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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, May 21 - May 28, 2011

Hello, Portlanders and welcome to another weekly edition of our Portland events blog.  You won't have any shortage of things to do this weekend in Portland.  If you'd like to have a nice healthy weekend, head down to the Portland Eastbank Esplanade Downtown today to watch or participate in the Start! Heart and Stroke Walk for the American Heart Association.  While you're Downtown, you might as well swing by the Portland Farmer's Market at PSU and get some fresh organic veggies.  

Then pick up a copy of Willamette Week's "Devour" edition (A Hungry Shopper's Guide to Portland), and visit any one of the local foodie shops for some delicious ingredients to complete your healthy meal.  You can also read this week's  WWEEK online at

You might also want to visit Naomi's Organic Farm Supply this weekend  to stock your own garden and have good healthy eats all summer long.

This weekend's events at Naomi's include:

1) Hip Happening Craft Bazaar! Free, all day on Saturday May 21st - With over 25 craft vendors, plus food and music. 

2) Spring Pig on Sunday, May 22nd from 3 - 9pm, we're donating our site to this delicious benefit to raise money for the Portland Farmer's Market Fresh Exchange Program for SNAP Recipients, (formerly the Food Stamp Program), so that Farmer's Markets can be for everyone. In this 'economic climate,' equal access to fresh food is more important than ever. Help fill the gap and get more farm-direct produce into the hands of our neighbors who need help for produce, meat, seafood, cheese, edible plant starts and some baked goods. 

For Portland neighborhood-focused events, this weekend brings the beloved Kenton Street Fair, the Mt. Tabor Art Walk, the Montavillage Fair, and the Mt. Scott "May, Green, Clean" Event.  

Visit the Portland Events Calendar for more information on these and more Portland events.


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!

Peace Corps: 50 Years of Service and Bringing the World Home

March 1, 2011 at 10am to June 12, 2011 at 5pm – Oregon Historical Society Ever wonder what it’s like to live and work in the most remote corners of the world?  At the Oregon History Museum’s newest exhibit, you will get to travel the world without ever leaving the state! … Organized by Rachel Butler | Type: exhibit You have not responded.

Peter Shelton

March 9, 2011 at 10am to June 12, 2011 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The exhibition features three recent large-scale sculptures and a selection of drawings by Los Angeles-based sculptor Peter Shelton. Manifestly precise in execution and explicitly physical, the works… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit

Betty Paints Portland

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 Portland’s Central Eastside Arts District. The collection includes numerous Portland house… Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: art, show/fundraiser

LAZARILLO – World Premiere (Bilingual)

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

CALL TO ARTISTS - Drawing It Down Fundraising Event

May 17, 2011 at 6pm to May 31, 2011 at 7pm – Kenton Firehouse Want to draw? In public?   Arts on the Peninsula seeks artists (16 and over) for three NorthPortland community/fundraising events: 6/18 – Kenton; 7/16 – St. Johns; Mid-September – Roosevelt High S… Organized by Buff Medb Neretin, Arts on the Peninsula | Type: public/community, event,


May 19, 2011 at 7:30pm to June 4, 2011 at 8:45pm – Imago Theatre An original comedy by Carol Triffle   May 19th thru June 4th. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 PM   SPLAT continues in Carol Triffle’s eccentric non-linear approach to comedy and theatre where… Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre

FREE Food Sharing Workshop

May 21, 2011 from 9am to 3pm – Brentwood Darlington Community Center Back by popular demand, this spring’s Food Sharing Workshop will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Brentwood Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Avenue, 97206).  You a… Organized by Community Outreach | Type: workshop

Hip Happening & Naomi's Bazaar Party

May 21, 2011 from 10am to 5pm – Naomi's Organic Farm Supply Nursery The fate of our beloved Naomi’s has not yet been determined. Will another family business be eaten up by a corporate giant? Only time will tell, soooooo……Hip Happening and Naomi's Organic Farm Supply… Organized by Hip Happening | Type: party/bazaar/celebration You have not responded.

