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COURTESY: ROSE FESTIVAL - There's a workshop for Rose Festival Junior Parade float decorating coming up.Float workshop

There'll be a Fred Meyer Junior Parade float decorating workshop for kids and families at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Northwest Ninth Avenue and Johnson Street (the old post office site, where crews have been building Rose Festival floats).

Families are encouraged to bring wagons, bikes and trikes, umbrellas, nonelectric scooters, carts and boxes to transform into colorful parade entries. There is free on-site parking.

The junior parade is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, on Northeast Sandy Boulevard from 50th to 40th avenues and finishing at Grant High School.

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DOTSONNew director

Bill Foster, the longtime director of the Northwest Film Center, happily retired last year and, after an exhaustive search, his successor has been named.

Amy Dotson will lead the center and also will work collaboratively with the Portland Art Museum as curator of film and new media.

Dotson comes to the film center from the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the oldest and largest indie film organization in the United States championing the future of storytelling on all platforms, where she served as the deputy director and head of programming for 13 years.

She'll be responsible for the overall vision of the film center, including strategic planning, fundraising and program direction, while working with the museum's curatorial departments.

Says Dotson: "This unique relationship between museum and film center allows me to work at the epicenter of all the creative arts and experiment with film, emerging media and technologies in exciting ways that create new ways of experiencing the world for audiences and creatives alike."

Petersen reads

Paulann Petersen, the former Oregon poet laureate, has a new collection of poetry, "One Small Sun." She'll be reading some of them at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway.

The collection tells the tales of what Petersen has learned through life, relying on poetry to bring back memories and "ultimately form an arc of an aging woman's life."

Petersen, who was born in Portland and graduated from Franklin High School and received a master's degree from Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, has written six previous full-length books of poetry.

Kickstand kick-off

Kickstand Comedy, which now inhabits the former Brody Theater space at 16 N.W. Broadway, welcomes national and local Portland comics to Kickoff Kickstand, a weekend of shows (Friday-Saturday, May 17-18) that aims to thank the community for helping the company meet its first crowd-source funding goal of $25,000 in the first week.

The lineup features Maggie Maye, Brandie Posey, Susan Rice, Derek Sheen, Caitlin Weierhauser and local favorites.

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Bloom Project

From the Lake Oswego Review:

In what is expected to be one of the largest floral donations it will receive this year, the Bloom Project collected bouquets from floral retailers following Mother's Day, when many arrangements go unsold.

The gift proves especially significant as it catapults the Oregon-based nonprofit to a key milestone: 250,000 bouquets gifted. As it does year-round, the volunteer-driven nonprofit will repurpose the flowers for hospice and palliative care patients.

"We could not be more excited to share news of The Bloom Project's impact on the Oregon hospice and palliative care community," says The Bloom Project's founder and president Heidi Berkman. "Without the support of the floral community and our volunteers, we would not have the opportunity to show these flowers a second life as gifts for those going through a difficult time."

According to the National Retail Federation, $2.6 billion was expected to be spent on Mother's Day flowers last year, with 69 percent of shoppers purchasing flowers for the moms in their lives. Many go unsold and often are sent to landfills, emitting measurable carbon dioxide emissions.

As an alternative, wholesale floral companies, growers and local grocery stores donate to The Bloom Project. Volunteers then repurpose the flowers and create beautiful bouquets, ready to deliver to local hospice and palliative care patients. To date, The Bloom Project has recorded more than 118,000 donated volunteer hours.

The Bloom Project is located at Teufel Holly Farms, 160 S.W. Miller Road.

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