Artists Thrive at 54th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Artists Thrive at 54th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Lake Oswego, OR. The spotlight is on artists every year at the annual Festival of the Arts in Lake Oswego. Visitors see artists like Lisa Jensen whose work was featured in the exhibit, Artist’s Vision: The Skies Opened. It was one of the exhibits that drew thousands of people to the community nine miles south of Portland last weekend.

More than 18,000 people attended the event this year to see more than 1,400 pieces of art from 10 states.

Cindi Lommasson demonstrates her unique techniques with Chinese Brush Painting in the Open Show Pavilion Tent during festival.

Young artists experiment with colored pencils similar to the ones used in the special exhibit entitled, “Beyond the Point” the fine art of colored pencil and graphite,” At Lakewood Center for the Arts. This year’s chosen medium was the pencil—both colored and graphite—dry and water-soluble.

Artist Dee Waggoner poses with her piece entitled “Serenity.” Her art was featured on the cover of the Festival 2017 program guide.

Colored pencil artist Richard Helmick, explains his technique to an art enthusiast.

The community nurtures artists. 39 artists received cash prizes from Festival Sponsors for their work within one of the 6 Festival art exhibits.

The festival wrapped up its run at the end of June, but the next exhibit at the Lakewood Center for the Arts will feature Corinna Campbell-Sack July 18 – September 11th.

From the Lakewood Center for the Arts:

The Festival is a non-profit event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts. Click here to make a contribution. 

The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lake Oswego is located 9 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The Festival presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Attracting some 25,000 visitors during the three days of the event, the Festival includes several art exhibits, food booths, music, and fine art and craft.

DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency Hospital Offers Summertime Tips to Help Pets

DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency Hospital Offers Summertime Tips to Help Pets

Portland, OR. DoveLewis is encouraging pet owners to take extra care with their animals during the hot weather. Make sure your pets have access to plenty of shade and water. Your dog will not complain if he or she is suffering from too much sun, heat, exercise or thirst, so pay close attention.

On Memorial Day, DoveLewis treated a record-breaking number of patients – 95 animals in one day. Doctors saw a total of 253 that weekend.

Veterinarians have advice to prevent heatstroke:

Always use extreme caution if your pets are in the car. Signs of heatstroke include: panting, staring, warm dry skin, high fever, anxious expression, rapid heartbeat, refusal to obey commands, vomiting, wobbly gait, collapse. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, call a veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, remove the animal from the heat and continuously wet down the animal thoroughly by spraying or pouring cool water over the animal. Make sure there is complete penetration of the hair coat and that the belly and groin areas are wetted down as well. Avoid complete immersion in water because heat cannot leave the body as effectively. If available use a fan to help cool the animal while it is wet. Often the pet will respond after only a few minutes of cooling, only to falter again with his temperature soaring back up or falling to well below what is normal. With this in mind, remember that it is imperative to get the animal to a veterinarian.

 

When it’s hot, exercise your pet early in the morning or later at night. Rinse dogs off after hikes and swims. Pay special attention to cleaning their ears and around their paw pads and toes. Also check eyes, nostrils, legs and footpads for ticks, debris or soreness.

Animals can get sunburned just like their humans. Sunburns can cause pain, peeling, and skin cancer. Animals with light colored or thin hair may be especially susceptible. When you go out, remember to use pet safe sunblock on unprotected areas like the tips of the ears, skin around the lips, and top of the nose. If the sunblock is safe for babies, it should be safe for your pet.

Beware of antifreeze–it is toxic even in very small amounts. During the summer, cars are more likely to over heat and may leak antifreeze – the bright green liquid found oozing from that car with the engine fan on. Antifreeze tastes sweet and may be inviting to pets.

Take caution in using pesticides. Some pets may be attracted to slug bait, mole poison, and systemic pesticides like Ortho and Bonide. Make sure pets stay away from areas with chemicals for several days after use. Flower bulbs can be toxic for pets. Tulip and narcissus bulbs can cause distress if ingested. Additionally, lilies are highly toxic to cats. Use caution with plants in and around your home.

As the 4th of July Holiday approaches experts remind pet owners that anxiety is the most common problem for pets around fireworks. One of the best ways to keep pets safe during fireworks season is to keep them inside. A radio or fan can provide soothing background noise to drown out the sound of fireworks.

For more information, check out the DoveLewis website at: https://www.dovelewis.org/

2017 Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest Draws Big Crowds

2017 Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest Draws Big Crowds

Cannon Beach, OR. Tens of thousands of people turned out for the 53rd annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest on June 17th. A team called Form Finders, headquartered in Olympia, WA, created the winning entry. It featured an African safari with whimsical animals exploring the tundra by Jeep. The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest is one of the oldest in the U.S. and is the most popular annual event in coastal town. There are divisions ranging from Masters, who create intricate sculptures, to large family groups, and children just having fun in the sand.

Here’s a list of the winners:

Here’s a look at some of the creations from this year.

