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April 10, 2006 06:52 - Sedona to Portland

Hello, Portland!

I have been on a roadtrip and spent the last couple of days in Sedona, Arizona. Throughout my travels I have enjoyed seeing the changing scenery, and driving through each town. Of course, I can't help comparing every place to Portland, and you know what? I still like Portland the best! The people in Portland are friendly, the service and food is great. Yes, I am biased (a little). Don't get me wrong--there are many wonderful cities to explore in our great country. Take Sedona, AZ for instance. I love Sedona and this is the second visit for me. The red rock country is spectacularly beautiful and there is a peace and quietness in the air that makes this place a destination for many for relaxation and spiritual exploration. I was taking a hike through Boynton Canyon yesterday with my dogs and a friend. When we returned to the car parked alongside the road, we found a note under the windshield wipers. It turns out a fellow Portlander saw my PDX license plates and happened to park right behind us and leave us a note! What a great coincidence--and we thought what a typically friendly Portland thing to do. Here is their note, below:

"Don't forget!! Pink Martini @ Crystal Ballroom Tues, Wed Thurs, Fri (sold-out), April 18, 19, 20, 21. Four different charities benefit!

XOXO, The Car Behind You"

I will continue my travels and enjoy the scenery in other towns across America. But I know when I come back to Portland I am coming home to my favorite city. Have a great day, Portland!

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April 12, 2006 09:38 - Portland Easter Ideas

Are you looking for something fun to do for Easter in Portland? Here are two events you might want to check out if you have children:

Rabbit Romp at the Oregon Zoo

Saturday April 15th from 9am - 3pm (free with zoo admission) "Rabbit Romp is a celebration of spring for all ages. Candy egg hunts occur every 20 minutes for children ages 2-10. Learn about the zoo’s conservation efforts to protect our regional endangered pygmy rabbits. "

Learn more at the Oregon Zoo Website.

Alpenrose Dairy - 43rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

"Bring your children, ages 3 to 8 and your smiles, to Alpenrose Dairy on Saturday, April 15, 2006. There will be an enormous amount of prizes available for all the children, with the grand prize being seven 6-foot bunnies (one for each age bracket). And Moms, you had better be prepared also, because at 11:30 am you too will have a chance for some fun and excitement. And Dads, if you have not yet seen your wife participate in this event, then you are in for quite a treat! It’s a free-for-all, but the stakes are high and the atmosphere is frenzied. So come join us for one of the biggest and most anticipated Easter Egg Hunts west of the Mississippi. And don’t forget to arrive EARLY!"

Learn more about this event on the Alpenrose Website.

Easter Brunch at Eola Hills Winery

If you're looking for something a little more sophisticated to do (or you don't have kids), then go out for a nice Easter Brunch. There's one at the Eola Hills Winery you might want to try. "Easter Sunday on 4/16/06 with extended hours, 9am-4pm (Sold out up to 2:30pm as of 4/10/06): Sunday Brunches come with two glasses of wine. Discover for yourself why our Sunday Brunches, like our award winning wines, have been widely acclaimed as the best in the Northwest. Reservations are highly recommended! Call 1-800-291-6730 (503-623-2405) or reserve online here. (Prices are different on some holiday Sundays, as specified, such as Easter, Mother's Day, and Father's Day). "

Learn more and make reservations on the Eola Hills Website.

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April 14, 2006 07:29 - One Man Star Wars Show, Portland

One Man Star Wars?---what?? This is what I was wondering when I got my ticketmaster "upcoming events" email newsletter. But yes, it's true. There is one man (Charles Ross) who performs the first three Star Wars movies in one hour, acting the characters all by himself. It sounds crazy, but if you're a Star Wars fan or just want to see some totally unique entertainment, you might check out his show in Portland. More...

"A one-hour, high energy, nonstop blast through the first three Star Wars films. The catch is, there's only one cast member. Charles Ross, the writer and solo performer, spent too much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away- adulthood has been similar. Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings the music, flies the ships, and fights both sides of the battles.

Best known as the mastermind behind the infamous One Man Star Wars Trilogy and One Man Lord of the Rings, Charles Ross is a Canadian actor who has followed his heart and his career from one side of the continent to the other. Since first performing his One Man Star Wars Trilogy in Toronto, Ontario in January of 2001, Ross has brought countless audiences, both large and small, to their feet with his surprisingly unique shows.

Word of Ross's one of a kind talent has spread like wildfire with recent appearances on Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His off-Broadway debut in August 2005 was a smashing success with critics raving about the incredible intensity that Charles brings to his work.

No matter the engagement, be it a rowdy night out with friends, a matinee with the family or a Sci-Fi conventions for the very dedicated, Charles Ross has entertained the masses with his high-energy and side-splitting romp through Middle Earth or a galaxy far, far away. "

Playing at the Portland Newmark Theatre

Live Nation presents

One Man Star Wars

Starring Charles Ross

Tuesday, May 2nd - Saturday, May 6th

$27.50 - $38.50

Tickets: The PCPA box office, Ticketmaster

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April 19, 2006 07:00 - Northwest Pet and Companion Fair

Hello, Portland. Get ready for the Northwest Pet and Companion Fair, April 22 and 23 at the Portland Expo Center.

"This two-day event is a must visit for all Pet Lovers, and people looking for a new Pets. You can bring or meet friends, family and have your four-legged companion(s) by your side. Yes, you can bring your well mannered Pet. Their fee is only $1.00 or a can of Pet Food per pet. We offer a Family Pass, where the whole family can get in for less than $20.00. The whole family consist of the parents theit and kids. However, we will not do DNA testing on the kids.

This year we are donating all Pet Food collected to the local AniMeals (Vancouver & Portland areas) program. It is a program for the cats and dogs of people who receive home-delivered meals. Many of these folks give up thier food to feed their cats and dogs. That is why locally FIDO (Friends Involved in Dog Outreach) started ANIMEALS - a partnership with Clackamas Co. Social Services and Senior Meals programs to provide nutritious pet food for the cats and dogs of people who receive home-delivered meals. Second Chance Companions works with the Vancouver area program.

Our Event will be providing space for additional Pet Food donations. During the last four years, the NW PET & COMPANION FAIR has collected and distributed well over 6-7,000 lbs of pet food to local Rescue and Shelter groups. We feel this is a excellent opportunity for the Pet Community to step up and help. We have been told by some of our Pet Food companies they will donating product.

This event is the largest Northwest Pet Mall with over 200 retail and non-profit groups offering many products, services and opportunities for Pet Adoption. There should be over 250 Dsplay Booths in over 108,000 sq. feet of exhibit space. Check our current List of Exhibitors. You'll enjoy a variety of great educational and entertaining Activities including:

Pet Workshops
Good Buys
Adoptions Opportunities
Free Samples
Pet Makeover Contest
Micro Chip Clinic
Volunteering
Pet Fashion Show
and More!

You'll enjoy the many activities and also enjoy meeting other pet owners. The Show has grown each year, with thousands of pet owners returning each year to see new products and services and enjoy the events."

Check it out, Portland pet lovers. This event held at:

Portland Exposition Center - E Hall

2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217

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