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Labor Day 2022 in Portland: What’s open, what’s closed, and weekend events

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Here’s a list of government offices and some local attractions and their status for the Labor Day holiday, which falls on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022.

Federal offices and courts: closed.

Oregon and Washington state offices and courts: closed.

Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Clark county offices, city of Portland and Vancouver offices, Metro regional center: closed.

Transit on Labor Day: TriMet buses and MAX are on Sunday schedule. WES has no service. Portland Streetcar is on Saturday schedule. C-Tran: Sunday/holiday schedule. Portland Aerial Tram is closed.

Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington county libraries and Fort Vancouver Regional Library District branches: closed.

U.S. Postal Service offices: closed, no regular mail service.

Banks: closed, some in-store branches may be open.

Portland parking meters: free, but meters enforced in Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo and Willamette Park.

Oregon Zoo: Open.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: Open.

Oregon Historical Society: Closed.

Looking for something to do Labor Day weekend? Check out these options:

Grand Prix of Portland

The IndyCar racing series returns to Portland’s International Raceway for three days of speed and racing thrills. Various types of racing are featured including Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, the USF 2000 Championship and ARCA Menards Series West. Some of racing’s finest names are scheduled to compete in Portland this weekend including Alex Palou, Will Power, and Takuma Sato. The field will also include seven Indianapolis 500 winners. Gates 8:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept 2-4, PIR, 1940 N. Victory Blvd; tickets start at $20, ages 12 and younger get free general admission;

Art in the Pearl

Portland will round out summer with the 26th annual festival of art that fills the north Park Blocks with color, texture, and music over the Labor Day weekend. This year, strolling musical performers in lieu of the previous Songwriters Stage. The juried show offers three days of fine art from more than 100 creators in a variety of media. Art In The Pearl is Portland’s largest outdoor art fair, drawing thousands of people every year under the canopy of trees in the historic North Park Blocks of the Pearl District. Meet the artists and purchase original artwork. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3-5, North Park Blocks, Pearl District on Eighth Avenue between Northwest Davis and Flanders streets; free admission;

“Show N’ Shine” car show

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum hosts its 25th annual car show and swap meet. More than 125 vehicles are expected to roll into Stevenson for the show and set up along the lawn on the museum’s grounds. Come by to admire the classic cars and trucks, listen to some live oldies music and shop the vendors for gear-head goods. Food vendors will offer burgers, polish sausages, popcorn, ice cream, beverages, and strawberry shortcake. Swap hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m., show hours noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, 990 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, Wash.; free spectator admission;

Ukrainian Day PDX

The Ukrainian American community of Oregon and Southwest Washington is offering a Ukrainian Day with the help of the Ukrainian Foundation. Enjoy live music by Ukrainian musicians as well as local performers. See traditional dances and taste national foods. Artists will demonstrate their skills, and workshops and classes are available for all ages. All proceeds raised will go to purchase lifesaving medical supplies for Ukrainian people affected by the war. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Westmoreland Nature Playground, 7530 S.E. 22nd Ave.;

Waterfront Concert and Festival

Oregon Symphony announces the return of the largest free community concert in Oregon. Each year symphony musicians take to the grass at Tom McCall Waterfront Park to give a family-friendly concert of music from popular films including “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” “Hocus Pocus,” and the Harry Potter movies, masterworks from iconic composers including Mozart, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, and pieces from faraway lands. The concert starts with several performances by local artists including Portland Taiko, MYSfits, vocalist Alonzo Chadwick and Zoulful, and blues and gospel vocalist LaRhonda Steele. The evening ends with a stirring rendition of the 1812 Overture – like fireworks for your ears. 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 Tom McCall Waterfront Park in the bowl south of the Hawthorne Bridge; free;

— Rosemarie Stein

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Events in Oakville this weekend: September 2-5

Events in Oakville this weekend: September 2-5

Looking for fun things to do and events in Oakville for the Labour Day long weekend? Oakville News has your full guide to what’s going on in town. Here’s our complete list of events for Labour Day weekend 2022, September 2-5.

If you’re looking for Oakville’s events every weekend, you no longer have to search multiple websites; we’ve searched them all for you. We want you to spend your time going to an event, not searching for them.

There are live sports, art shows, concerts, nature programs and so much more happening this weekend. It’s a great chance to get outside and enjoy the last weekend before back to school.

