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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, March 22, 2014

Happy SPRING 2014, Portland!  The cherry blossoms along the waterfront are in full bloom, the days are longer, the temperatures are getting warmer, and Portlanders are gearing up for another season of active outdoor fun, gardening, and visiting their favorite restaurant patios and Portland farmers market. 

Did you know we've been writing this Portland blog for seven years in a row?  Starting next week we are going on Spring Break and taking a little hiatus from writing the blog.  We want to enjoy the spring and summer months in Portland while they last, and spend some time   refreshing other pages of this website that have fallen out of date.     

But we're not going anywhere:  you can still post and share your Portland photos, your own Portland PR announcements, personal blog postings, and other Portland news you would like to share with your neighbors.  And the Portland events calendar is alive and well, so continue to upload and post any Portland events you would like to promote.  We are just taking a little blogging  vacation.   Happy spring!

Portland Cherry Blossoms - Photo by Julie Lynn Kelly
Portland Cherry Blossom Trees - Photo by Julie Lynn Kelly


PSU Portland Farmers Market is Open!

My favorite Portland Farmers Market is open!  This is hands-down one of the best markets in the country:  why not go get some fresh fruits and veggies and make a great meal at home, this weekend?

2014 Market Dates: Saturdays, March 15th through December 20th

Times

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – March thru October

Location

The Saturday Market is located at Portland State University in the South Park Blocks between SW Hall & SW Montgomery. A close street address to this market is 1717 SW Park Avenue.  Visit PSU Farmers Market website for a list of current events and vendors.




Spring Break Whale Watching Week at the Oregon Coast


People come from all over to learn about the gray whales that migrate past the Oregon coast each year. The Whale Watching Spoken Here® program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch weeks so they can help others spot the whales. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. We definitely know whale watching. Learn more about whales at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Rangers are ready to answer your questions.  Learn more, here.

Visit the Oregon Coast





Spring Break Oaks Amusement Park - Grand Opening 2014

Oaks Amusement Park opens this week for a Sprig Break Celebration!  Buy one ride bracelet and get one free.  Visit Oaks Park for more details.

Sprig Break at Oaks Park Portland



OMSI Vernal Equinox Celebration

From OMSI.EDU:

Vernal Equinox Celebration

On Saturday, March 22, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring with a free Star Party at both Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park starting at 7:30 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. As the sky darkens we will view deep sky objects including the Orion Nebula, Beehive star cluster and more!

On the scheduled day of an OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline at

503 797-4000. Press #3 then #5 or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.

To reach Rooster Rock State Park, take I-84 east of the Sandy River at exit 25. The park is located 22 miles east of Portland.

To reach L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The park is located 23 miles west of Portland.

Visit OMSI.EDU for more information.



Spring Break at Mt Hood Meadows


Visit SkiHood.com

SPRING PASS $139

Daily lift access through the end of the season, with lifts scheduled daily through April 27 plus bonus weekends in May! 

$139 | $99 ages 22 and Under


3 Day Spring Break Kid's Camp

Register now for our three day camp offered March 24 - 26 and April 7 - 9 for Spring Break!


Portland Spring Break at Lan Su Chinese Garden


from Portland Chinese Garden:

Looking for something to do during Spring Break? Lan Su is offering a series of events geared for kids and their parents to help them learn about China and have fun!

As part of the Year of the Snake, come see and handle a LIVE snake on Saturday March 23, plus make your own snake mobile on both weekends. In addition, learn the story of the origins of the Chinese zodiac animals with a reading of "The Great Race" on Saturdays March 23 and 30.  Visit website for more information.


Portland Spring Break Events

Looking for Portland Spring Break Events and Fun Things to Do?  Check these sites for tons of ideas:

OregonLive Sprig Break Ideas

PDXPIPELINE Portland Events This Week

WWEEK's Portland Events


Carpe Libre - Sieze the free in YOUR Neighborhood!


Little Free Library -  Beaumont - Wilshire neighborhood - Fremont Street

It's fair to say that the "LITTLEST" of things make me happy, both in concept and size. As such and because I walk to/from EVERYWHERE in the neighborhoods that I caretake in, I am still tickled to find the 'little' surprises along the way. One of them such as THIS. We're talking BOOKS after all. As a writer I also read. I read a LOT. I don't own a Kindle or fancy electronic book reader, I don't think I ever will as I still love turning the page on a book. The substantial grasp of dialogue which will transport me to another world that has been lovingly and laboriously laid upon a page for me to enjoy time and time again.

There's a LOT I love about Portland. When it involves FREE BOOKS, I love it that much more. I stumbled upon these 'little' gems last year. I have this grand plan of visiting every single one of these 'little' vessels of literary goodness, or madness, or controversy, or far off adventure....whatever your premise might be.

LittleFreeLibrary.org


The premise is simple:

Take a Book. Return a Book.

In 2009, a gentleman by the name of Todd Bol in Wisconsin built this awesome replica of a tiny schoolhouse, filled it with books and shared it with his community. All of this done in honor of his mother, a former schoolteacher who loved to read. I'm not sure what's more admirable, sharing books with your community or a tribute to his mom who loved to read. The rest as they say is history.

