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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland July 7-14, 2012

Hey, Portlanders.  Welcome to another edition of our all-local Portland blog!  

This week it's all about Portland summer festivals and outdoor music events.  There's something for everyone this weekend: from DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid's ANDAZ10 Year Anniversary Party, to East End's metal block party.  And of course,we've got the blues down on the riverfront.  The weather is supposed to be spectacular this weekend, too!  Hot and sunny, at last--Portlanders will be out in droves enjoying the sunshine.  If you need to cool off this week, here are the Portland Parks with Fountains, and Portland Outdoor Swimming Pools.  

Pickin' on Sundays on the Patio at Doug Fir

At Doug Fir Lounge - July 1 - August 26

The Portland pioneers of summertime patio fun have teamed up with the Portland Mercury, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Stoli for another season's installment of Pickin' On Sundays at Doug Fir! This year promises to offer up the same unbeatable food and drink specials of Pickin's past: buckets of PBR, Stoli Strasberi brokeback lemonade, savory pulled pork sandwiches and more. All Pickin' On specials will run from 3-7pm, with Doug Fir's regular happy hour menu served from 3-6pm.

Pickin on Sundays

Smashed - 3rd Annual East End Block Party

Smashed Block Pary - July 7-8, Portland OR

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3rd Annual East End Block Party

PDX Bridge Festival 2012


Saturday, July 7th from 5pm – 12am at The Slate (2001 NW 19th Ave).

Live Music on two stages, completely free!

Featuring performances by:

Solovox, Excellent Gentlemen, Quick & Easy Boys, Tango Alpha Tango, Symmetry/Symmetry, Violet Isle, Worth, and Andrew Paul Woodworth.

Food and craft vendors, and beer from Lagunitas Brewery.

The Block Party is sponsored by Lagunitas, Union Pacific, Scion, The Royal Neighbors of America and KZME 107.1FM.

PDX Bridge Festival Portland OR

Wednesday nights in Downtown Portland bring the free outdoor concerts, Music on Main Street.  

Portland Center for the Performing Arts & The Artbar & Bistro Present Music on Main Street


Located in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway & Park Ave., next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Wednesday evenings during July and August we take advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present Music on Main Street, PCPA’s free outdoor concert series. The concerts boast popular local musicians with a diverse collection of music. From Afrobeat to Rockabilly, these bands will have you up on your feet and dancing on Main Street. The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm – tickets are not required. The ArtBar & Bistro will be serving up seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:30pm every week. Tables and chairs are available on a first come, first served basis, along with plenty of room to move around - dancing is highly encouraged.

Music on Main Street 2012 Schedule

July 11 - The Nowhere Band
July 18 - Redray Frazier
July 25 - Casey Neill & the Norway Rats w/ the Portland Horns
August 1 - Lily Wilde and her Jumpin' Jubilee Orchestra
August 8 - The Bingo Band
August 15 - The Linda Hornbuckle Band
August 22 - The Twangshifters
August 29 - Jujuba
*Performers subject to change

Music on Main Street - view from behind stage

Tuesdays by Twilight Summer Concerts


Tuesdays by Twilight at the Portland Chinese Garden - Lan Du Chinese Garden

Tuesdays, July 10-August 7th, 2012

The Northwest’s loveliest, most intimate outdoor concert series is back! Our 2012 series features a dramatic landscape of sounds, including Y La Bamba’s nouveau Mexi-folk magic; world-class gypsy jazz by Academy Award nominee Stephane Wrembel; early, earthy blues from Curtis Salgado and slide guitar impresario Alan Hager; Torch & Twang’s unique fusion of jazz and old-school country pop, and an infusion of classical from Mousai Remix.

Learn more about Tuesdays by Twilight and purchase your tickets now!

Portland Waterfront Blues Fest 2012

Gerry Villani posted some great photos of Portlanders out and about enjoying the live music this week.  Be sure to head down to the riverfront and enjoy the amazing Safeway Waterfront Blues Fest this weekend.