Mt.Tabor Art Walk 2011

May 21, 2011 at 10am to May 22, 2011 at 5pm – Mt.Tabor Come and enjoy the Mt.Tabor juried Art Walk this year on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd from 10am to 5pm  Viist artists studios, homes and gardens to view their  paintings, jewelry, sculptur… Organized by Mt.Tabor Art Walk Commitees | Type: art,

Off the Top of My Head

May 21, 2011 from 8pm to 10pm – In the Sapphire Room on the roof of the Indigo Building INTRODUCING HEIDI DUCKLER DANCE THEATRE NORTHWEST MAKING ITS DEBUT AT THE INDIGO BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND “OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD”   Choreographed by Heidi Duckler and created especially for the… Organized by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Northwest | Type: site-specific, dance, performance

Kenton Street Fair

May 22, 2011 from 11am to 7pm – "Kenton" The Kenton Street Fair will be held Sunday, May 22, 2011, 11am to 7pm in the heart of the downtown Kenton commercial district on N. Denver Avenue between N. Schofield & N. Willis.  COASTER CAR EX… Organized by Kenton | Type: kenton street fair

Montavillage Fair

May 22, 2011 from 1pm to 4pm – Creative Science School JHC will be providing healthy homes outreach and free blood screenings Organized by Alison Sheldon | Type: fair

Mt. Scott "May. Green. Clean" Event

May 22, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm – Mt. Scott Community Center Green Cleaning Outreach Event Organized by Alison Sheldon | Type: fair

Portland Bacon Takedown

May 22, 2011 from 3pm to 5pm – "The Goodfoot" Wowzers, Portland!!! The most important bacon party of all time is in town!!! May 22 at 3PM, The Bacon Takedown saunters into The Goodfoot in Portland, and humbly asks 20 local cooks to whip up their… Organized by Portland Bacon Takedown | Type: portland bacon takedown

Be a Real Human Being

May 23, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm – Unity of Portland A public talk on the art of mindful living. In the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, with Brothers Phap Ho & Phap De of the Deer Park Monastery. Join us for an evening of meditation, song and Dharma… Organized by Unity of Portland | Type: public, talk,

One Night WIth Janis Joplin - Portland Center Stage

May 24, 2011 to June 26, 2011 – Gerding Theater at the Armory Portland Center Stage will host the world premiere of One Night with Janis Joplin, the new musical event celebrating the life of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest legends, beginning May 24, 2011. One Ni… Organized by Ross Seligman | Type: musical

Urban Green: Bonsai Workshop

May 24, 2011 from 9am to 12pm – Portland Japanese Garden In the week leading up to the opening of the exhibition, Mr. Kobayashi will present a bonsai workshop during which participants will learn to plant and care for new bonsai. The fee includes a handmad… Organized by Melissa Wilmot | Type: workshop,

Connecting Our Future- Exploring PDX's Broadband Strategic Plan

May 24, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm – Mercy Corps Action Center Are you taking for granted the underlying infrastructure that allows you to do the cool stuff you do online? Join the Portland nonprofit technology community for a presentation by Mary Beth Henry abo… Organized by Nicole Staudinger | Type: networking

Love Art! Gallery's ~ 2nd Anniversary Celebration

June 4, 2011 from 10am to 7pm – Love Art! Gallery Celebrate! with Love Art! Gallery for our 2nd Anniversary June 4, 2011 from 10am to 7pm Love Art is a family gallery located in the heart of Sellwood. The gallery represents 75 stunning local artist… Organized by Love Art! Gallery | Type: anniversary, celebration

SPOIL: fight to save the Great Bear Rainforest - OR Premier

June 9, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm – Hollywood Theater Oregon Premier SPOIL: Tar sands in the Great Bear Rainforest June 9th 7-9PM Hollywood Theater 41st & NE Sandy, Portland Free!   In honor of International Stop the Tar Sands day, Portland Rising T… Organized by Portland Rising Tide, National Wildlife Federation, Columbia Riverkeeper | Type: international, stop,



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) Portland Community College -  Fun Recreational Classes - Did you know you can take a ton of fun community classes from PCC this spring and  summer?  Visit for a complete class list and additional information.  Class categories include Creative Arts, Gardening,  Language and Culture, Work and Life Balance, and Recreation and Wellness.  Just a few classes on the list include:  Drawing, Painting, Pottery, Photography, Writing, Cooking, Home Improvement, Knitting, Welding and Metalwork, Green Living, Wine Appreciation,Travel, Languages, Computer Courses, Money Management, and more!

2) OMSI Film Festival - through June 26

From website,

For eight weeks, the 2011 OMSI Film Festival brings together 24 remarkable, thought-provoking motion pictures designed to celebrate the IMAX experience. From the jungles of Borneo to the beaches of Tahiti, from the age of dinosaurs to the exploration of space, audiences will journey to places of wonder and imagination as the giant five-story screen of the OMNIMAX Dome Theater plays host to some of the world's most memorable IMAX films.

