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Bits & Pieces: Elvis is in the building

by: COURTESY OF JAMIES ROCK & ROLL LEGENDS - Justin Shandor, Worlds Ultimate Elvis, will help Franklin High raise money Feb. 22.Franklin High celebrates its 100th anniversary this week, and they are bringing in one of the foremost Elvis impersonators for the occasion.

They call Justin Shandor the “World’s Ultimate Elvis.” He has toured the world, and appeared on such TV shows as “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He and his nine-piece band will put on two shows, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Franklin High, 5405 S.E. Woodward St. All proceeds go to help low-income students at Franklin.

Shandor lived in Portland for two years. He now performs full-time at Harrah’s in Las Vegas in a show called “Million Dollar Quartet.”

Also appearing will be rockabilly pioneer Rudy Tutti Grayzell, who toured with Elvis in the 1950s. Grayzell lives in Troutdale.

Book collaboration

James and Indy Lucas, faculty members at Portland Community College, have collaborated on a children’s book to raise awareness about heart health and sudden cardiac arrest. “An Adventure with Ed the AED” shows how an automatic external defibrillator works and how to find one in case of a cardiac arrest.

James Lucas dedicated the book to his brother Jeff, a Navy SEAL, who died trying to rescue others in Afghanistan — which led to the inspiration for the movie “Lone Survivor.” The couple used Jeff as a character in the book.

The Lucases work at PCC Climb Center’s American Heart Association Training Center at 1626 S.E. Water Ave.

Ingalls joins Comcast

Shortly after the Tribune profiled ESPN auto racing producer Jeff Ingalls in July, ESPN announced it would de-emphasize NASCAR broadcasting, including showing races live.

Recently, Ingalls, who lives in Portland, landed at Comcast SportsNet Northwest as senior executive producer. He started Feb. 10.

Ingalls was nominated nine times for sports Emmy Awards and, most recently, was part of the leadership team for ESPN’s “NASCAR Countdown” show.

One more time!

The One More Time Around Again Marching Band plans a 30-year anniversary with a reunion of all past and current band members at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 S.W. Oaks Park Way. The band has been a Rose Festival staple for the past 30 years, once boasting of 600 members. The band has many other events and performances scheduled for 2014. For info: www.omtaamb.org.