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This Week in Portland Oct 29 - Nov 5, 2011

Happy Halloween Weekend Portland!  Of course we have the usual rundown of spooky and fun Portland Halloween events and parties on our Portland Halloween Events page and on the Portland events calendar, but if you would like to enjoy a more authentic celebration, check out these Portland Day of the Dead events:

¡Viva la Revolución! at Miagro Theatre - Created by Martín Milagro, directed by Olga Sanchez and sponsored by Ronni Lacroute, The Oregonian and the Consulate of Mexico in Portland.

ABOUT THE PLAY - Every year, the dead are commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de los Muertos celebration. In the early 20th century, when the people of Mexico joined forces to demand reform, Las Adelitas were women who bravely planted themselves in the line of fire in support of the Mexican revolutionaries. Celebrated in music and dance with corridos and baile folklórico, we honor those who fought fearlessley for liberation — both 100 years ago and still today. This production is bilingual. We expect the performance to last about 1.5 hours. The play is suitable for ages 5 and older, but best enjoyed by those 10 and older.  
PERFORMANCES & TICKETS¡Viva la Revolución! plays four weekends only, Oct. 20 through Nov. 13, 2011 at the Milagro Theatre.  Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Someday Lounge Dia de los Muertos Celebration - Sunday October 30 2011 - Someday Lounge is proud to host our 4th DOWNTOWN PARADE, altar build, and celebration for Dia de los Muertos.

For the Altar Build we'll use sugar skulls, and any other mementos brought by participants, to create community altars in the space. A true community art installation rooted in an ancient cultural traditions.

The downtown parade will assemble at Pioneer square and march to the Someday Lounge, followed by open viewing of altars and art installations.

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration in Linnton -  Third annual Day of the Dead Celebration in Linnton.  From 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct 30 at the Linnton Community Center, 10614 N.W. St. Helens Road.  Live music and professional dance troupes will provide entertainment. Food and refreshments will also be available. 

Concert, Song for All Souls, at Lewis and Clark  - The Resonance Ensemble season opens with a moving celebration of All Souls' Day, with Hugo Distler's 1934 work Totentanz. A series of 14 meditative choral statements alternates with medieval dialogues between the inhabitants of a village and the omnipresent figure of Death, along with his plaintive violin. The concert will also feature Brahms's motet "Warum ist das Licht gegeben".

Dia De Los Muertos at La Superior - Portland’s best authentic Mexican food destination, La Superior will be hosting a Dia De Los Muertos celebration the last weekend of October.

Food and drink specials include chicken mole tamales and caldo de rez, a traditional beef stew, which will be prepared just for this event. We’ll also have plenty of pozole and other mole dishes! Come and see some cool décor and learn about the holiday. Feel free to bring some photos for our ‘ofrenda’ to honor your deceased loved ones!

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This Week's Top Ten in Portland

Our Portland Top Ten list features ten local places that you might enjoy visiting in Portland each week.  As the seasons change, and the rain returns we thought we would focus on some great Portland indoor  venues.

1) OMSI -  Bodyworlds is back at OMSI.  Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain includes more than 200 authentic human specimens and highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance. Through respectful, aesthetic displays, this all-new exhibition invites intensive study and profound reflection on the power, beauty, and fragility of the human body.

2) Portland Children's Museum -  Fun for kids year-round, right now featuring the LEGO castle  adventure.  Explore, build and play with LEGO® to learn about real-world castles and their secrets: Throne room, treasure room and dungeon • Medieval costumes • Jousting field with horses, lances and targets • LEGO® bricks for builders of all ages • Virtual castle 3-D program • Fantastical creations by real LEGO® Master Builders

3) Portland Art Museum - Martin Kippenberger, OCT 29, 2011 – FEB 19, 2012 - Regarded by many as among the most talented German artists of his generation, Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) established a practice that included all mediums, performance and artist collaborations. Kippenberger was the center of an important group of post-conceptual infants terribles in Germany that included artists Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen, Georg Herold, Werner Büttner, and Günther Förg. In his work, Kippenberger sought to disrupt art’s complacency with a satirist’s wit that directs the viewer to uncomfortable realities of the present world.

