As the Rose Festival season moves in like a spring sun, in bits and pieces, the Festival's final week before the Memorial Day weekend is loaded with behind the scenes activities and a lot of public fun. The Rose Festival Court presented by Pacific Power rides in their second parade in the Gateway neighborhood Saturday. The Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon starts its third annual run Sunday. The One More Time Around Again Marching Band is presenting a free concert Saturday at Pioneer Courthouse Square and the International Youth Silent Film Festival takes over the Hollywood Theatre Monday through Wednesday.

Behind the scenes, the Rose Festival is known as the industry leader in clean and green practices thanks to partnerships with PGE and SOLVE. In 2013 the collections at the Starlight and Grand Floral Parades cleared over 4 tons of waste and diverted over 2 tons of recyclable material. Similar strategies at the 2013 CityFair were a great success, diverting 6.68 tons of material that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill.

This Friday, Republic Services is teaming up with PGE and PSU students to perform a 'sort' study from 10 a.m. to noon at Willamette Resources, Inc./Republic Services, 10295 SW Ridder Road, Wilsonville. The students then create the materials assessment which shows detailed data collected and make recommendations for PGE to improve their recycling and recovery system.

The Rose Festival Court heads to the east side Saturday to visit the Gresham Famers Market and then join the Fun-O-Rama with the Gateway Area Business Associations in their annual Fun-O-Rama Parade 1 - 2 p.m. (Halsey/Weidler Streets between NE 104 and 112).

The One More Time Around Again Marching Band presented by Standard TV & Appliance is celebrating its 30th anniversary this Saturday with a free concert at Pioneer Courthouse Square at 3 p.m. The 500 plus member OMTAAMB, the largest marching band in the world and a Portland tradition, was recently named Grand Marshal of the 2014 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade Saturday, June 7. Fans can also see the OMTAAMB in the Portland General Eelectric/SOLVE Starlight Parade Saturday, May 31. 

On Sunday, June 18, the 3rd Annual Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon plus the brand new 10K will step off on Naito Parkway at 8 a.m. The half marathon is the only Portland running event to loop through Southeast Portland. More than 10,000 runners will challenge this unique Portland course rain or shine. Runners can register and pick up their packets Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at the Rock 'n' Roll Expo in the Oregon Convention Center.

On Monday, May 19, Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21, the 5th Annual International Youth Silent Film Festival will be screening creative films from all over the region as well as China and Europe at the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland on Sandy Blvd. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and screening starts at 7:30 p.m. All films will be accompanied by live theatre organ music performed by Nathan Avakian.  Adult tickets are $10.00.  Students with student ID and children under 12 are free this year!  The IYSFF concludes Wednesday, June 4 with the IYSFF Awards Night also at the Hollywood Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

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