Oregon150 » News http://www.oregon150.org Happy Birthday, Oregon! Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:03:24 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 © orstories@oregon150.org () orstories@oregon150.org() Happy Birthday, Oregon! orstories@oregon150.org No no http://or150.eroi.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/images/powered_by_podpress.jpg Oregon150 http://www.oregon150.org 144 144 Oregon’s Official Sesquicentennial Commemoration Ends http://www.oregon150.org/2009/09/26/oregon%e2%80%99s-official-sesquicentennial-commemoration-ends/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/09/26/oregon%e2%80%99s-official-sesquicentennial-commemoration-ends/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2009 22:03:05 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=6345 83% Awareness Generated of State’s 150th Birthday

Oregon 150’s “Activate Oregon” to continue under OSU 4-H Youth Development Program http://www.oregon150.org/2009/09/26/oregon-150%e2%80%99s-activate-oregon-to-continue-under-osu-4-h-youth-development-program/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/09/26/oregon-150%e2%80%99s-activate-oregon-to-continue-under-osu-4-h-youth-development-program/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2009 21:59:16 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=6341 Activate Oregon 2009

“Youth Merit Voice in Decisions Today,” by Oregon 150 intern and Activate Oregon participant, Ari Strudler http://www.oregon150.org/2009/08/24/youth-merit-voice-in-decisions-today-by-oregon-150-intern-and-activate-oregon-participant-ari-strudler/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/08/24/youth-merit-voice-in-decisions-today-by-oregon-150-intern-and-activate-oregon-participant-ari-strudler/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2009 20:31:38 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=5472 small_aristrudler

Click here to read Ms. Strudler’s Sunday Oregonian Op-Ed article that appeared on August 23, 2009.

Interview with Oregon Poet Laureate - Lawson Inada http://www.oregon150.org/2009/08/12/interview-with-oregon-poet-laureate-lawson-inada/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/08/12/interview-with-oregon-poet-laureate-lawson-inada/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2009 23:20:07 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=5417 lawson-inada
Tune in Thursday, August 13th, at 1:00 pm to hear Oregon 150 Radio interview Lawson Inada, Oregon’s state poet laureate.

Lawson Fusao Inada is an emeritus professor of writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Inada is the author of five books: Legends from Camp, Drawing the Line, In This Great Land of Freedom, Just Into/Nations and Before the War. He is the editor of three important volumes, including the acclaimed Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese-American Internment Experience.

On two previous occasions, in 1972 and 1985, Professor Inada won Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and his work has appeared in The Best American Poetry.

Lawson Inada will share examples of his work, including “Saying the Name,” a poem written for Oregon on her 150th birthday, and answer questions about writing in Oregon, poetry, and his work on the Japanese-American internment experience.

Listeners can instant message questions to Mr. Inada live by going to http://oregon150.sprnetwork.com.


Oregon’s collective youth voice converges at the Capitol http://www.oregon150.org/2009/08/06/oregons-collective-youth-voice-converges-at-the-capitol/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/08/06/oregons-collective-youth-voice-converges-at-the-capitol/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2009 21:16:57 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=5386

Fifty to 60 Oregon teens will gather at Willamette University for Activate Oregon, a youth leadership summit taking place August 7-8. Presented by Project 2059, a youth legacy initiative created in honor of Oregon’s 150th anniversary of statehood, Activate Oregon is an opportunity for selected high school students to come together, discuss the future of Oregon’s economy, environment, and education, and represent the collective voice of Oregon’s youth.

Governor Ted Kulongoski will deliver the closing remarks during the leadership summit.

This is Phase II of our Project 2059 youth engagement project where we have 63 high school studentsfrom around the state attending.

Please take a quick look at the list of students and their respective cities and reach out to congratulate anyone on the list in your area.

Oregon 150 wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support of Project 2059 and Activate Oregon:

The Oregon Community Foundation
The Collins Foundation
Columbia Sportsware
The Verizon Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation
Bank of America
The Autzen Foundation
Hotel deLuxe & Hotel Lucia

Oregon! Oregon! Portland Show Venue Change - Oregon Zoo http://www.oregon150.org/2009/07/30/oregon-oregon-portland-show-venue-change-oregon-zoo/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/07/30/oregon-oregon-portland-show-venue-change-oregon-zoo/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:06:47 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=5356 The Oregon! Oregon! show scheduled for September 5th has been moved from the Memorial Coliseum to the Oregon Zoo. To purchase tickets, click here!

All previously purchased tickets for the Memorial Coliseum show are not valid for entrance to the Zoo show. Those who purchased tickets for the Memorial Coliseum event via credit card at the Rose Quarter Box Office, ComcastTIX.com or by phone will automatically receive a refund. Ticket holders who purchased tickets at Safeway/TicketsWest outlets can receive refunds at the place of purchase. Tickets purchased by cash at the Rose Quarter Box Office can receive a refund at the box office. For any further questions about tickets please contact the Rose Quarter Box Office at 503.797.9619.

For other Oregon! Oregon! shows and tickets, click here!

Oregon 150 Happy Hour - Pioneer Courthouse Square - July 28th, 5pm http://www.oregon150.org/2009/07/24/oregon-150-happy-hour-pioneer-courthouse-square-july-28th-5pm/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/07/24/oregon-150-happy-hour-pioneer-courthouse-square-july-28th-5pm/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2009 18:32:23 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=5312 July 24, 2009: happyhour1

Join us for incredible music, food and FUN!

