Hey Portlanders. Happy Cinco de Mayo Fiesta weekend, and Happy Mother's Day weekend, too! Still looking for ideas of things to do for Mother's Day in Portland? We've got a few for you. You could go to Mother's Day at the Portland Japanese Garden. Or, the Oregon Zoo Mother's Day Brunch. All you last-minute planners will be happy to know there are plenty of places to take mom for Portland Mother's Day Brunch, dinner, and celebrations. You can even make your reservations on-line right now using OpenTable.com. Here are just a handful of popular restaurants to take mom on Mother's Day in Portland:
The Tin Shed
The London Grill at the Benson
Tasty N Sons
Bistro 921 at the Hilton
The Daily Grill
The Heathman Restaurant
Jake's Famous Crawfish and Seafood
If you want to get your mom a Portland Mother's Day massage gift certificate or massage package, check out Holistic Portland Massage. There are few gifts nicer than the gift of relaxation! You can even purchase massage gift certificates on-line to make it super easy. Just visit the website http://www.holisticportlandmassage.com for easy on-line booking.
If a foot massage sounds nice, I recommend Foot Body Bar in the Pearl District. http://footbarbodybar.com/ They offer a whole menu of luxurious foot massage treatments. Blissful!
If you're still hoping for Portland flower delivery, visit our Portland Florists - Portland Flower Delivery page to find a list of florists to send Mother's Day flowers in Portland.
Spring Flowers - Downtown Portland
Portland Bakery - Portland Patisserie - Portland Cupcakes - Portland Chocolate
If you'd like to get your mom something sweet, there is a nice long list of places to get Portland cupcakes, pastries, cookies, cakes, croissants, and other baked goodies in town!
Back to Eden Bakery
Sweetpea Baking Company
New Cascadia Traditional
Little T American Baker
Baker & Spice
Ken's Artisan Bakery
Helen Bernhard Bakery
Helen Bernhard Bakery, Sullivan's Gulch Neighborhood
If your Mom likes Portland Breweries and we get lucky enough to have some sunshine for Mother's Day, definitely hit a favorite Portland brewpub or bottle shop! Migration, Coalition, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Amnesia, Lucky Lab, Lompoc, Apex, Saraveza...I could go on and on...they are all great!
Jonathan enjoying a rare sunny May Portland afternoon at Migration (wearing an Apex T-Shirt)
My mom doesn't live in Portland so I am usually stuck with the flower delivery route. This year, I decided to get my mom something a bit unusual for a Mother's Day present: a goat and two chickens. What? Well, I know my Mom always says she doesn't want or need anything for herself as a gift, so I figured this year I would donate to a charity in her name. World Vision is a highly ranked charity that donates to help children and families throughout the world. By donating a goat and two chickens, as I read on their website,
I don't know, but I thought a goat and two chickens was a cool Mother's Day gift idea, and my Mom was delighted when she got the email explaining the donation in her honor. If you'd like to donate to World Vision in honor of your mom, visit their website to learn more: http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=10390
Weekly Featured Portland Events
Each week we feature a handpicked list of Portland events that have been shared on the events calendar. If you have a Portland event you would like to share, just go to the Portland Events Calendar, and click the +Add button. Thanks for sharing what is going on in and around Portland!April 1, 2011 to May 8, 2011 Smash Putt Fairways - PDX Smash Putt, The Miniature Golf Apocalypse, returns to Portland for six weekends of mayhem and excitement! Devious obstacles kissed with wicked robotic brains hand crafted by our mad scientists to cha Organized by Smash Putt! | Type: nightlife May 6, 2011 at 6pm to May 28, 2011 at 4:30pm Architectural Heritage Center The paintings of local artist Betty Chilstrom will be shown this May, with an opening during First Friday in Portlands Central Eastside Arts District. The collection includes numerous Portland house Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: art, show/fundraiser May 6, 2011 from 7:30pm to 10pm bossanova ballroom the vitaminwater design challenge is kicking off the portland mercury's 7th annual spring fashion show open season with a vitaminwater-inspired fashion show. hand selected open season designers a Organized by fullpic | Type: fashion, show May 6, 2011 at 8pm to May 28, 2011 at 10pm Miracle Theatre Group Sold to a blind beggar as a child and then passed from one master to another each more cruel and incompetent than the previous young Lazarillo must pilfer and deceive to survive, and is usually p Organized by Miracle Theatre Group | Type: theatre, performance May 7, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm Portland Japanese Garden Kodomo no Hi, Childrens Day May 7, 1-3pm Free with Garden Admission Once again this year, the Portland Japanese Garden celebrates Kodomo no Hi with a variety of childrens activities and performanc Organized by Melissa Wilmot | Type: festival