According to the weather forecast, most of this weekend will be very hot, with some possible showers come Saturday afternoon. Make sure to enjoy the summer weather while you still can!

Oakville Events: September 2, 3, 4 & 5

Friday, September 2, 2022

Weather forecast:

Daytime: Partly cloudy, +27 (feels like +32), 10% chance of precipitation 

Night: Mainly clear, +22 (feels like +26), 10% chance of precipitation 

Wind speed: 10 km/h, southeast


  • Spider-Man: No Way Home Extended Re-Release: One of the highest grossing movies ever, last Christmas’ blockbuster sensation Spider-Man: No Way Home is returning to theatres in an extended cut for the Labour Day long weekend. (Read more here.)
  • Oakville Blades vs. Brantford 99ers: Pre-season hockey game. Come cheer on your Oakville Blades hockey team. (Read more here.)
  • Emily Burgess & The Emburys: Live music concert. Emily Burgess has always shown excellent skills as a player and now unveils many talents as a vocalist, songwriter and a multi-genre performer. (Read more here.)
  • Figuratively Speaking: Art Exhibit. This group exhibit focuses on artists who use figures in their work. While there, tour the historic and picturesque Sovereign House and take in views of Lake Ontario from Bronte Bluffs. (Read more here.)
  • Music in Town Square: Free live music. Enjoy a couple of hours of live music brought to you by the merchants of Downtown Oakville. (Read more here.)
  • Style & Silhouette: Fashion Exhibit. See ever-changing silhouettes throughout time, including Victorian bustles, a beaded Flapper dress, a 60s paper shift, giant 80s shoulder pads and more! (Read more here.)

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Weather forecast:

Daytime: Risk of a thunderstorm, +31 (feels like +37), 40% chance of precipitation 

Night: Risk of a thunderstorm, +27 (feels like +33), 40% chance of precipitation 

Wind speed: 15 km/h, west


  • Civitan Farmers Market: Oakville’s longest-running farmer’s market. All proceeds earned by the market stall rentals are donated to local Oakville charities. (Read more here.)
  • Art in My Garden: Art Exhibit. Art in my Garden returns for 2022 as local artists set up on the lawns and front stoops in the charming historic district of Olde Oakville. (Read more here.)
  • Musical Program: A Fisherman’s Tale: Live show. Join us at Bronte Creek for a night of fish tales and sea shanties as we go on a musical journey through Bronte’s historical fisheries! (Read more here.)
  • Style & Silhouette: Fashion Exhibit. See ever-changing silhouettes throughout time, including Victorian bustles, a beaded Flapper dress, a 60s paper shift, giant 80s shoulder pads and more! (Read more here.)
  • Figuratively Speaking: Art Exhibit. This group exhibit focuses on artists who use figures in their work. While there, tour the historic and picturesque Sovereign House and take in views of Lake Ontario from Bronte Bluffs. (Read more here.)
  • The Armadillos: Live music concert with band The Armadillos. (Read more here.)

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Weather forecast:

Daytime: Risk of a thunderstorm, +21 (feels like +23), 60% chance of precipitation 

Night: Partly cloudy, +19 (feels like +20), 30% chance of precipitation 

Wind speed: 20 km/h, northeast


  • 2nd Annual Oakville Milton Human Society Doggie Dip: Canine companions of all sizes can enjoy one last dip of the Summer in 30-minute swim times at this fundraiser for the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. Space is limited! (Read more here.)
  • Spectacular Spiders Nature Games: Activities for children at Bronte Creek Park. Included with park admission. (Read more here.)
  • Figuratively Speaking: Art Exhibit. This group exhibit focuses on artists who use figures in their work. While there, tour the historic and picturesque Sovereign House and take in views of Lake Ontario from Bronte Bluffs. (Read more here.)

Monday, September 5, 2022

It’s Labour Day! In observance of the holiday, many facilities in Oakville will either be closed or be under reduced operating hours. You can read the full details about what’s open and closed today with Oakville News’ guide here.

One thing that IS open today is most of the fabulous shopping in Downtown Oakville, Kerr Village and Bronte Village. Head out to support your favourite local businesses!

Weather forecast:

Daytime: Mainly cloudy, +22 (feels like +24), 30% chance of precipitation 

Wind speed: 20 km/h, east


  • Labour Day Parade and Picnic: Located in Hamilton. This Labour Day, Hamilton & District Labour Council will, once again, return to their traditional practice of having the parade followed by a picnic and gathering back at Bayfront Park. (Read more here.)

