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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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Things to do in Portland March 27-29, 2015

  • Friday 3/27, The Portland Thunder  vs L.A. KISS, Moda Center.
  • Now through Sunday March 29: Oaks Park Spring Break.  Buy one ride bracelet and get a second of equal or lesser value for free. Noon-5 p.m. daily.
  • Now through May 6, “Mazes” at OMSI. Get lost,  and get your hands on some brain-bending science — in the new Mazes feature exhibition.
  • Sat & Sun, March 28-29, 3rd Annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival, 11am to 9pm, Saraveza Bottleshop & Pasty Tavern.  They are closing off sections of the street on N. Michigan for booths & beers.
  • Sat, March 28- The 13th Vampire's Masquerade Ball, Melody Ballroom, "a night of gothic elegance and decadence" that eschews all stereotypes of costume or character, relishing instead in the wholehearted dedication to the purity of period and the lavishly macabre.
  • Sat, March 28-Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver-7pm, Moda Center.
  • Sat, March 28-Portland Winterhawks vs. Seattle, 6PM, Memorial Coliseum.
  • Sun, March 29- Portland Winterhawks vs. Seattle, 5pm, Moda Center.
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Things to do in the Portland Area Friday March 13-Sunday March 15

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area (and beyond):
  • Thurs-Sun March 12-15: 8th Annual POW Fest: Portland Women's Film Festival, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
  • Fri- March 13: Pat Travers at the Tonic!
  • Fri & Sat March 13&14: Foreigner at Chinook Winds-SOLD OUT!
  • Fri-March 13: Portland Trail Blazers vs Detroit-7pm Moda Center
  • Fri-Sun, March 13-15: Music Millennium’s 46th Anniversary Celebration featuring “Terry’s Tent Sale” 10am-8pm.  March 15th, free cake at 3pm!
  • Fri-Sun March 13-15-Sip McMinville Wine & Food Classic-Evergreen Space Museum.
  • Sat, March 14: Portland Winterhawks vs. Prince George- Memorial Coliseum 7pm
  • Sat, March 14: Stumptown LepreCon 2015" presented by Stumptown Events. It is a St. Paddy's Day, costume themed event raising money for the Portland Police Sunshine Division. It starts with free admission to the tent at Kells Irish Pub and includes 9 other venues, Dj'd music and other fun activities.
  • Sat, March 14: St. Patrick’s Day 5k MUD RUN – The Dirty Leprechaun @ Lee Farms | 21+ Obstacles, Music, Bonfires, Showers, Drinks
  • Sat, March 14: St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Festival and Parade St. Agatha Catholic School, Authentic Food, Corned Beef Sandwiches, etc
  • Sat, March 14: FREE Family Days @ Washington County Museum Activities for the Whole Family
  • Sun March 15, Portland Winterhawks vs. Spokane, Memorial Coliseum, 5pm
  • Sun, March 15: The 37th Shamrock Run . The 6th consecutive year the race has completely sold out. Last 500 spots open up Monday, March 9, at 9 a.m.  Organizers expect 35,000 people to take the streets in downtown Portland.
  • Sun, March 15: Portland Trail Blazers vs Toronto (in Toronto)
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Things to do this weekend-A handy list!

  • March 6: Portland Winterhawks vs. Seattle 7pm-Moda Center
  • March 6: Camas First Friday Art Walk
  • March 6-7: The 2015 National Money Show at the Oregon Convention Center.  See rare coins and paper money and learn about collecting from vendors.  $6 on Friday, and Admission is free on Saturday.
  • March 7: Portland Winterhawks vs. Tri-Cities 7pm- Moda Center.  It’s the H&R Block Dash for Cash on the ice!
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  • March 7-8: Portland Saturday Market is all set up and waiting for you!
  • March 7-8: Cannon Beach Yoga FestivalAll weekend in Cannon Beach, workshops for any level of experience.
  • March 7: 4 - 10 p.m. TOAST 2015 at the Leftbank Annex in Southeast Portland.  The 5th annual artisan spirits tasting event, More than 40 distillers and producers will get together to sample handcrafted products, including whiskey, liqueurs, aquavit, brandy and more.
  • March 7: Portland Trail Blazers vs Minnesota (in Minnesota)
  • March 7: Sip, Savor and UnWined @ Astoria’s Liberty Theater:|Wine Competition for the Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival, 40 Oregon Wine Makers, 140+ Bottles
  • March 7-8: America’s Largest Antiques and Collectibles Spring 2015 Show @ Portland Expo 1,000 Booths, Vintage Treasures & More!
  • March 8: Daylight Savings Time Begins!!!  Spring forward!
  • March 11: Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston-7:30pm Moda Center
  • March 13: Portland Trail Blazers vs Detroit-7pm Moda Center
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Holiday things to do!!

