Bits & Pieces
The Portland Children's Museum will go international in February with its exhibit "Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival."
It's meant to promote understanding of Vietnamese culture exemplified by the annual new year celebration. Through interactive exhibits, families can immerse themselves in culture, gain appreciation for traditions, values and daily experiences of people living in Vietnam — and see similarities between their lives in the United States and the lives of children in Vietnam.
The exhibit starts through the New Year gateway and journeys to the Tet Festival in modern-day Vietnam. There'll also be a marketplace experience with traditional flowers and faux food items, photos with customary Ao Dai dress, parades and games and music for children donning the Lion Dance Mask, and a nighttime area for visitor-created fireworks.
Portland Children's Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, is one of nine museums that are part of the national tour, funded by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series and developed by Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, Calif.
The exhibit opens Feb. 9 and runs in Portland for three months.
For more: www.portlandcm.org.
Museums and other attractions in the Portland metro area are part of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance reciprocal membership program for 2018.
Members of one organization can show their membership card to gain free admission to the others; it's valid for up to four individuals per visit. A different attraction is highlighted each month for such admission.
The schedule: January, Oregon Zoo; February, Oregon Historical Society; March, Deepwood Museum and Gardens, Salem; April, Lan Su Chinese Garden; May, Architectural Heritage Center; June, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria; July, World Forestry Center; August, Clark County Historical Museum; September, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro; October, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville; November, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport; December, Washington County Museum.
Chess for Success
The Chess for Success program is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
There are programs in 22 school districts across 10 counties in Oregon, with more than 70 clubs, and tournaments will be held from January through March.
The mission of Chess for Success is to help children develop skills necessary for success in school and life through learning chess. It was started in 1992 by Dick Roy, Phil Margolin and Frank Eiseman, who knew from experience that chess teaches critical thinking, perseverance and concentration, among other skills. And, they believed, it improves students' behavior and school attendance, as well as leads to higher math and reading test scores.
Chess for Success sponsors after-school chess clubs in high-poverty schools. Students get a T-shirt, enter tournaments and, at the end of the year, they get a chess set.
For more: www.chessforsuccess.org.
The people behind the new Outdoor-Adventure Film Grant are looking for filmmaking applicants to create a film that specifically showcases the spirit, passion and excitement of the outdoor-adventure or action sports film genres in Oregon.
The grant is worth $18,500, as well as equipment, services and support.
Filmmakers from diverse Oregon communities are encouraged to apply; special consideration will be given to filmmakers of color, LGBTQ, women and candidates from socio-economically diverse backgrounds.
Oregon Film, Travel Oregon, Danner Boots and the Portland Film Office at Prosper Portland have partnered for the funding.
"There is a lack of diverse voices telling outdoor-adventure stories," a news release states. "The OAFG is aiming to help open up this unfolding and evolving conversation of the future of inclusion in storytelling, both in front of and behind the camera while utilizing Oregon's outdoor spaces as a backdrop."
Applications wil be accepted through 5 p.m. Jan 31. For more: www.oregonmade.org/grants.
There have been 25 motion pictures selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, which honors films of cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance. One of them is "The Goonies," a Steven Spielberg film made in Oregon and released in 1985.
The story: A band of preteen friends from Astoria's "Goon Docks" neighborhood attempt to save their homes from demolition by real estate developers. They discover an old Spanish treasure map and go on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate who sailed the Oregon coast. But, a trio of Italian criminals are also trying to find the gold. It stars Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Josh Brolin and Joe Pantoliano.
Among the others selected this year are the groundbreaking "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," the baseball movie "Field of Dreams," James Cameron's epic "Titantic," the historical "Spartacus" with Kirk Douglas, 1978's "Superman," animated "Dumbo" and the faux holiday movie "Die Hard."