"Impressive 'Mary'

Oregon native Steffanie Leigh shines in the title role in 'Mary Poppins,' which wraps July 10 at Keller Auditorium. Leigh, who plans to continue with the touring production and then work on Broadway, has never met Julie Andrews, who made the role famous in the 1964 movie.

'I've only watched her many, many times,' she muses.

Leigh would like to ascend as an actor, eventually working in television or movies, a la Andrews.

'I would love to (stay) in New York and work there, and go wherever that takes me, doing roles that are challenging,' she adds.

Dew Tour

The stars of the sports action Dew Tour return to the Rose Quarter, Aug. 11 to 14. Tickets are on sale at .

Well-spoken gent

Semifinalists among 30,000 participants from 116 countries have been determined for the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Dave Coffman from Newport is one of them.

The semifinalists will be part of the Toastmasters International Convention, Aug. 17 to 20 in Las Vegas.

Summer movies

The summer's movies keep rolling out. Here are some release dates:

July 22 - 'Friends With Benefits'; 'Captain America: The First Avenger'; 'A Little Help'

Aug. 5 - 'The Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Aug. 12 - 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie'; 'The Devils Double'

Aug. 19 - 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World'

Do you have a hit?

The Northwest Film Center is taking submissions for the 38th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival. The deadline is Aug. 1 for the Nov. 11 to 19 event. There is no entry fee. For more information and entry forms, go to

Past judges have included Gus Van Sant, Matt Groening, Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon and Sundance and Outfest programmer John Cooper.

Dream homes

It's never too early to plan to dream a little dream, as in wanting and wishing for a nearly $1 million home home. The NW Natural Street of Dreams will be Aug. 6 to 28 at Brentwood Estates on Bull Mountain in Tigard. More info: .

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