SUMMER 2017

Calendar of Events for Oregon & SW Washington
(Updated Regularly to Feature Event Listings)

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
June 21 - September 9

In 1979, the Oregon Zoo became the first in America to host a summer concert series. This year, Oregon’s “wildest” outdoor concert series brings you world-class artists for a night of music and nature from June to September. It wouldn’t be summer in Oregon without an evening of great music at the zoo!  Some of their performers are Brandi Carlile, Blind Pilot, Pat Benatar & Neil Gerardo/Rick Springfield, Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Love and Comedy Tour, and more.  The concert performances are from June 21 - Sept. 9 at 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland.  For details, visit www.zooconcerts.com.

White Winds Wild West Show
August 12 - 13 & 19 - 20

White Winds Wild West Show is a period show from 1840-1900. It includes in the town of Rock Ridge, Wild Bill's Stunt show, trick roping, trick riding, quick draw, mounted shooting, 3 stages of old west entertainment, a saloon, food, kids games and more!!!  Civil War, cowboys, Indians, and Steampunk!  Come see how the old west was fun!!!!  It will be held from Aug. 12 - 13 and 19 - 20 at Whitewind Woodland: 6569 Valley View Rd. in Silverton.  Times are from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Cost for Adults: $14/day or $24/weekend.  Children ages 6 - 12: $11/day or $20/weekend.  Children under 5 get in for FREE.  And, Seniors 60 and over: $11/day or $20/weekend.  For more, visit whitewindswildwest.com.

Oregon State Sporting Clays Championships
August 17 - 20

This will be a fun and challenging event for dedicated marksmen and a great show for spectators. The course will be set by Dave Fiedler who is an expert at providing clay targets that can be hit, but also remain quite challenging.  The championships will be held from Aug. 17 - 20 at Creswell Clay Target Sports: 81078 N. Pacific Hwy. in Creswell.  All are encouraged to stay the night and catch the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Aug. 21.  Go to www.crewellclaytargetsports.com

Willamette Country Music Festival
August 17 - 20

It's four days of great country music by many renowned country music artists on two stages like Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Zac Brown Band and more.  It will be held from Aug. 17 - 20 at 36866 Hwy. 228 in Brownsville.  To learn more, visit www.willamettecountrymusicfestival.com.

Forest Grove UnCorked
Saturday, August 19

Get “Uncorked” in Forest Grove. Celebrate in the streets of Forest Grove for the downtown annual “Uncorked” event. This event features Oregon's abundance of fine wineries,  micro-brew beer, spirits, skillfully crafted food, fine arts, and local music talent.  Stroll Main Street to see what’s what, hear the live music (dance in the street if you like), enjoy all there is to taste, and participate in a raffle for a chance to win a half wine barrel full of wine-related wares!  It will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 4 - 9 p.m.  Go online to www.fguncorked.com

Oregon Bigfoot Festival
Saturday, August 19

All are invited to enjoy this "Whimsical Bigfoot" themed festival.  Walk beautiful Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale.  Visit the unique food and merchandise vendors. Enjoy carnival-style games, a talk by celebrity Bigfoot researcher Cliff Barackman, Bigfoot mini-golf, exhibits and more!  It will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19.  Their website is oregonbigfootfestival.weebly.com

Brick Fest Live
August 19 - 20

LEGO lovers rejoice!  The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain.  The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience provides a venue for LEGO lovers (of all sizes) to roll up their sleeves and dive into over A MILLION LEGO bricks!  The attraction includes The Glow Zone, Brick Fest Derby, collaborative building activities, inspiration stations, Video Game Arena, Mini Golf, Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment, Mosaics, and shopping.  It will be held from Aug. 19 - 20 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  To learn more, go to www.eventbrite.com.

Harvest Fest 2017
August 19 - 20

A fun time for the whole family!  Watch us harvest our 7-acre oat crop using antique farm equipment and animals.  Enjoy the agricultural and historical displays of the Museum and see demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop and Sawmill.  The kids will love the pedal tractors and hands-on-activities.  Come enjoy a stage coach ride, listen to live music, enjoy the food and don’t miss the Tractor Parade at 1:00.  This year’s featured tractor is John Deere.  It will be held from Aug. 19 - 20 at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center Museum: 11275 SW. Durham Lane in McMinnville.  Times are Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.  To learn more, visit www.yamhillcountyhistory.org.

17th Annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival
August 19 - 20

This is a FREE and family friendly event featuring over 85 artist booths: ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, metal, photography, sculpture and wood.  There will be hands-on art and art demonstrations for all; an International Food Court with Wine and Beer Garden; along with musical entertainment.  It will be held from Aug. 19 - 20 at Coolidge-McClaine Park in Silverton.  Times are Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  FREE parking and shuttle service offered.  Check our website for parking updates by going to www.silvertonarts.org.

Portland Saturday Market presents…Summer Spiritsfest 2017
August 19 - 20

1. Have a drink

2. Catch a show

3. Shop Local

Spiritsfest highlights local distillers who are shaking up Portland’s vibrant scene.  It is all about meeting the makers of the local crafted spirits and the wonderful concoctions people can create using local spirits.  Signature cocktails by: Bull Run Distillery, Indio Spirits, Miru Vodka, Thomas & Sons Distillery, and Vivacity Spirits.  This is a 21+ event.  Spiritsfest 2017 will be held from Aug. 19 - 20 at Waterfront Park in Portland, from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Go to www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/events/summer-spiristsfest.

