Bits & Pieces
The Redd opens
It's been two years in the making, but The Redd on Salmon Street is officially open.
Ecotrust started the project many years ago, buying two blocks of Portland's Central Eastside, and dedicating space to the 76,000-square-foot campus at Southeast Eighth Avenue and Salmon Street. It has become home to a food enterprise that supports regional producers — farmers, ranchers and fishermen.
There is a food venue on-site and a diverse group of caterers who work out of the campus. Organizers says it's best to think of The Redd as a "back of the house" operation, which includes warehousing, production space and distribution to about 170 food producers and entrepreneurs.
Says Jeremy Barnicle, executive director, in a news release: "We believe bringing local food to scale, done right, can nurture vulnerable communities, help shock-proof regional economies, and restore the lands and waters we rely on — we want to be part of that and we know that work doesn't stop here."
"The Redd is buzzing," general manager Emma Sharer told the Tribune in August. "That a two-block campus can make urban-rural links, catalyze food businesses, inspire fresh thinking, and welcome in the public to celebrate and connect — that's the kind of confluence we at Ecotrust believe drives real change."
Redd East is an event center, with space available for rent — for cooking demonstrations/classes, national conferences and festivals, pop-up events, etc. Redd West, which opened in 2015, services producers.
For more: www.reddsalmon.com.
The Rose Festival has announced Meals on Wheels People as its 2019 official charity.
The festival will honor more than 5,000 volunteers who annually donate more than 2 million hours to serve seniors through Meals on Wheels People.
It started in 1970 with three women volunteers preparing hot lunches for some seniors. Now it's estimated that volunteers make meals for 12,000 seniors annually, making Meals on Wheels People among the top-10 largest senior nutrition programs in the country.
"This opportunity allows us to reach a broader audience with our vision that no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation," says Susanne Washington, CEO of Meals on Wheels People.
For more: www.mowp.org.
It wasn't too long ago — February 2018 — that some of them starred in the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The "Stars on Ice" tour celebrates top American figure skaters from the past, present and future, and tickets for the May 18 performance at the Moda Center have gone on sale at www.rosequarter.com.
The tour will feature the likes of Nathan Chen (Olympic bronze medalist), Maia and Alex Shibutani (two-time Olympic bronze medalists), Meryl Davis and Charlie White (gold, silver, bronze Olympic medalists), Ashley Wagner (three-time national champion) and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (2018 national champs).
Visit starsonice.com for cast and show updates.
Tickets start at $25.
"Bumblebee," a movie with local ties, has received significant buzz and moderate success at the box office.
Various reports have the movie earning more than $300 million at theaters worldwide, so far, or roughly triple the budget. It was directed by Travis Knight, the president and CEO of Laika animation studio in Hillsboro and son of Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
Despite being well-received, thanks in part to Knight's directorship, "Bumblebee" didn't reach blockbuster status and earned less than some previous "Transformers" movies at the box office. Critics point to the modest earnings as an indication that the "Transformers" franchise might have reached its end.
More than 100 Girls Scouts will attend the Oregon Symphony classical concert on Jan. 27 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert, earning their musician badge credit. Alicia Waite, a French horn player with the symphony, served as a Girl Scout. The concert will highlight works by Beethoven, Chin and Schumann.
The timing coincides with the beginning of Girl Scout cookie season.