Back Issues: July 17, 2017

Vancouver now accepting applications for tourism growth grants

Monday, July 17, 2017

The City of Vancouver is now accepting grant applications for projects or events that will increase overnight and day-visit tourism within the city. Guidelines, application, and budget form for the city’s lodging tax grants are available here. The lodging tax grants are available to non-profit organizations or government agencies with projects, events or activities that increase visits to the city or help increase tourism-related revenues. Grant applications must be received by 3 p.m. Sept. 13.  An optional grant overview and orientation meeting for those interested in applying will be held at 3:30 p.m. on July 25, at City Hall, 415 W Sixth St. Funds will be disbursed in January 2018.

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Zoo welcomes two new cheetahs

Monday, July 17, 2017

Only the most observant visitors may notice, but an important changing of the guard took place recently in the Oregon Zoo’s Predators of the Serengeti section. Mary Jane and Darlene, a pair of young female cheetahs arrived from San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Ranger and Strike, the seven-year-old male cheetahs who formerly lived here, made the return trip to San Diego. Ranger and Strike will each be paired with a female partner in San Diego, where it is hoped they can add to the population of this imperiled species. Meanwhile, Mary Jane and Darlene will live at the Oregon Zoo, and caregivers say they are already doing well in their new habitat.

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Friends of the Carpenter hires new activity coordinator

Monday, July 17, 2017

Friends of the Carpenter has hired Janine Keats as activity coordinator. “This is a great new opportunity for me because I am able to utilize both my background in social services and in being creative, designing and building activities with the daily participants at the Friendship Center,” says Keats. Keats graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of science in psychology. Her previous employment includes outpatient treatment programs in Eugene and Beaverton. Keats also worked in fine jewelry retail and designs jewelry in her time away from work.

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Science Fiction Film Festival returns to OMSI July 21 through August 5

Monday, July 17, 2017

Science fiction cinema as both art, and insight into popular thinking on the future, is celebrated at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s 2017 Sci-Fi Film Festival. From July 21 to August 5, the festival will showcase more than 20 of science fiction’s most memorable films on the Empirical Theater’s giant four-story screen.

From 1950’s classics such as War of the Worlds to recent favorites like Pacific Rim, a must see in advance of next February’s hotly anticipated sequel, the festival has films sure to entice a wide cross section of Sci-Fi film fans.

Festival passes are available for those planning on attending multiple shows or events. Passes are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors 63 and older and youth ages three through 13. Individual tickets are $7 for adults, and $6 for youth and seniors. For more information including a complete schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit omsi.edu.

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