Here's another handy list of things to do in the area.  Holiday style!  These don't have links, just a list and I suggest you do a search if you want more information!  Cheers!~Iris

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area:
  • Fri, Dec 12 at Noon through  Dec 14, Holiday Express at  Oaks Amusement Park Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart of the city. Round-trip rides run from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad. Trains depart 6-10 times daily between 10 AM and 8 PM.
  • Sat, Dec 13-23, The Miracle of a Million Lights Victorian Belle is known as “The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house. 1441 N McClellan Street Portland, Family friendly, Festival, Food & Drink,
  • Thurs, Dec 11-Jan 18th. 9am to 5pm Portland Children's MuseumThe Wizard of Oz: The Museum With A Yellow Brick Road.  Great Wizard of Oz themed exhibits and interactive displays for kids.
  • Sat, Dec 13,  5:45 to 9:30pm.  Roller Derby, Rose City: Roller Season Opener, Veteran's Memorial Coliseum
  • Sat, Dec 13-14,  11:00am to 6:00pm.  Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Sale, Oregon Convention Center. Portland's semiannual craft fair returns with 250 artists and crafters selling amazing handmade items including art, accessories, clothing, jewelry, body care, home goods, paper goods + prints, terrariums, sweets, distilled spirits, plush, kids' stuff ... and more!  Free goodie bags to the first 150 shoppers each day, free craft activities presented by Collage.
  • Sat, December 13 Noon- 6pm, New Deal Distillery Season’s Eatings Holiday Market and Food Drive 900 S.E. Salmon St., Portland.  It’s the annual Season’s Eatings Holiday Market featuring craft cocktails, craft spirit sales, local artisans sampling and selling gourmet culinary treats and cocktail mixers. Admission to the event is a required food or cash donation to Oregon Food Bank.
  • Now through Dec 28,  Winter Wonderland at the Portland Raceway, 5-10pm. Portland International Raceway.  A sensational display of lights and animation spanning the track at Portland International Raceway. Enjoy the largest drive-through light show in the Northwest right from the comfort of your own car.
  • Thursday, Dec 11- Jan 4, ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo.  5-8pm.  Each year, the Oregon Zoo and its animals celebrate the holiday by covering the Zoo in thousands of brilliant lights in amazing, animal-themed displays.
  • Now through-Dec 26, Ugly Sweaters in Downtown Stumptown,  Thursdays in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Some of downtown’s most iconic sculptures will don their holiday finery for the season. A team of local fiber artists will give the statues so-ugly-they’re-cute wardrobe changes on Thursdays through Christmas. Wear your ugly sweaters downtown and take selfies with these yarn-bombed statues. Be sure to tag pictures with #UglySweaterPDX.
  • Now through-Sun Dec 21, The 60th Portland Christmas Ships Parade 
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Holiday things to do!!

Here's another handy list of things to do in the area.  Holiday style!  These don't have links, just a list and I suggest you do a search if you want more information!  Cheers!~Iris

