Happy Cinco de Mayo, Portland! The 28th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is in Downtown Portland this weekend.
Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) presents the 28th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May 4-6, 2012. PGSCA was established in 1984, and is a 501 (C-3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Latino culture, arts, education, economic and intercultural partnerships, and goodwill between the cities of Portland and Guadalajara. For more information on the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association go to: www.PGSCA.com
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - May
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Learn more about the festival events, including rides, music events, and a Guiness Book of World Record's attempt for the most people wearing sombreros. Visit CINCODEMAYO.ORG Website
OHS Doggie Dash 2012Next weekend on May 12th is Portland's Annual Doggie Dash, a benefit for the Oregon Humane Society. It isn't too late to participate in this fun event. REGISTER
Downtown Portland goes to the dogs on May 12th as we banish cars and let dogs rule the streets! It's Portland's favorite fundraiser for pets, open to everyone with or without their dog. Register today!
Learn more about the OHS Doggie Dash.
Portland Community GardensPortland Community Gardens - It's gardening season and that means community gardens all over Portland are sprining to life. If you would like to participate in your local community garden, visit the City of Portland's website to find a garden near you. You can volunteer at your neighborhood garden, or sign up for a garden plot on the Portland Parks website.
The Community Gardens program has provided gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Portland since 1975. There are 43 community gardens located throughout the city, developed and operated by volunteers and PP&R staff, offering a variety of activities.
List of Portland Community Gardens and Map
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week is by Rachel Carlson. This moody backlit mage is of the St. Johns Bridge.
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week Rachel scores a gift card to Back to Eden.
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!
Rob Creighton Garrison
I lived on an island for awhile, when I was between the ages of eight and ten. My family moved from Roswell, New Mexico to Puerto Rico when my dad was transferred to Ramey Air Force Base.
It was very cool. White sand beaches, palm trees, hermit crabs to occupy our sand castles. Balmy weather punctuated every year by terrifying threats of hurricanes. BIG bugs. Even though we lived on base, amidst the regimented confines of military life, it was still a kid's adventure. When my dad decided in 1970 to take retirement and we moved to Texas, my anticipation of yet another new environment was tempered by a feeling of sadness in leaving island life.
I don't think you could find an island as unlike Puerto Rico as Sauvie Island (unless you ventured to the Arctic Circle), but I'll say that, were I to forsake the close-in allure of Portland living, Sauvie Island is where I would live.
Cross the bridge and it's like entering the Shire, I kid you not. All that's missing are the short rustics with a taste for second breakfasts, and you could probably find at least one of those if you asked around (no offense to short rustics, and who doesn't like a second breakfast?). You know the boxes of granola or muesli or other tree-huggy foods with the bright pictures of rolling green hills and farms you see lining the shelves at the market? That's what Sauvie Island looks like. Sauvie Island should totally sue for profit share.
Once known as Wapato Island (or Wappatoo, but that one makes me think of tobacco juice spitting contests), the island is now a haven for lavender farmers and those who love them, long straight flat roads and the cyclists who crave them, and pumpkin patches and the carvers who might harbor deep-seated interpersonal issues. And cows. And horses. We saw at least one pig. Tractors and houseboats and anglers, oh my. Take a kid to this place and you risk rubber-necking flirtations with whiplash.
And birds. LOTS of birds. The Wapato Greenway affords an easy hike and views of blue herons and other waterfowl, plus ospreys in the spring and summer and bald eagles during winter.
The island has beaches too. This is where things go a little off-center, where things slide from bucolic rusticism to Portland Bohemianism. Collins Beach is clothing-optional and competes with Rooster Rock for the attentions of the discerning unclad. One would think this juxtaposition of farm folk and unfettered flesh would be cause for consternation (at least for said farm folk), and every once in awhile I'm sure somebody walks a naked step or two farther than a neighboring property owner's comfort zone extends, but overall people seem to get on quite well. I suppose the island populace figures these nudistas will eventually put their pockets back on and then reach into them to pay for pumpkins or fresh produce on their way back over the bridge, and in the meantime they don't seem to scare the cows, so it's all good. That's a pretty healthy viewpoint.
No, I'm not posting pictures of Collins Beach. It was cold.
