Welcome to another Portland blog and happy weekend! It's difficult to believe 2011 is coming to a close. It's difficult to believe it is even December in Portland given this amazing weather we are having. Seriously, if you are new to Portland or just visiting, know this: This is not normal! Get outside...walk, run, bike, feel the sun on your face and en-joy it, my friend. It won't last!
I am excited for 2012. A new year beckons! I feel myself preparing for it in weird ways: preparing my online calendar 6 months in advance, choosing next spring's flower and vegetable seeds (ok, that one is wishful thinking) and oddly, the most time consuming activity seems to be lightening the load: rummaging through cabinets that haven't been opened in years to discover what can be given away, thrown away or recycled...
Recycled. I think it started for me in an earnest way when the City of Portland put its mighty foot down and Portland Disposal & Recycling changed the rotation and its service offering. For one, trash would only be picked up every other week, putting an emphasis on recycling and compost which would be picked up weekly. Here at our urban homestead in NoPo, we go through what feels like a mad amount of garbage. There are two adults living in the house and another living in the separate "mother-in-law" unit above the garage. Between the three adults, there are three cats and two basset hounds. Somehow this seems to equal a lot of trash.
At first, the idea of making one trash container "last" two whole weeks seemed pert near impossible. It took some study to realize what was actually recyclable. The more that was recycled, the less that hit the trash bag and slowly but surely, we make that two week target with ease. Along this little journey, I've realized that far more is recycle than I had previously thought. Additionally, this has also led me to make better decisions when shopping as I stop to check on every purchase: is this container or package recyclable? Obviously, I don't make the purchase if the answer is no.
Composting, while heavily argued and debated due to fears of rats and other creatures, has proven to be easy for us even with what feels like a very high concentration of raccoons in our neighborhood. Why the high coon count? This is what happens when you have half a dozen chicken coops on a block. Their presence invites others who might enjoy their food source, eggs or even...the chickens themselves, but I digress. My only gripe is that the composting buckets provided by the city (via our tax dollars) are too small and clumsy, with the lid never latching-- annoying since I'm not leaving this nasty little bucket of food scraps in the house and I don't want it to be easily opened and rooted through on the back porch. My encounters with an old basset hound with a nose full of coffee grinds and egg shell bits are a few too many for my liking, even in the short time frame since late October. I hang the bucket now.
All in all, the new Portland recycling and composting program has required education and change on my part but I did it and I'll admit, I was initially resistant. I now believe that being informed and being earnest are the key and with it, we can enjoy positive results in Portland and beyond. Portland is a model city, you know. We are a unique mass of folks and are often the test case for many new ideas. I think this new recycling and compost program will succeed, and with good outcomes, but we have to want it. I think less trash in 2012 is an awesome new year resolution. How about you?
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week is by Gerry Villani. Anybody know where this cool Portland mural is located?
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner receives a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Our giveaway for the month of December is a $20 gift certificate to Coava Coffee Roasters. If you've not been to their incredible roastery and tasting room, stop reading now and go. There is a reason why the New Yorker and The New York Times keep a regular pulse on the happenings at Coava...they are amazing and truly unparalled. Read all about the Portland coffee scene and learn more about coffee, what makes a great cafe and who the cafe rockstars are in our fair PDX.
Portland Nights: A beautiful journey through Portland.
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.
December 8, 2011 at 7pm to January 1, 2012 at 2pm –Imago Theatre ZOOZOO In Portland for the holiday season with the World Premiere of "Cats!" Imago brings to life the antics of our everyday household cat in a not so everyday way. Don't miss the premiere of "Cats!"…Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre
November 2, 2011 at 10am to January 22, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Ghost Ships is a trio of actual sailboats that have been reconfigured and programmed by the artist to periodically unfurl sails, pivot rudders, and simulate navigation. The sailboats will seem to sai…
November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012 – "Oregon Zoo" Annual holiday lights display at the Oregon Zoo! Celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights.* More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a…Organized by Zoo Lights | Type: zoo lights
November 25, 2011 at 4pm to January 1, 2012 at 4pm – Alberta Main Street Alberta Main Street presents Tannenbaum Madness Tannenbaum Madness is a walking window tour of whimsical, wacky and artistic trees. Over 30 Alberta Street businesses are creating sights not to be mis…Organized by Alberta Main Street | Type: holiday, fun
November 5, 2011 at 11am to March 3, 2012 at 1pm –Portland Downtown Central Library Turn your Rosetta-stone brain on high and unravel the mysteries hidden in the stacks, on the walls, and places you never imagined existed in a public library. Upon arrival, a highly-trained Run Brai…Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt
October 12, 2011 at 10am to December 31, 2011 at 2pm – Heathman Hotel A unique and delicious walking tour where you’ll taste the foods, sip the drinks, meet some artisans & vendors in their shops - while exploring Portland. If you watch the Food Network or consider…Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: food, tour
November 15, 2011 at 7:30pm to December 24, 2011at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage Will Sherlock Holmes crack his own case? Literature’s favorite quirky inquisitor is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in an unusual holiday show crafted by Seattle veteran play…Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance
November 18, 2011 at 10am to December 24, 2011 at 7pm – St. John's district, Old Salvation Army Building, across the street from Pattie's Home Plate A craft market with unique, handmade art and crafts such as quilts, jewelry, wood carvings, stuffed animals, high-quality prints of original paintings, and more! Store Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 7 pm;…Organized by Laura Woodruff | Type: art/craft, market,for, the, holidays, and, other, occasions
December 2, 2011 at 3pm to December 18, 2011 at 6pm – Alpenrose Dairy Winter wonderland fun is back at Alpenrose Dairy as Storybook Lane reopens once again for the first time in six years. Portland’s family owned and operated dairy is partnering with 4-H of Multnomah…Organized by Alpenrose | Type: holiday
December 10, 2011 to December 24, 2011 – Portland Japanese Garden Visit the Portland Japanese Garden during the month of December and find beautifully handcrafted nature-inspired gifts for the home, garden, and everyday living. Choose from a wide selection of one-…Organized by Portland Japanese Garden | Type: art,show, and, sale
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.
Tuba Christmas by Earl R Thomas
Portland Christmas Lights: Where to go and what to see
Portland Christmas Lights Guide - Holidays are a time of tradition, and each year in Portland the Christmas lights and Holiday light displays provide an opportunity to create and renew a sense of tradition once more with your family, friends, and loved ones. There are several popular Portland holiday lights displays throughout our city, from the Grotto, Zoo Lights, Portland Christmas Ships, Peacock Lane, and Portland International Raceway Christmas lights, to several other streets where Portlanders go to town with the Christmas lights on their homes and in their yards.
Woodlawn Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report
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