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COURTESY PHOTO - The U.S. Navy Band is coming to Portland for a concert, Saturday, Feb. 17.Biggest pod

From the Beaverton Valley Times:

Crowds braved cranky clouds recently for the debut of Beaverton's first food cart pod, the BG Food Cartel, on Southwest Rose Biggi Avenue behind City Hall.

The space features room for 31 food carts, plus an indoor/outdoor bar, a firepit for Oregon's notoriously fickle weather, and space for public events. It's being described as the largest food cart pod in Oregon.

The pod is the culmination of nearly two years of work between the City of Beaverton and the Biggi family. Around the start of the last century, Rose Biggi picked some horseradish on her farm in Beaverton and sold it at Portland's farmers markets. That grew to become Beaverton Foods Inc., one of the world's largest marketers of mustards and horseradishes.

That farm sat on the same location as the new food pod.

"It all starts with grandma," said Domonick Biggi, one of three siblings to create the pod. "Instead of growing horseradish here, now we're growing businesses."

The other co-creators are siblings Dana Biggi and Dean Biggi.

Special concert

Portland will host the U.S. Navy Band, one of 21 cities in 12 states to feature the band, one of the Navy's signature outreach programs.

The concert takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Cleveland High School. The band plays a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble pieces. To register for the free concert, see the event page at www.eventbrite.com.

New members

The Regional Arts & Culture Council has elected three new board members: Bob Geddes, retired from U.S. Bancorp; Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, a trainer for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at OHSU; Alejandro Queral, who leads the Community Investments team at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

Other continuing RACC board members include Mike Golub (board chair), Linda McGeady (vice chair), Eileen L. Day (treasurer), Steve Rosenbaum (secretary), Raymond C. Cheung (CPA), Eve Connell, Katherine Durham, Sen. Lew Frederick, Debbie Glaze, Osvaldo "Ozzie" Gonzalez, Leslie Heilbrunn, Angela Hult, Parker Lee, Anita Menon, Frances Portillo, Joanna Priestley, Eduardo Puelma, James Smith, Shyla Spicer and Anita Yap.

Board and staff profiles are available online at racc.org/about/staff-board.

Anne Frank's stepsister

Portland welcomes Eva Schloss, the stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, for a night of stories 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway.

Tickets are $25-$125 and available at www.portland5.com.

Schloss and Frank met in Holland, where they played hopscotch and drank lemonade together. But the Nazis deported them and their families to the Auschwitz concentration camp. They became stepsisters, but while Anne Frank didn't survive Auschwitz, then-Eva Geiringer did and made her way to England where she met Zvi Schloss and raised three daughters.

Since 1985, Schloss has devoted herself to holocaust education and global peace.

Pittock premiere

Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive, has a new exhibit: "Forces of Nature: Historic Portland Floods, Fires, Ice and Snow," through July 8. Through photos and more, explore how Portland residents have survived and recovered from natural disasters.

For more: www.pittockmansion.org.

Who is it?

Artists Repertory Theatre received the largest donation in its 35-year history last week and one of the largest for any arts institution, an anonymous $7 million gift that the company used to pay off its mortgage and other debt, although it still plans to sell part of its property.

Artists Rep will maintain the south side of the block, located on Morrison Street between Southwest 15th and 16th avenues. The company plans to remodel the south half of the block in a way that right-sizes its facility by creating two theaters, rehearsal spaces and offices, and space for organizations in its ArtsHub residence program.

"I am deeply grateful for this transformational gift and the trust that comes with it," says Damaso Rodriguez, artistic director.

For more: www.artistsrep.org.

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