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Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina: Stories of Hope and Innovation

With all the dour news about ecological collapse, it is nice to have some smart and optimistic stories. This Boston-produced series explores various locations—and provides uplifting (but guardedly so) stories about marine conservation. The program is hosted by marine biologist and writer Carl Safina—and as these programs often can only be as good as their host, Safina is remarkable, a good-humored and down-to-earth (sea?),

6:30 pm, Tuesday, August 4. First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St. Free

WONDER: A Mini Film Festival

Two months shy of their annual festival, Bend Film is hosting another film event. (Hey, can we acknowledge what a great job Bend Film has been doing hosting film events throughout the year now!) This "mini-film festival" screen ten short (under three minutes) films created by local filmmakers in under 72-hours, all with the theme: "wonder." All films have been juried and the best film will be announced and will be screened at the 2015 BendFilm Festival in October. Also, come ready to vote for your favorite film for the audience award with a prize of five tickets to the 2015 BendFilm Festival. Oh, and leave the kids at home: Some films are not suitable for children.

7:30 pm, Wednesday, August 5. Old Iron Works, 50 SE Scott. $5 donation.

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