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Orienteering stars


Two Portland women, Susan Grandjean and Abra McNair, will compete for Team USA in the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, July 24-30 at Agueda, Portugal.

Mountain Bike Orienteering involves using a map and compass to race across terrain on a mountain bike.

It’s the fifth consecutive year that Grandjean, 42, and McNair, 34, have been selected for the U.S. Mountain Bike Orienteering team. Previously, Grandjean competed in ski orienteering. McNair works as an advocate for the City of Portland Transportation Division. They’re both members of the Columbia River Orienteering Club.

For more: www.orienteeringusa.org.

Softball book

Erica Westly has compiled a definitive history of fastpitch softball. She’ll visit Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Her book, “Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game,” examines the 129-year history of softball, through the midcentury company-sponsored teams, extravagant national amateur tournaments, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (as portrayed in “A League of Their Own”), NCAA and pro teams, the sport’s elimination from the Olympics and reinstatement efforts and the future.

Burger Week

Our fellow media folks at the Portland Mercury will sponsor Burger Week again, Aug. 8-13. There are 35 restaurants signed up, where you can get a burger for $5. For info (and a list of restaurants), see the Portland Burger Week Facebook page.

Astoria milestone

The city of Astoria will be celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Astoria-Megler Bridge in the month of August.

It’s the longest continuous truss bridge in North America, connecting Oregon and Washington, and it’ll be re-dedicated at the Astoria Regatta, Aug. 13; it originally was dedicated on Aug. 27, 1966, with more than 30,000 people in attendance.

For more: www.astoriamegler50.com.

Cat enclosures

The fourth annual Catio Tour, hosted by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and Audubon Society, aims to inspire cat owners to build or buy their own outdoor cat enclosures/patios.

Backyard enclosures from DIY to designer keep cats safe from outdoor hazards and protects wildlife from cat predation.

The tour features eight cat patios in the Portland area, and it takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 10. There’s a $10 suggested donation. For more: www.feralcats.com.

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