May 7, 2011 from 8pm to 10:30pm Hipbone Studio - home to Portland Story Theater Portland Story Theater returns for a third year of solo festival goodness with Singlehandedly! SATURDAY May 7: Sharon 'Shay' Knorr, "The Letter 'H'" auGi, telling "What Happens When Napoleon Dynam Organized by Portland Story Theater | Type: performance, festival, storytelling
May 8, 2011 from 10am to 3pm Portland Japanese Garden Mothers Day May 8, 10 a.m.3 p.m. Included with Garden admission Spend Mothers Day in the Garden and enjoy this spring day with friends and family. Garden guides will be on hand throughout the Gar Organized by Melissa Wilmot | Type: event, garden May 8, 2011 from 2pm to 3pm The Warehouse Cafe Star of Kindie Rock Time Magazine The show is a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss. - The New York Times Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who Organized by Brian Pearl | Type: music, &, animation, show, for, kids, families
May 9, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8pm Concordia University Concordia University is proud to have one of the few CSWE accredited Social Work programs in the state. Once you earn your Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Concordia University, you will have Organized by Concordia University | Type: community, event May 9, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm Unity of Portland Music to feed the human spirit. Karl brings his unique & powerful musical experience to Portland, Oregon. Mantra is Brilliant Laser Lights with Karl Anthonys Vibrant Acoustic Kirtan Music Sans Organized by Unity of Portland | Type: music
May 12, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm Our United Villages Community Outreach is hosting an ongoing workshop series, Tools for Community Building, on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 PM 8:00 PM. Join us on Thursday, May 12 for a workshop that w Organized by Community Outreach | Type: workshop May 12, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm Coho Theater A love story about the impossibility of love, Reasons to Be Pretty introduces us to Greg, who really truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfect Organized by Alison Wallisch | Type: fundraiser
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
What's the Portland top ten list? Just some cool places, activities, shops, businesses, restaurants, people, and other things we want to share about Portland each week. if you have something you'd like to see added to the weekly top ten, drop us a line.
1) 27th Annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta - Tom McCall Waterfront Park - through this weekend
From website: http://cincodemayo.org/
From May 5 to May 8, 2011, Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) will present the twenty-seventh annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. 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
¡Bienvenidos a La Fiesta Anual de Cinco de Mayo!Desde el 5 de mayo hasta el 8 de mayo, la Asociación de Ciudades Hermanas Portland Guadalajara (PGSCA) realizará la vigésima sexta celebración anual de Cinco De Mayo. PGSCA se estableció en 1984, y como una organización sin fines de lucro 503 (c-3) nos dedicamos a promover la cultura y el arte latino a traves de colaboraciones educativas e interculturales entre las ciudades de Guadalajara y Portland.
2) McMenamin's New Crystal Hotel
Located just across the street from the legendary Crystal Ballroom, the Crystal Hotel has 51 comfortable guestrooms, each inspired by a song or performance from the Crystal Ballroom's past 100 years. Colorfully painted panels and headboards anchor the rooms, while deeply-hued walls, black velvet drapery and animal print upholstery lend a rock n roll vibe. Large windows afford views of the city from all angles. Room rates include admission to the soaking pool and the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Crystal Ballroom show on the night of your stay.
