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It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before Netflix, before cable and long before YouTube, there was a simple and coveted ritual of waiting for and watching special animated holiday TV shows. The annual airings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on primetime television were cause for celebration. Gathering to see the whole gang — Charlie […]

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Pride & Adorable Prejudice

Pride & Adorable Prejudice

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is nothing more adorable than kittens — unless of course, they are big, flouncy, oversized kittens. The Oregon Zoo was pleased to share in the joy and celebration of the birth of perhaps the cutest big kittens ever: lion cubs Kamali, Zalika and Angalia, on Sept. 7, 2013. The parents are the zoo’s 6-year-old […]

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Reconnecting with Rebecca

Reconnecting with Rebecca

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A father writes about how a reestablished connection with his suddenly sick daughter changed his life. You hear all the time that parents must maximize the little time they have with their children while the kids are still young. This concept eventually becomes reality for every parent who is given the luxury of watching his […]

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Breaking through Sensory Sensitivity: <br />Northwest Children’s Theater’s “Goodnight Moon”

Breaking through Sensory Sensitivity:
Northwest Children’s Theater’s “Goodnight Moon”

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

For children, seeing their first live theater or dance performance can be an exhilarating experience. But for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), going to the theater can be uncomfortable. This has led theaters across the country to start producing “sensory-friendly” performances geared towards children with ASD. Starting in February, the Northwest Children’s Theater (NWCT) […]

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Young Artists Debut Concerts Give Lifetime Gifts

Young Artists Debut Concerts Give Lifetime Gifts

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Young Artists Debut! Concerto Competition, we caught up with a few of our former winners to see where their lives have taken them and how music currently plays a part in those lives. The deadline for the 20th anniversary of the YAD Concerto Competition was in November […]

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Have a Haiku Holiday

Have a Haiku Holiday

Holidays give us permission to overdo everything, from food to gifts to social commitments. But all that extra stuff can drain your energy and your bank account. In The Power of Less, author Leo Babauta, known for his popular Zen Habits blog, encourages us to find abundance by setting limits. Japanese poems called haiku — […]

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Local Mom Sparkles On A&E’s Rodeo Girl

Local Mom Sparkles On A&E’s Rodeo Girl

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Darcy La Pier may be a model, actress, producer and the star of A&E’s hotly anticipated show “Rodeo Girls,” but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten where she came from. This award-winning barrel racer and former Hollywood it-girl is still an Oregon girl at heart. Growing up in a small town in Clackamas County, Darcy learned […]

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Family Holiday Favorites

Family Holiday Favorites

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every holiday season is fraught with commitments, gatherings, cards and cooking. It’s become so hectic that one can almost forget that the season means taking in the sights and celebrations that accompany this time of year. Here, we share three favorites that, in their own ways, dazzle children of all ages: The Portland Ballet, Imago […]

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Exchange the World of Life & Learning

Exchange the World of Life & Learning

| November 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

Mohamed Htash, a 16-year-old Libyan foreign exchange student, already is blending into Oregon life quite seamlessly. He volunteered at the Diabetes fundraising walk, where he was helping to hand out water … in a monsoon. “I couldn’t believe it, even though it was raining buckets, and the walkers were soaking, they all still wanted bottles […]

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Portland Youth Philharmonic Turns 90

Portland Youth Philharmonic Turns 90

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Preparing for the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s 90th season debut on November 9 doesn’t leave conductor and musical director David Hattner a lot of extra time.  Leading up to each new season, he conducts auditions and works to blend the region’s top young musicians into a world-class performing orchestra. Founded in 1924, Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) […]

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