Bits & Pieces
It's a conspiracy
Something's up at the Oregon Zoo. Yes, it's a conspiracy. LIterally.
Perhaps educating some people, the Oregon Zoo sent a news release last week to say that a conspiracy is a group of lemurs. And five lemurs have made their debut at the zoo.
Two black-and-white ruffed lemurs (A.J., Sriracha) and three ringed-tailed lemurs (Aislinn, Gizmo, Holy) moved in to the zoo's primate area, next door to the white-cheeked gibbons.
Visitors might hear the lemurs before they see them, as they greet each other with distinct, birdlike calls that can be heard up and down Zoo Street between Steller Cove and Elephant Lands.
"Lemurs are naturally very social," says Barbara Suhn, primate keeper. "Wild lemurs live in large family groups, and different species, like the black-and-white ruffed and the ring-tailed, do really well together."
Adds Suhn: "This is one conspiracy we're pretty happy about."
Lemurs have inquisitive faces and longer snouts, as they resemble foxes, and they have wet noses and a keen sense of smell. There are 100 known species of lemur, all found in only one area on Earth: Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands.
Portland Parks & Recreation touts its Summer Free For All, which includes free concerts and movies in the park and other free activities.
You can add another one to the list. PP&R's Portland Public Golf now offers Free Golf Mondays for junior golfers — kids up to the age of 17 — at both Colwood Golf Center and Eastmoreland Golf Course. They can play for free from sunrise until 3 p.m. on Mondays during the summer or until school begins.
The program includes the use of golf clubs for kids.
The revitalized Colwood is located in the Cully neighborhood. It has undergone notable improvements and been transformed into a haven for junior and beginner golfers, with a nine-hole, par-3 course layout and premier driving range.
Eastmoreland features an 18-hole course layout and offers free use of the driving range for kids up to the age of 17.
No reservations are needed for Free Golf Mondays; tee times are offered on a walk-up basis. Players age 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult on the golf course.
Meanwhile Portland Public Golf is celebrating 100 years as a program.
For more: www.portlandoregon.gov.
Speaking of the Cully neighborhood, there'll be a grand opening for the new Cully Park, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
It's 25 acres at Northeast 72nd Avenue, north of Killingsworth Street.
There'll be live music by Dina y Los Rumberos, as well as Native-American drumming and storytelling, a scavenger hunt, youth soccer clinic and more. It's free, family friendly and open to all.
Cully Park includes a Native Gathering Garden, playground, soccer field, space for two future baseball fields and other park features.
Fourth of July fireworks
The July 4 holiday celebration at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is going to be focused again on the Fireworks Spectacular, and not the all-day festivities.
Fireworks start at about 10 p.m. It's free to attend. There won't be food service or live entertainment.
The fireworks are still touted as the largest in the Pacific Northwest. They'll launch up to 500 feet high, cover a radius of 500 feet, and include unique special effects.
There is now a ban on retail fireworks in Vancouver.