Hey Portland! Here is your weekender edition of our Portland blog with our handpicked featured Portland events, the weekly Portland real estate report featuring the Grant Park neighborhood, and the Portland photo of the week. We have an incredible weekend in store for us -- awesome, sunny weather and fair PDX skies. What more can we ask for? Spring has sprung and I rejoice!
My plans are to head to Haag Lake at the (literal) crack o' dawn and the catch the big one. Picked up my new fishing license today and I'm ready to rumble. Haag Lake is located out in Forest Grove and is about a 40 minute drive from our North Portland neighborhood. Nothing like watching the sun rise on the water and reeling in the largest fish anyone has ever seen. Last time I was there I caught a large mouth bass weighing about 4lbs. I'm going back to catch his father. Watch for pictures!
In other news, I've been gifted a vintage (heh, same age as me) 1976 Kawasaki motorcycle and I'm ready-set-go to learn how to pilot this thang. I just registered my Basic Rider Training course with Team Oregon and anxiously await my class in June. I've heard that these classes used to fill up fast and if you were a late planner you were out of luck. I'm happy to report that I had plenty of options to choose from and am ready to learn how to hit the streets safe this summer!
This is a gorgeous and inspiring photo -- not Haag Lake but pretty damn pretty. Wish I were there. Nice job, Michael!
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here are the featured Portland events this week! 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.
Cirque Du Soleil Kooza
Ok. Words truly fail to describe but I will try.
Absolutely. Simply. Breathtaking. Jaw-dropping. Amazing. GO.
OMSI: Space Exhibit, A Journey to our Future
January 30-May 31, 2010. Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions and presented in collaboration with NASA, this dynamic, multimedia exhibit looks back into the history of aeronautics and examines the many unknown questions of existence posed by future space exploration.
The Portland Indie Wine and Food Festival
Join 40 of Oregon’s best craft wineries as they gather at
Northeast Portland’s Bison Building for the 6th annual Portland Indie Wine &
Food Festival. All participating wineries were selected by an expert tasting
panel comprised of twelve nationally recognized sommeliers, retailers, wine
trade representatives and writers. These tiny producers and winemakers will
be on hand to personally pour and discuss their wines, farmer’s market
style, with many wineries offering direct sales during the festival - the
ultimate one-stop shopping experience.
Oregon History Museum - Becoming American: Teenagers & Immigration
This traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution paints a poignant picture of teenage immigrants in America. Photographer Barbara Beirne was inspired by teenage refugees she met in Kosovo. She worked with immigrant teenagers in America to help them tell their stories through photography. This exhibit tells the story of what it means to leave one’s home at a young age and acclimate to life in a different environment.
MetroArts Kids Camp
Camp registration is now open for MetroArts Kids Camp 18th year. Camp runs this summer July 12-16 and 19-23, Monday-Fridays for 7-12 year olds. Our campers go through classes of visual arts, music, dance, and theater all on the performing spaces of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
Artistic Celebration Art Auction
May 1 - The Artistic Celebration Art Auction 2010 was created
to celebrate and promote undiscovered artists of all visual mediums as well as
raise money for Shriners Children’s Hospital. Local Artists of all types are
encouraged to donate pieces to be showcased and auctioned, with 100% of the
proceeds going to Schriners.
Portland Photo of the Week
Our Portland Photo of the Week, Pearl District Colors is by Kurt R. The Pearl District is one of the defining urban neighborhoods in Portland as well as a vibrant part of our downtown. Nice work capturing the feel of this old district, Kurt!
Thanks to everyone for uploading your photos, we all enjoy looking at the ever growing gallery of Portland and surrounding areas.
Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20
gift certificate to the our favorite store ever, Powells Books.
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!
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Portland Grant Park Neighborhood - Real Estate Market Report
By Ross Seligman
Grant Park is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sullivan's Gulch, Irvington, Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire, Rose City Park and Hollywood neighborhoods. Grant Park is conveniently located along Tri Met bus lines, and relatively close-in to Downtown Portland. To learn more, click here.
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
In Grant Park, closed sales are up over last month and pending sales have
spiked. In March 2010, there were 39 closed sales, 86 pending sales, and
220 on the market. More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real
estate statistics nerd:
Click here to read the rest of the Grant Park neighborhood report.
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. Take a gander at this amazing home in historic Irvington. Check out the full list of best deals.
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10034452
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.
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