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Life imitates art

Photo: Emily Eisele and Blake Stone at the first rehearsal of “I and You.” Photo by Jeff Hayes Artists Repertory Theatre’s final show of the season, “I and You,” has a synchronicity between the play’s two characters and the actors who portray them. “I and You” tells a funny, tender and surprising story of two young…

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A Father’s Day first

PHOTO COLLAGE: Combining three photos, Debbi Bodie, center, finally has a family picture with her parents, Eugene “Buddy” Beckett and Judy Sherman. The thought of Father’s Day this year makes Debbi Bodie giddy. “This will be my first Father’s Day I will know who my father is,” says Debbi with a wide grin. Though her…

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Oregon summers beckon us outside

PHOTO: Lior Ben-Hur and Sol Tevel will perform on the MJCC lawn in June. When the sun arrives after months of rain and gray skies, Oregonians can’t wait to head outdoors. Wineries and golf resorts abound for adults seeking some fresh air. In addition to plenty of wonderful places to experience nature, several venues offer…

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Seven family staycation ideas near Portland

Photo: The Fried children enjoy a beach outing. Family travel is great but can be costly, exhausting and challenging to find the time between everyone’s schedules for a full-blown trip. Luckily, staycations can make staying put just as fun as exploring a new destination. There is so much to do in and around Portland. Here…

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“This Land is Ashland . . .”

PHOTO: Open to the sky, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre seats 1,200 people. Featured in the photo is the 2012 set and ensemble in Henry V. Henry V is back at the festival this year through Oct. 27. This year the play will be in the smaller Thomas Theatre, which seats a…

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Photos celebrate teen parenthood

PHOTOS: These portraits of teen-parent families are among those on display at Paragon Arts Gallery, 815 N Killingsworth, Portland, through June 12. Photographer Eden Swartz has been photographing teen families for three years. Photographer Eden Swartz doesn’t want her exhibit “Illuminating Family, Reframing Teen Parenthood” to be the culmination of her project. She hopes it…

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Planning a trip is half the fun

A Nosh of Jewish Wisdom: How lovely is the sun after rain and how lovely is laughter after sorrow.   Dear Helen: I’m a single mom with a 14-year-old son. We have a great relationship. I’d like to take him traveling next summer: Europe, Morocco, Thailand and as many cool places as we can explore…

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Powwow Freeway

Photo: Headdresses at last year’s Wildhorse Powwow. The 24th Annual Wildhorse Powwow will be July 6-8. wildhorseresort.com Some say the Blue Mountains of Northeast Oregon, a vast lava flow that emanated from fissures in the earth, are the foothills of the Rockies. The escarpment rises abruptly from 1,000 feet at Pendleton to 3,600 at the…

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