It’s a Bloomin’ Good Time is the theme as the Rose Festival’s waterfront activities kick off on May 22 at 5 p.m. for Memorial Day weekend and three consecutive weekends at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Opening Night Fireworks on Friday night, May 22, features a dance party and concert by Hit Machine in the RoZone and a huge fireworks display synchronized to great music.
The second weekend of CityFair is jam-packed with music on the Rose City Stage and the Bridgetown stage, along with A Walk on the Wild Side exotic animals, arts and crafts in the Kids Zone, and cool artifacts in the Rose Festival Museum – all FREE with CityFair admission. The final weekend of CityFair starts on Wednesday, June 3, with an afternoon of free food and beverage samples for CityFair Sampler (FREE with admission).
Fleet Week is a highlight this weekend with ships from the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and Canadian Maritime Forces along the waterfront sea wall, and the amazing all-floral float creations from the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade will line Naito Parkway on Saturday afternoon and Sunday for up-close viewing, punctuating a rosy end to Rose Festival Waterfront activities. For more information go to www.rosefestival.org.
Military Personnel Receive FREE Adventure Pass this Memorial Day Weekend
This Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, the Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl is offering FREE All-Day Adventure Passes to all active and inactive members of the Military. Their family members ages 18 and under may receive 25 percent off. No strings attached – just bring ID that identifies you as a member of the armed services.
The all-day Adventure Pass provides unlimited use of over 20 attractions including the Northwest’s only ½ mile dual Alpine Slide, Bungee Trampolines and the 32’ Rock Climbing wall; and provides discounts on premium activities such as the Bungee Tower and Malibu Raceway. With over 20 attractions where you are in control, the Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood Skibowl is less than an hour east of Portland on Highway 26 in Government Camp. For more information, please go to www.skibowl.com or call the info phone at, 503-222-BOWL (2695).
Youthbuild Vancouver GED/Construction Skills Info Sessions May 14, 26
Clark County residents, ages 17-24, who do not have a high school diploma and are interested in obtaining a GED and job-related skills are invited to attend a free YouthBuild Vancouver information session to learn more about the program.
The sessions will be held Thursday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Partners in Careers, 3210 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver 98663. To register, contact Dave Cole at 360-696-8417 or email@example.com.
To participate in YouthBuild, an individual must be:
Those enrolled in YouthBuild will have the opportunity, at no cost, to:
Gentrification Discussion with the Oregon State Bar
Squeezed Out: The Experience of Diversity, Gentrification, and Growth in Portland is a special event May 27, at 7 p.m., McMenamins Kennedy School Gym, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland.
The Civil Rights Committee of the Oregon State Bar will hosts this free public forum showing two poignant short films about the paradox of development in N/NE Portland. New and old residents of N/NE Portland will learn about the history of their neighborhood and the different meanings of the term “gentrification.”
The films are “Future: Portland,” and “What Happened.”
A panel discussion will feature Llondyn Elliott, one of the student film makers; Karl Dinkelspiel; a representative from the City of Portland Housing Bureau; and Rukaiyah Adams from “Future: Portland.”
ASL interpreter will be provided.
For more information on the Oregon State Bar Association, go to www.osbar.org.
Third Annual Portland Police Bureau Summer Camp
If you like basketball, bowling, dance, fishing, photography, science, volleyball, plus so much more, then the Third Annual Portland Police Bureau Youth Summer Camp is for you!
June 15-19, 2015 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Portland Police will be working together with high school and college coaches to make these days filled with fun, excitement and new skill building.
The program is for boys and girls, ages 8 to 14, who live in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark Counties, and are ready to build new skills while having fun with their peers and local police officers and coaches.
The program is held at Centennial High School, 3505 SE 182nd Ave. in Gresham.Transportation will be determined after the majority of people are accepted into camp.
Applications may be downloaded at www.portlandoregon.gov/police/summercamp.
You may also contact Deborah Monk, in the Youth Service Division for additional information, at 503-823-4849 or at Deborah.Monk@portlandoregon.gov.
Oregon Lottery Partners with Gamtalk to Help Oregon's Gamblers
Beginning this month, the Oregon Lottery is teaming up with GamTalk - www.gamtalk.org - to provide a free online support service for Oregonians with gambling issues.
GamTalk is an online community that provides an opportunity for people to anonymously discuss their own gambling issues or their concerns about a friend or relative. It also provides an easy way to find out about local services for problem gamblers.
A non-profit organization developed by psychologist Richard Wood, GamTalk has been operating successfully in Canada since 2008. Partnering with the Oregon Lottery will be the first time a U.S. lottery has adopted this service.
The anonymous nature of GamTalk makes it easier and less intimidating for people to discuss their gambling. Typically visitors to GamTalk start by reading about other peoples' experiences and then talk about their own situation when they feel they are ready. It is an effective resource for people who can't access support locally. It is also a helpful resource to use together with locally-provided services where available.
For more information go to www.gamtalk.org.
Tower of Power Headlines Aug. 15 Groovin’ On The Grass Concert
Tower of Power – the iconic 10-piece ensemble that has wowed audiences for nearly 50 years with its soulful, horn-driven sound – will headline THPRD’s annual Groovin’ on the Grass concert event on Saturday, Aug. 15, 6-8:30 pm. The show will also feature Portland jazz trio Boy and Bean.
Groovin’ on the Grass will be staged outdoors on a soccer field at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 158th and Walker Rd., in Beaverton. Gates open at 5 pm.
Tickets will go on sale at 8 am on Friday, May 22, via www.tickettomato.com. General admission tickets are just $10. Early entry tickets, entitling guests to enter the venue at 4 pm (one hour before doors open), are $20. Children under age five will be admitted free. Online sales will continue through Aug. 14.
For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.