Return to Home Page

Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, January 11, 2014

Hello, Portlanders.  For many of us it is get-back-in-shape season, following the holiday gluttony of a bit too much eating and drinking. Fortunately, Portlanders can enjoy a couple of popular pre-spring run/walk events in February and March.  it isn't too late to start training! Tip - Try the Couch to 5K running plan or mobile application to get yourself from couch potato to fit in 8 weeks.  Then get ready for a cool and wet Portland fun run.  

Worst Day of the Year Run

Worst Day of the Year Run

Saturday February 1 at McMenamins Edgefield

Cold, windy and raining . . . a perfect day for a run!

Gear up and get out with thousands of fun-loving people on this costumed winter run. Laugh at the elements and gather for a delicious finish line party featuring great food and beverages.  Enjoy hot cider, cocoa and coffee, homemade soups and fresh baked bread from McMenamins…yum, yum, yummy!


Portland Shamrock Run

March 16, 2014


Join 35,000 of your closest friends in the 36th annual Shamrock Run -- the largest running and walking event in Oregon and the second largest on the US West Coast. Shamrock always sells out. Register now.  

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Waterfront Park

Downtown Portland

Portland Bridge to Brews Run

April 6, 2014, Portland, Oregon

Last year this event sold out well in advance of race day and it wasn't a surprise to most people who have participated in the past. What can we say about the Bridge to Brews besides this is simply an event you cannot miss! What better way to get your running or walking season kicked off than to participate in an event that embodies all things Portland?

First off the race starts and finishes at ones of Portland's original breweries...Widmer Brothers Brewing Company! The event also features two great distanes that take you over one of the most picturesque bridges...the Fremont Bridge! And last but certainly not least, everyone gathers after the event for great music, food and beer from Portland's premiere running event co...Terrapin Events!


  • Portland Photo by Michael Barton
  • Photo by Michael Barton

Bridgetown Series: Connecting the City Once More...

By Rachel Carlson

Anything to get the photo. Methinks it might be time for a press pass...tee, hee.

Cables going UP.

I've been really excited to get my Bridgetown Series started. I had no idea I'd be lucky enough to be writing for PortlandNeighborhood and what better way to share my love of bridges in a city where we refer to by many names, Bridgetown being one of them. After all, we have a giant river smack-dab-in-the-middle of our city, The Willamette, flowing through which requires bridges to get to/from each part of the city, suburbs and beyond. AND it is 187 miles long from end to end, how else are we going to get across it. 

The bridges gracing the Willamette:

Burnside Bridge, Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge (soon to open), St. Johns Bridge (my FAV), Ross Island Bridge, Sellwood Bridge, Steel Bridge, Hawthorne Bridge, Fremont Bridge, Eastbank Esplande, Morrison Bridge, Broadway Bridge, Marquam Bridge, Ferry Street Bridge, Boon Bridge, Oregon City Bridge, Sauvie Island Bridge, Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 5.1, Abernethy Bridge, Center Street Bridge, Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge, Van Buren Street Bridge, Union Street Railroad Bridge, Marion Street Bridge, Peter DeFazio Bicycle Bridge, Ellsworth Street Bridge, Lyon Street Bride, Wilsonville Bridge.WHEW.Heck, we even made a t-shirt for it.

Reflections of things to come.

The one I wanted to start the series with is the one above as it is yet to be completed. I was very excited to get out to photograph this one as we've all been watching it come to life as we cross over other bridges in the hustle bustle of daily life. And let me tell you, up close and personal they are WORKING on this bridge. This day was cloudy and sprinkling yet the work continues. Current name: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit ProjectEstimated Opening Date: September 2015 (I hope it's on my birthday....tee, hee) Did you know that they had a contest to name the bridge:Naming the BridgeThey received almost 10,000 entries and will get a short list out this month, stay tuned...

Bridge Facts:
  • Four-pier cable-stayed bridge type (two piers on land, two in the water at the towers)
  • Approximately 1720 feet in length
  • Two towers, each 180 feet high
  • Typical width is 75.5 feet; at the towers, the width is 110.5 feet
  • Five spans
  • Approximately 3.5 miles of cable
  • Two 14-feet-wide bicycle and pedestrian paths

*information provided by

AND it's a light rail and pedestrian only bridge, yay!! You will NOT be driving over this bridge unless you are an emergency vehicle. I'm beginning to think it will also be the location of many a festival, ceremony, stunts, etc...the list is long. We do live in Portland after all and we work hard to keep it weird

Stay up-to-date on all things "bridge" here:

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

Hard at work.

Winter flora abounds as the work forges on.

Guess we'll need to update the bridge t-shirt.

Thank you for joining me on my first bridge story in my Bridgetown Series. Each month I will feature another bridge, fun facts, photos and the like. Thanks and happy weekend ahead.


....notes from a nomad.

Portland Photo of the Week

Each week we select a member-uploaded photo as the Portland Photo of the Week. Michael Barton visited Sauvie Island, and the Wapato Access Greenway State Park.

