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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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Brian Adams

30 years ago Brian Adams released the biggest album of his career. Suddenly this kid from Canada was topping the charts and playing in front of the massive crowd at "Live Aid".  I had the chance to pick his brain
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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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Joe Lynn Turner and Carmine Appice

The combined talents of bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow and Vanilla Fudge have joined forces on a new album.  Find out more about the new album from "Rated X"
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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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Warren Miller "No Turning Back"

Click here to meet professional skier Tyler Ceccanti.  He is from the northwest and
 is featured in the new Warren Miller film "No Turning Back".  See it  Friday night 10/24
at the Schnitzer.  
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Lewis Black

How do you know when Lewis Black is REALLY mad?  You might want to listen
and find out before his show Halloween night.  Click here
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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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Bill speaks with Joe Perry!


Bill's interview with Aerosmith's Joe Perry.  To listen to the interview, click here.
**Please be advised expletives used in this interview.
 

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