4) Portland Expo Center - This weekend is America's Largest Antiques and Collectibles Show!  Over 1000 booths to explore.

5) Hollywood Theatre - Great films and fun in this classic NE Portland theater.  Now Showing: Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil - Tucker and Dale are two small town friends who head to the woods for a relaxing weekend in their dilapidated summer cabin. When a group of preppy college kids mistakes them for murderous backwoods hillbillies, misunderstanding grows along with a body count. This hilarious horror/comedy has been a huge hit on the film festival circuit, including Sundance and SXSW.

6) Laurelhurst Theater - Laurelhurst Portland's classic theater.  NOW PLAYING: The Debt. Besides our normal selection of current films from Hollywood, Independent, Foreign and Local film makers, we also like to play older movies. Whether they are well known classics or more obscure treasures, they shouldn't be missed on the big screen. Every week during the months to come, a great movie from the past will be showing for one week only!

7) Portland Cooking Classes - These Portland Cooking Classes are available all around Portland.  Portland's Culinary Workshop, Caprial and John's Kithcen, Hipcooks, Sur la Table Cooking Classes, In Good Taste, Oregon Culinary Institute and more. Learn some new kitchen skills, try new recipes, or prepare to make holiday dinner this year.

8) Oak's Amusement Park and Roller Rink - Enjoy old fashioned roller skating, Halloween skate today!

9) Rose Garden Arena - This week is the Blazer's Harvest Dinner, on November 1, 2011

10) Lloyd Center Ice Rink - You can skate year-round in the indoor ice skating rink in Portland's Lloyd District neighborhood.

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Rob Creighton Garrison with this lovely image of a lush Portland forest scene: Firelane 7 Forest Park. Thanks for sharing your Portland photos with us, we always enjoy seeing what people have uploaded each week!

Portland Photo by Rob Creighton
Firelane 7 Forest Park - by Rob Creighton Garrison

Just for sharing this Portland photo, Rob will receive a $20 gift certificate to local business, Powells Bookstore.  Each week we select a Portland photo winner, so come upload your images to the Portland photo album.

If you're a book lover and you live in Portland Oregon, then Powells Bookstore is no surprise to you because it is a local favorite. Powell's City of Books is one of the most visited spots in town whether you're visiting Portland and looking for popular places to visit, or whether you've lived in Portland your entire life.  they say 80,000 people browse the shelves of Powells each day.   If you're visiting with a group, you can even arrange a tour.  "From humble storefront beginnings in 1971 on a derelict corner of northwest Portland, Oregon, Powell's Books has grown into one of the world's great bookstores, with seven locations in the Portland metropolitan area, and one of the book world's most successful dot-coms ( serving customers worldwide." (  Learn all about 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! 


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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 (please read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.

"No Man's Land"

October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm to November 6, 2011 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage Is what you remember ever what really happened? In this enigmatic tumble through time, two men circle each other in the limbo of logic, recovering memory and reconciliation as their lives hurtle towa Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: performance

LEGO Castle Adventure comes to Portland Children's Museum

October 10, 2011 to January 29, 2012Portland Children's Museum Builders of all ages and skill levels are invited to explore, build and play in LEGO® Castle Adventure. In this exhibit kids and their families can construct LEGO® structures, learn about real-world Organized by | Type: portland, children's, museum

Bonnie Bronson Fellows: 20 Years (Free event)

October 10, 2011 to December 11, 2011Lewis & Clark College In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Bonnie Bronson Fund, this exhibition debuts new work by the Bonnie Bronson Fellows, some of the Pacific Northwest's most influential Organized by | Type: museum, event

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest 2011

October 10, 2011 to October 31, 2011Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm The 2nd annual fall Pumpkin Fest will celebrate the harvest season from grinding wheat to learning about the crops grown on the farm. Visitors will have a chance to travel the giant hay maze, the 5 a Organized by | Type: festival

