Bits & Pieces
Not everybody is a fan of ABC's "The Bachelor," but it is worth noting that a couple of Portland-area women have been staking their claim for the man of their dreams.
Beaverton resident Abigail Heringer, 25, is vying for Matt James' heart on the dating and relationship reality television series. According to the show's website, Heringer is listed as a client financial manager from Beaverton.
Her biography describes her as a "beautiful soul from the Pacific Northwest who says that nothing makes her happier than enjoying a local microbrew on a beautiful Oregon day."
Heringer made her first appearance on the show on Jan. 4. Once exciting the limo, Heringer confessed to James that she has a hearing impairment.
Heringer's vulnerability was a win in James' eyes, and she received the coveted "first impression rose," which automatically saves a contestant from the first elimination round.
Pieper James, 23, is a graduate student from Happy Valley. She received her undergrad degree from the University of Oregon and is now studying at DePaul University in Chicago. She's described as having "a dynamite personality, a creative mind … and a wonderful family who has supported all her endeavors."
"The Bachelor" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on KATU (2).
The Rose Festival hopes to put on an in-person event in 2021 — so, "Hope Reigns" seems to be a pretty fitting 2021 festival theme.
Meanwhile, Dave Todd, a retired Navy Reserve captain, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Rose Festival Foundation. He recently retired from a 33-year career teaching about information systems at the university level.
"All of us feel a sense of loss as we look back on the year that spun out of control and changed our festival so dramatically," Todd said. "We want the festival always to be an escape, a celebration, and not a reminder of what was lost."
Todd has been a Rose Festival director for three decades.
We'll have more information in the Jan. 20 edition of the Tribune, but for now, make plans to take in the many productions in the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, which, like most of everything else, has gone online for a virtual program.
The 12th annual festival will include 40 projects being streamed free Jan. 28-Feb. 7 on its Facebook and YouTube channels.
It's a program of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance.
For more: http://www.fertilegroundpdx.org.
Thought to be the oldest orangutan in the world, Inji has died at the Oregon Zoo. She was 61.
"We knew she couldn't live forever, but this really hurts, and I know many visitors are grieving along with us," said Bob Lee, who oversees the zoo's animal areas. "Inji's ability to connect with people was incredible. She inspired generations."
In the wild, orangutans seldom live past the age of 40, the zoo said.
Inji was born in the wild around 1960 and came to the United States via wild animal trade (legal at the time) and brought to the Oregon Zoo by her owner in 1961.
"We're thankful that we were able to give Inji a good home, but it's heartbreaking to think about the circumstances that brought her here," said Asaba Mukobi, the zoo's senior primate keeper. Mukobi said wild animal trade still exists, and it threatens orangutan populations.
There'll be a memorial for lifelong Portlander Vince Pesky, a well-known educator, sports enthusiast and brother of late baseball player Johnny Pesky, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1623 N.W. 19th Ave.
The funeral Mass held by Monsignor Timothy Murphy will be available via livestream and recorded video on the church's Facebook page. Here's the event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/146373227099417.
Pesky died Sunday, Jan. 3, after several weeks of being in poor health. Pesky was 99.
The Tribune wrote about Pesky as his 99th birthday approached in August. Pesky was well-known in Portland in his own right and his brother, Johnny Pesky, starred for years with the Boston Red Sox.
Vince Pesky worked for 44 years with Portland Public Schools, much of it at the old Marshall High School. He was a staple of the Portland sports scene — athlete, hockey fan and a Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame member.
Oregon Arts Commission has awarded five Oregon artists with 2021 Individual Artist Fellowships.
Okaidja Afroso and Michelle Fujii will share the honorary 2021 Joan Shipley Award. The three other artists are Michael Cavazos, Heidi Duckler and Darryl Thomas.
TWizard World Portland won't be happening in 2021, but it will return in 2022. Tentative dates are Jan. 28-30, 2022, at the Oregon Convention Center.
Wizard World events also were postponed in New Orleans and Philadelphia.
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