Happy sunny, warm, bird chirping morning, Portland and welcome to another edition of this Portland blog. Today, I am marching to the beat of the drum...that would be the steady beat of my heart as I feel the earth's tilt toward the sun. This weather makes me feel alive and full ideas -- and today I've got gardening on my mind. I'm completely stoked to don my overalls and grab a shovel and start work on our brand new front yard garden. Pistils Nursery did the garden design based on plants --flowering perennials-- in the bright, showy colors I love such as pink, reds, yellows and whites. The garden is designed especially for native, lower water plants and to attract hummingbirds, bees and all sorts of birds. The garden design was finalized by Pistils on Wednesday and the plants, also sourced by Pistils, will be delivered in a few days. Today's task is to prepare the front yard for rototilling and amending the soil in preparation for new, glorious life.
Pure dirt otherwise known as a blank canvas
An inspiring new design by Pistils. Design + overalls + shovel + plants + water = awesome.
Pistils did our backyard (below) a few years back. Here is the story of that project, complete with photos.
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
The theme this week is: outdoorsy, garden, beer, coffee, wildlife.
1. Pygmy Goats - When my neighbor told me he'd be bringing home goats to live in his backyard, I was a little shocked. Goats in North Portland? Well, pygmy they are and sweeter than imaginable is my testament! They have become fast favorites of the neighborhood children and love to walk on leashes. Meet Joannie and Chrissy:
2. The Great Blue Heron - Imagine my surprise to look out on my backyard pond and see a Blue Heron fishing. Literally. Allow me to remind you, gentle reader, that the Blue Heron is approximately 4 feet tall and has a whopping 7 foot wing spread. Definitely not your common backyard birdie. I didn't have a camera anywhere near me, unfortunately. Oh, and none of the fish were taken...
3. How to Distract a Squirrel 101 - My backyard bird feeders have been busy with all sorts of beautiful, singing birdies. They've also been the location of some crazy circus antics ala squirrels dangling upside down and off the side of the hanging feeder to eat the tasty bird food. "Don't you feed the squirrels, too?", one might ask. Yes, but the corn and seed mix is gone nearly as fast as I put it in the feeder. I watch them run off with bursting cheeks and I can't keep up with them. So, I asked around and got some awesome advice I am sharing with you. Buy a large bag of peanuts in the shell and fill the squirrel feeder. The squirrels will work with one peanut at a time, selecting it from the feeder bin and running off to bury it. Rinse, repeat. They've been busy on one bin for nearly a day now which means my bird feeder is totally squirrel free. Score!
4. Coava Coffee Roasters - Represent! A few of Coava's finest will be heading off this weekend to compete in the United States Barista Competition hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. You may recall a few months ago when Coava swept the regional competition, winning 1st place in all categories. Well, now, they're off to Houston to compete for the #1 spot in the country. Next stop after that for the winner? The World Barista Competition which will be held in Columbia. Wish Sam and Devin from Coava godspeed on their mission to bring home the gold!
Below: Sam Purvis of Coava Coffee Roasters in Costa Rica cupping coffees to find the perfect one for the competition.
5. Meat Cheese Bread - Hailed as the best simple sandwich in town and we must agree. http://www.meatcheesebread.com/gallery.html
6. The Veritable Quandary - A wonderful menu complete with a bite sized bar menu for the smaller appetite. Great drinks and wonderful happy hour. Excellent summer patio.
7. Bridgeport Hop Czar - All Hail the Czar, indeed. This is one of my favorite beers right now.
8. Commuting - You might have noticed the roads and bridges are packed and the freeways are just plain wrong. Well, this commute is easy and awesome.
9. Amnesia Brewing - Best patio and some of the best locally brewed beer. We heartily endorse you. http://www.amnesiabrew.com/
10. A Love Letter to Portland
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is Peace by Donna Otter.
