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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, February 1, 2014

Hello, Portlanders and Happy Chinese New Year!   I flew to San Francisco and back on Tuesday and barely saw any of it.  All I know is I am tired, and glad to be home here in Portland.  As January draws to a close, thoughts of  Valentine's Day (just around the corner!) may be coming to mind, and the Portland Jazz Festival is less than a month away on February 20th.  Meanwhile, we can welcome the first day of February in Portland with Chinese New Year Celebrations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, Winterfolk XXVI, and several other fun Portland events!

Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Chinese New Year at Lan Su Portland Chinese Garden

Friday, January 31, 2014 through Friday, February 14, 2014

The Year of the Horse begins January 31, 2014! People born in the Year of the Horse are generally popular, smart, and strong. Learn more about this most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during the two-week celebration at Lan Su.

Click here to see the full schedule of Chinese New Year activities.

Weekends during Chinese New Year feature:

  • Lion dances every Saturday and Sunday
  • Miniature horses from the NW Miniature Horse Club
  • Children's music and dance performances
  • Make a Happy New Year card
  • Demonstrations from the Portland Shaolin Center
  • Chinese Zodiac Calligraphy demonstrations
  • and more!

Weekdays offer a sneak peek at Lan Su's 2014 events and activities, including Cuisines of China, Lan Su in Bloom, Chinese Fun and Games, and more.


Winterfolk XXVI

Saturday, Feb 1 7:00pm, Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
There will be music for everyone at Winterfolk XXVI, along with the satisfaction of knowing that attending really does make a difference in our community. Guests can be sure that every dollar raised at Winterfolk goes directly to the people it is intended to help. All of the artists, national or locally based, completely donate their time and their talent. This participation is one of the unique elements of this event that has been happening annually for over a quarter of a century to benefit Sisters Of The Road.

The Moth StorySlam Portland - At Secret Society Lounge

The Moth StorySLAM - Portland

Mon, February 3, 2014

Doors: 6:45 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


The Moth StorySLAMs are story telling competitions where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme.


The Moth StorySLAMs are steadily spreading all over the map, gathering people and stories from all over the country. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth StorySLAM hat. That means ANYONE can put their name in to be a about you? Check out upcoming themes at and prepare a 5-minute story based on the theme. There are also storytelling tips available on the website.

“It is brilliant and quietly addictive” – The London Guardian

“New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” – The Wall Street Journal

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Moth stories dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities, and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges and see with new eyes.

Images of Portland, Oregon

Cat in Window on Glisan by Earl R. Thomas

Cat in Window on Glisan - Photo by Earl R. Thomas

Blues Singer by Earl R. Thomas

Portland Blues Singer - Photo by Earl R. Thomas

Portland Photo by Michael Barton

Bird Photos by Michael Barton

Portland Photo by Michael Barton

Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove

Photo of Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove by Michael Barton

9th Annual Portland Seafood and Wine Festival


Please join us for The Ninth Annual Portland Seafood and Wine Festival showcasing the best of Oregon’s Seafood and Wine! This annual Portland Tradition is fun for the whole family, and if you need more encouragement to join us… here you go!

  • Fresh Oregon Seafood
  • Wines from over 50 Oregon Wineries
  • Bring your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the festival and receive $2.00 off admission
  • The first 300 people each day through the gates receive a collectable wine glass
  • Enjoy the festival in first class, VineIP packages available
  • Benefitting The Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society
  • Live Music
  • Wine sampling starts at $.50 and prices for menu items varies from $2 to $15

  • The Oregon Convention Center (Map)
    777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. Portland, Oregon

    Pacific Northwest Sportsmens Show


    Wednesday, February 5th- Sunday, February 9th, 2014

    Hall A,B,C,D & E

    Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Adults: $12
    Kids: $5 (ages 6-16)
    Kids 5 & under: FREE
    2 day Pass: $18 (No other discounts available with 2 day pass)

    Credit cards welcome. $1 fee per transaction.

    Parking is $8 per space, per entry. Carpools of three or more are $7.
    Exhibitor parking is $7 and includes in and out privileges.

    Find Directions or plan your trip on TriMet’s Trip Planner

    For more information visit Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show

    Hood River Happiness


    noun: happiness; plural noun: happinesses
    the state of being happy.
    "she struggled to find happiness in her life"
    I'll try to make this short yet then, I just spent a week in Hood River...just about a 1.5 hour drive east of Portland off of 84. And WOW, I had no idea how calm, laid-back, kind, peaceful and just plain HAPPY this little pocket of the Pacific Northwest is. I had only been as far as Cascade Locks off the beaten path and never 'into' Hood River. What a treat that was.