For more barely-competent attempts at photography, feel free to have a look at my photo albums on this website. Enjoy!Editor's Comment:
Learn more about Sauvie Island on SauvieIsland.org:
Sauvie Island lies approximately ten miles northwest of downtown Portland, Oregon and is accessed by a sole bridge from US 30. As you cross the bridge you’ll sense the solitude as a serene vista of fields, trees and the Cascade Range spread out in front of you. And, if the day is clear, five mountains which bejewel the Range—are visible from north to south; they are Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and, on a very clear day, Mt. Jefferson.
The island is situated between the Columbia River to the east, the Multnomah Channel to the west, and the Willamette River to the south. It is an island so large it has its own rivers, lakes, islands, and sloughs.
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Featured Portland Events this Week
Below are featured and member added events on the Portland Events Calendar:
April 27, 2012 to May 20, 2012 – Portland http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/ovo/tickets/portland.aspx OVO is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look fo… Organized by Cirque du Soleil | Type: cirque
May 3, 2012 at 7:30pm to May 19, 2012 at 7:30pm – The BodyVox Dance Center Building on its fruitful history of working in film, next spring BodyVox will embark on a new approach to its unique brand of dance theater. Utilizing a mash up of cinematic scenes from classic films… Organized by BodyVox | Type: performance
May 3, 2012 at 7:30pm to May 26, 2012 at 8pm – Miracle Theater Group With Chicano swagger and sly sense of humor, Luis Alfaro transports Sophocles’ tragedy to the mean streets of East L.A. Here Oedipus does hard time for ripping off a Costco, Jocasta splashes on the J… Organized by Miracle Theatre | Type: theater, production
May 4, 2012 to June 25, 2012 – SCRAP "inteREor" is a wonderfully clever collection of furniture and decor made almost entirely out of reused materials by fabREfab and LeDoux. SCRAP's Re:Vision Gallery features artwork made from a minimu… Organized by Alyssa Kail | Type: gallery, show
May 4, 2012 at 9am to May 6, 2012 at 5pm – Oregon Convention Center Oregon Potters Association presents the 30th Annual Ceramic Showcase, the largest sale and show of clay in the U.S. This one-of-a-kind show will feature over 150 booths of diverse, spectacular art fo… Organized by Oregon Potters Association | Type: ceramic, showcase
May 4, 2012 at 1pm to December 30, 2012 at 3pm – Mark Spencer Hotel Lobby Library Check out Portland’s amazing street cuisine! Let our Resident Experts take you on a personal tour of the city’s best food carts, tasting trucks, and hidden kitchens, where former four-star chefs and… Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: food, cart, tour
May 5, 2012 to May 6, 2012 – "Portland Expo Center" http://nwpetfair.com/ Portland's largest pet adoption and pet social expo. The Northwest Pet and Companion Fair is back this year for the 11th Annual venue where we are set to deliver you top notch… Organized by NW Pet and Companion Fair | Type: pet fair
May 5, 2012 at 10am to August 12, 2012 at 5pm – The Portland Art Museum Whimsically reinventing icons from popular culture and art history, Seattle artist Claudia Fitch seeks to expose a connection between the cultural and the personal. Using flocking, plastic foliage, g… Organized by Sarah Kinney | Type: art, exhibit
May 5, 2012 from 11am to 5pm – Sellwood Masonic Lodge Who will always love you no matter what? YOUR MOTHER! Show her some love with a gift from the Hip Happening! 50 talented local artisans selling fabulous unique handmade one-of-a-kind items.Free drawi… Organized by Hip Happening | Type: arts, &, crafts, bazaar
May 5, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland We begin at Coalition, a small 10 barrel brewery in the inner SE where we taste their handcrafted, highly drinkable beers that reflect traditional brewing techniques and NW innovation. Our next spot… Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery, tour
May 5, 2012 from 7pm to 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Saturday 05/05 - 7PM & 9:30PM $20-$25 Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco. He is a frequent guest on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Chelsea Lately" on E! and on "Red E… Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand, up, comedy
May 5, 2012 from 8pm to 11pm – YU Contemporary MAHMOUD AHMED A PerformanceMay 5, 2012, 9pm (doors, 7pm)$30 – PURCHASE NOW Ahmed is one of the pioneers and great innovators of modern Ethiopian music, a true legend who has influenced the way music… Organized by YU | Type: music, performance
May 6, 2012 from 10am to 2pm – Hillsdale in SW Portland Come join us Sunday, May 6 for the 2nd annual Springfest with over 30 local vendors, live music, clowns, magicians…and an inflatable obstacle course…all free to participants. Happening the same day… Organized by Hillsdale Main Street | Type: free, health, &, wellness, fair
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