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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, April 2 - April 9, 2011

Hello Portland, and welcome to another edition of our weekly Portland events blog.  How nice is it that winter waited until March to land its fat, cold, wet raindrops on us every single day of the month?  Yes, it rained a LOT this March (I think we set a record), but just be thankful because all of the greenery will be that much more lush and fine for our total enjoyment this spring and summer.  

I love it each year when the sun bursts forth and Portlanders scramble out of their homes to celebrate longer days, lighter skies, and the beginning of another season of living large outdoors in Portland.  Finally, this weekend is supposed to offer some of the glorious warmer spring weather many of us have been longing for.  I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy it.  If you want to head outdoors, don't miss the Tryon Creek Trillium Festival this weekend.  Also this weekend, we have the Portland Japanese Garden's Hana Matsuri: The Flower Festival Celebrating the Birth of Buddha, April 2-3.  Also, the annual Race for the Roses is Downtown on April 3rd.  Portland Arbor Week kicks off this week as well:  Portland's Arbor Week 2011 will kick off from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, with the City of Portland’s official Arbor Day Celebration, this year in the South Park Blocks near Portland State University.

Want more Portland events?  Check our weekly events listings below.  Also, come add your own Portland events to the events calendar if you'd like to help get the word out about something cool happening in your Portland neighborhood.

Hey, have you checked the Portland photo album this week?  Portlanders went out and snapped some great photos, and many of you shared them with us on the site.  Like Brock Henderson's industrial Portland set of images with an old-timey feel.  Love it!  Or Michael Wong's fantastic series of urban Portland images.  Great work in capturing the personality of our Rose City!  Michael Barton also uploaded another series of nature shots this week.  Go check out the photo album and enjoy!  If you have a great photo or two of Portland, come upload it!  Every single week we give away some sweet prizes to local Portland businesses just to thank you for taking the time in sharing the awesomeness, or weirdness, or whatever... of scenes that make Portland, "Portland".   As always, thanks for sharing!

Pinhole, industrial Portland photo by Brock Henderson on

B&O Building - Pinhole Photo by Brock Henderson


Fountain - Photo by Michael Wong


Fountain - Photo by Michael Wong



Weekly Featured Portland Events

Each week we feature a handpicked list of Portland events that have been shared on the events calendar.  If you have a Portland event you would like to share, just go to the Portland Events Calendar, and click the +Add button.  Thanks for sharing what is going on in and around Portland!

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

Object Stories

March 15, 2011 to December 30, 2012 – Portland Art Museum Do you have an object you would never give up? Something that lives on your wall, your mantle, or buried in the corner of your dresser drawer? Something that evokes a time in your life, a place you m… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit

Play after Play - The Rat's Tale

March 19, 2011 at 10am to March 10, 2012 at 2pm – The Brooklyn Bay Play after Play’s final presentation of their seventh season is a sweet and humorous story about a small dissatisfied rat.  When the rat’s wishes come true, he learns to appreciate his simple life ju… Organized by Marc Otto | Type: theater, and,


March 25, 2011 at 8pm to April 16, 2011 at 10pm – Miracle Theatre Group When you spend your life dreaming, what happens when you finally get what you want? In a New York barrio, a female impersonator ignores the advice of an imaginary grandmother to fall in love with an… Organized by Miracle Theatre Group | Type: theatre, performance

PIR Automotive Swap Meet

March 31, 2011 at 7am to April 3, 2011 at 1pm – Portland International Raceway Auto enthusiasts who love a good bargain will want to head to Portland International Raceway (PIR) for the seventh annual PIR Automotive Swap Meet, featuring more than 1,300 vendor stalls and two-plu… Organized by Portland International Raceway | Type: swap, meet

Solarize Northwest Workshop

March 31, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8pm – Friendly House, Keeston Room Learn how to go solar at home with Solarize Northwest, a community endeavor to make solar electricity more affordable for Northwest and Southwest Portland property owners. Attend one of our introduct… Organized by Alison Wallisch | Type: community, workshop

Smash Putt! Return of The Miniature Golf Apocalypse!

