After their daughter, Hayden, was stillborn at 32 weeks of gestation in 2010, Rebekka and Randy Hauskin's hospital bills served as a painful reminder of their loss. As a result, they decided that they wanted to help other families dealing with this type of tragedy, and in memory of their daughter, created the Oregon-based nonprofit Hayden's Helping Hands. The foundation helps Oregonians after the birth of a stillborn baby by paying for a portion or all of their hospital delivery expenses, so they can focus on healing rather than financial burdens. The amount of financial assistance is determined by the foundation on a case-by-case basis, and all payments are made directly to the medical facility.
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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.
Moving Moxie Pilates believes in the power of the human form and the acts of fitness it can achieve through proper encouragement and practice. The studio's Pilates Method Alliance–certified teachers operate from the beautiful confines of Moving Moxie's spacious space, located near Hillsdale, where taupe walls complement smooth wooden floors, creating an environment of zen comfort and physical awareness. Whether Pilates is an old friend or a mysterious new neighbor unloading its moving truck into your exercise-garage, the combination of one hour-long private lesson and six 55-minute mat classes will instill the strenuous values of repetition into the muscle-fibers that stretch like taffy until the body builds a tight, lean core made out of firmer taffy. Hearts grow healthier as workouts become easier through practice.
Ecdysiast, a modern pole-dancing studio that derives its name from ancient Rome, comingles the sleek techniques of modern fitness with the atavistic impulses of dance, resulting in a fun, social, and physical exhibition of the body’s beauty. A staff that includes certified personal trainers instructs a schedule of classes to accommodate most skill and fitness levels. During a one-hour class of fewer than seven, pupils position themselves before the studio’s floor-to-ceiling mirrors—cut at intervals with white, flowing drapery—to gaze at their reflection staring back at them as it sidles next to their own, individual, 16-foot golden-hued pole. The introductory Taster class dips newbie toes into the rippling waters of pole dancing with beginner moves, choreography, and floor work. At the instructor’s behest, students in the eight-week course will spin, climb, invert, and plane their bodies parallel to the ground in an act of self-levitation unattainable without the use of hundreds of helium balloons. The 90-minute party class packs similar routines and equal energy, but caters to the custom needs of the group, be they bachelorette, birthday, or a girls' night out.