This should be a funny sight: The Annual Back Country Llama Rendezvous and Drive-In, near Estacada June 27 to 29, will see a large gathering of pack llamas, cart llamas and working llamas.

It’ll be hosted by Hidden Oaks Llama Ranch, with other events at nearby Milo McIver State Park. It’s promoted as a great place to seek expert help and gain hands-on education about llamas. The focus of this year’s event will be on learning to pack with llamas.

Cost is $40 for adults and $10 for kids ages 10 to 18.

For information, go to event organizer Rattlesnake Ridge Ranch’s website,

Co-ed scouting

A new co-ed scouting group has been formed in Northwest Portland — Baden-Powell Scouts or tentatively called “22nd Wildwood,” organized by resident Joseph Kiniry, and a meeting for interested parents and scouters ages 5 to 18 will be 10 a.m. June 21 at Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, 801 S.W. 10th Ave.

It’ll be affiliated with BPSA, an alternative scouting group (not affiliated with Boys Scouts of America), open to boys and girls. Meetings take place twice a month.

The age categories for BPSA are Otters (5-7), Timberwolves (8-10), Pathfinders (11-17) and Rovers (18-plus).

For info: and

Neitling stars

Lake Oswego High and University of Oregon graduate

Marissa Neitling will be one of the main stars in the new TNT series “The Last Ship,” which premieres June 22. It’s an action drama that deals with a deadly virus that nearly decimates the world’s population, and Neitling and her fellow Navy crew members fight to stop it, while she also fights to hide a secret romance aboard the ship James. The show stars

Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and executive-produced by

Michael Bay (“Transformers”).

Neitling, who also appeared in “Leverage,” recently graduated from the Yale School of Drama.

Hip-hop for homeless

Former homeless youth, New Avenues for Youth and community members are collaborating on a hip-hop celebration, “Stories from the Streets,” a free event Friday, June 20, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The day’s activities, from noon to 9 p.m., will involve a freestyle competition, deejays, breakdance battles and a graffiti mural. The event was established to raise awareness of how the hip-hop culture has been a positive influence in the lives of homeless youth and benefitted the community.

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