I'm pretty sure I want something as memorable as this to be remembered by. All that aside, it caught on and others started doing the same in their own communities as a way to:

"Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle"

You can even purchase your own and place it in your OWN front yard for your community to enjoy. Alas, there are many in the Portland area to seek out. I've been very lucky to see more than a handful already during my morning mileage in the Fremont Street neighborhood.

Little Free Library - Beaumont - Wilshire neighborhood - Fremont Street

As a writer, my mind tends to wander in the form of silly ideas, scavenger hunts or romanticism. I imagine book clubs seeking out Little Free Libraries, choosing a book (of course in this case not the same one) and discussing the 'adventure' they went on to find the Little Free Library, what and why they chose the title they did and so on. Perhaps even knocking on the door of the Little Free Library steward and having a conversation/discussion about their story of how/why they put a Little Free Library in THEIR yard/neighborhood. As such, then going out as a group to return those books and contributing additional books to other Little Free Libraries in their city.

Then there's that idea of two people meeting by way of Little Free Library. Where one would leave the other clues or coordinates in the coolest of literary tactics on how/where to meet next, an invitation to coffee, lunch or dinner going to/from one Little Free Library to the next. Making sure to leave their own contributions of books in each wooden vessel. I very much believe that words bring people together.

Everyone wins!!

Thank you for allowing me to share such simple 'little' things with you.

Cheers to books. Cheers to reading.

Best wishes for an AMAZING Vernal Equinox.


Happy Spring....let's do this thing!!

Cheers, Rachel

...notes from a nomad.



Portland Photo of the Week

Each week we select a member-uploaded photo as the Portland Photo of the Week. Beth Fuge captured the first day of spring sunset behind the St John's Bridge.  What a stunning image!


St Johns Bridge Sunset

Please note, while our blog is on hiatus for our spring break vacation, we will be discontinuing the Portland Photo of the Week contest.  But of course, feel free to upload and share your photos with Portland, and show off your neighborhood pride


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 http://community.portlandneighborhood.com/events


Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music

February 21, 2014 at 1pm to May 11, 2014 at 8pm – Portland Art Museum This spectacular exhibition explores the important interrelationships of the visual arts and music in the city’s civic ceremonies, festivals between the early 16th century and the fall of the VenetiaOrganized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, gallery

Feast and Famine

February 21, 2014 at 1pm to May 4, 2014 at 7pm – Portland Art Museum This exhibition of more than 60 prints and multiples investigates modern food and the culture of eating through a variety of images—from sensual still lifes to enticing advertising posters, from playOrganized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, gallery

Francis Bacon

February 21, 2014 at 1pm to March 30, 2014 at 7pm – Portland Art Museum “For some time Chief Curator Bruce Guenther and I have been looking for a modern or contemporary work to present in this ongoing series that brings singular masterpieces to Portland,” explained MuseuOrganized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, gallery

Tip Toland

February 21, 2014 at 1pm to May 11, 2014 at 8pm – Portland Art Museum Painfully accurate and intricately detailed, Washington artist Tip Toland’s larger-than-life figurative sculptures are intimately observed. Toland's exhibition is of exquisitely super-realist monumenOrganized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, gallery

Peanuts...Naturally

February 22, 2014 at 10am to May 4, 2014 at 5pm – World Forestry Center Peanuts...Naturally takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz's exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations. Visitors get a Peanuts-eyeOrganized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

A Small Fire

February 22, 2014 at 7:30pm to March 23, 2014 at 9:30pm – Portland Center Stage February 22 — March 23, on the Main StageBy Adam Bock // Directed by Rose Riordan A Small Fire follows John and Emily Bridges, a long-married couple whose happy, middle-class lives are upended when EOrganized by Portland Center Stage | Type: performance

Sunday FUNday Tour

March 23, 2014 from 2pm to 5pm – Portland Breweries - Gigantic, Bridgeport & Lucky Lab We begin at Gigantic Brewing a very small 15 barrel brewery in the inner SE that is stubbornly small in size but gigantic in heart and passion for craft beer. We then head to Bridgeport, Oregon’s old Organized by Brewvana -Portland Brewery Tours | Type: brewery tour

Elevate: A Basic Needs Resource Fair

March 26, 2014 from 10am to 2pm – Roosevelt High School Do you need help with any of the following assistance? Elevate: A Basic Needs Resource Fair offers an opportunity to meet with social service agencies offering a range of services. Agencies attending Organized by Sunshine Division | Type: resource, fair



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 or craftsman, a Cape Cod, or an English tudor home.  Here's the set of Portland real estate deals for the week:

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

March 17th - March 24th

1. 4023 NE 32ND PL Portland, OR 97212

-Alameda-

$949,000

Click The Image To See The Full Listing

2. 9945 NW UPTON CT Portland, OR 97229

-Northwest Heights-

$765,000

Click The Image To See The Full Listing

3. 3146 NE 54TH AVE Portland, OR 97213

-Rose City Park-

$575,000

Click The Image To See The Full Listing

4. 2618 N WILLAMETTE BLVD Portland, OR 97217

-Overlook-

$379,000

Click The Image To See The Full Listing

5. 6918 N MISSISSIPPI AVE Portland, OR 97217

-Piedmont-

$329,000

Click The Image To See The Full Listing

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


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