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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland March 30, 2013

Hello, Portlanders, and Happy Easter Weekend!   The sun is shining and it looks to be an amazing spring weekend in Portland.   Each Spring, Portlanders burst forth from winter hibernation with a passion unrivaled to get outside and live it up in our short sunny season.  The weather forecast calls for sunshine, (and possibly 70 degrees today), so expect to see droves of smiling Portlanders outside enjoying this amazing weather.  

Why not head to one of the Portland Farmers Markets or your local neighborhood market?  And if you haven't visited the pink trees along Portland's waterfront Downtown yet, the display is stunning this year!  It isn't too late, but you had better get down there to see them before all the blossoms float away.

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I plan to celebrate this lovely weekend by working in my garden.  Yesterday, I repopulated my kitchen garden herb pots with some rosemary, thyme, marjoram, parsely, lavender, and chives.  I also planted some lush organic basil for those delicious caprese salads (recipe, here).  Yum!  Today I will plant my lettuces and if I am feeling ambitious might move my raised beds since they didn't get enough sun where I placed them last year.
Kitchen Garden

It may be a bit too early for some plants, since we can still expect some cold nights, but that probably won't stop me from trying to get some colorful flowers into my flower beds.  If you are also in the gardening mood, here is a list of Portland Garden Stores and Nurseries:

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

Photo of Baby Deer by Aubrey Poole
Photo Credit - Aubrey Poole

Photo by Melissa Sleasman
Photo Credit - Melissa Sleasman

Portland Easter Events and Easter Egg Hunts

OregonLive has the rundown of Portland Easter Egg hunts and more fun Portland Easter events.

Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt - Today


10:30 am today:  Bring your children, ages 3 to 8 and your smiles, to Alpenrose Dairy on Saturday,  March 30, 2013. There will be an enormous amount of prizes available for all the children, with the grand prize being seven 6-foot bunnies (one for each age bracket).   So come join us for one of the biggest and most anticipated Easter Egg Hunts west of the Mississippi.  And don’t forget to arrive EARLY!

This year celebrates the 50th annual Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt. Last year’s hunt was a huge success. The prizes were plentiful and the smiles were bountiful. It’s a joy to be able to bring so much happiness to so many people. Maybe that’s why we get such a thrill out of events like this. It’s nice to know, that even in today’s society, community involvement still means something. 

To this day, we still hear parents say they remember coming to Alpenrose Dairy and participating in the Easter Egg Hunt themselves. Now they are bringing their children and grandchildren. What a great tradition that is!

About Route Bout

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

Before I moved to Portland I lived in the Dallas area, a city where, in order to move from one part of the city to another, you have to mount what looks like a dropped plate of spaghetti made for a race of colossi, or perhaps a strewn handful of calcified Brobdingnagian rubber bands. Gridlock is a way of life; I once (very briefly) had a 40-mile one-way commute (to a part-time job!), and depending on my schedule and the time of day, a two-hour drive either to work or homeward (and a few times both ways) was not uncommon. In that situation driving was a must. There was no other alternative if I wanted to keep that job – which, ultimately, I didn't. Shorter commutes were no strolls down the lane, either.

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To navigate Dallas is to know frustration and exhaustion (and exhaust!), to be sealed into a metal and chrome and plastic cubicle in which you feel compelled to either race at speeds that defy the notion that human beings can only think and react just so quickly, or (more often) sit and smolder at idle, belching noxious fumes into the precious air while in turn the vehicle ahead puffs its vile eructations directly at you. Not to be dissing on Dallas as a whole, but getting around that town is ridiculous.

By contrast, Portland is relatively stress-free. I say relatively, as even this town has its avenues of discord (F'rinstance, you couldn't get me to commute via “The Sunset Highway” if it were strewn with gold ingots and cheeseburgers). That's living in a city, any city. Check around the innerwebs though, and you'll see that Portland does transit better than most.

I'll be honest, I'm not a yuge fan of taking a bus, but TriMet makes riding public transit almost a look-forward-to event. Certainly you can't choose your fellow travelers, but on days when the knuckle-dragger ratio is low and most folks have performed their ablutions, the ride isn't bad at all. All of the buses I've ridden on have been quite clean; I didn't have anything or anyone stuck to me as I prepared to disembark. Plus, ridership seems to be quite egalitarian, in that it's nothing to see people in business wear sitting alongside gothy types or members of the flannel set on occasion. In a more conservative environment such a sight might raise eyebrows, but Portland?

