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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland July 13 - July 20 2013

Welcome to another weekend and another Portland blog! If you're not at the Mississippi Street Fair today you're gonna miss out. As per every year (and it just gets better every year) there will be oodles street vendors selling crafts and other home-made goodies, great foods, beer tents, dunk tanks, fun for kids, strange and beautiful people to see-- a veritable Portlandia for you to enjoy. See you there!

In other news, the Multnomah Public Library says via Facebook: "Last year, dear patrons, you checked out and renewed 24.8 million items. That's 33.4 items for every woman, man and child in Multnomah County - making us, for the 11th year in a row, the second busiest public library in the country. Thank you." This must mean we are the second smartest city in the country, right? Right!

And last, before I unveil the rest of the awesomeness this fabulous Portland blog has in store for you, I share with you some of my favorite images from walks around the city. Portland art murals always take me by surprise when I stop to take in the richness, complexity and detailed nature of the work. How is it possible I have never seen one in action? As you will see, I have found one unfinished but never have I seen one in motion. Yet.



Portland Mississippi Wall mural

Above: Mississippi Avenue mural


Downtown Portland wall mural

Above: on the backside of Keller Auditorium




Off Albina wall mural in progress

Above: Is it unfinished? You decide! Mural off Albina, heading toward Mississippi Ave


Alberta Arts District

Above: Alberta Arts mural




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Daily Dose for Sat, Jul 13: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Reviewed by Elizabeth from Bruce, Michigan.

Daily Dose for Fri, Jul 12: The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver
Reviewed by Erin from Jacksonville, Florida.

Daily Dose for Thu, Jul 11: Benediction

Benediction by Kent Haruf
Reviewed by Cheryl from Longview, Washington.

Daily Dose for Wed, Jul 10: The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food

The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food by Mark Kurlansky
Reviewed by Wendy from San Diego, California.

Daily Dose for Tue, Jul 9: A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery

A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
Reviewed by James from Huntington, West Virginia.




Nostalgia Strikes Again

More often than not I'm listening to music while sitting here at home in my office poking the pixelbeast, and much of the time it's via my favorite radio station's website This afternoon, however, I thought I'd browse a few other Portland-centric radio stations, mostly because, except for Charlie 97.1 (my second-favorite station) and that other “urban beats” station that feels YOU MUST BE SHOUTED AT TO LET YOU KNOW WE ARE JUST ALL HAVING A GREAT TIME JAMMIN'!!!!!, I'm in the dark about what else is out there.

Well, and there's KBOO of course, when I want to know just how hard The Man is screwing me, and OPB Radio where a bunch of very calm people would, indeed, be happy to relate to me, in hushed tones, news pertaining to the current crises in Egypt and Syria, and every once in awhile might acknowledge the afore-mentioned unauthorized intercourse being attempted by The afore-mentioned Man. If you listen closely you can almost hear the brows knitting.

But really, that's the sum of knowledge I hold about the Portland radio scene. So I decided I would look around, see what else is available...

...and ran smack into my arch-nemesis, the devil in my ear, the bane of all that is productive and the hag that rides efficiency right outta town. Nostalgia is her name, and I'm powerless in the presence of her seductive song and colorful ( and at other times sepia-toned) graphics. She would be a worthy Doctor Who villain, a succubus who kidnaps people into the past. I could actually hear her triumphant “Ha-HA!” just as I clicked and found myself transported to the history page of

This is awesome. Decades of yesteryear an audio clip at a time. Hear Portland radio from the '50s to the '80s, listen to the reports on the Vietnam War, the Columbus Day storm, The BeeGees invasion. Olympia beer ads! Then check out the links to even more cool radio stuff.

I spent an hour and a half going from one clip to the next, but you know how one click and then another and thenanother can reveal an emerging theme? Nostalgia wasn't quite ready to release me, it seems. Three more websites popped up, and I lost another couple of hours.

Lost Oregon is an exploration of the departed past. It might make you sad and wistful at times, but it's very engaging nonetheless.

PDXHistory.Com is addictive and very well layed out. See how things were in Stumptown way back in the day.

Vintage Portland features lots of old photographs and information about the past in PDX.

And now I must close, else I'll find myself out digging a hole in the street or something. Enjoy.



The Portland Videos of the Week- Portland Murals




The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by aquaticsquirrel who shares the beauty of the Three Pools on the Little North Santiam River.

Cliff Diving at Three Pools on the Little North Santiam River

Our Photo of the Week wins a $20 gift certificate to the world famous: Powell's Bookstore. 

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” - Austin Phelps


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Featured Portland Events


First Thursday Portland

January 3, 2013 at 6pm to December 5, 2013 at 9pm –"Pearl District"First Thursday Portland Gallery Walk in the Pearl Every first Thursday of the Month in the Pearl District at various art galleries. Visit for info 2013 First ThuOrganized by First Thursday | Type: first thursday portland


First Fridays SE Galleries Art Walk

January 4, 2013 at 6pm to December 6, 2013 at 8pm –"Various SE Galleries"Welcome to First Friday! Hosted by Portland's Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist reOrganized by First Fridays | Type: first fridays


Tabor Farmers Market

January 5, 2013 at 6pm to December 28, 2013 at 7pm – "SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St."Tabor Farmers Market @ Cafe au Play is a Year Round Farmers Market in SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St. The market runs every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. This unique market surrounds Cafe au PlaOrganized by Tabor Farmers Market | Type: farmers market


