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XRAY TV

The folks at XRAY.FM radio station are expanding into the visual realm, thanks to a partnership with Open Signal, the new media arts center in Portland (see story).

XRAY TV is a community TV venture that will include original series, original and found footage curated by notable Portland artists, filmed talk radio and music-related coverage.

It will air from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturdays on Comcast/Xfinity channels 29 and 329.

There'll be a premiere party at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., just before a third birthday bash for XRAY.FM, which airs on 91.1 and 107.1 FM.

For info: www.xray.fm.

Official charity

Touting the power of the flower, the Rose Festival has named The Bloom Project as its official charity for 2017.

The Bloom Project receives flowers donated by wholesale floral companies, growers and grocery stores, and repurposes them into bouquets for deliveries to local hospice and palliative care patients.

For more: www.thebloomproject.org, www.rosefestival.org.

Portland Saturday Market

The market reopens for the season March 4-5, celebrating its 44th year — its 40th continuously operating under the Burnside Bridge.

The Rose City's largest outoor arts and crafts market then keeps it going every Saturday and Sunday through Christmas eve, rain or shine.

This year, 252 local artisans will showcase their skills and handmade wares. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays, 2 S.W. Naito Parkway, www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com.

New leader

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame has named Geoff Metts as its new president. A guitarist, bandleader and co-owner of Five Star Guitars in Hillsboro and Tigard, Metts takes over from Terry Currier, who, along with Janeen Rundle, formed OMHOF 11 years ago.