Here's the weekly Portland blog, with the Portland events rundown and ideas of things to do in Portland each week.
The Portland Shamrock Run is next weekend and that means Spring is just around the corner! We all survived another Portland winter and can come out of hibernation. I have been really excited about the spring flowering bulbs and trees, birds chirping outside my window early in the morning, and best of all-- it isn't pitch black dark outside when I come home from work! Woo hoo!
Photo Credit: Earl R. Thomas, Sandhill Crane over Sauvie Island
Daylight Savings Time - Set your Clocks Ahead One Hour
As a reminder, Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 11, 2012, 2:00am. Move your clocks ahead 1 hour in spring ("Spring forward, fall back").
It may not have felt spring-like last weekend at the annual grand opening of the Portland Saturday Market, where Rachel Carlson snapped this series of images (thanks, Rachel!) But, there are many warmer weather days, ahead! Photo slideshow uploaded by Rachel Carlson:
By Rob Creighton Garrison, PortlandNeighborhood.com Guest Writer
It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain
I'm ready. Are you?
I embrace all weathers in all seasons, but like anyone else I look forward to the changes. I used to say I was a “cold-weather person”, but I've come to realize I wouldn't be quite as sanguine about wind chills and such if I had to face it every single day. (In younger and less-sociable days I declared myself an ideal candidate for a lonesome life at an arctic research facility, but I've found since that I don't like snow much at all, plus I saw John Carpenter's The Thing and decided cold + snow + flame-throwers didn't add up to as fun a time as I'd prefer.)
Just as I'm moved by the misty, eerie atmosphere of the cold months to venture out in my raincoat or oilskin to travel muddy trails and mossy sidewalks, I'm inspired by Portland's springs and summers to breathe deeply and turn my face to the sun. From my closet come my straw hats, from my dresser come my cargo shorts (note to self: research spray-tanning establishments). My bicycle feels the love as I haul it out to the sidewalk for a scrub and lube, not necessarily because it needs it but because it's a pleasant thing to do in the sunshine. Perspiration generated by a hike feels more honestly earned in warm weather as opposed to the sweat running under heavy layers.
People seem to sprout from the sidewalks like the tufts of grass through the cracks. Southeast Hawthorne, Belmont, Northwest 23rd, Northeast Alberta, even downtown Portland suddenly teems with pedestrians whose shopping gene switches have been tripped by blessing rays, or whom stride the streets just to be there, out and about, taking part. I know soon there'll be an outdoor seat at a café or pub beckoning my sun-lazed hindquarters to abide into the late afternoon and probably even the evening if I have sufficiently weighted pockets and a hole in my schedule. Beer outdoors is great beer, and the same goes for conversation; there always seems to be a thawing of bonhomie and the talk flows out of your neighbors as in no other season. Even when sitting on my own with a book, the surrounding susurrations (and often more strident declarations; this is Portland, where every citizen is entitled to hear a political opinion if not hold one) from fellow diners and imbibers impart a feeling of inclusion and participation.
Smiles come more readily, forgiveness of sins seem more plentiful. Or is it just me? When you're high, other people seem so too.
As I write this the forecast is for 61 degrees. I'll be on a walk or a ride later today. Spring now finally feels inevitable and I'm getting a jump on it. Those rainy days still to come? A tease, the last few veils dropping before winter leaves the stage. Give her a round of enthusiastic applause, but please, do turn your attentions to the next attraction.
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The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner is Rachel Carlson, for uploading a whole series of Portland Saturday Market images from this past weekend's grand opening!
Photos by Rachel Carlson
Each week we select one photo to be featured as the Portland photo of the week winner. Upload your Portland photos to the photo album for a chance to win. Rachel will receive a gift certificate to a local Portland business just for sharing her photo!
Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week. This week's winner gets a gift certificate to Bare Bones Cafe. Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!
Portland St. Patrick's Day Events
Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Portland! Our Portland St. Patricks Day Events page is a good place to find Portland Irish Pubs, Restaurants, and other places to celebrate St. Patricks in Portland. We will also update the Portland Events Calendar with St. Patrick's Events, but feel free to post your own Portland St. Paddy's events, too!
Here are just a handful of Portland St. Patrick's Day 2012 events:Crystal Ballroom Hosts "Under a Blood Red Sky, the U2 Tribute", with Ashleigh Flynn and River City Pipe Band. Saturday March 17th at Crystal Ballroom.
