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August 2, 2006 18:20 - Fremont Fest in Portland....

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Well, we have an idea-- stop on over and check out the Fremont Fest! Click here to learn more about this wonderful neighborhood. Special thanks to our friends at Green Dog for the reminder and the great write-up!

"Hello! It's Fremont Fest time already! Saturday Aug 5th is Fremont Fest - a super fun day of celebration in Beaumont Village. If you haven't been to a Fremont Fest before, you should really try to come down. There will be lots of live music along the street, artists and craftspeople, sidewalk sales, face painting, horse and carriage rides, and of course the parade!!! The fest kicks off at 10 a.m. with a really cute neighborhood parade: about 100 kids turn out on their decorated bicycles, the Beaumont Middle School's marching band will be playing, usually some classic cars and the Fire Truck join us, and of course there's the Pet Parade!! I would really love it if you would consider joining us to march in the Pet Parade!! Any pet that would enjoy marching is more than welcome to join in the fun. Costumes are optional, but if you wear one you'll be eligible for a best costume prize! (Feel free to decorate their leashes or yourselves instead of your dogs if you like or just come as you are) Other prizes will also be awarded for best trick, most enthusiastic marcher, etc! I'm also looking for two kids to volunteer to carry the Green Dog Banner - if your kids would like to be at the head of the pet parade representing Green Dog Pet Supply, please see the website link below. We'll be gathering between 9:30 and 10 am at the Beaumont Middle School, and the parade starts promptly at 10. Then make sure you join us for our annual Fremont Fest SALE. Everything in the store except food will be a minimum of 15% off all day long! We'll also have some freebies to give away - make sure you come down and enter your name in the free drawing.

I hope to see you there!

Green Dog Pet Supply 4605 NE Fremont St. #103 Portland, OR 97213 503-528-1800 www.greendogonline.com/

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August 3, 2006 10:18 - Portland's Pittock Mansion

Pittock Mansion Events

Looking for a relaxing way to enjoy a lazy afternoon, Portland?  Have you checked out the current events at Pittock Mansion?  The Pittock Mansion is a fully furnished, magnificent, turn-of-the century, architectural treasure offering a sweeping view of the surrounding Cascade Mountains and the City of Portland, Oregon.  Touring the mansion and gardens is a nice way to spend an afternoon, but they also have exhibits.  Currently you can see some art from Maxfield Parrish, as well as a vintage jewelry exhibit.  Learn more about these events on their website www.pittockmansion.com.

Current Events

Maxfield Parrish Exhibit: Prince of Light
February 1 - August 31, 2006

Parrish became one of America's great artists and illustrators of the early 20th century. His art was so widely known because it was so widely available. After training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the 1890's, Maxfield Parrish started his career by illustrating books and magazine covers in his mid 20's. His most prominent commission came at age 47 from General Electric for the illustration of the 1918 Mazda Lamp Calendar. This commission continued until 1934, and by then, millions of calendars had been sold in the small and large poster size.  
On loan courtesy of Mike Cramer.

Vintage Jewelry - 19th and 20th Century Bling
March 15 - August 31, 2006

Antique Jewelry
Three kinds of vintage jewelry styles are on display: Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco.

We are grateful to two collectors of rare antique jewelry from late 19th and early 20th century. Thanks to Paula Bixel for installing the show and to "Gilt" and "Oregon Antique Jewelry" for loaning such treasured collections.

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August 22, 2006 21:40 - Portland's Ecole de Budo...

Thanks much to Michael Selin of Ecole de Budo for passing on some exciting news for St. Johns and Portland neighborhoods. Now that the summer is (ugh!) winding down, its time to start to consider "indoor fun and fitness options". We plan on checking out this great place over in St. Johns and think you should, too!

So onto some cool St. Johns news!

"Ecole de Budo in the Portland neighborhood of St. Johns offers beginner and advanced classes to all ages in Aikido, Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo, Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and Ashtanga Yoga. Michael Selin and his crew at Ecole de Budo have invested a year converting the previous Wesleyan Methodist Church buildings (7506 N. Chicago Avenue) in St. Johns into a new neighborhood landmark. The original church buildings had been constructed beginning in 1926. The spectacularly remodeled facility features a martial arts studio (for Aikido, Jodo, Iaido) in the main building and a separate Yoga studio. The grounds are being converted to a Japanese-style garden, providing a peaceful interlude for visitors and a pleasant addition to the neighborhood. Renovations were completed in August of 2006 and the school is open for all students."

Click here to learn more about Ecole de Budo

By the way, while we're on the subject of St. Johns-- did you know its our most popular neighborhood page? We've had over 11,000 readers so far this month and as of last count, 1000 of them came in searching for more information on St. Johns! We always knew it was the next gem...;-)

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