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May 4, 2006 07:11 - Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Starts Today!

Bienvenidos Portland, it's time for the 22nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! Portland's largest multicultural event starts today at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Enjoy live entertainment with music and dance, art, contests, a carnival, and of course... delicious FOOD! There's something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

This year's attractions include:

  • Plaza de Artisanos (Artisan Village)
  • Plaza de Niños (Children's Plaza)
  • Community Resource Area
  • Family Carnival
  • Opening Day Fireworks Spectacular
  • Naturalization Ceremony
  • Mariachi Mass
  • Rancho Tres Potrillos Horse Shows
Also, to get there (and back) safely, consider taking TriMet. Here is all the information on the TriMet website, wehere you can get an all-day Tri Met ticket for only $4!

For all the details, including the event schedule, be sure to check the Cinco de Mayo website at www.cincodemayo.org. Have fun!

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta:

Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 / 11 a.m. -11 p.m.

Sunday 7 / 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Admission - prices subject to change:

$6 Adults

$5 Seniors (62+)

$5 Kids 11-18 yrs

Children 10 and under free

FREE Admission before 2 pm Thursday and Friday only

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May 6, 2006 05:51 - Portland Mother's Day Ideas

It's a great time of year in Portland. The sun has been shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming...and maybe you have started planting your veggie garden a little too early (like I have). Springtime is also wonderful because it hails the return of many Portland outdoor events like the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (hope you enjoyed it!) and the wonderful array of Portland neighborhood Farmer's Markets. I love the markets for their fresh food, flowers, and throngs of happy Portlanders milling about. We'll be listing the Farmer's markets in an upcoming blog post but today I wanted to share a few Portland Mother's Day Ideas before it is too late for you to make plans and reservations. Because not all Moms are the same, let's do a few ideas.

Foodie Mom

Does your Mom love to cook and entertain? Well here's a great gift idea for you. First of all, plan to take your Mom to a wonderful Portland restaurant that serves fine food in a nice ambiance. Try the ever-popular Heathman Restaurant, known for their wonderful brunches. 1001 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205, Call (503) 790-7752 for reservations. Next, get your Mom a gift certificate at gourmet store In Good Taste, where she can take a fun cooking class and pick up some wonderful stuff for her kitchen. Located in the Pearl at 231 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR, 97209, (503) 248-2015.

Pampered Mom

What Mom doesn't love to be pampered? So, plan to make Mom a special brunch at home (with fresh flowers of course), and get her a gift certificate to a favorite Portland spa. Try the Portland Spa and Boutique where Mom will get a full array of services and complimentary valet parking. Located on the riverfront Downtown at 0315 SW Montgomery Street, Suite 390, Portland, OR 97201, (503) 222-0105. Pick up flowers for Mom at your local Trader Joe's market, where you can get a whole bunch of roses or a beautiful orchid plant for crazy low prices!

Jewelry Mom

What Mom doesn't love jewelry? And, who doesn't love the thoughtfulness behind a handmade gift? So...a Mother's bracelet is a great idea if you have a little crafting skill. You can make a Mother's bracelet and customize it with the birthstones of each of her children, or use alphabet name blocks to spell out their names. For new mommies, attach a baby bootie charm and create a special heirloom gift. Need some ideas? Check out www.Making-Jewelry.com for Mother's bracelet "How To" instructions and free ideas. Stop at your local craft store or Portland's Dava Bead and Trade for jewelry supplies.

Wine Buff Mom

Take Mom on a drive through Portland's beautiful wine country and in McMinnville make reservations for brunch at Bistro Maison. They are serving a 3 course prix fixe Mother's Day Menu with several selections to make Mom smile. Call for Reservations 503-474-1888. Address: 729 NE Third Street, McMinnville, OR 97128. Don't forget to take your camera to take photos of the scenic landscape, and plan to purchase a bottle or two of Oregon vino as a gift for Mom to enjoy later.