Photo of Portland Oregon by Michael Barton

Once a well-kept secret, Wapato Access Greenway, formerly known as Virginia Lake, has grown in popularity in recent years. Oregon State parks has invested in trail improvements, habitat restoration, and interpretive signage. Now its small parking lot overflows on sunny days. One of the park's most interesting features is the seasonal Virginia Lake, which is rich with abundant and extraordinary birds in winter. There are two bird watching viewpoint platforms around the lake, and over 250 species of birds can be seen throughout the year. Conditions fluctuate with the seasons and migratory patterns. Late winter and early spring are excellent for viewing waterfowl.  Learn more at:

Wapato Access Greenway by Michael Barton


Upload your photos to the Portland Photo Album for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local Portland bookstore (ahem...Powell's) a coffee shop, or restaurant.

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added Portland events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit

Audubon Outings: Free Field Trips

November 2, 2013 to November 2, 2014Local Area Parks Audubon Outings: Free Field Trips Wilson's Warbler - Scott Carpenter Portland Audubon members and the general public are invited to attend our volunteer-led field trips listed to the left. Unless Organized by Portland Audubon Society | Type: outdoor

Cuentame Coyote

January 9, 2014 at 7:30pm to January 25, 2014 at 10pm – Milagro Theatre Journey through cold and dark desert nights with two cousins desperately dreaming of a better future beyond the iron fence that marks la frontera. Fleeing sorrow and hopelessness, they follow coyotes Organized by Martin Milagro | Type: theatre

Saturday Brew Lovers Tour

January 11, 2014 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm – Portland Breweries - PDX U-Brew, Breakside Milwaukie, Sasquatch Brewing The tour visits three different Portland breweries. Our first spot is a home-brew supply store and facility called Portland U-Brew where you can brew your own beer and buy supplies to do so!  We then Organized by Brewvana -Portland Brewery Tours | Type: brewery tour

New Year New Brew Tour

January 12, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm – Portland Breweries - Ecliptic, Harvester, 13 Virtues The start of the new year is the perfect time to get out and visit some of the new breweries that have recently sprung up in Portland. First up is Ecliptic Brewing, from Portland brewing legend John Organized by Brewvana -Portland Brewery Tours | Type: brewery tour

Naturalist Skills Community Night- Camping in the Snow!

January 13, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm – Cascadia Wild Free Naturalist Skills Community Night!-- Camping in the Snow and Loving It Presented by Mike Little, experienced and well-traversed traveler Monday January 13th from 7-9pm Naturalist Skills Commun Organized by Cascadia Wild | Type: camping, snow, class

Shen Yun

January 17, 2014 at 7:30pm to January 19, 2014 at 2pm – Keller Auditorium Embark on AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization! From ancient dynasties to the modern day, witness inspiring stories and legends come alive on stage. Organized by Xiaoyang Wang | Type: chinese, dance, show

Portland Revels presents: ViVoce Women’s Ensemble Tales of Winter's Garden

January 19, 2014 from 4:30pm to 6pm – At St. Michael and All Angel’s Episcopal Church ViVoce performs folk and classical choral material in the Revels tradition, weaving past with present through song and story.  Led by Bennett Bailey, Music Director, andJamie Lynn Webster, Ph.D., Ass Organized by Debby Garman, Portland Revels | Type: concert

Marti Mendenhall Sings "Love in Winter" at Ivories Jazz Lounge

January 19, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm – Ivories Jazz Restaurant and Lounge Ivories features Marti Mendenhall in a very special show, “Love in Winter.” Chase away the winter chill as Marti sings jazz standards that sizzle, passionate ballads that speak the language of love, Organized by Marti Mendenhall | Type: jazz, concert

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

Ross Seligman shares five great Portland real estate deals each week. If you're looking to buy a house in Portland, this weekly list is a great place to check for Portland homes for sale in various neighborhoods.

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

January 6th - January 13th

1.  3640 NE BRYCE ST Portland, OR 97212



Click The Image To See The Full Listing

2. 2645 NE 37TH AVE Portland, OR 97212



Click The Image To See The Full Listing

3. 114 SE 17TH AVE Portland, OR 97214



Click The Image To See The Full Listing

4. 5485 SE 65th AVE Portland, OR 97035



Click The Image To See The Full Listing

5. 5423 SE GLADSTONE ST Portland, OR 97206



Click The Image To See The Full Listing

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

We hope you enjoy reading our weekly Portland blog.  Want to see more or less of something?  Let us know!  Once again, thanks for being here and making this Portland website such an asset to the community!  If you love this site as much as we do, tell your friends!  Have a great weekend!

PS -- Want to read back issues of this blog?  Here ya go!

Connect with Portland

Check out our online community

View mobile site


Thanks for reading this Portland blog. Check out these other helpful pages about Portland:

Find us on Facebook

Moving to Portland

Visiting Portland

Portland Neighborhoods

Portland Hotels

Portland Blog

Portland Events

Portland Oregon Real Estate

Portland Homes

Portland Transportation

Portland Zip Codes

Clickable Neighborhood Map

Portland Neighborhood Boundary Map 

Individual Neighborhood Maps

Portland Jobs

Portland Coffee Shops

Portland sites we love:

Portland Food & Drink


Portland Food Carts

Local Portland companies we love:

Great Portland Massage Deals

Copyright © 2005-2014 | All Rights Reserved

Return to top of this Portland blog