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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland April 20, 2013

Hello, Portlanders!   Welcome to the weekly Portland events blog, with lots of ideas of things to do in Portland each week.

It is with a heavy heart that I sit down to write the blog.  The bombings at the Boston Marathon left us feeling shaken and sad, and close on the heels of that horrific event came the fertilizer factory explosion in West, Texas.  I plan to take Rob Creighton Garrison's advice (see his blog below) and go do something nice. Focus on something nice, do something  nice for people, enjoy the friendly people of Portland, and surround myself with a little peace and beauty. I hope you will do the same. Spend some quality time with family and friends, turn off the TV, and focus on positive things in Portland this week. 

Ten Positive Happy Things 

1) Donate to Boston Bomb Relief Fund.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.  Read more about donating to help Boston.  

2) Donate to the Red Cross
Red Cross: The American Red Cross, which has aided victims since Monday’s attack, is accepting donations to its Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at Donors also can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions assist Red Cross relief efforts everywhere.  
You can also donate to Red Cross for Waco Texas to directly help those in West, Texas.

3) Go volunteer in Portland.  Find volunteer opportunities at Hands on Portland.

4) Help at a Portland Earth Day Event through Solve.
Join thousands of Oregonians on Saturday, April 20th from 9 am to 1 pm for the largest Earth Day event in Oregon
Volunteers will help pick up litter, pull invasive weeds, plant trees and enhance habitat at over 200 project sites across the state. In addition, projects involving students will occur the week before and the week after the Saturday event.

5) Go visit your favorite Portland Park.  Better yet, get involved.  Adopt a bench or a rose bed.  Volunteer!
Portland Parks & Recreation offers a variety of fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at sites across the city. Annually, Portlanders volunteer over 450,000 hours with us; won't you join our team? Volunteer coaches, teacher aides, and mentors are always needed in our youth programs - and the parks, gardens, and natural areas welcome additional hands. No experience necessary, we'll train you. Ongoing and one-day projects are available. Contact Volunteer Services, 503-823-5121.
Cook Park by Michael Barton
Cook Park, by Michael Barton

6)  Go help others in need at a local Portland Pantry or Soup Kitchen

7) Deliver a meal through Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels People could not exist without the help of more than 500 volunteers every weekday. Our volunteers help prepare and serve meals to seniors in 35 different meal centers throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties, as well as deliver nearly 3,000 Meals on Wheels to homebound elderly.

8) Donate to Portland's Sunshine Division
Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built an 89-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.

9) Plant a tree in honor of someone you love. Friends of Trees
Friends of Trees' mission is to bring people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield metro areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces.   Through our Neighborhood Trees program, homeowners buy discounted trees to plant with their neighbors at weekend plantings.

10) Celebrate your spiritual self.   Whatever that means to you: visit your place of worship, light a candle, read some poetry, paint a picture, take a hike or a walk.  Reflect on your connection with the world and how underneath it all, in spite of what we see in the media, most of us truly are good and caring people with enormous capacity for compassion and kindness.

Maricara Natural Area by Michael Barton

Maricara Natural Area by Michael Barton

Food for Thought Festival

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 and their work at venues across Portland. Four days of entertainment and enrichment will make you think, laugh, eat and even dance. Be sure to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank to every event you attend.

Bridgetown Comedy Festival 2013

Various venues in Portland.

 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, taking place April 18th – 21st!  Looking forward to celebrating our sixth year of bringing the best comedy from around the world to the Pacific Northwest!

Filmed by Bike Festival

Filmed by Bike Festival 2013 - Filmed by Bike is a film festival of bike-themed independent short movies from around the world. Submissions are limited to eight minutes and revolve around the central theme of cycling. Filmed by Bike was founded in 2003. The organizers hoped for 40 attendees and were pleasantly pleased when more than 60 people came out for the very first screening. Filmed by Bike was an instant hit!

Hundreds of international entries are submitted but only an average of 45 make the final cut. A panel of esteemed jurors makes that tough decision.

The festival is held every April in Portland, Oregon at the Clinton Street Theater.  The festival kicks off with a rockin’ street party on opening night. We close off the street, bring in the ruckus and DJs and spend the night reveling in film and bike culture while amazing bike movies play on the silver screen.

