This week in Portland brings us into the home stretches of holiday shopping madness and retail commercialism that almost universally drives us nuts each year. Sure, shopping for just the right gifts to recognize those people near and dear to your heart can be fun and exciting, but it can also create a lot of needless stress and worry. We all have good intentions, though. If you want to feel really good about your holiday shopping (and thumb your nose at the ads telling you the perfect gift is a big-screen LCD TV, or a toolbox loaded with the latest gadgets, or a Lexus), why not give something more simple and meaningful to a family here in Portland who needs your help?
Again this week on the blog, I am featuring local Portland charities that could use a helping hand. Since many Portlanders are out shopping this week anyway, I am focusing on our local Portland Toy Drives as a reminder that you should add a toy to your shopping carts. Give a toy and a smile, and fill your own heart with warmth and gratitude at the same time. That could be the best holiday gift ever. Listed below are some Portland Toy Drives conveniently located with drop boxes throughout Portland, as well as the Salvation Army Giving Trees, where you can pick up a tag with the name of a child and their "wish list" for a toy or gift.
If you're not in the mood for shopping but still want some holiday cheer, then get out and enjoy one of our Portland events this week. Many holiday events are free, like Tuba Christmas in Pioneer Square, or the Christmas Ships Parade (in town a couple nights this week, check the schedule). Just head to Downtown Portland and enjoy! There are still plenty of additional Portland Holiday Events featured on the Portland events calendar this week, in addition to the start of our Portland New Year's Eve Events & Parties list. If you have a Portland event you would like to add, go to the Portland Calendar, and click +Add an Event. If you want to see your event featured in the blog, drop me a line on the community pages. If you're looking for even more Holiday Events, visit the Portland Holiday Events page.
Portland Toy Drives
FOX 12 Toy Drive presented by Mattress World
Nov. 22 through Dec. 19
The toys will be distributed to children in the community through the Portland Fire Bureau's Toy and Joy program.
Good Day Oregon will be broadcasting live and accepting donations at the following locations:
Nov. 22 - Toy Drive Kick-Off: Mattress World, off I-205, 8861 SE Jensen Rd. in Clackamas
Dec. 1 - Mattress World on Airport Way, 10013 NE Cascades Parkway in Portland
Dec. 9 - Mattress World off SE 82nd, 11444 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley
Dec. 16 - Portland Fire Bureau Toy and Joy Warehouse, 5916 NE Going St, in Portland
Read more at: http://www.kptv.com/toydrive/index.html
Portland Fire and Rescue Toys n Joy Makers
"Toy N Joy Makers" mission for 95 years has been to promote the spirit of helping children and families of our community during the holiday season."
Cash and Toy donations can be dropped off at the following locations:
Any local fire station Toy N Joy office
Toy Drive Suggested Toy Items
Read more at: http://www.toynjoymakers.org/
KGW Great Toy Drive
Agency: Hands On Greater Portland
Description: This year marks the twenty-seventh annual Great Toy
Drive for KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8. The drive will take place from November
28th through December 19th. KGW, along with their sponsors Les Schwab Tire
Centers, and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon are joining forces to
collect and distribute toys to tens of thousands of needy children in Oregon
and SW Washington.
Portland Salvation Army Angel Giving Trees
The Army Angel Tree Giving Program was created in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.
Ever since then, people across the nation have embraced these giving trees and the opportunity to make Christmas possible for thousands of kids.
In Portland, we are fortunate to have been blessed with sponsors and partners for this program. In 2009, 16,000 individuals were helped through this program. We anticipate an increase in need putting us at around 19,000 individuals seeking assistance for 2010.
Giving Trees are located at various businesses, large and small, throughout Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.
Pick up a tag or two at one of the locations listed below!
2010 Participating Mall Locations
Washington Square Mall, located at 9585 SW Washington Square Rd., Portland, OR 97223, also dons their Christmas tree with Salvation Army Angel Tree tags as well as tags from other agencies. If you stop by Washington Square, be sure to pick a Salvation Army tag off of their tree to help The Salvation Army provide for a child in need.
For the past few years, KATU channel 2 has been a large sponsor of this program and continues to be this year through television advertising and promotion of the program within the community.