April 1, 2011 to May 8, 2011 – Smash Putt Fairways - PDX Smash Putt, The Miniature Golf Apocalypse, returns to Portland for six weekends of mayhem and excitement! Devious obstacles kissed with wicked robotic brains hand crafted by our mad scientists to cha… Organized by Smash Putt! | Type: nightlife


April 1, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – I Witness Gallery (housed in the Northwest Center for Photography) FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY OPENING DUALITY EXHIBIT—featuring photographs taken by award winning photographers Randy Olson and Melissa Farlow during 50 assignments for National Geographic Magazine. This is… Organized by Sharon Lavier O'Keefe | Type: photography, exhibit, duality

April ~ First Friday

April 1, 2011 from 6pm to 7:30pm – Love Art! Gallery On Friday, April 1st, 2011 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, we will be entertained by Gary Kimmel.  He plays original instrumentals using the mandolin, guitar and didgeridoo.  Gary is a wanderer, gypsy, travele… Organized by Love Art! Gallery | Type: music, &, art You have not responded.


April 1, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – Warehouse 640 First Friday Opening at Full Circle Gallery, 640 SE Stark St. in the Warehouse 640 art center.  Showing the luminous abstract paintings of Dawn Tappen as our featured artist for April.   Reception 6… Organized by Elaine Treadwell | Type: art, opening You have not responded.

Urban Tellers - April 1ST

April 1, 2011 from 8pm to 10:30pm – Hipbone Studio Urban Tellers. Connecting the Community from the Inside Out Reservations guarantee you a seat: Email or Call 503-793-5484 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            503-793-5484      end_of_the_skype_highlighting   Friday, April 1st, Doors 7:30  $10 i… Organized by Portland Story Theater | Type: story, showcase

Saga Goryu Ikebana Exhibition at the Portland Japanese Garden

April 2, 2011 at 10am to April 3, 2011 at 6pm – Portland Japanese Garden Hana Matsuri: The Flower Festival Celebrating the Birth of Buddha April 2-3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Both days: Prayer Ceremony at 10 a.m. and Demonstration of the Way of Tea at 2 p.m. Garden Pavilion Free wi… Organized by Melissa Wilmot | Type: festival, flower,

St Josef's Day Wine Fest- Gypsy Jazz Music & Hungarian Goulash

April 2, 2011 at 12pm to April 3, 2011 at 6pm – St Josefs Vineyard & Winery- 28836 S Barlow Rd, Canby OR 97013 On Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday the 3rd, St Josef’s Winery in Canby, OR will be celebrating its 28th Annual St Josef’s Festival.  St Josef’s Day celebrates the founding of the winery and the bles… Organized by cmcknight | Type: music,

Queen Melissa Tea Cruises on the Portland Spirit

April 2, 2011 at 12pm to April 30, 2011 at 2pm – Portland Spirit Queen Melissa, Queen of Maybeland, from the beloved radio show and children's book, The Cinnamon Bear, is setting off on and adventure of her own.  Captain Taffy is bringing her to Portland for a hig… Organized by Portland Spirit | Type: river, cruise


April 2, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Tualatin Heritage Center The award winning roots bluegrass group Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising will partner with world renown mandolinist Brian Oberlin for a concert at the historic Tualatin Heritage Center located at 8700… Organized by Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising | Type: concert

Race for the Roses

April 3, 2011 all day – Downtown, Portland OR One day.  One cause.  One finish line. Join more than 5,000 runners and walkers for Albertina Kerr’s 13th Annual Race for the Roses on April 3, 2011!  This not-to-be-missed… Organized by Race for the Roses | Type: race for the roses

19th Portland Jewish Film Festival

April 3, 2011 at 7pm to April 17, 2011 at 10pm – Whitsell Auditorium The Northwest Film Center and the Institute for Judaic Studies are proud to present the 19th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival.  In its run from April 3 – 17, 2011, the Festival celebrates the div… Organized by Northwest Film Center | Type: film, festival

