Boring, OR. “Happiness is a warm puppy,” wrote Charles M. Schultz and volunteer puppy raisers at Guide Dogs for the Blind agree. The organization held its annual Oregon Fun Day on July 20th at its Boring campus. The theme for this year’s Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) Fun Day was “Bone Voyage” with dogs and humans dressing up in leis, tropical shirts and captain’s hats. (Photo credit, Morry Angell, Guide Dogs for the Blind)
This puppy raising family wears sailor hats as they work with their new GDB puppy in training.
Pawprint painting made by some furry Fun Day attendees
Fun Day was a day of celebration for dogs and humans alike. In the spirit of the “Bone Voyage” theme, special activities were set up all over campus. Activities ranged from a paw print painting station to a photo booth meant to capture some of the clever costumes from the day. A boat-themed “Dogs on Deck” obedience training session and a “Good Ship Lollipop” socialization and training session gave puppy raisers the opportunity to practice skills with their GDB puppies in training. In addition to festive activities, GDB experts spoke on the subject of “Journey vs. Genes,” which explored what makes a successful guide dog.
To conclude the celebration, a puppy delivery ceremony, matching to local Pacific Northwest volunteer puppy raisers with their new guide dog puppies, took place. Volunteer puppy raisers are typically responsible for socializing and taking care of their GDB puppies in training for about a year. Puppy raisers were given the chance to guess the name of their new puppy before meeting them. From “Jamboree” to “Fleetwood,” these ten new GDB puppies in training ventured off with their new puppy raisers to embark on a journey of learning obedience and socialization skills before their formal Guide Dogs for the Blind training.
From Guide Dogs for the Blind:
Are you curious about becoming a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind? Puppy raising is one of the many ways to get involved with the nonprofit organization. Learn more here: https://www.guidedogs.com/support-gdb/volunteer/puppy-raising.
Guide Dogs for the Blind provides all services free of charge to clients and relies completely on the support of donations, as it receives no government funding.
FALL PREVIEW: Portland Fashion Week will hit the runway October 2nd through 6th. The event features sustainable fashion and will take place at the Old Church Concert Hall in downtown Portland.
The driving force is the philosophy of “Slow Fashion” which is founded on the idea of non-impulsive buying; using awareness as the basis for understanding the quality and value of clothing.
Fiona Foulk, Executive Producer Portland Fashion Week (PFW) also announced the formation of the nonprofit Portland Fashion Foundation. The foundation will be the recipient organization of all related charity endeavors and 100% of net profits will benefit local and regional charities by 2022. Foulk explained, “We realized that we can do so much more for everyone by adopting the non profit status.”
Portland Fashion Foundation will be producing not only the PFW series but all ancillary events such as the PFW Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Werewolves’ Beard Ball Halloween Party, photo shoots, community outreaches and model searches. These events will support The Portland Fashion Week New and Expecting Mommies Fund, a safety net and stop gap helping new and expecting unwed mothers meet monthly needs. Ticket prices for PFW range from $150 to $40.
Did you know that there are two different major fashion weeks in Portland? Running concurrently during Portland Fashion Week and organized by former PFW producer Tito Chowdhury, FashioNXT is a different Portland showcase. One FashioNXT focus is the integration of technology into fashion. In the past, that’s included wearable 3-D-printed items. More information about the fashion event can be found at fashionxt.com. Tickets run from $25 to $185.
Here’s a look at some photos from past Portland Fashion Week shows:
From Portland Fashion Week:
Portland Fashion Week strives to continually revolutionize the fashion industry through upholding the slow fashion and sustainable fashion mindsets. Defining our core values, we feature fashion inclusive to everyone and using our business model to continually conduct educational outreaches, charitable events, and our yearly Portland Fashion Week series.
Since 2002 Portland Fashion Week has striven to create a fashion-based business with a network of domestic and international resources to support emerging designers. Through annual events, Our full annual calendar of events brings together designers, models, media, stylists, celebrities, and VIPs in support of the Portland fashion communities, utilizing a percentage of the proceeds to benefit charity and support the education of the future fashion visionaries.
Venue: The Old Church 1422 SW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon 97201
Wednesday Oct. 2, 2019 5-11pm Press Night
Thursday Oct. 3, 2019 5-11 pm Sustainable Apparel
Friday Oct. 4, 2019 5-11 pm Ready To Wear
Saturday Oct. 5, 2019 5-11 pm Couture and Bridal
Sunday Oct. 6, 2019 5-11 pm Accessories and Hair Styling and Make-up
Sherri L. Green, PhD, OCOM’s president and CEO, addresses attendees.
Rod Erickson, Micki Naito, Sherri Green PhD, Cathy Chinn, Anne Naito-Campbell
OCOM Board of Trustees Secretary, Cathy Chinn and Sho Dozono
Anne Naito-Campbell is presented with the dedication plaque which will be displayed in the lobby by OCOM Board of Trustees Secretary, Cathy Chinn
Here’s a history of the relationship between the Naito family and OCOM:
The relationship between the Naito family and OCOM begins with the building that once housed the family’s Import Plaza and is now home to the college’s campus and teaching clinic. Originally developed in 1911, the property was known as the Globe Hotel and had 500 open air cots, barely separated from each other and covered by chicken wire, where it only cost 50 cents a night to get a “room.” At that time, Portland’s Old Town was home to Japanese, Chinese, and other immigrant communities. Evidence of these historical roots were uncovered during the 2012 redevelopment of the site, when crews dug up several artifacts, including a Japanese herbal medicine bottle from the late 1800’s.
