Wapato Winter Birding Walk
Join a winter birding walk. Start the morning with a quick introduction to birding, then walk the loop around Virginia Lake, stopping along the way. Bring a sack lunch and stay to eat with the birds and park rangers, or take an optional caravan to Coon Point and try to double your birds for the day. Meet at the picnic shelter at Sauvie Island Wapato Access Greenway. Free. Advance registration required; visit at www.tryonfriends.org
Winter Birds at Smith and Bybee Wetlands
The winter birds are really settled in at Smith and Bybee. The most obvious winter visitors are the numerous waterfowl and raptors that hang out at the lakes until spring. The year-round residents as well as a few winter songbirds are easier to see because all the leaves are gone. Suitable for adults and children 10 and older. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site; spotting scopes provided. Meet Metro naturalist James Davis in the natural area parking lot at 5300 North Marine Drive. Free. Advance registration required; call 503-797-1650 option 2.
Guided Nature Walk - Conifers of the Creek
Join a park ranger for a free, guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. These free walks are led by Audubon volunteer Rick Wagner and meet at the Tryon Creek Nature Center Join a park ranger for a free, guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.
Get details on these and other parks events at: http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?c=26000
I see several of these walks feature bird watching. If you enjoy bird watching in your own backyard, I recommend you read Angela's Portland Hummingbird Page. Learn how to attract these gem-like beauties to your Portland yard, year-round. Angela told me she saw several hummingbirds in her yard just this week.
In addition to taking Portland walks for exercise, be sure to check our Portland Fitness page for more ideas on places you can workout this winter.
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This Week's Top Ten in Portland
1) Portlandia screenings at McMenamin's Mission Theatre - Friday, 8:30pm
2) TriMet's Transit Tracker - Don't stand there in the rain next to Gotham Tavern at 2am wondering if and when the train will show up like I did. Track your next bus/train arrival in real time. On your mobile phone at m.trimet.org or text your Stop ID to 27299. Phone (503) 238-7433.
3) Bikers, do you hate flat tires? Well if you have one this week, get a FREE flat fix on Fridays (January 21 & 28) at Bike Gallery. Sweet!
4) Think OMSI is just for kids? Nope: check out OMSI After Dark, this Friday, January 26 from 6-10pm.
5) Coava coffee's uber-kool KONE filter and (coming soon) new Funnel full immersion brewer, makes coffee geeks swoon according to the New York Times, WWEEK, and , ahem...from people who have actually tried it right here at home: in my Portland kitchen. Thanks Matt and Keith! I wake up to delicious coffee every day.
6) The Gem and Bead Faire - Crafty Portlanders and rock hounds will rejoice at the chance to drop some cash at the quarterly Gem and Bead Faire, this weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Seriously, if you like to bead and make jewelry, this is the place to find deals on gems, beads, crystals, gold and silver findings and other goodies.
7) For all you urban farmers in Portland, visit the Urban Farm Store. Located at 2100 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214. Chicken keeping classes this Sunday. Visit their events calendar page for more urban farmer events.
8) Keep your New Year's resolution to get fit (again), at one of our Portland recreation centers. Dance, swim, play tennis, or take a class at any one of our neighborhood community centers and gyms in Portland. Also check their list of adult drop-in sports!
9) Free Annual Event - Portland Fix-it Fair! This is an annual FREE event where you can learn simple and affordable ways to save money at home this winter. Workshops include natural gardening, preventing ID theft, saving energy, personal health and more. From City of Portland Green Building Program.
10) ChocolateFest! Who doesn't love chocolate? This is a great benefit for the World Forestry Center. The Sixth Annual ChocolateFest promises you the opportunity to sample, taste, savor, and delight in some of the finest chocolate from the Northwest and beyond. Enjoy chocolate and wine pairings and become a chocolate aficionado with presentations and demonstrations throughout the weekend. At the Oregon Convention Center this weekend!
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is The band in action! by Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising. We have so many wonderful musicians in and around the City of Portland. If you're looking for a Portland live music event, be sure to check our events calendar (where you can also post your own events and get the word out).
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Kathy will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of Portland's favorite coffee shops, Barista (now in both the Pearl District and on NE Alberta Street). Want to learn more about where to find great Portland coffee? Visit our Portland Coffee page.
Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week. Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this very weekend! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar, here. Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
Also, for those of you romantics who want to plan ahead...our Portland Valentine's Day events and ideas page has begun. If you have a Portland Valentine's Day event you would like to see featured, go ahead and add it to the Portland Events Calendar and drop us a line. Also, if you know of a romantic restaurant in Portland that isn't already on our list, let us know.