For more information, please contact our Angel Tree Coordinator at 503.872.8374.
Or pick your angel tag online with JCPenney's Angel Giving Tree Program. JCPenney and The Salvation Army have joined forces this season to offer online Angel adoptions, making it easier than ever to help a child or senior in need!
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here are the featured Portland events this week! 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, here. Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details. For more ideas, here is the full list of Portland Holiday Events.
November 30, 2010 to December 19, 2010 Artists Rep Theater Mars on Life - LIVE! November 16, 2010 - December 19, 2010 By Susannah Mars Directed By Grant Byington This production runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with one, 15-minute intermission. Sus Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: portland holiday event
December 11, 2010 to December 18, 2010 "Keller Auditorium" Celebrate the holiday season in swinging style as we unveil a hip and fun-filled romp through a bevy of Christmas standards. Created in collaboration with Portland musical sensations Susannah Mars an Organized by OBT | Type: portland holiday event
December 11, 2010 to December 24, 2010 "Keller Auditorium" The sparkling lights of a towering tree. Waltzing flowers and dancing candy canes. A dazzling land of swirling snow http://www.obt.org/season_nutcracker.html Join Marie and the Nutcracker Prince Organized by OBT | Type: portland holiday event
December 11, 2010 all day "Pioneer Courthouse Square" Tuba Christmas Concert presented by SmartPark 1:30pm 3:00pm It's the 20th Annual Tuba Christmas at the Square! Tuba enthusiasts, music lovers, and all of those last minute shoppers will rejoice in Organized by Pioneer Courthouse Square | Type: portland holiday event
December 11, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Sing Joy to the World and celebrate the spirit of the season with the Oregon Symphony and Portlands own Northwest Community Gospel Chorus during Gospel Christmas. Prepare to be uplifted in a joyous Organized by Kelly Vanderzanden | Type: concert
December 11, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm Newmark Theater The Portland Gay Men's Chorus presents: Jingle Bell Swing. Swing in the holiday season as PGMC presents: Jingle Bell Swing! Youll get a kick out of our 10-piece swing band and flip over our swing i Organized by Portland Gay Men's Chorus | Type: concert
Come by our studio show noon until 7pm. Friday Dec. 11th, Sat. 12th and Sunday the 13th. Ornaments to art! Check us out at www.artspa.us and http:angelina-marino.fineartamerica.com THIS WEEKEND AT 7731 SW Barbur
December 12, 2010 all day "Pioneer Courthouse Square" 12/12 Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long | 1:00pm - 2:00pm Join the Concordia University Choir in a sing-a-long at the Square. In addition to the musical fun, Concordia University will also be accepting d Organized by Concordia University | Type: portland holiday event
December 15, 2010 to December 30, 2010 "Peacock Lane" Come see the lights on Peacock Lane and you'll find nothing but good, old-fashioned holiday spirit. Since the 1920s, each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas Organized by Peacock Lane | Type: portland holiday event
December 12, 2010 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm Daybreak Cohousing Daybreak Cohousing is a dense, urban village with a physical design that encourages social interaction while respecting personal needs for private space. We are actively seeking new members who would Organized by Laura Polich | Type: social, and, tour
December 9, 2010 to December 21, 2010 "Willamette River" 2010 marks the 56th year for the Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland, Oregon. Please click on the Willamette or the Columbia Schedule links for complete schedules Organized by Christmas Ships | Type: portland holiday event
December 17, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm The Architectural Heritage Center Join us for the final night of our Community Conversation series and the announcement of the "Fostering Harmony" Viewer's Choice Award! Jeff Schnabel, artist and assistant professor of architecture Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: art talk, gallery exhibit
December 9, 2010 at 2pm to December 12, 2010 at 12pm Overlook, Cathedral Park and St. John's neighborhoods Volunteer to support healthy people and healthy rivers The Holiday Half Marathon and 5 K, is a festive and unique road race complete with carolers, craft brew and eggnog, local food and live music at Organized by The Freshwater Trust and FootTraffic | Type: roadrace, to, benefit, the, freshwater, trust
December 10, 2010 to December 12, 2010 "First Baptist Church" Handel's Messiah (Complete) Fri, Dec 10; Sat, Dec 11 at 7:30pm; & Sun, Dec 12 at 4:00pm Rinaldo Alessandrini, guest director Yulia Van Doren, soprano Sarah Mattox, mezzo-soprano Cahen Taylor, Organized by PBO | Type: portland holiday event
10, 2010 to January
2, 2011 "Echo
