The move to the new $57 million Elephant Lands has begun for the elephants at the Oregon Zoo.

Last week, the zoo opened the new, 32,000-square-foot indoor portion of Elephant Lands, Forest Hall, and the elephants went out of the old barn constructed when the Washington Park location opened in 1959 and into new roaming expanse.

The 44-year-old Tusko strolled out and into the new building, which has a 43-foot-high ceiling, followed by others.

“This is going to be huge,” says Bob Lee, the zoo’s elephant curator. “The transition has been going great so far.”

Elephant Lands will be four times larger than the old habitat, and it’ll be completed in phases this year.

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Yes, it’s a new mode of transportation, apparently, championed by surfing great Laird Hamilton, and it’ll be on display during the first GolfBoard-only tournament, May 29 and 30, at Tetherow Resort in Bend. It’s open to the public, $195 per person (see

OK, what is it? It’s like an extra-large electric skateboard with a steering bar and a place to put your golf bag up front. It allows golfers to “surf the Earth” like surfers and snowboarders.

Tetherow was the first course to incorporate a full fleet of GolfBoards as an alternative to golf carts. For info:

10th Havel’s Place

From Barb Randall at the Lake Oswego Review:

Lewis & Clark College continues to play a significant role on the world stage with the dedication of the 10th Havel’s Place, which honors the work of Vaclav Havel, the late Czech artist, playwright and dissident-turned-president.

The idea for Havel’s Place came from Petr Gandalovic, Czech ambassador to the United States, who invited architect and designer Borek Sipek to create a piece of public art with Havel and his democratic views in mind. Sipek came up with a simple design symbolizing “Democratic Debate.”

The installment is modest: It includes two chairs, set at a small round table through which a linden tree — the national tree of the Czech Republic — grows. The first Havel’s Place was installed at Georgetown University in 2013 and remains the only other U.S. installation.

Says Stepan Simek, an L&C professor of theater: “It was important to me that we make that connection that Havel was a playwright, statesman and humanist.”

Book equals beer

The Friends of the Multnomah County Library and Laurelwood Public House sure know how to get people in the door. On June 24, you can bring a book to either of the Laurelwood locations, 5115 N.E. Sandy Blvd. and 6716 S.E Milwaukie Ave., and the pub will give you one free beer; limit one beer per person. Laurelwood also will donate a percentage of its June 24 sales to help

support the Multnomah County Library.

Inmate art

New art work will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in an unlikely place — at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, 9111 N.E. Sunderland Ave.

The “30 Flags” site-specific piece — handmade flags, installed in parts of the institution — was created by inmates with the guidance of Portland artist Emily Squires and scholar-activist Reiko Hillyer and help from Know Your City. Since October 2014, Squires has been an artist-in-residence at CRCI.

About 12 inmates created the 30 unique 7-by-9-inch flags.

Every inmate artist was allowed to send a set of “30 Flags” to someone of his choosing on the outside.

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