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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland December 29, 2012

Hey, Portlanders!  Welcome to our weekly Portland blog with a rundown of things to do in Portland each week.  This is our Portland New Years Eve edition!  What an amazing year 2012 turned out to be.  I am looking forward to what 2013 will bring.  Happy New Years, Portland!  We hope you have an amazing New Year's Eve, and that 2013 brings great things your way.

TriMet Schedule New Year's Eve

First off, I should probably mention that if you plan to imbibe, please don't drink and drive.   Tri Met will help with that goal: ride free on NYE  from 8pm  until end of service.  Visit for more information:

All service is free after 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Monday, December 31, so getting to your celebration—and home again—will be safe and easy. Buses, Portland Streetcar, and WES Commuter Rail will run on regular weekday schedules. MAX will run on regular weekday schedules with extended late-night service.

Portland New Year's Eve Buses Schedule

Buses will run on regular weekday schedules.

Portland New Year's Eve MAX Schedule

MAX Blue, Green and Yellow trains will run on weekday schedules with late-night service running approximately every 35 minutes until about 3 a.m.

  • The last Blue Line trip to Gresham leaves Pioneer Square South at 3:07 a.m. and the last trip to Hillsboro leaves Pioneer Square North at 3:07 a.m.
  • The last Yellow Line trip to Expo Center leaves Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th at 3:02 a.m. and the last trip to Downtown Portland leaves Expo Center at 2:16 a.m. A trip to Rose Quarter Transit Center and Ruby Junction/E 197th leaves Expo Center at 3:41 a.m.
  • The last Green Line trip to Clackamas leaves from Pioneer Courthouse/SW 6th at 3:10 a.m. and the last trip to Downtown Portland leaves Clackamas Town Center Transit Center at 1:44 a.m.

MAX Red Line trains will run on weekday schedules with shuttle buses carrying riders between Gateway Transit Center and Portland International Airport after train service ends as needed and until approximately 3:30 a.m.

  • The last trip of the night to the Portland International Airport leaves Pioneer Square South at 10:30 p.m. and the last trip of the night to Beaverton Transit Center leaves the airport at 11:49 p.m.

Portland New Year's Eve Parties at McMenamins

McMenamins has a bunch of New Years Eve Portland events going on.  Here's just a sampling, visit for the full NYW Events Portland rundown.

2013 New Year's Eve at Hotel Oregon

The Prescription

Crown Point

Billy D

Special New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu

Music begins at 9 p.m.

All ages in Paragon Room; 21 & over elsewhere


2013 New Year's Eve at Kennedy School

Dr. Theopolis

Freak Mountain Ramblers

Music starts at 9 p.m.

21 and over


2013 New Year's Eve at Edgefield



Sonny Hess Trio

Music starts at 8 p.m.

21 and over

Portland Champagne Ball - NYE Portland Party

A very popular Portland New Years Eve event is the Portland Champagne Ball!

You're invited to ring 2013 at Portland's most famous New Year's Eve party, the Champagne Ball. This epic gala is attended by over 1,200 guests and includes: four individually themed rooms, three dance floors, 16 bars, HUGE Champagne Ball countdown and more. Join the fun and see why this is Portland's longest running New Year's Eve party. Benefiting the Children's Cancer Association.  


Dance the Night Away on Three Separate Dance Floors

  • The Radical Revolution – Awesome 80′s dance hits in the Grand Ballroom
  • DJ Bald Wonder – Current hits before band and during breaks in the Grand Ballroom
  • DJ Sovern-T – Music videos from every era in the Galleria Room
  • DJ Thrive – More music videos and slow jams in the Sky Lounge

Short Bar Lines

  • 16 bars with short lines to keep you in the party spirit

Dress Code – No Jeans

We love the casual atmosphere of the northwest, but New Year’s Eve only comes once a year guests are REQUIRED to dress for the occasion. If guests arrive in jeans they will not be allowed in. No refunds will be issued.

  • Ladies – Just make it sassy;  cocktail attire up to formal gowns
  • Gentlemen – The ladies will step it up, you should too; cocktail attire up to black tie

New This Year

  • Video on all three dance floors
  • 2 Photo Booths in the Grand Ballroom
  • Additional VIP options
  • More romantic atmosphere in the Sky Lounge

Pink Martini - Portland New Year's Eve

Pink Martini is playing the 'Schnitz for New Year's Eve.  From

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Portland this year with Pink Martini- joined by the Portland Youth Philharmonic and more! $3 from each ticket directly supports Portland Youth Philharmonic's scholarship programs.

Tickets and More Info

Portland New Year's Eve - 80s Video Dance Attack at Wonder Ballroom

I love this one!  Dance to the 80's at Wonder Ballroom.  Dress up and dance to the hits of MTV's greatest era in front of giant video projection screens as we say good bye to 2012 and hello to 2013!   80s Video Dance Attack Info.

Tickets on Sale Now!