For those who prefer more streamlined travel, and going like a bat outta Hell at some points, we have the MAX. MAX stands for Metropolitan Area Express, a light rail system that is trés cool. When I'm given a choice between the street-bound buses and the Max, the Max wins every time. Currently TriMet is expanding its reach, and fairly soon I'll be able to catch a ride just a few blocks from my home in Miwaukie. In the meantime the construcion of the rail line is a real monkey-wrench in the road (to mix'n'bash a metaphor) for commuters along its path, but that's how progress tastes in any city. Breaking eggs and all that. If you live in Portland, or any sizeable city, you have to make your peace with the color orange.

This could've used a music score.  Like maybe by John Williams.  Just a thought.

Of course (and you knew I was gonna go here, right?), you don't have to drive, or take the bus or Max or the nifty streetcar either, at least not for the entirety of your route, if you can learn to love bicycling and walking, THE two best ways to travel when it comes to lowering stress and expense and improving health and fitness. Portland is a city that makes traveling without a car easy, and without having to spend all your commute time in one mechanized box or another. Get to know the Springwater Corridor and you may be able to use at least part of it to make your travel auto-free.

Go ahead, fire up Google Maps (Or Yahoo! Maps, or MapQuest, whatever) and take a look at your routes to and from work, and the grocery store, and the pub, anywhere you go on a regular basis. The default routes are for cars, but click the icons for bike and walking routes and public transit. See how they alter the distances and time spent in-transit. I'm betting you'll be surprised in most cases. I'd say it's worth while, for your savings account and your sanity's sake.

Portland Photo of the Week

Photo of Sellwood Bluff by Fasai

Sellwood Bluff  by Fasai

It was hard choosing just one photo from all the great member-uploaded photos in the Portland photo album this week.   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 Fasai for this quietly serene image taken from Sellwood Bluff

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

First Thursday Portland

January 3, 2013 at 6pm to December 5, 2013 at 9pm – "Pearl District" First Thursday Portland Gallery Walk in the Pearl Every first Thursday of the Month in the Pearl District at various art galleries. Visit for info 2013 First Thu Organized by First Thursday | Type: first thursday portland

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

Tabor Farmers Market

January 5, 2013 at 6pm to December 28, 2013 at 7pm – "SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St." Tabor Farmers Market @ Cafe au Play is a Year Round Farmers Market in SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St. The market runs every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. This unique market surrounds Cafe au Pla Organized by Tabor Farmers Market | Type: farmers market

Last Thursdays on Alberta

January 31, 2013 at 6pm to December 26, 2013 at 7pm – "Alberta Street" Last Thursdays on Alberta Street Gallery and shop art walk. Held every last Thursday of each month.  Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 14th season. Artists, mus Organized by Last Thursdays on Alberta | Type: last thursdays on alberta

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

February 2, 2013 at 10am to May 19, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Distinguished photographer and Portland, Oregon native, Carrie Mae Weems presents a retrospective of over 200 works spanning her 30-year career. Blurring the lines between culture, art, and politics, Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, and, photography

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

Musikgarten Class

February 20, 2013 at 10:30am to May 1, 2013 at 11am – MusicWerks Studio MusicWerks Studio offers Musikgarten Weekly Classes for Ages 0-3 years. Our parent child classes offer the best start to building your child’s love of music. For details, call 503-287-5028 or email i Organized by MusicWerks Studio | Type: classes

In the Studio: Reflections on Artistic Life

February 27, 2013 at 10am to May 19, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Inspiration can manifest itself in countless ways, but sometimes it comes from the artist’s studio itself. In the Studio provides an intimate insight into the artist’s work space and truest reflectio Organized by Dylan Burnett | Type: art, exhibit

Surface: Landscape Photography from the Collection

February 27, 2013 at 10am to April 29, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Experience this visually stunning collection of landscape photographs now displayed at the Portland Art Museum. Surface exposes nature in its purest and most refined state and in a way that appears v Organized by Dylan Burnett | Type: art, exhibit

Spring Beer and Wine Fest 2013 Portland

March 29, 2013 to March 30, 2013"Oregon Convention Center" We're looking forward to seeing you Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the 19th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest. Hop aboard the Tour de Cheese Mingle with artisan brewers, vintner Organized by Spring Beer and Wine Fest | Type: spring beer and wine fest

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

March 29, 2013 to May 5, 2013"Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm" 2013 Annual Tulip Fest Over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils!Buy cut flowers.Order bulbs for fall planting.Children's Acre.Visit our Gift Shop. Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! The Organized by Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm | Type: wooden shoe tulip festival

Alpenrose Dairy 51st annual Easter Egg Hunt!