McMenamins Kennedy School has Freak Mountain Ramblers and a host of other bands, all day next Saturday starting at 11am.
Check our Portland Live Music page to see more venues to find more music events in Portland.
Featured Portland Events
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! 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 for free (please read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
We select a handful of events off the calendar each week to feature here in the weekly blog. If you would like to make sure your event appears in the blog, please visit our Advertising page for more information on a featured placement.
March 24, 2012 from 8am to 5pm – Aloha, Oregon Is your child struggling With Hypersensitivity, ADD/ADHD, Learning Difficulties, Motor Skills, Autism/Asperger’s, Developmental Delay, Inappropriate Behavior, Poor Eye Contact, or Inattentiveness? Attend the Brain Development 101 Seminar and learn the root cause of most learning problems, the importance of physical movement for brain organization, why a new approach may be most effective for your child, why "labels" may not be helpful for your child's progress, the critical role of nutrition in brain function and more. This seminar is taught by Donna Bateman, a Neurodevelopmental Specialist and mother of eight. Organized by www.parentswithpurpose.com Type:Seminar
We're proud to announce a new initiative this year to support SW HOPE: Families Against Hunger Weekend, March 9-11. Everyone is trying to economize these days, so this year, why not "Dine-IN to Help-Out"?
Here's how it works:
Everyone who donates March 9-11 will be entered into a raffle for a great family fun package! Organized by Neighborhood House March 9, 2012 to March 11, 2012 – "Hollywood Theatre" POWFest: Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival 2012 POWFest is March 8-11, 2012 at Portland's Historic Hollywood Theatre! http://www.powfest.com/ Organized by POWFest | Type: powfest
March 10, 2012 at 10am to June 17, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Emerging, a selection of more than 50 works, celebrates the diversity and breadth of a set of 500 recent gifts and purchases. Included are images by such exceptional photographers as Adolphe Braun, B… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: museum, exhibit
March 10, 2012 from 10am to 10:30am – World Forestry Center Tree-Mendous Second Saturday March 10 - 10:30am - 3pm Come join us on Saturday for a dirt and soil themed Tree-Mendous Second Saturday with a crafts, activities, hikes, storytelling, and more! Don… Organized by | Type: children's, event
March 10, 2012 from 12pm to 8pm – St. Agatha Catholic School Come join the fun at the Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade at St. Agatha Catholic School. Hundreds of people will kick-off the festival as they parade through the main streets o… Organized by Amy Gilbertz Delegato | Type: st., patrick's, day, festival
March 10, 2012 from 3pm to 4:30pm – Central Library, Collins Gallery Join us in exploring the most influential Jewish songwriters and their legacies. Enjoy your favorite Broadway musicals and light refreshments at the exhibition opening reception for “A Fine Romance:… Organized by Multnomah County Library | Type: exhibition, opening, reception
March 10, 2012 from 7:30pm to 9pm – Portland Art Museum, Kridel Ballroom Experience the exhibit Mark Rothko through music inspired by the abstract expressionism of the artist and his contemporaries. This program features the landmark music composition, Rothko Chapel. The… Organized by Portland Art Museum, Third Angle Music Ensemble | Type: performance
March 10, 2012 at 8pm to March 11, 2012 at 12:15am – Green Dragon Hop around pubs in the inner Southeast while making Mishloach Manot (gifts of food - mmmmm, Hamantaschen!) Portland’s own Chalk-let Candy Bus will help us get our sweet on! Wear a costume - there’s a… Organized by Josh Lake | Type: holiday, celebration
March 11, 2012 from 7pm to 8pm – ZOOMTOPIA Agnieszka Laska Dancers photo © Chris Leck Saturday March 17 • 7:00 pm BROKEN FLOWERS — ALD’s newest work in progress, addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery and human trafficking, devel… Organized by Agnieszka Laska | Type: dance, performance
March 13, 2012 from 12pm to 1:30pm – Portland Art Museum, Schnitzer Sculpture Court On March 13, the award-winning Parker Quartet will perform at the Portland Art Museum. The Parker Quartet is widely regarded as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The Quartet won a G… Organized by Portland Art Museum, Portland Friends of Chamber Music | Type: musical, performance
March 14, 2012 at 8pm to March 17, 2012 at 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Wednesday 03/14 – 8PM $10 Thursday 03/15 – 8PM $15 Friday 03/16 – 7PM & 9:30PM $20 Saturday 03/17 – 7PM & 9:30PM $20 Jackie has been a national touring comic for over 15 years. She has her ow… Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand, up, comedy
March 16, 2012 to March 18, 2012 – Kells ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S IRISH FESTIVALKells Irish Restaurant & Pub 112 SW Second Avenue, Portland, OR 97204 March 15-18 2012 Children welcome on Saturday in the Front Tent from noon until 8pm and… Organized by Kells | Type: portland st patricks day events