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area:
  • Fri, Dec 12 at Noon through  Dec 14, Holiday Express at  Oaks Amusement Park Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart of the city. Round-trip rides run from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad. Trains depart 6-10 times daily between 10 AM and 8 PM.
  • Sat, Dec 13-23, The Miracle of a Million Lights Victorian Belle is known as “The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house. 1441 N McClellan Street Portland, Family friendly, Festival, Food & Drink,
  • Thurs, Dec 11-Jan 18th. 9am to 5pm Portland Children's MuseumThe Wizard of Oz: The Museum With A Yellow Brick Road.  Great Wizard of Oz themed exhibits and interactive displays for kids.
  • Sat, Dec 13,  5:45 to 9:30pm.  Roller Derby, Rose City: Roller Season Opener, Veteran's Memorial Coliseum
  • Sat, Dec 13-14,  11:00am to 6:00pm.  Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Sale, Oregon Convention Center. Portland's semiannual craft fair returns with 250 artists and crafters selling amazing handmade items including art, accessories, clothing, jewelry, body care, home goods, paper goods + prints, terrariums, sweets, distilled spirits, plush, kids' stuff ... and more!  Free goodie bags to the first 150 shoppers each day, free craft activities presented by Collage.
  • Sat, December 13 Noon- 6pm, New Deal Distillery Season’s Eatings Holiday Market and Food Drive 900 S.E. Salmon St., Portland.  It’s the annual Season’s Eatings Holiday Market featuring craft cocktails, craft spirit sales, local artisans sampling and selling gourmet culinary treats and cocktail mixers. Admission to the event is a required food or cash donation to Oregon Food Bank.
  • Now through Dec 28,  Winter Wonderland at the Portland Raceway, 5-10pm. Portland International Raceway.  A sensational display of lights and animation spanning the track at Portland International Raceway. Enjoy the largest drive-through light show in the Northwest right from the comfort of your own car.
  • Thursday, Dec 11- Jan 4, ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo.  5-8pm.  Each year, the Oregon Zoo and its animals celebrate the holiday by covering the Zoo in thousands of brilliant lights in amazing, animal-themed displays.
  • Now through-Dec 26, Ugly Sweaters in Downtown Stumptown,  Thursdays in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Some of downtown’s most iconic sculptures will don their holiday finery for the season. A team of local fiber artists will give the statues so-ugly-they’re-cute wardrobe changes on Thursdays through Christmas. Wear your ugly sweaters downtown and take selfies with these yarn-bombed statues. Be sure to tag pictures with #UglySweaterPDX.
  • Now through-Sun Dec 21, The 60th Portland Christmas Ships Parade 
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Iris talks to the creator of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Paul O'neill

Many of us rock fans say that a band’s music, or a song, had the ability to change our lives.  The lyrics, the melody, the feeling somehow connected with our soul and changed us from that point.  That’s how music is for me.  It’s not just a song, it’s that connection with my soul.  So, when I say Trans-Siberian Orchestra changed my life, I’m not kidding.  After several years having difficulty getting into the Christmas spirit, because of losing family members, or illness, TSO brought it the Christmas spirit all back to me.  For that I’m forever grateful to Paul O’neill, the creator and mastermind behind T.S.O.  I had the pleasure to speak to Paul earlier this Fall, and we talked about the new show “The Christmas Attic,” the band’s trip to Germany and doing a New Year’s show for 2 million people, the new recording studio, and how much he values his road crew and Al Pitrelli, the musical director for T.S.O.  I love them all.  Click here, and I hope you enjoy the interview.  ~Iris
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Weekend things to do!

Here's another handy list of things to keep you busy this weekend.  Of course there's nothing wrong with just hanging out and watching the rain.  There are no links in this, just a list of the events.  For more information, do a web search.  That's where I found them.  ~Iris

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area:
  • Oct 24- Join KGON from 5:30p to 7:30p at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for the Warren Miller screening of “No Turning Back!”
  • Oct 25- Join KGON’s Dave Scott from 10a to 12p at the Wilco Farm Store in Battle Ground.
  • Oct 25- The REVIVE 80’s Dance Party at the Bossanova Ballroom (722 NE Burnside).  A benefit for Music Workshop. Live music performance by The Radical Revolution.  Tickets on-sale NOW at Afton Tickets.com
  • Oct 25- Light the Night Walk, 5pm- Fundraiser for Lukemia and Lymphoma society-Oregon Convention Center
  • Oct 25- ZombieWalk-4-8pm, Hollywood Vintage
  • Oct 25-Thriller Dance, 3pm, Irving Park
  • Oct 3-31, (Every Friday, Saturday- 7 & 9 pm) Haunted Walking Tour of Vancouver.  Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St. Vancouver.
  • Oct 24-25, 10th Annual Great American Distillers Festival, Left Bank Annex
  • Oct 25-26, Fall Antique and Collectible Show, one of the largest in the country, at the Expo Center.
  • Oct 25- “Howloween” at the Oregon Zoo
  • Oct 25, The World Beard and Moustache Championships, 1:00pm at Keller Auditorium 222 SW Clay St.  This competition represents the full spectrum of beard and mustache art with 17 categories. The Grand Prize? An all-expense paid trip to the 2015 world championships in Leogang, Austria!
  • Oct 25, Bill Nye–the science guy–will bring his special brand of pop culture science literacy to Lewis & Clark College at 7pm, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road.
  • Oct 26- Run Like Hell, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Theme is “Under the Sea” and there’s going to be awards for costumes in that theme.
  • Oct 25-26-Vancouver Farmers Market- 8th & Esther Street Vancouver,  Saturday – 9am- 3pm; Sunday – 10am-3pm