If you've ever wondered what it takes to pull off a McMenamin's remodel and all of the artwork, check the videos below!
3) Oregon Zoo Mother's Day Brunch
From their website:http://www.oregonzoo.org/Events/brunch.htm
Join us for our annual Mother's Day brunch in the zoo's beautiful Cascade Crest Banquet Center on
Sunday, May 8, 2011
4) Hollywood Theatre - Sound and Vision Fest
Bridgeport Presents Sound + Vision Fest 5/12-5/14 to benefit the nonprofit Hollywood Theatre
Featuring new work from Matt McCormick, Spike Jonze, the Portland premiere of Who Took the Bomp: Le Tigre on Tour, and works in progress by Michel Gondry and Lance Bangs as well as performances by Eluvium, Goodnight Billygoat and the Corin Tucker Band.
Tickets for each night are $10: BUY TICKETS
5) WWEEK'S Shut up and Vote! 2011 School Election Edition, "Your gateway drug to civic involvement"
You have to hand it to WWEEK, they do a nice job of summarizing and explaining the issues, so that "I can't vote, I don't know anything about it" falls away as your excuse not to vote. So read it and go vote. Check this article for more info on the School Election:
6) Local Focus! Portland Gardening - Cedar Planter Boxes for Raised Beds - Since it is May and I am still hoping for warmth and sunshine, I went hunting for some nice planter boxes to use as raised garden beds for my Portland garden, and found that they are quite expensive at the local garden store. But then I found Ben's listing for raised beds on backpage ads. Ben is selling very reasonably priced, high quality cedar planter boxes that he makes and delivers in and around the Portland area. They are really nice and sturdy box frames, and the cedar smells great! Make yourself some nice raised garden beds this year, or even take a couple of the bigger ones and fashion yourself some benches. I plan to fill mine with organic veggies (if the weather cooperates, we might get some decent tomatoes this year). Ben will make your boxes to specs or he has several pre-made sizes available, and he can deliver them to your Portland home for a reasonable price. I don't know if Ben will need to raise his prices as the demand increases, but here is his current price list as of today's blog post:
Example sizes and prices:
I can't wait to get my Portland raised garden planters placed in my yard and filled with plants. Now all I need is some dirt.
To order your cedar raised beds or garden planters for your Portland Garden, call Ben at 503-810-7816.
7) VooDoo Doughnut Too
1501 Northeast Davis Street
VooDoo Doughnut is Open 24 Hours, Cash Only!
So apparently the original Portland VooDoo Doughnut location in Old Town is closed for some renovation, which meant the VooDoo Doughnut Too location in NE was jam packed with people when I dropped by for a semi-annual doughnut fix. In fact, there was a line out the door, and the surly employees looked harried and visibly impatient (but some still at least attempted to smile at the throngs of goggle-eyed tourists and locals). If you are looking for one of the most tasty and fun doughnuts in Portland (or anywhere, for that matter), everyone knows VooDoo Doughnut delivers.
8) Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Rescue
With gas prices through the roof, many of us are taking alternative transportation to work. I bought a scooter at the end of last summer, and because I am a wimp, I didn't ride it through most of the cold wet winter as I probably should have. So it had a bit of trouble starting when I went to fire it up a couple weeks ago. It needed a tune up at the very least, but I couldn't keep it running long enough to even get down the street. So...since I don't have a pick up truck or any way to get the bike to the shop for repairs, I was wondering what to do. What you do, apparently, is call Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Rescue. In about half an hour after I called, a huge truck trailer that looked like it could haul about a hundred motorcycles pulled up outside my house. To his credit, Aaron didn't even smirk at me as I sheepishly wheeled my pathetic dead little scooter out and loaded it on the ramp off the back. (He did offer me a tip: if I rode all year long it wouldn't die over the winter. And he told me about some cool winter riding gear I might want to try.) I was impressed by the fair price and fast and friendly service. Aaron towed it straight to the scooter service shop for me - problem solved! Now I am zipping around Portland on my scooter and getting 80+ miles to the gallon, woo hoo! If you have a scooter or motorcycle and need a tow for any reason, Thunder Mountain Rescue is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 971-570-3622 to have them pick up your bike.