Arts and Draughts

April 7, 2011 from 7pm to 11pm – "Leftbank Annex"   Arts & Draughts Leftbank AnnexPortland, OR April 7th is a day with many historical references, the eruption of Mt . Vesuvius, the Internet's symbolic birthdate and more. However, April 7th,… Organized by Widmer | Type: arts and draughts




This Week's Top Ten in Portland

What's the Portland top ten list?  Just some cool places, activities, shops, restaurants, and other things we want to share about Portland each week.  if you have something you'd like to see added to the weekly top ten, drop us a line. 

1) Grain and Gristle - 1473 NE Prescott, Portland, OR 97211 -

I admit, the word "gristle" in the name of a restaurant was a distinct turn-off, but whatever.  We tried this new pub-style restaurant in NE Portland, and highly recommend it!  The nightly dinner specials are a sweet deal, with dinner and two beers for $20.  For the nightly dinner special, we tried their perfectly roasted chicken, with creamy mashed potatoes, and rapini, and some fine brews from Upright Brewing (see below for more on Upright Brewing).  The cozy dining room surrounds you in warm woods from ceiling to floor (even the bar top is a gigantic cross section of tree), so Pacific Northwesterners will feel right at home.  Yum.  I think I will be visiting often.

Grain and Gristle Restaurant Portland Oregon

Grain and Gristle Restaurant Portland Oregon

Grain and Gristle Restaurant, NE Portland

2) Cup and Saucer Cafe' - 3746 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227 -

Can't get into Gravy on the weekends?  Not to worry, the latest Cup and Saucer Cafe serves up delicious breakfast on Mississippi, too.

"The Cup and Saucer Cafe is proud to announce our 22th anniversary! We are truly appreciative of our customers whom over the years have supported our livelihoods and endeavors. In true Portland style we are dedicated to sustainable, healthy practices and use only cage free eggs produced by hens on a diet containing no antibiotics or hormones.  We also compost our food waste, support clean wind energy and are attempting to introduce more organic and locally grown foods while trying to find the balance between affordability and sustainability."

Cup and Saucer on Mississippi

3) Manifesto -3806 N Mississippi -

As I left the Cup and Saucer, I strolled past Manifesto and the window display of luscious handmade designer goods lured me in.  I scored a gorgeous pair of sterling silver earrings made by a local designer.  They offer fine stylish brands of men's and women's shoes, as well as handbags, jewelry, and accessories.

"We are a local shoe and accessory shop for men and women located in the Historic Mississippi District of North Portland. We are also the younger sibling to pedX shoe shangri-la on Alberta Street! We opened our doors in August 2010 and will be serving your shoe and accessory needs for a long time to come. We hope to see you soon!"

My awesome new earrings from Manifesto

4) Ringside Steakhouse Re-opens! 2165 W Burnside St, Portland, OR -

Portland is chock full of vegetarians and vegans, but now and then the carnivores amongst us crave a really good steak.  There are a handful of chain restaurants in town (Morton's, Ruth Chris, etc.) but Ringside remains a popular choice among locals.  This past week, the original Burnside location reopened, following a remodel.

"A half-century tradition serving top-grade, corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib. Ringside is one of the few "Quality" late Night restaurants in Portland. Traditional steakhouses of this caliber are not always easy to find, but the two RingSide. Steakhouses are easily accessed by the traveler - at Downtown or Glendoveer - and, only 10 minutes from PDX. Reservations recommended. No matter what you choose, you can select an appropriate wine from a list of over 600 labels. Wine Spectator Magazine named RingSide "One of The Best Restaurants in the World for Wine Lovers"."

