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Portland Police, FBI Respond to Threats of Gun Violence

Citing intelligence that there are “imminent” efforts from outside groups to “engage and advance gun violence” this weekend, the Portland City Council announced police and the FBI will be on the streets of the city for the next few days

Gov.: Mask Requirement Lifted for Fully Vaccinated in Oregon

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Jay Inslee: State on Track to Fully Reopen June 30

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Inslee: Open Carry of Weapons Now Prohibited at Rallies, Capitol

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Audit: Portland Skipped Safeguards to Get Virus Grants Out

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Officials: invasive green crabs spreading along coast

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Call center in Vancouver shuttered due to COVID-19 outbreak

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OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trade Arron Rodgers

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Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

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After the Verdicts

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'Sins of our past': Apologies for 1970 Jackson St. shootings

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Racist attacks revive Asian American studies program demand

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US warns extremists may strike as virus restrictions ease

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Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert lead CMT Music Awards noms

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Locked out stagehands protest outside Metropolitan Opera

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Pipeline operator says "normal operations" have resumed

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The Latest: Israeli airstrikes hit buildings, roads in Gaza

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Kid reporter who interviewed Obama at White House dies at 23

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Merkel to youth: Build political support for climate action

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China cancels Everest climbs over fears of virus from Nepal

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Masks off, Poles cheer reopening of bars and restaurants

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Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

It's that time of year again. Rose Festival season. The time of year when people from across the Portland metro region descend into downtown and pray that it doesn't rain.

So far for this weekend's big Starlight Parade, the news is looking upbeat with meteorologists predicting sunny skies across the region. This will hopefully make it a lot easier for people to bike, bus or take the train into the city center for the festivities.

The festival is running all week, with the CityFair open from June 2 to 5 in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. On June 4, the KeyBank Starlight Run will kick off at 8 p.m. at Lincoln High School (ontherunevents.com/starlight). Thirty minutes later, the PGE/SOLV Starlight Parade will begin in Downtown Portland. The route will snake from the Park Blocks at Burnside, east to 4th Avenue, south to Salmon, west to Broadway, north to Stark, west to 10th Avenue, and south to Taylor, where the parade will disband at Lincoln High School.

As always, you are encouraged not to drive into the City Center and expect a parking spot. With the good weather prediction, it should be much easier to bike, bus or take a train to enjoy the festivities. Buses and trains will continue to run through Fifth and Sixth avenues throughout the weekend and during the parade.

Next week, on June 8, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on 51st at Sandy Boulevard in the Hollywood District. The parade features 30 area marching bands, Grand Marshal Scooby Doo, the bumbling cartoon dog detective. The parade will end at 40th Avenue and Sandy.

After the parade, make it downtown for the first day of Fleet Week, which runs until June 12.

Fleet Week features U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, joined on June 9 by U.S. Navy and Canadian Maritime Forces ships. The ships – at the military's discretion – will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m on a first-come, first-served basis. Bags and weapons are not allowed on tours.

From June 9 to 10, the Portland Rose Society will hold their 123rd annual Spring Rose Show at the Lloyd Center's Ice Chalet. The show will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

A number of different events are occurring the weekend of June 11 and 12, including, but not limited to, the "On This Day" mass wedding ceremony and reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Convention Center; the Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races occurring 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Riverplace on the southern end of Tom McCall Park.

On June 12, First Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., will host "A Carnival of Sound" at 3 p.m.

From June 16 to June 19 there will be the 41st annual City of Roses Delta Park Powwow & Encampment at Delta Park. The event runs 7 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Day of the African Child event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 18 at the South Park Blocks on Portland State University.

Later in the month, from June 24 to 26, the Good in the NeighborHood Multicultural Music and Food Festival will take place at King School Park, 4800 block of Northeast Sixth and Humboldt (goodintheneighborhood.org). The 19th annual event runs 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday; noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Dawson Park. In addition to food and goods vendors, live music will be provided by N'Touch on Friday; weekend performances include Patrick Lamb, Chata Addy, Ocean 503, Andy Stokes Band, Linda Hornbuckle & Ashley Minniweather and more.

For a complete list of events, visit www.rosefestival.org.

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