From Cannon Beach:

Here’s a video about Cannon Beach:

Cannon Beach is a small town beach resort experience on the North Oregon Coast. It offers sightseeing, immediate access to natural areas, outdoor recreation and lodging, dining and shopping. It is popular for its long stretch of sandy beach, scenic shoreline with rock formations like Haystack Rock and its small, picturesque, walk-able downtown, all within 80 miles of Portland. 

Sun Shines on Rose Festival Half-Marathon Winners

Sun Shines on Rose Festival Half-Marathon Winners

Beaverton, OR.  Rose Festival Half Marathon hit the streets of Beaverton under cool but sunny skies. Starting and finishing at Southridge High School the route ran through southeast Beaverton neighborhoods and along the popular Fanno Creek Greenway Trail. (Photo credit, Tim Adams, Portland Rose Festival)

Winning his first half marathon, cross country runner Christopher Nussbaum coasted across the finish line in 1:21:32 almost three minutes ahead of second place finisher Eric Valdes.

The women’s race brought the excitement level up as the top three runners finished within seconds of each other. 

New York student Ingrid Wells, in her first visit to Portland, won in 1:31:12, nineteen seconds ahead of second place Colleen Rocereto who came in just ahead of third place runner Amanda Gervasi by 9 seconds.

                        WINNERS – MEN

                        Christopher Nussbaum           1:21:32

                        Eric Valdes                              1:24:25

                        David Hopper                          1:28:32

                        WINNERS – WOMEN

                        Ingrid Wells                             1:31:12

                        Colleen Rocereto                    1:31:31

                        Amanda Gervasi                     1:31:42

From The Rose Festival:

The Rose Festival, in partnership with the Portland Marathon, extends a big thank you to Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and the great City of Beaverton, including the Beaverton Police, Beaverton School District, and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District for their tremendous support of this sunny Sunday morning race. The Rose Festival Half Marathon is also supported by Kuni Lexus of Portland, Crunch Fitness, The Oregonian, FOX12, Alpha Media, and Nike.

The Portland Rose Festival is one of the first signs of summer. People come from far and wide to revel in the variety of culturally rich events happening during the months of May and June. Whether you are craving cotton candy and a spin on the CityFair Ferris wheel, want to dance your cares away at a RoZone Concert, or bask in the sun as amazing, all-floral floats drift through downtown in the Grand Floral Parade, there is an event for festival lovers of any age.

Here’s a link to events:

http://www.rosefestival.org/event-calendar

Diverse 2017 Rose Festival Court is Out and About

Diverse 2017 Rose Festival Court is Out and About

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

 

SUNDAY 4

COUNTRYFEST Waterfront – RoZone Stage

 

WEDNESDAY 7
FLEET WEEK Tom McCall Waterfront Park
JUNIOR PARADE Hollywood District – NE Sandy and 52nd 1:00 PM

 

THURSDAY 8

SPRING ROSE SHOW Lloyd Center 1:00 PM

 

FRIDAY 9

ROYAL ROSARIAN HONORARY KNIGHTING Washington Park Ampitheater 10:00 AM

 

SATURDAY 10

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

 

SUNDAY 11

DRAGON BOAT RACES Tom McCall Waterfront Park – South End 10:00 AM

PORTLAND’S BEST ROSE Washington Park International Test Garden 11:00 AM

There are even more events at http://www.rosefestival.org/event-calendar/2017

 

Here’s more information on members of the 2017 Rose Festival Court.

Anna Smiley

PRINCESS ANNA SMILEY

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Ermina Kariuki

PRINCESS ERMINA KARIUKI

JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Maggie Beutler

PRINCESS MAGGIE BEUTLER

WILSON HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Korah Vonderahe

PRINCESS KORAH VONDERAHE

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

2017-david-douglas

PRINCESS TIFFANY NGUYEN

DAVID DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Mayranni Cervantes

PRINCESS MAYRANNI CERVANTES

PARKROSE HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Mele Kavapalu

PRINCESS MELE KAVAPALU

MADISON HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Keeley Nguyen

PRINCESS KEELY NGUYEN

FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Sade Means

PRINCESS SADE MEANS

GRANT HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Mahlet Wondayehu

PRINCESS MAHLET (MAHI) WONDAYEHU

CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Biftu Amin

PRINCESS BIFTU AMIN

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Lucy Sagoo

PRINCESS LUCHANNA (LUCY) SAGOO

ST. MARY’S ACADEMY

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Michaela Canete

PRINCESS MICHAELA CANETE

METRO WEST

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Madisyn Montgomery

PRINCESS MADISYN MONTGOMERY

METRO EAST

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

 

Krishay Hayes-Motley

PRINCESS KRISHAY HAYES-MOTLEY

BENSON HIGH SCHOOL

BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Draws Photographers and Nature Lovers

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Draws Photographers and Nature Lovers

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:

Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per car. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is located at 33814 S. Meridian Rd. Woodburn, OR 97071 – about 45 minutes from Portland and 30 minutes from Salem. Click here for the directions page.

 

 

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