Bits & Pieces
A Portland institution marks a big milestone this year.
KBOO Community Radio (90.7 FM) kicks off its year of 50th anniversary celebrations with the opening of a new exhibit, "50 Years of KBOO" at the Oregon Historical Society. The exhibit opens Saturday, Jan. 20.
KBOO was the state's first community radio station, and the exhibit explores how it was started as a relief to Portland's bleak FM offerings and became a community effort to build a more accessible media. KBOO connected counterculture and activisim locally and nationally.
The exhibit also shows how radio is made, and how listener-supported radio came to be.
Speakers, music and family-friendly activities will showcase the exhibit's opening day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave.
"KBOO is a gem, an invaluable community resource that needs to be shared around and celebrated," says Delphine Criscenzo, KBOO station manager.
After 30 years, the Oregon Food Bank has bowed out as owner and operator of the Waterfront Blues Festival, but core people who run the festival since its founding in 1988 will remain.
Waterfront Blues Production and Fuller Events have assumed all oversight and management of the festival, which only two years ago required admission for the first time, rather than donation. The team includes Peter Dammann, longtime festival artistic director and performer. Fuller Events has been involved in the festival for many years as well.
Oregon Food Bank has produced the festival and received a portion of the net proceeds as beneficiary to the tune of more than $10 million and 20 million pounds of food. It wants to concentrate its financial resources and staff energies on its core mission of eliminating hunger.
"Our foremost responsibility is fighting hunger," says Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank, which serves more than 700,000 people in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.
The Portland Open Studios is putting out a call for artists to participate in the 2018 fall event, its 20th.
Artists open their studios to visitors and fans.
For more: www.portlandopenstudios.com.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium and its fans are mourning the death of Turkey, the olive ridley sea turtle rescued on Thanksgiving Day 2017 from Benson Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park.
Turkey was treated at the Oregon Coast Aquarium for hypothermia and dehydration. Staff, including Tara Wellner, medical aquarist, worked around the clock to rehabilitate Turkey by administering fluids and working on her diet.
But Turkey started to deteriorate recently as she stopped accepting food and appeared lethargic. She died Jan. 8 from a bacterial infection as a result of a heavily suppressed immune system.
USS Portland update
The only U.S. Navy ship exclusively named after our city, the USS Portland, has reached the Pacific Ocean on its journey to Portland for its commissioning on April 21.
The San Antonio-class amphibious landing dock went through the Panama Canal on Jan. 9, after leaving its construction port of Pascagoula, Miss. The USS Portland was destined for its new port of San Diego, before it was to head to Portland for its commissioning, arriving a week before the April 21 event.
It was a tight squeeze getting through the Panama Canal for the USS Portland, which measures 105 feet in width. The Panama Canal's locks are 106 feet wide.
Applications for Oregon Music Hall of Fame scholarships are due Feb. 14. The scholarships have risen from $1,000 each to $2,500 for 2018. Oregon high school students who will graduate in spring and who study music, play an instrument or sing and plan to pursue college music studies will be considered.
For more: www.omhof.org.
Pin-ups on tour
The World War II-style variety and burlesque family-friendly show is dedicated to supporting military personnel at local American Legion Post 134, 2104 N.E. Alberta St., where there'll be a re-creation of the magic of the 1940s Hollywood Canteen, with dancing, drinks and entertainment — showgirls, comedy, variety acts, soulful lounge singers, vintage tray girls and more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. General admission is $20 ($25 at door), $35 for reserved seating ($50 at door); veterans attend for free while tickets last. For more: www.pinupsontour.com.