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Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including Thespian Playworks and 'The Evolve Experience' and Oregon Book Awards

COURTESY PHOTO - The Climb for Clean Air event, in which people climb mountains, supports the American Lung Association.Clean climbing

If you love the outdoors and mountain climbing, you might want to make plans for the Climb for Clean Air, which will take place later this spring and summer on Mount Hood, Mount Baker and Mount Rainier.

It's a mountaineering fundraising program for the American Lung Association's work to fight lung disease in the Pacific Northwest.

Climbing professionals Win Whittaker (summited Mount Rainier 182 times) and Stacy Allison (the first American women to summit Mount Everest) are the honorary co-chairs of the program, which gives participants training, technical support and guide services needed to summit the mountains safely.

Climb for Clean Air has trained more than 1,500 men and women, who have raised $5 million for lung disease research.

The climbs: Mount Hood, May 30-31; Mount Rainier, June 24-27, July 15-18, July 22-25; Mount Baker, July 30-Aug. 2.

For info/registration: www.climbforlcleanair.com.

Promising playwright

A couple young Oregonians made an impact in the Thespian Playworks program for student playwrights.

One of them, Gabi Garcia of Portland, who attends Sunset High School, has been named one of four finalists and will attend the International Thespian Festival, where she and the others will collaborate with professional directors and dramaturges in developing their plays, June 24-27 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Garcia's play is titled "Ismene."

Mira Springer of South Eugene High, with her play "Aftershocks," made the semifinalist list.

Thespian Playworks is one of four programs in a suite called Next Generation Works, along with Thespian Musicalworks, Thespian Filmworks and Thespian Criticworks.

'The Evolve Experience'

Following the success of New Black Fest's "Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments" and "Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue," the August Wilson Red Door Project is preparing to stage another topical set of monologues, May 18-19 and May 23-25 at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave.

"The Evolve Experience" is a compilation of some of the monologues to come out of the previous two shows, and according to the company "makes a compelling statement about the complexity of racial profiling from individual, community, and law enforcement perspectives."

For more: www.reddoorproject.org.

Book winners

Literary Arts held its Oregon Book Awards ceremony last week and awarded its top honors for 2019: "The Turning," Emily Whitman, Portland, children's literature; "The Wicked Deep," Shea Ernshaw, Bend, adult literature; "Dangerous Subjects: James D. Saules and the Rise of Black Exclusion in Oregon," Kenneth R. Coleman, Portland, general nonfiction; "The Gospel of Trees," Apricot Irving, Corbett, creative nonfiction; "Successful Strategies," Andrea Stolowitz, Portland, drama; "Small Gods," Matthew Minicucci, Portland, poetry; "Red Clocks," Leni Zumas, Portland, fiction; "Ladder to the Light," Beth Wood, Portland, reader's choice award; Jose Gonzalez, Portland, legacy award.


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