Looking for more information about one of this weekend’s events? Full details, including locations, addresses, event times and prices, can all be found by clicking “Read more here” next to each listing.

Have an event that isn’t listed? Please let us know. We’d love to include your event in our weekly listings of Oakville events so thousands of readers can find out what’s going on.

Non-profits list their events for free, and there is a cost for corporations of $25 per event per day.


With the continued presence of COVID-19 transmission in the community, please remember to be safe and follow safety instructions when going out. While masks are no longer required in most places, it’s still a welcome precaution for better protection in populated areas and places.

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Events, celebrations planned Labor Day Weekend

Events, celebrations planned Labor Day Weekend

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The vintage sawmill is shown in operation at last year’s U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association Annual Show at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. This year’s starts Friday and runs through Labor day.

Local communities and groups are hosting a wide array of celebrations and events this Labor Day weekend. They include:


Beginning Friday, September 2, the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association 47th Annual Show will be held on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Featured at the show this year are International Harvester, plus one of the largest indoor-outdoor flea markets in the U.P. and a knife and gun show.

There is a fee to enter, but children 14 and under are admitted free of charge.

Gates are open Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 3, 9 a.m to 5 p.m., Sunday, September 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, September 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

New this year is a barn dance on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday 6 p.m.; Spark Show on Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m., weather permitting.

Tractor games are planned Saturday and a kids sawdust money hunt. Sunday events include tractor slow races, Hawaiian theme shopping cart decorating contest for kids 5-14. Carts will be provided and there will be cash prizes.

There will also be a barnyard theme trailer decorating contest. Any trailer that can be towed behind a tractor and/or lawn tractor can enter. There will be cash prizes for the winners. Participants must register for contests by 6 p.m. on Friday, September 2 by calling or texting Nicole Landers at 906-280-8453.

During the show there will be threshing, hay baling, rock crusher, drag saw, shingle mill and saw mill demonstrations in the Antique Village. Daily parades start at 1 p.m. and engine crank-ups start at 2 p.m. In Antique Village, the Cook Shack offers a selection of soups and sandwiches. The Ice Cream Shop serves up hand-dipped cones and floats. In the General Store attendees will find a variety of baked goods. A pie sale is located at the back of the indoor flea market in the Miracle of Life Building.

You will also find various other food vendors, arts and crafts vendors on the showgrounds.

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The Escanaba Municipal Dock is the site for the Rock the Dock Labor Day celebration September 3, 4, and 5. On Saturday, September 3, Reflections will play from 6 to 10 p.m. On Sunday, September 4 Angels and Outlaws will play from 1 to 4 p.m. and Smooth will play 4:30 to 8 p.m.

On Monday, September 5, there will be a parade down Ludington Street at noon. The parade lineup at the marketplace downtown Ludington Street at 11 a.m. The Monument to Labor will be dedicated by the Delta County Trades and Labor at the Municipal Dock.

The band Sit Down Francis and play from 1 to 4 p.m. and We Ain’t Saints from 4:30 to 8 p.m. For the kids there will be bounce houses and petting zoo. There will be a golf ball raffle by the Delta County Trades and Labor Union. The City of Escanaba Recreation Department is selling only 600 golf balls with $5,000 in cash and prizes awarded. All proceeds are going to the Delta County Trades and Labor Charity/Scholarship Fund and the City of Escanaba Recreation Department. Refreshments and food vendors.


Community members and organizations in Rock are hosting a variety of activities and entertainment throughout Labor Day weekend including a parade, midway food and games, and more than a dozen bands.

In addition to the Rock Lions Club Annual Labor Day Parade and festival on Saturday, Sept. 3, several rock and roll, rhythm and blues bands are scheduled to perform at two other local venues Sept. 2-4.

The Rock Senior Center is also hosting its annual rummage sale just west of Rock on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Rock American Legion Auxiliary will sell baked goods there. Rock Faith Food Pantry is holding a non-perishable food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to “Fill the Gazebo” in town.

Local Lions Club members have been participating in work bees and have more setting up to do to prepare the grounds for the annual Labor Day Festival known for decades as “The largest small town celebration in the U.P.”

