2017 Summer Movies in Oregon State Parks Offer Unique Outdoor Entertainment

2017 Summer Movies in Oregon State Parks Offer Unique Outdoor Entertainment

Portland, OR. The Hollywood Theatre, Oregon Parks & Rec, and Oregon Film are teaming up to bring a unique series of outdoor movies to Oregon State Parks. Films featured will include Breaking Away, the 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film. The second annual Summer Movies in Oregon State Parks series kicks off on July 29th with a screening of  THE BOOK OF LIFE at the Champoeg State Heritage Area. All parks in the series are within driving distance of Portland, with film programming selected to complement the diverse features of each park. These screenings are free, and movies begin at dusk.

outdoor screenings
Here’s a list of the films and State Park locations:
Book of Life


Presented by Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film and the Hollywood Theatre at Champoeg State Heritage Area

In the Mexican town of San Angel, Manolo (Diego Luna), …read more

Saturday, July 29 – 8:30 PM
Breaking Away


Presented by Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film and the Hollywood Theatre at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park

Dave (Dennis Christopher) and his working-class friends…read more

Saturday, August 05 – 8:30 PM
Muppet Treasure Island


Presented by Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film and the Hollywood Theatre on Cannon Beach.

The Muppets search for buried treasure in this 1996 musical adventure …read more

Saturday, August 12 – 8:15 PM
Secret Life of Pets


Presented by Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film and the Hollywood Theatre at Molalla River State Park 

Bring your dog to the movies…read more

Saturday, September 09 – 7:30 PM
For information on the entire series click here.
OPB Thanks Business Partners With Summer Celebration

OPB Thanks Business Partners With Summer Celebration

Portland, OR.  The annual OPB Business Partners Thank You Party celebrated the 300+ organizations that sponsor OPB radio, television and digital content. Sponsors who have been supporting OPB for five-, ten- and 20-years were recognized for their impressive, longstanding commitment at the June 28th event. Inside the OPB studio on Macadam Avenue, Becky Chinn from LKA Fundraising & Communications, OPB President & CEO Steve Bass, and Kirsten Kippen from Idealist Consulting enjoyed the festivities. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus Photography)

Richard Yugler and David Bennet from Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP were recognized for 10 years of OPB sponsorship.

Isabella Moore and Kristy Moore from Montavilla Sewing Centers were recognized for 20 years of OPB sponsorship.

Somya Singh, Ruth Shelly, Mary Beebe from Portland’s Children’s Museum enjoyed celebrating with stars from Downton Abbey at the OPB Business Partners Thank You Party.


2017 Ride to Defeat ALS Raises $157,000

2017 Ride to Defeat ALS Raises $157,000

Mt. Angel, OR. The 2017 Ride to Defeat ALS raised $157,306, which was $7,000 over what organizers had set as a goal. Riders started out in Mt. Angel, Oregon and had five different rides they could select: a Century Ride (100 miles), Metric Century Ride (62 Miles), 50 Mile Ride, 25 Mile Ride, and a Family Fun Ride (3 miles). Over 200 riders hit the road for the July 8th event to support local care services, international ALS research and national public policy efforts. (Photo credit, Majestic Event Photography)

Here’s a list of the top fund raising teams:

  1. Ken’s Kismet – $22,016.01
  2. Team VBC – $14,803.00
  3. Betsey’s Bikers – $7,868.00
  4. Bones’s Brigade – $6,805.00
  5. Drafters – $5,988.00
  6. A family affair – $5,920.00
  7. Ride for a Cure! – $4,100.00
  8. Ran’s Fans – $3,900.00
  9. Sherry’s Angels – $3,845.00
  10. Guys & Gals Riding for PALS – $3,580.00

Since its inception in 2002, The local chapter of The ALS Association has been the central source for services and education for people with ALS, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals in all of Oregon and the six counties of Southwest Washington. The progression of ALS varies significantly from one person to another. Responding to each person’s individual needs, the local chapter is available to provide vital services and reliable information.

Here’s a video with information about ALS: 

From The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter:

Our Mission:

Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

About ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease):

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a person of their ability to walk, speak, swallow and, eventually breathe. With no known cause or cure, a person can expect to live typically 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

ALS has no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries and in only 10% of cases there is a family history of ALS. Today, there are approximately 30,000 people in the US living with ALS and 5,600 people are diagnosed each and every year in the US. At any given time, there are an estimated 400-500 families living with ALS in Oregon and SW Washington.

