Welcome to another weekend, Portland! We are on the cusp of summer and are overflowing with everything that makes us Portland: bicycles, coffee shops, outdoor breweries, front yard gardens, dogs in bike-cabs and family hikes in the Gorge. We love Portland in the summer!
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The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week is by local artist, Fasai. This photo captures the breathtaking beauty of Indian Beach.
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week our winner is treated to Powells Books, the largest indie bookstore in the world!
Powells Bookstore Portland Oregon - If you're a book lover and you live in Portland Oregon, then Powells Bookstore is no surprise to you because it is a local favorite. Powell's City of Books is one of the most visited spots in town whether you're visiting Portland and looking for popular places to visit, or whether you've lived in Portland your entire life. they say 80,000 people browse the shelves of Powells each day. If you're visiting with a group, you can even arrange a tour. "From humble storefront beginnings in 1971 on a derelict corner of northwest Portland, Oregon, Powell's Books has grown into one of the world's great bookstores, with seven locations in the Portland metropolitan area, and one of the book world's most successful dot-coms (www.powells.com), serving customers worldwide." (Powells.com)
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Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison
I'm going to fall back on that universal cop-out, the one many people use when pressed to explain their belief systems: I'm not religious, but I am spiritual.
Oh, you didn't ask? My bad.
The truth is that I'm a lapsed everything. If my seeking life was an actual path, the grass on both sides of the sidewalk would be stomped flat. I've exchanged many a come-hither glance with a variety of disciplines. I'm the guy floating from table to table, full of ideas and conversation, but ultimately I have never sealed the deal before they start flicking the last-call lights. Is a singles-bar analogy appropriate in this context? Maybe I should have asked first.
Fortunately, the minders at The Grotto (formally named The National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother) don't care what spiritual bent visitors follow; at least no one I know has ever been carded.
I love this place, one of the most serene in the city. Walking the grounds demands a slower pace and a mind shed of worry. Visitors generally treat it as an outdoor church, so it's only natural to find it hushed and tranquil. That seems appropriate to me; as fond as I am of old, grand churches, I appreciate that sense of peace even more out of doors. Were I truly a member of the faithful, I would particularly hold in awe this melding of the Creator and the Created.
I've always loved statuary, and even if the examples here are specifically iconic, it doesn't detract from their beauty in the least. Resting on one of the benches in the shadow of one of these statues makes me feel reverent even if that reverence is undirected.
At the top is the Meditation Chapel. I'll be honest, the exterior looks like a set piece from Logan's Run. The view from inside is spectacular, though.
This is a beautiful place. Go see. To learn more about the Grotto, read: http://www.portlandneighborhood.com/the-grotto-portland.html
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Featured Portland Events this Week
March 10, 2012 at 10am to June 17, 2012 at 5pm –Portland Art Museum Emerging, a selection of more than 50 works, celebrates the diversity and breadth of a set of 500 recent gifts and purchases. Included are images by such exceptional photographers as Adolphe Braun, B…Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: museum,exhibit
April 5, 2012 at 6pm to October 4, 2012 at 6pm –Jamison Square What mysteries lurk behind the bright lights of Portland's hippest art galleries, chic shops, bookstores and microbreweries? Come to Jamison Square at 6 PM on First Thursdays and find out! Upon arriv…
April 24, 2012 to May 31, 2012 – Concordia University George R White Library and Learning Center Come join us daily 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. for our annual art show featuring the works of Concordia University students and faculty. For more information, visit www.cu-portland.edu/library/events/.Organized by Concordia University | Type: art, show
April 24, 2012 at 7:30pm to June 3, 2012 at 2pm –Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage So what is it that defines “crazy” anyway? Called a groundbreaking, powerhouse rock musical, Next to Normal, is a heart-swelling, searingly painful dissection of a mother’s mental illness and her sub…Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance
April 27, 2012 to May 20, 2012 – Portlandhttp://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 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 12, 2012 at 10am to September 9, 2012 at 5pm –The Portland Art Museum Photography has figured prominently in the Museum’s exhibitions since the early 1910s; the official acquisition of photographs for the permanent collection began in 1942 with the addition of 86 photo…Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: photography,exhibit
May 14, 2012 to May 31, 2012 – Discovery Museum, Washington Park Come visit the Discovery Museum at the World Forestry Center in Portland's Washington Park with a discounted admission of only $5 per person for the month of May. it's a deal!Organized by World Forestry Center | Type: discounted,museum, admission
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