From their website: www.thundermountaintransport.com
9) Vespa Portland - Service Department
Speaking of Portland scooters, if you too would like a nice fun ride that saves you a small fortune in gas over your car or truck, check out the Portland Scooters page. I took my scooter in for service at Vespa Portland located in NE Portland. I highly recommend their Portland scooter service shop, where my scooter was in and out, and running again in no time. I didn't get any "you're not cool enough for this scooter" attitude which I have heard can be a bit of a problem at other local scooter shops. I appreciated the care with which they treated me and my scooter, and would definitely check this shop out if you are in the market for a new scooter yourself. While I can't personally speak to their sales department, their service department rocks! They also offer a pickup service (see Thunder Mountain, above), in case you need your scoot towed in, too.
From their website: http://www.vespaportland.com/
Call 503-222-3779 for Portland scooter service.
10) One Night with Janis Joplin - Portland Center Stage
Our own Portland website real estate writer (and local talented musician and performer) Ross Seligman is performing in this show. You should check it out! http://community.portlandneighborhood.com/forum/topics/one-night-with-janis-joplin
More info from http://www.pcs.org/janis/
The Portland Photo of the Week
Taylor wins again with the Portland photo of the week contest! Come upload your Portland photos to the community Portland Photo Album. As always, thanks so much for sharing, we really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week! A-h-h, spring always brings the most lovely pink blossomed trees in Portland.
Pink Blossoms in Portland - Photo by Taylor Case
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Taylor will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of Portland's favorite coffee shops, Coava. Want to learn more about where to find great Portland coffee? Visit our Portland Coffee page.
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!
Alberta Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report
by Ross Seligman
To learn about the Vernon neighborhood click here.
Are you keeping an eye on Vernon or is it your neighborhood? Check out this link for a monthly updating real estate chart for this neighborhood.
In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always
talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. If you are
looking to buy or sell in a particular neighborhood, the most crucial
information that you need to know is what is going on in that neighborhood.
In this situation, the overall Portland market report is less important and
the national real estate report is just about useless. This posting is a
real estate report for the Vernon neighborhood of all homes in all price
ranges. Feel free to request particular neighborhoods in which you are
interested in buying or selling and I am be happy to do a report, just
contact me on this forum or at http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
In March 2011, there were 26 closed sales, 30
pending sales, and 118 homes on the market in the Vernon Neighborhood.
Chart for average price per square footage:
One year change from March 2010 to March 2011:
March 2011: 147
Percentage Change: Down 13.5%
This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In March 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Vernon neighborhood was 67 days.
This chart shows us what the average listing was and
what the average sale was. In March 2011, the average price of a house
on the market in Vernon was $296,000. The average sale was $270,000.
Best Deals in Portland - Portland Home Deals
Each week, Ross shares a handful of homes for sale in Portland Oregon that are great deals. We usually select one on the higher end and lower end of the price range to share here in the blog. You can read the full report of best real estate deals in Portland, here.
2. 420 NW 11TH AVE Portland, OR 97209 - Pearl District - $799,999
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/11376706
5. 3505 NE 77TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Roseway - $249,900
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/11535387
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Learn more about these interesting Portland neighborhoods.
Powell's Bookstore Picks
About Powell's Books: Powell's personifies Portland in so many ways: first of all, it's an independently owned bookstore. Portland in general is highly supportive of locally owned businesses and supporting the local economy. While we don't outwardly shun all big box chain stores, we prefer to do our business at home. Perhaps more importantly, Powell's Bookstore is simply one of the finest bookstores in the world. Powell's City of Books takes up an entire city block downtown, and you can get lost for hours exploring the labyrinth of color-coded rooms. You will probably need a map, the store is so big... Read more about Powell's Bookstore
We love Powell's!
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