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival 2012

All Photos by Gerry Villani

Portland Photo by Gerri Villani

Waterfront Blues Festival Portland OR by Gerry Villani

Upper Macleay - Macleay Park Portland

If big crowds aren't your thing, perhaps a stroll through one of the trails in Forest Park might be nice this weekend.  I snapped these photos while walking the upper Macleay trail with Angela on July 4th.  This is a great trail when you don't have time to drive out of the city to Mt. Hood or the Gorge.  Visit Macleay Park.
Upper Macleay

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Portland 4th of July Fireworks - Photo Credit by Aquatic Squirrel

Portland 4th of July Fireworks by Aquatic Squirrel

South Waterfront Storage

New Self Storage Facility in South Waterfront – Now OPEN!

Grand Opening Celebration - July 21 from noon - 6pm! South Waterfront Heated Storage offers a State of the Art Self-Storage facility located in Portland, Oregon. This modern day Self-Storage Facility offers extravagant features including: A digital camera surveillance system, personalized customer access codes and individually alarmed unit doors. Also find multiple covered/heated loading areas, freight elevators and a large quantity of flatbed carts; making your moving experience a breeze! 

Just minutes from John’s Landing, Sellwood and Lake Oswego; South Waterfront Heated Storage offers you a convenient location while providing great customer service. Also find moving and packing supplies – Your one stop shopping center!

Visit or call 503.226.7777 to learn more!

Open 7 days a week! Stop in for a cup of coffee and a tour of this cutting edge facility – Great Move-in Specials Available!

Learn how you can receive up to 50% off your 1st 2 Months Rent!


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Earl R. Thomas.  This surreal forest scene is of Immonen Road, Lincoln City, OR.

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! 

Off the Beaten Path by Earl R. Thomas

Off the Beaten Path -  by Earl R. Thomas

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Powell's Bookstore Picks

We love Powells!   Portland Book Review of the Day   Portland eBooks   Powell's Author Interviews

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! 



Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I hope your July 4th celebrations were fun and safe.  I actually spent a considerable amount of time sitting beside a pool (not in the pool; my recreational habits tend to be dirt-bound since I apparently lack the center of gravity and buoyancy deemed optimal for swimming), basking in the sun (encased in a thick layer of SPF 45, since my flesh takes to solar radiation like a rhinoceros takes to wind-surfing), and eating hot dogs and drinking beer (here is where I excel).

I should have gone for a hike, but that would have meant abandoning my harried spouse to the merciless exhortations of nearly every kid in the community (read 'cloud of locusts'), who'd shown up to partake of the commestibles and frolic in the pool and on the lawn.  I have it on good authority that Upper Macleay Park made for a good hike yesterday (see Lorri E.'s photos here), but then when doesn't it?

How did you spend your 4th?  At least one of you saw a UFO, although I'm willing to bet it was firework-related, or perhaps something to do with that awesome orange moon (and if you didn't see it, I feel badly for you because it was COOL!).  Maybe it was several Blue Moons. Who can say?

Probably a great many of you went to watch the fireworks at Ft. Vancouver, or while attending the Waterfront Blues Festival, or at Oaks Park.  Other than that magnificent moon, celestial objects had a tough time finding a piece of the spotlight for themselves, so busy and plentiful were the pyrotechnic displays.  The booms were many and resonant; the household felines weren't happy and beat feet for closets and the underside of the bed.  I told a clutch of kids that this country was one of the few where those kind of thunderous reports were received by the populace with smiles of glee, that in much of the rest of the world they'd be met with bald terror; my efforts to keep it real earned me blank stares from the kids and a scowl from the missus.  (Nothing kills educational discourse like context. Bah.)