5) Upright Brewing - 240 N Broadway (Annex Bldg Basement), Portland, OR 97227 -

Yet another fine addition to our brewery scene.  "Upright Brewing specializes in farmhouse inspired beers rooted in France and Belgium but made with local ingredients and a Pacific Northwest twist. The name is a reference to Charles Mingus and his primary instrument. Mingus was a musician whose compositions defy categorization. At Upright we use a special saison yeast and open fermenters to produce beers that are a true hybrid style, sharing Mingus’ spirit of exercising creativity and craft." The Upright Brewing tasting room is a casual place where you can:

Enjoy sample trays or twelve ounce glasses of our beer

Fill or refill a growler from several tap selections

Purchase bottles or brewery shirts and hats to take home

Order a keg or drop off a cornelius keg for filling

Enjoy photographs, drawings and paintings from local artists

Play Upright’s official game with your friends, Rack-O

Walk around and tour the brewery

Hear live 20's and 30's style blues performed by Steve Cheseborough most Sundays

6) Haag Lake Park -

I cracked up at this photo of Angela and her new salamander "friend".  Her expression of sheer terror seems out of proportion to the tiny salamander, but hey...we all have our share of fear over creepy crawlies.   Haag Lake Park in Washington Country is a favorite local boating and fishing hole, and a great place to find some serenity (unless you fear salamanders).


Angela vs. The Salamander - Haag Lake Park

7) Treebates - Get a Rebate from Portland when you Plant a Tree! -

I had to find a replacement for those laurel hedges I had removed last week, and I selected a gorgeous dwarf pink-flowering cherry tree.  While strolling through Portland Nursery, I came across a sign about "treebates".  Did you know you can get an incentive just for planting trees in Portland?

"Every tree planted in Portland contributes to cleaner rivers and streams. Treebate is an incentive to plant yard trees at Portland residences. Treebate is a seasonal program available September 1 through May 1 to coincide with the best time of the year to plant. The Treebate application period is now open for eligible yard trees purchased, planted and submitted between September 1, 2010 and May 1, 2011. If you plant a tree on a residential property, Environmental Services will credit your city water/sewer utility bill for half the purchase price per tree up to $10 (small), $20 (medium) or $50 (large) depending on mature tree size and stormwater management potential.

How to Get Your Treebate
Purchase a tree*

Plant it in your Portland residential yard. Complete and submit a Treebate form by May 1, 2011. Include the tree purchase receipt with the purchase price circled. Receive a credit on your city water/sewer utility bill *Generally, most tree species are eligible for a Treebate; see the eligible list for conditions and ineligible list for exclusions.

8) Arbor Week -

Celebrate Portland’s Arbor Week 2011, April 4–9, with free tree-loving events across the city (Portland, OR) - Portland’s official Arbor Week Celebration, April 4 through April 9, is filled with free activities that will help build an understanding and appreciation for the trees in Portland’s parks, natural area, streets, and private yards. Kids and adults both can learn about the variety, the history, and the future of trees, and have a lot of fun along the way.

Portland's Arbor Week 2011 will kick off from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, with the City of Portland’s official Arbor Day Celebration, this year in the South Park Blocks near Portland State University.

For the schedule of activities and events, and more information, visit or contact PP&R’s Urban Forestry at 503.823.1650 or

9) Multnomah Arts Center - 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 (503) 823-2787 -

"The Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) provides excellent arts education in the visual and performing arts at an affordable cost to students of all ages. We offer programs in dance, theatre, music, drawing, painting, ceramics, textiles, printmaking, jewelry/metalsmithing, photography, literary arts and more. Programs run year-round, and scholarships are available." What's MAC? MAC is the Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks & Recreation that provides high quality instruction & participation in the visual & performing arts to all interested persons.
What's MACA? MAC is the Multnomah Arts Center Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the vibrancy and health of MAC through fundraising and advocacy. Current Events:

) Tryon Creek Trillium Festival - SATURDAY AND SUNDAY April 2 - 3, 2011 10:00 - 4:00pm - 

"The Trillium Festival is a celebration of Oregonian’s love of nature, a chance to remember this great legacy left to us by the late Tom McCall and the foresight of the state to make this Oregon’s first and only urban state natural area. The festival is a great opportunity for those gardeners out there who are chomping at the bit – our sale is really one of the first of the year and a great place to find good prices on native plants from some wonderful local nurseries."

