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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, March 12 - March 19, 2011

Hello, Portlanders, and Happy St. Patrick's Day this week.  Our Portland bars and clubs will be full of Irish fun this week.  Visit our Portland St. Patrick's Day events page if you're looking for some Portland clubs and restaurants to celebrate your Irish spirit.  We all know Kell's Irish Pub will be packed for their annual Kell's Irish Festival, but there are several other great places to celebrate St. Paddy's Day in Portland.  

The Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill is having a Saint Patrick's Festival from Thursday through Saturday, with three days of live music and events.

And for you runners and walkers, let's not forget the Shamrock Run, a fun annual event in Downtown Portland along the waterfront.  It is this Sunday, March 13.  Even if you're not registered, this is a fun event to come Downtown to watch.  

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For an authentic Irish experience, check out the All-Ireland Cultural Society festival:

All-Ireland Cultural Society's 70th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration 
Thursday , March 17, 2011
The Ambridge Event Center (AKA Rosary Hall), Located at: 376 NE Clackamas Ave, Portland OR

With Irish Bands, corned beef supper, and more, this is sure to be a fun event.  Visit: for more information.

Spring is finally coming to Portland!  I have little purple crocus flowers blooming in my yard, and every now and then last week we saw some sunshine.  At last!  I am dying for nicer weather and itching to get outdoors and completely overhaul my yard and garden.  If you are too, here are some popular local neighborhood Portland garden centers you might want to visit for some ideas, help with your design or planting.  And of course you'll find plenty of seeds, seedlings, bulbs, plants, garden tools, and soil amendments.  Several local Portland nurseries and garden stores also offer help with garden design ideas.

Portland Garden Stores | Portland Nursery

Portland Nursery

Cornell Farms

Pistils Nursery

Garden Fever

Dennis' Seven Dees

Livingscape Nursery



Cistus Nursery

Van Veen Nursery

Tony's Garden Center

Garden Design - Bloomtown Gardens

Dig Garden Shop

Urban Farm Store

Rain or Shine Garden Center

Roots Garden Supply

Did I miss your favorite Portland neighborhood garden center?  Drop me a line!


$5 Powell's Picture Pick - Happy Portland Dogs - by Abraham and Carrie


This Week's Top Ten in Portland

1) Help Japan Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami - In case you are feeling sad and helpless watching the events unfold on the news, know that you CAN help the people of Japan, who faced a massive disaster this week and need the world's assistance.  Go to, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, or donate or volunteer with any charity of your choice who will be involved in the relief effort.

2) Sidecar Bar, 3955 N Mississippi Avenue Portland.  We went to check out the Sidecar bar last night, which just opened this past week in the space that was formerly Lupa Bar.  This is a long, narrow, intimate space.  I personally love dark cozy places to relax and have a drink, especially places that are full of classic Portland style with warm wood floors, red brick walls, and dim amber lighting.  So, I felt right at home in the Sidecar, a tiny speakeasy venue which features a drink menu of delicious skillfully prepared classic and Prohibition-era cocktails, as well as a nice selection of wines, and a couple of beers on tap.  If you're into champagne cocktails, try the "Makes Girls Dance", or "Your Mother Smells of Elderberries" cocktails.  Sidecar offers a food menu of tasty fare like soft fresh garlic bread with whole caramelized garlic cloves and melty cheese, a charcuterie plate, snacks like marcona almonds, salads, Panini, and flat bread pizza. Since I live in NE Portland myself, I think I will be frequenting this new establishment a lot, as it is a nice alternative to the louder, larger breweries and bars in this area.  It is a nice addition to the Boise/Mississippi Avenue area: welcome to the neighborhood!  Drop by and say "hi" to John, Jim, Duncan, and Blake.  Here are some photos:


2) Willamette Week's Cheap Eats.  WWEEK has their annual list of cheap places to eat in Portland, and it's a good one.  Go grab your printed edition from the corner newsstand, or read it online at:

One of my personal favorite cheap eats: Hot Pot City. Located Downtown at 1975 SW 1st Ave, Suite J


3) The Artistery, 4315 SE Division St. I had just heard this place was closing, which I know will make many Portlanders sad.  Tonight, catch some of their final acts before they are gone forever. Visit website for details:  Artistery Closing Shows.  Good luck in your new ventures, Portland will miss you!

4) OMSI: Lost Egypt Exhibit  - "Ancient Egypt—the massive scale of the pyramids, mysterious Egyptian afterlife, and process of mummification—holds a special fascination for the modern world. OMSI’s newest featured exhibit, Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science illuminates this remarkable civilization as never before, by focusing on an area that is often overlooked in comparison with the grandeur of the pyramids: the lives of the ordinary people who built them."

