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Bits & Pieces: Heye on horseback

by: COURTESY OF BOB HEYE - Bob Heye of Happy Valley (in the black hat) rides in a damp St. Paul Rodeo Trail Ride in 2010. Involvement in St. Paul Rodeo activities is an annual thing for Heye, a KATU (2) reporter.Bob Heye is best known for his work as a reporter for

KATU (2), but he is also quite the horseman and Old West fan.

Each year, including last weekend, Heye participates in the St. Paul Rodeo Trail Ride, which includes 400 horses and riders covering about 10 miles of trail. Then, during the St. Paul Rodeo, July 2 to 5 this year, he serves as a volunteer parking assistant on horseback. He recently became a member of the St. Paul Rodeo Association.

Heye, who lives in Happy Valley, grew up in Seattle and rode horses on his family’s farm. His early years in TV news were spent in Montana and Spokane. He doesn’t own horses or property to keep them on, but has friends who do and “fortunately they trust me with their animals enough to let me hop aboard now and then.”

For the rodeo, “I do the grunt work that needs to be done,” he says. “I’m just another worker bee, but I enjoy doing it, and it needs to be done.

“I volunteer there because it’s an effort that embodies the spirit of the West that I know, and putting things together that are great for families, that are special to the community, and it combines those things. It’s a very special rodeo. ... It’s a big bonus that there’s not very good cell service at St. Paul. Whenever I’m with friends on horseback, work is a million miles away, and it might as well be.”

For info on the rodeo: www.StPaulRodeo.com.

PDA in Portland

Each month brings different art installations at the Portland Building, 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave., and June’s features “Public Displays of Affection” by Erica Thomas and Emily Fitzgerald.

It’s a participant-driven installation that explores the shifting terrain of relationship building through the lens of the family portrait — at a time when the family unit takes on different definitions. Thomas and Fitzgerald change the dynamics by turning the Portland Building’s installation space into a photo studio, taking photos of downtown professionals with their “chosen families” — friends, domestic partners, co-workers, child care providers, neighbors, ex-spouses, grandparents, godchildren or any other relationship.

To schedule a family photo, send an email to portland

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; artists will be on site 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more info on Portland Building installation space: www.racc.org/installationspace.

Tualatin Crawfish concerts

The Tualatin Crawfish Festival announced entertainment for its festival this year, Aug. 1 to 3. The highlights: Aug. 1 — a kickoff party headlined by Kevin Guitron’s Dueling Piano Rock Circus, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 2 — hot Seattle ‘80s band Aphrodisiac’s, concluding a full day of music at 7 p.m.; Aug. 3 — a Portland favorite, Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts put a wrap on the festival, 2:30 p.m. For info: www.Tualatin CrawfishFestival.com.