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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland May 25 - June 01 2013

Welcome to another much-awaited weekend, PDX and welcome to a soggy and spring fueled edition of our all-local Portland blog! You know it's really spring (and teetering on summer) when the Rose Festival comes to fair Portlandia. The mighty Rose Festival is known for a ton of different events and lasts several weeks and has a little something for everyone. Head downtown and enjoy!

Rose Festival Events- Highlight Calendar 2013

May 24 - June 9

May 24
Opening Night RoZone Fireworks Experience presented by Pacific Power

June 1
Legacy Health Starlight Run

June 1
Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade

June 5
Fred Meyer Junior Parade

June 5
World Environment Day

June 5 - 9
Fleet Week

June 6
Creative Youth Awards

June 6 - 7
Lloyd Center/Portland Rose Society 125th Annual Spring Rose Show

June 7
Grand Floral Fireworks

June 8
Queen's Coronation Presented By Pacific Power

June 8
Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk

June 8
Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade

June 8 - 9
Grand Floral Float Showcase

June 8 - 9
Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race

June 9
Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race

June 14 - 16
Rose Cup Races


Well known Rose Festival events:

Clown Corps, Dragon Boat Race, Fireworks, Fleet Week, Grand Floral Parade, Grand Floral Walk, Junior Parade, Milk Carton Boat Race, Queen's Coronation, Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon, Rose Cup Races, Rose Festival Runners, Rose Show, Starlight Parade, Starlight Run, Waterfront events and World Environment Day. Find event dates and times


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Mark your calendars for this upcoming PDX event:

One of Portland’s oldest residential neighborhoods, Lair Hill contains a fascinating mix of historic homes, along with notable buildings significant for their connections to the city’s immigrant populations. It’s also a neighborhood that was impacted by urban renewal. Come along and you’ll also learn that the neighborhood’s namesake might not be what you think it is!


Lair Hill Neighborhood Walking Tour

Time: June 6, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Architectural Heritage Center
Street: 701 SE Grand Ave
City/Town: Portland, OR, 97214
Website or Map:…
Phone: 503 231 7264
Event Type: walkingtour
Organized By: Architectural Heritage Center

Event Description


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by Joe Hill

Dirty Wars

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The Good Earth

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Best Laid Plans or No They Weren't by Rob Creighton Garrison


You know how a writer's chief complaint is usually blank-page syndrome and the struggle to drum up something to write about?

Well, today's entry is pretty easy and photo-intensive, because I spent a considerable amount of time yesterday gathering local color and some snaps of Southeast Belmont Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, in preparation for updating PortlandNeighborhood.Com's neighborhood pages.


Notice I used the word “photo-intensive” and not one of my patented silly made-up words like “photolicious” or “photobodacious”, because many of my efforts to capture digitally two of my favorite areas in Portland were thwarted by none other than Mother Nature. You know how I revere Mother, or you should if you've read past entries here. I kind of make a big deal out of it at times. She maintaineth the emerald glow, yada yada, Her ministrations cause the soil to erupt in splendor, etc. Pardon my tone here. I love the Old Lady, but she kind of gave me a hard time yesterday.

“Do you think we should wait?”, my missus asked as we made our way to the car under an insistent spit of rain (she likes to tag along to give me moral support, and, I suspect, to save me from embarrassing myself in public). “This is supposed to clear up later today.” (but it didn't, of course). “Nope!”, I replied, as if I was slightly offended by the notion. “It's Portland! It rains in Portland in early spring. I'm taking pictures for a website that strives to show people what it's like to live here, I'm not taking them for one of those lying travel brochures!”


An aside about those lying travel brochures: one of them enticed us to move here. I like to think that the wife and I are pretty savvy, so we didn't wholly believe that the sun-soaked avenues featured in the photographs told an accurate tale; prepatory to our move from the Dallas area we began to pay attention to the weather forecasts for this region of the country, so we knew better (and yet ronically, when we drove into town for the first time that fateful day of our arrival, the streets were indeed soaked in sunshine; it was 102 freakin' degrees. “The average temperature of a typical summer day in our beautiful city is 82 degrees!”. My ass).



So it was raining when I first stepped out onto the sidewalk on Hawthorne Boulevard. As I raised the camera to take a shot of a building, it began to rain a bit harder. A few steps down the sidewalk, harder still. I don't mind rain, never have. I've said before here that some of my favorite hikes have been in the rain. The difference here is that I had a specific task to perform and the rain was making it more difficult. Eyeglasses wet, camera wet, lighting not too great. Add to this the fact that we arrived on scene just before 1pm, when all the lunchtime commuters were motoring back to work. All these elements combined to make a kind of aargh.

Since I didn't want to abandon my wife at the curb as I trudged sloshily all the way down the street on foot, and it would have taken more time than we had anyway, I took a few photos in one area and then got back in the drier, warmer car to drive a few blocks to another prime snapping spot. Idiot me, what do you suppose that led to?

Portland Belmont

Yup. By the time we reached Belmont Avenue the camera had begun to fog. I thought it was just the view-finder. No, it was meteorology and physics and perhaps one or two other sciences conspiring to teach me a lesson about timing and preparation.

If anyone reading this was dining or working on Belmont on Wednesday afternoon and happened to look up and notice a guy in a yellow jacket wielding a camera as he walked by, you can expect to see him again very soon. Hopefully he'll be dry.




The Portland Video of the Week

The Incredible Lost Lake




The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week from talented local Rachel Carlson who says: The books are a must-read, too.

ONE of many accesses to Wildwood Trail

Rachel wins a $20 gift certificate to a local fave and nationally recognized cult classic: Powell's Bookstore. 

I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. ~Groucho Marx


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Featured Portland Events this Week

Mark your calendars-- here's the latest spring crop of featured Portland events!  Oh yeah-- it's free to add your own PDX events so go ahead!





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