The Oregon Zoo is expecting not one but two special deliveries — and both will require a flock of baby-carrying storks.
Eastern black rhinoceros Jozi and Asian elephant Rose-Tu are both pregnant, according to endocrinology experts at the zoo in Portland’s Washington Park. If successful, the pregnancies will result in big wins for both species.
🦏 Ready, set, rhino
First-time mom Jozi is expected to deliver her calf sometime between now and early January. Jozi and her companion King belong to the eastern subspecies of black rhinoceros — one of the most endangered species on the planet due to poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.
“In South Africa alone, we’re losing almost a rhino a day. Hopefully, their story can help inspire a new chapter in the conservation of this incredible species,” said Kelly Gomez, who oversees the zoo’s Africa area.
🐘 Expectant elephant
Over in Elephant Lands, 29-year-old Rose-Tu is pregnant with what would be her third calf after spending a lot of time with Samson, a 25-year-old male. Elephants have the longest gestation period of all mammals, with pregnancies lasting 18 to 22 months, and care staff think Rose-Tu could give birth in early 2025.
A healthy Asian elephant calf would also be a boon to its species, which is considered endangered. Just 40,000 to 50,000 wild individuals are left in fragmented populations in India and Borneo — areas that overlap with some of the largest human populations in the world.
🍼 Cautious optimism
Elephant pregnancies are lengthy and a healthy calf is never guaranteed, especially this early in Rose-Tu’s journey. Experts say the risk is even higher for pachyderms like Jozi that have never given birth before.
“We have an excellent animal-care team,” said Steve Lefave, who oversees the zoo elephant area. “They’ll be doing everything they can to help each of these moms have a successful birth.”
People’s Farmers Market | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 2-6 p.m. | People’s Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st Ave., Portland | Free | Shop for fresh produce grown locally without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or insecticides — plus handmade items and artisan foods — at “the longest-running year-round market in Portland.”
OMSI After Dark: Uncorked | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 6-10 p.m. | OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland | $25-$50 | Wine not stop by and savor regional wines from over 10 local wineries, learn about boozy science, and explore the science museum after-hours at this 21+ event?
Thursday, Nov. 16
Division Winemaking Company’s Nouveau Fete | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Division Winemaking @ The Wine Yard, 2005 SE Eighth Ave., Portland | Free | Celebrate Nouveau Day, a tradition held on the third Thursday each November to mark the end of harvest; RSVP for free tastings, or pay for ticket packs at the event.
Mixer Repair Workshop | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5:30-8 p.m. | ADX (Art Design Xchange), 417 SE 11th Ave., Portland | $45-$75 | If your trusty Kitchen Aid mixer needs a tune-up after years of mixing cookie dough, this workshop will help you open it up, clean all the nooks and crannies, and make it like new.
How to Find and Identify Mushrooms | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6-8 p.m. | The Haven, 819 SE Taylor St., Portland | Donation based | Portland-based mycologist and taxonomist Kennan Mighell will lead a lecture on everything from the taxonomic systems of mushroom species to foraging ethics.
Friday, Nov. 17
Kumoricon | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland | $10-$80 | This convention that takes its name from the Japanese word for “cloudy” has been celebrating anime culture through cosplay, performances, and fandom festivities for 20 years.
Brew Lights | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | 5-10 p.m. | Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd. , Portland | $35-$65 | The zoo will transform into a twinkling wonderland featuring 55+ Northwest breweries and cideries to sample, live music, and food carts for attendees 21 and up.
David Koechner | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE Ninth Ave., Portland | $24-$36 | Whammy! Get ready to laugh with the SNL alum known for his roles in “The Office,” “Anchorman,” and “Talladega Nights.”
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Southeast Portland’s Mt. Scott Community Center will close on Thursday, Nov. 23, for some much-needed upgrades. When it reopens in the spring of 2025, the center will have an additional 2,776 sqft of recreation space and a large community event hall. The existing pool, skating rink, and gym will remain as is.
Work has started on the replacement of Grant Bowl’s artificial turf. The city-owned field used by Grant High School student-athletes was closed in August after failing an inspection. Portland Public Schools is footing the $1.5 million bill for the renovations, but a long-term lease is still up in the air. (Willamette Week)
Ratio Coffee, a Portland-headquartered company that produces high-end home coffee makers, is working on a new product aimed at “the K-cup owner that wants better coffee and less waste.” Kickstarter backers can snag up to 40% off the retail price of a future Ratio Four machine. (Portland Inno)
A fresh take on Charles Dickens’ timeless tale will grace the stage at Portland Playhouse this holiday season. “A Christmas Carol” runs Tuesday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 30, taking audiences on a “reimagined journey” through the beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge. The production includes special BIPOC and pay-what-you-wish shows.
The Holiday Ale Festival has been canceled for a fourth consecutive year. Past festival-goers enjoyed four days of beer drinking beneath the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas tree, but organizers said the current state of downtown Portland makes it “tough to invest the time and funds” needed to pull off the event. (Willamette Week)
One of the biggest touring comedians will make a stop at Portland’s Moda Center on April 7, 2024. “One way or another, we’re going to make memories on this one,” said Tom Segura about his Come Together tour. General ticket sales start this Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m.
74. That’s the percent of Portland Gen Z-ers who still live with family members, according to a new study by RentCafe. Portland ranked No. 15 among other US metros with the largest shares of Gen Z residents who take longer to leave the nest compared to previous generations. (RentCafe)
Poet laureates participate in at least 10 public readings (or other events) each year across Oregon to demonstrate the importance of poetry and creative expression and encourage literacy and learning, among other objectives.
Oregon’s next poet laureate will start in May of 2024 and serve for two years. You can nominate someone (including yourself) if they are…
Current Oregon residents who have lived in the state for at least 10 years
Publicly recognized as poets and well known for excellence in their work
Have a significant portfolio of published or performed work
Nominations are open through Jan. 8, 2024. The position is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and comes with an annual honorarium of $15,000, plus a yearly travel subsidy.
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