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Bits & Pieces: G6 Airpark

by: COURTESY OF G6 AIRPARK - A unique indoor trampoline park for kids and adults, called G6 Airpark, will open at 10414 S.E. Washington St., with an open house planned for Nov. 2.Jumpin’ and bouncin’ will be taking place at a new Portland recreation park, G6 Airpark, set to open this month at 10414 S.E. Washington St.

The owners of G6 Airpark already have an extreme trampoline facility in Vancouver, Wash. Their second one will be 30,000 square feet and “we wanted to put together a recreation facility unlike any on the West Coast,” owner Wesley Dameron says.

The Portland gym will include wall-to-wall trampolines, a trampoline dodgeball court, a basketball dunk station and a separate jump area for kids under 8 years old. Dameron is also excited about the new G6 Ninja Challenge course based on the TV show “American Ninja Warrior.” The G6 AquaBalls also allow a user to get inside the ball and roll around a pool.

The doors are scheduled to be opened this month (www.g6portland.com or www.g6airpark.com for info). Grand opening will be Nov. 2, starting at 10 a.m.

500th show

Ed Forman, the alter ego of Portland actor/comedian Aaron Ross and self-described “PDX’s King of Late-Night,” celebrates the 500th show of The Ed Forman Show with a “500th Show EDstravaganza” at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Mission Theater, 1624 N.E. Glisan St. ($10 at door).

Forman, er, Ross has been booking local celebrities for his long-running “Tonight Show”-inspired variety show for the past six years, mostly at Dante’s but now at McMenamin’s Crystal Hotel. The anniversary show won’t be different, with radio deejay Gustav, bread maker Dave Dahl, The Decemberists’ Chris Funk, Voodoo Donuts’ Tres Shannon and the mayors of Vancouver, Happy Valley, Willamina and Rainier. Voodoo Donuts will be selling a commemorative “Bourbon-Cream Filled ED Forman Donut” from Nov. 1 to 3.

Central art

“Printindustrial,” a one-day open studio crawl Nov. 9, aims to give exposure to the printers and designers and others artists in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The free tour includes six locations. The official map and participant list will be posted online Nov. 1 at www.iprc.org/calendar/printindustrial. It’s organized by Carye Bye of Red Bat Press.

Artistic Portland

A new artists’ cooperative, Artistic Portland, will be opening in the Hollywood District in November, featuring work from 40-plus artists and hundreds of locally handcrafted products — felted sculptures, paintings, ceramic art pieces, screen-printed T-shirts, wooden furniture, skin care products, repurposed doll statues, hand-blown glass and jewelry.

The grand opening will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the shop, 4042 N.E. Sandy Blvd. (www.artisticportland.com).

All artisans are owners and operators. It’ll be open seven days a week, opening at 11 a.m. each day.

Celebrating color

The Colored Pencil Art and Culture Council, a nonprofit arts organization and troupe of artists representing many of Portland’s 80 ethnicities, will put on a “Happy Hour” Oct. 25 at Portland Art Museum to celebrate the cultural wealth brought here by the Nepali, Polish, Mexican, Andalusian, Indonesian, Arabic, Native American and Tongan and other ethnic people and present their work in paint, poetry, music and dance.

The details: 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Portland Art Museum Mark Building, 1119 S.W. Park Ave., free. For info: www.coloredpencilsart.org.

Railroad club party

The Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, founded in 1947,

will hold its 66th annual open house and show for four weekends upcoming: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 9 and 10, Nov. 16-17, Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30-Dec. 1 ($6 adults, $2 children 3-11 years; info at www.CGMRC.com).

Located at 2505 N. Vancouver Ave., the club’s layout consists of 4,200 square feet of track and scenery and depicts railroad activities and operations from the 1950s, and includes towns from Portland to the Columbia River Gorge and plenty of details, including an operating Steel Bridge and the sun rising over Mt. Hood.

Jones tribute

Deer Lodge Records has announced the performers for its upcoming George Jones tribute album, and it’s a diverse lineup: Sassparilla, Water Tower, Lewi Longmire, Brush Prairie (featuring Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols), W.C. Beck, The Wellspring, The Tumblers, Cooper & Coal and Drunken Prayer, and others. Pre-orders for the album are being taken at www.deerlodgepdx.com); it’ll hit Portland retail outlets Dec. 20.

“The variety of interpretations and energy these diverse artists have brought to George’s classic songs is mind-blowing,” Bert Sperling, producer, wrote in a news release. “We’ve got punk, bluegrass, postmodern pop, even reggae.”

Jones, the great country star, died in April.

Weather watchers

Want to know what to expect with weather this winter?

The Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society puts on its Winter Weather Forecast Conference, the 21st, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. Meteorologists from around the Pacific Northwest will give their thoughts on the upcoming winter.

It’s free and open to all ages. For info: www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon.