COURTESY PHOTOS: PITTOCK MANSION - Kids can learn all about yesteryear at Pittock Mansion in the mansions Life in 1914 day in July; the mansion opened - as the Pittocks home - in 1914.It looks to be another busy summer at Pittock Mansion.

Following an exhibit of Henry Pittock’s newspaper endeavors, Pittock Mansion will host “Through Rhoda’s Eyes: Balancing Art and Expectations,” starting June 25.

It’s a story of Rhoda Gantenbein Adams (1909-1977), granddaughter of Henry and Georgianna Pittock. She grew up and created art at Pittock Mansion, balancing the draw of upper-class Portland life with her own creativity. Adams studied at the Art Students League of New York and Portland Art Museum School and later embraced a traditional life as wife, mother and supporter of the arts while continuing to create drawings and paintings as well as custom hats and sweaters, interiors and gardens, Christmas tree decorations, and sets and costumes for the Portland Civic Theater. She also helped raise money for the Oregon Ceramics Studio.

Another event that goes back in time: Pittock Mansion’s day camp for kids, “Life in 1914.”

It’ll be held in late July, either July 19 or 20 ($35), for children 8-12 years old. They’ll learn what life was like 100 years ago through engaging, hands-on activities.

There’ll be exploration of the mansion’s 23 rooms, as well as the basement and third floor (not accessible during tours), and then kids will do daily chores, 1914-style — like laundry without washing machines and how to squeeze an orange for juice.

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Foster camp

Two Portland high school students are going above and beyond during their summer vacation and starting a summer theater camp for foster children. Discover Theatre Camp debuts in August.

“We want to create a safe learning environment for kids who often don’t have the chance to experience the arts,” says Jordyn Mayer, who attends Jesuit High, and is co-creative director with Gracie Jacobson, who attends Wilson.

“Most activities for foster care children focus on sports. Our camp is unique because we’re addressing two overlooked areas: foster children and the arts,” Jacobson says.

Mayer recruited her uncle, set designer Michael Mayer, who has worked on “Judging Amy,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “L.A. Law,” and “Bones,” to help with the camp.

It takes place noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 1-5 at Holy Cross Catholic School, 5227 N. Bowdoin St., and costs $25.

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‘Visual Chronicle of Portland

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is seeking submissions to purchase for its “Visual Chronicle of Portland” collection — prints, drawings, paintings on paper and photographs.

It’s a city-owned collection of original works that portray perceptions of what artists find unique about Portland. The works serve as a time piece and visual narrative, and show the city’s distinctive and diverse personality. It started in 1985, and “Chronicle” has grown to 330 works by nearly 200 different artists. Works are on display in the City of Portland and Multnomah County buildings.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, July 25. For new artists unfamiliar with “Chronicle,” RACC is providing free information sessions, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at RACC (411 N.W. Park Ave., Suite 101), followed by a free reception highlighting last year’s purchases, and 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at East Portland Neighborhood Office (1017 N.E 117th Ave.).

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National Geographic Live’

Season subscriptions and single tickets are being sold for “National Geographic Live,” which shares stories and knowledge of our world through writers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, explorers and adventurers. There’ll be speakers, concerts, films and storytelling.

Portland’5 has announced the 2016-17 season, increasing from three to five presentations, each at the Newmark Theatre. The lineup:

• “Exploring Mars,” Kobie Boykins, NASA mechanical engineer, Sept. 30. He helped explore Mars through mobile and remote sensing teams for the rover Curiosity.

• “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” Lynsey Addario, photojournalist, Oct. 26. A view from the eyes and lens at war-torn areas of Afghanistan, Darfur and Libya, focusing on humanitarian and human-rights issues.

• “On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards,” Steve Winter, wildlife photographer, Nov. 9. Storytelling from the co-author of National Geographic’s “Tigers Forever” of tracking elusive big cats from the Hollywood Hills to the Himalayas.

• “Point of No Return,” Hilaree O’Neill, mountaineer, Jan. 25. About the 2014 exploration of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi by a National Geographic team that showed personality conflicts and produced the documentary “Down to Nothing.”

• “The Mystery of Our Human Story,” Lee Berger, photojournalist, March 24. The paleoanthropologist’s 2013 discovery of Homonaledi in a cave in South Africa signaled a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution.

Subscriptions start at $125, with single tickets $20-$40. For

Free fitness

Portland Parks & Recreation has started the pilot program “Free Fitness in the Park” that runs through Sept. 4, with 45 free classes each week in 30 parks throughout the city.

A complete list of classes and registration information can be found at You need to only register once, and a bracelet will allow you to drop into any class. Parks and rec started the program to reduce barriers, build community and improve the health and well-being of Portlanders.

Class examples: Zumba at Mount Tabor Park, fitness boot camp at Council Crest Park, a yoga class at new Khunamokwst Park in Cully, a five-kilometer run at Waterfront Park, a hike with yoga at Forest Park, and a family-friendly boot camp at Pier Park.

Make Music Day

The annual Make Music Day, June 21, is a worldwide celebration of learning and playing music — playing outdoors, taking free lessons, attending an event (see

One event that should be fun: MusikHaus, a local Portland ukulele school, will host “Mass Appeal,” a gathering for people to play ukukeles together. All ages and levels are welcome for a 20-plus songfest, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Limited access

Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a beautiful spot in the city, will have limited access this summer because of parking lot construction through August.

Portions of the lot off Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard will be closed, and there’ll be days when it’s entirely closed. Construction is to widen a lane for buses and emergency vehicles..

TriMet buses (No. 38 Boones Ferry Road, No. 39 Lewis & Clark) provide entry points during weekdays.

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Symphony additions

The Oregon Symphony has added four concerts to its 2016-17 season, with a highlight being Tony Bennett, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

Per usual, the symphony has quite a diverse and talented lineup. For more:

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