'There she is, Miss America'

Anna Prosser represented Portland in the recent Miss USA Pageant. Could another Portlander, Alexandria Henderson, be a contender in the Miss America Pageant?

Preliminaries for the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant will be held this week, with 22 women competing to be Miss Oregon, including Portland representative Henderson. Her platform is 'Gotta Have Heart,' and her talent is singing.

Henderson was first runner-up for Miss Oregon last year.

The winner will be crowned July 2 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, with the Miss America Pageant in January in Las Vegas. Tickets are available to watch the talented and pretty people (1-866-345-6257, $36 for finals).

A story on Henderson is in the Entertainment section of

A healthy ride

The family of 12-year-old Jackson Hill, who passed away from sarcoma, have used their grief to form the Jackson's Ride the Gorge fundraising ride, with hundreds of cyclists touring the Columbia River Gorge July 23 to support the Jackson Hill Foundation, which is building a family wellness center with the new Children's Hospital of Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

'My husband and I vowed, as Jackson grew weaker, we would do everything in our power to help other children and families avoid our fate,' Melissa Hill says.

More info is at

Star in making?

The news is out there, but here is one more notice: Stardom could be yours, as 'American Idol' will hold auditions in Portland on Saturday, July 2. Pre-registration is June 30 and July 1 at the Rose Garden.

Movies for free!

The Portland Parks and Recreation 'Movies in the Park' started last weekend, with 'Despicable Me.' Movies run throughout the summer at various Portland parks, with free admission. Here's the next two weeks lineup:

July 1 - 'The Social Network,' Multnomah Arts Center

July 2 - 'The Blind Side,' Harrison

July 8 - 'Imagine That,' Dickinson

July 9 - 'The Karate Kid' (2010), Brooklyn

July 10 - 'Shrek Forever After,' Wilshire

July 13 - 'Yogi Bear,' Gateway

The party starts at 6:30 p.m., with movies showing at dark.

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