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COURTESY: EXPLORER MEDIA GROUP - A cool out-of-town event to attend is the 54th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest, June 9.Building sandcastles

Want to take a road trip for a cool event?

The 54th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest takes place Saturday, June 9, on the beach at Cannon Beach. It features sculptures of castles, dragons and pop culture icons constructed by teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families.

The best time to view the completed sculptures is from 4-6 p.m.; judging begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Chile skies

From the Gresham Outlook:

Earlier this year, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan was among a small group of astronomy educators chosen to tour some of the top observatories in Chile.

Hanrahan will share details about the observatories he visited and some of the astronomical discoveries that have been made in Chile during "Big Astronomy from Chile" at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, and Friday, June 8, at the MHCC planetarium, 26000 S.E. Stark St. in Gresham.

"I was tickled pink to be able to become one of these ambassadors," Hanrahan says. "The experience was wonderful. I have a much better understanding of what we have in Chile and why. I returned from the trip very energized."

Hanrahan says many Americans may not be aware of American and other international investments in Chilean astronomy research.

Astronomers look for high-altitude locations to reduce the interfering effects of Earth's atmosphere, and Chile offers many high-altitude locations. By 2020, 70 percent of the world's largest, most advanced observatories will be located in Chile.

Hanrahan says The National Science Foundation has been supporting the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors program so that key American educators can get the word out.

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Hollywood programmer

The Hollywood Theatre has announced that Anthony Hudson, also known as Portland drag clown Carla Rossi, has joined the theater as a community programmer.

Hudson is the creator of the one-person show "Looking for Tiger Lily," the programmer for the Hollywood Theatre's "Queer Horror" series, and a "general force for good in the local arts scene," the theater writes in a press release.

Hudson wil be developing community partnerships and new programs, starting with the new series "Mondo Trasho," a cult/trash series kicking off with a 9:45 p.m. June 8 screening of "Female Trouble," the 1974 queer classic by John Waters.

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