2013 Orchid Show and Sale

The LARGEST ORCHID EVENT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, the Oregon Orchid Show and Sale has been a Portland tradition since 1947. Come to see thousands of orchids on display and for sale. There's also an auction, raffle, educational talks and a photo contest.  More information (and a discount coupon) on our website (only $6 with coupon).

Go Be Nice

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

Tough week.

Usually I'd be extoling the virtues of our fair and fairly odd city here, cracking wise and trying to impart my own perspective of what it's like to live here.  This week, though, my mind is elsewhere.

It's in Boston, a city that's been wounded in a viciously cruel way by two young men who decided that some ideology, or some perceived slight, had to be illustrated with the spattered blood and shattered limbs of fellow human beings.  This is what I'd like to say to these individuals who perpetrated this horrendous act:  Some of the participants in the marathon, who had just run 26 miles, shrugged off their pain and fatigue as they rushed to provide aid to those you cut down.  Those are the kind of people you sought to maim and kill.  How do you feel about it?  Where in your selfish sense of right vs. wrong do they fit?

It's in West, Texas, where as of this writing it's still not known what caused a conflagration and the earth-rending detonation of a fertilizer storage facility, but where we may be assured that there will be accounts of devastation and death, and the heroism and sacrifice of volunteers and rescue personnel (and isn't it a Hell of a thing that I and perhaps others of you will sigh with relief when told this hellish event was the result of simple accident or mere incompetence, and not of someone's outsize resentment or a warped sense of righteousness?).

It's on Capitol Hill, where the will of the majority of our citizens was ignored and undermined by a too-powerful gun lobby and the venality of those who value their personal wealth and security over the safety of the public who elected them.  I hope you're angry.  I actually insist that you be mad as Hell, and stay that way, long enough and hard enough to remind you the next time you cast a ballot as a virtual BANG! to answer the literal ones that have caused so many so much grief.  Remember that these “gentlemen” heard the pleas of Gabrielle Giffords and the grieving families of Newtown and then turned to vote for their own interests instead.  Remember.

Today, please go to the relief organization of your choice and donate what you can afford in the names of those victims in Boston and in West.  Please go on-line to voice your dissatisfaction with the actions of the NRA and with the senators who put their interests ahead of the public they allegedly serve.  Sign petitions.  Log onto your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts and leave a rant in your own words, don't just share someone else's dog-eared memes and quotations.

Then do the hard part: shut off the box and go do something nice for someone, like maybe someone you don't know.  Be kind to others so that they won't go through their day assuming that other people are cold and only care about themselves.  Leave an anonymous gift.  Put some canned goods in the barrel at the library.  Show a kid how important generosity is.

No pictures today.  Instead, let's all imagine pictures of a better next week, and a good rest of the year beyond.

Portland Photo of the Week

Trillium by Michael Barton

Trillium Flower at Maricara Natural Area by Michael Barton

This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Michael Barton.  I wanted to select a peaceful, serene, and pure image this week to honor the memory of those lost in Boston and Texas.   Michael took this photo at Maricara Natural area.  Go check the Portland photo album to see other great Portland photos added to the album this week by members like you!

About Maricara Natural Area:
Walking through Maricara Natural Area feels like a hike in the mountains. The natural area offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy the quiet and beauty of a Douglas fir and big leaf maple dominated forest in their own backyard. The wetlands and small streams enhance the experience with their diversity of plants and wildlife. At the beginning of spring Indian plum is flowering, trilliums are blooming, and false hellebore is sending up new leaves. Migratory birds are passing through and the resident wildlife is becoming more active.  (From the

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

The Gin Game

March 26, 2013 at 7:30pm to April 28, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre MARCH 26-APRIL 28 | Morrison Stage The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn -- When life deals you a bad hand, do you give up the game? It's Visitor Day at the "home for the aged,” and Weller is playing a solitar Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

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

"Crime and Pun-ishment" A Murder Mystery Dinner

March 29, 2013 at 7pm to April 30, 2013 at 7pm – The Reserve The Murder Mystery Company, the nation's number one interactive theater troupe, kicks off their Winter season with their award winning show "Crime and Pun-ishment". A traditional Murder Mystery set i Organized by Lisa Hamacher | Type: dinner, theater