In the 1960’s, when the Naitos bought the then-vacant Globe building, the intent to start a retail import shop in the middle of what was then known as Skid Row. The flagship store carried a mixture of eye-catching and kitschy products from across Asia including lamps, wicker and wood furniture, porcelain figurines, glass bowls and vases, folding screens, and a wide variety of Buddha sculptures. Despite predictions to the contrary, Import Plaza was an instant success, and it demonstrated the Naito family’s commitment to developing the beauty and resilience of Old Town. It also generated the cash flow and spawned a retail chain that allowed the Naito family to acquire extensive real estate holdings.
At its peak, Import Plaza consisted of eight stores across Oregon. Closing in 2000 due to changes in retail trends, the flagship location lay dormant, waiting to become a part of a new vision for the Old Town neighborhood. OCOM selected the location as the perfect home for its new campus. In collaboration with the Naito’s, the redevelopment project was funded through a combination of tax credits, PDC funds; and conventional financing, and the campus has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The $15.2 million dollar rehab of the building took one year, included gutting all four existing floors for seismic retrofit purposes, and earned the structure LEED Gold certification. The project team included Beam Development, Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects, and LCG Pence Construction, LLC. On the roof is the old Import Plaza sign, restored and now emblazoned with the letters, OCOM. Culminating with the ribbon cutting in 2012, Anne Naito-Campbell and the Naito family have supported OCOM’s role in revitalizing the Old Town neighborhood. The relocation nearly doubled the college’s square footage, allowing OCOM to educate students and offer acupuncture, herbal, and wellness services to the public.
Founded in 1983, OCOM is a single-purpose professional graduate school that offers first professional and postgraduate degree programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. OCOM’s mission is to transform health care by educating highly skilled and compassionate practitioners, providing exemplary patient care, and engaging in innovative research within a community of service and healing. Our 1,500 graduates practice, teach, and research Chinese medicine in 50 states and across the globe, and have provided an estimated 10 million treatments over the past 36 years. Additional information about the college is available on our website, ocom.edu
Portland, OR. The seventh annual Forage in the Forest on August 3rd was the largest event to date for the nonprofit Hoyt Arboretum Friends. The event raised over $127,000 and drew 130 people who started their evening with a walk along the Bristlecone Pine Trail. The Hoyt Arboretum is located in Washington Park and has over 2,300 tree species from six continents. Twelve miles of hiking trails course through its 189 acres.
Supporters told auctioneer Johnna Wells about upcoming plans for 2020.
Joey Pope and the Pope Family were honored for over 30 years of leadership at Hoyt Arboretum. Joey was joined by daughter Molly Pope and granddaughter Josephine Pope as well as friends and neighbors.
Bartlett Tree Experts was the Diamond Sponsor for the Forage in the Forest event and national Bartlett President Jim Ingrahm was in Portland for the evening.
Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long joined table sponsors Brad and Nancy Miller.
Cameron Winery donated the wine for the event
The meal featured a first course of chilled cucumber soup and smoked tuna prepared by Chef Greg Higgins, his seventh time donating his food in support of this event. Other courses were provided by Artemis Catering. John Paul attended and donated wines to complement all courses from his Cameron Winery. A short auction was followed by a paddle raise.
From Hoyt Arboretum Friends:
Hoyt Arboretum grows through a longstanding partnership between Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) and Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF), a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Through fundraising and volunteer recruitment, HAF enhances visitor experience and provides educational opportunities around the trees and collections in the Arboretum. Hoyt Arboretum staff and volunteers run the Visitor Center, distribute literature, and help fund major projects. HAF volunteers maintain the trails and trees, provide tours and classes, and help to catalog the Arboretum’s collection.
Our Board of Directors and Advisory Council are volunteer positions. We employ a staff of four to manage our education, volunteer, fundraising, and communication efforts.
Our mission is to maintain and improve Hoyt Arboretum and its collections for all people through advocacy, resources, awareness, and education. To learn more about our long-term goals, read the executive statement of our current five-year Strategic Plan.
Depoe Bay, OR. If you’d like to catch a glimpse of some of the largest animals on earth, you’re in luck. A whale spotting program called, “Whale Watching Spoken Here” will take place last week of August through the first Monday in September. Volunteers will be stationed at 26 different locations along the coast to help visitors see resident gray whales.
Oregon is known for having a small population of “resident” gray whales that appears to live off our Pacific Northwest coast in the summer and fall. They don’t make the long migration north to the frigid but rich feeding grounds of the Arctic Ocean.