5) Soul'd Out Music Festival, April 7-17 2011.  Featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ice Cube, Ellis Marsalis, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Raphael Saadiq, Donald Harrison, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Rusko,Dr Lonnie Smith, Francis & The Lights, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Louis Hayes, The Motet, Ronnie Laws, Das Racist, Holy Ghost (live), Giant Panda, Guerilla Dub Squad, Trentemøller (live), Breakestra, Kevin Kinsella, Prezident Brown, March 4th Marching Band - Yes it's early, but plan ahead and get your tickets.

6) Marv Ellis at the Whiskey Bar Portland  -  A friend of mine told me that one of Portland's best hip hop performers, Marv Ellis, plays at Whisky Bar on Thursdays.  I'll be checking out an upcoming show.  Here's the Marv Ellis YouTube channel link:


Marv Ellis is looking for some help funding a music video.  If you'd like to help support a local Portland artist, check it and donate!



7) Fulcrum Fitness Boot Camp Classes - I went and tried a Boot Camp class at Fulcrum Fitness in Portland.  They offer unique boot camp styled callisthenic classes all week long, and I am pretty darned sure this is going to whip me into shape in no time.  Check it out:

8) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Through March 27, at Gerding Theater at the Armory.

It was set at the Oregon State Hospital, still one of the most controversial institutions in the state. It was arguably the greatest anti-authority protest novel of the 20th century. And it boils down to one insistent refrain: Authority Must Always Be Questioned. Want more? Cuckoo’s Nest pits Randle Patrick McMurphy (a convict who has feigned psychosis so that he can spend the final months of his sentence at a mental institution) against Nurse Ratched (the icy head nurse of the ward), who believes that rules must be followed without exception. A band of crazies gets half-inspired, half destroyed by McMurphy’s rebellion and the question remains… was it worth it anyway? Performance times: Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm, Thursday matinees at noon.

9) March Madness at Halibuts - 2525 NE Alberta St.  Portland Basketball fans know they can watch March Madness at sports bars in Portland all over town.  One of the best places to watch basketball on TV and to track March Madness stats while eating delicious fish and chips is at Original Halibuts on Alberta Street. Halibuts is a friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant that has some of the best fish and chips in Portland.  And, for blues fans, Halibuts II offers live blues music, check the calendar:

10)  Devo - Performing Live March 16th at Crystal Ballroom, 1322 W Burnside.

More than three decades after the release of its visionary debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, and a full 20 years since its last studio album, Devo is back with the aptly titled Something for Everybody. The long rumored, wildly anticipated album (which was launched with a memorable performance in Vancouver at the Winter Olympics) features the band's classic line-up-Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald and Bob Casale-joined by drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n' Roses).  (


The Portland Photo of the Week

Ok, I know we just DID a Multnomah Falls photo last week, but this photo is such a great contrast I had to share it.  The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is Fasai.  Fasai shares a lot of great Portland photos with us on the site, and I couldn't resist this gorgeous image of frozen Multnomah Falls.  Lovely!  Come upload your photos, and as always, thanks so much for sharing, we really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week!

Frozen Multnomah Falls - by Fasai



Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  Fasai will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of Portland's favorite coffee shops, Coava.  Want to learn more about where to find great Portland coffee?  Visit our Portland Coffee page.

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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.

Hawthorne Build Your Block Challenge

February 9, 2011 to April 15, 2011 – Umpqua Bank Residents of the Hawthorne district are encouraged to submit a neighborhood project that they would like to see implemented in their community. Umpqua Bank will finance the winning project up to $10,… Organized by Umpqua Bank | Type: community, event

Riches of a City: Portland Collects

February 10, 2011 to May 22, 2011 – Portland Art Museum This celebration of arts patronage in Portland will present more than 100 works of art selected by the Museum’s curators from the city’s private collections. Includes works by Durer, Lautrec, Picasso… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: art, exhibit,

Peace Corps: 50 Years of Service and Bringing the World Home

March 1, 2011 at 10am to June 12, 2011 at 5pm – Oregon Historical Society Ever wonder what it’s like to live and work in the most remote corners of the world?  At the Oregon History Museum’s newest exhibit, you will get to travel the world without ever leaving the state! … Organized by Rachel Butler | Type: exhibit

Lunacy Stageworks Presents “A Company of Wayward Saints”

March 3, 2011 at 8pm to March 19, 2011 at 8pm – Sellwood Masonic Lodge Le Compagnie de Santi Ostinati have toured together for years and, let's just say, relations have become strained. Tonight, however, a mysterious audience member offers to pay for the entire company… Organized by Lunacy Stageworks | Type: performance

