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Swimmer and a movie

Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center has re-introduced a nice way to spend an evening. The center's "Dive-In Movie Special," 7:15 p.m. many nights starting June 29, allows swimmers to do their thing in the pool while watching a movie on the electronic scoreboard. "Jaws" and "Top Gun" are two movies on tap. Prices are $4.50 for adults, $3.25 for children younger than 18 and seniors; visit mhcc.edu/aquatics for more info.

Lawyers commission

The Innovative Minds Program of the national law firm Perkins Coie has funded Portland Center Stage to launch a new playwright commissioning program. The first two have gone to performer/writer Lauren Weedman for the play "The People's Republic of Portland," which will premiere next season, and playwright Adam Bock, whose previous plays "The Thugs" and "The Receptionist" received workshop and full productions at PCS.

Perkins Coie's program is a philanthropic endeavor designed to recognize and reward intellectual curiosity, and it helps PCS advance new play development.

Natural disasters

Anything and everything you want to know about our Earth and how it revolts can be seen at OMSI's new "Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters" exhibit. Yes, it's got a riveting spread on Mount St. Helens. The exhibit runs through Sept. 3. Admission is $12, $9 for youth/seniors and free for members. For more info, visit omsi.edu.