To learn more, please visit our chapter website at www.alsa-or.org.

Our chapter receives no government or insurance funding. Our mission is funded solely by events such as the Ride to Defeat ALS.

2017 Dave and Dan Golf Classic Raises More Than $1.2 Million for Children’s Hospitals

2017 Dave and Dan Golf Classic Raises More Than $1.2 Million for Children’s Hospitals

North Plains, OR. This year’s fifth annual Dave and Dan Classic, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, raised more than $1.273 million to support Credit Unions for Kids, benefiting six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. This year’s event also saw more than 30 celebrity guests who came out to play in the golf tournament, named after NFL Hall of Fame inductees, Dan Fouts and Dave Wilcox.

This year’s fundraising total includes more than $100,000 donated by First Tech employees and members. First Tech Federal Credit Union organized the event, bringing together credit unions and industry partners from across the country on July 10 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon. 

“Without community and philanthropic support from organizations like Credit Unions for Kids, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital wouldn’t be able to provide the exceptional care that it does,” said Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., physician-in-chief and Credit Unions for Kids Chair of Pediatrics, OHSU Doernbecher, OHSU School of Medicine. “The funds raised at this year’s Dave and Dan Classic will support clinical care, innovation and pioneering research, and health care costs for families in need.”

Since 2000, the Dave & Dan Classic – formerly known as the “Hank and Moose Open” – has raised more than $6 million and has become one of the largest credit union sponsored events to support Credit Unions for Kids. The proceeds raised during the tournament benefit the following Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Portland, Oregon), Sacred Heart Medical Center (Eugene, Oregon), Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, Washington), USCF Benioff Children’s Hospital (Oakland, California), UC Davis Children’s Hospital (Sacramento, California), and Children’s Hospital Colorado (Aurora, Colorado).

“A key part of the credit union difference is our commitment to the community, and I’m proud of First Tech’s leadership in supporting Credit Unions for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Greg Mitchell, CEO and president of First Tech. “It’s humbling to see our employees, members and industry partners come together every year to generously give their time, talent and treasures to provide hope and make a difference in children’s lives.”

This year’s Dave and Dan sponsors include MasterCard, CO-OP Financial Services, PSCU, Fiserv, CU Direct, Crowe Horwath, CUNA Mutual Group, The Standard, FIS, and CSCU. Other partners included Alkami Technology, JLL, Performance Trust Capital Partners, Raymond James, AT&T, and HP. Credit Union Heritage Sponsors include OnPoint Community Credit Union, iQ Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, Unitus Community Credit Union, Patelco Credit Union, and Stanford Federal Credit Union.

About First Tech Federal Credit Union:

First Tech Federal Credit Union is a $10.6+ billion institution headquartered in Mountain View, California. It is the nation’s premier credit union serving the world’s leading technology-oriented companies and their employees, including HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Agilent, Intel, Cisco, Amazon, Nike, CH2M, Intuit, Google, and more. First Tech is recognized as the industry catalyst for delivering effortless banking experiences to over 488,000 members through its 41 branch locations, more than 5,400 CO-OP Shared Branch locations, 30,000 CO-OP Network ATMs, online platforms, and 286,000 ATMs nationwide. First Tech offers a full range of financial services, including traditional banking, online banking, mortgages, financial planning, various consumer loans, and insurance services. For more information, visit www.firsttechfed.com.

About First Tech Federal Credit Union Community Program:

First Tech Federal Credit Union is committed to supporting the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators. In 2016, First Tech provided $2.8 million and nearly 25,000 employee volunteer hours to the community, by directing dollars and time to community partners which provide support for programs and services for children and families, ensuring that children have the tools they need to learn, be healthy and succeed. Philanthropic focus areas include support in the areas of education (STEM, literacy and financial education), research (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and supportive health services for children) and innovation (food, shelter and safety). Learn more about First Tech’s commitment to the community at www.firsttechfed.com/community.

About Credit Unions for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®:

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as our movement’s charity of choice, credit unions are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. Since 2006, CU4Kids has raised $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

The Big Float VII Benefits Human Access Project’s Fight for Clean Water

The Big Float VII Benefits Human Access Project’s Fight for Clean Water

Portland, OR. Thousands of water lovers of all ages took a dip in the Willamette River for the 7th annual Big Float, hosted by the Human Access Project. Participants launched from “Poet’s Beach” which is on the west bank under Marquam Bridge and take out was at the Tom McCall Bowl south of the Hawthorne Bridge. After the float people gathered for a summer beach party, including a music barge with live bands.