Portland Pumpkin Farm & Twilight Maze

October 11, 2011 to October 31, 2011Sauvie Island Sunday through Thursday from 9am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 9pm. "Portland Pumpkin Farm & Twilight Maze is having its Annual Pumpkin Harvest at Bella Organic on Sauvie Island! Bri Organized by | Type: festival

75 Gifts for 75 Years (Free event)

October 11, 2011 to February 5, 2012Museum of Contemporary Craft Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the exhibition 75 Gifts for 75 Years celebrates an important milestone in the history of one of the oldest modern craft institutions in the United State Organized by | Type: art, event

Beyond Bizarre Walking Tour

October 13, 2011 at 7pm to October 31, 2011 at 10pm – Old Town / Chinatown If you've seen the "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Adventures", or "Paranormal State" TV shows, then this is the right adventure for you! Unexplained mysteries, ghostly adventures, and spooky stories abound Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: halloween, event

The Maize at the Pumpkin Patch

October 15, 2011 to October 31, 2011The Maize Haunted MAiZE & Portland Timbers MAiZE 2011 The spooky Haunted MAiZE is open every weekend until Halloween! Boo!Portland's original cornfield maze at The Pumpkin Patch on beautiful Sauvie Island Organized by The Maize at the Pumpkin Patch | Type: portland halloween event

Milburn's Haunted Manor

October 15, 2011 to October 31, 2011"Milburns" Haunted House / Milburn's Haunted Manor 2011 - We dare you to come to our house! Milburn's Hall of FameMilburn's Haunted Manor 2011.Our 9th year!  AdmissionHaunted Manor.............................. Organized by Milburns | Type: portland halloween

13th Door Haunted House in Portland

October 15, 2011 to October 31, 2011"13th Door" Portland Oregon's #1 Haunted House is the 13th Door Haunted House, rated PG-13. Scary, frightening, horrifying and the best ever haunt in Portland. The 13th Door Zombies are scratching at the walls Organized by 13 | Type: portland halloween, haunted house

Scream Haunted Houses - Scream at The Beach

October 15, 2011 to October 31, 2011Various For 10 years Scream at the Beach has served as the largest, scariest and most popular Halloween Event in the Pacific Northwest, entertaining tens of thousands each year with their pant-wetting horror Organized by Scream Haunted Houses | Type: portland halloween events


October 15, 2011 to October 31, 2011"Rose Garden" Werechickens and evil clowns and monkeys with chainsaws - OH MY! You might think you've seen it all but no other haunted house on the planet could possibly prepare you for the cacophonous cornucopia Organized by FrightTown | Type: frighttown, portland halloween events

Scavenger Hunts Search Party at Pioneer Courthouse Square

October 15, 2011 at 11am to March 17, 2012 at 1pm – Pioneer Courthouse Square What mysteries lurk behind the bright lights of Portland's hippest art galleries, chic shops, bookstores and microbreweries? Come to Jamison Square at 6 PM on First Thursdays and find out! Upon arri Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain

October 16, 2011 to March 4, 2012OMSI Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain includes more than 200 authentic human specimens and highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance. Through respectful, aesthetic displays Organized by | Type: omsi, show


October 20, 2011 at 7:30pm to November 13, 2011 at 9pm – Milagro Theatre Created by Martín Milagro, directed by Olga Sanchez and sponsored by Ronni Lacroute, The Oregonian and the Consulate of Mexico in Portland.   ABOUT THE PLAY Every year, the dead are commemorated in P Organized by Miracle Theatre Group | Type: día, de, los, muertos, celebration

Art Waves 2 Sundays Silk Painting Workshop

October 23, 2011 at 2pm to October 30, 2011 at 2pm – Westside United Methodist Church Silk Painting 2 Day Workshop for Children & Adults! Oct. 23 & 30 from 2pm to 4pm Tuition $45 Come join Art Waves with artist Diane Fredgant and design your own hand painted silk scarf! Worksh Organized by Art Waves | Type: silk, painting, art, workshop

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

October 28, 2011 to October 31, 2011La Superior Portland’s best authentic Mexican food destination, La Superior will be hosting a Dia De Los Muertos celebration the last weekend of October.  Food and drink specials include chicken mole tamales and Organized by | Type: celebration

