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This Week in Portland July 16 - July 23 2011

Hello Portlanders, and welcome to another edition of our weeklyPortland events blog, where we give you the rundown of things to do in Portland this week. This being another great summer weekend, there are a long list of fun events throughout P-Town to go explore and enjoy.  Just check the Portland Top Ten List and Portland Events Calendar for ideas.

What is your idea of a perfect Portland summer weekend?  Most likely, you will be outside getting some exercise.  How about riding your bike to the PSU Portland Farmer's Market on Saturday morning, followed by exploring the Eastbank Esplanade and the Springwater Corridor?  Stop at Sellwood Park then explore the neighborhood of Sellwood, or take your kids to Oaks Amusement Park.  

Or, if you want a great community bike ride, then head to Downtown Portland because this weekend is Portland Summer Parkways Downtown and Northwest Portland event!

A 2-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump, and skip - without having to watch out for cars! The 6.4-mile NW/Downtown Portland Sunday Parkways route will have two loops, connecting Downtown, Old Town Chinatown, Pearl District and Northwest neighborhoods.  Activities, food, and entertainment will be in Shemanski Square, Wallace, Couch, Waterfront Parks, plus along the route.  Here is the Downtown Sunday Parkways Map.

If you'd rather avoid the hustle and bustle of Sunday Parkways, you might prefer a walk instead.  Saturday, there is a Ten Toe Express Walk - Walkin' Wild Columbia Slough 
Location: Paul Bunyan statue, across from the MAX station, corner of N. Interstate and Denver
Starts Saturday, July 16 2011 @ 9:00 AM Ends 11:00 AM
Length 2 hours, Host Richard Cassidy 
Leaving from Kenton, we will discover wildlife in our backyard along the Columbia Slough. 

For more information about Ten Toe Express please visit:

For even more scheduled Portland Bike Rides and Portland Ten Toe Express Walks, visit:

Portland Drumcircle, Eastbank Esplanade under the Bridge

This Week's Top Ten in Portland

What's the Portland Top Ten list?  Just a spotlight on ten local events, places, or other interesting things we love in and around Portland that you might be interested in checking out!

1) Portland Sunday Parkways in Northwest/Downtown

Join the fun on Sunday, July 24. The 6.4-mile NW/Downtown Sunday Parkways route will have two loops connecting Old Town/Chinatown, Pearl District and Northwest neighborhoods. Activities, food and entertainment will be in Shemanski Square , Wallace, Couch and Waterfront Parks , plus along the route. There is no official start or stop for the ride, just join in where ever from 11 am to 4 pm. You’ll find a map of the route and other details, including how to volunteer, here 2011 NW/Downtown Details

2) Portland Parks Summer Free for All -

A ton of fun free events in Portland Parks all summer long!

Movies in the Park
Concerts in the Park
Playground Programs
Swim Program
Rock Climbing Wall
Washington Park Summer Festival

3) Portland Movies in the Park This Week- Free Outdoor Summer Movies in your Portland Neighborhood Parks.  Here is this week's schedule:

Portland Movies in the Park - Click to download full schedule

Fri, July 15 Lents Park
SE 92nd & Holgate - Megamind

Sat, July 16 Knott Park
NE 117th & Knott - The Karate Kid (2010)

Thu, July 21 Brentwood Park
SE 60th & Duke - Gulliver’s Travels (2010)

Fri, July 22 Irving Park
NE 7th & Fremont - True Grit (2010)

Sat, July 23 Ed Benedict Park
SE 100th & Powell Blvd - Iron Man

Sun, July 24 Ed Benedict Park
SE 100th & Powell Blvd - Iron Man 2

4) Music on Main Street: Mike Coykendall & Michael Jodell
Wednesday, July 20th, FREE  = Tickets: The PCPA box office

5) Portland Shakespeare Project, As You Like It

As You Like It will play on the Morrison Stage at Artists Repertory Theatre

Wednesday, July 13, through Sunday, August 7.

