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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland February 2, 2013


Hey Portlanders!  Happy Groundhog Day, and welcome to our weekly blog where we share ideas of things to do in Portland each week.  I am happy to report that the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow, so that means we are getting an early spring. Woo hoo!

Groundhog Day:
Groundhog Day (Pennsylvania German: Grundsaudaag, Murmeltiertag) is a day celebrated on February 2.

According to folklore;

If it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early;
If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations, where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow.

It was almost daylight when I left my house for work, and barely dark when I returned home this week.  This minor event caused a surge of joy in my heart because it means we are on the upside of our long, dark winter in Portland.  I could even feel the first tiny hints of spring in the air.  My daffodil bulbs are already poking through the cold soil and getting ready for their annual show.  

If I make it through to February without the winter doldrums, I consider it a major accomplishment.  If you are feeling the winter blahs, then I suggest you get outside and take a hike at one of Portland's amazing parks this weekend.  The air smells crisp and clean, the birds are chirping, and seeing signs that spring is around the corner is sure to improve your mood.

Portland Parks with Hiking Trails

The City of Portland Parks Website is a great resource for finding a great park by amenity.  Here are a list of Portland parks with hiking trails.

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Below, Park Photos by Michael Barton

Newt by Michael Barton

Portland Hummingbird photo by Michael Barton

Tualatin Hills Park by Michael Barton

Portland Photo by Michael Barton

World Forestry Center - Tree Houses!  Look Who's Living in the Trees! 

Starts Feb 2

World Forestry Center - 4033 SW CANYON RD, PORTLAND OREGON 97221

Spend some time hanging out in the trees! Immerse yourself in an indoor tree house and explore first hand who lives there through viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts, and sound.

You will be roaming from tree to tree as you discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small—and people, too. You will uncover fascinating facts about who actually lives in trees, what kinds of animal clues to look and listen for in the forest, and how people use trees for their homes.

Portland Super Bowl Venues - Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Portland, Oregon

If you'd like to head out to a favorite Portland bar or restaurant to watch the Super Bowl, here are a couple links with Super Bowl parties and venues in Portland.

PDX Super Bowl Venues by PortlandBeer

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Portland by PDXPipeline

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More Cowbell, Less Cowbell, It's all Good.

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

My early musical education, as a child of the '70s, pretty much guaranteed that I would be all but friendless throughout junior high school. Sufficient time has passed that I may declare this fact without (much) bitterness.


leisure suit

                                           It didn't help that my mother thought leisure suits were nice.


My classmates were all about Cream and Three Dog Night, whereas I would be spinning Ferrante and Teicher, or Henry Mancini, or Herb Alpert. This is all great music, of course, but seen through the lens of my rebellious stoner peers it seemed I should be fitted with plaid high-waters and then buried with my collection of records under a gibbous moon. The “grooviest” thing I played at the time was a 45 of “Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter” by Herman's Hermits, owned by my sister (which still puzzles me, since the rest of her collection was mostly Andy Williams and Floyd Cramer). Not exactly cool when stacked against Eric Clapton.


When I reached high school, I became friends with a guy named Larry. Larry was cool in the way I thought of as cool, as in he didn't like the football players or the cheerleaders or the “goat-ropers”, those of a rural persuasion who favored country music and throwing rocks and bottles at those of us they called “freaks” on the other side of our parking lot fence (there was unchecked enmity between these two groups, and the only times when a cessation of hostilities was observed was when a member of Band was within chucking distance). Larry wore a jean jacket and torn Levis, he smoked, and he was absolutely fearless. I rushed to adopt his look and demeanor.


One of the things to which he introduced me was an appreciation of the music he preferred. During nights spent in his cigarette-besmogged bedroom (his parents were very laid-back about his smoking and the hours he kept) he would haul out his copies of early Alice Cooper, T-Rex, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa, and too many others to name, and we would philosophize wise about any and all things while his turn-table spun ceaselessly. I can thank Larry almost exclusively for the tastes I've carried into middle age, and for my willingness to keep an open mind about new things.

                              If Frank can wear those pants, I can wear those pants.


Shortly after my missus and I arrived in Portland, we met a younger couple, Wayne and Tamara, who quickly became next-door neighbors and fast friends. Wayne was in a band called Tales Untold, and we followed them from one venue to the next, from Key Largo (alas, no more) to The Alladin, Berbati's Pan (also gone), and others, and getting to hear more local bands along the way. These small rooms spoiled me for arena venues; our one foray to Rose Garden Arena to see The Red Hot Chili Peppers was a disappointment full of nose-bleed seating and pricing to match, inebriated and obnoxious owners of bare bosoms, and dissonant echoes. Why would one want to suffer such when they can squeeze into the Roseland or Doug Fir for a more intimate experience? Might as well watch MTV (*shudder*).