Featured at this year's Festival are the heart-warming new hit Born to be Wild and the sensational Ultimate Wave Tahiti with 10 time world champion surfer Kelly Slater. Closing the Festival and making its Portland debut is a film the Boston Globe calls "awe-inspiring fun." Tornado Alley joins Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chaser's, with a team of scientists and a fleet of customized vehicles on a thrilling quest to understand a tornado's destructive power at point blank range.

Visit OMSI for more info and tickets:

3) Greater Portland Start! Heart and Stroke Walk - TODAY - Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade - Festival opens at 8:30am, with the walk at 10am

From website

Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.


Free parking is available in two lots along SE Water Ave, across the street from the festival area. Parking is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Public Transportation

-Take the MAX to the Convention Center Stop

-Take Bus Route 6 south on MLK, Jr Blvd to the Hawthorne Bridge stop (east side of river)

-Walk down pedestrian ramp to the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade


Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade

SE Water Avenue & SE Salmon Ave

Below the Hawthorne Bridge on the SE side of the Willamette River


4) Puglandia Pug Crawl - A Portland Tradition - Oregon Humane Society

From website

What: "Puglandia," the 11th Annual OHS Pug Crawl.

When: 1 - 4 pm, Sunday, May 22nd. Parade of Pugs begins at approximately 2:30; register on-site for the parade beginning at 2 pm (no fee for entering the parade).

Where: MacTarnahan's Taproom, 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue (directions).

Who Can Attend: You may come with or without a dog. All dog breeds are welcome to attend ( leashes required).

Cost: A $10 donation to the Oregon Humane Society is requested for admission. 100% of proceeds go to help the animals at OHS.

Is Portland the place where young pugs come to retire and leave the world of working dogs behind? Do cute Portland pugs wear glasses? Is "putting a pug on it" a sure-fire way to become an artist in Portland? Come explore the answers to these and other pug-related questions at "Puglandia," the 11th Annual OHS Pug Crawl, happening May 22 on the streets outside MacTarnhan's Taproom in Northwest Portland.


Named in honor of the ground-breaking television show "Portlandia," Puglandia is expected to be the largest gathering of pugs on the West Coast, attracting an estimated 500 four-legged friends and more than 1,000 people.

Helping Pets in Need

The 2010 Pug Crawl raised more than $8,000 to help abandoned, abused and unwanted animals. OHS, the largest and oldest humane society in the Northwest, relies entirely on private donations to find homes for more than 10,000 animals a year.


From website

VISITING ARTIST—This program of short industrial, advertising, and educational films focuses on food as the center of a complex system enabled by mid-20th century science and industry. How did our perceptions of America’s food production system change from bounty to dread? And what can past corporate persuasions tell us about the present and the future? The program includes THE MAN IN THE DOORWAY (American Cyanamid, 1956), a dystopian parable explaining why societies starve and die; THE COLOR OF HEALTH (American Bakers Association, 1954), an existentialist epic on children and nutrition; the newly discovered vegetable-patch comedy GARDENING MADE EASY (Henry Charles, 1949); and other lost artifacts. As always, Prelinger’s insightful contextualization of these films in our culture makes one see them as more than just campy artifacts from another era. 

6) Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew May 21 at 8pm

Timbers vs. Columbus Crew JELD-WEN Field Portland, Oregon - 8:00 p.m.


7) Oregon Symphony -Celebrating the Orchestra - Season End 5/21 - 5/23 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

From website

Oh, what a year it's been! We bring our spectacular 2010/11 concert season to a close in the best way we know how: With a program planned specifically to highlight the exceptional talent of the Oregon Symphony's own musicians.


8) Portland Center Stage - BUST - Portland Center Stage Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209 

From website

Comedian, writer, and former Daily Show faux correspondent Lauren Weedman has transformed her experience straddling the line between jail and Hollyweird into a hilariously poignant one-woman show. BUST was a smash hit in Seattle several years ago at The Empty Space; this fresh version of the show will mark Weedman’s professional premiere in Portland.

Performance times:
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm
Thursday matinees at noon

Portland meet Lauren Weedman from Portland Center Stage on Vimeo.



9) Slow Food Portland 

From website

Slow Food seeks to reconnect people with the food they eat and the cultures, community, and production behind it. At the heart (and belly) of our activities, we believe that every individual has a right to Good, Clean, and Fair food in their daily life. Through lectures, tours, cooking demonstrations, volunteer days, and other local events, Slow Food Portland works to engage our community with the broader food movement. We partner with local and national activists, chefs, farmers, and organizations already working for direct change to our food system, and we encourage you to join us in our effort.