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Donna will receive a $20 gift certificate to local Portland brewery, The Lucky Lab. Three cheers for solar powered beer! Enjoy!
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Featured Portland Events
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar here. Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
Alberta Earth Day Cleanup Alberta Main Street is working to help Alberta
Street achieve its full potential as a vibrant business district. One of our
main goals has been to implement a new waste pickup and graffiti-removal
program, to help keep the street sparkling. To kickoff the regular street
cleanings, Alberta Main Street is hosting a neighborhood “Deep Clean”,
encouraging community members to come out on Earth Day for a morning of trash
pickup and good “clean” fun.
Last Wednesday at Ground Kontrol - Last Wednesday" of every month...Ground Kontrol trades a cover charge for a night of FREE video games and pinball tables! 21+, $5 cover for FREE GAMES ALL NITE! Doors open at 5pm, DJs start at 9pm
APEX: Geraldine Ondrizek Art magnifies, informs, and is informed by science in Geraldine Ondrizek’s haunting recent work. Scientific processes are made both visually and aurally articulate in these three restrained multi-sensory installation works: The Sound of Cells Dividing and Cellular from 2008 and Case Study from 2010. Ondrizek has worked for years to successfully employ metaphorical representation to “illustrate” the leading technical edge of science. The works featured in APEX are a striking achievement. It is a space for contemplation; beautiful, yet because of what it depicts, also ominous. APEX is an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing Northwest-based artists.
Art in the Garden Spring 2011 Exhibition at the Portland Japanese Garden: Come Back Koi! The second exhibition in the Living in Harmony with Nature series for 2011 celebrates koi as a vital part of the Garden’s ecology. It is the colorful koi that bring the ponds to life and have always held a special place in the hearts of Garden visitors. Featuring the delicately beautiful woodblock prints of Tokyo artist Kunio Kaneko, this exhibition also displays an array of hand painted Edo and Meiji period koi-nobori wind socks and giant nobori-bata banners from the private collection of Mr. Naoteru Hayashi of Yoshitoku Doll Company, a 300-year-old doll shop in Tokyo. Demonstrations of woodblock printing by Mr. Kaneko highlight this Art in the Garden exhibition. The exhibition honors the koi lost in the winter storm of 2008, and celebrates the anticipated arrival of new koi to the Garden on Children’s Day, May 7. At the Garden Pavilion -- Free with Garden admission
Oregon Potters Association and the Ceramic Showcase Present the “Gathering of the Guilds” The Ceramic Showcase and Gathering of the Guilds is the only art show like it in the country. Not only is it the largest clay show in the U.S., but features work from a variety of art guilds including: Creative Metal Arts Guild, Oregon Glass Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Northwest Fine Woodworkers Guild, Portland Bead Society and the Portland Handweavers Guild. This one-of-a-kind show will feature over 350 booths of diverse, spectacular art for the home, garden and office. This event will also feature daily demonstrations by nationally-acclaimed ceramic artists, adult and children “clay play” areas, live music Friday and Saturday night and Oregon wine tasting.
Portland Shape Note Singers - No experience is required at this free community shape note singing event. We sing from The Sacred Harp, a songbook continuously in print and in use since 1844. This American folk tradition of unaccompanied 4-part harmony singing is spirited, exuberant, and LOUD. We'll sing from 9:30AM-3:30PM, with a break at noon for a free potluck lunch. Participants may come and go throughout the day as they please. All ages are welcome, though childcare will not be provided. Songbooks will be available to borrow for the day or purchase for $20. Come sing with us!
Mountains to Metro - Over 30 wineries, large and small, from the acclaimed Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge AVAs will bring their wines “en masse” to Portland on, May 6th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Governor. Wineries will share benchmark Pinot Noirs, as well as Chardonnays, Pinot Gris, Syrah and other memorable wines…for every palate and cuisine. For more information, please visit: www.mountainstometro.comFu
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!
Photo credit: Donna Otter
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