Welcome to another edition of our weekly Portland blog! It is now officially Autumn and we're in the last stretch of the gorgeous summer weather that we've been enjoying for weeks now. Sunny afternoons, high heat and humidity will soon fall away to crisp mornings and evenings and eventually to a rather constant rain and fog. Many Portlanders will tell you that they lovelovelove the cloud blanketed days and perpetual mist of November to May. It is near time to retreat indoors, at least for a bit. This is the season that the pubs, coffee shops and the restaurants thrive...one of my favorites!
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Today, Saturday the 24th, is FREE Museum Day! Say what? Yeah, any museum affiliated with the Smithsonian is FREE all day today for you and guest. Getting your free tickets is easy: just go to the website and select the museum of your choice and voila! http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
This week we focus on the 10 Jewels in the Neighborhood Crown: AKA The Best in the 'Hood.
1. Mississippi Avenue: Mississippi Studios. Best music venue in town by a stretch!
2. Belmont: Avalon Arcade. Best place to play arcade games if you have kids. (If not, head to Ground Kontrol!)
3. Alberta: BARISTA. Best coffees in the world, right there at your fingertips.
4. Nob Hill: The New Old Lompoc. Best local brewery and great laid back location.
5. The Pearl District: Andina. Excellent Peruvian small plates.
6. Hawthorne: The Baghdad Theatre. Amazing old theater now serving up cheap flicks, beer and pizza. Heaven.
7. Woodlawn: The Firehouse. Best hidden restaurant, excellent pizza.
8. Piedmont: The Peninsula Rose Park. The most beautiful rose park in PDX.
9. Downtown Portland: Tom McCall Waterfront Park. A great place to run, walk, people watch or flee from huge geese.
10. St Johns: St Johns Twin Cinemas. $4 movies, beer and popcorn in a large and as neighbor tell it: haunted theater.
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Michael Barton, a Portlander who is always out exploring nature with his young son in tow. This week, the two spent some time over at Chapman Park watching the swifts. This shot shows the chimney that the birds so covet. Make sure to look at the rest of Michael's photos from his swift watching experience!
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Michael will get a $20 gift certificate to local business, Powells Bookstore.
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 for free (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
July 2, 2011 at 10am to October 26, 2011 at 2pm –DowntownDates 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:
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
August 3, 2011 at 6pm to October 22, 2011 at 7pm –various, see schedulePortland Timbers - Match Schedules Timbers Tickets: http://www.portlandtimbers.com/schedule 8/03 7:30PM PDT ESPN2 Portland/Los Angeles 8/06 7:30PM PDT FOX 12 estrellaTV 8.3 San Jose/Portland 8/14 6…Organized by Portland Timbers | Type: portland timbers
August 6, 2011 to December 31, 2011 – Portland Art MuseumDo you have an object you would never give up? Something that lives on your wall, your mantle, or buried in the corner of your dresser drawer? Something that evokes a time in your life, a place you m…Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit
September 6, 2011 at 7:30pm to October 9, 2011 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory TheatreWhat’s so funny about parents acting like children? This 2009 Tony winner for Best Play, tells the story of two sets of parents who meet to discuss a bullying incident in what they hoped would be a “…Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance
September 12, 2011 at 12pm to October 24, 2011 at 7pm – Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown, Portland Art MuseumGet off the couch and go enjoy Portland in a totally new way – through an interactive walking tour! If you love scavenger hunts, you'll really love Portland: The Game! It combines the fun of a scav…Organized by Michael Forbes | Type: interactive, tour
September 23, 2011 at 5pm to September 24, 2011 at 10pm – Rheinlander German RestaurantNo one celebrates Oktoberfest in Portland like der Rheinlander! Raise a stein under the Big Beer Tent on NE 50th & Sandy Blvd.! 21 & over 5 to 10pm, Friday September 23rd and Saturday the 24t…Organized by Amanda Pence | Type: festival
September 24, 2011 from 10am to 9pm – TaborSpaceTaborSpace is a donation-based, volunteer-driven coffeehouse and community center in the heart of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. TaborFest, our 2nd annual Open House is a wonderful time of celebration…Organized by TaborSpace | Type: festival/fundraiser
Don't forget to go see the Swifts at Chapman
Park! - Right before dusk: Bring a blanket, binoculars,
camera, loved ones and a watchful eye to observe the Vaux's Swifts -in the
thousands- as they rush to roost in the chimney of Chapman School. Learn more
about this cool Portland happening at the
Portland Chinese Garden - Tucked into Downtown Portland in the Oldtown / Chinatown neighborhood is an amazing hidden gem known as the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Portland’s Chinese garden is an authentic Suzhou-style garden. This small garden packs a lot of visual punch with many wonderful plants, asian structures, statues, and unique windows. For being right in the city, it's an amazingly tranquil and serene place to spend some time. It's said that the garden grew out of a friendship between Portland and Suzhou, a Chinese city renowned for its exquisite gardens.
Learn more about the beautiful Chinese Garden
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