Life update, Friday, March 13: Keeping abreast of entertainment options
We're keeping up on arts and entertainment events and happenings, including some things that will continue as organizers seek calm and normalcy, despite concerns about coronavirus/COVID-19:
• While schools will be closed, the Rose Festival Court will continue to be filled.
The Rose Festival plans to make next week's announcements at Lloyd Center in the west ground floor atrium.
Central Catholic (Melyssa Okazaki) and St. Mary's Academy (Grace Gentner) were named Rose Festival princesses on Friday.
Next week, the schedule is: Grant High School, 3:30 p.m. Monday; Jefferson High School, 2:45 p.m. Tuesday; Franklin High School, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday; Wilson High School, 10 a.m. Thursday.
Princesses named, so far: Central Catholic, Melyssa Okazaki; Lincoln, Anya Anand; Benson, Roserina Chipen; Madison, Wren Louis; Roosevelt, Dyllan Newville; Metro West, Kimberly Huynh, Liberty; Metro East, Jensen Kaelin, Lake Oswego; Parkrose, Brenda Ortegon Briceno; Cleveland, Zoey Weesner; David Douglas, Michelle Le.
For more: www.rosefestival.org.
• The popular Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn plans to open as scheduled, Friday, March 20.
"We have 100 acres of area out here that includes 40 acres of tulips, so social distancing shouldn't be a problem," said Barb Iverson, co-owner of Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. "We are going to open the tulip field to the public.
"We are very concerned about the current situation for both guests and employees. We are adding additional cleaning protocols on our already rigid schedule. We are also assessing exposure risks on many of our other activities associated with the festival and have eliminated some of those for this season."
The festival will include food tents and trucks, as well as craft vendors in tents and wine tasting and a few other activities on weekends. "Most of these are outside," Iverson added.
For more: www.woodenshoe.com.
• Whale Watching Week returns to the Oregon Coast, March 21-29.
The volunteer program, which helps visitors spot the gray whales as they migrate north, has been suspended. But, Luke Parsons, park ranger at Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center, said that all the watching spots will be open to the public — again, it's outside, which allows for social distancing.
The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay plans to remain open.
Shared binoculars at viewing sites will not be available; so, bring your own binoculars.
Parsons recommends that visitors look for complete information at the Oregon State Parks home page, www.oregonstateparks.org.
• The Portland Art Museum, after first declaring to keep its galleries open, has decided to close until April 1.
"This was a difficult decision in response to the evolving public health situation and health authorities' recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19," spokesperson Ian Gillingham said. "We hope to reopen to the public on April 1."
The museum had said there was enough room for social distancing and health measures have been taken.
The museum and Northwest Film Center, which has been putting on the Portland International Film Festival, had already canceled all public programs, tours, field trips, films (including remaining PIFF films at Whitsell Auditorium and partner venues), classes, events and rental events through April 8.
For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.
• The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which just opened a big exhibit, "Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life," has reversed course and decided to close its doors.
It'll remain closed for the rest of the month.
"The health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers is our No. 1 priority," said Nancy Stueber, president of OMSI. "By taking this proactive step, we hope to limit exposure to this virus and help protect our entire community, particularly those most vulnerable."
For more: www.omsi.edu.
OMSI had said in a statement Thursday that "more than anything else, OMSI is committed to a sense of calm and normalcy."
• Parts of the Oregon Zoo remain open. For Oregon Zoo info: www.oregonzoo.org.
• Small venue are still considering what to do.
Star Theater, a music venue, has reduced its capacity to stay below the 250-person threshold, and said it'll remain open but also "strongly advising" elderly and immuno-compromised people to not enter.
• Arts organizations are hurting, and some have started being creative.
Cappella Romana plans to livestream their Tchaikovsky's "Divine Liturgy" concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at St. Mary's Cathedral.
There'll be 16 professional adult singers of Cappella Romana performing, including Russian-American soprano Fotina Naumenko and basso profundo Glenn Miller.
Check out www.cappellaromana.org for concert info and streaming.
• The Oregon Historical Society has temporarily closed, per Gov. Kate Brown's order to keep gatherings to 250 people or less.
The closure begins Saturday, March 14, with an anticipated reopening March 30. OHS has canceled or postponed all public programs through April 12, and canceled school tours and suspended its traveling trunk program through April 17.
For more: www.ohs.org.
• Ski resorts are always evaluating their situation.
Mt. Hood Meadows will continue daily operations, but shelve some events.
"At this time, we do not expect disruptions to our scheduled daily operations," said Dave Tragethon, vice president of sales and marketing."
The resort will stay open through April 19, and some weekends until May 2.
For more: www.SkiHood.com.
• BodyVox dance company has postponed its upcoming "Nineteen*Twenty" show until April 30-May 4. For more: www.bodyvox.com.
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