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Iris Harrison
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Fireworks, festivals and more for the 4th of July celebration!

  • Wed-Sat, July 1-4-St. Paul Rodeo.
  • Thur-Sun, July 2-5-Waterfront Blues Festival, Waterfront Park.
  • Friday, July 3, from 2 to 9p.m.-WEED THE PEOPLE, Metal Craft Fabrication
  • Fri & Sat, July 3-4- Estacada Timber Festival-Competitions, beer, Fireworks
  • Fri-Sun, July 3-5-Portland Craft Beer Festival, Pearl District Fields Neighborhood Park.  Featuring 45 breweries, food, cider, wine, cheese, etc.
  • 4th of July-Portland / Oregon / Vancouver July 4th Fireworks Celebrations:
    • Camas: Independence Day Celebration | BBQ, Fireworks, Potluck
    • Corbett: Corbett Fun Fest – A Hometown 4th | Music, Fireworks
    • Corvallis: Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival in Downtown Corvallis
    • Florence: Fireworks Over Siuslaw River, Food & Drink Specials
    • Estacada: Estacada Timber Festival | Concert w/ Grammy Nominated Calico, Brass Tacks, Fireworks @ 10pm, Competitions, Beer Garden & More
    • Lake Oswego: Millennium Concert Band @ Millennium Plaza Park
    • Ridgefield, Washington: Independence Day 2015 | Fireworks, 5,000 People, Parades, Fun Runs, Salmon BBQ & More
    • Fort Vancouver: Fireworks, Canons, Parade, Games, Music
    • Waterfront Fireworks: Portland Fireworks Show @ Waterfront Blues Festival | Largest Display in Oregon, 22 Minutes, 11,800 Shots
    • Oaks Park Fireworks-display begins around 9:55.
    • PGE Park - Portland Beavers play the Colorado Springs with fireworks after the game
    • Old Fashioned Fourth in Stevenson, Wash. - Fireworks begin about 10 p.m.
    • General Canby Days-Fireworks start at 10.
    • Old Fashioned Fourth in Tigard. - Fireworks begin at dusk.
    • Molalla Buckeroo-Fireworks follow the rodeo.
    • Happy Valley Family Festival-Fireworks begin at dusk.
    • Longview Go Fourth Festival-Fireworks at 10.
    • Washougal Centennial Celebration-Fireworks at 10.
    • Blue Lake Park in Fairview
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Things to do on this HOT weekend in P-Town!

  • Now-June 27-Pedalpalooza!  3 weeks of bicycling activities in Portland.
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-28, The 52nd Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Music Stage- George Rogers Park, Pavilion Tent stage- Lakewood Center for the Arts.  10 AM - 9 PM Friday & Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM Sunday.  Suggested donation, $5. Musicians include: John Bunzow, Jon Koonce, Ty Curtis, Andy Stokes, Eddie Martinez, Nu Shooz, Mel Brown, Michael Allen Harrison.
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-28, Portland International Beer Fest, Holladay Park, N.E. 11th Ave. & Holladay St., noon-10pm. PIB is a high-end three-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find and exotic beers. Enjoy samples from over 200 world-class beers from 16 countries, music, food, etc.
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-28-Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Cook Park
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-Oregon Motorcycle Expo-Oaks Park-Free!! Friday starts at 6pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-7pm, motorcycles, a stunt show, a tattoo fair, live music, food, a beer garden and vendors to enjoy
  • Sat, June 27-World Naked Bike Ride- this year's nude ride will begin at Colonel Summers Park off S.E. Belmont Ave. and S.E. 20th.
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Neil Schon from Journey

I talked to Neil Schon about Deen Castronovo's status with the band.  
We also discussed his role in the reunion of the original Santana
band and his new solo album "Vortex"
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Jack Russell's Great White

Jack Russell and Tony Montana stopped by KGON before the show
Friday night 06/19/15 to talk about the new band and the court case
that led to calling the band Jack Russell's Great White.  They also had
a few things to say
about Eddie Van Halen's recent diss towards his
fellow bandmate Michael Anthony
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Comedian Bill Burr

Who knew Kuby on Breaking bad was so funny!  Enjoy this conversation with
comedian Bill Burr
.  You can catch him live at The Schnitzer Thursday June
18th. 
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Things to do in Portland June 12-14, 2005

