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Poetry, bridges

There are four upcoming Bridge, Poetry and Music Walks.

Sharon Wood Wortman, author of 'The Portland Bridge Book,' has led the bridge walks for the Portland Parks and Outdoor Recreation since 1991, and this will be her last year doing them.

'My legs haven't given out so much as my time to write and do other things,' says Wortman, explaining her decision. 'When I started this work, I only had a couple of grandchildren; now I have 11.'

Two of the 2010 walks coincide with the PDX Bridge Festival, a celebration of the Hawthorne Bridge's 100th year of service. The walks and poets are:

• Saturday, June 5 - Sage Cohen

• Saturday, July 24 - PDX Bridge Festival opening day, Paulann Petersen (Oregon's new poet laureate)

• Saturday, Aug. 7 - PDX Bridge Festival closing day, musician Mary Flower

• Saturday, Sept. 18 - David Hedges

Each walk is a mile long and easy-paced. Registration is not required.

Each walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Northwest Second Avenue and Everett Street, and ends with lunch in Chinatown. It's $16 for adults and $10 for children.