Theatre" DO JUMP! is one-third
of a century old (well, almost). Come and celebrate with us this Holiday
Season! We will be performing works from the past 33.333... years,
including favorites from At Such a Di
Organized by Do Jump! | Type: portland
24, 2010 to December
25, 2010 "The
Old Church" Christmas Holiday
Concerts and Events at the Old Church run through the month. There are
numerous concerts. Visit website for list of events and times: http://www.oldchurch.org/calendar.html
November 24, 2010 to December 25, 2010 "The Old Church" Christmas Holiday Concerts and Events at the Old Church run through the month. There are numerous concerts. Visit website for list of events and times: http://www.oldchurch.org/calendar.html
November 26, 2010 to January 2, 2011 "Portland Oregon Zoo" See the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland, aglow with a million lights.* More than 200 animated animals swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they' Organized by Oregon Zoo
November 26, 2010 to December 25, 2010 Portland International Raceway Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", the 18th annual Jubitz Winter Wonderland - Powered by Comcast will grab your attention with gl Organized by Jubitz
November 26, 2010 to December 30, 2010 "The Grotto" 23nd Annual Christmas Festival of Lights November 26, 2010-Thursday, December 30, 2010 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. with gates closing at 10 p.m. Closed Christmas Day $8.00 general admission $4 children ages 3- Organized by "The Grotto"
November 30, 2010 to January 2, 2011 Ellyn Bye Studio Nov 30 - Jan 2 Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macys Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris truly odd encounters with his fe Organized by PCS
The Portland Photo of the Week
And, onto our weekly Portland photo winner. Here is Trumpeter Swans at Ridgefield by Aquatic Squirrel. Thanks to Aquatic Squirrel , and to everyone for uploading photos this week, drop by and visit the Portland photo album for the latest Portland photos.
Trumpeter Swans at Ridgefield by Aquatic Squirrel
Did you know you can upload photos directly to the website from your cell phone? You can - just visit the photos upload page and make note of the email address listed for sending photos via cell: put that address in your phone, and then the next time you are out and about in Portland and see something photo worthy, you can share it on the spot!
Our weekly photo contest winner receives a gift certificate to one of our favorite new coffee spots in town, Coava Coffee Roasters. Locals and coffee aficionados from all over have been saying that Coava is the best coffee roaster in Portland right now. They were named one of the top ten micro-roasters in America by Imbibe Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Their new cafe is a "tasting room" for their roastery. Learn more about Coava Coffee Roasters.
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!
Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More
Below are the discussions posted on the Portland forum and Portland blog this month.
Hi all,First of all, I'm so glad I found this wonderful site. Everyone is so helpful and kind. This is exactly why I'm relocating to Portland
Started by Elizabeth Peterson
I'm going to be coming out to Portland next summer just for a couple months and am wondering where a fun, place to live would be that I could
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Even though I'm across the country :-( I want to remind my friends around Portland to support your locally owned businesses and shop local
Started by David Mitchell
Multnomah Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Market Report
By Ross Seligman
Multnomah Neighborhood Real Estate Report
In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always
talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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 Multnomah 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 http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
In October 2010, there were 22 closed sales, 47
pending sales, and 356 homes on the market in the Multnomah Neighborhood.
Chart for average price per square footage:
One year change from
to October 2010:
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 October 2010, the average
time on market for a home in the Multnomah neighborhood was 111 days.
This chart shows us what the average listing was and
what the average sale was. In October 2010, the average price of a house on
the market in Multnomah was $532,000. The average sale was
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland this Week
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. Here is this week's featured listing. This beautiful Victorian cottage is located in the popular Sellwood neighborhood in Portland.
2. 8635 SE 13TH AVE Portland, OR 97202 -
Sellwood - $499,000
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10089310
Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.
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