55th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Celebrates Community and Explores 3-D Printing

55th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Celebrates Community and Explores 3-D Printing

Lake Oswego, OR. The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is expected to draw about 25,000 visitors from June 22nd – 24th. This year’s special exhibit is called Layers: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing. It provides a look at the artistic side of 3D printing and advanced art-making technologies.

One piece of 3-D printing art on display is by a California professor at Pitzer College, David Bachman. His background in mathematics and his affinity for working with his hands converged when he began to experiment with 3D printing. Since then he has created unique sculptures by using several CAD modeling packages.

UK product artist Lionel T Dean has explored digital design and manufacturing technologies for almost ten years. In 2002 he founded Future Factories, a studio focused exclusively on 3D printing. Lionel’s pieces are being showcased at the “Layers” exhibit. 

Southridge High School is collaborating with co-curators to print a sculpture onsite during the Festival. 

Exhibits, music, and artist demos are held at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park. Over 1,000 pieces of art are on display, ranging from local to international, all juried so only the best make it to the festival. Juried artisans also fill George Rogers Park along with food vendors, the main music stage and the Chamber of Commerce Wine & Beer Tent. The festival offers entertainment, education and shopping for all ages in a family-friendly environment. Here’s a look at some activity at the park:

Visitors can also see artwork by local students presented in two unique exhibits: the Art Literacy Exhibit featuring artworks by K-8 students, and the High School Exhibit featuring all mediums of work by students grades 9-12.

About the Festival of the Arts: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is an arts education event of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. It is held the weekend after Father’s Day each year and attracts 22-25,000 people. Contributions to the Festival are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 93-0700108.

Here’s a PSA about the festival:

Mission Statement: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is to educate by promoting, supporting, coordinating, and exhibiting the arts of the region.

Location/Support: The Festival takes place at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park, both on State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon USA. Lake Osweo is located 9 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The Festival is sustained by valuable partnerships with the City of Lake Oswego, Clackamas County Tourism and Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, the Lake Oswego School District, small and large businesses, the “Friends of the Festival,” plus more than 500 volunteers who work throughout the year and the weekend to make the Festival the success it is.

Metropolitan Family Service Honors Top Community Volunteers

Metropolitan Family Service Honors Top Community Volunteers

Portland, OR. Bruce Murray and Val Ilsley received the Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) 2018 Thomas Stoel Award for volunteer commitment to the community and a special recognition dinner was held in their honor May 22nd at the Sentinel in downtown Portland. Those who posed for a photo included MFS CEO Judy Strand; Bruce Murray and Val Ilsley; Social Venture Partners Portland CEO Mark Holloway; KeyBank Sr. Vice President and Manager, Pacific and Rocky Mountain Regions Corporate Responsibility Bruce Whiting.

Val Ilsley thanked MFS saying, “The most important thing of all is how all of you inspire me everyday—the Board, the staff, the Executive Team, the programs and the people that you impact on a daily basis.” (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Former MFS Board Member and current Multnomah County Commissioner-Elect, Susheelah Jayapal, and MFS Board Vice Chair, Katie Gallagher arrive at the Tom Stoel Recognition Dinner. Photo by Andie Petkus.

MFS Stewards, Sarah and Josh Reynolds, Former MFS Board Member and Community Leader, Amy Wayson, and MFS Chief Program Officer, Amy Corbett enjoy pre-dinner conversation. Mr. Reynolds is also an MFS former Board Chair and current CEO of Ruby Jewel. Photo by Andie Petkus.

MFS recognizes and honors Mr. Stoel’s legacy by bestowing an award that bears his name. As one of Portland’s leading citizens, Mr. Stoel helped establish many local charitable foundations. Mr. Stoel was a founding member of the MFS Board of Directors in 1950.

“Val and Bruce have advanced organizations and efforts that serve those most in need, with a focus on economic advancement for those living on the edge of poverty,” shared MFS CEO Judy Strand.

