Bits & Pieces
Among the holiday commemorations is the 69th Memorial Day ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. in Happy Valley. It begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27.
There'll be patriotic music, flag displays, a rifle salute by the Oregon Army National Guard and a fly-over by the Oregon Air National Guard.
There'll be more than 650 U.S. flags flown along the Avenue of Flags, donated by veterans' families.
From 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, more than 1,700 scouts and parents of the Thunderbird Boy Scout District will gather at the cemetery and place small U.S. flags on approximately 148,000 gravesites.
As has been well-publicized, "The Aqua Star" floating home on the Willamette River is for sale, for $995,000. Cascade Sotheby's International Realty has been chosen to list the iconic home.
The 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom/bathroom home, owned by Buzz and Pam Gorder, was the first home featured on Home and Garden's "Extreme Homes" series. It has been featured on "Portlandia" and in movies.
"We look forward to finding the next steward who may want to create their own 'Portlandia' experience on the river," Pam Gorder says.
In partnership with the James Beard Foundation, chef Vitaly Paley has launched Sustainable Seafood PDX, a festival that brings together top chefs and seafood experts for a seafood-filled weekend. It'll take place at Headwaters, 1001 S.W. Broadway, June 21-23. Ticket sales benefit JBF's Impact Programs and the Freshwater Trust.
The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., plays host to a night of eight true stories of power, strength, promise and resilience in a play by Shalanda Sims of World Stage that brings to life the African American history of Northeast Portland — before the high-end restaurants and boutiques of current Alberta Street.
It takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Alberta Rose. Tickets: $17, $10 students, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Gala on May 4, titled "Diamond Jubilee" to commemorate the museum's 75th anniversary, raised more than $1.5 million through sponsorships, ticket sales and an auction; it's the nonprofit museum's most succcessful event to date.
The SE Wine Collective, 2425 S.E. 35th Place, hosts its annual #Vinlandia tasting extravaganza, 3-6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, featuring more than 20 new releases poured by eight winemakers. Tickets are $15, $20 at the door ($10 for collective club members).
For more: www.sewinecollective.com.
Recently featured in the Tribune, Portland author Shawn Levy will read from his new book, "The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which has suffered from losses due to area wildfires and undergone a leadership change, has received a $4.5 million gift from California donor Roberta "Bertie" Bialek Elliott. She is the sister of Berkshire Hathaway magnate Warren Buffett.
The festival plans to spend the money over three years, boosting marketing, technology and human resources.