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Items include David Douglas High graduation, Rose Festival furloughs, Oregon International Air Show cancellation, Oregon Brewers Guild, Chamber Music Northwest, Powell's Books and Garth Brooks

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ismael Mohammed celebrates receiving his degree at David Douglas High School.News continues to happen in the arts, activities and entertainment worlds as we battle the health and economic crisis brought on by coronavirus/COVID-19:

School graduations

High schools in the Portland area have been putting together creative, outdoor graduation ceremonies for seniors. Pamplin Media Group photographers Jonathan House and Jaime Valdez have been busy documenting some of the ceremonies. Some of House's photos from the David Douglas High ceremony are above and below.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - TriQuang Nguyen marches forwards with her David Douglas diploma.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Friends and family line up in cars to see their David Douglas students graduate.

Rose Festival

The Rose Festival announced that it has made the difficult decision to put 50% of the festival's regular staff on furlough for 14 weeks.

Senior management has taken a 20% reduction in pay and work hours.

"We are creating a financial plan to sustain Rose Festival through the latter part of 2020," said Jeff Curtis, chief executive officer. "That plan emphasizes cost controls and overhead adjustments, including the painful decision to furlough members of our talened team."

The Rose Festival has put on a Porch Parade and other events to substitute for the actual festival, which had to be postponed. Curtis has said that organizers wanted to put on a Rose Festival of some sort in 2020.

It's possible that the Rose Festival Court will be convening in July, at which time a Rose Festival Queen would be named. An event honoring mentorship and women empowering women will take place Aug. 11. And, there are plans for a Rose Festival Treasure Hunt.

The Rose Festival received a PPP loan that covered the cost of staffing through early July, which enabled it to produce virtual events in May and June.

"Like thousands of nonprofits and small businesses around the world, the Rose Festival faces significant financial challenges in the coming months," Curtis said. "The generosity of our sponsors and supporters will be essential to allow us to continue to celebrate this community and contribute to its healing." The annual festival fundraising dinner and auction is scheduled for Oct. 16.

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Air Show

The Oregon International Air Show, which had been scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at McMinnville Airport, has been canceled because of safety considerations and government restrictions. The U.S. military has restrictions on non-essential travel, and state restrictions on large gatherings around the country have forced cancellations of many air shows.

"We did all we could to try to hold the air show this year, but we will always make safety of our guests our No. 1 priority," said Bill Braack, president of the Oregon International Air Show. "In the end, that concern overrode all other considerations."

In 2021, there are two air shows scheduled: July 30-Aug. 1 at McMinnville, and an earlier show May 21-23 at Hillsboro Airport (the previous site of the air show).

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Online brews

Oregon Brewers Guild's next digital experience for beer fans will be the Drink Beer, Be King Virtual Beerfest, Saturday, June 27, on Zoom and Facebook. It'll include chats with brewers from across Oregon, live music, comedy, axe-throwing and more.

Tickets are $5.

"Beer fans and brewers sent a clear message after our May virtual fest to do it again," said Tony Roberts, OBG co-executive director. "This event can't replace the outdoor festivals we're missing this year, but we can still connect, have a great time and even learn a thing or two."

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Chamber music

Chamber Music Northwest had to cancel its in-person Summer Festival, but the virtual Summer Festival kicked off this week, and continues through July 25.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, it'll be the first of five new "live" performances featuring Paul Neubauer, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley performing from their homes.

There'll be three digital concerts premiering each week at 7 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, through July 26, on Chamber Music Northwest's website,, and YouTube channel.

Check for the full schedule.

The grand finale will be 7 p.m. July 25-26, featuring outgoing CMNW Artistic Director David Shifrin.

Powell's Books

Powell's Books has taken a bit hit, but it's still moving forward, and it has announced the launch of a virtual author event series.

It begins June 30, and they'll host authors for events and conversations in support of their new books, albeit in the virtual realm. Powell's will use Zoom Webinar for its events.

The lineup: Gregory Benford/Larry Niven, "Glorious," 6 p.m. June 30; Eva Holland, "Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear," along with writer Ferris Jabr, 6 p.m. July 1; Paige McKenzie/Nancy Ohlin, "B*witch," joined by author E. Latimer, 5 p.m. July 7; Mario Livio, "Galileo: And the Science Deniers," in conversation with author Adam Frank, 5 p.m. July 8; Julia Alvarez, "Afterlife," along with author Samantha Mabry, 5 p.m. July 9; Stephanie Campisi, "Five Sisters," kids' storytime, 11 a.m. July 11.

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Garth Brooks

The famous country star Garth Brooks is planning to put on a concert to be screened in movie theaters and drive-ins, including Newberg's 99W Drive-in, on Saturday, June 27. For ticket info:

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