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area (and beyond):
  • Now-June 27-Pedalpalooza!  3 weeks of bicycling activities in Portland.
  • Thurs-Sat, June 11-13-Fifth Annual Molalla Brew Fest, Corner of Ross and Molalla.
  • Fri, June 12-Portland Thunder vs. Arizona Rattlers at the Moda Center.
  • Fri-Sun, June 12-14- The 5th Fruit Beer Fest. There will be interesting beer poured all three days, but look out for the rare kegs that will be tapped sporadically over the weekend. Burnside Brewing; $20 for 12 tickets and tasting glass
  • Sat-Sun, June 13 & 14-Portland Pride Festival & Parade, Parade is on the 14th at 11am, kickoff on W. Burnside @ NW Park.
  • Sat, June 13-Bourbon & Bacon Fest-OMSI (Sold Out!)
  • Sat, June 13- Scandinavian Midsummer Festival: The Nordic people of Portland are gathering this weekend for the traditional Midsummer Festival, a Scandinavian solstice event with singing, dancing, live music and plenty of obscure Scandinavian fair food. If you miss it, catch Midsummer in Astoria next week. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. @ Oaks Park; $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $15 for family of four
  • Sat, June 13- Berries, Brews & BBQ’s-French Prairie Gardens in St. Paul.
  • Sat, June 13-The Dalles 5th Annual Beer Fest
  • Sat, June 13-Helvetia Half Marathon
  • Sun, June 14-Tell Mama: A Tribute to Etta James-with Duffy Bishop, Lisa Mann, LaRhonda Steele, Lady Kat, Rae Gordon, DK Stewart, Chris Carlson-Alberta Rose Theater.
  • Sun, June 14- Mt Hood “Tour de Hood” multiple course bike trek.
  • Sun, June 14- ZooBomb Century, an "annual death ride" that will dedicate an entire day to speeding downhill on a tiny bike. 10 a.m. @ Washington City Park; free
  • Sun June 14- Portland Buddhist Festival, opens with 108 bells and meditation, running through speakers, ceremonies and a big panel discussion, all under the banner of "peace in oneself, peace in the world." 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. @ Colonel Summers Park; free
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VH1's "That Metal Show" Eddie Trunk

Eddie Trunk from VH1's "That Metal Show" weighs in on the fued between
Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath's original drummer, Bill Ward
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It's Good to be back HOME!

I love vacations.  No doubt about it.  I love going to places I've never seen before, and places that I return to again and again, because I just like them a lot.  This time it was the California desert which I find hauntingly beautiful.  Not in a Grimm sort of Portland way, but in the "coyote calls, and the howling winds wail" kind of thing (thank you to Thin Lizzy for The Cowboy Song).  But I'm home now and will be for the duration of the summer and fall.  So, maybe you're sticking around the Portland area too, and need a handy list of things to do.  Well, here you go.  Happy planning.  I'll update the list from time to time so check here, and I'll post it when Dave Scott reminds me to.  ~Iris
 
Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area (and beyond):
  • Wed June 3, Fleet Week begins.
  • Wed June 3, 1pm-Junior Rose Parade, NE Sandy & 52nd
  • Thurs June 4-Pedalpalooza Kick off!  3 weeks of bicycling activities in Portland.
  • Thurs-Sun June 4-7-The Truffle Shuffle Turns 30: Anniversary celebration for The Goonies-Astoria.  Tours, Costumed Screenings, Scavenger Hunt
  • Sat June 6-Dragon Boat Races-8am
  • Saturday June 6-Grand Floral Parade
  • Sat, June 6-Seaside Oregon’s Treasure the Beach Cleanup, 9-11:30am
  • Sunday June 7- Milk Carton Boat Races
  • Sat-Sun, June 13 & 14-Portland Pride Festival & Parade, Parade is on the 14th at 11am, kickoff on W. Burnside @ NW Park.
  • Sat, June 13-Bourbon & Bacon Fest-OMSI
  • Sat, June 13- Berries, Brews & BBQ’s-French Prairie Gardens in St. Paul.
  • Sat, June 13-The Dalles 5th Annual Beer Fest
  • Sun, June 14-Tell Mama: A Tribute to Etta James-with Duffy Bishop, Lisa Mann, LaRhonda Steele, Lady Kat, Rae Gordon, DK Stewart, Chris Carlson-Alberta Rose Theater.
  • Sun, June 14- Mt Hood “Tour de Hood” multiple course bike trek.
  • Fri & Sat, June 19-20-Cider Summit- Cider tastings in the Pearl Dist.
  • Fri-Sun, June 19-21- Oregon Garden Brewfest-Silverton
  • Thur-Sun, June 25-28-North American Organic Brewers Festival, Overlook Park
  • Fri-Sun, June 26-28-Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Cook Park
  • Sat, June 27-World Naked Bike Ride- Time and place TBD
  • Wed-Sat, July 1-4-St. Paul Rodeo.
  • Thur-Sun, July 2-5-Waterfront Blues Festival, Waterfront Park.
  • Sat, July 11-Mississippi Avenue Street Fair.
  • Sat, July 11, Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lee Farms, Tualatin
  • Fri-Sun, July 17-19-Intel Oregon International Air Show, Hillsboro Airport
  • Fri & Sat, July 17-18-Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, Downtown Sherwood.
  • Sun July 19-Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, antique and specialty cars.
  • Sun July 26-The Big Float on the Willamette.
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Comedian Jen Kirkman

Comedian Jen Kirkman, who you might remember
from Chelsea Handler, called in to talk about 
everything from dealing with hecklers to crying on
stage.  Catch Jen Saturday June 27th at the historic
Hollywood Theatre and listen to our conversation here.
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Trailer Park Boys

Mr. Lahey and Randy are coming to Portland to
perform at The Hawthorne Theater Sunday the 17th.
I had a nice long conversation with John Dunsworth, who plays
Mr. Lahey.  Warning: There is some strong language used.
(Would you expect any less?)
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