March 16, 2012 to March 18, 2012 – "Thirsty Lion" Saint Patrick's 2012 Weekend Festival Fri Mar 16th - Sun Mar 18th Thirsty Lion is bringing Saint Patricks Weekend Festival back this year from Friday, March 16th through Sunday March 18th. With 23 be… Organized by Thirsty Lion | Type: portland st patricks events
March 17, 2012 to March 18, 2012 – "Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall" The Emerald Isle comes alive with beautiful ballads, sung by the great Irish tenor John McDermott, and the vibrant dancing of Portland’s own Molly Malone Irish Dancers. If you’re not Irish when the s… Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: portland st. patricks day
17, 2012 all day – "Ambridge
Cultural Society's73rd Anniversary71st Annual St. Patrick's
Day Celebration Saturday, March 17,
2012 The Ambridge Event Center (AKA Rosary Hall)
by All Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon | Type: portland
st patricks events
There are a ton more Portland events on the calendar, come check it out and feel free to post your own Events, too!
March 2012 Portland Real Estate Market Report
by Ross and Leah Seligman
March 2012 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report: Wow have things changed!
Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:
In February 2012,
inventory has dropped with 1774 homes on the market. In
February 2012, 389 homes sold and 610 are pending for
Chart for average price per square footage:
Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:
The average price of a home listed has increased 5.7%.
The average price of a home sold has increased 5.6%.
Months of inventory:
Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In February 2012, this figure was 4.6 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.
This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 4.6 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 80 days. It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 4.6 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.
Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:
The months of inventory figure has decreased 24.6%.
About the report:
They are a comparison of
the past 15 months (including a percentage change analysis for the last
12 months) for all of Portland and are taken directly from the RMLS.
What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes,
I thought it best to analyze Portland as a whole. Each neighborhood,
however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing
the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can
lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in
all price ranges in Portland, Oregon. If you have any
questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market
in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel
free to contact me at: http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
This information doesn't matter if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you. The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.
Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.
Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland
Metro Area homes for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports: http://www.propertiesofportland.com
HOUSE this Sunday, March 11th, 1-3PM - Beautiful North Tabor
NE Flanders St Portland OR 97213 3
Bedrooms, 2 Baths 2204
SQ FT See
the listing at: Each week, Ross and Leah
great Portland real estate deals,
and it is
always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.
We like to share one on the high end and lower end of the
OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, March 11th, 1-3PM - Beautiful North Tabor Bungalow
5811 NE Flanders St Portland OR 97213
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
2204 SQ FT
See the listing at:
Each week, Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available. We like to share one on the high end and lower end of the price spectrum.
2208 NE 28TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $1,450,000
our website where you can contact us and search all
area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including
neighborhood and school information: www.propertiesofportland.com
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: www.propertiesofportland.com
Hidden away in the
Markham neighborhood of Southwest Portland, very near Tryon Creek State Natural Area,
is a much smaller woodland called Maricara Natural Area.
Though it may be small (17 acres compared to Tryon Creek's nearly
7,000), it's certainly not lacking when it comes to beauty or providing
that woodsy sense of seclusion that we nature-loving Portlandians crave.
I love the ferns growing in the moss on this tree.
When I spotted this little brown bird making its way up the trunk of a Douglas Fir, I thought it was some type of nuthatch, even though I knew that nuthatches usually travel head-first down the tree. I couldn't see the curved beak until I got home and enlarged the photo. Nuthatches have straight, stout, pointed bills. This bird, as it turns out, is a Brown Creeper (Certhia americana). They use their long, sturdy tails for support as they move spirally up tree trunks, probing for insects and spiders. (The tail of a nuthatch is shorter - they don't use them for support because their heads are usually facing down the trunk.)
I was walking quietly along, I heard the distinct sound of
nibbling. I scanned the trees and saw this Douglas
having lunch. It had almost worked its way through a Douglas
fir cone, like a big piece of corn on the cob.
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