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Bits and Pieces: MLK's daughter to visit

The nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. His youngest daughter, Bernice A. King, has scheduled an appearance in Portland to talk about the late civil rights leader: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, Portland State University Stott Center, 930 S.W. Hall St. Tickets are $15.

Following her father’s legacy, Bernice A. King is an accomplished minister, activist, lawyer and public speaker, focusing on social justice, nonviolence and motivation. She led the Aug. 28 Let Freedom Ring event that commemorated the 50th anniversary of her father’s “I Have a Dream” speech, an event attended by President Obama and past presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

‘Condor-minium’

by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL DURHAM - Ojai will soon be one of three California condors enjoying new habitat at the Oregon Zoo.The Oregon Zoo’s “Condors of the Columbia” will be completed by March, when the zoo’s three condors from its offsite breeding facility will move in.

“This won’t be your standard aviary,” says Kelli Walker, the zoo’s lead condor keeper. “This will be a home for pterodactyl-size scavengers with a penchant for hyper-curiosity.”

The “condor-minium” will be four stories high with a food room and a swimming pool. For the first time, the zoo will house the California condor, which has a 10-foot wing span.

The habitat cost $2.6 million.

The California condor was one of the original animals on the 1973 Endangered Species Act and, 14 years later, the bird almost went extinct. But, a captive-breeding program restored a population, and about 400 now exist.

Young star

It appears you’re never too young to be a literary star. Portland boy Michael Cohn, 5, was featured on a recent airing of the “Today” show for being a “book-crazy budding literary critic.” He has written a kids’ dog book, “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” with his mother, Lisa Cohn. The book was inspired by his late golden retriever, Lucy. Mother and son also do YouTube book reviews of kids’ dog books.

The segment was filmed at Powell’s Books In Beaverton and at the boy’s house in Portland. To view the segment, go to www.today.com/video/today/ 53985936#53985936.

To visit Michael’s dog blog, go to www.BashAndLucy.com.

“We started the blog and book to help us cope with the pain of losing our dear Lucy at the age of 6,” Lisa Cohn says. “We never expected it to take us on such an adventure. We’ve learned how passionate people are about dogs and how much dogs can help heal and teach kids and adults.”

Upcoming OMSI exhibit

“The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes” closed, and now it’s time for the alternative sports generation to have its day(s) at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The sports and physics exhibit “Tony Hawk/Rad Science” opens Feb. 1 and runs through May 4, examining such questions as: What does it take to pull off a mid-air 900 (degree spin) on a skateboard? Which surface makes for the best ride? What does science have to do with any of it?

For info: www.omsi.edu.

Meanwhile, OMSI has branched out with “Food Luminary Dinners,” a monthly series that features a food science demonstration, wine and hors d’oeuvres, a cooking demonstration from a featured chef and, of course, a four-course meal.

The first one took place this week with Lincoln chef Jenn Louis and Jacobsen Salt Co. propietor Ben Jacobsen. The next ones: executive chef Matt Christianson, Urban Farmer,

6 p.m. Feb. 11; chef/owner Aaron Barnett, St. Jack Restaurant and Patisserie, 6 p.m. March 14.

It’s $80 per person. For info: www.omsi.edu/events.