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Gorge hikes

Dangers from the Eagle Creek Fire are going away, and the National Forest Service and other organizations have been monitoring trails, parks and other outdoor areas for public use.

It's an extensive list, and the following areas have been deemed safe to visit on the Oregon side:

• Sandy River Delta in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area

• Memaloose State Park, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site, Government State Recreation Area, Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area, Milo McIver State Park

• Wildwood Recreation Site, Sandy Ridge Mountain Bike Trails, Oxbow Regional Park

• Highway 35 trails: Dog River, Lookout Mountain, Eightmile, Surveyors Ridge, Fifteenmile, Knebel Springs, Cooks Meadow, Umbrella Falls, Elk Meadows, Sahalie Falls

• Highway 26 trails: Crosstown, Camp Creek Loop, Enid Lake, Twin Lakes, Frog Lake, Boulder Ridge, Old Salmon River, Salmon Butte, Little Zigzag Falls, Pioneer Bridle, Tollgate, Timothy Lake Area and Trail, Miller, Pacific Crest

• Highway 224 trails: Clackamas River, Alder Flat, Riverside


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Arts Summit takes place Friday, Oct. 6, at the Hilton Portland Downtown, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave.

The theme is "Creating Impact: Art and Civic Engagement."

The summit will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and he has won an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards and three Obies. His plays include the two-part "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," "A Bright Room Called Day," "Homebody/Kabul" and "Caroline, or Change."

Other featured speakers are slam-poet and musician Mic Crenshaw, Oregon Symphony music director Carlos Kalmar and Americans for the Arts' Randy Cohen. Scheduled performers included Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody, jazz artist Darrell Grant, singer Edna Vazquez and more.

The summit also marks the return of the Governor's Arts Awards after a 10-year hiatus. They'll be awarded at 8 a.m., as Gov. Kate Brown helps fete Portland artist Arvie Smith and Yoncalla artist Esther Stutzman with Lifetime Achievement Awards and organizations Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Portland Opera and The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

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Book sale

The Friends of the Multnomah County Library's Fall Used Book Sale takes place Oct. 6-9 at DoubleTree by Hilton Portland exhibit hall, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St. There'll be more than 30,000 items at great prices.

It's open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.

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Added concerts

The Oregon Symphony has added two more concerts:

"Brahms v. Radiohead," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, with arranger/conductor Steve Hackman; the symphony seamlessly weaves Radiohead's landmark "OK Computer" tracks with Brahms' lush "First Symphony."

Blind Pilot, 7:30 p.m. March 1, with the band joining the symphony led by conductor Norman Huynh in performing its third album, "And Then Like Lions."

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Skateboard stars

Professional street skateboarders Chris Cole and Tom Asta have announced that they will be meeting/greeting and skating with young local skaters in Portland.

The details: 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, Ed Benedict Skatepark, 10125 S.E. Powell Blvd. While representing one of their sponsors (Kershaw Knives), the star skaters also will sign autographs.

Cole has been named Thrasher magazine's Skater of the Year twice.

30th Stormy

Mark your calendar, prepare your road trip: The Stormy Weather Arts Festival in Cannon Beach will be celebrating its 30th anniversary, Nov. 3-5.

Zoo accolades

For the ninth time in the past six years, the Oregon Zoo has earned kudos from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The zoo won two awards: One for conservation work on behalf of imperiled California condors, and one for excellence in exhibit design for Elephant Lands.

Other recent awards have been for conservation work on behalf of endangered species (five times), for environmental efforts in day-to-day operations (once), for excellence in exhibit design (once), and marketing excellence (twice).

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