Trillium flower - Photo by Michael Barton on

Trillium - Photo by Michael Barton

The Portland Photo of the Week

There were so many fantastic photos on the site this week that it was really hard to select just one.  So, I picked two!   Taylor Case wins the Portland photo of the week contest with this great nighttime photo of Downtown Portland, and this Willamette River waterscape photo.  Thanks, Taylor!  Come upload your photos, and as always, thanks so much for sharing, we really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week! 


Downtown Portland photo by Taylor Case on

Downtown Portland Photo by Taylor Case

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  --- Taylor 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.

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! 

Downtown Portland photo by Taylor Case on

Downtown Portland Photo by Taylor Case

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Laurelhurst Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

by Ross Seligman

Laurelhurst Neighborhood Real Estate Report


The Laurelhurst neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Kerns, Sullivan's Gulch, Hollywood, Center and Sunnyside neighborhoods. This is one of Portland's most popular neighborhoods because it has older, established feel to it and it is conveniently located with an easy commute into Downtown.  There is plenty to do in the area, with many restaurants and other community amenities.  To learn more, click here.


Are you keeping an eye on Laurelhurst or is it your neighborhood?  Check out this link for a monthly updating real estate chart for this neighborhood.


In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. If you are looking to buy or sell in a particular neighborhood, the most crucial information that you need to know is what is going on in that neighborhood. In this situation, the overall Portland market report is less important and the national real estate report is just about useless. This posting is a real estate report for the Laurelhurst neighborhood of all homes in all price ranges. Feel free to request particular neighborhoods in which you are interested in buying or selling and I am be happy to do a report, just contact me on this forum or at

If you are looking for homes in the Laurelhurst neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

The first thing you will notice about individual neighborhoods as compared to the overall Portland reports are that the numbers can be wildly different month to month. Basically, the bigger the pool of data you are working with, the smoother the stats become. As we focus on smaller areas, many different things can happen month to month.

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Laurelhurst neighborhood from 12/09 to 02/11:

In February 2011, there were 14 closed sales, 17 pending sales, and 68 homes on the market in the Laurelhurst Neighborhood.

One year change from February 2010 to February 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): No change.
Homes sold: Up 7.7%
Homes pending sale: Down 15%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Laurelhurst neighborhood has been between $132 and $174/sq. ft. In February 2011, the average price per square foot in the Laurelhurst neighborhood was $160.

One year change from February 2010 to February 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
February 2010: 143

February 2011: 160

Percentage Change: Up 11.5%

Days on Market, Sold/List Price:

This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In February 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood was 52 days.

The second thing that this chart is showing you is what percentage of the listing price the owners actually are getting when the house is sold.  This is a great indication of the pressure on prices.  In February 2011, sellers in Laurelhurst received, on average, 94% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from February 2010 to February 2011:

Time on Market: Down 54%
Sold/List price% difference: Up 1.1%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us what the average listing was and what the average sale was. In February  2011, the average price of a house on the market in Laurelhurst was $408,000. The average sale was $399,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 16.4%
Average sold price:  Down 7.2%

Months of Inventory:

Months of inventory gives a time line of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell.  Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market.  This figure is a good indicator of supply and demand.  February 2011 in the Laurelhurst neighborhood was a balanced market leaning in the buyer's favor with 4.9 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 4.9 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in February, 52 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Laurelhurst from this point forward, in 4.9 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area listings from the RMLS:


Best Deals in Portland - Portland Home Deals

Each week, Ross shares a handful of homes for sale in Portland Oregon that are great deals.  We usually select one on the higher end and lower end of the price range to share here in the blog.  You can read the full report of best real estate deals in Portland, here.

3821 NW GORDON ST Portland, OR 97210 - Northwest District - $794,000

See the listing here:

1607 NE MORGAN ST Portland, OR 97211 - Woodlawn - $299,900

See the listing here:


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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

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