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Bits & Pieces: White Bird awards

The second annual White Bird Dance Awards will take place at White Bird’s “Come Fly Away” gala June 8 at The Atrium at Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St. (www.whitebird.org/awards).

The Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award will go to Judith Jamison, artistic director emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The Angel Award goes to somebody who has made a significant difference as a volunteer or donor in the Portland dance/arts scene, and it goes to Gwyneth Gamble Booth and Carole Morse of the PGE Foundation. (Booth was the first woman named to the board of directors of PGE in 1981).

Tere Mathern and Mary Oslund of Conduit Dance will be feted with the Excellence in Community Engagement honor.

The “Barney” Choreographic Prize — $15,000 given to a choreographer from the western states for creating a new work for a future White Bird season — goes to Tahni Holt of Portland, who most recently produced “Sunshine” at BodyVox Dance Center. (The “Barney” name comes from the white Goffin cockatoo of White Bird founders Paul King and Walter Jaffe — a bird that inspired the name of the company White Bird).

Summer’s lineup

The ninth annual Music on Main Street outdoor concert series, held next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, has announced its summer lineup.

The concerts are free each Wednesday evening in July and August on Southwest Main Street between Broadway and Park Avenue, put on by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and ArtBar & Bistro. The lineup:

Billie and the Holidays, featuring Liz Vice, July 9; Nowhere Band, July 16; Brothers and Sister, July 23; Vagabond Opera, July 30; Morning Ritual with Ben Darwish, Aug. 6; Melao de Cuba, Aug. 13; Swan Sovereign, Aug. 20; Obo Addy Drummers, Aug. 27.

For info: www.portland5.com.

Magenta improvements

Magenta Theater, 606 Main St. in Vancouver, Wash., has launched a crowdfunding campaign (indiegogo.com/lights-up-at-magenta-theater) to update its lighting system.

The theater has experienced brown-outs and blackouts due to lighting technical failures, delaying performances. Total cost for repairs is estimated at about $11,000.

Magenta puts on six main stage performances, five improv shows and two music events each year.

For info: www.magentatheater.com.

Bike First!

Registration is open for the Northwest Down Syndrome Association’s annual event during Bike Week, June 23 to 27. Bike First! uses special adaptive bikes to teach kids who are at least eight years old to ride a traditional bike. It’s meant to promote inclusion for the kids living with Down Syndrome, mile to moderate autism, mild cerebral palsy, visual impairments, extreme fear of falling, fine motor skills and other developmental delays. The clinic is held at Concordia University, 2811 N.E. Holman St., and it’s $250 for participation. For info: www.nwdsa.org/bikefirst.

Dairyville time

The Western-themed town Dairyville, located on Alpenrose Dairy’s 52-acre farm at 6149 S.W. Shattuck Rd.,, has been a Portland tradition for more than 50 years, and it’s set to open June 1.

Dairyville includes the Confectionary, the Great Western Bank, the Dairyville School and the post office, and kids can watch as model trains chug through small Oregon landscapes and learn from train experts.

It’s free to visit and open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday from June 1 to Aug. 31. For info: www.alpenrose.com.

Zoo news

The Oregon Zoo has been in the news lately, feeling pressure to place Asian elephant Packy in a sanctuary and letting go of a senior administrator and veterinarian.

Some of the latest news:

• The zoo has partnered with Oregon Coast Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium to place stranded sea otters. Two pups have been flown to Oregon to their new homes — Oswald at Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport and Juno at Oregon Zoo, each coming from Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Each was found abandoned on California beaches.

“Juno arrived Tuesday night (May 13) and immediately began exploring,” said Nicole Nicassio-Hiskey, the zoo’s senior marine life keeper. “Within 30 minutes, she was already grooming herself and eating, which is a great sign. She tried capelin for the first time and seemed to enjoy it. She’s active, playful, curious — I can tell she’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Eventually, the zoo plans to introduce the youngster to its two geriatric sea otters, Thelma and Eddie. “It should be rejuvenating for our older otters to meet this active youngster,” Nicassio-Hiskey said. “We expect Juno will really keep them on their toes.”

• The zoo’s new condor habitat, Condors of the Columbia, opens to the public May 24, offering up-close views of the colorful, charismatic and critically endangered birds.