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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland September 22, 2012

Hello, Portlanders and welcome to the first fall weekend of 2012.  I know!  Summer is over ALREADY?  Well technically yes.  But the weather will remain nice for several more weeks, so if you didn't pack in enough outdoor fun, it isn't too late to get outside.  

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Laurelhurst at Sundown - Photo by Earl R. Thomas

Portland Polish Festival

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The Polish Festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts...It is for everyone!

During the festival we provide non-stop stage performances, Polka Contest, a street dance with Chervona Band, delicious authentic Polish food and imported Polish beer.

The festival includes Children's Village, which offers games, art projects, face painting, bounce houses and sweets and is operated by Polish School.

Children can learn to dance the Polka and then compete to see if you have the skill to be this year's Polka Champions.

Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the festival which is prepared and run by over 300 volunteers by the Polish Community.

More information at:

The festival runs Saturday, September 22, 11am-10pm

Sunday, September 22nd, noon-6pm.

The event is held on 3900 N Failing Street between the two historic buildings of the Polish Library incorporated in 1911 and St. Stanislaus Church built in 1907, both located on N. Interstate Avenue in Portland Oregon.

Saturday: Sept 22, 2012 11am - 10pm
Sunday, Sept 23, 2012 noon - 6pm
3900 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, Oregon


FEAST Portland - Sept 20-23, 2012

Bon Appétit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty

Oregon's soil produces amazing fruits and vegetables. Our vineyards grow grapes that make award-winning wines. Our hops are the reason Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world. Our ocean provides sustainably caught salmon, Dungeness crab and tuna. And our beef, pork and chicken are organic and raised to the highest standards. We grow much of the country's hazelnuts, marionberries and green beans. And our forests are home to so many exotic mushrooms the Japanese have us on speed dial. Best of all, we have marvelous chefs who know what to do with all this abundance. So we decided it's high time we had our own world-class celebration of food, drink and everything else that makes Portland awesome. We're calling it Feast Portland.

At the heart of the festival is a mission to end childhood hunger in Oregon and in our country. A state where food is so plentiful should not also rank as one of the hungriest in the nation. This is part of the four-day dynamic exchange of ideas, inspiration and dialogue that Feast Portland will create with food enthusiasts from Oregon, across the U.S. and around the globe.

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Portland Eastside Streetcar Grand Opening September  22, 2012

I am pretty excited about this news because I live in East Portland merely a couple of blocks from the newest streetcar line, so I now have even more easy commute options.

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The Portland Streetcar isexcited to open its newest line, the Central Loop, on September 22, 2012. The celebrations will start at 10:00AM with a Press Event and speeches at the OMSI Plaza in SE Portland. Service will begin by 11:00AM following the press event and the departure of the first, ceremonial train. The Central Loop will connect with the existing streetcar on 10th & 11th in Downtown Portland. From there it will cross the Broadway Bridge traveling along Broadway, Weidler, 7th, MLK and Grand connecting to the Rose Quarter, Lloyd District, Oregon Convention Center, the Central Eastside Industrial District and OMSI. This is the first streetcar project in the country to be funded with a Federal Grant and includes new vehicles made by United Streetcar located in Clackamas, Oregon.

Schedule of Opening Events

Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00AM Press event and speeches on the plaza in front of OMSI in SE Portland
9:00AM – 12:00PM SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup at South Waterfront. Sign up at their website.
10:00AM – 3:00PM Entertainment and vendor booths on the OMSI Plaza
10:00AM – 4:30PM "Streetcars Build a City" Exhibit at the Architectural Heritage Center on SE Grand at Alder
10:00AM – 5:00PM Oregon Rail Heritage Center Grand Opening, 2250 SE Water Ave
11:00AM – 5:00PM Community Showcase featuring local businesses and entertainment at the Oregon Convention Center Plaza on NE Oregon between Grand and MLK
11:00AM PSU Viking Spirit Ride from OMSI on the PSU Sponsored Streetcar
11:00AM – 5:00PM Urban Art Network's Art Fair at NW 11th & Northrup

 Streetcar will be free to all passengers September 22 – 23, 2012 as part of the celebration.

