Portland, OR. Fifteen Portland Rose Festival Princesses are making the rounds at local businesses, special events and celebrations. The 2017 court is a standout for its diversity. At a blessing by Archbishop Alexander Sample, he explained how the group has the opportunity to “honor diversity but celebrate our unity as a wonderful community of love, respect, and peace.” The 2017 Rose Festival court is made up almost entirely of young women of color. Five of the princesses were born outside of the country, representing Kenya, China, the Philippines and Ethiopia.
Court members were at the Delta Park Elmer’s Restaurant to help spread the word about “Rose Meals.” For each Rose Meal purchased at 12 participating restaurants through June 25th, Elmer’s will donate $1 to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. Since the program began in 2010, Elmer’s has raised $86,907 for the Rose Festival Foundation.
The Rose Festival Court is comprised of up to 15 young women chosen from Portland Metro-area high schools. After their selection court members travel full-time 5 days a week for 5 weeks, visiting community events, business leaders, hospitals, senior living centers, youth organizations and civic groups. Court Members also receive one-on-one mentorship, a $3,500 scholarship provided by The Randall Group, and a complete wardrobe. The Rose Festival Court is presented by Unitus Community Credit Union.
The Rose Festival Queen is chosen from the Court and is crowned at the Queen’s Coronation. The Queen represents Portland and the Rose Festival for one year at appearances throughout the country and abroad. The Coronation will be held just before the Grand Flora Parade on June 10th.
On April 23rd, members of the Rose Festival Court made their first public appearance at the annual Blessing of Festival.
Here’s a rundown of some popular Rose Festival Events:
SATURDAY June 3rd
DRAGON BOAT ART SHOW Antoinette Hatfield Hall – Portland5
SOGETSU IKEBANA EXHIBITION Japanese Garden Cultural Crossing Event Facility
CITYFAIR Tom McCall Waterfront Park
SIR MIX-A-LOT Tom McCall Waterfront Park 7:45 PM
STARLIGHT RUN Lincoln High School SW 16th & Salmon 8:30 PM
STARLIGHT PARADE Downtown Portland
COUNTRYFEST Waterfront – RoZone Stage
FLEET WEEK Tom McCall Waterfront Park
JUNIOR PARADE Hollywood District – NE Sandy and 52nd 1:00 PM
SPRING ROSE SHOW Lloyd Center 1:00 PM
ROYAL ROSARIAN HONORARY KNIGHTING Washington Park Ampitheater 10:00 AM
DRAGON BOAT RACE Tom McCall Waterfront Park – South End 8:00 AM
QUEEN’S CORONATION Memorial Coliseum 9:30 AM
GRAND FLORAL WALK Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland 10:00 AM
GRAND FLORAL PARADE Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland 11:00 AM
GRAND FLORAL FLOAT SHOWCASE SW Naito Parkway 7:30 PM
DRAGON BOAT RACES Tom McCall Waterfront Park – South End 10:00 AM
PORTLAND’S BEST ROSE Washington Park International Test Garden 11:00 AM
Woodburn, OR. About one quarter of the tulips are in full bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. The farm’s spring festival kicked off on March 24th and will run through April 30th. There are several nonprofit events during the festival like the Muddy Paws 3k & 5k fun run on Saturday, April 29th. It benefits local dog rescue groups including the NW Boxer Rescue. Another popular draw is the annual photo contest, which has several categories. The retriever holding a bouquet, taken by Hana Kim, took 2nd place last year. Click here for info on how to enter the photo contest.
Susan Mecouch won the 2016 Pro Photo Grand Prize for her submission in the landscape category.
3rd place in the Landscape category went to by Daniel Cooper.
The 3rd place winner in the Pro Photo “Catch All” category was this photo by Jessica Lawson.
So how photogenic are the fields so far this year? Here’s a look:
Portland, OR. Residents and visitors can’t resist snapping photos of Ornamental Cherry Trees in Waterfront Park. The Japanese American Historical Plaza was dedicated on August 3, 1990, in memory of Japanese immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were deported to inland internment camps during World War II. The memorial includes artwork and sculpture that tells the story of Japanese people in the Pacific Northwest. There are one hundred ornamental cherry trees to the north of the plaza. Colorful snapshots abound.
Here’s some history about the Japanese American Historical Plaza:
Using thirteen engraved stones of basalt and granite, the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland tells an important story of the Japanese in Oregon. Landscape architect Robert Murase created the theme and design of the plaza to tell the story of the hardships suffered by Japanese immigrants and the indignities imposed by the incarceration of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The plaza shows how the rights of Japanese Americans on the West Coast were denied, and honors the bravery of those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces while their families were in the camps.
