Zoo Nights, Rose City Book Fair, and ‘Cats’: 9 things to do this week

Well, hello, summer! The weather hasn’t really been cooperating, but the flood of returning events continues this week along with some new items. Looking for information on Pride and Juneteenth events? Check out our coverage at Oregonlive.com/events and hereisoregon.com. Also this week we see the return of the Rose City Book & Paper Fair, a few dance performances and “Cats” back at the Keller Auditorium.

Although the statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has been lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website venue information for specific COVID safety requirements.

Mountain bikers tackle the trails at Chehalem Ridge Nature Park, a hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding area south of Hillsboro. Oregonian file photo. Jamie Hale/The Oregonian

Chehalem Ridge Nature Park grand opening

Metro unveils its newest park in a day of free food, guided tours, hands-on activities, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. The park is outside of the Cornelius/Forest Grove area, and free shuttles will take visitors from the designated parking area at Centro Cultural, 1110 N. Adair St., Cornelius. There will be no public parking at the park itself. Chehalem Ridge offers 10 miles of trails and more than 1,200 acres with views of the Tualatin River Valley and the Coast Range.

Events 10 am-4 pm Friday, June 17, Chehalem Ridge, the park’s parking lot and equestrian lot will be closed to general parking and reserved for event participants and those with mobility concerns. Details bit.ly/3mwa7gD; free.

A&E best bets

Open Space Dance presents “sheen.”Photo by Jason Hill

Update the following description has been edited to correct the name of the choreographer.


Open Space Dance welcomes a world premiere by international choreographer Keelan Whitmore exploring the archetype of “The Hero,” organizers say, while including inspiration from ancient creation mythologies. Whitmore has performed with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Tanz Theater Munster of Germany. Regional Dance America presented him with the National Choreographic Recognition Award in 2005. The program also includes The Young Artists Co. performance of Franco Nieto’s latest creation, “terremoto waves.”

7:30 pm Friday, June 17, Royal Dust Theatre, 3101 Main St., Vancouver; tickets $30-$60; openspace.dance/event-details/sheen

A pair of lionesses soak up the sun

The Oregon Zoo will be open after hours every other Friday through the summer. Oregonian file photo. Sean Meagher/The Oregonian

Zoo Nights

Come take a stroll through the Oregon Zoo at night. From mid-June through mid-August the zoo offers extended hours, music on the lawn and special keeper talks and educational fun for kids and adults every other Friday. The first Zoo Nights event features the Garcia Birthday Band, a Portland group that celebrates the music of the Grateful Dead.

5:30-8 pm Friday, June 17, Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road; admission $19-$24; oregonzoo.org

“TOO MUCH, or maybe not enough”

Pathways Dance Company offers a mixed program of contemporary modern dance featuring works by co-artistic directors Amelia Logan and Kelly Koltiska. The evening will explore themes of connection, technology, climate change, vulnerability and whimsy.

7 pm Friday-Saturday, June 17-18 and 24-25, New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St., tickets $20-$30; app.arts-people.com

Rose City Book & Paper Fair

If you enjoy browsing used, rare and antique books, this is the event for you. Organizers of the Cascade Booksellers Association’s annual Rose City Book & Paper Fair expect thousands of items, including first editions of literary classics; historical figures’ letters, journals and other papers; books with decorative bindings; vintage and antique children’s books; rare regional histories, maps, photographs and prints.

2-8 pm Friday, 10 am-6 pm Saturday, June 17-18, DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St.; $5; cascadebooksellers.com

A&E best bets

Portland Revel’s spring performance Un Pajarito Canta.Photo by David Kinder

Portland Revels spring performance

Portland Revels returns to in-person performances with “Un Pajarito Canta” (A Little Bird Told Me), an original production featuring original songs, dancing and storytelling. Written by Yasmin Ruvalcaba Saludado, the story draws on traditional Mexican culture as well as Mayan mythology and modern sources. The story unfolds as a small town comes together to help a new community member find her voice and share her story.

7 pm Friday, June 17, Hidden Creek Community Center, 5100 NE Hidden Creek Drive, Hillsboro, and 6:30 pm Saturday, June 18, The Rockwood Center, 17805 SE Stark St. Free; portlandrevels.org

Bike Rodeo

The Police Activities League of Southwest Washington invites from kindergarteners through sixth-graders to a bike rodeo that teaches biking safety, offers an obstacle course and free safety inspections, and includes a chance to win a free bicycle. Bring your own bike and helmet.

9:30-11:30 am Saturday, June 18, Evergreen High School, 14300 NE 18th St., Vancouver, free; facebook.com/PALofSWWA

Actor in Cat costume on stage

Broadway in Portland welcomes the return of “Cats” to the Keller AuditoriumPhoto by Matthew Murphy


One of the biggest hits in Broadway history returns to Portland’s Keller Auditorium. The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber highlights this wildly popular spectacle that’s toured across North America and in more than 30 countries.

Opens 7:30 pm Tuesday, June 21, and continues various dates and times through June 26, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St.; tickets start at $29.50; www.BroadwayInPortland.com.

Summer Events Guide 2022

The Dark Back Aristocrates are part of Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming tour US 2022.Image courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil “Alegria”

Likely Cirque’s most iconic production, “Alegria” returns to the Portland Expo Center for a month of shows, performing under one of the company’s signature big tents. The show has been reimagined for a new generation as the first stage shows debuted in 1994. Dive into a mystical world sprinkled with visual poetry and astounding acrobatics.

Various times through July 17, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive; tickets start at $49; cirquedusoleil.com/alegria

– If you have live or virtual events you’d like to see highlighted at OregonLive.com or in the weekly printed A&E section of The Oregonian, please email submissions to events@oregonian.com at least three weeks prior to the start of your event. Digital images or links to videos are helpful.

— Rosemarie Stein, events@oregonian.com

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