THURSDAY, JUNE 30
Hidden Bottle Hunt — Six bottles will be hidden in Oregon State Parks and on trails, and you can find them to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Oregon Bottle Bill.
It's the Hidden Bottle Hunt, hosted by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, and more than 5,000 people signed up last year.
It takes place again July 6-10. Clues can be found at www.bottledropcenters.com/hunt.
People who find the bottles can keep them, and also select a BottleDrop Give nonprofit partner to receive a $1,000 donation.
Clown workshop — CoHo Productions presents its CoHo Summer Workshop Series, July 5-22.
CoHo Clown Cohort members give clown instruction —physical comedy, techniques, solo comedic character work, group and duo devising — inspired by the founder of the cohort, the late Philip Cuomo.
Workshops are for people 18 years and older, and cost is $50-$200.
For more: www.cohoproductions.org.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
Takla wins — Sophia Takla, Miss Meadowlark, has been crowned Miss Oregon and will represent the state in the Miss America contest in December.
She grew up performing in children's theater, including Oregon Children's Theater and Northwest Children's Theater, and currently attends Berklee College of Music in Boston.
We'll have more later in the Portland Tribune.
Pacific lamprey — Oregon Zoo has welcomed one of the Pacific Northwest's oldest — if not cutest — species, the eel-like, jawless-mouth, no-scales Pacific lamprey.
The species predate dinosaurs and trees. Lampreys go back 400 million years.
"We're thrilled to welcome lamprey back," said Sara Morgan, senior keeper for the zoo's northwest area. "It's a great way for people to see this ancient and unique species up close and learn more about their history."
Visitors can see the lamprey in the Cascade stream and pond section of the Great Northwest area.
At the Oregon Zoo, lamprey can often be seen suctioned onto the glass of their habitat windows, showcasing sucker-like mouths and concentric rings of sharp yellow teeth — all part of the fish's remarkable nontraditional "cuteness," according to keepers.
"When you say the word 'cute,' lamprey are not what most people might picture," Morgan said. "But once you get to know them, they have a lot of charm. It's been fun introducing folks to a different kind of adorable animal."
The lamprey came to the zoo from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation as part of a tribal-led effort that collects lamprey returning to fresh water below the three lowest dams on the Columbia River and moves them above the dams to areas where they used to live, allowing the industrious fish to rebuild its own habitat.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
Polynesian fest — Who doesn't love the idea of a Polynesian Culinary Festival on Mount Hood on a Saturday during the summer?
The third annual festival will be 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at Mt. Hood Meadows' Sahale Lodge, highlighted by performances by The Tumoana Dancers, a Tahitian group from Aloha (as in Oregon). They and Tahitian drummers and hula performances will entertain while people enjoy food.
The menu includes Kalua Pork, coconut rice and stewed cabbage; Huli Huli chicken burgers on sweet Hawaiian rolls; pineapple with a sweet and spicy glaze; as well as poke tuna, macaroni salad and tropical fruit salad and Polynesian meatballs.
Tickets are $45 for adults and $29 for kids 12 and under, and are available at www.SkiHood.com.
Pink Martini tour — The Portland band/Thomas Lauderdale's Pink Martini begins a 33-day tour on Wednesday, with some stops in the United States, Canada and Europe and wrapping up at the 40th Anniversary of the Hult Center event in Eugene, Aug. 26.
The singer lineup includes, per usual, China Forbes, Jimmie Herrod and Edna Vazquez, as well as Ari Shapiro (July 2-8) and Storm Large with Forbes in Europe (July 11-26).
For more: www.pinkmartini.com.
New leader — Oregon Community Foundation has named Lisa Mensah as its next chief executive officer, the fourth in the foundation's 50-year history. She assumes the position in September.
She was born and raised in Oregon.
Mensah has been president and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network, and is widely considered an expert on access to capital in distressed and low-wealth communities and on the role of finance in social, economic and racial justice.
"I am excited to return to my roots here in Oregon; to leverage my expertise and the sum of my experiences," she said. "In this moment, I feel very fortunate to join hands with a 50-year tradition at Oregon Community Foundation, working to help this state and its people flourish."
Climbing exhibit — The exhibit "The Thrill of the Climb: The Pittocks and Early Mountaineering in Oregon" closes Sunday, July 3 at Pittock Mansion.
Henry Pittock, along with his daughters Kate and Lucy, were avid mountaineers. They climbed several peaks as members of the Mazamas.
The exhibit includes artifacts, photos and more.
For more: www.pittockmansion.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 27
Theater move — Northwest Children's Theater has announced plans to leave their home at the NW Neighborhood Cultural Center and move to downtown Portland.
It'll convert the fourplex movie theater at 1000 S.W. Broadway, across the street from Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Newmark Theatre, into a multi-venue arts center for youth.
It'll be called The Judy Kafoury Center for Youth Arts — also known as "The Judy" — and it'll include a 240-seat proscenium theater, a 120-seat flexible black box theater, a 190-seat family cinema and large classroom/rehearsal spaces.
Upcoming events — Here are some upcoming events to consider attending:
• Comedy in the Park returns to Laurelhurst Park Concert Grove this summer, courtesy of Kickstand Comedy.
It started last year and is hosted by Seth Allen, Tory Ward and Jaren George. It offers a series of outdoor standup, character and immersive comedy shows in partnership with the city of Portland and Portland Parks & Recreation and Regional Arts & Culture Council.
The shows are free, staging the first, third and fifth Fridays at 6 p.m. during the summer, starting July 1.
For more: www.kickstandcomedy.org/laurelhurst.
• The sixth annual Portland Craft Beer Festival takes place Friday-Sunday, July 1-3 at The Fields Park.
For more: www.portlandcraftbeerfestival.com.
• Brit Floyd, the Pink Floyd tribute act, plays Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2.
For more: www.portland5.com.
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