Bits and Pieces
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Features
Wanting to support veterans -- more specifically, veterans who like to ride bicycles?
Five veterans are planning on riding bicycles across country, from Aberdeen, Wash., to Washington, D.C. -- a 3,800-mile journey titled "Long Road Home Project" -- to bring awareness to the challenges that veterans face as they transition home, including struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and experiences of military sexual trauma. They will consult veterans across the country, asking "What can we do as a nation to better serve our veterans as they come home?"
Spearheading the project is U.S. Air Force Capt. Marty Tracy -- sister of Tribune Photo Editor Anni Tracy -- who served six months as a logistical officer in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
The Tracys are putting on a fundraiser for the "Long Road Home Project," 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at "The Speakeasy" at Circa 33, 3348 S.E. Belmont St. Veterans groups will be involved and, it being "Pride Week," organizers are working on involving LGBT veterans as well. There will be a raffle also to raise money. Public is invited: for more info, go to www.longroadhomeproject.com.
Bicycling enthusiasts and Bike N Hike will be playing host to a benefit party and raffle for the Alpenrose Velodrome, which is over budget and in need of repairs.
The details: 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, Bike N Hike, 400 S.E. Grand Ave. Raffle items include a Hopworks pub runner bike and entrants can purchase a "Save the Velodrome" jersey for $100, of which $60 will go to helping repair the track. For more info, go www.bikenhike.com.
It's now Brunish Theatre, part of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 S.W. Broadway. The name was changed from Brunish Hall after the venue underwent $16,000 worth of renovations, which changed it into a true black box theater designed to better serve theater companies, funded by Broadway producer Corey Brunish and Stage Craft Industries.
Stumptown Stages, the first group to use Brunish for all its shows, will benefit. It opens its 2012-13 season in October with "Dracula: A Musical Nightmare."
The three-week extravaganza includes 265 different events, most organized by bicyclists, and nearly all of them have free admission. A kickoff ride and party get things going on Thursday, June 7. For complete information, including details of all events, go to www.shift2bikes.org.
-- Jason Vondersmith