MFS provides help to more than 10,000 children, families, and older adults in the greater Portland and SW Washington area each year. For more information, visit www.metfamily.org.

Screening of Gus Van Sant Film Raises $10,000 to Support Legacy’s John Callahan Garden

Screening of Gus Van Sant Film Raises $10,000 to Support Legacy’s John Callahan Garden

Portland, OR. Thanks to Willamette Week and Cinema 21, Legacy Health raised $10,000 to support the John Callahan Garden at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center during a screening of a movie based on Callahan’s life. “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” was directed by Gus Van Sant, who attended the screening and posed for a photo with some of John Callahan’s family members. Five hundred people were at the June 12th screening and an after-party at Courtney Taylor’s Odditorium drew some 200 guests.

Callahan, who died in 2010, was a cartoonist for Willamette Week and a fixture in Northwest Portland. He had been a patient at the Legacy Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO) after he became a quadriplegic in a 1972 car wreck and later volunteered there.

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is based on Callahan’s autobiography and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It will be in released in local theatres on July 13th.

Joaquin Phoenix plays John Callahan in the film and Jonah Hill, his AA sponsor.

The cast and crew of “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.” © 2018 Sundance Institute | Tiffany Roohani

The garden bearing his name is nestled within Legacy Good Samaritan Park on Northwest Marshall St., between 21st and 22nd Avenues. It features an art installation that includes Callahan’s cartoons interwoven with his life story. RIO therapists use the garden to work with patients recovering from strokes and spinal cord injuries.

From Legacy:

Founded in 1875, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center is a nationally acclaimed, full-service hospital with renowned doctors in heart care, cancer care, neurology, ophthalmology, weight-loss surgery and more. Located within the hospital, Legacy Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO) provides comprehensive inpatient medical and therapy programs for adults from across the Pacific Northwest.

For more information about supporting Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, please contact Rena Whittaker, executive director of the Good Samaritan Foundation, at 503-413-5585 or [email protected].

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival & Parade Expected to Draw Over 60,000 Supporters

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival & Parade Expected to Draw Over 60,000 Supporters

Portland, OR. Organizers expect over 60,000 people to visit their Waterfront Festival and enjoy the annual parade during the June 16th-17th Portland Pride celebration. Portland Pride is held every June and is organized by the nonprofit, Pride Northwest. Its mission is to encourage and celebrate the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans communities and showcase the history, accomplishments, and talents of these communities. Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates around the world to recognize the positive influence of LGBT people.

There are over 160 entries in the parade this year. Photos from 2017 help tell the story.

The Pride Parade starts at the North Park Blocks and travels to Waterfront Park.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is encouraging members to join them again this year. 

As are health organizations like Oregon Reproductive Medicine.

The parade is just one part of Portland Pride. 

As part of 2018 Portland Pride, the Portland Thorns are partnering with Basic Rights Oregon and the Q Center to support LGBTQ equality.

Rainbow flags hang in the windows of city hall for #PrideMonth.

On June 14th Portland City Council voted to rename a 13-block section of Southwest Stark Street after gay rights activist Harvey Milk. The name change for the stretch of Stark Street between Naito Parkway and Burnside—historically a hub for Portland’s LGBTQ community—was fast-tracked in honor of Pride Month and this weekend’s Pride Parade. Milk was the nation’s first openly gay elected official. He won a seat on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977 and was assassinated one year later, at the age of 48.

Local businesses like Green Bean Books are featuring special offerings for Portland Pride.

Elephants Delicatessen is offering sweet rainbow cupcakes in honor of Pride Month.

Pride Northwest also works to celebrate and support the whole of the Pacific Northwest’s LGBTQ community year-round. Whether working with the City of Portland to improve the safety and livability of the LGBTQ community, supporting other Pride organizations like Q Center, Latinx Pride, Black Pride, and API Pride, sponsoring rural Prides around the region, building community with our incarcerated LGBT youth, or showcasing the artistic talents of LGBTQ people, our goal is to provide visibility around the issues impacting our community, and to celebrate the culture and contributions of our community.

