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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, September 28, 2013

Hello, Portlanders.  Welcome to our weekly Portland events blog.   The rain sure seems to be starting a bit earlier this year, if this weekend's weather is any indication.  Sadly, this means the cancellation of SW Portland Sunday Parkways this weekend, as well as a handful of other outdoor Portland events. The SOLV Beach Cleanup will be postponed due to bad weather at the coast.

It rained hard last night, and the sound of fat wet droplets pattering on the roof was calming and made me want to stay in bed all day, instead of getting up to write the blog!   Oh, but it does create such pretty scenery.  I snapped this photo this morning (Rhododendron, OR), and the river is muddy and fast moving from all the rain last night.

Mt Hood Misty Morning

Misty Morning - Sandy River in the Rain

Actually, autumn in Portland is a favorite  time of year, so when the rain ceases this week, be sure to get out and enjoy some of the golden light and autumn flowers before the rain returns for real this winter.  Photos below courtesy of Michael Barton.

Oaks Bottom photo by Michael Barton

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - Photo by Michael Barton

Photo by Michael Barton

Smithsonian Free Museum Day in Portland

Since you're probably in the mood for indoor events this weekend in Portland, then there is no better time to tell you that today, Saturday September 28, 2013  is Free Museum Day in Portland at a couple different locations like the Portland Art Museum, Oregon History Museum, and Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts. Sponsored by the Smithsonian, visit their website to get your tickets and to find all the locations you can  visit for free today.


Here are popular Portland Museums on a map.

Occidental's Oktoberfest

Occidental’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest celebration will feature locally brewed bier as well as traditional German food from Urban German and live music. The Brewvana bus will provide FREE transportation between the DoubleTree Lloyd Center and Occidental Brewing with shuttle pickups at the DoubleTree every hour on the hour 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. No registration is necessary to take advantage of the transportation, just hop on the bus and enjoy all the Oktoberfest celebration has to offer. Cost: FREE. Visit

Lents Oktoberfest


The Eagle Eye Tavern is excited to host Lents 1st Annual Oktoberfest with food by Urban German. 9 different seaonal releases from some of our favorite NW breweries including Ninkasi, Oakshire, Occidental, Leavenworth & more! The gates open at noon and live music starts at 2 daily. Bands include Lents own Wilkinson Blades, www.reverbnation/wilkinsonblades, and Race of Strangers. Other bands include Garden Goat and Beaver Boogie Band with more TBA. Other fun includes Oktoberfest games and costume contest.

The back lot of The Eagle Eye Tavern/El Pato Feliz Jr 5836/5824 SE 92nd ave Portland Or 97266

Parking is limited. Please use public transportation as we are located right off the Max Green Line Lents/SE Foster stop and Trimet #10, #14 & #71 SE 94th & Foster stop.


Matchday: Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Jeldwen Field

JELD-WEN FIELD, Portland, Ore.
Sept. 29, 2013 (WEEK 31, MLS Game #285)
12:30 p.m. PT (NBC, 750 The Game / La Pantera 940)

A massive contest in the Western Conference playoff chase is ahead on Sunday afternoon before an NBC national network audience as the Portland Timbers play host to the LA Galaxy.  Read more...

Comic Relief

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I love comix. And now a long aside about that spelling, after which I'll start all over. C'mon, you're used to this by now.

I use the spelling “comix” when I refer to the illustrated story medium, as opposed to the terms “comics” and “comic books”. “Comics” are sweaty people standing in front of a roomful of mostly strangers and trying desperately to make them laugh. “Comic books” is a phrase often used to describe comix, but lend the idea that said books are funny. Not all comix are funny, though. Some of the best comix aren't very funny at all, and when they do make you laugh it's usually while you're whipping your head around and peering into shadowed spaces (actually that's my kind of funny, but your mileage may vary).

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I used to use the term “graphic novel” but my brother Bill, who always speaks everyone's truth but his own, declared that I use that term because I'm ashamed that I'm a grown-ass man who reads comix. He's wrong, I'm not either, but I'll admit the phrase does have its nose a bit up in the air.

So. I love comix. Take me to a stack of 'em (or a pile; I'm not picky) and I'll sit right square in the middle of them and commence to readin'. I may not read every one (I have standards) but I'll touch every one and at the very least flip through them, front to back. If the missus and I are at the library and she turns around and I'm out of sight, she knows I'm over in the stacks where the comix are shelved. They have little beanbag chairs and a tiny table over there, it's so neat.