APEX: Harold Schlotzhauer

April 6, 2013 to July 14, 2013Portland Art Museum Existing in a world of energy movement and change, California native Harold Schlotzhauer’s art is vibrant, bold, and complex. Drawing inspiration from skateboarding, snowboarding, and surf culture, a Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, exhibition

"Clybourne Park" at Portland Center Stage

April 9, 2013 at 7:30pm to May 5, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory A white community in 1950s Chicago splinters over the black family about to move in. Fast forward to our present day and the same house represents very different demographics, and neighborhood values Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: theatre, performing, arts, drama, play

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

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

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

3rd Friday Irish Ceili Dance With Live Music

April 19, 2013 from 7:15pm to 11pm – PPAA The Portland Ceili Society (a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization) would like to invite you to our monthly 3rd Friday Irish Ceili Dance with live music. Enjoy Irish set & ceili dancing to Organized by Portland Ceili Society | Type: social, dance

2013 Oregon Orchid Show & Sale

April 20, 2013 at 10am to April 21, 2013 at 5pm – Ambridge Event Center The LARGEST ORCHID EVENT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, the Oregon Orchid Show and Sale has been a Portland tradition since 1947. Come to see thousands of orchids on display and for sale. There's also an Organized by Oregon Orchid Society | Type: orchid, show, and, sale

Learn to Plant a Home Garden and Save Money on Groceries

April 20, 2013 from 10am to 11:30am – June Key Delta Community Center LOCAL GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION OFFERING FREE SEMINAR ON PLANTING A HOME GARDENFresh Start Aims To Educate The Public About Prevention Of DiseaseThrough Holistic Wellness PracticesFresh Start Restorati Organized by Robin Gordon Jr. | Type: health, education, seminar

Oregon Symphony: Fanfare for the Common Man

April 20, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Carlos Kalmar, conductor • James Ehnes, violin Antheil: Jazz Symphony • Bernstein: Serenade (After Plato’s Symposium) Copland: Symphony No. 3 (incorporating Fanfare for the Common Man) If you like Co Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: concert, symphony, orchestra, violin


April 20, 2013 at 8pm to April 21, 2013 at 2am – Roseland Theater @ Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave, PDX w/Very Special Guest: MADGESDIQ Saturday, April 20, 2013 ~ 8 PM ~ 21+ TICKETS AT: MIDNITE After 50 full length album releases to date and Organized by Ises Productions, Rebel Lion Music & DoubleTee | Type: reggae, live-music, hip-hop, madgesdiq, midnite-band


April 20, 2013 at 10pm to April 21, 2013 at 2am – Yale Union (YU) For the last thirty years, Michael Stirling has been a disciple of the Indian classical vocalist, Pandit Pran Nath (1918–1996) and a student of the American minimalist composer, Terry Riley (1935-). Organized by YU | Type: music, performance, raga

Venturing to China - One Oregonian's Story

April 23, 2013 from 6pm to 7:15pm – Portland State University, Native American Cultural Center A Portland, Oregon native, Pete Nickerson will describe his now 35-year journey through Asia. From the source of the inspiration to the realities created and encountered he’ll illuminate the twists a Organized by Institute for Asian Studies | Type: lecture, community, event

Ten Chimneys

April 23, 2013 at 7:30pm to May 26, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre Ten Chimneys by Jeffrey Hatcher Apr 23 – May 26 When life and theatre collide it is a beautiful thing, is it not? This revealing comedy peers into the backstage lives of Broadway power-duo Alfred Lun Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

Singles Mingle Cruise

April 23, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Singles Mingle Cruise Tuesday April 23 Tri-Cities cruise aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. Boards at the Clover Island Inn 7pm; cruises 7:30 - 9:30pm Featuring the Meet Your Match Game with NBC Organized by Kristen Baxter | Type: social

Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Photo by Michael Barton

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!

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3. 6310 SE 30TH AVE Portland, OR 97202



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4. 2924 NE STANTON ST Portland, OR 97212



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5. 1165 NE 73RD AVE Portland, OR 97213



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