Check this out. Other than the rustic aural goodness of The Decemberists, the musical stylings offered by Martinis both Pink and Dirty, and the arresting Storm Large, there are over 120 bands and solo artists who call, or have called, Portland home base. If you're looking for the best places to go hear and see live local music, take a look here.

                                                        Let's see if I get in trouble!


We haven't gotten out to hear music as much recently, and really, I'm asking myself, why not? I'm resolving to get out more (time and resources permitting) and re-discover the music in the city. I have no excuse.

Portland Photo of the Week

Portland Park by Michael Barton

Tualatin Hills Nature Park Photos by Michael Barton

Fosted Spider Web by Michale Barton

Frosted Spider Web photo by Michael Barton

Come upload and share your photos on the Portland Photo Album each week for a chance to win. This week's Portland photo winner snags a gift card to Powells City of Books! This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Michael Barton for this photo of Tualatin Hills Nature Park.  

Tualatin Hills Nature Park (from THPRD.ORG)
In the heart of Beaverton, Cedar Mill Creek spills into the westward flowing Beaverton Creek. Surrounding this confluence is the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a remarkably diverse 222-acre wildlife preserve with wetlands, forests, and streams that are habitat insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The Nature Park is a fascinating place to observe seasonal changes, such as the migration of rough-skinned newts to their breeding ponds or the waves of spring wildflowers or breeding birds. For hikers, joggers, birders and botanists of all ages, the mosaic of habitats within the park offers much to be discovered.

Become one of our roving Portland Photographers!  All you have to do is upload your photos each week for a chance to win a featured spot here on the blog, and to score a gift to a Portland business or restaurant.

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

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

Folkert de Jong

January 5, 2013 at 10am to April 21, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Dutch artist and sculptor Folkert de Jong brings his works across the Atlantic all the way to Portland for a limited-time offering. Using brightly-colored, life-sized Styrofoam figures, de Jong explo Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, exhibit

The Lost Boy

January 8, 2013 at 7:30pm to February 10, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre The Lost Boy by Susan Mach Jan 8 – Feb 10 In a culture of fear and exhibitionism, who preys upon whom? A 4 year-old boy is snatched and ransomed by down-on-their-luck roustabouts. His father, the pol Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

A True Sense of Things: Maude I. Kerns

January 19, 2013 at 10am to March 3, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum One of the first to practice and promote modernism in the Northwest, Portland native Maude I. Kerns (1876–1965) also served as an inspiration to women artists in this region and beyond. This exhibiti Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, exhibit

Fertile Ground Festival

January 24, 2013 to February 3, 2013Various January 24 - February 3, 2013 DOZENS of Portland-GENERATED Arts Events of New Work…and growing... The glow of creation shines out into the dark, water-kissed evenings of winter in the Pacific Northwe Organized by Fertile Ground | Type: fertile ground festival

"Venus in Fur" at Portland Center Stage

January 29, 2013 at 7:30pm to March 10, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory When a young actress shows up hours late for her appointment, she knows she may have blown her chances at the role. But when her emotionally charged audition for the demanding playwright/director bec Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: theater, performing arts, play

Buckman Art Show & Sell 2013

February 1, 2013 at 5pm to February 2, 2013 at 5pm – Buckman Art Focus Elementary School 140 artists and craftspersons including 51 NEW artists will sell their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! In addition to Organized by Buckman PTA | Type: art, music, venue

Worst Day of the Year Run

February 2, 2013 all day – "North Portland" PORTLAND’S FAVORITE WACKY WINTER RUN Register early and save! More info >> THOUSANDS OF COSTUMED RUNNERS Get ready to run with thousands of other fun-lovi Organized by Worst Day Run | Type: worst day of the year run

Library Open House

February 2, 2013 from 10am to 3pm – Architectural Heritage Center You are cordially invited to learn about great research resources available for your family, neighborhood, business or organization. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions and Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: education

TreeHouses: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

February 2, 2013 at 10am to May 5, 2013 at 5pm – World Forestry Center Spend some time hanging out in the trees! Immerse yourself in an indoor tree house and explore first hand who lives there through viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts, and sound.   You will Organized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

Portland International Film Festival

February 7, 2013 to February 23, 2013 Feb 7-23 About the FestivalDrawing an audience of over 35,000, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 international shorts and f Organized by Portland International Film Festival | Type: piff

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

Every week, Ross Seligman hand selects five Portland homes for sale and shares them in the blog.  He calls it real estate eye candy.  

1. 2818 NE REGENTS DR Portland, OR 97212 - Alameda - $1.175M

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2. 3260 NE US GRANT PL Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $959,000
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3. 3946 SE 30TH AVE Portland, OR 97202 - Creston - $499,900
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4. 933 SW 57TH AVE Portland, OR 97221 - Sylvan Highlands - $389,000

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5. 118 NW KING AVE Portland, OR 97210 - NW District - $209,000

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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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