Bits & Pieces
A Portland teenager will be part of the upcoming "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament, which starts Monday, June 17 (on KATU-TV).
Avi Gupta is a high school senior at Catlin Gabel School. He'll be one of 15 of America's sharpest students, ages 14-17, competing in the two-week event. The winner gets $100,000.
For more, see www.jeopardy.com.
Gupta is the founder of Project 32, a student-run company that has helped provide dental hygiene supplies to poor youth in India, Guatemala, Haiti and the Portland metro area. He solicited help from area dentists for the project.
For more, see his website, www.avigupta.us.
The big weekends of the Rose Festival have concluded, but plenty of associated events continue: Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival, June 21-23; Oregon City Heritage Days, June 21-22; Milk Carton Boat Race, June 23; Rose Cup Races (auto racing), July 12-14; Winco Foods Portland Open (golf), Aug. 8-11; Cambia Portland Classic (golf), Aug. 29-Sept. 1. For more: www.rosefestival.org.
Mya Brazile of St. Mary's Academy was named Rose Festival Queen of Rosaria. She wants to study computer science at a four-year university and be a computer scientist specializing in web design and coding.
Each of the 15 Rose Festival court members will receive a $3,500 scholarship courtesy of The Randall Group.
Meanwhile, some of the awards from the Grand Floral Parade included: Hillmann Lueddemann Jr. Sweepstakes Award, most outstanding float, Reser's Fine Foods (beehive with drones dressed as bees); Queen's Award, most creative float, Meals on Wheels People (featuring senior ladies who attend neighborhood centers); President's Award, most effective overall floral presentation, Cambia Portland Classic; Governor's Award, best depiction of Life in Oregon, Spirit Mountain Casino.
For more: www.rosefestival.org.
The Hoyt Arboretum will offer two tours each on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate the public. They begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and go through Oct. 27; free to Hoyt Arboretum members and $3 for nonmembers.
Guides lead people to see the more than 2,000 species of trees and shrubs (from six continents) and unique history of the area.
For more: www.hoytarboretum.org/events. Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 S.W. Fairview Blvd., includes 190 acres and 12 miles of hiking trails.