Show times are at 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

There are two shows on Sunday:  a matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening show at 7:30 pm

There will be two preview performances on Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 pm.

Ticket prices start at $24.00 for adults for previews

Student tickets are $15.00

6) Summer Arts on Main

Wednesday, June 29th - Wednesday, August 31st

Summer Arts on Main returns for its ninth year with visual arts, crafts, music, and free hands-on arts activities for children in the heart of Portland's Cultural District. Running concurrently with the Portland Farmer's Market in the Park Blocks, Summer Arts on Main hosts artisans from Handmade NW with a variety of handmade crafts available to purchase. Stop by PCPA on Wednesdays for a family event that everyone will enjoy.

7) Trek in the Park

Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm, in Woodlawn Park through July 31

Trek in the Park

8)  Hood River Cherry Celebration - Fruit Loop

July 16-17, 2011

Fruit Loop's Annual Cherry Celebration

Our cherry celebration is an adventure with activities for the entire family.  Farms offer many varieties of fresh-picked and u-pick cherries, wines, lavender, jams and other cherry treats.  Many farms feature picnic areas.

In addition to the orchard-fresh fruit available all along the Loop, some Fruit Loop farms serve up special activities or attractions for Cherry Days. Admission to most Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (some have shorter or longer hours). There is free parking, too.

Visit for more info.

9) 2011 Portland Bastille Day Block Party at Pix, & Lompoc Beer Garden between Williams & Vancouver

2011 Bastille Day Block Party

July 16th     3pm – Midnight
N. Failing St (between N. Williams Ave. and N. Vancouver Ave.)

To celebrate the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 which spurred the French Revolution (and to have a little fun at the same time) Pix is holding a day/night long block party in front of its North Williams location. Come for live music, a wine drinking 5K, Champagne sabering demo, grape stomping and more.

In addition to the fun and games we are supporting the Oregon Food Bank. This is a FREE community event but in exchange

we ask that each attendee bring 2 or more non perishable food items.

For each item donated guests will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 100 gift certificates to local Portland businesses. The more items you bring the more chances you have to win and the more mouths we can feed.

Just in case you get hungry or thirsty at the party, don’t worry! In addition to our daily offerings of tasty French pastries, partake in the Champagne & Oyster Bar, Lompoc beer garden and other tasty treats!

10)  Portland Trivia Night - Quizzy by Roy Smallwood at Bar Bar Mississippi Studios.  One of Portland's best quiz masters hosts Portland trivia night at  Bar Bar on Mi

ssissippi Avenue.

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by  Tamra Tiemeyer,

featuring the 4th Annual Foster Powell Garden Tour.

 Foster Powell 4th Annual Garden Tour

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  Tamara will get a $20 gift certificate to local business, Powells Books.  

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

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner!  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.

The Allure of the Automobile

June 11, 2011 at 10am to September 11, 2011 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The Allure of the Automobile will bring 16 of the world’s most luxurious, rare, and brilliantly conceived automobiles to the galleries of the Museum. From the avant-garde 1937 Hispano-Suiza owned by Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: art, exhibition

Woodstock Farmers Market

June 26, 2011 at 9am to September 25, 2011 at 9am – Woodstock       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  For more information contact:  Kelly Tidrick, 503-381-5626  Catherine Failor, 503-774-4157      WOODSTOCK Organized by Kelly Tidrick | Type: farmers, market

OMSI Game On 2.0

July 2, 2011 to September 18, 2011OMSI On View July 2 - September 18, 2011   Play your way through the past, present, and future of global gaming. From Pong to Gran Turismo, Game On 2.0 is a hands-on experience Organized by OMSI | Type: omsi

Wednesdays Portland Farmers Market

July 2, 2011 at 10am to October 26, 2011 at 2pm – Downtown Dates Wednesdays, May 4th through October 26th Times 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location The Wednesday Downtown Market is located in the South Park Blocks at Shemanski Park between SW Salmon & SW Organized by Portland Farmers Market | Type: portland farmers market

