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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, August 10, 2013

August 10th...summer is whipping past, so I hope you have a chance to get outside in Portland this weekend and enjoy some fun activities.  I have spent the past week in Rhododendron near Mt Hood in a cabin overlooking the Sandy River. How fortunate we are to have such amazing places and scenery right at our fingertips!

Sandry River Mt Hood Oregon

Sandy River Mt Hood Oregon
Fun at the Sandy River

The Bite of Oregon

Oregon is a state that truly has something for everyone – great food, amazing craft beer, the Willamette Valley that produces some extraordinary wines, an outdoor enthusiasts dream come true, and one of the "greenest" states in the country.

We invite you to share in all that Oregon has to offer. Spend several days tasting, sampling, enjoying our local music and watching talented chefs and aspiring chefs show off their cooking abilities with various and highly entertaining cooking competitions. Enjoy!

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World Forestry Center - Ansel Adams Exhibit: Distance and Detail

It seems fitting that one of the world's finest nature photographer's would be featured here at the World Forestry Center.  Through August 18th.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer, environmentalist, and social activist, is recognized as one of America's foremost photographers. His life's work established photography as a truly legitimate art form, inspiring new ways of seeing and communicating. His long career represents a prolific and rich contribution to American culture including many hundreds of images that continue to profoundly influence the practice of the art of photography to this day.

Drawn from the art collection of Bank of America, this exhibition includes thirty of Adams’ most iconic photographs.

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World Forestry Center by Michael Barton
Photo by Michael Barton

PDX Bridge Festival - Block Party

Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Broadway Bridge!  Noon to 7 today, Sat August 10.  


Broadway Bridge 100th Birthday Block Party on Sat. August 10th, Noon to 7pm, between NW Hoyt, Broadway, 6th and Glisan. Music stage, Lagunitus Beer Garden, Art Show, food and product vendors, Bridge Tours at 12:30 and 4pm (tickets at event) Children’s activities, Radio Disney, Clowns, the Mad Scientist and More!

The Bridge for Blankets project is part of this year’s PDX Bridge Festival, a string of events that kicked off last April and that leads up to a block party on August 10th from 12pm-7pm, at NW 9th and Hoyt. This is a fitting art installation to celebrate the Broadway Bridge’s 100 year presence and what it brought and brings to the fabric of Portland. Opening up the bridge between the music and clubs of the east side to the exotic life and associations of the west side in addition to the cuisines of both, enhanced this city’s development. We are a better place to live because of it.


16th Annual Alberta Street Fair - Saturday August 10, 2013


The 16th Annual Alberta Street Fair presented by Alberta Eye Care and Healthy Pets NW is Saturday, August 10, 2013. The Alberta Street Fair, features a day of eclectic activities celebrating the diversity and uniqueness that is only on Alberta.  Head to NE Portland for one of the most popular summer festivals this year!

Carting Around

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

You have guests coming into town soon. They have an agenda.

“Please”, they fairly scream down the phone, “before we leave Arreegawn to come back home, please take us to eat at some of those wonderful food carts you have! We hear so much about those! Unless it's raining, we don't like to be wet when we're eating, except if maybe you have some umbrellas?”

You explain patiently that shipping umbrellas into Oregon is prohibitively expensive and that most people just can't afford the $4000 price tag for one, but there are usually awnings and bumbershoot-protected tables – or the awnings of nearby businesses if you don't mind the occasional spate of fisticuffs. Also, you remind them, it's August and almost no chance for rain although there's a higher probability that they'll encounter the pale, dessicated husks of citizens lying in the streets, the poor buggers having been caught out in direct sunlight. Still, with the proper precautions there's no reason why a day touring the food stands can't be had.

Portland Food Carts

                                                             "Salad roll?  What the Hell is a salad roll?"

Satisfied, they ring off, and as you pocket your phone you ponder the coming week's itinerary. Where in the city is best to take them on their gustatory gallivant? You have yourself sampled far from all, or even a tenth, of the fare to be found curbside in the city. There's the lip-smacking adventure of Good Food Here on Belmont, many delectable tidbits to be had at that pod! Only a short stumble down the walk to Pied Cow for brewskis and coffees too. Hmm.

Portland Food Carts

Oh, but can't forget Cartlandia! That's a thought, rent a couple of bikes for your guests and show them the splendid Springwater Corridor Trail. Ah, but do they ride? Can they ride? You recall them being rather clumsy. Still, file it as a possibility.

Downtown? Well, they are country mice, but they may appreciate seeing the hustle-bustle (well, for “Arreegawn” anyway) of the Big City. Show them the Central Library, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Portland Art Museum. If you blink too slowly you'll trip over cart after cart after cart down there, too. It's a plethora, El Guapo!

Tsk. How to decide?