The Marine Mammal Institute in Newport, Oregon studies these whales. It found that one male gray whale earned the title of “resident,” remaining offshore from northern California to the central Oregon coast for 383 days. His preferred spot was between Point St. George in northern California and the Oregon/California border, where he stayed for 137 days straight.
Another “hotspot” for these resident gray whales is Depoe Bay.
What causes this small population of whales to remain off the Pacific Northwest instead of going north to the Arctic? Researchers from the Marine Mammal Institute at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport are not certain.
“It is possible that the whales have concluded that our local food is sufficient to sustain them,” Barbara Lagerquist said. “It also is possible that this group of 200 hasn’t grown larger because that local food supply isn’t sufficient to feed a bigger population. In other words, the local population is at carrying capacity.
Here’s a list of locations where you can spot whales:
From north to south, these are the 26 Whale Watching Spoken Here sites. With or without a volunteer to assist, these are the best locations along the coast to spot whales.
- Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Ilwaco, Washington
- Ecola State Park
- Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker Turnout on Highway 101
- Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Lookout State Park – 2.5 mile hike to site at tip of Cape
- Cape Kiwanda
- Inn at Spanish Head Lobby on 10th floor
- Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
- The Whale Watching Center/Depoe Bay Sea Wall
- Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Foulweather
- Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area
- Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
- Don Davis City Park
- Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
- Cook’s Chasm Turnout
- Sea Lion Caves Turnout – large Highway 101 turnout south of tunnel
- Umpqua Lighthouse, near Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
- Shore Acres State Park
- Face Rock Wayside State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Blanco Lighthouse, near Cape Blanco State Park
- Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, Port Orford
- Cape Sebastian
- Cape Ferrelo
- Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, Oregon
- 9th Street Beach, Crescent City, California
People from all over the world come to the Oregon Coast to learn about the gray whales.
Look for these signs along the coast.
“This is a wonderful way to support marine mammal conservation on a local and even a global basis,” said Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute based at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
The plate costs $40 to order or renew – $35 of that total will go to the OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute for marine mammal research, graduate education, and public outreach. People who have previously purchased vouchers for the plates may submit those at DMV offices in lieu of this fee. Those transferring new whale plates to an existing Oregon-registered vehicle will have some small additional fees to transfer new month and year stickers to the new plates. More details about the license plate can be found here: http://bit.ly/2B2LeSz.
“Some of the proceeds from the plate sales will target marine mammal research and education,” Mate said. “The plates are a way that citizens can support marine mammal research at a very modest biannual basis and let other folks know about their interests, support and concerns for the coast as they drive down the road.”
About OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center: The center is a research and teaching facility located in Newport, Ore., on the Yaquina Bay estuary, about one mile from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. It plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies and as a classroom for students.
To learn more about the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center and whale watching all year long, please click HERE.
Portland, OR. Two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster will be the featured performer at the Portland Opera gala, “The Flora + Fauna Fall Ball” on Saturday, September 14th. Foster has performed in 11 Broadway shows—most recently the revival of Violet.
Sutton Foster is a two-time Tony Award-winner for her performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and she will return to Broadway in 2020 alongside Hugh Jackman in a revival of The Music Man.
“We are delighted to host our 2019 gala, the Flora and Fauna Fall Ball,” says Sue Dixon, interim general director of Portland Opera. “We cannot wait to welcome Sutton Foster to Portland for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening.” The gala event at the Portland Art Museum will begin with a champagne and welcome reception, followed by dinner, live auction, and private performance by Foster. The goal of the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball is to raise one million dollars for Portland Opera.
Sutton Foster currently stars in the TV Land series “Younger,” now in its 6th season.
As a solo artist, Sutton has performed around the globe with her musical director Michael Rafter, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and Joe’s Pub.
Co-chairs for Portland Opera’s Flora + Fauna Fall Ball gala are Bill Sweat and Donna Morris, proprietors of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Sutton Foster’s performance is made possible by Joanne M. Lilley, Ellyn Bye and Dream Envision Foundation, Dorothy Piacentini, and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.
From Portland Opera:
Table reservations for the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball are available starting from the $5,000 level. Single tickets at the $500 level are currently on sale and subject to availability. For more information please visit www.portlandopera.org/gala, or contact Portland Opera’s Development team by calling (503) 417-0601 or emailing[email protected]
For over five decades, Portland Opera has contributed to the cultural, artistic, and economic landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Proceeds from the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball will strengthen Portland Opera’s ability to serve audiences throughout the region, by supporting operational costs as well as special programming and projects. Areas of focus include: Portland Opera’s commitment to professional development for the next generation of artists, storytellers, and leaders in the field through the Resident Artist program; the Portland Opera To Go program, which presents 50-minute English-language versions of classic operas for young audience members in schools throughout the state; and Portland Opera a la Cart, a mobile music performance truck inspired by Portland’s food cart culture that is designed to go where people gather, and share opera in a new way.
During the 2019/20 season, Portland Opera will share the beauty and breadth of opera with 300,000+ people; including nearly 15,000 young audience members in schools throughout the state. The corporate partners, community allies, and arts advocates who support Portland Opera at the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball will help ensure the bright future of Portland Opera by making it possible to continue and expand upon those successes.