The annual celebration begins with a parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. Parade participants can pre-register by calling 906-356-9040. Registration will also take place that day beginning at 10 a.m. at the fire hall on East Maple Ridge 37th Road, east of the lone flashing light in town. No theme is designated for the parade and no judging will take place.

Following the parade, the public is invited to the festivities taking place along the midway at the Rock Lions Clubhouse located at 14454 Highway M-35, just north of the flashing light in town. There will be food, beer, various games, a bean bag tournament, a kids tractor pull, cowpie bingo, a flea market, crafts, baked goods, and bounce houses on site. The local student robotics team will be demonstrating its skills for the public, also. A local D.J. service will provide tunes from noon to 4 p.m.

The Wells Lions food stand will offer a variety of food and refreshments.

The Rock Lions Club members have been selling 50/50 raffle tickets. Winners will be drawn at 3 p.m. Saturday. The “Share the Wealth” raffle will award 30 percent of the proceeds to first place, 15 percent to second place, and 5 percent to third place.

The public is also invited to attend 11 band performances Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2, 3 and 4 during the Second Annual Boogie Fest Too concert taking place five miles west of Rock at 14069 County Line G Road. In addition to the rock and roll, rhythm and blues music, there will be a pig roast, vendors, and a bucket raffle. The event contributes to a community emergency fund with a portion of its ticket proceeds.

Bands featured at this year’s Boogie Fest Too lineup include “Fyrbird” at 8 p.m. Friday. Performers on Saturday and Sunday include “Todd Michael,” “Sunset Strip,” “Copper Box,” “Cornfield Mafia,” “Next Myle,” “Eddie and the Bluesers,” “Dexter Rowe,” ‘Out Lawd,” “Howard Guitar Luedke,” and “TC Knuckleheads.”

Camping is also available at the music fest. On Sept. 2, a “Friday Fun Day” is scheduled and will include a campground parade, games, and an 80’s costume contest.

Ticket and camping information can be accessed at or call 906-356-6191.


Nahma Labor Day celebration on September 4, 2022 begins at 11 a.m. with a parade. Charley MacIntosh is this year’s Grand Marshall for the Nahma Labor Day Celebration.

A car show will line up at the golf course for parade. For more information call Don at 644-2029.

The celebration will also include craft tables, beer and refreshments, raffles, kids games, bounce house, kids escape room, log sawing and nail pounding contest, cakewalk, horseshoe contest, corn hole contest and more. Food and refreshments will be available.

Live music will begin at noon with Backroads 906 and later the Mionor and The Elders. For more information 906-450-7175, 906-553-1027 or 906-420-5077


The Biggest Littlest Bridge Walk-The Cedar River BridgeWalk is Saturday, September 3. Festivities begin with music at 10 a.m. CDT at the Cedarville Township Hall on the north side of Cedar River on Old Mill Lane and across from the marina at the Cedarville Township Hall and Volunteer Fire Department

Opening ceremonies for the BridgeWalk will start at 11 a.m. CDT, with the walk beginning shortly after.

BridgeWalkers will find festivities, food, raffles and various vendors on the south side of the Cedar River Bridge.

Proceeds benefit Sportsmen with Heart, Cedar River Chapel and the Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department. This event is endorsed by MI Governor’s Council on Health and Fitness.


The 2022 Annual Bridge Walk is Monday, Sept. 5. The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to public traffic from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 5, to accommodate the 2022 Annual Bridge Walk.

For participant health and safety, the Mackinac Bridge Authority urges participants to follow CDC recommendations.

No bus transportation across the bridge will be provided. Walkers who decide to walk across the entire bridge will need to arrange their own transportation back to the end of the bridge where they started after the bridge reopens to public traffic at noon. There is limited parking space available west of the Mackinac Bridge Authority plaza area.

For those seeking alternative transportation during the event, the local Mackinac Island ferry companies offer transportation between St. Ignace, Mackinaw City, and Mackinac Island, as well as between St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. Local transportation companies also offer shuttle service between various locations.

There is no fee or registration required to participate in the walk. The walk begins at 7 a.m. You may start walking any time after the governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7 a.m. No one will be permitted to start after 11:30 a.m., so make sure you arrive early.

