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Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including The Bite of Oregon, Doctors Without Borders and Pickathon

COURTESY PHOTO - Organizers of The Bite have reinvigorated their event, changing to a central location (Rose Quarter) and a holiday weekend (Labor Day).Changes galore

There are big changes coming with The Bite of Oregon, the annual food-and-drink bazaar.

It has a new home: the Rose Quarter. It has new dates: Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4. And, it has a cool theme: Savor the Seven Regions, as in the seven regions of Oregon.

There'll be top chefs, wines, the Oregon Craft Beer Garden, spirits and foods featuring Oregon products from around the state.

Organizers are playing up public transportation. The Bite couldn't be easier to attend, with its central location for MAX trains, bus lines, the Portland Streetcar and C-Tran, for walkers and bicyclists alike.

The Iron Chef Oregon competition returns, featuring Josh Dorcak of MAS, George Morris of Bos Taurus, Alejandro Cruz of Novo, and Billy Buscher of Seven Feathers Casino Resort.

Steven Shomler, culinary personality and author ("Portland Food Cart Stories," "Portland Beer Stories"), hosts the Food Cart Cook-off.

Spectators can join in the action by entering to compete in the Major League Hot Dog Eating Contest, presented by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, on Monday, Sept. 4.

All the proceeds go to Special Olympics Oregon.

Advance tickets are $5. For more: www.biteoforegon.com.

Refugee camp

Doctors Without Borders has plans to reconstruct a refugee camp at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Oct. 16-22.

Titled "Forced From Home," the 10,000-square-foot exhibition space follows the route of a displaced person from Afghanistan and other countries, illustrates such things as the feeling of being cramped in a rubber raft lost at sea, depicts how much water might be available in a refugee camp, and delves into the medical problems that humans endure in their pursuit of safety. An experienced aid worker serves as a guide.

The exhibition has been shown at: Boulder, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle; Oakland, California; and Santa Monica, California. It toured the northeast U.S. last year.

For more: doctorswithoutborders.org.

A photographer's Africa

Janis Miglavs, an Oregon commercial photographer, has gone on a 17-year personal journey in Africa in his career to find the roots of his personal beliefs and religion.

He'll give a visual presentation, "We All Have Five Fingers," in conjunction with Sherwood Rotary Club and Sherwood Public Library.

It takes place 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Sherwood Public Library, 22560 S.W. Pine St., Sherwood.

For more: jmiglavs.com, www.FiveFingersProject.org.

Repurposing stage

Pickathon recently celebrated its 19th music festival, and looks forward to its 20th.

They did a good deed by repurposing one of their stages, the Treeline Stage, into sleeping pods for houseless veterans.

The Treeline Stage is a perforated pavilion comprised of nearly 700 wooden gable trusses. And, through Pickathon's partnership with Portland State University School of Architecture, led by professor Travis Bell and director Clive Knights, it'll be redesigned, built and repurposed.

Find and read an article about the repurposing at Oregon Public Broadcasting's website, www.opb.org.

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