. The exhibition is free to the public through March 31, 2021.

The National AIDS Memorial has worked together with Quilt partners from across the country to create this exhibition which includes digital images from thousands of hand-sewn Quilt panels, each visually telling the story of loved ones lost to AIDS. 

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is also marking World AIDS Day. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV transmission, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

From Cascade AIDS Project:

2020 has been a year like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community has faced increased challenges in housing, mental health, food security, and access to healthcare. CAP has responded by providing emergency housing and rent assistance, telehealth services, food delivery, and virtual support groups. 

Check out the video below that gives a great overview of the programs CAP offers and shows how your support of CAP directly impacts people’s lives.

While we have been able to provide much-needed relief to hundreds of Oregonians and Washingtonians throughout the pandemic, the need for these services has not diminished. Rather, there are still so many of our friends and neighbors who need access to compassionate healthcare and critical wraparound services. Because of that, we are asking for your help this World AIDS Day so we can continue providing these services, especially as the nights grow longer and colder and access to safe, dry, and warm housing is imperative. If you feel compelled, please consider making a gift to support these programs.

Experience The Oregon ZooLights Like Never Before

Experience The Oregon ZooLights Like Never Before

Portland, OR. For the first time, visitors who attend ZooLights will be able to enjoy a light display of 1.5 million bright lights, animated animals, and immersive tunnels of lights from their car. This experience has been designed to provide a safe way for the community to continue this holiday tradition. The Oregon Zoo is known for the ZooLights display, but the annual walk-through is suspended along with daytime operations from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2, due to a two-week freeze put in place by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Visitors drive through ZooLights from earlier this year in a test run-through.

The two-week freeze has taken effect in Oregon, but the state’s most populous county will see those restrictions for even longer. Gov. Brown issued the freeze for at least four weeks in Multnomah County.

Oregon Zoo’s ZooLights runs from Nov. 22nd, till Jan. 10th, with the exception of Dec. 25th. Tickets are available online and must be purchased in advance. Here’s a video about the drive-through ZooLights experience:

“Everything’s been a little different in 2020, and ZooLights is no exception,” explains zoo events manager Nikki Simmons. “Like most of this community, our biggest concern right now is protecting everyone’s health and safety. We’re just thankful we could come up with a good way for the community to enjoy this holiday tradition.”

A child and adult enjoy some of the ZooLights from a test run-through earlier this fall.

How it will work; visitors can purchase one ticket per vehicle and join a queue to check-in curbside then proceed to the drive-through entrance. The route will go through the widest paths of the zoo which includes some behind-the-scene areas around the outside of Elephant Lands taking approximately 30-40 minutes.

A map of the drive-through ZooLights.

To help ensure a safe experience for all, the following measures will be in place during this year’s ZooLights:

  • Timed ticketing/limited attendance: All guests, including members, must reserve their ZooLights tickets in advance via the zoo website. Tickets are only available up to one week in advance of the visit date.
  • Masks/face coverings: Drive-through guests do not need to wear masks while enjoying the lights from inside their vehicle. Masks are required, however, during check-in and other interactions with ZooLights staff.

From the Oregon Zoo website: The Oregon Zoo inspires the community to respect animals and take action on behalf of the natural world. We do this by creating engaging experiences and advancing the highest level of animal welfare, environmental literacy, and conservation science.

Christmas For Kids Modifies Event For First Time In Thirty Years

Christmas For Kids Modifies Event For First Time In Thirty Years

Portland, OR. For over 30 years, Christmas For Kids has helped with holiday shopping sprees for deserving kids hand-selected by their school counselors. Unfortunately, the annual volunteer event pictured above in 2019, won’t look the same this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, volunteers won’t be on hand to help with the shopping. Typically, students work with a Christmas for Kids shopper, and together they check off a Christmas list which usually includes things like needed clothes and coats. Volunteers are vital because they often augment allotted funds to help make wishlists complete.

A young girl, followed by her volunteer shopper, pushes her cart around while looking at plush animals during last year’s event.

Bill Wilson, a board member at Christmas For Kids, explains the decision to modify the event. “It’s kind of heartbreaking with COVID and then so many people losing their jobs or being furloughed or unemployed. The need is even greater this year than it has been in the past and it’s sad that we can’t have the event.”

According to Wilson, the nonprofit doesn’t want to risk spreading COVID-19, and that’s why volunteers must stay home. But organizers hope those generous individuals will make a contribution to the bottom line. Last year, the volunteer shoppers donated $15,000 to help complete shopping lists.

A child is fitted for a coat during last year’s event.

Christmas For Kids helps around 450-500 children each year and since 2004 the organization has helped over 9,800 kids. This year the list of worthy recipients is over 1,000. While volunteers won’t be present this year sponsors like superstore Fred Meyers, are promising to bring in additional staff and people to help on the day of the event. Items to expect this year include packaged clothing for girls and boys such as socks, underwear, fleece blankets, fleece coats, and fleece beanies. These packages will also include mystery merchandise from Columbia Sportswear Company.

Tigard Police attends and hands out teddy bears from the event last year.

Partnering with Fred Meyers has given the organization a substantial discount as well as discounts for items from Columbia. This allows the organization to maximize the amount they can give to the children.

With a larger goal of helping kids this Christmas, according to Wilson, the organization is going to be spending more money than they had anticipated due to the high need this year. To help with Christmas For Kids donations click here.

A combination of donated funds, donated items, and volunteer efforts keep overhead low; 95¢ of every $1.00 donated is spent on the children.

From Christmas For Kids website:

Christmas for Kids is a magical event where local Portland, Oregon Metro area kids are selected by their Title One School counselors, due to extreme need, to join a volunteer shopper to check off a Christmas wishlist. Our focus is to provide basic clothing needs for the child and their immediate siblings.

