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COURTESY PHOTO: LAN SU CHINESE GARDEN - Lan Su Chinese Garden's lotus flowers are ready to be viewed.Chinese garden

Lotus season has officially started at Lan Su Chinese Garden, which contains the largest lotus collection in the Pacific Northwest.

Known as "he hua" in Mandarin, the lotus is a symbol of purity in Chinese culture and the most popular summer bloom in southern China. As a water plant that thrives in warmer climates, it's rarely seen in the Pacific Northwest, "which makes Lan Su's collection truly impressive," garden officials said.

"Thanks to the hard work of staff and greenhouse volunteers, we are proud to showcase the largest lotus collection in the region with a total of 175 pots of 18 varieties," said Justin Blackwell, Lan Su Chinese Garden's curator of horticulture.

"But the lotus is much more than a beautiful flower," said Venus Sun, the garden's director of education. Almost every part of the water plant can be used in medicine and Chinese cooking.

At 239 N.W. Everett St., Lan Su Chinese Garden is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

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No Amazon

In celebration of Bookstore Day, Aug. 19, Powell's Book made a promise to stop using Amazon as a third-party marketplace to sell books.

Powell's Books CEO Emily Powell made the announcement, saying that "it was not an easy decision to make."

"For too long, we have watched the detrimental impact of Amazon's business on our communities and the independent bookselling world," she said. "We understand that in many communities, Amazon — and big-box retail chains — have become the only option. And yet when it comes to our local community and the community of independent bookstores around the U.S., we must take a stand. The vitality of our neighbors and neighborhoods depends on the ability of local businesses to thrive. We will not participate in undermining that vitality."

Touted as the world's largest independent bookstore, the downtown and outlets of Powell's Books have reopened. For more:

Canceling season

Broadway Rose Theatre in Tigard, which puts on musical theater during the summer and into the winter, has decided to call off its remaining 2020 shows due to COVID-19.

The company was scheduled to perform "Loch Lomond" and "A Christmas Carol, the Musical," but government restrictions — even under Phase 2 there would be limited seating — have forced the theater to postpone them until next year. Ticket sales for the productions had tripled the New Stage's seating capacity under potential Phase 2 guidelines.

Broadway Rose won't be announcing its 2021 season, and could produce individual shows when appropriate, before resuming at full capacity.

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Acting classes

Northwest Children's Theater & School will put on Zoom classes for kids, starting Sept. 8.

There'll be First Stage Classes (ages 4-6), Explore Classes (6-10), Skills Classes (8-14) and Playlab (8-11).

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Big gift

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education has announced the creation of a fund to support ongoing photography exhibitions through a gift from the Arnold and August Newman Foundation. It's for $250,000 and ensures that the museum can bring national and international photography exhibitions to Portland and support lectures, receptions, workshops and the acquisition of photographs for the museum's permanent collection.

Arnold Newman was an influential and revered photographer and educator of the 20th century.

The first exhibition supported by the fund will be next fall's "To Bear Witness — Extraordinary Lives," in partnership with "The Immigrant Story" and Portland photographer Jim Lommasson.

Fertile Ground

The 2021 Fertile Ground Festival, a program of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA), will become a free, virtual festival, Jan. 28-Feb. 7, 2021.

Significant actions are underway to create an equity-infused process that prioritizes inclusivity for the 12th annual new works festival.

Fertile Ground's virtual festival will present prerecorded acts of creation, submitted by producing organizations and artist-producers. Recorded premieres will be live-dropped at scheduled intervals throughout the 11-day festival, and streamed on Fertile Ground's Facebook and YouTube channels.

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Hispanic wine

If you like wine, you might want to make plans for the inaugural Celebrating Hispanic Roots event, which unites Oregon's Hispanic winemakers to tell their stories, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. It coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month.

There'll be two virtual panels (one in Spanish) on Sept. 15 and special wine packages from the six participating Willamette Valley wineries to raise funds for the Oregon Community Foundation Latino Partnership Program.

The wineries involved (and leaders): Atticus Wine (Ximena Orrego), Beacon Hill (Carla Rodriguez), Cramoisi Vineyard and Winery (Sofia Torres-McKay), Gonzales Wine Company (Cristina Gonzales), Parra Wine Company (Sam Parra) and Valcan Cellars (Juan Pablo "JP" Valot).

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PMG PHOTO: PHILLIP HAWKINS - Eli Roper makes a short putt at the end of the first hole, which coincides with the beginning of the second hole, at Aurora's new disc golf course.Disc golf

From the Woodburn Independent:

Beautiful weather with a mild breeze greeted city officials, guests and curious onlookers Aug. 18 as the city of Aurora officially welcomed its new disc golf course at the Aurora City Park.

Mayor Brian Asher threw the first disc, followed by dozens more after members of the City Council and parks committee spoke of the ease and speed in which the project went from concept to baskets in a matter of months.

"We've had people say this is about the quickest they've ever seen a public works project done," City Recorder Scott Jorgensen said.

The nine-hole course circumnavigates the outside of the city park between Main Street and Liberty Street just east of Pacific Highway 99E.

It adds to a long list of disc golf courses in the Portland area and Willamette Valley. Find information about the course at

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