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Bits&Pieces: Hollywood's goal reached

The Hollywood Theatre on Northeast Sandy Boulevard has reached its goal of fundraising on Kickstarter, and will install a new marquee next year resembling the original 1926 marquee. The campaign raised $73,126 by 1,102 donors; combined with $51,422 raised through grants, businesses and donations, the total from the campaign was $124,548.

One campaign supporter, Julia Park Tracey, donated in honor of her great aunt, who attended the opening night premiere of the Hollywood Theatre on July 26, 1926. Tracey has turned her great aunt’s diary into the book, “The Doris Diaries.”

Hollywood hopes to have the neon/illuminated marquee installed by summer 2013.

Albany “Biggest Loser”

Fifteen adults and three kids are part of the upcoming season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” which also marks the return of new mother Jillian Michaels as a trainer, along with Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. The theme, with three kids on the show, is childhood obesity. The new season begins 9 p.m. Jan. 6 and 8 p.m. Jan. 7.

Among the contestants is Thomas “TC” Pool, a 31-year-old purchasing manager, from Albany.

RACC giving $732K

The Regional Arts & Culture Council plans to give $732,440 to schools, arts organizations and artists in 2013, the largest sum that RACC has ever awarded for project grants, a 5 percent increase from last year. A complete list of grants awarded can be found at racc.org.

“Breakfast with Strangers

A unique story has just come to an end.

Courtney Dillard and Matt Webber of Portland were married in July and set out on a honeymoon that involved taking strangers to breakfast. They converted a 1997 Ford Aerostar into a camper, nicknamed the “U.S.S. Pancake,” and set out to visit with fellow Americans.

They visited 40 states in five months, and enjoyed the company of 50 breakfast guests. The last breakfast was Dec. 18 with Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

Read all about it at www.breakfastwithstrangers.com. Dillard and Webber plan to return to their normal lives, but they are also producing a book about their adventures.

“The Sapphires

The 36th annual Portland International Film Festival has announced its lineup, starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 with “The Sapphires,” the first of more than 125 films from filmmakers in nearly 40 countries. The opening night part will be held at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway.

“The Sapphires” is a feature debut of Australian director Wayne Balir and stars Irish actor Chris O’Dowd. It’s about a discovered 1960s quartet of young female singers from a remote Aboroginal mission.

The film festival includes features, documentaries, shorts and visiting artists. The complete list of films will be announced in late January (www.nwfilm.org).

Portland Aquarium

It looks like the Portland Aquarium, 16323 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Milwaukie, has opened to the public on time and has drawn some fine reviews on its Facebook page. Management says it now has 49 full-time employees and wants more. Memberships are advertised as $37.46 to $149.96. It’s open every day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For info, go to www.portlandaquarium.net. The Portland Tribune ran a preview story of the Portland Aquarium on Dec. 6 (www.portlandtribune.com).