Catch a ride to OMSI September 22, 2012 7:30am–9:30am for the Grand Opening Celebration

 Oregon Rail Heritage Center’s Grand Opening

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Saturday, September 22nd & 23rd,10am -5pm

Oregon Rail

See the three steam locomotives in their new home!

Giveaways & Prizes * Live Music * Gift Shop

Kid’s Activities * Guides to tell you about us

Light Refreshments * ADA Accessible

2250 SE Water Avenue 
Portland, Oregon 97214


The Eastside Streetcar will be free for its inauguration on Saturday and Sunday. For additional information go to Portland Streetcar.

A small parking lot is under the new 99E viaduct at SE Caruthers St. and SE Grand Ave. On-street parking is available on SE 6th Ave. or SE Division Pl.

This area is in a construction zone. Be aware of uneven surfaces.

See the three steam locomotives in their new home!

For more information call:

Live Music at Ash Street Saloon - Saturday, September 22
9pm (doors open at 7:30pm).
$6.00 at the door.


(rock / americana / rock)
Ash Street Shows

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Earl R. Thomas.  Earl shared a lovely series of photos taken at Laurelhurst Park, one of Portland's greatest Portland parks.

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! 

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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! 


Take Time, Give Time

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

This weekend, the missus and I and two of our neighbor kids will be traveling to Rockaway Beach to participate in SOLVe's Fall Beach Cleanup.

I wrote about going to Rockaway for a cleanup last spring; it was a great experience, and our aim is to make it a regular gig. Driving through the Coast Range to the sea, breathing the fine air, walking the reaching surf, hearing the quarreling gulls wheeling overhead (and harping underfoot), and meanwhile doing the Earth a good turn (and for our own sake as well)...what's to complain about? Well, there WILL be complaining from the back seat, preteen girls in general being innately gifted in the art and these particular two also excelling in sneercraft, but I'll be dangling their “Shake It Up” DVDs out the window during the trip so I expect it'll be held in check if not muted entirely.

Rockaway Beach is not the only place to show your love for your Mother and your community. Take a look at the events listed on SOLVe's website and you'll see there's a lengthy list of volunteer opportunities, some of them a stone's throw from your front door. We chose the beach because we want to get out of the city for the day, but there are plenty of events in town to satiate your service jones.

SOLVe isn't the only game going when it comes to volunteerism. Hands On Greater Portland lists tons of events via partner organizations in the Portland area and beyond. Find opportunities to read to kids and seniors, plant trees and hoe weeds, support the arts, build houses for the homeless, aid in finding animals care and new owners. Free Geek is listed there, and ya'll know how I feel about Free Geek. Also listed is Oregon Food Bank, and I can tell you as someone who worked at a food bank once upon a time (in another state) how vital volunteers are in collecting and distributing for people who struggle to provide this most basic need for their families.

SOLVe and Hands On Greater Portland are excellent avenues to public service. Here are others: your own pantry and closets. Libraries, fire stations, and other public facilities often provide barrels into which you can place foodstuffs or clothing to be donated to people in need. You can also bring a trash bag or two along on your neighborhood walks and trail hikes and bike rides, to collect rubbish on your route. Others will see you doing it and may think twice about tossing their own litter, or better yet, be inspired to take up the cause.

These are lean times. Money's tight. No matter. Often the best things to give are your muscle, your concern, and your time.

Editor's Note - There are a ton of great Portland charities and events where you can pitch in and help out a good cause with your time, your money, and your positive energy.  You can visit to read about charities and find out which are the highest ranked.

Some local Portland charities that earned 4 stars on Charity Navigator include:
Audubon Society of Portland
Child Aid
Friends of the Children
Loaves & Fishes Centers
Medical Teams International
Oregon Food Bank
Open Meadow Alternative Schools
Oregon Health & Science University Foundation
Oregon Humane Society
Oregon Zoo Foundation
Self Enhancement Inc.
Stand for Children Leadership Center
The Wild Salmon Center

Find more charities.

Fundraiser for Tim Parsons

I was having dinner last night at one of my favorite Portland restaurants and heard about a personal fund raiser for Tim Parsons, a local in our food scene who recently suffered a brain injury.   

