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Thanks! Your Neighbors Next Door


It’s time to vote for the 4th annual Northwest Meetings + Events readers’ choice Best of Awards!

Because your votes are the only ones that count, the winner is up to you. VOTING ENDS MAY 8, so VOTE TODAY and make it happen!

Find the Holiday Spirit in Neighborhood Business Districts

Venture Portland is encouraging you to celebrate the holidays with 50 festive business district events starting 11/21 through the end of the year. Stretch your holiday dollars with neighborhood business deals and discounts as you buy the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. And, feel good knowing your money is staying home for the holidays – for every $100 you spend at a local business, $68 returns to the local economy. Whether you have been naughty or nice, you’ll find everything you need to celebrate the season in neighborhood businesses and business districts.

Find the full list of festivities to Localize the Season and ensure your holidays are merry and bright.

Mayor Hales proclaims 11/30/13 as ‘Portland Celebrates Small Business Saturday‘

Come help make Portland less Butt Ugly!

Saturday, September 28 from 10-1pm

Come help make Portland less Butt Ugly!

Join HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) Portland for a litter clean-up in the Rose Quarter area of the Lloyd District with a special focus on cigarette litter.

The purpose of Butt Ugly is to educate the public about the true price and impact of cigarettes on marine life and watersheds, animals used for lung cancer experiments, and human health.

Cigarettes will be gathered and become part of educational displays on college campuses across Multnomah County. Eco-friendly prize for the highest number collected!

Leftbank Project
240 N. Broadway St.
Portland, OR

*Meet on the N. Wheeler side (between N. Weidler and N. Broadway St.) of the building

Sunday Parkways

Have you experienced Sunday Parkways in Portland? On 5 summer Sundays in 5 different Portland neighborhoods, streets close to cars and open to a glorious, neighborly utopia! It’s like a block party for miles. From Portland Bureau of Transportation’s website:

Portland Sunday Parkways is about connecting neighborhoods and people: walkers, runners, bicyclists, seniors, adults, and children all enjoying streets filled with surprises, performers, physical activities and food – and traffic-free. The 6-8 mile routes connect Portland’s beautiful parks and offer a chance for participants to listen to music, try other activities, such as hula hooping, or just relax and enjoy the smiling faces.

You can walk, run, or just hang out at Sunday Parkways, but the opportunity to ride bikes down the middle of the street with loads of other merry-makers is one I look forward to all year long. So, come experience one! The first 2011 event is this Sunday, 11-4. It’s “East” and the loop passes through Lents, Bloomington, Ed Benedict and Gilbert Heights Park, including a section of the Springwater Trail.

Realizing the Sunday Parkways season is upon us got me all fired up about recreational rides with the family in coming months. In my daydreaming, I stopped by and stumbled across recent photos in a series that Jonathan Maus is running. If you need some summer riding inspiration, treat yourself to this: bikes on the waterfront.

Raise your glass to Oregon farm to school

Join the staff and board of Upstream Public Health for a wonderful evening of fine northwest cuisine designed by Navarre owner and chef John Taboada at his new event space, Luce with a beer and wine pairing featuring Lemelson Vineyards’ wines and beer from all our favorite – Upright Brewing.

Purchase your ticket soon – quantities are limited

When: Friday, October 29th, cocktail hour at 6:30, dinner at 7:15

Where: Luce Event Space, 2140 E Burnside,  Portland

Cost: $100 per dinner ticket (includes open bar)

Why support farm to school?

More than half of Oregon school children rely everyday on school meals. Almost half, go to children from low-income households. Oregon is one of a few states in the country that does not provide any funding to school meals, and we want to change that.

A farm to school bill in Oregon would increase the number of fruits and vegetables per meal by one serving, while giving a boost to Oregon’s agricultural economy and lowering our carbon footprint by buying local. The proceeds of this fundraiser will go to fund direct advocacy for a 2011 Oregon Farm to School Bill. Let’s make 2011 the year of healthy school meals that make kids thrive!

The Auction

After dinner the excitement of the evening will commence with a live auction. A handful of wonderful vacations and experiences will be available for bidding including a 2-week stay in France, a weekend in Joseph and a weekend at the Oregon Coast. Please take a minute to check out the range of options ahead of time so you’ll be poised to take home the one you want!

The Sponsors

Carmen Ranch
Lemelson Wines

Leaping Lamb Farms
Upright Brewing

Vacasa Rentals
Writer’s Dojo
School of Budo

Mellie Pullman
Ethan and Elizabeth Levi

A portion of your dinner ticket is tax-deductible. Every dollar donated will go directly toward funding Upstream’s farm to school advocacy efforts to ensure that every child in Oregon has a healthy school meal. Learn more about Oregon’s farm to school efforts and Upstream Public Health at our website.