Thursday, August 27, 2009

Upcoming events calendar: It's going to be a busy weekend!


Just took a look at the schedule of upcoming events and there's a LOT happening with the Oregon National Guard this weekend and into the coming weeks. Here's a rundown of the really cool and exciting events coming your way...

2009 Hood to Coast Run: Aug. 28

This year, two teams from the Oregon National Guard compete in the annual Hood to Coast run. The Oregon Air National Guard has 12 runners from the 142nd Fighter Wing, with their team "Blue Thunder", while the Oregon Army National Guard has 12 runners from various units throughout the ORARNG, with their team "Dirty Dogs & Bodacious Babes". Don't ask.

Both teams start on Mount Hood tomorrow just before Noon. Blue Thunder fires up the after-burners at 11:45 a.m., while the "Dogs & Babes" start barking and being bodacious at 11:55 a.m. Come on out to support your fellow citizen-soldiers and airmen while they huff and puff their way to the Oregon coast!

Follow your favorite teams, or check in with the online updates at their official website, here. Yours truly will be there tomorrow, doing live updates from the starting line! Follow us on Twitter at:, and be sure to follow our hashtag: #ornghood2coast

2009 Oregon International Air Show: Aug. 28-30

A Portland tradition kicks off this weekend as the annual Oregon International Air Show takes flight. This year, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will dazzle crowds with their high-flying maneuvers, and the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will be on hand with their F-15 Eagle fighter jets to open the show on Saturday and on Sunday.

For more information, visit the Oregon International Air Show website, here.

Northwest Art & Air Show: Aug. 28-30

Happening in Albany, Oregon, also known as the ATI Wah Chang Art & Air Festival, this annual event was nominated as the "best in budget class" for events, and according to Wikipedia, averages over 40,000 visitors each year. This year, the 142nd Fighter Wing will feature a flyover of their F-15 Fighter jets on Aug. 29.

The event will be held at the Timber Linn Park and at the Albany Municipal Airport in Albany, Ore. For more information, visit the official website, here.

Oregon State Fair: Aug. 28-30

Bigger than ever because of Oregon's 150th birthday celebration, this year's state fair promises to be a memorable one.

This year, the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band will accompany Portland band Pink Martini on the main stage Aug. 28 for "Oregon! Oregon!" Military members with valid ID's will get in free all weekend.

A joint-force color guard will be featured on Aug. 29, as will a formation of F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing as they do a flyover during the Veterans Appreciation Parade at Noon.

For more information, and to see a schedule of events for the fair, check out their official website, here.

Homefront Heroes Event: Aug. 29

Any family member of a deployed soldier knows how tough things can be sometimes. The Oregon National Guard program known as Homefront Heroes aims to ease some of the burden by providing a relaxing, safe, and fun event for the spouses and children of deployed servicemembers.

Today's event at Cook Park in Tigard, Oregon gets underway at 4:00 p.m. If you hurry you can still make it. But don't despair... another event is on the horizon.

On Aug. 29, at 11:00 a.m., another Homefront Heroes event is scheduled at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Bend, Ore. The event promises to be a great time, with fun, food, games, and activities geared toward building friendships and networks between family members of deployed military servicemembers.

For more information on this event, contact Sgt. Jonathan Steinmann at 503-449-1040, or via e-mail at:

Oregon Symphony Summer Concert Series: Sept. 3

The Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Army National Guard's 2-218 Field Artillery will partner during a free outdoor concert on Thursday, Sept. 3, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, with support from members of the 2-218 Field Artillery. And since they're playing the 1812 Overture, by support, I would imagine they mean HOWITZERS!

Come early... seating on the grass may be limited. The Portland Taiko Drummers begin at 4:30 p.m., with the Portland Youth Philharmonic starting at 5:00 p.m. The Oregon Symphony and the 2-218 FA will start at 7:00 p.m.

Concertgoers are encouraged to donate school supplies for use in Portland Public Schools. Volunteers from the Portland non-profit, Schoolhouse Supplies will be on hand accepting donations.

If you want a "booming" fun time, don't forget to mark your calendars for this one! (Don't forget your earplugs). For more information, please visit the Oregon Symphony's website, here.

Whatever you and your family choose to enjoy this weekend, please make it a safe and happy one. I fly off to work for a month with the National Guard Bureau starting this Sunday, but I leave you in the very capable hands of Sgt. Eric Rutherford. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

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