It’s a competition with bragging rights to come up with the most colorful floats and costumes.

It's a competition with bragging rights on the line to come up with the most colorful floats and, in this case, hats to boot!

This is the first year floaters were able to enjoy the new and improved Poet’s Beach. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler opened the beach on July 12th in an effort to reconnecting people to the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The Mayor dedicated $158,040 to implement a temporary swimming beach pilot program for summer 2017 at Poet’s Beach. Here are some details:

Poet’s Beach at a Glance

  • Program duration: July 12 through September 4, 2017.
  • Poet’s Beach is a sandy shore with river access, and an in-water swimming area delineated with a swim line and floats.
  • Water depth is shallow in the area of Poet’s Beach.
  • On-land amenities include: picnic tables; trash cans; bicycle racks; signage; life jacket borrowing station; and portable toilets.
  • Specialized river rescue lifeguards will staff the site 7 days/week.
  • Lifeguard hours are from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
  • PP&R Beach hosts will be at the site 7 days/week, welcoming guests, orienting them to the site, and collecting usage data. Hours and shifts are to be determined.

Map of Poet's Beach

Getting to Poet’s Beach

Poet’s Beach is in South Waterfront Park, on the west side of the Willamette River and just north of the I-5 Marquam Bridge.

  • Walk, roll, or bicycle along the South Waterfront Park Trail. Bicycle racks are available at Poet’s Beach for short-term use.
  • If taking public transportation, the nearest Portland Streetcar stop is SW River Parkway and Moody Avenue. The nearest TriMet bus stops are 35 and 36
  • If driving, the nearest road intersection is SW River Parkway and Moody Avenue. Paid vehicle parking is available in the area.

View a larger map of Poet’s Beach

Here’s a video from last year’s Big Float:

From the Human Access Project HAP:

The Human Access Project vision is simple:  a city in love with its river. This grassroots not-for-profit group has three concentric goals: 1) Create a human habitat and more access points along the Willamette River in downtown Portland. 2) Inspire people to get into the Willamette River. 3) Facilitate stewardship of the Willamette River and Watershed.

Free Summer Entertainment on Tap at “JAW: A Playwrights Festival”

Free Summer Entertainment on Tap at “JAW: A Playwrights Festival”

Portland, OR. The 19th annual JAW (short for Just Add Water): A Playwrights Festival, offers a chance to preview new scripts while they’re still in development. The JAW Big Weekend is July 28-30 in various locations at the Portland Center Stage facility: The Armory. JAW is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.pcs.org/jaw.

This year’s JAW staged readings include Kate Attwell’s Testmatch, examining women’s sports, mangos, and the ever-present legacy of colonialism; Small Steps by Briandaniel Oglesby, a comedy traversing 50 million miles and a million years; Mfoniso Udofia’s In Old Age, part of a nine-play cycle about Nigerian American immigrants that explores the true nature of love and forgiveness; and Tiny Houses, Stefanie Zadravec’s comic riff on Pandora’s Box that follows the ripple effect on several women who suddenly realize they can disrupt the status quo. Surrounding the staged readings, attendees can also enjoy Press Play events such as a site-specific dance performance and an indie gaming event. Community Artist Labs offer opportunities to build skills in adapting works of fiction, theatricalizing found text, and creating devised theater (attendance for labs is by lottery).

Polaris Dance Theatre celebrates the joy of movement a previous JAW: A Playwrights Festival.

A stage manager makes edits on the fly to the script for Jason Wells’ “The North Plan,” part of the Big Weekend of readings at Portland Center Stage’s JAW: a Playwright’s Festival. (Photo credit, Patrick Weishampel)

The cast of The Huntsmen rehearses their staged reading for JAW: A Playwrights Festival. (Photo credit, Patrick Weishampel.)