The Portland Pride festival is the single, largest visibility avenue for our region’s LGBTQ community organizations and businesses, where they can attract new supporters and clients, increase their volunteer base, and raise much needed funds. In addition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Portland each year, bringing significant revenue to the local LGBTQ business community and to the city, as a whole.

Record Breaking $2.5 Million Raised at 25th Friends of the Children Benefit

Record Breaking $2.5 Million Raised at 25th Friends of the Children Benefit

Portland, OR. Friends of the Children celebrated 25 years by raising $2.51 million at its annual Friend Raiser benefit on May 10th. More than 740 guests came out for the event to honor Friends of the Children founders Duncan and Cindy Campbell as well as the hundreds of current program youth and alumni who’ve benefited from having a professional mentor in their lives. At the event, founder Duncan Campbell, was joined on stage by 25 current and former program youth and professional mentors to commemorate 25 years of Friends of the Children. (Photo credit, Kelly Mooney and Justine Reimnitz)

Priscilla and Dan Wieden, co-founder of Wieden + Kennedy, an event sponsor.

Founder, Duncan Campbell, talks with Michele and Greg Goodwin.

Friend Raiser guests bid on unique silent auction items.

Their first year at Friend Raiser, Beaches Restaurant from Vancouver, WA was a huge crowd pleaser.

Presented by Express Employment Professionals and Verizon, the event began with an open house at the Friends of the Children headquarters and a silent auction. Guests moved from room to room, grazing on gourmet hors d’oeuvres and sipping bubbles, while bidding on garden, wine, and vacation packages. Friends and youth then helped guide supporters to a massive tent for the evening’s live program through their famous high-five tunnel.

With only 10 live auction packages and a fast-paced special appeal, the crowd’s energy stayed high and the paddles were raised even higher. When all was said and done, the event set a new fundraising record at $2.51 million. Of that, $1.7 million was raised in the special appeal alone.

Before the record breaking special appeal, Randy Corradine, Director of Education & Equity, whose siblings are program graduates, addressed the audience and Friends of the Children founder, Duncan Campbell. “Duncan, you created this… Everyone in the crowd tonight is here because of you. Everyone on this stage and peppered throughout this space is here because of you. In 25 years, you have impacted thousands of lives and because of the ripple effect, those impacted lives will impact tens of thousands more lives in the next 25 years.”

From Friends of the Children:

Friends of the Children – Portland would like to extend a huge thank you to their major event sponsors!

Express Employment Professionals


Columbia Forest Products

Acme Construction Supply

Campbell Global

Bob’s Red Mill

Grand + Benedicts


Wieden + Kennedy

Convergence Networks


Friends of the Children – Portland is the founding chapter of a nationwide organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through salaried, professional mentoring. For 25 years, Friends of the Children has used evidence-based strategies, long-term interventions, and nurturing relationships to serve youth facing the greatest societal challenges. For every $1 invested in program youth, $7 is returned to the community in savings within the public sector and contributions to the private sector, according to a Harvard Alumni Association of Oregon research. This year, Friends of the Children was named the number one Most-Admired Nonprofit in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal for the fourth time in six years.

Rose Festival Celebrates Colorful Firsts in 2018

Rose Festival Celebrates Colorful Firsts in 2018

Portland, OR. Portlanders are getting a chance to tour several U.S. and Canada ships and meet military service members and veterans. Ship tours continue through Sunday, June 10th. The Rose Festival Court made history on June 9th when Kiara Johnson became the first student from Parkrose high school honored as Queen of Rosaria. Queen Kiara, plans on attending college to pursue a career as a veterinarian or journalist. Each Rose Festival Court member receives a $3500 Scholarship courtesy of The Randal Group to use at a collage of their choice. 

Kiara Johnson and her family.