March 30, 2013 from 10:30am to 2pm – Alpenrose Dairy Alpenrose Dairy is celebrating their 51st annual Easter Egg Hunt! This event will take place on Saturday, March 30th with a colossal amount of chocolate eggs, toys, candy, prizes AND best of all ther Organized by Monica | Type: easter, egg, hunt

Hoppity Hops Run

March 30, 2013 from 11am to 3pm – Oregon Convention Center Join thousands of beer-crazed runners and walkers from all over SW Washington and NW Oregon on March 30, 2013, for a celebration of the dual holidays of Easter and beer! The Hoppity Hops Run 5k/9k fe Organized by Good Sport Promotion | Type: running, race, beer, festival

Underground Portland and the last of the Shanghai Tunnels tour

March 30, 2013 from 11am to 1pm – Old Town Pizza Expose the sins of Portland's past on this tour through Old Town and Chinatown! We walk through the remains of the physical underground as well as exploring the underground subcultures, political und Organized by Portland Walking Tours | Type: tour

Saturday Imbibing Tour

March 30, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland Breweries - Coalition, Hopworks (HUB), Breakside & Lompoc Side Bar Our Saturday Imbibing tour is a good mix of learning about beer and the brewing process and having a great time. The tour visits four different Portland breweries, but we only get one, very detailed Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour


March 30, 2013 from 7pm to 8:45pm – Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium Screening as part of the Film Center's UNIVERSAL PICTURES: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS US 1937, DIRECTOR: KING VIDORStanwyck garnered the first of her four Oscar nominations for her portrayal of Stella, a Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: film


March 30, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm – The Hollywood Theater An ExhibitionMarch 30, March 31, April 5, April 6, April 12, and April 13, 7pmAll Screenings are FREE at the HOLLYWOOD THEATREFor the last fifty years, Thom Andersen and Morgan Fisher have been filmm Organized by YU | Type: film, screenings

Easter Brunch Cruise

March 31, 2013 from 9:30am to 11:30pm – Portland Spirit Vessel Easter Brunch Cruise Sunday March 31 9:30am - 11:30m or 2pm - 4pm Celebrate this special day on board the Portland Spirit with friends and family! Includes 2 hour cruise, champagne brunch, sparkling Organized by Kristen Baxter | Type: holiday

Benefit for the Portland Chamber Orchestra at Jimmy Maks

April 1, 2013 from 6pm to 11pm – Jimmy Mak's in the Pearl “A First on the First”  On April 1st 2013, the Portland Chamber Orchestra presents the Lovejoy Trio playing possibly the first all classical program at Jimmy Mak’s in Portland, Oregon. This benefit e Organized by Portland Chamber Orchestra | Type: fundraiser, classical, music

Shen Yun

April 2, 2013 at 7:30pm to April 4, 2013 at 7:30pm – Keller Auditorium (video) Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating show you will never forget. The show moves quickly through regions, dy Organized by Oregon Falun Dafa Association | Type: chinese, dance, music, performance

Hoops & Hops

April 3, 2013 from 5:15pm to 10:30pm – Portland Brewvana is teaming up with the Portland Trail Blazers for the April 3rd game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Attendees will meet for pick up at Gigantic Brewing located at 5224 SE 26th Avenue. At 5:1 Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: beer & basketball

In the Realm of the Ancient Egyptian God Montu: Temples & Rituals

April 3, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9pm – Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 The Egyptian god Montu was an important influence on the sacred and ritual landscape in the area of Thebes (ancient Luxor) for two millennia, from the Early Middle Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period, an Organized by James Moran | Type: lecture

Portland International Raceway Auto Swap Meet

April 4, 2013 at 7am to April 6, 2013 at 5pm – Portland International Raceway It's the event that gives a whole new meaning to wheeling and dealing. The 9th annual Portland International Raceway Automotive Swap Meet will feature more than 1,500 vendor stalls and more than two Organized by Portland International Raceway | Type: swap, meet

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

Ross Seligman shares five great Portland real estate deals here on the blog each week.  If you're looking to buy a home in Portland, maybe one of these Portland homes for sale is the one for you!

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:

1. 6206 SE 30TH AVE Portland, OR 97202



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2.  1635 SE 57TH AVE Portland, OR 97215



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3. 3457 N WILLAMETTE BLVD Portland, OR 97217


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4.  3633 NE SENATE St. Portland, OR 97232



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5. 4544 NE 29TH AVE Portland, OR 97211



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