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A collection of works by Dulcy Mahar, the late gardening columnist for The Oregonian, has been put together for gardening enthusiasts.


“Through the Seasons With Dulcy” (Carpe Diem Books, $22.95) publishes Saturday, Oct. 4, and features 140 of the more than 1,100 columns Mahar wrote for The Oregonian during a 22-year career.

The book gives readers the opportunity to see how gardens — as well as gardeners — change over time, as Mahar guides readers through the annual and perennial cycles of gardening life.

The volume also contains nearly 200 photographs from Mahar’s garden in Portland’s Garthwick neighborhood.

No matter what the time of year, Mahar always found something to plan or do in her garden. When winter weather made outdoor work unpleasant or impossible, she recommended curling up by the fire with stacks of gardening books and magazines and reams of paper to plot springtime projects. In the summer, she reminded readers to not only work the garden, but also to take time to smell the roses they planted.

Fans also appreciated Mahar’s tales of her pets, husband (Ted), family, friends and, of course, her gardening partner-in-crime, Doug the Wonder Guy.

“One of the greatest joys of gardening, I’ve found, has nothing to do with plants, design or a feeling of ‘oneness with the Earth’ — a phrase that gardeners often grab onto to describe why they love to garden,” Mahar wrote. “I enjoy all these things, but most of all I am thankful for the people one meets through gardening.”

Ted Mahar, a former Oregonian film/TV writer and critic, compiled and edited the most recent book; he earlier authored a collection of his wife’s work, which sold more than 11,000 copies.

Dulcy Mahar died of cancer in 2011.

International blues

A Portland-area musical group, The Rae Gordon Band, is heading to the 31st annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 20 to 24.

The Rae Gordon Band won the Cascade Blues Association “Journey to Memphis” contest, battling other bands at the Waterfront Blues Festival in July. Rae Gordon, singer and Oregon City resident, had a debut CD, “Blue Lemonade,” hit the Billboard Blues chart at No. 10 in July 2013. To follow the band at IBC, go to raegordon.com/ibc.

To help the band with expenses, the Cascade Blues Cruise will take place on the Portland Spirit on Saturday, Oct. 4. The cruise will launch at 3 p.m. and also will feature other Cascade Blues Association IBC acts Franco Paletta & the Stingers, Lisa Mann and finalist Ben Rice. Tickets are still available at cascadeblues cruise.brownpapertickets.com.

In 2014, a record 255 acts from around the world will perform at 22 Memphis venues during the five-day festival on famed Beale Street.

Blue Angels coming

The Oregon International Air Show was a resounding success, with an estimated 81,000 attendees watching the likes of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds at Hillsboro Airport recently.

Show organizers also had great news to announce — it was moving to mid-summer, July 17-19, 2015, and would feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Their appearance here would be the first since 2007.

Mellencamp concert

John Mellencamp will embark on his Plain Spoken tour in 2015, stopping at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on

July 21. Tickets are on sale at johnmellencamp.com and axs.com. His album, “Plain Spoken,” was released recently.

Call for proposals

The Regional Arts & Culture Council has asked artists and artist teams from Oregon and Washington to submit proposals for installations in the lobby of the Portland Building, 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave. More than 160 installations have been featured in the space since 1994, and the

coming season (March 2015 to February 2016) will feature eight new installations.

Five of them will be filled by professionals and three by students. The deadline is Nov. 5, with info at racc.org. For examples of past work: racc.org/installationspace.

Doug Fir’s 10th

The Doug Fir Lounge — a restaurant, bar and music venue at 830 E. Burnside St. — will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October.

To commemorate the anniversary, Doug Fir will unveil the Doug Fir Logger, a specialty beer from Portland’s Breakside Brewery. It’ll be available on tap and in 22-ounce bottles.

The monthlong music lineup includes Helio Sequence, Blitzen Trapper, Pickwick, Sallie Ford, The Thurston Moore Band and Rachel Yamagata. For info: dougfirlounge.com/calendar.

Jackson on video

Robin Jackson, a musician with the MarchFourth Marching Band, Vagabond Opera and Robin Jackson Band, has released his first music video. He calls “October Rain” a very “Portlandia” nod to his hometown “and the moody undercurrent of the month of October for when the song was written.”

It was filmed during the course of eight months at 10 notable Portland locations, and it includes Jackson and members of MarchFourth and Vagabond. Jackson and Jeremy Baron collaborated on the project; Baron was MarchFourth’s bus driver and a cameraman/photographer on some reality shows.

You can watch it on YouTube. Jackson began the Robin Jackson Band in 2012 with the release of “Dust Diaries.” For info: robinjackson.net.

Portlander on ‘Jeopardy!’

Joann Taylor, a color scientist from Portland, competed on “Jeopardy!” last Thursday, Sept. 25.

She had $15,600, second to champion Catherine Hardee, going into the “Final Jeopardy” clue:

“In May 1980 over 200 leaders from more than 120 countries attended his funeral in Belgrade.”

Hardee answered correctly (“Who was Josip Broz Tito?”), and finished with $30,801.

Taylor answered incorrectly (“Who is Slobodan Milosovich?”) after wagering $15,000.

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