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Bits & Pieces

Crafts and kids

A new children’s drop-in craft studio, The Craft Factory, has opened in Multnomah Village at 7832 S.W. Capitol Highway, Suite B.

It offers unlimited time and embellishments and one craft base for $12 per crafter. The industrial machine and gears theme of a factory is highlighted in its signature pieces — make-your-own robot, birdhouse or rocket.

The Craft Factory is run

by Melissa DeMartini and husband Ed Biden. For info:

http://craftfactorypdx.com

Oregon’s Original Iron Chef

The annual contest takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Portland Art Museum, with six top chefs competing. Event proceeds go to Children’s Relief Nursery. For info: http://lifeworksnw.org

Portland Opera CD

Portland Opera has released its commercial recording of Philip Glass’ “Galileo Galilei” under the Orange Mountain Music Label. It was recorded live at the Newmark Theatre in March 2012. For info: http://portlandopera.org

RIP Furlough

Sad news from the Oregon Aquarium in Newport — “Furlough” the rescued, but distressed olive ridley sea turtle has died. The sea turtle had been discovered hypothermic and dehydrated on a beach Monday, Sept. 30, and died of internal injuries two days later. Olive ridley turtles are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

KPSU birthday

KPSU, the student-run radio station at Portland State University, celebrates its 19th birthday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Karaoke From Hell performs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. It’s an all-ages show. KPSU also will be celebrating its application to the

Federal Communications Commission for a 100-watt signal with the hopes of broadcasting citywide.

Winterhawks in community

The Portland Winterhawks booster club plans three big events as part of a community outreach effort: “Shop With A Hawk,” shopping for underprivileged youth at Christmas time; “Hawkey for Hunger Food Drive,” with fans asked to bring nonperishable items to the Nov. 9 and Nov. 19 games; “Keeping Portland Warm,” for the Union Gospel Mission, collecting coats, socks, sleeping bags and more for homeless at the Jan. 4 game. For info: http:pwhbc.com

Portland Noir’

The Oregon Experience documentary purportedly reveals the true story of Portland’s early illicit history, the mid-to-late 1800s when the city was a bustling port with shanghaied sailors, opium dens, migratory workers, corruption and open vice. The details: 9 p.m. Oct. 21, OPB. An advance showing will be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St.

Cookbooks

The Portland State University Farmers Market 1717 S.W. Park Ave., is producing its first cookbook — three of them, actually, at the first “Cookbook Fest,” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12: “The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook” by Ellen Jackson; “Roots” by Diane Morgan; “Pure Beef” by Lynne Curry. Morgan and Curry will be on hand to make meals, as will Piper Davis of Grant Central Bakery, who will be making a tart from Jackson’s book.

Sylvester anniversary

The Norman Sylvester Band celebrates its 30th anniversary, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. The local group made its first album in 1990 and its fourth (“Blues Stains On My Hands”) in 2012. The show will tell the story of Sylvester’s journey, which includes about 4,000 performances in 30 years. For info: normansylvester.com.

Movie time

Upcoming big screen releases:

Oct. 11 — “Machete Kills”; “The Summit”; “The Patience Stone”

Oct. 18 — “Carrie”; “Escape Plan”; “The Fifth Estate”; “A.C.O.D.”; “Wadjda”

Oct. 25 — “The Counselor”; “Jackass Presents: Bad

Grandpa”

Nov. 1 — “Enders Game”; “Last Vegas”

Nov. 8 — “Thor: The Dark World”

Nov. 15 — “Wolf of Wall Street”; “The Book Thief”;

“Nebraska”

Nov. 22 — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”;

“Delivery Man”; “Blue Is The Warmest Color”