Mother's Day Mimosa Recipe

If you plan to make your Mother's Day Brunch at home, then you'll want to make some special Mimosas. Here is a recipe: Mimosa Recipe, courtesy of www.cooksrecipes.com

  • Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 bottle chilled Champagne
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • Pour a small amount of Grand Marnier in a small bowl.
  • Place the sugar in a saucer.
  • Dip the rims of Champagne glasses first in Grand Marnier, then in the sugar.
  • Fill each Champagne glass with three parts Champagne and 1 part orange juice.
  • Makes 6 servings.


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May 10, 2006 16:46 - North Portland Tool Library

I got an email from a Kenton resident about the North Portland Tool Library, where neighbors can rent out tools (for free!) for all those spring projects that are waiting. You can learn more about the Tool Library on their website at www.northportlandtoollibrary.org.

Also, tonight there is a benefit at McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon:

Wednesday, May 10


Benefitting North Portland Tool Library

Old Yeller

Flat Mountain Girls

Government Issue Orchestra

5 p.m. to 1 a.m. | Free | Minors welcome until 8 p.m.

McMenamins will donate half of all sales from food and beverages to North Portland Tool Library, a community resource that loans a wide variety of tools to North Portland residents free of charge. For more information, visit their website at www.northportlandtoollibrary.org.

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May 12, 2006 06:39 - Doggie Dash '06

The 19th Annual Doggie Dash & Family Fair will take place on Saturday, May 13th, at Waterfront Park.

Every year, more than 2000 dogs and their owners come out to join K103 for this half-day family oriented event that includes a two-mile Fun Run and Walk for dogs and their owners.

Join in the fun as dogs and you participate in post-race activities such as Silly Pet Tricks and a Dog/Owner Look Alike contest. You can also attend the Family Fair including the Barking Lot, which showcases canine and family related products and services.

Proceeds from the 2006 Doggie Dash will benefit the Oregon Humane Society.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be involved with one of the most fun and highly anticipated family events in Portland.

Register now


7:30am registration run/walk number pickup

9:15am run, 9:30 am walk

At Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito and Stark

Distance and Course

2-Mile Fun Run and Walk for Dogs and their Owners around Waterfront Park along the Seawall and Naito Avenue (not a timed event)

Get signup forms and more info at www.doggiedashportland.com

Have fun!

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May 13, 2006 06:45 - Portland - Laurelhurst Art Walk 2006

Ah, the weekend is here, and today the weather promises to be mostly sunny and warm!

Today, be sure to check out the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Art Walk! Laurelhurst Artwalk writes " Join us for the second annual free Laurelhurst Artwalk Saturday, May 13th, from 10 am to 5 pm. View the creative works of over 60 local artists as you stroll from location to location through East Portland’s picturesque Laurelhurst neighborhood.

View creative fiber art, paintings, jewelry, handmade cards, scuplture, mixed media and more in one of Portland's favorite neighborhoods.

Maps are available via this site, or Artemisia Garden Nursery & Gallery 110 SE 28th @ Ankeny St. after April 23rd. "

Fun Mother's Day Idea at Pix

Still looking for a fun Mother's Day idea? Pix Patisserie North on 3901 N Williams is featuring a "Concoct Yo' Own Dessert for Mom" event.

Mother's Day Fun! ~ Concoct Yo' Own Dessert--FOR MOM! Join us on Sunday, May 14 from 11AM- 3PM to make a very special dessert for your very special mom. Our chef’s will set up a buffet of pastry ingredients in Pix's kitchen and be on site to give advice while you concoct a dessert especially designed for mom. And the mamas can enjoy mimosas in the patisserie as they peer into the laboratory windows and watch you hard at work! Adults and kids 5 and up are welcome to play in the lab. $12 includes a dessert to take home. (N Williams St Location). Sounds like fun. Have a great day Portland!

