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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.

chicken crazy

Portland gets crazy about things. Not a criticism – I love that about my adopted hometown. I especially love that Portlanders are crazy about lots of low-tech, low impact, ordinary seeming things. Coffee, beer, DIY everything, gardening, chickens… Sometimes I wonder if we Portlanders just tell ourselves that Portland is different from other cities, then I remember that half the people I know can name a dozen chicken breeds and the pros and cons of each. Some of these people don’t even have yards. I reckon the same can’t be said for a random sample of urban 30-somethings in Kansas City or Seattle.

Oh, chickens. For several years I’ve watched friend after friend join the ranks of the chicken keepers, building coops and raising chicks. Maybe it’s contagious, because as I type this there are 4 fluffy peeps with freakishly large feet and dinosaur faces hanging out in my kitchen in a Rubbermaid tub. I’ve been at work for just 2 hours, and I’m worried about whether they’ve already filled their water with pine shavings rendering it undrinkable. I’m thinking about the crickets I’ll pick up for them on my way home. I’m scheming about turning them loose on the garden between plantings, still cranky about last year’s nasty battle with slugs and aphids. I’m hoping hard that none of them turn out to be roosters. I’ve become a chicken keeper.

True to Portland form, when people get crazy about something they’re bound and determined to spread the love. So when you get on the chicken train, there’s no shortage of places to go for advice and camaraderie. When I decided to get chickens, I talked to people at Pistils, Naomi’s, and even my neighborhood pet store before finally choosing some chicks at Urban Farm Store. Now I’m putting the finishing touches on the coop and waiting for the little ladies to get big enough to move out there. And apparently, spreading the love myself. I can’t wait for this year’s Tour de Coops. I love this town.

Celebrate on 2 Wheels!

Friday is “Bike to Work Day” and the good people at Lloyd TMA encourage you to celebrate by, you know, biking to work. If you always bike to work, think of the TMA party as a little perk for being so rad.

If you’re bike-curious, let Friday’s party pull you across that line. After all, how could you not be compelled by breakfast, bike checks provided by Bike Gallery, an old-time string band, chair massages provided by East West College, and the warm welcome of other bike-y people? All of it free!