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Rose Festival sets events, Oregon Historical Society schedules reopening, Oregon Zoo welcomes red panda cub and Cathedral Park Jazz Festival goes online

COURTESY PHOTO: NICOLE NICASSIO-HISKEY/OREGON ZOO - Red panda Mei Mei has given birth to a cub at the Oregon Zoo.Rose Festival

Portland's annual party, the Rose Festival, had to change because of the coronavirus, and it has added more events to its 2020 schedule. (Organizers hold out hope that they'll put on a real festival, but it remains to be seen).

Clues for the Rose Festival Treasure Hunt begin July 19 and go through Aug. 1 at the festival's website, www.rosefestival.org.

The treasure to be found is a block of Lucite with a special festival medallion embedded on it, and it's 2 1/2 inches-by-3 inches.

Virtual Fleet Week, July 29-Aug. 2, includes a virtual tour of the USS Portland, video of the christening of the new USS Oregon submarine and more. For more, see www.rosefestival.org.

The Rose Festival Queen Announcement will be held on the festival's social media channels — Facebook, Instagram — on July 30. There are 15 princesses, and there'll be one queen. The Queen's Coronation airs at 4 p.m. Aug. 1 (rebroadcast Aug. 2) on KPTV Fox 12 Oregon.

Rose Festival Honors, celebrating Marcia Randall for her decades of supporting higher education for Rose Festival Court members, will be Aug. 11. The festival's foundation dinner and auction will be Oct. 16.

Oregon Historical Society

The museum at 1200 S.W. Park Ave. plans to reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, and store hours will be 10 a.m-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

The featured exhibit will be "Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women's Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment," a chronicle of women suffrage and broad voting rights while profiling activists who fought for the causes. It's extended through mid-2021.

For more: www.ohs.org.

Baby panda

At Oregon Zoo, the red panda Mei Mei has given birth to a tiny cub. It weighed about half a pound.

"We're very happy for Mei Mei, and it's terrific to see her taking such good care of her baby," said Amy Cutting, an animal curator who oversees the zoo's red panda area. "So far, she seems to be doing just fine."

Red panda cubs are born blind, and their eyes open after a few weeks. Red pandas are considered an endangered species, with populations declining by about 50% in the past 20 years; there are an estimated 2,500 left in the wild. They share a name, but red pandas are different than giant pandas, and the sharp-toothed and ring-tailed omnivores — red, white and black in color — live in the montane forests — forests set on the slopes of mountains — of the Himalayas and major mountain ranges of southwestern China.

Mei Mei and Moshu, the cub's father, who came to the Oregon Zoo in 2019, also produced two cubs at the Nashville Zoo in 2017.

Jazz fest

The popular Cathedral Park Jazz Festival will be streamed online.

The 40th festival will be streamed at www.twitch.tv/cathedralparkjazz Friday-Sunday, July 17-19.

Highlights include pianist/vocalist Steve Kerin and the Bayou Boyz (who now call Portland home), violinist Eddie Parente and soulful vocalist Saeeda Wright and her nine-piece orchestra.

Music starts at 5 p.m. July 17, 2 p.m. July 18 and 1:30 p.m. July 19.


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