Each year in the United States thousands of captive-born tigers, lions, and other wildcats are sold to private owners. Too often these magnificent animals endure both physical and emotional abuse at the hands of humans. WildCat Ridge Sanctuary exists so that cats like these can rescued, rehabilitated and given a proper lifetime home free from any kind abuse. Won't you help us by attending our biggest fundraiser of the year? The Mad Catter Big Cat Bash is at the Melody Ballroom, located at 615 SE. Alder St. in Portland on Saturday, September 29th at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.wildcatridgesanctuary.org.
May 23 - September 5
The market will be in the tradition of the German weekly markets that feature locally grown produce and farm based products. The goal of the market is for local farmers to sell their wares direct and close to home and to encourage the citizens of Mt. Angel to live a healthier lifestyle by eating more fresh, local, affordable produce. Activities will be provided for the kinder (children) by the Mt. Angel Library and local musicians will be playing in the bandstand. Wochenmarkt is from June 6 - Sept. 5 at Church and Charles St. in the City of Mount Angel. For details, go online to www.ci.mt-angel.or.us.
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
June 14 - September 7
In 1979, the Oregon Zoo became the first in America to host a summer concert series. This year, Oregon’s “wildest” outdoor concert series brings you world-class artists for a night of music and nature. It wouldn’t be summer in Oregon without an evening of great music at the zoo! Performances are from June 14 - Sept. 7 at 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland. For their lineup and to register, visit www.zooconcerts.com.
Original Practice Shakespeare Festival
July 5 - August 25
Hosted by First Folio, they will be performing Shakespearean plays where the cues an actor needs to perform his or her role without rehearsal. This allows the truest reaction to the story as it progresses. The performers use the same techniques as they did in Shakespeare's own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast pace, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. This lends a much more immediate, organic and improvisational feel to the performances. The Original Practic Shakespeare Festival will be held from July 5 - Aug. 25 at various parks within the Portland metro area. To learn more, visit www.opsfest.org.
NW Natural Street of Dreams
July 27 - August 25
This year's new location is Stafford Meadows, the first neighborhood to be developed at Frog Pond West to showcase luxury homes, resented by the Home Builders of Metro Portland. Each year, NW Street of Dreams partners with home builders to construct several new homes that illustrate the latest trends in home design, technology, energy-efficiency and more. It will be held from July 27 - Aug. 25. Times are from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Go to www.streetofdreamspdx.com.
Oregon State Capitol:
Feathering the Hat - The Art of Hat Fashion Exhibit
August 1 - 30
In the late 1800s and early 1900s the great age of the milliner was born. Milliners know that a hat is part sculpture, part architecture, part trimming, and part craftsmanship. A hat is wearable art. Come and learn more about this art form in the Capitol Galleria during the month of August. This exhibit comes to us courtesy of The National Hat Museum in Portland and is sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal building hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, visit their Facebook page.
39th Annual Washington State International Kite Festival
August 19 - 25
The 39th Annual Washington State International Kite Festival fills the sky above Long Beach, WA with kites of all sizes, shapes and colors. The festival begins on Monday, August 19 and runs through Sunday, August 25. Fliers from all over the U.S. and the world attend to fly on our beautiful beach with its steady northwest winds – and August is perfect for kites! A special event this year will be a mega fly of 100 quad line kites. Come and join us for some family fun! Check www.kitefestival.com for more details!
City Career Fair:
Diversity Employment Day
Wednesday, August 21
This is America's very best and largest career fair! 30 huge diversity career fairs nationwide. You'll find many companies as exhibitors recruiting thousands of targeted diversity candidates in 2019 - 2020. City Career Fair salutes its over 5,000 satisfied corporate, government, and non-profit clients for ACTIVELY supporting their Diversity Recruitment Initiatives. The events will have industry pavilions, along with The Diversity Spirit Achievement Award and The Diversity Practitioners Roundtable. The next City Career Fair in Portland will be on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Portland Metro Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. For a schedule of the upcoming fairs and more information, call (562) 409-0056 and visit www.citycareerfair.com.
Northwest Herb Symposium
August 22 - 25
Be part of a learning weekend at the NorthWest Herb Symposium with national and regional authors, teachers and herbal experts. Explore the world of plants in classrooms, on the beach and along the paths of a land preserve. Experience beautiful Camp Casey at the shore of Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. Enjoy world-class meals and a schedule packed with classes and activities. Make new friends and share a unique learning experience. The dates are August 22 - 25. Full details are found on our website at www.nwherbsymposium.com.
Northwest Art & Air Festival
August 23 - 25
The Northwest Art & Air Festival is a 3-day event that showcases great music, car show, products like Upcycle functional art, hot air balloons, lots of good food and much more. It will be held from Aug. 23 - 25 at Timber Linn Memorial Park: 900 Price Rd. SE in Albany. Go to nwartandair.org.
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
August 23 - 25
The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival features internationally acclaimed jazz, blues, gospel & pop musicians, northwest wines, fine art, food, exhibits, fun and sun! This year's theme is "American Jazz & Blues". Join along, from Aug. 23 - 25 at Waterfront Park and Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Visit www.vancouverwinejazz.com.