Aha! Consult the Oracle, wag your fingers over the sacred tablet and...Food Carts Portland! The majickelectric boon to every food cart-loving soul. Info! Maps! TOURS! Zut alors!

All set. And then Wednesday show them our volcano and some roller derby.

Portland Photo of the Week

Working on Marquam Mosaic by Michael Barton
Working on the Marquam Mosaic at Marquam Park - Photo by Michael Barton

This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Michael Barton for a series of images of Marquam Park and the Ansel Adams exhibit at World Forestry Center.  Michael  wins Portland photo of the week, and a Powell's Books gift card.

Come upload your Portland photos to the Portland photo album for a chance to win Portland Photo of the Week and  a feature in the weekly blog!

Working on Marquam Mosaic by Michael Barton

Featured Portland Events this Week

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

Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail

June 1, 2013 at 10am to August 18, 2013 at 5pm – World Forestry Center Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer, environmentalist, and social activist, is recognized as one of America's foremost photographers. HIs life's work established photography as a truly legitimate a Organized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

OMSI Mummies of the World Exhibit

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

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 &a Organized by PCPA | Type: music on main street

PCPA Summer Arts on Main Street

July 10, 2013 at 10pm to August 28, 2013 at 2pm – "Downtown Portland" Say goodbye to springtime and help us give a warm welcome to summer by joining the PCPA every Wednesday in July and August for Summer Arts on Main Street.  From 10am–2pm, PCPA hosts local artisans an Organized by PCPA | Type: portland summer arts 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 Center Oregon 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 wi Organized by Plaza Palooza | Type: free, concerts!

Clark County Fair Aug 2-11 2013

August 3, 2013 to August 11, 2013"Clark County" The 2013 Clark County Fair is going to be the best ever! This year's Fair is sure to provide you and your family endless ENTERTAINMENT and excitement. Don't miss our featured exhibits ROCK U, FAIRCON Organized by Clark County Fair | Type: clark county fair

The Bite of Oregon

August 9, 2013 to August 11, 2013"Waterfront Park Downtown" WELCOME TO THE 30th ANNUAL BITE OF OREGON * AUG 9, 10, 11, 2013. From coast to Cascades to canyons, the Bite of Oregon is a stunning celebration of Oregon, its food, its people and its extraordinary Organized by Bite | Type: the bite of oregon

Cupcake Vineyards Cupcake Truck Tour

August 9, 2013 at 11am to August 11, 2013 at 8pm – Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park The Cupcake Vineyards Cupcake Truck is on a national tour across the United States visiting local events to share cupcakes and samples of America’s favorite premium wine brand. The truck will stop in Organized by Cupcake Vineyards | Type: bite, of, oregon

Alberta Street Fair 2013

August 10, 2013 all day – "NE Alberta St" Alberta Street Fair 2013 One of the most popular summer street festivals in Portland.  Visit website for more details on this fun event. Organized by Alberta Street Fair 2013 | Type: alberta, street, fair, 2013

Bella Organic Dogathon 5k Trail Run

August 10, 2013 from 8am to 10pm – Bella Organic and Portland Pumpkin Farm Dogs are part of the family, so why can’t they have their day on the farm? As part of our Harvest Festival Celebration, we are hosting a 5K trail-run and a 5K trail-walk at the farm followed by a day Organized by Bella Organic Farm | Type: run, walk, or, jog

Recumbent Reunion: Bikes Between the Buildings

August 10, 2013 from 9am to 10am – Portland Art Museum World traveler Sylvia Halpern and Lonnie Morse, builder of racing recumbents, team up at the Museum to talk about riding far and riding fast.    The presentation will begin at 9 am in the Portland Ar Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: discussion

Saturday Imbibing Tour

August 10, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland Breweries - Coalition, Hopworks (HUB), Burnside & Lompoc Side Bar Our Saturday Imbibing tour is a good mix of learning about beer and the brewing process and having a great time. The tour visits four different Portland breweries, but we only get one, very detailed Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour

Hands on Hives Series

August 11, 2013 to September 21, 2013location varies by class date Learn-by-doing classes demonstrating bee’s gentle nature / ease of beekeeping  - while we harvest honey and ready bees for winter. from August 11 to September 21, weekends in the afternoon click for Organized by Brian Lacy | Type: hands, on, hives, series

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

Ross Seligman shares five great Portland real estate deals here on the blog each week.  If you're looking to buy a home in Portland, maybe one of these Portland homes for sale is the one for you!

1.  2814 NE BRAZEE ST Portland, OR 97212



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2. 1516 NE SKIDMORE ST Portland, OR 97211



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3. 5912 SW CORBETT AVE Portland, OR 97239



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4. 5227 NE 14TH PL Portland, OR 97211



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5. 53 NE COOK ST Portland, OR 97212



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