Here’s the complete 2017 JAW FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: 

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

All Day        Press Play Event: ZoomUganda Display                                                                      Studio Lobby

8:00 p.m.    JAW KICKOFF: Readings of Short Plays by JAW Promising Playwrights           Ellyn Bye Studio 


All Day        Press Play Event: ZoomUganda Display                                                             Studio Lobby

12:30 p.m.  Community Artist Lab: New Worlds for Old Stories                                              Admission by Lottery

3:00 p.m.    Press Play Event: Street Dance Battle with Michael Galen                                   Main Lobby

4:00 p.m.    STAGED READING: TINY HOUSES BY STEFANIE ZADRAVEC                      U.S. Bank Main Stage

6:00 p.m.    Press Play Event: PIGSquad Pop-up Gaming                                                       Main Lobby and Mezzanine

8:00 p.m.    STAGED READING: TESTMATCH BY KATE ATTWELL                                    U.S. Bank Main Stag

SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2017

All Day        Press Play Event: ZoomUganda Display                                                             Studio Lobby

12:00 p.m.  Community Artist Lab: Theatricalizing Found Text                                               Admission by Lottery

12:00 p.m.  Community Artist Lab: Creating Devised Performance                                        Admission by Lottery

3:20 p.m.    Press Play Event: Rachel Slater and Sara Parker’s Site-Specific Dance            Main Lobby

4:00 p.m.    STAGED READING: IN OLD AGE BY MFONISO UDOFIA                               U.S. Bank Main Stage

7:00 p.m.    Press Play Event: A Little Bit Off’s Clown Performance                                       Main Lobby and Mezzanine

8:00 p.m.    STAGED READING: SMALL STEPS BY BRIANDANIEL OGLESBY               U.S. Bank Main Stage


Staged readings are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Seating is general admission. Post-show conversations with the playwrights are held after most readings. Please Note: Staged readings are part of the play development process and do NOT represent completed scripts.



SATURDAY, JULY 29, 4:00 P.M.

On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Flight MH-17 rained down upon a tiny, war-torn Eastern Ukraine village after being targeted by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian Separatists. Bodies and objects alike become fodder for those trying to escape the circumstances in which they were born. Tiny Houses is a comic riff on Pandora’s Box that explores the ripple effect on several women who suddenly realize they can disrupt the status quo.

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 8:00 P.M.

Present day: A rained-out women’s cricket match between India and England leaves tensions bare and, as the rainy day drones relentlessly on, no one can play nice anymore. Then: The British East India Company rules in 18th century West Bengal, as two members of the Royal Cricket Team, ardent players of the game, debate the rules of engagement, the problem of the women, the trouble with mosquitoes, all against the backdrop of a country that they are destroying through famine. And before that? … Testmatch is a new play about women’s sports, mangos, cricket, and the ever-present legacy of colonialism, written for an all-female cast.



SUNDAY, JULY 30, 4:00 P.M.

Isolated within the walls of her derelict New England home and suffering the residual pain of years of abuse, an ancient woman, Abasiama Ufot, makes an unlikely spiritual connection with an elder stranger, Azell Abernarthy. Just as life takes a new turn, Abasiama and Azell learn the true nature of love and forgiveness.



SUNDAY, JULY 30, 8:00 P.M.
Finally fed up with the bot-and-disappointment-filled world of online gay dating, Skip Powers volunteers to go to Mars. And NASA says … “you’ll do.” This is a comedy that traverses 50 million miles and a million years.


Press Play events engage JAW audiences before and after staged readings.



ZoomUganda shares the journey of 12 girls given 12 cameras and 24 hours in which to tell their own stories through their own lenses. Directed by Portland-based Julie Resnick, ZoomUganda empowered its participants to stand in the centers of their world and share their perspectives. Sponsored by local nonprofit the Harambee Centre, which connects people in the US with the peoples and cultures of the African continent. 




A crowd-judged, 5v5, all-star street dance battle showcasing different styles of street and club dance. Michael ‘MANTIS’ Galen is a versatile freestyle dancer, teacher and choreographer who has trained, battled, performed and taught all over the West Coast and Brazil. Galen’s specialties include B-boyin’, House, Locking, Stepping, and Hip Hop party dancing.



Try out board games and computer games created by local designers. The Portland Indie Game Squad is dedicated to supporting the health and continued expansion of game developers and enthusiast communities in the Pacific Northwest and online. 