Mosier Farmers'/Vendor Market

July 3, 2011 at 4pm to September 25, 2011 at 7pm – Downtown Mosier,Oregon Mosier farmers'/vendor markert in downtown Mosier. Exit 69 off I-84 in The Gorge. Every sunday from 4 -7pm July thru Sept 25th. Local fruit, local veggies and local Vendors. A different theme for eac Organized by Donna Bender | Type: mosier, farmers', /, vendor, market

Noon Tunes

July 5, 2011 at 12pm to August 18, 2011 at 1pm – "Pioneer Courthouse Square" Each Tuesday and Thursday this summer, Noon Tunes through August 18    Noon Tunes Co-Presented by Muve Music & | 12:00pm - 1:00pm Fo Organized by Pioneer Courthouse Square | Type: portland live music

Moreland Farmers Market

July 6, 2011 at 3:30pm to October 13, 2011 at 7:30pm – "Sellwood Moreland" Wednesdays 3:30pm-7:30pm*, May 11th – October 13th 2010 The Moreland Farmers Market is a market with locally grown fresh produce, nursery stock, cut flowers, cheese, meat, fish, honey, baked goods, s Organized by Moreland Farmers Market | Type: moreland farmers market

Music on Main Street

July 6, 2011 at 5pm to August 31, 2011 at 7pm – Downtown Portland Center for the Performing Arts/ ArtBar presents Music on Main Street - Free Every Wed through August July 6: The Stolen Sweets Main Street between Broadway & Park Ave. Wednesday, July 6t Organized by Music on Main Street | Type: music on main street

SW Arts On Main!

July 13, 2011 at 10am to August 31, 2011 at 2pm – Portland Center For The Performing Arts Summer Arts on Main - 10 Week Series Summer Arts on Main Date(s): Wednesdays, June 29 -August 31, 2011 Time(s): 10am to 2pm   Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) 1111 SW Broadway Portlan Organized by Handmade NW | Type: art, festival

Sand in the City

July 15, 2011 to July 17, 2011"Pioneer Courthouse Square" Mark your calendars: July 15 - 17, 2011 in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square The greatest beach party in the country is coming to your living room! Yoshida's Sand in the City presented by Pacif Organized by Yoshida, Sand in the City Portland | Type: sand in the city

Portland International Beerfest

July 15, 2011 to July 17, 2011Pearl District N. Park Blocks http:// Organized by jonathan prue | Type: beer, me

Nobedan Stone Pavement Workshop at the Portland Japanese Garden

July 16, 2011 at 9am to July 17, 2011 at 3pm – Portland Japanese Garden Discover the unique stone pavement design and techniques utilized in Japan for stone pathway construction utilized primarily in tea gardens or a nobleman’s entryway. The program begins with a lecture Organized by Portland Japanese Garden | Type: workshop


July 16, 2011 from 11am to 8pm – Multnomah County Animal Services Whether you're looking for your next best furry friend or just love animals, this adoption party is not to be missed. Petlandia will not only have the cutest four-legged friends in the area, but enjo Organized by Multnomah County Animal Services | Type: festival


July 16, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Oregon Zoo The Oregon Zoo Foundation's annual fundraising event is a fun-filled evening of fine dining and entertainment under the stars at Oregon Zoo. Before you dance the night away, enjoy culinary delights f Organized by Oregon Zoo | Type: fundraiser

Weinland at Doug Fir

July 16, 2011 from 8pm to 11:45pm – 830 E Burnside Saturday July 16 Energietic punk-folk from beloved crafty wordsmithLanghorne SlimWEINLANDDoors at 8pm, Show at 9pm$12 advance, $14 day of show Organized by Doug Fir | Type: music, and, drinks

Ride Connection Grassroot Coalition

July 19, 2011 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm – Boys and Girls Club Ride Connection, with the support of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is creating a local coalition to advocate for a secure and sustainable funding source for transit that woul Organized by James Uyeda | Type: informational, meeting

