Pirates unite!

Aaargh! The Portland Pirate Festival has left Portland, but it has found a home just down the Columbia River and up Highway 30 at St. Helens.

The sixth annual event will be held on the historical St. Helens waterfront, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 3, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. The location was the film location for the first 'Twilight' movie. So, yes, vampires and pirates do have something in common.

There'll be ample moorage for boats at city docks and on Sand Island, as well as a beautiful setting at Olde Towne.

It's a free event, with more info at

Meanwhile, the Portland Pirate Festival has continued working on getting permanent moorage for a tall ship on the Columbia and Willamette rivers - the 68-foot square tops'l ketch 'Royaliste.'

The ship will be arriving soon after the festival in time for 'Talk Like a Pirate Day,' and PFF has lent support for the move from Kentucky Lake. It'll serve as a center for maritime education. The winner of a raffle at the Portland Pirate Festival will get a private party on the 'Royaliste.'

Movie time

The summer 'Movies in the Park' conclude at Portland parks. The upcoming flicks:

Sept. 1 - 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1,' Columbia

Sept. 2 - 'Roman Holiday,' Director

Sept. 3 - 'Gulliver's Travels' (2010), Wallace

Sept. 8 - 'North by Northwest,' Elizabeth Caruthers

Sept. 9 - 'Toy Story 3,' Multnomah Arts Center

Sept. 10 - 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' April Hill

Big winner

Eugene reggae band Rootdown was one of three winners, out of 7,800 entries, in the national 'Get Discovered!' contest, and it'll perform live on the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon Sept. 4. Rootdown claims a sound of 'The Beach Boys with The Beastie Boys and then you have a party.'

The contest was put on by Clear Channel Radio and MDA.

Frisbee champs

The Portland area continues to be a major influence in the world of flying discs - Frisbee that is. Two metro-area competitors won titles at the record Freestyle Players Association World Freestyle Disc Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

Jake Gauthier of Portland teamed with Seattle's Randy Silvey and L.A.'s Dave Lewis to win the open co-op division; it's his third world freestyle disc title. Lisa Hunrichs of Milwaukie and partner Mary Lowry of Seattle won the women's division, giving her more than 14 world freestyle disc titles. Lori Daniels of Portland and Jake Gauthier placed second in mixed pairs co-ed.

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