A combination of donated funds, donated items (coats, books, hygiene items, etc.), vastly reduced prices, and volunteer contributions create a unique situation in our organization where, on average, over 95¢ of every dollar donated is spent on the child on the day of the event.

 

Airlie Press Heads Into 2021 With Publishing Plans in Place

Airlie Press Heads Into 2021 With Publishing Plans in Place

Portland, OR.  Airlie Press provides a creative refuge for poetry lovers and writers throughout Oregon and Washington. Public readings, like the pre-covid event with Jessica Mehta pictured above, feel like a distant memory this fall, but literary works are still being produced by the nonprofit publishing house. Founded in 2007, Airlie Press is run by writers who are determined to amplify the voices of our community and use local resources to give writers a positive publishing experience. The organization also offers an annual national prize. As Covid-19 spikes in a second wave, Airlie is hard at work to publish two new poetry collections by PNW writers in 2021 while keeping up with virtual poetry readings and other online literary events.

A sample of Airlie Press publications offerings.

Like the music industry, poetry benefits from live events. Readings create hype around the work by gathering like-minded creative spirits who share food and laughter and engage with the readers by providing a vocal presentation of their work. The press has been hit hard by the pandemic. Organizers held their 2020 book launch via an online event hosted by Annie Bloom’s Books– a Portland-based independent bookstore. While it was successful, something felt off for some of the artists. Brittney Corrigan, first-year editor of the press, explained, “Not only can you not see the audience, but you can’t hear them. I appreciate that auditory feedback, especially the little sighs or the little finger snaps. It’s really a part of that poetry experience.” It may not feel exactly the same, the publisher is moving ahead with frequent readings and other online gatherings in November, and hope to continue. Airlie Press also has a growing Youtube channel, featuring the authors, as well as poets from around the world.

Before Covid, Airlie Press editors met once a month, in a Salem, Oregon cafe, to touch base and work together on publications and events in progress. The press is highly collaborative, and local winners make a three-year commitment to the press. They are involved firsthand with the publication of their own book, while also reading submitted manuscripts and contributing to other tasks along the way. Now, these monthly meetings take place over Zoom, but members admit to talking daily. Editor and author of Learning to Love the Western Sky, Amelia Diaz Ettinger, misses the in-person gatherings in Salem. “Getting to know each other and being in the same room is missed,” Amelia says as she speaks of the screen-fatigue that comes with online meetings. Not only do the editors miss that human connection, but the poetry community does as well. “Then you have a lot of people that love to go to poetry readings, that are not technologically capable. There is a published poet here in town that has wanted to be a part of Zoom, even to discuss his own poetry, but he is almost 80.”

Despite the challenges, Airlie Press is staying on track for the new year. Brittney Corrigan is heading into her second year with the press, which means her poetry book, Daughters, is heading into production. If there’s one thing these diverse poetry books have in common, it’s that they are all thoughtfully produced. Every aspect of the books is locally sourced. Publishers used local designers for the covers and a small print shop in Portland for printing.

Leaders are excited for 2021’s book production, even if Covid continues to negatively impact our artistic communities. With local bookstore giants struggling and libraries functioning under strict regulation, the road ahead may be bumpy. But may make the 2021 releases even more special. Corrigan recognizes the silver lining in the possibility of another book launch during a pandemic. “There’s a small advantage in that you can potentially get audience members from across the country, or the world, in zoom meetings that wouldn’t be there in person. I did a reading recently and my parents were able to come, and they would never get to hear me read!  I am thankful for the technology; this would be a lot worse without it.”

From Airlie Press:

Airlie Press is a nonprofit publisher run by writers, dedicated to cultivating and sustaining fine contemporary poetry and to promoting poets from the Pacific Northwest.

Our process involves the submission of a full-length manuscript of poetry during an annual open submission period and an interview for our finalists with current press members. Of the submissions we receive, we evaluate manuscripts thoroughly and select the promising work by authors willing to collaborate with our consensus-based group. As a press, we commit to participate in the ongoing conversation and practice regarding inclusion and equity. To this end, we encourage submissions from underrepresented voices and poets from marginalized communities.

Airlie Press produces one or two full-length volumes a year. All funds earned through book sales, subscription orders, and contributions are returned to Airlie Press for the creation of new books of poetry.

Northwest Film Center Launches New Platform

Northwest Film Center Launches New Platform

Portland, OR. Northwest Film Center is launching a platform called Co:Laboratory. It offers both online and in-person opportunities for people who want to keep their connection to the art world. With Co:Laboratory, art lovers can engage with others by exchanging ideas with an eye toward innovation, and creativity. Co:Laboratory offers a range of opportunities, from free classes and workshops to high-level programming for professionals. The goal is to give everyone an opportunity to expand their skill set.

One of the classes coming up in Co:Laboratory, is a stop motion animation class for students ages 9-14 years old.

Another workshop offered is called Inclusivity and Your Script, offered November 18-21, which will explore approaches to creating diverse characters in film and TV.

Portland Art Museum and NW Film Center have also made a space to access tons of different types of art–from writing to film to paintings and much more– at PAM + NWFC at home. Many nonprofits around Portland have been working hard to transition to online so that the Portland community can continue to access the arts, which is a gift for many during this time.

From NWFC:

Expansive in genre, mediums, and ideas, the NWFC’s Co:Laboratory is one grand experiment. Continuously offering online and IRL connection to people, ideas, and innovations in the media arts that help artists and art lovers sustain their curiosity and what is creatively possible, the Co:Laboratory exists to uniquely inspire new projects, new skills, and new ways of seeing. In the spirit of all creative endeavors, it will be designed to be an ever-evolving, community-driven, ongoing work-in-progress.