Hey Portlanders! We've finally reached the time of year when we have a non-stop stream of fun Portland summertime events, like the Portland Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival (next weekend), Portland Sunday Parkways (this weekend: North Portland), and numerous popular neighborhood Street Fairs (Mississippi Ave Street Fair is just around the corner). This year, the warmer summer weather has waited until the very last minute to arrive, which now has Portlanders bursting out of their homes in a mad frenzy to enjoy it and soak it up before it is gone.
This weekend, North Portlanders can experience Portland Sunday Parkways. Visit http://www.portlandsundayparkways.org/ for additional information. The Sunday Parkways are a great way to get out and meet neighbors, and enjoy your community. Best said on their Facebook page, "Portland Sunday Parkways can make you fall in love with your city, your neighborhood, even your bike. The sunshine, the smiling people, the fresh air, the sounds of children laughing and happy and free to play in the street. What's not to love? ..." You can get involved by volunteering, and even by coordinating your own Sunday Parkways events (reposted from PortlandSundayParkways.org): "One of the great things about Sunday Parkways is the connection to the community. People have organized their own walks, rides and tours and we have promoted them in our brochure and on our website. For example, in North Portland we will have a Grandparent & Grandchild walk, a women's ride to the route, a bike tour of homes for sale, a family ride from St Johns to the route, an informational walk for the npGreenway Trail and a ride from the route to the Multnomah County Bike Fair. We would love some more organized activities. Interested? Give us all the details here."
Volunteer perks - Volunteering for Sunday Parkways is fun and a great way for you to be a big part of the action. Sunday Parkways is dedicated to supporting and rewarding our amazing volunteer team.
The Portland Photo of the Week
Congrats to Michael Barton for this great image of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Very cool image, Michael! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business. Michael will receive a gift cert to one of our favorite coffee shops of all time, The Red E Cafe. The gorgeous Red E is located in North Portland and is one of the most highly esteemed coffee shops in all of Portland. Read our review on the Portland coffee scene. There is a reason why our Portland coffee shops and coffee roasters get written up in the New York Times, folks.
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!
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.
Tigard Festival of Balloons
Join us June 25th - 27th, 2010! Weekend events will include a
carnival from Funtastic Traveling Shows, a premier youth soccer tournament,
exhibitors, food, BBQ contest, Festival of Cars, Rogue beer garden and of course
morning hot air balloon launches and NW Natural Night Glows!
Bike Tour - Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
Singing Planet eBikes - Electric Bike Tours, http://www.singingplanetebikes.com/?p=tours
Lakewood Festival of the Arts Tour Loop
On July 3rd, 2010 in Lents Park (92nd and SE Holgate) we will be hosting "The Great Portland Revival" in hope to spread the love of Christ. Since this is being held a day prior to Independence Day we will be doing a holiday theme starting with the freedom of democracy through speech and music to freedom that is found only in Christ. The goal is to reap in a harvest for the Lord. A good time to bring a non believer.
Disney's The Lion King
Fred Meyer Broadway Across America Portland presents Disney's
The Lion King
Miracle Theatre Group - Songs for a New World
Four actors, two musicians and a baby grand ... Miracle Theatre
Group and Staged! Portlands Musical Theatre Series are collaborating to
unplug the traditional summer musical in an intimate, acoustic presentation of
Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Browns first produced musical, the
off-Broadway hit SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD.
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
It's back! Join us at 2010 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, July 2-5, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More
Multnomah Neighborhood Report
By Ross Seligman
Multnomah is located in Southwest Portland. It is
bordered by the Ashcreek, Maplewood, Hayhurst, Hillsdale, South Burlingame and
Markham Neighborhoods. 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 just about useless. This posting is a real
estate report for the Multnomah neighborhood of all homes in all price ranges.
Feel free to request particular neighborhoods in which you are interested in
In Multnomah, closed sales have dipped slightly over last month while pending sales have remained flat. Closed sales are almost double what they were last year at this time while pending sales are the same. In May 2010, there were 39 closed sales, 49 pending sales, and 355 on the market.
More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood
real estate statistics nerd:
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 May 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Multnomah neighborhood was 67 days.
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real
estate deals in Portland. This week's report features something for
everyone, from a mansion to a bungalow. Check out this great American
dream home, with a covered front porch, in Roseway:
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10049382
Take a peek at all the Portland real estate deals this week.
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.
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