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REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Kimberly Brecko tries on a hat by local artist Chris Treick at last year's Festival of the Arts in George Rogers Park. The 2016 festival is scheduled for June 24-26.

2016 Festival of the Arts set for June 24-26

Emerging and professional artists will register and drop off their work at the Lakewood Center for the Arts next week as preparations continue for the 2016 Festival of the Arts.

The 53rd-annual festival, which is scheduled for June 24-26, includes events, exhibitions and performances at the Lakewood Center and in nearby George Rogers Park. Next week’s drop-off — on Sunday, June 19 — is for the Open Show, one of the largest shows of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Artists can submit up to seven pieces without a jury process, and all of it will be for sale.

Organizers also are at work on the festival’s Special Exhibit, “Chasing Paper,” which will stretch the boundaries of paper as an art form through sculpting, casting, excavating, folding, cutting and collage.

Also on tap: Art in the Park, with more than 100 booths filled with jewelry, ceramics, photography, paintings and other artistic gems; Kids Get Creative, where youngsters can unleash their imagination in theater, paintings, crafts and music; an Artists’s Vision juried exhibit; and live music, great food and lots of entertainment.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to http://www.Lakewood-center.org.

Albertsons returns to Lake Grove location

The former Haggen Food & Pharmacy at 16199 Boones Ferry Road was scheduled to reopen this morning as an Albertsons after a week-long conversion process, although renovation work will continue after the store opens.

An Albertsons spokesperson told The Review on Tuesday that a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony originally scheduled for today will instead take place later in the summer, once the upgrades are complete.

Planned features for the new Albertsons include new paint and lighting, a kombucha station, an expanded Starbucks seating area and several larger grocery departments, as well as an increased focus on organic and natural food options. The new store will also retain the existing pharmacy.

The store was formerly an Albertsons, but it became a Haggen in 2015 after the Federal Trade Commission mandated that Albertsons divest some of its locations as part of a merger with Safeway. But Haggen filed for bankruptcy later in the year, and earlier this year Albertsons was able to strike a deal to reacquire the Boones Ferry location, along with several others.

Riverside homeless camp abandoned

A homeless camp that had been located along Old River Road near Mary’s Woods is no longer occupied and is being cleaned up, LOPD spokesman Sgt. Tom Hamann told The Review last week.

Reports of the camp first surfaced on the social-network website Nextdoor.com and at a May 26 meeting of the Marylhurst Homeowners Association, where residents reported a series of neighborhood car break-ins.

“Evidently, it was determined that the break-ins were connected to some individuals who are living in a homeless camp on the river,” association President Fran Rodman told The Review. “Evidently, this camp has been on the river for two or three months.”

But when officers checked the camp around 12:30 p.m. on May 29, they determined that its residents had apparently moved on, according to the LOPD’s police log, and Hamann confirmed last week that the camp had been abandoned and that maintenance crews were working on cleaning up the site.

— The Review