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where we share ideas of fun things to do in Portland each week.
his weekend we've got the Race for the Roses Half Marathon, and Walk MS 2013, in addition to a whole slew of other events on the Portland events calendar.
Today - Race for the Roses Half Marathon
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN STILL REGISTER AT THE EXPO AT THE OREGON CONVENTION CENTER'S EXHIBIT HALL A ON SATURDAY, APRIL 13 FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM!
Join more than 5,000 runners and walkers at Albertina Kerr’s Race for the Roses, April 14, 2013. Meet inside the warm, dry Oregon Convention Center before setting off on your half marathon, 10k or 5k race. Fast and accurate courses wind over bridges, along the waterfront and through the heart of downtown Portland. You’ll enjoy a tech t-shirt, finisher’s rose and commemorative event photo. Most importantly you’ll be giving back to your community at this outstanding local event.
Today, April 13, 2013 - Walk MS 2013 Portland Oregon
**ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please visit our registration tent Saturday morning!
What if we could connect every person living with MS? Every person who cares about someone with MS. Every family affected by it. Everyone who has seen what this disease can do to people. What if we could come together, even one day a year, to show the power of our connections? At Walk MS, our connections become more powerful than the connections MS destroys.
When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 7,500 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. We’ve been walking since 1988 and have raised more than $10 million dollars to help support people living with MS.
Portland Parks - Waud Bluff Trail is Now Open
from Portland Parks
PROJECT UPDATE--April 2013, The Trail is Open!
The Waud Bluff Trail paving and bridge decking have been completed. An opening celebration will take place in May in conjunction with other events--look for details or make sure you've signed up to be added to our mailing lists.
Located on N. Willamette Blvd & Harvard, near the southeast corner of the University of Portland where a steep bluff rises over Swan Island, this project provides a vital link between Willamette Blvd and the proposed North Portland Greenway Trail, as well as access to Swan Island and its numerous businesses.
Upon completion, commuters and other trail users will enjoy a 1,700-ft trail through a natural area, with an improved grade and a paved trail surface. New retaining walls will help stabilize the trail on this steep bluff. The bridge stairway has a bike track which will make navigating the stairs easier for cyclists.The new bridge will allow users safer access over active Union Pacific railroad tracks onto Swan Island. Other benefits of the project include the addition of new native plants, a new concrete landing at the trailhead on Willamette Blvd, and creation of a pedestrian island and crosswalk on Willamette Blvd to address longstanding concerns about access to the trail and the TriMet bus stop.
Portland Arts Education and Access Income TaxAs a public service reminder, Monday April 15th is tax day. I hope you didn't have to pay taxes and that you got a fat income tax refund instead. However, we all get to pay the $35 Arts Education Tax which isn't due until May. Below information from PortlandOregon.gov:
On November 6, 2012, Portland voters passed the Arts Education and Access Income Tax (Arts Tax). This new income tax will fund Portland school teachers and art focused non-profit organizations in Portland. Due date changed to May 15, 2013.
Each Portland resident, age 18 and older, must file either:
If due, the Arts Tax is $35 per person. There is no convenience fee if you pay online and select mail-in check or ACH payment (electronic check). Now accepting debit cards! There is a $0.99 convenience fee when paying with Visa or MasterCard (credit card or debit card charged as credit).
Call 503-865-4ART (4278) to speak to a customer service representative Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland does have a rich arts community, which I am all for supporting! Learn more about local arts and arts education opportunities in Portland at RACC:
Regional Arts and Culture Council - http://www.racc.org/
Right Brain Initiative
The vision of The Right Brain Initiative is to achieve a measurable impact on learning by integrating the community’s arts and cultural resources into the education of every K-8 student in the region’s school districts. The Initiative is a collaboration among educators, parents, artists, local governments, business leaders, and donors who are working to achieve this vision in an equitable, systemic, and sustainable way. RACC serves as managing partner of the program.
Art of the Story Storytelling Festival in HillsboroFrom Washington County Library:
This year WCCLS hosts the Art of the Story, our 9th Annual Storytelling Festival, from April 13th to 20th. Formerly known as the Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival, this is a week long celebration of National Library Week.
Featuring five professional storytellers, the festival's shows are intended for audiences of adults, as well as children aged 6 and up. Some performances are exclusively adult-focused, and those are noted in the schedule below. The festival also features a storytelling workshop and a community story swap. It wraps up with a Final Concert, featuring all of the festival's storytellers in one great event on April 20th.
All events are free. Please call 503-846-3222 no less than 3 business days prior to an event to schedule assistive listening devices or sign language interpreters.
Radio PDXWritten by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison
I was listening to this song ("Portland, Oregon" by Loretta Lynn and Jack White) again yesterday. You may remember me mentioning it before if you came anywhere near my Twitter feed or my Facebook profile or, well, here on PortlandNeighborhood. It's trés cool to hear your own town mentioned in a song. When I lived in Abilene, Texas and first heard the song “Abilene” by George Hamilton IV on the radio, it struck me with an emotion that I might call pride (and was really annoyed when someone pointed out to me years later that he was singing about Abilene, Kansas).
It got me wondering what other songs have been written and sung about Portland. Are there songs out there, like “Allentown” and “Streets of Philadelphia”, that are melancholy and dark? Quirky ditties like “Albuquerque”? Sprightly like “I Love L.A.”? Triumphant like “Empire State of Mind”?
Well, there's a hippyriffic tune called “Portland Woman” by the New Riders of the Purple Sage that extols the virtues of our more, uh, welcoming ladies. I actually have to admit I'm surprised that this fair city isn't hip deep in these sorts of Dead-ish odes. I blame San Francisco.
And here's the dolorous “Portland Girl” by PDX's late, great cartoonist John Calahan, an artist who never passed up an opportunity to stare the ugly down. Maybe not a snappy laff of a single, but it's all Calahan, and all Portland.
The Repacements, the proto-alternative band, took the stage at the rock club La Luna back in the '80s, and in typical fashion disintegrated into a staggering liquor-and-godz-know-what-else-fueled disaster. This song is an outtake, an apology to the venue and to the Portland audience who got to witness the carnage. I'm not sure if one may take the “apology” seriously, but it's a helluva great song.
Sleater-Kinney (the band for which Carrie Brownstein swung her axe) references the true incident of a woodland critter hopping the Max one day, in the song “Light-Rail Coyote”. Even our four-footed friends are keepin' it weird.
Lastly (for the sake of this article anyway, but there'r more songs out there for you to find, trust me), we have Esperanza Spalding, who won a Grammy for her jazz gem “City of Roses”. Jazz fits Portland like a glove anyway, but it's triple-nice to be able to point to an instant classic as one of our own by one of our own.
So maybe we don't get a “P-Town State of Mind” or an “I Heart PDX!”. That's okay. I'll take these little numbers that limn the small moments that make up the experience that is our lovely spot in the world
Tune in and turn on.
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