Last Thursdays on Alberta

January 31, 2013 at 6pm to December 26, 2013 at 7pm – "Alberta Street"Last Thursdays on Alberta Street Gallery and shop art walk. Held every last Thursday of each month.  Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 14th season. Artists, musOrganized by Last Thursdays on Alberta | Type: last thursdays on albertaYou have not respon


FREE Tours of the Gerding Theater at the Armory

June 15, 2013 at 12pm to December 21, 2013 at 1pm –Portland Center StageOn the first and third Saturdays of each month, the historic Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts FREE, behind-the-scenes tours. Get the full story of how the Armory Annex transformed from an 1891 mil


Summer Fun Camps and Classes

June 17, 2013 at 9:30am to August 15, 2013 at 4pm –Portland Metro ArtsSUMMER FUN AT PMA.  A rich variety of exciting half-day and whole-day camps/workshops are available. Some programs focus specifically on dance, music, theatre or visual arts. Others are multi-arts,Organized by Elizabeth Allen | Type: campsandclasses


OMSI Mummies of the World Exhibit

June 30, 2013 to September 8, 2013 – OMSI Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancOrganized by Lorri E. | Type: omsi


Photo Contest: Oregon Wild

July 3, 2013 at 6pm to September 20, 2013 at 7pm –submit online: Oregon Wild, 5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland, OR 97217 Email: Find adventure in the perfect shot. The Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest is back for its ninth yOrganized by Oregon Wild | Type: photographycontest


The Raphael House

May 17, 2013 at 6pm to May 17, 2014 at 7pm – The Raphael HouseDomestic Violence Agency Seeking Volunteers Are you interested in supporting survivors of domestic violence and helping to grow a stronger, violence-free community? Raphael House of Portland - a nonOrganized by Amanda | Type: volunteer


Music on Main Street

July 10, 2013 at 4:30pm to August 28, 2013 at 7pm –"Main St. & Park"One of the best parts about summer in Downtown Portland, Music on Main Street returns for another year of free summer music. Located in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway &aOrganized by PCPA | Type: music on main street


Plaza Palooza - FREE Concerts!

July 11, 2013 at 6pm to August 29, 2013 at 8pm –Between NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. and Grand Ave., directly across the street from the Oregon Convention CenterOregon Convention Center’s FREE summer concert series, Plaza Palooza, opens Thursday, July 11th with one of VH1’s most popular artists and past ‘Voice’ finalist, Vicci Martinez. Vicci's appearance wiOrganized by Plaza Palooza | Type: freeconcerts!


Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge

July 12, 2013 to July 14, 2013 – Alpenrose VelodromeThe anticipation is growing as the 15th annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge nears. This 3-day competition draws elite track cyclists, national and international athletes, Olympians and the best locaOrganized by Charlie Warner | Type: cyclingrace


Mississippi Avenue Street Fair 2013

July 13, 2013 all day – "NE Mississippi Ave"Mississippi Street Fair 2013 The annual Mississippi Ave. Street Fair takes place every July and is a community-building  event that celebrates the residents, businesses and organizations that make tOrganized by Mississippi Ave | Type: mississippi street fair 2013


Oregon Berry Festival

July 13, 2013 all day – "Ecotrust Building"Oregon Berry Festival - Celebrate Summer Visit the Oregon berry festival to taste and buy some of the season’s best berries and also sample amazing products made with Oregon’s berry bounty. There wilOrganized by Oregon Berry Festival | Type: portland summer festival



July 13, 2013 from 9am to 2pm – PSU Farmer's MarketPortland Revels’ new free public event in honor of the Summer Solstice bookends our successful Christmas Revels performances honoring the Winter Solstice now in their 18th year in Portland. We've parOrganized by Portland Revels | Type: familycultural,seasonal


Brewvana Presents: Women in Beer Featuring Kiley, Irena & Amanda

July 13, 2013 from 12pm to 3pm – Portland Breweries - Coalition, Lompoc & Portland BrewingWe are so proud of our women brewers and excited to devote a tour just to them - Kiley Hoyt of Coalition Brewing, Irena Bierzynski of Lompoc and Amanda Zameska of Portland Brewing. We'll do a tour anOrganized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type:brewery tour


Bella Organic Harvest Concert

July 13, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm – Bella Organic and Portland Pumpkin FarmThe farm is the place for families to  meet, share the bounty, enjoy nature and yes, listen to local sounds by local artists.We will be hosting a Harvest Concerts series  Saturdays starting at 6:00 POrganized by Bella Organic Farm | Type: musicfestival,familypetsberrypickingwinebeer


Portland Beerfest 2013

July 19, 2013 to July 21, 2013 – WaterfrontPORTLAND INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST 2013 PIB is a high end 3-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find, exotic beers. Over 150 world-class beers from 16 countries will be on hand, hailing fromOrganized by Portland Beerfest 2013 | Type: portland beerfest 2013


5th Annual Glendi Greek Festival 2013

July 19, 2013 at 11am to July 21, 2013 at 9pm – St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox ChurchEVENT:  5th Annual ‘Glendi’ Greek Festival 2013.  ‘Glendi’ is Greek for Celebration!  Eat, Dance, be GREEK for a day!  Free Live Entertainment and Free Admission.  Get ready to experience mouth waterOrganized by | Type: festival


Montavilla Street Fair 2013

July 20, 2013 all day – MontavillaAnnual Montavilla Street Fair 2013 2013 date to be confirmed.  Visit for details. Historic Downtown Montavilla, primarily along Southeast Stark street betOrganized by Montavilla Street Fair 2013 | Type:montavilla street fair 2013



Silver Star Avalanche lilies

Avalanche lilies on the Silver Star hike in Washougal, WA




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