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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland May 11 - May 18 2013

Welcome to the weekend, PDX!   If you're aching to get out and about this weekend, the city will not disappoint you.  

First and foremost, the Whiskeyfest is ON this weekend!  Bootleggers, local distillers and the heavies alike are all ready to slide a glass across the table in hopes you'll fall in love. Enjoy live music, cigar lounge, even a mixology competition. Have fun and drink responsibly.

Whiskeyfest Northwest [ˈhwis-kēˌfest nȯrth-ˈwest]
1: a magnificent whiskey-infused experience known to include phenomenal tastings, fine cigars, exquisite craft cocktails, delicious creations from local restaurants, and captivating live music often resulting in frequent feet stomping of attendees

2: an annual Luna Foundation event that donates proceeds to benefit valued charitable causes in the Northwest (i.e. CASA for Children of Multnomah and Washington Counties)

Saturday, May 11th, 2013, 11AM – 10PM
Portland Pearl District Lot 15 - Entrance on NW 11th and NW Northrup Street
Early Bird Tickets - $20 - SOLD OUT
Regular Tickets - $25
Admission includes three tasting tokens, additional tokens $2 each.

Friday, May 10th, 2013, 5:30PM – 8:30PM (Limited Seating)
Urban Studio - 935 NW Davis Street Portland, OR 97209
Tasting Dinner with Festival Access - $100
Saturday, May 11th, 2013, 9PM-2AM
Urban Studio - 935 NW Davis Street Portland, OR 97209
Featuring DJ RISK ONE
VIP (Limited) - $50
Presale Tickets - $15; At the Door - $20

St Johns Street Fair and Bizarre is today, Saturday May 11th, 2013, 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM

2013 will mark The St. Johns Bizarre's seventh year of creating a forum for neighbors and friends to celebrate our community. We hope to display all that our community has to offer. The Bizarre is a showcase of the unique and eclectic character of North Portland. Included is local music, street performers, a vendor’s market, sausage, pizza, a Bier Garten, kids art activities, and a close proximity to all the wonderful business located in our town center.

There will be great local music all day!  See you there!

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Morning Walk by Rob Creighton Garrison


I've lately been suffering from a combination of schedule-fu and malaise, and perhaps just a touch of early spring laziness. For sure my energy has been oscillating like mad, accompanied by a very slight scratchiness in the throat and a head that feels loosely weighted by unsecured ballast. I can only assume, being exposed to school-age kids often these days, that I have run afoul of some invisible wiggly menace.

Because of this off-kilterness I've been less active, and naturally this left unchecked will only lead to a vicious circle. So this morning, I embarked on a five-mile walk. Lucky you, I snapped a few photos along the way with my cell phone. Who doesn't love crappy cell phone pictures? Happily I live in a town that all but takes its own pictures.


My apartment community lies on top of a hill overlooking Hwy 224. No shortage of trees and flowers here. It makes for a nice start to my trek. It's cool, only in the 50s farenheit-wise, and the sun is still veiled in clouds.

A bit of the route is northward along Southeast 17th, Admittedly this isn't my favorite part. Too much traffic and all too often strewn with trash.


Oh awesome! Some clod left both his old tube AND the carton of his replacement tube lying on the side of the road because, you know, it was too much trouble to carry it on his bike. I'll take this to the nearest receptacle, but I think I need to take a bag with me next time through. Grr.


I don't know about you, but an ice-cold can of PBR always reminds me of a Jedi dinosaur standing in the surf.


I turn west onto Southeast Umatilla. For me, this is where the best part of the walk begins. I love Portland's quiet side streets and the architecture of the houses. I have to pay attention to the sidewalk though, because in arguments with tree roots, sidewalks hardly ever win.


Handy! I wish there was something like this on every street, honestly, since I suffer from directional dyslexia.

I reach the end of Umatilla and turn north onto the Springwater Trail. I pass under nearly-88-year-old Sellwood Bridge, then stride along past Sellwood Park. It's now nine in the morning, and I suppose I've missed most of the commuting traffic of walkers and cyclists. I walk on the left. Yes, I'm well aware this isn't done in polite traveling society, but you get your shirtsleeve ruffled by some fool on a bike going 20 mph and who didn't bother to warn you, see how polite you feel.


I reach Oaks Amusement Park and then turn for the walk back home.


I decide to turn south from Umatilla onto Southeast 13th so that I can walk through this beautiful green (and spendy) neighborhood. This is the way I used to ride my bike home from work in the evening. These streets are spectacular in the autumn, too.

Then it's the descent south homeward on 17th. Distance: Five miles give or take a couple of steps. I stopped a lot to take photos (about 25 in all, so aren't you glad I make a better editor than a photographer?) and still made it back to the apartment before ten. And no shin splints!

I'd call this morning a win.





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Featured Portland Events this Week

Here's the latest roundup of our featured Portland events for you to enjoy!  Mark your calendars and go ahead-- it's free to add your own!   

February 27
In the Studio: Reflections on Artistic Life
February 27, 2013 at 10am to May 19, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum

April 6
APEX: Harold Schlotzhauer
April 6, 2013 to July 14, 2013 – Portland Art Museum

April 23
Ten Chimneys
April 23, 2013 at 7:30pm to May 26, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre

April 30
"The People's Republic of Portland" at Portland Center Stage
April 30, 2013 at 7:30pm to June 9, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory

May 2
Dance for a Dollar
May 2, 2013 at 7pm to May 25, 2013 at 11pm – Milagro Theatre
May 2, 2013 at 7:30pm to May 26, 2013 at 2pm – The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza

May 3
Isamu Noguchi:We are the Landscape of All We Know
May 3, 2013 at 12pm to July 21, 2013 at 7pm – Portland Japanese Garden

May 4
Fierce: Animal Life from the Collection
May 4, 2013 to August 25, 2013 – Portland Art Museum

St. Johns Parade and St Johns Bizarre 2013
May 11, 2013 all day – "St. Johns"

May 18
Consonare Chorale Presents: "For the Birds"
May 18, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – First Congregational United Church of Christ

May 21
Biking in Comfort
May 21, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm – People’s Coop

May 30
The Mix 80's 90's & Top 40's Dancing at The Conga Club
May 30, 2013 at 8pm to May 31, 2013 at 1am – The Conga Club

June 8
Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design
June 8, 2013 at 10am to September 8, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum

June 11
Oregon Symphony: Boz Scaggs
June 11, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

September 1
Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
September 1, 2013 from 7am to 12pm – Yamhill Valley


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