The walk begins in St. Ignace at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the Upper Peninsula, and in Mackinaw City at the south end of the bridge in the Lower Peninsula. To participate in the walk you may:

– Walk form either end of the bridge, turning around at the midpoint and returning to the city you started from, where your transportation is located. The turnaround points will move towards the ends of the bridge beginning at 10 a.m., but walkers can walk at least a portion of the bridge if you start by 11:30 a.m. Walkers must be on the side of the bridge they wish to return to before 10 a.m. or you will be turned back.

– Walk from either end of the bridge and continue across to the other side. This option is most like previous bridge walks. However, since bus transportation across the bridge will not be provided, walkers who choose this option will need to arrange for their own transportation back across after the bridge reopens at noon. Walkers who do not reach the midpoint of the bridge before 10 a.m. will be turned back.

– Walk from either end of the bridge, continuing across to the other side, then walking back to the end of the bridge you started from. This option will mean a 10-mile round trip for participants. If walkers in this option do not reach the midpoint of the bridge on their return trip by 10 a.m. will be turned back.

Walkers will use the left-hand outside paved lane as they walk onto the bridge, regardless of which end of the bridge they start from. Walkers who turn back at the midpoint will turn right, then return using the opposite side outside paved lane. Walkers who choose to cross the entire bridge will stay in the left-hand outside paved lane all the way across.

The Michigan State Police and other official personnel will be available in the event of an emergency. For more information contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority by August 30, 2022 at 906-643-7600.

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Events and Sports in the Cariboo This Weekend : My Cariboo Now

Events and Sports in the Cariboo This Weekend : My Cariboo Now

Thunder Mountain Speedway will be having a race taking place later today (August 26th).

This comes as the City of Williams Lake did patch work on the track last week. Now, the races can continue with its Friday Under The Lights Night. Qualifiers will begin at 6:00pm, and racing starting at 7:00pm.

Staying on the topic of racing, the Quesnel Goldpan Speedway will be hosting a race on Saturday. Qualifiers will begin at 4:00pm, with the race starting at 5:00pm.

The Williams Lake First Nation are hosting a block party today.

The block party is open to everyone, and is being held at the WLFN baseball diamond. The event started at 11:00am, and will go until 7:00pm.

The South Cariboo Garlic Festival will be taking place in Lac La Hache after its two year hiatus due to covid.

The event will have various vendors, entertainment, and food to try. The garlic festival will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the festival, you can find their website here.



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San Diego weekend arts events: Carolina Caycedo, ‘The Lion King,’ Tchaikovsky and more

San Diego weekend arts events: Carolina Caycedo, 'The Lion King,' Tchaikovsky and more

Carolina Caycedo: ‘Aesthetics of Commodity’

Visual art
The scope of artist Carolina Caycedo’s work is broad and often touches on environmental and social justice, with complicated sculptures, performance and installation works. The Los Angeles-based artist was born in London to Colombian parents, and has shown work around the globe.

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) San Diego’s north campus will open an exhibition of Caycedo’s digital collages made from historical stocks and bonds.

The financial documents are from Puerto Rico, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and Caycedo’s works explore and reveal the origins of the term “bonds” in slavery, as bonds began as a way to further capitalize off the mortgaging of human slaves.

In a series of collages, the artist follows the origins and path of debt, oppression and capitalism. This regional artist exhibition opens on Saturday,

Details: On view Friday, Aug. 26 through Oct. 30. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. ICA San Diego: North, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Free.

‘The Lion King’

Theater, Music, Dance
Who among us hasn’t held out our cats, arms outstretched, as we surveyed our shared kingdoms? Broadway San Diego brings the touring production of Disney’s “The Lion King” to the Civic Theatre for the next two and a half weeks.


Courtesy of Deen van Meer

The Lionesses in the Broadway production of Disney’s “The Lion King” are shown performing in an undated photo.

The show is a six-time Tony Award winner, with a delightful Tim Rice/Elton John soundtrack, and the choreography and set design is vivid and impressive.

Details: On stage through Sept. 11, 2022. This weekend’s performances are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $35.50+.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphonic Tales

Music, Literature
This concert is a special edition of the San Diego Symphony’s annual performance of Tchaikovsky. Due to the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine, the symphony has pulled the “1812 Overture” from the repertoire.

They will still perform Tchaikovsky, just not that particular piece, written as a celebration of Russian war victory.

“When you understand that this was commissioned to really showcase Russian imperialism and aggression and that it is the canons of war, it feels to us highly inappropriate to perform it this year under the certain circumstances — when this unprovoked war in Ukraine is literally decimating that country, and people are fighting for their lives. It did not seem that it is appropriate for us,” said San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer. KPBS spoke with Gilmer in early July when they announced the change.