Start your evening by watching the live broadcast of the Oregon 150 Happy Hour Variety Show featuring Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale, Live Wire’s sketch comedy performers, an intimate discussion of the Oregon music scene with some of Oregon’s most notable music experts, and free Oregon! Oregon! 2009 ticket giveaways. Oh, and while you’re indulging in some of the local food and drink offerings, after the variety show, settle in to watch 5 Portland bands that are guaranteed to make you even prouder than ever to be an Oregonian. Did we mention that Martha Davis & The Motels will be there?
You really don’t want to miss this. Join us in celebrating Oregon’s 150th birthday!


Go HERE for more details!

Listen to the original Oregon! Oregon! song http://www.oregon150.org/2009/07/09/listen-to-the-original-oregon-oregon-song/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/07/09/listen-to-the-original-oregon-oregon-song/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2009 20:51:21 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=5119 July 9, 2009: Click HERE to listen to the original Oregon! Oregon! song.

Pink Martini, the 234th Army Band—Oregon National Guard and Oregon 150 to present Oregon! Oregon! 2009 http://www.oregon150.org/2009/07/01/pink-martini-the-234th-army-band%e2%80%94oregon-national-guard-and-oregon-150-to-present-oregon-oregon-2009/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/07/01/pink-martini-the-234th-army-band%e2%80%94oregon-national-guard-and-oregon-150-to-present-oregon-oregon-2009/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2009 22:41:29 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=5064 July 1, 2009: Pink Martini, the 234th Army Band—Oregon National Guard and Oregon 150 to present Oregon! Oregon! 2009 : A sesquicentennial fable in IV acts
-Tickets Start at $12; on Sale Statewide!-

Hold on to your myrtlewood as Pink Martini and the 234th Army Band—Oregon National Guard and Oregon 150 present Oregon! Oregon! 2009: A sesquicentennial fable in IV acts, which will debut August 28, 2009 at the Oregon State Fair and then tour the state – the icing on the cake of the state’s 150th birthday party. Tickets are on now on sale statewide.

In 1959 – to celebrate Oregon’s centennial – the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company commissioned the Grammy Award-winning radio personality Stan Freberg to write a 21-minute-long musical comedy about the Beaver State. What resulted was a hilarious tale of two explorers in 1859 named Harry and David, their encounter with a witch, and the subsequent birth of a state which must go back into the bottle after 100 years … that is, if the citizens of 1959 can’t break the spell.

Fifty years later a team of Oregonians – including Chariots of Fire conductor Harry Rabinowitz (age 92), Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, PICA Flash Choir’s Sarah Dougher & Pat Janowski and the writers of Livewire! – have teamed up to write a new Act IV … complete with brand new songs and rollicking plot! Unlike the 1959 Oregon! Oregon! the show is being performed live, with Pink Martini and the 234th Army Band—Oregon National Guard joined by a surprise cast of Oregonians.

“We are so proud to have Oregon’s own, internationally-renowned Pink Martini and our amazing 234th Army Band performing Oregon! Oregon! 2009 across our state,” said First Lady Mary Oberst, chair of Oregon 150. “This will be a fantastic, memorable and hilarious birthday present for Oregon, and the Governor and I invite everyone to join us for the performances and blow out the candles on our official sesquicentennial celebration.”

Lauderdale, a member of the board of directors of Oregon 150, the non-profit organization appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to plan this year’s sesquicentennial celebration, is a collector of Oregon kitsch and was entranced by the 1959 soundtrack. The 2009 update is made possible through generous support of The Kinsman Foundation, The Wessinger Foundation, Stoel Rives LLP, PICA, and the Hotel DeLuxe and Hotel Lucia in Portland.

With sets by Portland-artist Scrappers and an all-star Oregonian cast backed by the 234th Army Band—Oregon National Guard and Pink Martini, Oregon! Oregon! 2009 will debut on the opening night of the Oregon State Fair, followed by performances in Bend and Jacksonville. The final performance – in Portland – will be presented in the bowl of the historic Memorial Coliseum (built in 1959) for one night only – Saturday, September 5! Each performance will be followed by a full set by Pink Martini.

Oregon! Oregon! 2009 Performances and Tickets

8/28: Salem, Oregon State Fair,
8/29: Bend, Les Schwab Amphitheater
8/30: Jacksonville, The Britt Festival (reserved seats sold out! General admission tickets still available)
9/5: Portland, Oregon Zoo (concert moved from Memorial Coliseum)

Tickets - start at $12.00

Salem (State Fair)
(1-800-992-8499 or www.Ticketswest.com) and all participating Safeway TicketsWest outlets in Oregon, and at the Oregon State Fair office (2330 17th Street NE Salem, OR; 8:00 AM-5:00 PM on weekdays).




More information is available at www.oregon150.org or by calling Oregon 150 toll free (877) 355-6905.

Record Volunteer Numbers Turn Out to “Take Care of Oregon” throughout May, 2009 http://www.oregon150.org/2009/06/19/record-volunteer-numbers-turn-out-to-%e2%80%9ctake-care-of-oregon%e2%80%9d-throughout-may-2009/ http://www.oregon150.org/2009/06/19/record-volunteer-numbers-turn-out-to-%e2%80%9ctake-care-of-oregon%e2%80%9d-throughout-may-2009/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2009 20:48:45 +0000 admin http://www.oregon150.org/?p=4960 June 19, 2009: Record Volunteer Numbers turn out to ‘Take Care of Oregon’