Bits & Pieces: Oaks Park excited for AtmosFEAR
Oaks Amusement Park reopened last weekend, and showed off its newest ride, AtmosFEAR.
"The new AtmosFEAR is Oregon's most extreme attraction, vaulting riders to just shy of 100 feet at the full inversion swing, with extreme G-forces in play with every loop," said Emily MacKay, marketing and events director. "It is unique in that it is two rides in one — riders can opt for the traditional pendulum 180-degree ride, or for those looking to take the thrill to the next level, there is a 360-degree ride that takes the terror over the top.
"The AtmosFEAR is an update and upgrade to the (old ride) Scream'n Eagle, which was the most popular attraction at our midway for nearly 20 years. Given that we have the (Willamette) river on one side of our property and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge on the other, when we want to bring something new to the community we don't have the option to expand — we have to replace. The Scream'n Eagle was in great shape (in fact, the Eagle will fly again as we've sold it on to another park), but we've wanted to add a bigger thrill experience to the midway for several years and saw a great opportunity in the AtmosFEAR ride."
Oaks Park is open noon-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays in April, the same times Fridays-Sundays in May and then seven days a week in the summer. There is a ticket and entry limitation, so check www.oakspark.com.
The virtual women's empowerment series, Voices Lectures, welcomes Cady Coleman, a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions and a stint on the International Space Station as lead robotics and lead science officer, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. She'll talk about her experience with NASA and how her time on ISS helped develop effective leadership skills. For tickets and more, see www.voicesinc.com.
Fear No Music
Celebrating Black America, Fear No Music puts on its final "Tomorrow Is My Turn" concert Monday, April 26, presented in partnership with BRAVO Youth Orchestras and Don't Shoot Portland. It follows four highly acclaimed mini-concerts that featured solo instruments by Black composers.
The headliner concert features Fear No Music members Ines Voglar Belgique (violin), Nancy Ives (cello) and Michael Roberts (percussion).
The concert takes place at Polaris Hall, 7:30 p.m. April 26, and streamed on The Fear No Music YouTube channel. For more: www.fearnomusic.org.
Wrenna Monet of Newport was named Petite USA Ambassador 2021 at the recent USA Petite pageant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Monet, the reigning Ms. Oregon Petite, is a painter, clothing designer and small business owner in Newport. She finished fourth in her division at the national pageant, while also accepting the ambassador honor.
Leach Botanical Garden
The City of Portland's expanded park, recently featured in the Tribune, has officially opened. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., features a new aerial tree walk, a pollinator/habitat meadow, a gathering lawn, an arbor and fire feature and more.
For more: www.LeachGarden.org.
Portland musician Darrell Grant's latest project pays homage to the churches of North Portland, of which there were more than 200 at one time.
He spent the past couple months walking through Northeast Portland's Alberta, King and Humboldt neighborhoods, once the heart of Black Portland. The pulse had always been the church, a pulse that remains even through gentrification, Grant said.
Third Angle Music had Grant write a soundwalk for listeners to get to know the neighborhoods. It's called "Come Sunday," and it's now available to download, along with a map, at www.thirdangle.org/darrell-grant-soundwalk.
The 48th season of Portland Saturday Market opened last weekend. Only half of the usual 250 vendors could return, because of COVID-19 pandemic safety precautions.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays at 2 S.W. Naito Blvd. For more: www.portlandsaturdaymarket.org.
Oregon Cultural Trust's "Conversations with Funders and Partners" takes place 4 p.m. Monday, April 26, featuring grant makers who will be offering more than $5 million in funding for fiscal year 2022. It's a free virtual event. For more: www.culturaltrust.org.
Taking part is representatives from the Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage and Oregon Humanities, as well as counterparts from James F. And Marion L. Miller Foundation and Travel Oregon.
The Trail Blazers' Carmelo Anthony is the cover subject in the May edition of Wine Spectator magazine.
In the story, he discusses NBA COVID-19 protocols, his wine education and knowledge, the origin of his wine-themed YouTube series "What's In Your Glass" and its upcoming podcast, and bringing his own wine on NBA road trips. Teammate CJ McCollum is also a big vinophile and wine brand owner and is also featured in the Wine Spectator edition.
A short documentary about how the COVID-19 quarantine affected a popular restaurant premieres online 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.
"Unsavory Times," by filmmaker Brian Kimmel, documents the journey of James Beard Award-winning chef Greg Higgins, owner of Higgins restaurant on Southwest Broadway, and what he faced during the past year.
The premiere is followed by a panel Q&A with industry experts on what the future holds for Oregon restaurants.
To register and get virtual screening info: watch.showandtell.film/watch/unsavorytimes-ohs.
Reminder: Oregon Humane Society's beloved event is being reimagined for 2021, going for 30 days (through May 15) with games, prizes and more. It's organized online for dogs and their humans; it'll include a walking route, shelter pets, puzzles and more.
For more: www.oregonhumane.org/doggiedash.
Another reminder: Famed novelist John Grisham will be appearing in a virtual event, 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in conversation with thriller writer J.T. Ellison, courtesy of Powell's Books. It's a ticketed event; a purchase of his new book, "Sooley," entitles you to attend the event. For more: www.powells.com.
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