Peter Shelton

March 9, 2011 at 10am to June 12, 2011 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The exhibition features three recent large-scale sculptures and a selection of drawings by Los Angeles-based sculptor Peter Shelton. Manifestly precise in execution and explicitly physical, the works… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit

Seed Start Class (Free)

March 12, 2011 from 10am to 12pm – Livingscape Nursery Seed Start Class - March 12, 10am - Free  Ready to grow your own vegetables (or flowers) this year - from SEED? Want the experience? Want heirlooms that aren't available as starts? Want to save some… Organized by | Type: class

Buckman Art Show and Sell

March 12, 2011 from 10am to 5pm – Buckman Elementary The 21st annual festival of art and craft featuring the work of more than 140 artists and craftspersons, at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School! This arts festival is a feast for the senses—painting… Organized by Lori Kovacevic | Type: art, show

FALLOUT III, feat, FGFC820, DJ Rexx Arkana and more

March 12, 2011 at 6pm to March 13, 2011 at 3am – Ash Street Saloon It’s March 12th, 2011. Air raid sirens are screaming. Outside, a post industrial chaos. Hazard lights spin in every direction as search lights ignite the environment around you. Just outside, smoke c… Organized by and Decadence PDX | Type: live,

International Women's Day Film Showing: "The Eyes of The Rainbow"

March 12, 2011 from 7pm to 9:30pm – Bread and Roses Center International Women’s Day. Film Showing: The Eyes of The Rainbow In this film, Assata Shakur tells her story of being a leader in the Black Panther Party and in the Black Liberation Army, and her po… Organized by Radical Women | Type: film, showing

Baiba Skride / Khachaturian

March 12, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Expect a night of contrasts as Carlos Kalmar pairs two of the 20th century's most imaginative musical creations: the boldly expressive Violin Concerto of Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian alongside… Organized by Kelly Vanderzanden | Type: classical, concert

Nature & Spirit Hike

March 17, 2011 from 12pm to 2pm – TRYON CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA WHEN : March 17th 12:00-2:00 WHERE: TRYON CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA (Just minutes from Downtown Portland) COST: FREE RSVP & MEET UP INFO - Meet at the Nature Center Next to the Parking Lot For par… Organized by Catriona MacGregor | Type: outdoor, hike

Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth Best Social Change Book 2010 – Presentation & Author Signing

March 17, 2011 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm – Powell's on Hawthorn Where: Powell's on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR When: March 17th, 7:30 pm Contact: -click here to learn more about “Partnering”… Organized by Catriona MacGregor | Type: presentation, &,

Ohara Ikebana Exhibition at the Portland Japanese Garden

March 26, 2011 at 10am to March 27, 2011 at 4pm – Portland Japanese Garden What distinguishes ikebana from other approaches to flower arrangement is its asymmetrical form and the use of “empty” space as essential features of the composition. A sense of harmony among the mat… Organized by Portland Japanese Garden | Type: exhibit


$5 Powell's Picture Pick - Portland Winter submitted by Earl R. Thomas

Portland Real Estate Report - Historically Low Interest Rates, Why do they Matter?
by Ross Seligman

See below chart to see why low interest rates matter:


$200k Loan @ 4.25%=$983.00  monthly payment 

$200k Loan @ 5.25%=$1104.00 monthly payment

$200k Loan @ 6.25%=$1231.00 monthly payment

$200k Loan @ 7.25%=$1365.00 monthly payment


Your buying power is changed dramatically by changes in interest rates.


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Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a hand-picked selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Whether you are house hunting or not, it is always fun to see the homes that make his list.  Check out the full list of best real estate deals in Portland this week.

4.  705 NE SKIDMORE ST Portland, OR 97211 - King - $395,000

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3.  3424 NE OREGON ST Portland, OR 97232 - Laurelhurst - $490,000

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Powell's Bookstore Picks

About Powell's Books:  Powell's personifies Portland in so many ways:  first of all, it's an independently owned bookstore.  Portland in general is highly supportive of locally owned businesses and supporting the local economy.  While we don't outwardly shun all big box chain stores, we prefer to do our business at home.  Perhaps more importantly, Powell's Bookstore is simply one of the finest bookstores in the world.  Powell's City of Books takes up an entire city block downtown, and you can get lost for hours exploring the labyrinth of color-coded rooms.  You will probably need a map, the store is so big...  Read more about Powell's Bookstore

We love Powell's!

Portland Book Review of the Day

Portland eBooks

Powell's Author Interviews


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