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May 15, 2006 06:44 - Vision of Portland

Hello, Portland. I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day! I enjoyed breakfast at the Tin Shed on Alberta Street (SO good, as always!), and later special dessert at Papa Haydn's on 23rd. I noticed Portland's streets were packed with people enjoying the warm day. Today kicks off a new event, the Vision of Portland. From May 15- June 15, participate in the Vision of Portland at selected locations in the Pearl District and Nob Hill. Vision of Portland celebrates the importance of art to the vibrant Portland community. Sponsored by American Express.

Do your part for art, and see Portland in a new way. Use your American Express® Card in the Pearl District and Nob Hill from May 15 to June 15 to help raise funds for Young Audiences, a nonprofit arts education organization. American Express will donate 5% of the value of every purchase you make with your Card at participating merchants.*

American Express has commissioned local artists to create work that will be on display in merchant windows in the Pearl District and Nob Hill from May 15 to June 15. See list of participating artists and merchants displaying art.

Support Young Audiences arts education programs. On July 6, you can use your American Express Card to purchase the commissioned art at Design Within Reach (1200 NW Everett Street; Portland, OR). All proceeds will benefit Young Audiences.

Artwork Viewing Locations

Pearl District

adidas Original Portland, 1039 NW Couch Street

cheeky b, 906 NW 14th Avenue

CIELO Home, 528 NW 12th Avenue

The Cultured Pearl, 532 NW 12th Avenue

Desperado, 428 NW 11th Avenue

dig garden shop, 425 NW 11th Avenue

Gari Jewelry & Home Accents, 318 NW 11th Avenue

Imelda's Shoes and Louie's Shoes for Men, 935 NW Everett Street

La Zhu, Pearl of the Orient, 221 NW 11th Avenue

Nirvana Apothecary and Day Spa, 736 NW 11th Avenue

Nolita Denim Bar, 923 NW 10th Avenue

Orchid Exchange, 404 NW 12th Avenue

PH Reed Furniture, 1101-1115 NW Glisan Street

Physical Element, 1124 NW Lovejoy Street

Sole, 1033 NW Couch Street

West Elm, 1201 NW Couch Street

Nob Hill

The Bee and Thistle, 2328 NW Westover Road

Blush beauty bar, 513 NW 23rd Avenue

Compleat Bed & Breakfast, 615 NW 23rd Avenue

Dazzle, 704 NW 23rd Avenue

Duck Duck Goose, 517 NW 23rd Avenue

elizabeth street, 635 NW 23rd Avenue

Hello, 525 NW 23rd Avenue

Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, 526 NW 23rd Avenue

Rich's Cigar Store, 706 NW 23rd Avenue

Urbino, 638 NW 23rd Avenue

Zelda's Shoe Bar, 633 NW 23rd Avenue


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May 16, 2006 11:50 - Portland Bike to Work Day Tomorrow

It's a Bike to Work Day celebration !

C'mon, Portland, biking is a great way to get in shape, and with gas prices, who doesn't want to save money on their commute?

Portland Transportation Options is hosting a Bike to Work Day celebration at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Wednesday, May 17. The celebration at the Square begins at 7:30 AM and goes until 9:00 AM and is in celebration of National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week.

All bicyclists, new and experienced, are invited to join in easy group rides from several Portland Parks around the city. Bicycle rides leave the parks for Pioneer Square at 7:30 AM exception Gabriel Park which leaves at 7:15 AM.

New bicyclists are encouraged to join in the fun and experience the ease of getting to downtown on Portland’s bikeway network. New bike commuters can enter a drawing at the Square for free Bridge Pedal registrations and a new bike.

When & Where: May 17, 2006, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Main Event:

Pioneer Courthouse Square

SW 6th Avenue between Yamhill and Morrison

Bicycle Rides:

Duniway Park Meet at SW Terwilliger & Sheridan

Gabriel Park Meet at SW Vermont & 45th, at Community Center

Laurelhurst Park Meet at SE Oak & 37th

Grant Park Meet at NE Grant & 33rd

Arbor Lodge Park Meet at N Dekum & Delaware

Wallace Park Meet at NW 25th & Raleigh

Bicycle rides leave the parks for Pioneer Square at 7:30 AM exception Gabriel Park which leaves at 7:15 AM. Click on the Park for a bike route map.