Minimal to Manic Art Show

October 28, 2011 to October 30, 201127 NW 23rd Place - Uptown Shopping near Ben & Jerry's 20 artists bring diverse perspectives on art from lights to scultpture to photography and painting.  See nationally recognized local painters as well as emerging talent.  Gallery is open from noon-8p Organized by Doreen Roozee | Type: art, show

PERFORMANCE: Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

October 28, 2011 at 7:30pm to November 5, 2011 at 10pm – Fir Acres Theatre Main Stage, Lewis & Clark College This semester’s main stage production is The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht. “Caucasian” in the title refers to the Caucasus Mountains and the Caucasus region between the Black Sea and the Organized by Joyce Beeny | Type: performance

America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show

October 29, 2011 to October 30, 2011Portland Expo Center One of the largest antique shows in the country, produced locally right here in Portland, the Portland Expo Antique & Collectible Show, returns this October 29th and 30th  with hundreds of outsta Organized by Chris Palmer | Type: antique, &, collectible, show

CONCERT: Song for All Souls, featuring Hugo Distler's Totentanz

October 29, 2011 from 8pm to 10pm – Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College The Resonance Ensemble season opens with a moving celebration of All Souls' Day, with Hugo Distler's 1934 work Totentanz. A series of 14 meditative choral statements alternates with medieval dialogue Organized by Denise Gerhardt | Type: concert

Live Pro Wrestling - DOA Halloween Horrors!

October 30, 2011 from 5pm to 7pm – University Park Community Center Sunday, October 30th University Park Community Center 9009 N Foss Ave Portland, OR 5 PM Belltime Tickets: $12 Front Row $10 General Admission KIDS ARE FREE WITH A PAID ADULT! For more info go to doa Organized by Garett Fertig | Type: pro, wrestling

Blazers Harvest Dinner

November 1, 2011 from 2pm to 7pm – Rose Garden Arena Providing free blood lead screenings and healthy homes outreach! Organized by Alison Sheldon | Type: fair 

Irvington Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Market Report

by Ross Seligman

Irvington is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sabin, Alameda, Eliot, King, Grant Park, Sullivan's Gulch, and Lloyd Center neighborhoods. Irvington is located on the East side of the Willamette River. Its boundaries are NE Fremont Avenue on the North, NE 7th Avenue on the West, NE Broadway on the South, and NE 26th Avenue on the East. The upper Northeast corner overlaps with Alameda and Sabin neighborhoods. To learn more, click here.

Are you keeping an eye on Irvington or is it your neighborhood?  Check out this link for a monthly updating real estate chart for this neighborhood.

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

In September 2011, there were 22 closed sales, 23 pending sales, and 71 homes on the market in the Irvington Neighborhood.

One year change from September 2010 to September 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 21.7%

Homes sold: Down 8.3%

Homes pending sale: Up 9.5%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Irvington neighborhood has been between $155 and $191/sq. ft. In September 2011, the average price per square foot in the Irvington neighborhood was $172.

One year change from September 2010 to September 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
September 2010: 155

September 2011: 172

Percentage Change: Up 11.1%

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 September 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Irvington neighborhood was 158 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 September 2011, sellers in Irvington received, on average, 95% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from September 2010 to September 2011:

Time on Market: Down 1.7%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 2%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us what the average listing was and what the average sale was. In September 2011, the average price of a house on the market in Irvington was $578,000. The average sale was $425,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 3.2%
Average sold price:  No Change

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.  September 2011 in the Irvington 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 September, 58 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Irvington 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 Irvington 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

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area real estate and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports at :

Best Real Estate Deals in Portland - Homes for Sale in Portland

Each week, Ross shares five cool Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.

4075 SW CHARMING WAY Portland, OR 97225 - Raleigh Hills - $2,490,000

See the full listing here.

1522 N SUMNER ST Portland, OR 97217 - Overlook - $320,000


See the full listing here

View the full list of weekly Portland real estate deals.

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