Anjali and the Kid New Year's Eve - Bollywood at Bossanova Ballroom

Popular year-round, DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid have a special New Year's Eve party for you at Bossanova Ballroom.  From

DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid are returning to the spacious and elegant Bossanova Ballroom for their second New Year’s Eve party in a row. Last year’s was the biggest party the duo has ever thrown, and this year they are looking to make things even bigger.

This party marks the twelfth anniversary of Anjali and The Kid playing in Portland clubs as a duo since their New Year’s Eve debut in 2000.

Expect some banging Bhangra and Bollywood tracks along with Giddha Bounce, Tamil and Telugu percussion riots, the best in Urban Desi, and maybe even some forays into other international club bangers, depending on the mood of the DJs and the crowd.

Portland New Year's Eve Fir Ball 2013 at Doug Fir Lounge Portland

Doug Fir Lounge is throwing an awesome NYE event with Weinland's Supergroup, DJ Safi, and the Minus Five.   More info at

Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm
$22 advance, $25 day of show

The Headbanger's New Year's Eve Ball Portland at The Hawthorne Theatre

More Info

Headbanger's New Year's Eve Ball -
Hellion (A Tribute to Judas Priest)
Holy Diver (A Tribute to Dio)
Highway Star (A Tribute to Deep Purple)

Monday, December 31, 2012
Hawthorne Theatre 503-233-7100
1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR
8:30pm (doors open at 8pm). 21 & Over.
$8.00 advance tix from Cascade Tickets.
$10.00 at the door.

Holocene New Year's Eve Party

Ring in the new year with us! We have our favorite bands and DJs getting you moving from 9 til late. Jeffrey Jerusalem - recently transplanted from Portland to LA - is back to perform a mega-jam with Brainstorm and members of Sex Life. Hosannas will be blending Four Tet and Caribou covers with their own stellar new set of dream-pop numbers. See you on the floor!

9pm | $18.00 day of show

$18 day of show for the party, $25 advance at Stranger Tickets for the VIP cocktail hour + the party (with guaranteed ins and outs)

Of course, this is by no means an all-inclusive list of Portland New Year's Events.  Check the Portland Events Calendar, and don't forget you can add your own events directly to the calendar for free.   Visit -  then just click the +Add button, and fill in the details of your Portland event.

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Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

It's time for me to start thinking about how to make 2013 a better year than 2012.  This year has been a bit of a challenge for yours truly, in the gainful employment-slash-keep your big mowf off the icecream-slash-is your bike a room accent or what?-slash-it's not cool to take out the recycling in your jammies-slash-I was surfing for job opportunities but look, funny cats! sense.  It's been a pretty tough year for all of us 47-percenters, certainly, what with trying to find the time to ask for hand-outs and learning how to scam the system in between naps, but in my case I can confidently point to an atrophy of discipline, which, like any muscle, needs to be exercised regularly and strenuously lest it shrivel to vestigiality like an appendix or T-Rex arms.  It's true, my discipline can't even reach my face to blow my nose.

Here are my proposed New Year resolutions:

Trim down to my optimum weight by my birthday.  That should be très easy if I can keep my teefs out of the pies and chips, and cutting off one finger for every trip back to the stove at dinner (I would imagine I'd only have to implement that last measure only a handful of times.  Nyuk!)

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                                             Man, I really shouldn't have used this image, 'cause now guess what?

Log on to Facebook only every other half-hour.  Or maybe that should be fifteen minutes at first and work up?  Depends upon the color of my addiction; that strategy works okay for some people who are trying to quit smoking, but not so great for alcoholics and the methily-prone.  But don't all my friends deserve to know what I think at all times?  It's against my nature to be selfish. Hmmm.

Just.  Finally.  For Christ's sake.  Publish something!  Hub page, eBook, whatever!  And for the love of the godz, learn to stop re-reading every damned sentence I type fifty damned times.  It's not a users manual for a nuclear missile silo, and all I succeed in doing is making myself sick of my own stuff.  Grrr.

Expand my volunteerism.  I haven't even stopped by Free Geek in quite a while because of weirdo temporary work schedules, but I start fresh with that organization right after New Year's Day.  Also, explore opportunities with Habitat For Humanity (I don't know how good this will be for them since I tend to be “handy-challenged”, but I feel the need to at least try) and look into volunteering as a reader at the library.  That will be pushing the envelope – communing with kids, for me, is always a challenge, and the thought of a roomful of them doing that village-of-the-damned stare is freakin' frightening.  But you know, what doesn't kill you only gives you intense nightmares for a couple of years.

There.  Those are ones I've declared for myself.  Now to yours.  I didn't tell you I was going to write some for you?  It's no troube, really.

Motorists:  Please find every excuse not to drive your car downtown.  Walk, ride the bus, bicycle.  Think about how much better even our great downtown district would be without so much motorized traffic.  Also, share the road with your one-, two-, and three-wheeled brethren and sistren.  You're on the whole better at this than almost everybody in the nation, but there's always room for improvement.