While we were all celebrating with various forms of pyrotechnic, gustatorial, and alcoholic excess, science quietly marched on.  The existence of the Higgs boson particle (call it the 'God' particle if you'd like to watch your serious scientist friends grit their teeth and use all sorts of un-scientific language) was “tentatively” verified by the smarty folk at CERN (I say “quietly marched on”, but maybe the CERN people went all crazy up in there).  It's kind of a big deal, and has nothing to do with Portland per se, but since it deals with subatomic mass, it really does have something to do with Portland, and, like, everything else, so there's some context for ya.

However you spent your 4th of July, I'm hoping you thought at some point of others living under the very real and serious booms, as part of their jobs serving their nations away from their homes and families.  Whether or not we agree with the asinine policies and politics that put them in harm's way, they deserve our good thoughts and support.

Here's to more summer for everybody.  Everywhere.

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit 

Portland Waterfront Blues Festival

July 4, 2012 to July 8, 2012Waterfront Downtown Festival dates and hoursWednesday, July 4: Gates - 11 a.m. Music - noon to 10:30 p.m.Thursday, July 5: Gates - 2 p.m. Music 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Friday, July 6: Gates - 2 p.m. Music 3 p.m. to 10:30 p. Organized by Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival | Type: portland blues festival

Oregon Craft Beer Month

July 6, 2012 to July 31, 2012Various Oregon Craft Beer Month - July 2012 Oregon Beer Events all over Portland during the month of July.  Visit the calendar Facebook Organized by Oregon Craft Breweries | Type: oregon craft beer

Music on Main Street - The Nowhere Band

July 11, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm – Portland Center for the Performing Arts The Nowhere Band is a 14-piece mini-rock-orchestra, complete with vocals, that takes an ensemble approach to accurately replicate songs from the '67 - '69 Beatles catalogue. The project was conceived Organized by PCPA | Type: free, outdoor, concert, series


July 13, 2012 at 1pm to July 15, 2012 at 11am – Alpenrose Velodrome FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 25, 2012                                      For more information contact: Monica Komperda, Public Relations Bradshaw Advertising 503.221.5000                             Organized by Alpenrose Dairy | Type: family, fun, sports, outdoor

Mississippi Street Fair 2012

July 14, 2012 all day – "N Mississippi Ave" July 14th.  One of North Portland's most popular streets comes alive with food, drink, music, and fun! The annual Mississippi Ave. Street Fair is a community-building event that celebrates the neighb Organized by Mississippi Street Fair | Type: mississippi street fair

Abernethy Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Report

Abernethy Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report 


The Abernethy neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Willamette River, Buckman, Richmond and Brooklyn neighborhoods. To learn more about Abernethy, click here.

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

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Abernethy neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In May 2012, there were 35 closed sales, 55 pending sales, and 115 homes on the market in the Abernethy Neighborhood.

One year change from May 2011 to May 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 16.1%

Homes sold: Down 2.8%

Homes pending sale: Up 10%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Abernethy neighborhood has been between $144 and $179/sq. ft. In May 2012, the average price per square foot in the Abernethy neighborhood was $172.


One year change from May 2011 to May 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 12.5%

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 May 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Abernethy neighborhood was 51 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 May 2012, sellers in Abernethy received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from May 2011 to May 2012:

Time on Market: Down 12.1%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 2.1%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In May 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Abernethy was $409,000. The average sale was $415,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 5.1%
Average sold price:  Up 22.4%

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.  May 2012 in the Abernethy neighborhood had 3.3 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.3 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in May, 51 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Abernethy from this point forward, in 3.3 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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.

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 Abernethy 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

Best Deals in Portland this Week

Each week Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals from their listings.

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:  July 2nd - July 9th

1. 4737 NE GOING ST Portland, OR 97218
- Cully -

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2.  1880 SW EDGEWOOD RD Portland, OR 97201
- SW Hills -
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3.  2306 NE 55th AVE Portland, OR 97213
- Rose City Park -

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4.  3623 NE 6TH AVE Portland, OR 97212
- King -


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5.  3408 SE 28TH AVE Portland, OR 97202
- Abernethy -

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