Slow Food Upcoming Events:

June 5, 2011 | Wisdom of the Elders Seed Saving Event
June 5, 2011 | Wine & Dine for Healthy Kids: Farm to School Fundraiser & Auction
June 23, 2011 | Harvesting Hope, Annual Fundraiser

10) Sprout Cycles

Portland loves their local independent craftspeople, and of course we love cycling!

From website

Sprout Cycles is a one man operation specializing in fully custom bicycles designed, built and assembled in Portland, OR. Owner/operator -- and Portland native -- Edwin Brown loves bikes. And though it might not be easy to get him to say exactly how and when a fondness for anodized purple components got him into the framebuilding business, maybe that exactly explains his passion for building rider-specific bicycles for people who share a sometimes inexplicable love of cycling.

Each Sprout frame takes inspiration from time-tested traditions while keeping an eye toward progressive, highly tuned design in order to maximize performance, comfort and style. Perfectly elegant, necessarily simple. The building process starts with a carefully selected blend of steel tubes: rider and frame-builder working together toward a unity of beauty and functionality. Frames are built to suit an individual rider's specific fit and application, utilizing TIG welded and Oxy-Acetylene brazed construction; each step of creation working toward a synthesis of riding type, personal style, durability and practical execution. Whether you take solace in your daily commute, or like to test yourself on the track, trail, road or cross course, a Sprout bicycle will get you one your way to your cycle dreams. Aesthetic brilliance and thousands of miles of happy riding. Are you ready?

Visit to start the process of your own custom bike.

Edwin - Sprout Cycles


The Portland Photo of the Week

Earl R. Thomas, a frequent contributor of Portland photos (usually with amusing observations), wins the Portland photo of the week contest for this snapshot of musicians performing at the Portland Saturday Market!  Earl scores a gift certificate to Powell's book store.  Come upload your Portland photos to the community Portland Photo Album.  As always, thanks for sharing your pictures of Portland.  We really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week! 

Earl's caption for this photo reads: "The singer sang his song but couldn't hear the applause because he was now deaf in his left ear. He had lost hearing in his right ear before they let the tuba player go."

Portland Saturday Market performers, photo by Earl R. Thomas on

Rocking the Market, photo uploaded by Earl R. Thomas


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! 



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Reed Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Report

Reed Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

Reed is located in a very beautiful area of southeast Portland. Homes here are upscale and the neighborhood is lined with old growth trees. The Reed neighborhood is one of the most coveted in the urban Portland area. Reed College is a major presence in the area. Residents have no shortage of dining, coffee, pub and retail options in any of the surrounding neighborhoods. To learn more about Reed, click here.

Are you keeping an eye on Reed 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 Reed 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

If you are looking for homes in the Reed neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

The first thing you will notice about individual neighborhoods as compared to the overall Portland reports are that the numbers can be wildly different month to month. Basically, the bigger the pool of data you are working with, the smoother the stats become. As we focus on smaller areas, many different things can happen month to month.

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Reed neighborhood from 02/10 to 04/11:

In April 2011, there were 30 closed sales, 38 pending sales, and 97 homes on the market in the Reed Neighborhood.

One year change from April 2010 to April 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 8.5%
Homes sold: Down 18.9%
Homes pending sale: Down 28.3%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Reed neighborhood has been between $140 and $177/sq. ft. In April 2011, the average price per square foot in the Reed neighborhood was $140.

One year change from April 2010 to April 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
April 2010: 159

April 2011: 140

Percentage Change: Down 12%

Days on Market, Sold/List Price:

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 April 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Reed neighborhood was 71 days.

The second thing that this chart is showing you is what percentage of the listing price the owners actually are getting when the house is sold.  This is a great indication of the pressure on prices.  In April 2011, sellers in Reed received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from April 2010 to April 2011:

Time on Market: Up 20.3%
Sold/List price% difference: Up 1%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us what the average listing was and what the average sale was. In April  2011, the average price of a house on the market in Reed was $365,000. The average sale was $325,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 3.9%
Average sold price:  Down 10.7%

Months of Inventory:

Months of inventory gives a time line of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell.  Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market.  This figure is a good indicator of supply and demand.  April 2011 in the Reed neighborhood was a balanced market leaning in the seller's favor with 3.2 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.2 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in April, 71 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Reed from this point forward, in 3.2 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area listings from the RMLS:

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.


1728 NE KNOTT ST Portland, OR 97212 - Irvington - $1,199,000

See the listing here:


2221 NE 59TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - N Tabor - $248,000

See the listing here:



Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoodsLearn 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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