Pop quiz, hotshot. Who is the third-largest publisher of comix in America? Oops, 'scuse me, let me rephrase that question somewhat: Who is the largest independent publisher of comix and manga in America? Dark Horse Comics, that's who (and yeah, they spell it “comics” but they didn't ask me and they're huge anyway so they get to do what they want). I literally live within a ten-minute walk of Dark Horse HQ. They don't know that and wouldn't care, but I think it's pretty dang spiffy.

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Know what else (I think) is cool? This publishing house has produced some of the best stuff ever, with characters like Concrete, Hellboy, Flaming Carrot, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and now they're bringing back none other than the good so-ugly-it's-awesome ship Serenity! Really! I read about it here!

Serenity. You know. Firefly? Science-fiction television classic, care of Joss Whedon of Buffy fame? Resurrected a few years later as the kick-all-kinds-of-space-ass theatrical film Serenity?


Don't give me that patronizing smile. I get that plenty from my wife.

Portland Photo of the Week

Tryon Creek State Park by Michael Barton
Tryon Creek State Park by Michael Barton

Each week we select a member-uploaded photo as the Portland Photo of the Week.  Michael Barton uploaded a photo diary of Tryon Creek State Park.  Thanks for sharing your images with us, Michael!

About Tryon Creek Park:
Located only minutes from downtown Portland is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area. Every day, visitors come to hike or stroll the nature trails through the verdant ravine between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland. Cyclists of all ages bike along the paved trail on the park's eastern edge, stopping along the way to admire a trillium.

Some people visit Tryon Creek just to sit in the Glenn L. Jackson shelter and listen to the chatter of the jays and squirrels. Others, especially people with mobility-related disabilities, come to enjoy the peaceful setting of the fully-accessible Trillium Trail.   Read more.

Upload your photos to the Portland Photo Album for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local Portland bookstore (ahem...Powell's) a coffee shop, or restaurant.

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

The Question of Hope: Robert Adams in Western Oregon

September 7, 2013 at 10am to January 5, 2014 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Robert Adams is an unflinching witness to grand promises sometimes fulfilled and sometimes laid to waste. A faithful visitor to the Northwest since the early 1960s, he moved permanently from Colorado Organized by Mariah Pushnik | Type: exhibition

La Luna Nueva

September 13, 2013 at 6pm to September 28, 2013 at 10pm – Miracle Theatre La Luna Nueva is Milagro's annual multidisciplinary arts festival, celebrating the beauty of Latino arts and culture from around the world. Two weeks of daily events featuring spirited flamenco and t Organized by Miracle Theatre | Type: community, theatre

2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

September 21, 2013 at 10am to January 12, 2014 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The Portland Art Museum is pleased to present the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, celebrating the artists and creative community in the five-state greater Northwest region. This year’s six ex Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibition

Fun on Foster Street Fair 2013

September 28, 2013 all day – Foster Ave Fun on Foster Street Fair 2013 Block party, entertainment satages, cruise in, shipping and family fun events! Visit for details and schedule Organized by Fun on Foster Street Fair 2013 | Type: fun on foster street fair 2013

Hood River Hops Fest Tour

September 28, 2013 from 10am to 6pm – Portland to Hood River & back to Portland We’re loading up the bus to take hop heads to a celebration of the ingredient that gives beer its bite – hops! The Hood River Hops Fest has become a fall tradition highlighting the bounty of freshly Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tours | Type: beer festival

Hops Fest

September 28, 2013 from 12pm to 9pm – Downtown Hood River Hops Fest was voted Winner of Best Event of the Gorge for 2010 and 2011! It’s a beer lover’s dream, when fresh-hopped brews from more than two dozen Northwest craft brewers are on tap at the Hood Riv Organized by Hood River County Chamber | Type: beer, festival, wine

Shuttling to Occidental's Oktoberfest

September 28, 2013 from 12pm to 9pm – Shuttling between DoubleTree Lloyd Center & Occidental Brewing Occidental’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest celebration will feature locally brewed bier as well as traditional German food from Urban German and live music. The Brewvana bus will provide FREE transportation Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tours | Type: shuttle, free


November 10, 2013 from 10am to 3pm – O'Connors @ The Vault IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS AT WILSON HIGH SCHOOL   Come to this wildly successful sale and silent auction (IN THE BAG: benefit for the arts) on Sun, November 10th, 2013 from 10am to 3pm at O'Co Organized by Linda Doyle | Type: fundraiser, for, the, arts

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!

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:

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

September 23rd - September 30th

1.  6545 SE YAMHILL CT Portland, OR 97215



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2. 841 SW GAINES ST Portland, OR 97239



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3. 2530 NE 58TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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4. 7103 N MISSISSIPPI AVE Portland, OR 97217



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5. 3826 SE 50TH AVE Portland, OR 97206



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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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