January 20, 2011 at 7pm to January 28, 2011 at 11pm "Various McMenamins" Great Northwest Music Tour A musical caravan, rolling monthly through our historic properties. In association with opbmusic.org Check out our PHOTO GALLERY of past tours. Every month, the Great Northwes Organized by McMenamins
January 21, 2011 at 6pm to January 23, 2011 at 5pm Oregon Convention Center The Northwests Premier Chocolate Festival January 21- 23, 2011 OREGON CONVENTION CENTER More chocolate more exhibitors more fun! Weve grown so big we had to move to the Oregon Convention Ce Organized by Amber Morrison
January 21, 2011 to January 30, 2011 various 10 days OF World Premiere PLAYS AND DANCE, STAGED READINGS CLOSE TO 70 Portland-GENERATED ArtS Events of New Work and growing The glow of creation shines out into the dark, water-kissed evenin Organized by Fertile Ground
January 22, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm "Doug Fir Lounge" Saturday, January 22 at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland. Barcardi presents a double CD release with the "Back To Basics" series On The Stairs (CD release) Team Evil (CD release) Ivan & AlyoshaPetoskey Organized by Doug Fir
January 28, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm "Doug Fir Lounge" Doug Fir - January 28 A record release celebration with local indie-pop magnates DerbyRavishersCurtains For You Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm$8 advance, $10 day of show Organized by Doug Fir
January 20, 2011 at 8pm to January 30, 2011 at 3pm the mOuth studio World Premiere from Erin Leddy & Hand2Mouth! In 2001, Hand2Mouth ensemble member Erin Leddy lived with her grandmother for a year and recorded her memoirs. These tapes form the bones for this s Organized by Hand2Mouth
January 22, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Classic meets contemporary as the Great White Way returns to Portland's Schnitzer stage. Three of Broadway's leading ladies sing showstoppers from Evita, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Wicked and more. Is the Organized by Kelly Vanderzanden
January 22, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm "Doug Fir Lounge" Saturday, January 22 at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland. Barcardi presents a double CD release with the "Back To Basics" series On The Stairs (CD release)Team Evil (CD release)Ivan & AlyoshaPetoskey Organized by Doug Fir
January 23, 2011 from 2pm to 3:30pm Oregon Historical Society Author Christopher Corbett discusses Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the fast-mail service - and his latest boo Organized by Rachel Butler
January 8, 2011 to April 17, 2011 Portland Art Museum Featuring some 60 prints, drawings, and photographs exploring the ways in which isolation, community, and the search for identity affected African Americans during the 20th century. www.portlandartmuseum Organized by Portland Art Museum
January 13, 2011 at 7:30pm to January 22, 2011 at 9:15pm Miracle Theatre Group Duende de Lorca follows the early years of Federico García Lorcas early successes from the opening night of Mariana Pineda, followed by the printing of Gypsy Ballads and Poet in New York. Audiences Organized by Miracle Theatre Group
January 14, 2011 at 10am to April 3, 2011 at 5pm Oregon Historical Society Throughout Oregons early history, many African Americans came to the territory as slaves and free individuals, despite Black Exclusion Laws. They worked and lived alongside other pioneers as farmer Organized by Rachel Butler
Lake Oswego Walking Event - George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego
January 22, 2011 from 10am to 12pm George Rogers Park 1/22/11 - Saturday - 10 am (please arrive early enough to sign in so the walk can begin at 10:00) (This is primarily a guided group walk, but all are welcome: fast walkers, slow walkers, and new wal Organized by Vancouver USA Volkssporters
Lake Oswego Library - Model Train Affecionados in Lake Oswego
January 22, 2011 at 9am to January 23, 2011 at 5pm Lake Oswego Library Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23 during Library open hours Trains in the Library? You bet! Members of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club are providing two sets of model trains and trac Organized by Lake Oswego Library
Lakewood Center New Art Exhibit in Lake Oswego
January 3, 2011 at 6pm to February 21, 2011 at 7pm Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego New art exhibit at the Lakewood Center in Lake Oswego from January 3 to February 21. Organized by Betty Jung
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The Pearl District is Downtown Portland's favorite urban living neighborhood. Matching the energy of the city, it is a neighborhood constantly in flux with new construction, restaurants changing over, new retail shops, construction of the light-trail extension over the Broadway Bridge, a new dog park underway, and more.
If you like architecture and photography, this is a great place to take a stroll and snap some photos of the bridges and building-scapes, and the contrast of concrete and natural spaces. The Pearl District is also an urbanite's shopping paradise, with upscale home design boutiques, clothing stores, and unique retail spaces. This neighborhood offers loft-style living and the convenience of walking to a wide range neighborhood amenities such as coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants.
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