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Items on Mount St. Helens 40th anniversary online events, Portland Opera, Hot Wheels and The -Ism Project

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - A painting by Henk Pander depicts the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. It'll be 40 years since the eruption on Monday. The painting is part of a Portland Art Museum exhibit about Mount St. Helens, which is available to see online.We've reached the weekend of another week battling the health and economic crisis brought on by coronavirus/COVID-19. Here are some things happening in the arts, entertainment and activity realms:

• Mt. St. Helens — If you were around Portland on May 18, 1980, you probably remember the day vividly, when Mount St. Helens erupted.

So, Monday's 40th-year anniversary will probably bring back many memories.

Public events had been planned for the anniversary, although some have been moved online.

Visitors centers remain closed. Some hiking trails have been opened.

"We've been thrown for quite a loop here," Alysa Adams, Washington State Parks interpretive specialist told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

"Please stay tuned for next year because I think we're going to take all of this energy and passion and turn it into something productive for the 41st anniversary."

OPB reports that Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and Washington State Parks plan separate 40th anniversary livestream presentations on Monday. The Mount St. Helens Institute has a full list of online activities on its website,

Meanwhile, the Portland Art Museum has its "Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art" exhibit online at It features art of the mountain before and after May 18, 1980. The in-person exhibit opened March 14, right before it had to be shut down because of the pandemic; organizers said it will remain on view when the museum re-opens.

Portland Art Museum will present an anniversary eve presentation at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17.

• Opera cancels — The Portland Opera became the latest organization to cancel shows in the wake of Gov. Kate Brown's ban on large gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has announced that its first two operas of the 2020-21 season have been shelved.

Robert Xavier Rodriguez's "Frida" and Puccini's "Tosca" have been postponed until 2021.

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• Hot Wheels — They're saying it'll be "the biggest car show from their couch," as Hot Wheels has joined Hoonigan to put the latest Hot Wheels Legends Tour event online, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16.

It'll determine the newest entry in the search for the next die-cast Hot Wheels car.

See Hoonigan's YouTube channel and Hot Wheels Facebook page.

The finalist from the Hot Wheels Legends Tour virtual stop will join all other Legends Tour finalists at the SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas in November for a chance to have their car immortalized as an iconic Hot Wheels die-cast.

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• The -Ism Project — In recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, MediaRites and Vanport Mosaic Festival will put on a digital tour of "A Bridge To Civil Rights: The -Ism Project," 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

The -Ism Project consists of monologues that explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation and national origin, followed by community dialogue to foster empathy, inclusion and building bonds.

The featured story is "See Her Strength," written and performed by Samson Syharath; it's about a gay Laotian man honoring his refugee mother's strength during the pandemic.

Tune in to the Vanport Mosaic Festival Facebook page. The Vanport Mosaic Festival continues through May 30.

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