Instead, they’ll add “The Tempest Fantasy Overture, Op. 18,” Tchaikovsky’s moody and pensive tone poem that was inspired by Shakespeare’s play. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini,” and selections from “Eugene Onegin, as well as Rimsky-Kosakov’s “Russian Easter Overture.”

The concert will also feature live narration of the classic literature that inspired these works, from San Diego-based actors Jesse Perez and Shana Wride.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $40-$90.

NextGen Performance: Gideon Sawyer and beck haberstroh

Visual art, Movement
Graduating artists from UC San Diego’s visual arts program have their work on view at ICA’s central Balboa Park campus, now through Sept. 4. This Saturday afternoon, two of the works will be “activated” with performance, movement and interactions with the pieces.

Gideon Sawyer’s work, his “skins,” are textile sculptures made from clothing, built to resemble bodies and limbs, though representing a sense of struggle and restriction. The performance speaks to the process of finding freedom from such restrictions.


Courtesy of ICA San Diego

“You took my impression without ever touching me” by beck haberstroh is shown in an undated photo.

Another work, “You took my impression without ever touching me” by beck haberstroh, is a massive, hanging, light-up textile work that features “impressions” of multiple faces. The work features a 15 minute performance.

Details: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. ICA San Diego Central, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free.

‘Essential San Diego’

Visual art, Outdoors
Artist David White’s Park Social project will be installed at Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach on Saturday afternoon. “Essential San Diego” is a sculpture and virtual reality video installation that looks like a seemingly innocuous set of tourist overlook binoculars. Instead of the sweeping panoramas from Kate Sessions, viewers will see videos of essential workers doing the everyday tasks of their jobs in San Diego, and also expressing a series of emotions as they work. The piece feels like a commentary of what’s at the heart of this beautiful place, and a reminder that they’re human beings.

Details: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Rd., Pacific Beach. Free.


Courtesy of Oolong Gallery

Artist Sam Keller is shown in an undated photo with a Cheetos-inspired sculpture.

‘Sunblock 5000’

Visual art
A new group exhibition opens at Oolong Gallery in Solana Beach on Sunday, featuring work by twelve artists, including Brian Lotti, Amelia Baxter, Sam Keller, Mauricio Muñoz, Taylor Chapin (who will also be featured as a solo regional artist at ICA San Diego next spring), Jerry Hsu and more.

The works explore the weirdness on the fringe of beachy and sun-drenched aesthetics, possibly best described by their promo video, an edited clip from “Robocop.” I hear there’s a pile of oversized Cheetos involved.

Details: Opening reception is noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. On view through Oct. 9, 2022. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Oolong Gallery, 349 N Hwy 101, Solana Beach. Free.

For more arts events, to submit your own event, or to sign up for the weekly KPBS/Arts Newsletter, visit the KPBS/Arts calendar.

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COLUMN: Rib fest, powwow among many events this weekend

COLUMN: Rib fest, powwow among many events this weekend

Sun may be setting soon on summer, but this weekend is jam-packed with events for people of all ages and interests, says columnist

And just like that, summer is almost over. If you are like me, you are doing everything summery you possibly can to stop it from slipping away. Luckily, there is still lots of summer activities to do here in our area.

The second-last See You on the Patio night is this Friday, which also means the second-last Art Walk. Stroll the streets of downtown Orillia and enjoy music, shopping, and dining, and take a trip down Peter Street to enjoy all the galleries and art displays and activities Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. (Art Walk until 8:30 p.m.).

The last Orillia Summer Nights in the park event is tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m., featuring the Old Dancehall Players at Victoria Park. These folks got rained out in their last outing, so fingers crossed this one happens. Should be a fun and funny evening with this talented group.

The last Wednesday Arts in the Summer show at St. James’ Anglican Church is Wednesday, Aug. 31 at noon, featuring singer Autumn Debassige. Bring your lunch and enjoy beautiful music while you eat. Cold drink supplied. Donations are appreciated.

Don’t forget the several lovely summery concerts and shows coming up this weekend. Songs at Sunset, featuring soprano Alexandra Teske and pianist Kyung-A Lee, features songs by Bach, Faure, Handel, Mahler, Sondheim and more, and gets started Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at St. James’ Anglican Church. Admission is by donation, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Green Haven Shelter for Women.