    Whilst there I fast surmised that folks come to Hood River to live a simple, calm, almost zen-like way of life. It quickly reminded me of a more "MODERN" Northern Exposure wherein as everyone knows everyone, people are kind, people take pride in their community and are willing to help you, serve you with a smile and actually want to talk to you. In the back of my mind Hood River was fast making its way to the #2 slot on my dream locations to live in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Coast will always be tops on my list naturally and Portland as you know, well there's really no competing with a city that doesn't need to be on a list.


    209 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031

    Store Hours: (PST) Mon—Sat: 10am–6pm and Sun: 11am–5pm

    Just off Oak Street (the main corridor down this small quaint town) you'll find all kinds of super cool shops, boutiques, pubs, coffee shops, vineyard tasting rooms, outdoor recreation shops and restaurants. I tucked my head into a few to speak to shop owners, peruse the goods and researched the offerings.

    For example, parts+labour (photo above) where I met Dana, client research is important too after all. Dana was in the shop that day as my client was on an fabulous adventure hence the reason I was in Hood River caring for a very sweet Boxer pup. Dana was welcoming, kind, informative and just so nice to talk to. A women's boutique independently owned and operated since 2005. The offerings of this boutique are simply love-to-live in styles and reminded me of my own bohemian nomadic wardrobe.

    I met the lovely Maureen at:

    Pacifica Gifts

    410 Oak

    Hood River, OR, United States 97031

    I was looking for a loud, as-a-matter-of-fact birthday card for a very special person that I'm lucky to still have in my life. The selection was very much to my satisfaction. Lovely gifts, home decor, accessories and so much more. It really is a place to stop along the way if you're in town and looking for something special to gift to someone or even to yourself. Maureen also knows my client, SMALL world...see how I did that.

    Then there was Mike at:

    Hood River Hobbies

    110 4th Street
    Hood River, OR 97031

    He sold me 'two' double-A batteries for my camera. Two batteries, not six, or twelve or 48...two batteries was all I needed and that was okay with him. He also was very happy to offer me in-depth information about their local community support program. You know how much that means to me in ANY city after all...

    buy local; support local.

    The program is called GO! Local

    It's premise is simply to keep your money where your heart is.

    Kudos to keeping it local.

    Full Sail Brewing Company

    506 Columbia St, Hood River, OR 97031

    AHEM, I know you're not surprised that I did spirits research too...duh. I will be learning how to brew this year after all so proper research is very much necessary. It was nice to talk to the locals that were also enjoying the same. It was very clear that everyone knew each other or were visiting or vacationing. And in 'way too many words' I could go on and on about this special place, instead if you would please take a moment and read their story, it's pretty special AND they do a much better job at evoking the specialness that is their mother ship of a 'labor of love'...

    The Full Sail Story

    I am now very clear on the reason it is named "Full Sail" and why surfing is world-class in these parts.

    Pfriem Family Brewers

    707 Portway Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

    But it didn't stop there. The exit from Hood River was a treat too with a visit to Pfriem Family Brewers which came highly recommended by a sweet and dear Portland peep. This special place brews artisanal craft beer to the highest level of clear, precise and simply delightful bursts of goodness that will leave your palate wanting more. Almost like a block party with all your favorite peeps dancing on your tongue. The verbiage on the beer menu alone will make your mouth water.

    Cheers to keeping it in the family!

    My final detour was OF COURSE to:

    Rachel Way

    Why YES, they do have a Rachel Way in Hood River...hmmmmmm, methinks this could clearly be a sign of things to come? OKAY, a bit much I know. I cannot precisely define the hysterics that ensued when I found what looked to be litter on 'my' block when in fact it was neighbors helping neighbors by alerting them to power lines down. I made sure and propped the sign back up as the WIND had blown it down.

    Thank YOU Hood River for such a great visit. I'll be returning for sure.

    HUGE thanks to all the peeps that helped out with rides to/from, couch surfing in between etc so I could make this trip possible.

    Cheers to a great weekend ahead.

    Cheers, Rachel

    .....notes from a nomad (on an Amtrak...)

    Portland Photo of the Week

    Each week we select a member-uploaded photo as the Portland Photo of the Week. Michael Barton shared this adorable photo. Even young'uns can appreciate and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest in the dead of winter.  This photo was taken at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove, West of Portland.  Why not go on your own adventure?

