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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland April 13, 2013

Hello, Portlanders!   Welcome to our weekly Portland events blog 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.

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Today - Race for the Roses Half Marathon



Racing Together.

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.

Standing Together.

The Race for the Roses is produced by a team of community volunteers that dedicates more than 1,000 hours of service. All of the net proceeds raised benefit Albertina Kerr, a local non-profit that has been serving the community for more than 100 years. Where people who face mental health challenges and developmental disabilities are included and empowered. Where families are supported and children have reason to smile. Where everyday people reach out to the most vulnerable and give back to their community.

Today, April 13, 2013 - Walk MS 2013 Portland Oregon


Location: View with Google Maps
Address: 701 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Site Opens: 9:00 a.m. Registration Opens//10:00 a.m. WALK
Opening Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
Route Length: 5km <Route Map>

**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 Tax

As 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

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:

  • Arts Tax Return

    • One or more people in the household earn income above the federal poverty level (tax due); OR

    • You have less than $1,000 of income but live with a spouse or parent that has income above the federal poverty level (no tax due)

  • Request an Arts Tax Exemption

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

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 -

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 Hillsboro

From 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.

See the schedule of events

Performers in this year's festival include both local and national storytellers - Anne Rutherford, Rick Huddle, Bill Ratner, Anne Penfound, and Kim Weitkamp.

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 PDX

Written 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.  

Portland Photo of the Week

Sunset on the Columbia by Solange

Sunset on the Columbia by Solange Ledee

This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Solange Ledee for this lovely image of the Columbia River.  Go check the Portland photo almbu to see other great Portland photos added to the album this week by members like you!

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

Soul'd Out Music Festival

April 10, 2013 to April 21, 2013Portland We are very excited to announce the dates and initial lineup for the 2013 iteration of the West Coast’s favorite Soul-induced festival. Check out the lineup page for a breakdown of this year’s lineup Organized by Soul'd Out | Type: portland music festival

Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour

April 12, 2013 at 10am to April 14, 2013 at 5pm – At artists' studios throughout the Columbia Gorge “ART COMES WITH SPRING TO THE GORGE”The 2013 Gorge Artists Studio Tour featuring 29 regional artists in Oil, Watercolor, Pastel, Ceramics, Glass , Sculpture, Jewelry, Fabric and more takes place Apri Organized by | Type: open, studios, tour

Tax Day Sale at CAT Thrift Store

April 12, 2013 at 10am to April 14, 2013 at 6:30pm – CAT Thrift Store Donate usable items to the Thrift Store and receive  20% off your total purchase. Thrift Store located at 4838 SW Scholl’s Ferry Rd, Portland        (Raleigh Hills) Organized by Cat Adoption Team | Type: thrift, store

Race for the Roses Half Marathon 2013

April 13, 2013 all day – "Waterfront" Racing Together. 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 ma Organized by Albertina Kerr Race for the Roses | Type: race for the roses

Northwest Pet and Companion Fair

April 13, 2013 to April 14, 2013"Portland Expo Center" Northwest Pet and Companion Fair 2013 Bring your pet to the largest pet and pet product expo in the Northwest on April 13-14, 2013 – free admission and pets welcome! The Northwest Pet & Companion Organized by Northwest Pet and Companion Fair | Type: northwest pet and companion fair

59th Annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time & Festival

April 13, 2013 at 10am to April 28, 2013 at 7pm – Hood River County  Nothing compares to spring in the Hood River Valley, where the abundance of fruit trees produce spectacular blossoms of pink, white, and peach. The Hood River Blossom Fest, now over 50 years old, ce Organized by Hood River County Chamber | Type: festival

15th Annual Kitchen Revival Tour

April 13, 2013 from 10am to 4pm – Architectural Heritage Center It’s time, once again, for our biggest education event of the year! Thanks to the generosity of homeowners and the hard work of our all-volunteer tour selection committee, we have identified eight fa Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: kitchen, tour

Saturday Imbibing Tour

April 13, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland Breweries - Coalition, Hopworks (HUB), Burnside & 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

Adopt a cat this weekend

April 13, 2013 at 12pm to April 14, 2013 at 4pm – Petsmart CAT counselors are on-site at local PetSmart stores from 12 – 4 pm. For a complete list visit ·       Clackamas PetSmart, 9450 SE 82nd Ave. ·       Tanasbourne, 1295 NW 185th, Hil Organized by Cat Adoption Team | Type: cat, adoption

Herbal Recipes from your Garden

April 13, 2013 from 2pm to 3:30pm – Portland Homestead Supply Store Learn from an Herbalist and life long gardener NEW ways to use the herbs in your garden and, perhaps, be inspired to plant a few additional ones. We will explore herbs such as Calendula, Raspberry Le Organized by Saundra Kamman | Type: herbal, class

Progressive Dinner & Beer Appreciation Tour

April 13, 2013 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm – Portland Breweries - Base Camp, The Commons, Burnside & Laurelwood The tour starts at Base Camp Brewing where a tasting, consisting of a full sampler tray, and tour of the facility will take place. After whetting the whistles of the group, the tour moves on to The C Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: beer dinner, progressive dinner

Oregon Symphony: LA Guitar Quartet

April 13, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Stravinsky: Circus Polka; Composed for a Young Elephant Stravinsky: Petroushka • Rodrigo: Andalusian Concerto Piston: The Incredible Flutist Suite A carnival of color, ranging from Stravinsky’s Polka Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: concert, guitar

Israel in Motion: An Evening of Contemporary Dance and Discussion with Israeli Choreographer Idan Cohen

April 17, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm – BodyVox Dance Center Join Idan Cohen, acclaimed Israeli modern dance choreographer, for a celebration of his work. The evening will include a live performance of Cohen's choreography, film clips featuring his repertoire, Organized by Co-sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, the Middle East Studies Center, and the School of Theatre & Film in the College of the Arts. | Type: dance

Bridgetown Comedy Festival

April 18, 2013 to April 21, 2013Various Bridgetown Comedy Festival 2013 Various venues, now accepting submissions We’re now accepting submissions for the 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, taking place April 18th Organized by Bridgetown Comedy Festival | Type: bridgetown comedy festival

Food for Thought Festival

April 18, 2013 at 7:30pm to April 21, 2013 at 9pm – across Portland The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is proud to present the Food for Thought Festival - bringing together nationally and locally celebrated writers, artists and performers to share their wisdom Organized by Jewish Federation of Greater Portland | Type: friend-raiser

Ken DeRouchie Band at Vie De Boheme

April 19, 2013 from 7pm to 10pm – Vie de Boeheme Wine Bar "The Ken DeRouchie Band will be performing at Vie De Boheme on Friday April 19th. If you haven't been to Vie De Boheme before, I highly recommend this venue. It's a fantastic wine bar with an incredi Organized by | Type: live, music

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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!

1.  3725 SE MARTINS ST Portland, OR 97202



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2. 3205 NE 44TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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3. 1420 NW LOVEJOY ST Portland, OR 97209



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4. 7126 N WILLIAMS AVE Portland, OR 97217



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5. 3934 NE 65TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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