Lavender Open House

July 20, 2011 from 11am to 2pm – American College of Healthcare Sciences Lavender Open House, American College of Healthcare Sciences--Join ACHS and Master Gardener Erika Yigzaw for this unique hands-on workshop where we will learn about the different varieties of lavende Organized by American College of Healthcare Sciences | Type: health, and, gardening, workshop

The Weekly Recurring Humor Night

July 20, 2011 from 9pm to 11:45pm – Tonic Lounge The Weekly Recurring Humor Night is a showcase of fine performances of the comedic persuasion from Portland and beyond. Every Wednesday at the Tonic Lounge, catch hilarious stand-up, sketch, music an Organized by Whitney Streed | Type: comedy, showcase

"Simply Magic: The Monotypes of Walter Kuhlman"

July 21, 2011 at 5pm to September 2, 2011 at 5pm – Montgomery Klash Interior Design Studio Selected monotypes by Walter Kuhlman, a historically important San Francisco painter and printmaker, will be shown at Montgomery Klash Interior Design. The exhibit opens with a reception on July 21, Organized by Kim Flanagan | Type: art, exhibit

2011 Oregon Crusaders Send-Off Gala and Dessert Auction

July 21, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – Tualatin High School The Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps - Oregon's "Major League Team" in Marching Music - is about to begin its quest for a national championship in Drum Corps International's championship competi Organized by Rhonda Zender | Type: fundraiser


July 21, 2011 from 8pm to 11pm – Hotel deLuxe The Northwest Film Center invites you to enjoy cinema under the stars at the annual Top Down summer rooftop film series.  Top Down takes place atop the parking garage at the Hotel deLuxe ( every Thur Organized by Northwest Film Center | Type: film, screening

 July Portland Real Estate Market Report

by Ross Seligman 

July 2011 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's Happening? 

They are a comparison of June 2010 - June 2011 for all of Multnomah County and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Multnomah County as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Multnomah County. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

To see and/or bookmark a monthly automatic updating chart, click here.

 On to the report:

Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In June 2011, inventory has remained flat with 3187 homes on the market.   In June 2011, 597 homes sold and 681 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

For Sale: 3916 in June 10, 3187 in June 11. Inventory is Down 18.6%

Sold homes: 681 sold in June 10, 597 sold in June 11.  Sales are Down 12.3%.

Pending sales: 498 pending for sale in June 10, 681 pending for sale in June 11. Pending sales are Up 36.7%.


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $128 and $148. In June 2011, the average price per square foot in Portland was $137.

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

Average price per square foot in June 10 was $148. In June 11 it is $137. This figure has dropped 7.1%.

Days on market and 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 all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 72 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In June 2011, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

Average time it takes to sell a home in June 10 was 58 days. In June 11, it is 72 days.  A increase of time on market of 24.1%. 

The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 95% in June 10  and is 92% in June 11.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In June 2011, this figure was $286,000.

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

The average price of a home listed in June 10 was $368,000. In June 11, $364,000. This figure has decreased by 1.1%.

The average price of a home sold in June 10 was $296,000. In June 11 it was $286,000 This figure has increased 3.4%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In June 2011, this figure was 5.3 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 5.3 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 72 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 5.3 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

The months of inventory in June 10 was 5.8 months. In June 11, it is 5.3 months. This figure has decreased by 7.2%

As I have said before, none of this information matters if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.

Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland
Metro Area homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports:

Best Deals in Portland

Each week, we highlight two of the best Portland real estate deals on sale in Portland.  View Ross's full weekly list of Portland Real Estate Deals, here.

3139 NW VERDE VISTA TER Portland, OR 97210 - Hillside - $1,250,000

See the full listing here.

6117 NE SUMNER ST Portland, OR 97218 - Cully - $149,900

See the full listing here.

Also, Ross wanted to mention this special listing:

Childhood home of author Beverly Clearly for Sale:

3340 NE HANCOCK ST Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $324,000

Check out the listing here.

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