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Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including Bif Reiser, 'Gone,' Shoshana Bean and a Library of Things

COURTESY: JEOPARDY PRODUCTIONS, INC. - Portland's Bif Reiser (right), standing with host Alex Trebek, was a three-night winner on 'Jeopardy!'Reiser's run

A Portland man had a three-night run of success on "Jeopardy!" recently.

Several Portlanders have been on "Jeopardy!' throughout the years. But Bif Reiser, a Portland mathematician, won on three nights, racking up $69,400. His run ended in the "Final Jeopardy" round Monday, Feb. 11, when he didn't bet enough to win another victory.

Learn to row

The Rose City Rowing Club wants more teenagers to learn how to row.

The club will teach teens, grades 7 through 12, how to row during a two-week starter camp, Feb. 19-March 1.

"We do this program every year to expose teens to rowing," says Nick Haley, head coach. "It's the first time many of them have engaged in the sport. We do this to recruit more students to rowing. It's a great sport with many scholarship opportunities."

The camp takes place at the Portland Boathouse, 1515 S.E. Water Ave., and, of course, the Willamette River. Competitive lessons for eighth- through 12th-graders start at 4 p.m.; noncompetitive lessons for seventh- and eighth-graders start at 4:30 p.m.

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Grotto Crabfest

The Grotto at Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard is not only known for its popular Christmas-time festivities.

The Grotto's annual Crabfest takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and includes shellfish, chowder, salad and selected wines and beer.

It's $60 per person. For more:

'One Kick'

Portland-based Chelsea Cain, a New York Times bestselling author, is getting the TV treatment for her book "One Kick."

The WGN America series based on the book, "Gone," premieres Feb. 27.

The missing persons crime series, which shines light on the reality of abduction cases, stars Chris Noth, Leven Rambin and Danny Pino. Matt Lopez serves as creator, writer and executive producer of the 12-part limited series.

Higgins' 25th

Oregon's original farm-to-table restaurant, Higgins, 1239 S.W. Broadway, is celebrating 25 years in business in March.

Chef and co-owner Greg Higgins and his team are marking the milestone with a monthlong celebration that will feature some favorites from growers, brewers and vintners, highlighting relationships that have contributed to Higgins' longevity.

"Since opening 25 years ago, our focus has been on organic, local and sustainable food," Higgins says. "We've been around for 25 years because we haven't thrown out our culinary approach and started a new one over and over again."

Bean returning

Shoshana Bean, a Broadway actress/singer who attended Beaverton High School, will return for the second consecutive year for a fundraising concert at her alma mater on April 25.

Thomas Lauderdale and Michael Allen Harrison also will take part in the fundraiser.

Last year Bean helped raise $23,000 for Beaverton High's performing arts department.

Libraries unite

From the Clackamas Review:

A karaoke machine, an air fryer, musical instruments and more may be available for checkout soon at eight libraries in Clackamas County.

A collection of nonstandard items housed at a library is commonly called a Library of Things, and in the coming months the eight public libraries each plan to open one in partnership with the county's Sustainability and Solid Waste program.

The libraries involved are Canby, Estacada, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sandy/Hoodland, West Linn and Wilsonville. Although not part of the Library of Things program at the moment, the Gladstone Library checks out ukuleles and the Oak Lodge Library has seeds for checkout.

Says Stacy Ludington with the Sustainability and Solid Waste program:

"It takes natural resources such as land, water, fossil fuels and metals to grow and manufacture the items people buy.

However, if 10 people share one item, the energy and resource consumption needed for everyone to enjoy it decreases significantly."

A Library of Things could include "sewing machines, GoPro camera, level, cake pans, metal detector and games for checkout with a library card, just like books and movies for free," says Sarah Roller, reference librarian at the Ledding Library in Milwaukie.

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