Free continental breakfast, tardy slips, and entertainment from some of Portland’s diverse bike culture will be on hand for bicycle commuters.

For more info, view the website: www.pdxtrans.org

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May 17, 2006 14:25 - Portland Gelato

Whoa! It's hot outside. I begged my friend to help me manhandle a window air conditioner into my living room because I couldn't adjust to the blast of heat. It's early for this kind of hot in Portland, and I'll adjust...but today the icy cold air conditioner sure feels good.

So what do you do in Portland to help deal with hot days? Eat gelato, of course! Gelato is Italian ice cream that tastes even better than regular ice cream, and with a silky wonderful texture. Gelato shops (gelateria) have been popping up around town the past couple of years and personally, I couldn't be happier since one is within walking distance of my home.

Here's the rundown of a couple of neighborhood gelato shops. I am sure they are quite busy this week, but stop in and get a tasty treat and cool off.

Mio Gelato(NW)

(503) 226-8002

25 NW 11th Ave

Portland, OR 97209


Staccato Gelato

(503) 231-7100

232 NE 28th Ave

Portland, OR 97232


Alotto Gelato (NW)

(503) 228-1709

931 NW 23rd Ave

Portland, OR 97210


Via Delizia (Pearl)

(503) 225-9300

1105 NW Marshall St

Portland, OR 97209


Old Town Gelato

212 NW Davis St.

Portland, OR 97209



(NE) 4605 NE Fremont St

Portland, OR 97213-1707


Mio Gelato (Irvington)

1517 NE Brazee

Portland, OR 97212


Finally, if you just want a classic chocolate milkshake instead of gelato, then head straight to Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe on NW 23rd Ave and have their classic shake made with very fine chocolate. Mmmmmm, so good!

Have a great day, Portland!

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May 19, 2006 05:46 - Portland's Da Vinci Code Lectures

Today is the release of the Da Vinci Code movie, based on the popular novel by Dan Brown. To see local movie info, click here.

If you want to learn more about what's behind the story in the book (and the movie), check out "The Da Vinci Series" at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

"The DaVinci Series takes Dan Brown's multi-layered novel, The DaVinci Code, from a rapid page-turner to a provocative 3 part lecture series that explores the major themes that helped propel The DaVinci Code to more than 150 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

June 14, 2006 - Dr. Elaine Pagels: Jesus, Mary Magdalene & DaVinci

Best known for her National Book Award-winning The Gnostic Gospels, Dr. Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose impressive scholarship has earned her international respect. On June 14, Dr. Pagels confronts various claims brought forth in The Da Vinci Code, examining what truly is known about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the canonical Gospels, and their Gnostic rivals.

June 21, 2006 - Dr. Jeannine O'Grady: The Art of Leonardo "Deciphered"

An Italian Renaissance art scholar and art historian at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Dr. Jeannine O'Grody, a Da Vinci scholar, has lectured extensively across the country addressing Brown's portrayal of Leonardo and the known facts about the cryptic artist. On June 21, Dr. O'Grody separates fact from fiction regarding Da Vinci's art, and will highlight what exactly we know about the Renaissance master and the use of enigmatic symbolism in his art.

June 28, 2006 - Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince: Inside The Secret Societies of The DaVinci Code

Their book, The Templar Revelation, was a primary source for Dan Brown's research. In the book, the authors looked at the symbolism in Da Vinci's art and explored the notion that a secret group, the Priory of Sion, was charged with guarding the secret of Jesus' bloodline. On June 28, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince delve into the mysterious world of the Freemasons, the Cathars, the Knights Templar, and the Priory of Sion to present their findings on the secret history behind an underground religion - with roots in the first century - that survives even today.