    Thanks Michael, for sharing another Portland Parks series of photos on the site.  You can upload your Portland photos for a chance to win each week!

    Portland Photo of the Week 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.

    About Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove


    Fernhill Wetlands is located near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. This peaceful site, located just minutes from downtown Forest Grove, attracts wildlife including herons, hawks, eagles and beavers. This is an ideal place to spot migratory birds and waterfowl. There are short trails and viewing stands that make it easy to view the myriad wildlife. Waterfowl populations are daily in the thousands from November through March. Shorebirds occur (at least 17 species recorded thus far) in numbers frequently exceeding 100 birds in spring, fall, and sometimes in winter.

    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

    Kells Irish Stout Release Party

    February 1, 2014 from 2pm to 5pm – Kells Brew Pub February is recognized as Stout Month, and Kells Brewpub is kicking it off with a release party for its Kells Irish Stout, the first stout produced by the nearly two-year-old brewery. The party, whic Organized by Kells Brew Pub | Type: beer, release, party

    Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden

    January 31, 2014 to February 14, 2014"Lan Su Chinese Garden" Chinese New Year Friday, January 31, 2014 through Friday, February 14, 2014 The Year of the Horse begins January 31, 2014! People born in the Year of the Horse are generally popular, smart, and stron Organized by Lan Su Chinese Garden | Type: chinese new year portland

    Behind the Scenes Tour

    January 31, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm – Portland Breweries - Buckman Botanical, Laurelwood, Widmer & Upright If you think behind the scenes action, meeting the brewers and seeing where the magic happens is super fun, this tour is for you! Our Behind the Scenes Tour visits four breweries. We begin at Buckman Organized by Brewvana -Portland Brewery Tours | Type: brewery tour

    Smash Putt! The Mega Miniature Golf Apocalypse

    January 31, 2014 at 6pm to February 1, 2014 at 2am – United States Enjoy ingenious fun with an earnest low brow sensibility and put your balls on the line for an experience you won?t forget!  Launch balls at moving targets! Putt past accelerator pads. Dodge devilish Organized by smash putt | Type: miniature, golf, super, party!

    9th Annual Portland Seafood and Wine Festival

    January 31, 2014 at 6pm to February 1, 2014 at 7pm – Oregon Convention Center Please join us for The Ninth Annual Portland Seafood and Wine Festival showcasing the best of Oregon’s Seafood and Wine! Sip Oregon Wines and enjoy fresh coastal seafood and other culinary delights Organized by PDX Seafood and Wine Festival | Type: festival


    January 31, 2014 at 8pm to February 1, 2014 at 8pm – Former Rexel/Taylor Electric Supply Building Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest presents: Ragnarok. An outdoor site-specific dance performance choreographed and directed by Heidi Duckler at the former Rexel/Taylor Electric Supply Building at Organized by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest | Type: dance, performanc

    Swapnplay Citywide Preschool and Kindergarten Fair

    February 1, 2014 from 9am to 12pm – Swapnplay Community Sharing Preschools and Kindergartens meet families with young children from all over Portland at Swapnplay’s First Annual CityWide Preschool & Kindergarten Fair, Feb. 1, 2014 in North Portland. Families Organized by Amy Potthast | Type: school, fair

    February 1, 2014 from 2pm to 5pm – Kells Brew Pub February is recognized as Stout Month, and Kells Brewpub is kicking it off with a release party for its Kells Irish Stout, the first stout produced by the nearly two-year-old brewery. The party, whic Organized by Kells Brew Pub | Type: beer, release, party

    37th Annual Portland International Film Festival

    February 6, 2014 to February 22, 2014Various, see website Feb. 6–22 Location — Various Portland Theatres, Various Portland locations, Portland, OR Categories — Festival/Attractions, Film 37th Portland International Film Festival: February 6-22, 2014 Draw Organized by Lorri E. | Type: portland international film festival

    Featured Portland Real Estate Deals

    by Ross Seligman

    Every week Ross features five great Portland houses for sale.  It's a little real estate eye candy for those in the market for a new home in Portland.  Whether your style is a Portland bungalow, med century modern, or a Pearl District loft, there's probably something for you.  Here's the set of home deals for the week:

    The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

    January 27th - February 3rd

    1.  1903 SW JACKSON ST Portland, OR 97201



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    2. 3336 NE 38TH AVE Portland, OR 97212



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    3. 2327 NE 8TH AVE Portland, OR 97212



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    4. 4627 NE 29TH AVE Portland, OR 97211



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    5. 7005 SE 21ST AVE Portland, OR 97202



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    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:

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