The story continues with poems inscribed on stones. The stone at the center of the plaza lists the ten internment camps. The base of this stone is surrounded by flagstones with jagged sides laid out in irregular patterns reflecting the broken dreams of the internees.
Poets Lawson Inada (Ashland), Shizue Iwatsuki (Hood River, deceased), Masaki Kinoshita (Portland, deceased), and Hisako Saito (Portland, deceased) composed the inscribed poems.
Murase was inspired to design the plaza while attending a Day of Remembrance memorial, which Japanese American communities hold throughout the country to remember February 19, 1942, the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order was the first step that led to the imprisonment of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. In March, 1942, the U.S. Army posted exclusion orders in towns and cities on the West Coast, advising all persons of Japanese ancestry to prepare to be evacuated from their homes and businesses.
In the spring of 1988, the City of Portland decided to complete the north end of the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which borders the Willamette River and Nihomachi, the area known as Japantown, where many Japanese lived and worked before the war. Murase had discussed his concept with Portland businessman and visionary Bill Naito (1926-1996), who encouraged him to complete a design. Under the sponsorship of the Japanese American Citizens League, Murase submitted his proposal and it was accepted in 1988.
The Historical Plaza, which presents poems of Japanese experiences, is a permanent reminder of the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The last stone has a bronze plaque with excerpts from the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which includes an apology for the unlawful imprisonment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
Since its dedication in August 3, 1990, the Japanese American Historical Plaza has received the Waterfront Center’s Top International Award, two national awards, one state award, and four Metropolitan awards. Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Inc. (O.N.E.), a nonprofit organization, administers the plaza and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.
Portland, OR. If you heed advice to arrive early for flights at PDX, you’ve likely had some time on your hands after you’ve cleared security. If you’re waiting in concourse C, now you’ve have something new to do. The Hollywood Theatre opened a first-of-its-kind free microcinema at the airport on February 23rd. The 17-seat theatre is located after security in the airport’s C concourse. The microcinema, in partnership with the Port of Portland, serves the airport’s 16 million annual visitors. Ticketed passengers can drop in free of charge to watch short films by Oregon filmmakers.
Here’s a look at some of the short films available for viewing.
Finding Oregon is a short film by John Waller & Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Productions and runs just 4:09 minutes. Finding Oregon is the compilation of six months of timelapse photography across the state of Oregon.
Another selection is No More, a video highlighting both the pure MC skills of Portland, OR hip hop artist Mic Capes and the cinematic visual work of Totem Ent. This is heartfelt music driven by the values of family and community. Shot in the New Columbia Villa it runs 4:08 minutes.
With a dozen exhibitions by local artists ever year, the public art program is just one of the many amenities that regularly ranks PDX as the country’s best airport. “It can be a little bit stressful to travel, and one of the things we found helps soothe the travel stress: music, artwork, and now we’ll have a theater too,” said Kama Simonds, the airport spokesperson for the Port of Portland.
One of the films being shown this first winter in the small theatre is The Lost Fish.
PDX agreed to donated the space for at least three years to the nonprofit that runs the historic Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Hollywood’s executive director, Doug Whyte and his team then took a year to get funding to permit, design and build out the modern, micro-theater with a donated top-shelf projector and sound system.
Here’s the complete list of short films which will be screened at the new PDX Hollywood Theatre.
Opening Program: Winter 2017
LAMENTATION, Kirk Kelley of HouseSpecial (5:26):
Inspired by Portland’s own world-renowned Pink Martini’s sorrowful Romanian ballad “Până când nu te iubeam (Before I Fell in Love with You),” Lamentation plays on expansive micro views of intimate objects. The resulting visuals weave several styles of thematic imagery, each thread cyclically returning to its own organic struggle against stasis.
FINDING OREGON, John Waller & Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Productions (4:09)
Finding Oregon is the compilation of six months of timelapse photography across the state of Oregon, punctuated by a 1600 mile road trip in 2011. Directed by John Waller and Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Productions
COWBURD, Patrick Neary (3:52
A hapless dairy cow, inspired by a little bird, takes to the skies with chaotic results.
MAGDA, Chel White (5:34
A first love is corrupted as a man recalls his affair with a beautiful circus contortionist in this stop-motion animation of wooden manikins. At its heart, Magda is an off-center parable about lost innocence and the corruptibility of human nature.
THE LOST FISH, Jeremy Monroe / Freshwaters Illustrated (5:00)
One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest fish is disappearing, and along with it the sacred place it holds among many American Indian Tribes. Follow elders and biologists from the Umatilla, Nez Perce, Yakama, and Warm Springs Tribes into the world of Pacific Lamprey, and discover the deep connection that exists between the Northwest’s indigenous people and an ancient fish. Produced in Partnership with the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission with Cooperation from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
COOPED, Mike A. Smith (9:00)
A sofa-bound dog is shocked to learn that a whole world lies outside the door— the maddening, unbreakable door.
