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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland January 4 - January 11 2014


Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back into the swing of things. First off, recycle that Christmas tree if you haven't already! Second, find whatever ways are necesary to keep you true to your new year resolutions. Maybe it's a love note from you to you that you keep in your wallet or a bathroom mirror stickie that reminds you that you really need those 30 blissful minutes of exercise in the invigorating Oregon matter what the weather brings, right!? Perhaps it's as easy as telling a friend who can help keep you on the right track.

People laughed when I recently said this, but I can already feel spring in the air. Maybe it's just a distant rustle, perhaps. My favorite time of year is by far, spring- the rebirth of Portland. Unbeknownst to most though, Portland is full of life now, even in the winter. My Oregon Grapes are in full bloom and smell incredible. The Daphne have budded and are several weeks away from their incredible, delicious bloom. In late February, I bet you the first cherry trees and plum trees will come into bloom just like they have the last few years.

A great place to spend the month of January is down at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. To me, their month of events is an exciting build up to the Chinese New Year celebration of the Year of the Horse which, this year, will come on January 31st. Explore the month of Lan Su events and perhaps we will see you down there!


Winter at Lan Su

Winter at Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of the most loved times by volunteers and members. The sight of bright orange persimmons on bare branches, the sounds of rain dripping from roof tile edges and the warmth of tea in the teahouse are all on display during the cold and sleepy months.

Exploring the Elements of Lan Su: Poetry Tour

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Learn about the poetry in Lan Su Chinese Garden, and the historical and aesthetic traditions of poetry in Suzhou-style Chinese gardens.

Eight Free Days Food Drive

Saturday, January 4, 2014

From January 4-11, 2014, receive one free admission to Lan Su Chinese Garden for each non-perishable food item donated to support Lan Su’s neighbor Transition Projects, Inc.

Chinese New Year

Friday, January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of the most popular things to do in Portland. Experience the most joyous two-week celebration for families and individuals with lion dances, glowing lanterns, cultural activities, and more.

Make Your Own "Happy New Year" Greeting Card

Friday, January 31, 2014

Share the fun of Chinese New Year by making your own “Happy New Year” card.

Rolling in the Wealth

Friday, January 31, 2014

Celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse with a tradition for ensuring a prosperous new year.

The Chinese Wishing Tree

Friday, January 31, 2014

Make a wish at Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland for Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the Horse.

Lion Dance Performance

Friday, January 31, 2014

See lion dancers up close as they move throughout the garden welcoming the Year of the Horse to Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Meet Portland's Mounted Police Patrol Unit

Friday, January 31, 2014

See the horses and meet the officers of Portland’s Mounted Patrol Unit at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Martial Arts Performance: Wushu

Friday, January 31, 2014

Watch an exciting martial arts demonstration by the highly-trained students of Summit Wushu Academy.

Zodiac Calligraphy Demonstration

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Watch an expert calligrapher paint the character of your Chinese zodiac sign.

Meet and Greet: NW Miniature Horse Club

Saturday, February 1, 2014

After your visit to the garden, see the prize-winning miniature horses of the Northwest Miniature Horse Club.

Today at the Garden

2:00 pm - Music in the Teahouse

Listen to music from students and teachers of the Wisdom Arts Academy as you enjoy tea in the Teahouse. Requires purchase of tea.

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