You have two chances to see Anne Walker in concert at Coulson Church in Oro-Medonte: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Coulson Church is at 301 Horseshoe Valley Rd., right near Line 6. Tickets are $15 and the money raised is going toward the ongoing maintenance and restoration of the church. To reserve your tickets, call 416-988-2951 or email

Don’t forget about the Love for Lucas fundraising concert Aug. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at ODAS Park. Featuring musicians SAMMY, Ronnie Douglas, and Liz Anderson, this will be a lovely show to benefit young Lucas, who has mounting hospital bills in the United States for cancer treatment. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes and a bake sale. This event has been organized by Lucas’s aunt here in Orillia. Admission is by donation.

Also this weekend, on Saturday, Brighter Days: A Night of Hope is happening at Kelsey’s Party Room. This is a fundraiser for the Sharing Place Food Centre, hosted by Orillia’s own Ralston Harris, and featuring Mel and Dan Bazinet, Brian Adams, Vanessa Wilson, Ian McCrae and more. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation.

Don’t miss the Orillia Rib and Craft Beer Fest, part of the Northern Heat Rib Series, this weekend at Tudhope Park. Lots of music, tons of ribs and beer, and free admission, Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m. Yum!

The Barrie Fair runs this weekend, all weekend long, at the Essa Agriplex. Come and get an early start on your fall fairs. For more information, click here.

And, finally, also this weekend, the Rama Powwow is back, bigger and better than ever. Located at the John Snake Memorial Multi-Purpose Community Grounds, this powwow is one of the biggest and best around. Lots of music, drumming, dancing, feasting, and more. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for the weekend.

There is a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m. Saturday, and then everything gets started just before noon and runs until 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information and the schedule, click here.

Looking ahead to fall, don’t forget the fundraising concert at St. Paul’s Centre on Sept. 10, featuring Lance Anderson and friends; the Leacock Medal 75th-anniversary weekend Sept. 16 and 17; the Roots North Revisited concert for the Orillia Youth Centre Sept. 17; Autumn Mariposa Oct. 1; and so much more.

Lots to say about those in the coming weeks. For now, enjoy these last fleeting days of summer.

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Napanee is hosting Canada’s largest geocaching event this weekend

Napanee is hosting Canada’s largest geocaching event this weekend

If you are in the Napanee area this weekend, do not be alarmed if you see a lot of people walking around searching for something you can’t see.

The region is hosting a huge geocaching event, which is kind of like a great big treasure hunt. 

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt game played by adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. It uses GPS devices or smartphones to find hidden containers called geocaches. 

It can be done on land, or on water, and people can find geocaches in trees, on the ground, or along the shoreline. There are different levels and difficulties, so that everyone can do it.

Emmy Hendrickx picked it up during the pandemic and says she loves getting out on her canoe.

“I can see places that I’ve never been,” Hendrickx says of the games. “I can try things I have never done before.”

This weekend the county of Lennox and Addington is hosting the largest geocaching event in Canada. It’s called The Discover L&A County Mega Geocaching event. More than 1,000 people will visit the county, and search for more than 1,500 caches placed around the region. 

Here’s how geocaching works: You upload the Geocaching app, or use a GPS to find the locations of the caches. Then you follow the coordinates and start looking.

They can be out in the open, or well hidden. 

When you find them, you open the box, sign your name and date to prove you have been there, and leave it behind for the next person to find. 

Eastern Ontario is popular for Geocaching. Areas near Bancroft, Ont., are known as the geocaching capital of Canada.

But Joe Tisdale, who is the founder of the Lennox and Addington Geocachers, says it can be done anywhere, anytime.

“I bet, in your lifetime, you’ve probably walked by a thousand of them and probably not even know it,” he says. “They’re hidden in plain sight, in our towns, in our communities, on our trails.”

For Rose Anderson-Duvall, who has been an avid geocacher for more than a decade, she says it is just fun.

“I feel like you’re on a secret spy mission any time you go geocaching,” she explains.

In its 10th year, this is the first time since the pandemic began that this event is being held, and it has her excited to meet people.

“I’m so excited, I really like meeting other geocachers,” she says. “I think it’s a really fun thing to connect with other people on.”

The mega geocaching event is on until Sunday, with the big hunt set for Saturday.