Another first was a canine Rose Festival Parade Grand Marshal named Diesel, a 2 1/2 year-old English Mastiff. Diesel was chosen in a contest benefiting the Rose Festival’s 2018 Official Charity, the Oregon Humane Society. 

Diesel rode in a convertible during the parade.

The 2018 parade drew hundreds of thousands of cheering people to the 4-mile route.

The nation’s most storied marching band: the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps make their first appearance in Portland since 1989.

Below is a list of the winners:


Hillmann Lueddemann Jr. Sweepstakes Award (Most outstanding float in the Parade) Alaska Airlines


President’s Award (Most effective overall floral presentation) Reser’s Fine Foods           

Queens Award (Most Creative float in the parade) p:ear

Governor’s Award (Best depiction of life in Oregon) Portland General Electric

Royal Rosarian Award (Best craftsmanship and workmanship) Fred Meyer

Rose Society Award (Most effective use and display of roses) Unitus Community Credit Union

Rose Festival Directors Award (Best depiction of volunteerism) Northwest Chinese Alliance

Rose Festival Court Award (Best example of enthusiasm and teamwork) Juega Feliz 

Grand Marshal Award (Best depiction of whimsy) Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

Theme Award (Best presentation of Rose Festival theme – Play Happy) Rose Festival CityFair

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Award (Best depiction of community spirit) Cambia Portland Classic

Peg Roseboro Award (Most artistic design and presentation) Spirit mountain Casino

Dick Powers Picture Perfect Award (Best Mini-float) Metro Mini-Float

Parade Queen Award Westminster Hyack Festival Mini-float

Parade Chairman Award Lincoln City Mini-Float BAND AWARDS:                                                                                                                 

Band Sweepstakes (Best Band in Parade)

            Westview High School 

In-State Division A (99 Members or Less)

First Place – Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, OR               

Second Place – Aloha High School, Beaverton, OR

Third Place – Lincoln High School, Portland, OR       

In-State Open (100 or more)

            First Place – Tualatin High School, Tualatin, OR

            Second Place – Oregon City High School, Oregon City, OR

            Third Place – Century High School, Hillsboro, OR 

Out-of-State Division A (99 Members or Less)

First Place – Battle Ground High School, Battle Ground, WA                                  

Second Place – Prairie High School, Brush Prairie, WA

Third Place – South Kitsap High School, Port Orchard, WA 


Vern Hulit Award for Excellence in Preparation,

Organization and Presentation

            Happy Canyon Princesses

Native or National Costume, Individual/Pair

            Happy Canyon Indian Princesses

Native Dress – Group

Hawaii Pa’u Riders 

Rodeo or Fair Queen and Court

            Pendleton Round Up Court

Here’s information on more Rose Festival events:

Join the thrill of the Dragon Boat Race Saturday and Sunday at the Waterfront Bowl area near Riverplace Marina as more than 50 teams push the traditional ornately decorated Dragons to victory. Teams of up to 20 paddlers compete in Women’s, Mixed and Student categories from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.  

CityFair wraps the festival with great food, extra kids fun and Funtastic carnival rides. If they went by too fast on Saturday, come down to CityFair and see them up close as the floats from the Grand Floral Parade put the brakes on and pause for photo-ops along Naito Parkway for the Grand Floral Float Showcase starting at 3:00 p.m. Saturday through 4:00 p.m. Sunday. 

Also on Sunday amateur ukulele players are invited to join the first Ukulele Rose Experience and jam session. Led by local musician Rick Huddle and Introducing bass player Matt Lynch, the one hour session will be emceed by comedian & Clown Prince Angel Ocasio. Join the music Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. on the Rose City Stage inside CityFair at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. CityFair admission is FREE with ukulele and all ages and skill levels welcome! (Bring your music stand).

Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans. The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy. Their arrival commemorates a relationship with the Navy that has lasted more than 100 years, and over 80 years of visiting Portland during the Rose Festival. It is a significant commitment by the Navy to make the Rose Festival Fleet Week one of the premier Fleet Week events in the country.

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