 
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More things to do for the weekend! 10/17-19/14

Here it is, time for the weekend and we're even closer to Halloween!  That means with the good weather, people are heading to harvest festivals, pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the area.  Here's a list of some of this weekend's activities.  If you need a list of the local Haunted Houses and Pumpkin Patches, then scroll down on my blog and you'll find those as well.  The list doesn't contain links, so use a search engine if you need more information.~ Iris

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area:
  • Oct 16-19 All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival- 7:30pm to 12am , Curious Comedy Theater 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd.  An all-female comedy festival.
  • Oct 17-19- Coffeefest,  at the Oregon Convention Center, Best Coffeehouse competition, the Latte Art World Championship and the America’s Best Espresso Competition, etc.
  • Oct 17-19 Hood River Valley Harvest Festival- Hood River Waterfront,  celebrating the bounty of the county’s Upper Valley, where 2.4 million trees on 13,800 acres yield a rich variety of fruits. 
  • Oct 18-19, Retro Gaming Expo, at the convention center, hundreds of arcade and console games, from Pong to Donkey Kong and beyond, and all the games are set to free play!
  • Oct 18-The 11th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tualatin Lake of the Commons.  See people actually rowing their giant pumpkins in the lake dressed in costumes!  Music, Pumpkin pie eating contest, pumpkin carving, and more.
  • Oct. 18- Drink This Vancouver- promotes craft beverage makers (beer, wine, coffee, tea, soda, cider, spirits...) by inviting the public in for a special walking event to each business.   Downtown Vancouver.  Several tastings and events at each place. 
  • Oct 17-19-Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery, free tasting and buy your favorites.
  • Oct 18-19 & Oct 25-26-Vancouver Farmers Market- 8th & Esther Street Vancouver,  Saturday – 9am- 3pm; Sunday – 10am-3pm
  • Oct 17-18, Underground Acrobatics at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 8pm. You don't need to wait for Cirque du Soleil or Barnum & Bailey to catch top-notch acrobatics. Portland's very talented Night Flight is back with "A Midnight Carnival," featuring aerialists, acrobats and more.
  • Oct 18-19- Portland Open Studios. Various places through the city.
  • Oct 3-31, (Every Friday, Saturday- 7 & 9 pm) Haunted Walking Tour of Vancouver.  Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St. Vancouver.
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Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes 2014

Me again with a list.  If you can't take the Haunted Houses, and just want some Fall fun, check out the Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes around the area.  This is more my speed! Again, the underlined parts are not links.  Do a search and you'll find info on the events listed. ~Iris

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes 
  • The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island
  • Kruger’s Farm-17100 NW Sauvie Island Road
  • Bella Organic Farm-16205 NW Gillihan Road, Portland
  • Fazio Farms-8433 NE 13th Ave
  • Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze-33814 S. Meridian Rd, Woodburn.
  • Lake View Farms-32055 NW North Ave, North Plains
  • A Maze in Grace Gardens- 2985 NW Golf Course Road, Cornelius, OR
  • Airlie Hills Farm-10720 Airlie Road, Monmouth
  • Baggenstos Farms-Sherwood, 15801 SW Roy Rogers Road
  • Bose Family Farm-35765 Cyrus Road NE, Albany
  • Bauman’s Farm and Garden-12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais
  • E.Z. Orchards HarvestFest-5504 Hazel Green NE, Salem
  • Heiser’s Pumpkin Patch-21426 SE Grand Island Loop, Dayton
  • Roloff Farms Pumpkin Patch- Oct 3-26, Fri, Sat & Sun 10-6.  Hwy 26 to Helvetia Road, follow signs.
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