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Items include Oregon Community Foundation, Kiden the Oregon Zoo giraffe, 'Science on Tap,' Oregon Symphony, Kitten Yoga, Timberline skiing and PICA fundraiser

COURTESY PHOTO: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - Kiden (foreground), a 2-year-old Masai giraffe, explores her habitat with new companion Buttercup at the Oregon Zoo.Reporting news on the arts, entertainment and activity fronts as we navigate through the health and economic crisis brought on by coronavirus/COVID-19:

• Raising millions — The Oregon Community Foundation has announced another round of grants in the Portland-metro area to support local response efforts.

Current funds total more than $14.3 million in new donations with grants of $15.3 million disributed to 562 nonprofits across the state; more than $5.5 million in grants have been award to nonprofit organizations in the Portland area.

OCS has been heavily involved in helping support artists and arts organizations with its Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, and has worked in conjunction with the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

"Oregonians have always come together in a crisis, and today is no different," said Max Williams, president and CEO of Oregon Community Foundation. "The bond holding us together is strong and we've proven our ability to rise to challenges of all kinds."

For more: www.oregoncf.org.

• Young giraffe — The Oregon Zoo has a new resident, and it's 11 feet high and growing. Kiden is a 2-year-old Masai giraffe and she joins Buttercup and Desi in the zoo's Africa area — which also includes Spekes gazelles and southern ground hornbills in the mixed-species area.

She arrived from the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina last month.

"Giraffes are herd animals, so it's wonderful to welcome a new member of the family," said Becca Van Beek, who oversees the zoo's Africa area.

Masai giraffes can grow to around 18 feet tall. Their tongues can be up to 21 inches long, their running speeds up to 35 mph and they have the ability to eat up to 75 pounds of leaves and brush a day.

See a video of Kiden at www.oregonzoo.org.

• Gut and thoughts — The "Science on Tap" show this week, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, is about what the gut and brain talk about. The gut-brain axis involves links between the central nervous system and the intestinal tract, including the microbes that live there.

Lisa Sardinia, associate professor of biology at Pacific University, leads the lecture. See the "Science on Tap" Facebook page; recorded shows are available on its YouTube channel within 24 hours.

• Symphony tickets — Planning for its 2020-21 season, Oregon Symphony has announced that tickets for special concerts have gone on sale. See www.orsymphony.org.

The new season welcomes the likes of Gladys Knight, Kristin Chenoweth and the Flaming Lips, Taylor Mac, Coco and the anticipated world premiere of "An African American Requiem."

• Kitten yoga — Oregon Humane Society has introduced Virtual Kitten Yoga. Participants are guided by an experienced instructor and surrounded by a crew of playful felines.

It takes place 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14 and 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, as well as 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28 and 10 a.m. Friday, May 29.

It's $15 per class. For more: www.oregonhumane.org.

• Ski season — Skiers will be welcomed back at Timberline, starting Friday, May 15. The lodge and slopes (two chair lifts) will be open.

The ski area will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It's mandatory for everybody to make an online ski reservation. Health guidelines must be followed for all visitors. Backcountry visitors do not need to make an online reservation.

For more: www.timberlinelodge.com.

• Raising funds — Portland Institute for Contemporary Art has launched its "Beyond Now" fundraiser via livestream. There'll be mid-day conversations, evening releases of new video and performance works, nighttime dance parties, raffles, a silent auction and more.

The main event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

For more: www.pica.org.


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