While on the subject of driving:  Next year when you want to go cruise Peacock Lane at Christmastime, leave the car at home!  Those of us on the sidewalk want to breathe the brisk evening air as we stroll looking at the lights, not inhale the vapor of ever-dwindling fossil fuels.

peacock lane

                                                                     photo by pnGREENWAY, Flickr

Hikers and walkers:  Keep your junk in your pockets.  I'm not just talking to the flashers.  Please help to make our trails and sidewalks litter-free.  I include your pets' leavings here as well.

Taggers:  STOP.  Few of you are Banksy-level, most of you apparently aren't even Squiggy-level.  Spraying with a can in each hand doesn't make you an artist, it just increases your chances of brain damage.  Judging from some “work” I've seen around town, you don't need any help in that regard.


PBOT/ODOT:  Can we please switch to another color or pattern besides orange for at least this coming year?  Make it PDX-friendly and relevant, like maybe a forest green or a hipster paisley?  Really, I'm starting to suffer retinal saturation over here, and if some of those cones start mysteriously disappearing, well, I tried to be a stand-up guy and warn you.

                                                                         Mmmm.  Calm.

Enjoy the New Year, all. Be nice to each other.

Portland Photo of the Week

Kay's Bar and Grill by Julie Lynn Kelly

Kay's Bar by Julie Lynn Kelly

Come upload and share your photos on the Portland Photo Album each week for a chance to win. This week's Portland photo winner snags a gift card to Powells City of Books! This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Julie Lynn Kelly.  It looks like Julie made it over to Sellwood for her photo series this week!

Kay's Bar & Grill - Kay's Lounge -
6903 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR 97202

Photo by Julie Lynn Kelly

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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 this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit 

Sang-Ah Choi at Portland Art Museum

December 22, 2012 to March 3, 2013Portland Art Museum In Korean-born Sang-Ah Choi’s densely populated, candy-colored paintings and installation works, a dark world of anime-influenced imagery meets contemporary consumer culture. She morphs images from h Organized by Dylan Burnett | Type: art, exhibition

Saturday Imbibing Tour

December 29, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland Breweries - Coalition, Hopworks, Breakside and Lompoc Side Bar Our Saturday Imbibing tour is a good mix of learning about beer and the brewing process and having a great time. The tour visits four different Portland breweries, but we only get one, very detailed Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour

22nd Annual Champagne Ball - Portland's Most Famous New Year's Eve Party

December 31, 2012 at 8pm to January 1, 2013 at 2am – Hilton Portland and Executive Tower You're invited to Portland's most famous New Year's Eve party the Champagne Ball. THIS EPIC NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY INCLUDES: - 4 Party Rooms - 3 Dance Floors- 16 Bars - Appetizer Buffet - Late Night Organized by Mathew Weber Events | Type: portland, new, year's, eve, party

Couture presents New Years Eve 2013

December 31, 2012 at 8pm to January 1, 2013 at 2:30am – Couture Ultra Lounge Couture has remained the most chic and popular club in Portland for three years running. As we host our third annual New Years Eve event we welcome regulars and newcomers alike to the party of the ye Organized by Jamaal Brown | Type: new, years, eve, party

New Year's Eve Cruise

December 31, 2012 at 10pm to January 1, 2013 at 1am – Portland Spirit New Year's Eve Monday, December 31 10:00pm- 1:00am $100 adults and seniors (18 and over cruise) Live music performed by Portland's own RendezvousIncludes light hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, boardi Organized by Kristen Baxter | Type: holiday, cruise


January 4, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm – Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium Screening as part of the Film Center's UNIVERSAL PICTURES: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS US 1963, DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK Following on the heels of NORTH BY NORTHWEST and PSYCHO, Alfred Hitchcock’s THE B Organized by Northwest Film Center | Type: movie, screening

Portland Metro Arts

January 5, 2013 from 2pm to 3pm – Portland Metro Arts Once Upon a Time Family Theatre Presents The Golden Goose Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their parents. Although not ela Organized by Elizabeth Allen | Type: family, theatre, performance


January 5, 2013 from 5pm to 6:30pm – Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium Screening as part of the Film Center's UNIVERSAL PICTURES: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS US 1934, DIRECTOR: EDGAR G. ULMERAustrian-born Edgar G. Ulmer assisted F.W. Murnau on SUNRISE before directing this el Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: film

Portland Home Prices Rise

by Ross and Leah Seligman

Portland home prices rise 5.2 percent in October, outpacing the national average - Oregonian

Home prices in Portland and most major U.S. cities rose in October compared with a year ago, pushed up by rising sales and a decline in the supply of available homes. 

Higher prices show the housing market is improving even as it moves into the more dormant fall and winter sales period, experts said.  Read more here

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:  December 24th - December 31st

1. 1255 NW 9TH AVE Portland, OR 97209 - Pearl District - $925,000

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2. 3221 NE 38TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Beaumont - $599,900

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3. 4928 NE 26 AVE Portland, OR 97211 - Concordia/Alberta - $539,900

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4.  4915 NE GARFIELD AVE Portland, OR 97211 - King - $439,900

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5. 1916 NE RIDGEWOOD DR Portland, OR 97212 - Sabin - $419,000

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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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