Binky blankets help to comfort youth from newborns to 18-year-olds, and they are distributed at locations such as clinics, foster-care agencies, and shelters for victims of domestic violence, as well as to those experiencing homelessness. Though Binky Patrol receives fabric donations from several sources, the organization is in need of rolls of batting to fill its blankets to make them soft and plush.
Portland Opera has always set its collective eyes on the horizon. Since filling the gaps left by touring troupes and sporadically performing local companies in 1964, it has endeavored to expand the art form on the stage and beyond. Twenty years after its inception, it became just the second company in the US to project English translations of foreign lyrics above the stage, enabling audiences to leave their Italian dictionaries at home. The company also pushes the boundaries of the shows themselves, staging world premiers of classic stories such as Wuthering Heights, commissioning the work Lucy's Lapses, and producing the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass's Orphée. Not to be contained within one performance space, it also established Portland Opera To Go, a touring division that performs works such as Cinderella and La Bohème at schools and community centers.
Ensconced in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports’s lively facility delights bare-footed fun-seekers with 45,000 square feet of bounce-encompassing terrain. Sky High's bounce-begetters come loaded with a specially-designed, spring-loaded frame and thick, 2-inch safety pads that grant patrons a plummet cushier than the Snuggle Bear’s corner office. Guests can hone front flips, back flips, and channel flips during intense free-bounce sessions or lock horns with a spring-footed sportsman in a competitive bout of trampoline dodgeball. Stuffed with cushy body-molding material, Sky High's daunting foam pit dares treasure-seekers to scour its depths for the lost contents of bygone pockets. A crack team of court supervisors keeps watch over the proceedings, ensuring each guest's safety while upholding Sky's High's golden rules.
Beard's staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($100+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($69.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.