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Friends of Tim Parsons are hoping to raise $75,000 for his medical care after the Portland photographer and restaurant consultant fell, fracturing his skull, on Sept. 4. According to this fundraising website, Parsons was off the ventilator, following commands and making a slow but steady recovery as of Saturday. But self-employed through his consultancy, Silent Partner PDX, Parsons is earning no income while he remains in the hospital.

Medical Fundraising Made Simple

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 

Timberrr! A Nostalgic Look Back at Working in the Woods

August 4, 2012 at 10am to December 31, 2012 at 5pm – World Forestry Center

Open Company Class – Modern with Josie Moseley

September 4, 2012 at 6pm to October 2, 2012 at 7pm – The BodyVox Dance Center

And So It Goes...

September 4, 2012 at 7:30pm to October 7, 2012 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre

Avenue Q

September 6, 2012 at 7:30pm to September 30, 2012 at 7:30pm – The Sanctuary @ Sandy Blvd

"Sweeney Todd" at Portland Center Stage

September 18, 2012 at 7:30pm to October 21, 2012 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory

Cindy Sherman

September 19, 2012 at 10am to December 30, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum

Feast Portland

September 20, 2012 to September 23, 2012All over- see website


September 20, 2012 at 12pm to September 23, 2012 at 6pm – Vigor Industrial Shipyard on Swan Island 5555 N. Channel Avenue, Portland, OR 97217

Wilderness Survival: Shelter & Firemaking Course

September 21, 2012 at 7:30pm to September 23, 2012 at 4pm – Trackers Earth

11th Annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair

September 22, 2012 from 10am to 5pm – Green Depot


September 22, 2012 from 11:30am to 3:30pm – directions provided after booking

Discover the Arts Open House - FREE

September 22, 2012 from 2pm to 5pm – Portland Metro Arts

Gluten Free Tour

September 22, 2012 from 6pm to 10pm – Portland - Bushwackers Cidery, Harvester Brewing, Widmer & Amnesia

Oregon Symphony: Parker Plays Mozart

September 22, 2012 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Sound + Vision Presents Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film with Live Performance by Callahan

September 22, 2012 from 7:30pm to 11pm – The Hollywood Theater

Sunday Lecture: "What Makes Timberline Cool"

September 23, 2012 from 2pm to 7pm – Oregon Historical Society

HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?

September 24, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm – The Hollywood Theatre

A Night with Oni Press & Jamie S. Rich

September 27, 2012 from 7:30pm to 10pm – The Hollywood Theatre

Pearl District Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Report

The Pearl District is located in Central Portland. It is bordered by the Old Town, China Town, Downtown, Goose Hollow, and Northwest neighborhoods, and the Willamette River.  To learn more about the Pearl District, click here.

If you are looking for homes in the Pearl District 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 Pearl District  neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In August 2012, there were 37 closed sales, 38 pending sales, and 119 homes on the market in the Pearl District Neighborhood.

One year change from August 2011 to August 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 42.5%

Homes sold: Up 60.9%

Homes pending sale: Up 35.7%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Pearl District neighborhood has been between $310 and $390/sq. ft. In August 2012, the average price per square foot in the Pearl District neighborhood was $341.

One year change from August 2011 to August 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: UP 9.9%


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 August 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Pearl District neighborhood was 88 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 August 2012, sellers in Pearl District received, on average, 95% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from August 2011 to August 2012:

Time on Market: Down 10.2%

Sold/List price % difference: Up 3.3%


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 August 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Pearl District was $508,000. The average sale was $448,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 5.8%

Average sold price:  Up 16.1%


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.  August 2012 in the Pearl District neighborhood had 3.2 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.2 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in August, 88 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Pearl District from this point forward, in 3.2 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 Pearl District 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:    September 17th - September 24th

1.  4101 SW GREENLEAF DR Portland, OR 97221 - Greenhills - $1,325,000

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2. 3025 NE 46TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Beaumont - Reilly Signature Home - $799,000

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3.  3323 NE 47TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Beaumont - $599,900

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4. 7629 SE 13TH AVE Portland, OR 97202 - Sellwood/Moreland - $324,900

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5. 416 NW 13TH AVE Portland, OR 97209 - Pearl District - $259,000

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Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

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