THIS PLACE, Truen Pence (5:45)
From its local inhabitants to its visitors, the Oregon Coast means different things to different people. This Place is a portrait of the coast as seen through the eyes of a few who cherish it.
MODERN DARK, Josh Lunden (6:04)
A young man living in a light-polluted city attempts to see the stars through his childhood telescope.
NO MORE, Mic Capes; Music Video by Totem Ent (4:08)
A powerful video highlighting both the pure MC skills of Portland, OR hip hop artist Mic Capes and the cinematic visual work of Totem Ent. This is heartfelt music driven by the values of family and community. Shot in the New Columbia Villa.
PORTLAND: YOU ARE HERE, PSU Students (8:31)
Portland: You are Here is a video series made by Portland State University film students which profiles Portland residents enjoying what the city has to offer.
Portland, OR. The Oregon Historical Society has a new exhibit featuring the work of Hood River Photographer Peter Marbach. He straddled the source of the river near Canal Flats, BC. It’s an underground spring, most likely fed by the Kootenay River. Peter Marbach is documenting the landscapes and culture of the entire 1,250 miles of the Columbia River, from its beginnings, to the two-mile-wide confluence with the Pacific. The exhibit, which runs from January 19th – April 1st, is called The Columbia River: From Source to Sea. Here’s a glimpse of a few of the images.
Photographer Peter Marbach captures wildflowers during last light on Dog Mountain.
The Purcell Mountains are reflected in calm water near Spillimacheen, BC.
Akisqnuk First Nation elder Pete Sanchez is featured in this photo along the shores of the Columbia near Windermere, BC.
While this exhibit showcases the beauty, culture, and geographic diversity of Nch I Wana – The Big River, it is the hope of photographer Peter Marbach that this display will launch greater public awareness and encourage those at the negotiating table to consider the moral obligation of honoring aboriginal knowledge of river restoration and to harness the will and existing technology to bring back the ancient runs of salmon that will once again make the Columbia a life giving source to all.
Peter Marbach will be on hand to talk about his photos on Wednesday, February 15th from 7 AM – 8:30. He will discuss the importance of the current Columbia River Treaty re-negotiations and its implications that may lead to the eventual return of Pacific Salmon all the way to the headwaters.
The event will take place at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, in Portland.
Portland, OR. The country’s first nonprofit brew house keeps getting more national attention. Just last month, CBS this morning and Forbes featured the Oregon Public House. Since 2013, the brewery has raised over $120,000 for local nonprofits. When customers purchase their food and/or beverage they decide whom the profit will benefit. Staffers and supporters from nonprofits like The Wetlands Conservancy take turns working as servers. Here’s a video explaining the slogan “Have a Pint – Change the World!”
The Oregon Public house has been featured on over a dozen broadcast programs, including The Colbert Report.
And newspaper articles? Well, they were featured in the New York Times.
Oregon Public House President, Ryan Saari says, “Portland, Oregon is the craft brewing capital of America and supports an extensive, thriving pub culture. Portland also hosts more non-profit organizations per capita then any other city in America. Our vision is to leverage these two unique attributes by creating a family-friendly pub environment for our neighbors.” The establishment is located at 700 NE Dekum St.
The Oregon Public House is a place where people can learn more about non-profit organizations and discover practical ways they can become involved.
This group came from Auckland, New Zealand and found the Oregon Public House.
Another Portland nonprofit brewery donating 100% of its net profits to nonprofits is Ex Novo at 2326 North Flint Ave. Joel Gregory is the Founder and President and manages the business. Ex Novo opened its doors in July of 2014.
The Ex Novo business model includes selling bottled beer at retail establishments. The beer buzz may continue for breweries benefiting nonprofits. Especially as the amount of money they raise continues to increase.
Note: This is a list of the news coverage that the Oregon Public House has enjoyed thus far:
The New York Times What??? “In New Pubs, Good Cheer and Good Works,” read here
Thrillist featured a review of their experience at our soft opening. read here
10best.com rated us the #1 Brewpub in Portland! read here
Stanford Social Innovation Review anyone? read here
Reason.com wrote an EXCELLENT artice about us here
New School Beer Blog did an excellent article about us, here
The Oregonian did a wonderful article that was almost 2 years in the makinghere
Bitteredunits did a nice little blog about a visit available here
Priceonomics wrote an indepth piece about our model here
BeerAdvocate Magazine did a short article about us. read here
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