Sound interesting? Click here to search for tickets. Happy Friday, Portland!

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May 21, 2006 07:14 - Portland Farmer's Markets

I finally made it down to the Portland Farmer's Market, downtown in the Park Blocks at PSU yesterday. This is the first time I have been back this season and little has changed since last year...it's still packed with throngs of smiling people, dogs, entertainers, and lots and lots of good eats! If you have never been to the market, come prepared with an empty stomach (so you can sample!), some cash (or wait in line at that ATM next to the University), and a tote bag to carry all of your goodies home. Some of my favorite highlights of the market are the huge bunches of fresh cut flower bouquets you can snag for under $20, the handmade chocolates, the fresh bakery goodies, all of the organic herbs and produce, and of course, people watching! It's just a great Portland tradition. New markets are popping up in neighborhoods all around Portland, so it is a great way to support your local neighborhood, and meet some of your neighbors.

Portland Farmers Market - 15th Anniversary Season

Upcoming Market Opening Days

Thursday in the Pearl - June 1, 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday at Eastbank - June 1, 3:30-7:30 pm

Upcoming Events:



Saturday, May 27

Learn about the health, culinary and environmental benefits of pasture-raised meat and poultry products. Cooking demonstrations, barbeque tips and recipes from some of the city’s top chefs promise a mouth-watering start to the summer barbeque season. Sponsored by Nicky, USA.



Series 1 Saturday, June 10

Series 2 Saturday, June 24


Thursday @ Eastbank June 22

Thursday @ Ecotrust June 29

Blueberries and strawberries with a little crème on top make June the sweetest month of the summer. Come enjoy the bounty, flavor, health benefits and diversity of berries grown in our region. More than 1,000 fresh berry shortcakes will be dished at each market to customers for free with a $5 proof of purchase from any vendor. Listen to live bluegrass music and learn how to cook with berries from local chefs.

Learn more, volunteer, and get the newsletter from the Portland Farmers Market Website.

Here is the rundown of Farmer's Markets in and around Portland:


Alberta Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 10:00 - 2:00

May - September

NE 15th and Alberta

Cedar Mill Sunset Farmers' Market

Sponsored by Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

Saturdays, 8:00 - 1:00

End May - Mid-October

NW Cornell, 1 block West of Murray

Sunset Mall, across from Sunset High School & Park www.cmfmarket.org

Hillsdale Farmers' Market

Sundays,10:00 - 2:00

May - October

Wilson High School-Rieke Elementary Parking Lot

1407 SW Vermont


Hillsdale Winter Farmers' Market Sundays,10:00 - 2:00

November - March

Wilson High School-Rieke Elementary Parking Lot

Hollywood Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 8:00 - 1:00

May - October

NE Hancock between 44th & 45th,

One block South of Sandy


Interstate Farmers Market

Hosted By Kaiser Permanente

Wednesday, 3:00 - 7:00

Mid May - September

Overlook Park, N Fremont & Interstate


Moreland Farmers Market

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 7:30

May - October

SE Glenwood and SE Milwaukie Ave

Across from the Moreland Theater


People's Farmers Market

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 7:00

Year-round market

3029 SE 21st Avenue,

one block north of Powell Blvd.


Portland Farmers Market


Thursdays, 3:30 - 7:30

June - September

SE 20th, between Hawthorne and Belmont

on Salmon Street


Portland Farmers Market

Portland State University

Saturdays, 8:30 - 2:00

April - Mid December

Fall hours (Nov-Dec) 9:30 - 2:00

South Park Blocks between

SW Montgomery and SW Harrison


Portland Farmers Market


Wednesdays, 10:00 - 2:00

May - October

South Park Blocks behind

Schnitzer Concert Hall

SW Salmon & Park


Portland Farmers Market At EcoTrust

Thursdays evenings, 3:30 - 7:30

June - September

NW 10th between Irving & Johnson


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