Portland-based dancers Rachel Slater and Sara Parker have created a site-specific dance performance for The Armory’s Main Lobby. Rachel Slater’s credits include work with Tere Mathern, Franco Nieto, Tracey Durbin, Jim McGinn and Éowyn Emerald & Dancers. Sara Parker has recently performed with artists such as Tere Mathern, Netta Yerushalmy, Pamela Geber-Handman and Sharee Lane.  



A Little Bit Off will bring their acrobatic clowning and physical comedy talents to JAW with a part-devised, part-improvised clown performance. Co-founded by Amica Hunter and David Cantor, A Little Bit Off began as a theatrical collaboration between two acrobatic clowns dedicated to bringing wonder and laughter to the audiences of the world. 


Admission is free but attendance is limited and determined by random lottery. To enter the lottery email [email protected] by July 25 with a list of the lab(s) that are of interest. 




This playful lab will steer participants through a crash course of adapting works of fiction for the stage. Through a series of creative activities, attendees will learn what questions to ask themselves when building fictional worlds and explore the delicate art of changing the shape of someone else’s work with both enthusiasm and ethics. This lab welcomes imaginative writers of all experience levels.




In this lab, participants will read a short story and investigate how the piece might live theatrically. A series of small group physical exercises will explore — both literally and abstractly — the characters, relationships and environments in the story. Attendees will experiment with how much language is necessary to communicate the ideas of the piece and how much can be communicated through movement. Participants should come ready to move. 




This lab explores the collaborative theater making process: making work on your feet, together. Participants will look at ways to create theater that is built collaboratively, from practical work in the room and not necessarily from the page first. Participants will explore “sources” — Where can a piece of theater come from? Anywhere? Yes! — and how to turn those sources into something for the stage. Space, movement, objects, text, identity, speech, silence, and found materials will be considered as equal fodder for creating work. Come dressed comfortably and ready to move — at least a little. 


Since launching in 1999, JAW: A Playwrights Festival has created a space for playwrights to have complete creative control and the resources to work on whatever they want to develop in their scripts. Each year, playwrights are chosen from nearly 200 submissions nationwide to collaborate with directors, dramaturgs, actors and other theater professionals from across the United States. Of the 76 plays that have received workshops at the festival, 68% have gone on to receive world premiere productions at regional theaters, including New York Theater Workshop, Steppenwolf Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Portland’s own Third Rail Repertory Theater. Thirteen JAW plays have received fully staged productions at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, giving Portland a strong national reputation for not only incubating new work, but helping to see that work to successful fruition.


Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan is the JAW Festival Director. Joining her are JAW Festival Co-Producers Kelsey Tyler and Brandon Woolley; JAW Literary Manager Benjamin Fainstein; JAW Festival Company Manager Will Cotter; Education and Community Programs Associate Clara-Liis Hillier; Education and Community Programs Coordinator Eric Werner; and the hardworking staff and volunteers of Portland Center Stage at The Armory who bring their talents and energies to JAW each year.

LOCATION: All JAW events happen at The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave., Portland, Ore., 97209

ACCESSIBILITY: Portland Center Stage at The Armory is committed to making its performances and facilities accessible to all patrons. Learn more at http://www.pcs.org/access/.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Most JAW events are recommended for high school age and up. 


Portland Center Stage at The Armory is the largest theater company in Portland and among the top 20 regional theaters in the country. Established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the company became independent in 1994 and has been under the leadership of Artistic Director Chris Coleman since 2000. Around 150,000 visitors attend The Armory annually to enjoy a mix of classical, contemporary and world premiere productions, along with a variety of high quality education and community programs. 11 productions are offered each season, in addition to roughly 400 community events created — in partnership with 170+ local organizations and individuals — to serve the diverse populations in the city. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 23 world premieres and presents an annual new works festival, JAW: A Playwrights Festival. Home to two theaters, The Armory was the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, and the first performing arts venue, to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. 

JAW: A Playwrights Festival is supported in part by The Kinsman Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Don and Mary Blair, and Ronnie S. Lacroute. Additional support is provided by Regional Arts & Culture Council and Oregon Arts Commission. Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s 2017-2018 season is funded in part by Season Superstars Tim and Mary Boyle, and Lead Corporate Champion Umpqua Bank. Further support comes from Season Sponsors: Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Wallace Foundation and Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the state of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mark Spencer Hotel is the official hotel partner. Portland Center Stage at The Armory was selected as a participant of the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability Initiative, a four-year effort with a nationwide cohort of 26 performing arts organizations. 



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