Washington State International Kite Festival
August 21 - 27
(Southwest Washington)

The Washington State International Kite Festival fills the sky above Long Beach, WA. with kites of all sizes, shapes and colors. This annual festival, held the 3rd full week of August, is from Aug. 21 - 27.  Long Beach is located near the mouth of the Columbia River on the Pacific Ocean where it is subject to steady northwest winds – and August is perfect for kites!  People from all over the world gather here to participate and watch the kites.  Come and join us for some family fun!  Check www.kitefestival.com for more details!

2017 NorthWest Herb Symposium:
"Botanicals at the Beach"
August 24 - 27
(Washington State)

Common plants have the extraordinary ability to support our health in just the ways we need.  Join top local and nationally-known herbal educators Susun Weed, David Hoffmann, Kevin Spelman, Ryan Drum, EagleSong Gardener, Chanchal Cabrera, Katolen Yardley, Netta Zeberoff, Denise Joy, Natasha Clarke, and Leslie Lekos as they share their plant wisdom.  Through our in-depth intensive classes, informative plant walks, and hands-on medicine making classes, you'll find ways to incorporate plants into your life to enhance your well-being.  It will be held from Aug. 24 - 27 at Whidbey Island in Coupeville, Washington.  For more information and to register, visit www.nwherbsymposium.com

Hood-to-Coast Relay  
August 25 - 26

It's the "Mother of All Relays."  There will be over 1,000 teams of 8 - 12 runners each running the course that is 199 miles long, starting from Mt. Hood's Timberline Lodge area to the finish line at Seaside.  It will be held from Aug. 25 - 26.  For more, go to hoodtocoastrelay.com.

Close to Nature Workshop at Breitenbush Hot Springs
August 27 - 29
(Non-Annual)

Scientific studies affirm what we all know - nature is good for us! It lessens stress, enhances attention even boosts energy.  Create new rhythms that foster an intimacy with nature. Examine your life and explore how you might increase the quantity and quality of your time outside. We may stargaze, tree-climb, lie in the grass, go barefoot in the river, make rock cairns and, of course, soak in pools.  We will also study local ecology, share inspirational readings and find creative ways to express what we learn and observe while relaxing and healing our spirits in the regenerative Breitenbush environment.  Amy Minato is author of "Siesta Lane," a creative nonfiction book about living in a rural community and The Wider Lens, a poetry collection.  Her writing has been recognized with a 2004 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and her prose with a Walden Fellowship.  She currently teaches a sustainable living course at PSU and offers writing workshops through Literary Arts, Wordstock and at conference centers.  She will be presenting the "Close to Nature Workshop" at Breitenbush Hot Springs: 53000 Breitenbush Rd. SE in Detroit, OR., from Sunday evening, Aug. 27 to Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. Cost: $130 ($110 if registered by 7/31) plus lodging.  Deposit: cost of lodging.  Call (503) 854-3320, send an email: amyminato@mac.com and go to www.breitenbush.org.

Redwood Coast Grills Gone Wild! BBQ Contest
September 2 - 3

Get ready to celebrate Labor Day weekend with some good food and brews at the Redwood Coast Grills Gone Wild BBQ contest sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.  It will be held in Beachfront Park in Crescent City on September 2 & 3, 2017.  There is no admission charge and samples of barbecued chicken, brisket, pork butt or shoulder as well as pork spare ribs are only $1.00 each.  More than a dozen barbecue masters will be competing for nearly $10,000 in prize money and is a qualifier for the nationals in Kansas City.  Craft beer from 10 regional breweries will be served including Crescent City’s own Port ‘O pints and Seaquake.  Live music adds to the merriment.  The barbecue competition coincides with the Find Your Park festival featuring 2 full days of family fun and outdoor activities.  The festival celebrates Del Norte County’s amazing outdoor parks.  For more information on the BBQ contest, call 800-343-8300 or go to delnorte.org to download a team application form.  For information on Find Your Park activities go to findyourparkcrescentcity.com.

Rod Run to the End of the World
September 8 - 10

Hosted by the Beach Barons Car Club, the event offers a variety of activities, from Sept. 8 - 10 at Ocean Park.  As a special guest, Dennis Gage of the T.V. show "My Classic Car" will be filming The Rod Run to the End of the World.  On Friday, they'll have a pre-registration, and slow drags in Ilwaco.  Saturday, starting at 8 a.m., there will be vendors, t-shirt sales, music, auto swap meet, bracket, engine raffle, cruise and much more.  And on Sunday, gates open at 8 a.m. to enjoy vendors, t-shirt sales, music, auto swap meet, engine raffle and drawing, poker run, trophy awards, seafood barbecue for participants and other offerings.  No pets allowed.  For more information, call (360) 665-3565 and visit www.beachbarons.com.

Lincoln City Chowder & Brewfest
Saturday, September 9

All are invited to attend this family and dog friendly event.  They will have a chowder cook-off, 3 great bands ( from the Zuhg Band, Curtis Salgado and Hit Machine), adult and kid games, along with 5 FREE craft beer tastings and 5 FREE chowder tastings.  It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 12 - 7 p.m. at Lincoln City Outlets: 1500 SE. East Devils Lake Rd. in Lincoln City.  To buy tickets, go online to chowderbrewfest.com.

Everyday Alchemy Retreat
September 21 - 24

Intuition is a source of truth, clarity and ease. It helps you see decision paths, navigate the flow of life, and operate in integrity with who you are. You see that magic is afoot, everywhere you look.  The Everyday Alchemy Retreat, to be held September 21-24 in Manzanita, is a relaxing weekend exploration of intuitive messages through art, dreamwork, the senses and more. Alchemize the messages received into a personal soul language dictionary, your unique toolkit for clarity, flow and transformation.  Included: Lodging, meals, gifts, supplies. Visit www.souldust.com for details. 

LDN 2017 Conference
The Only LDN Dedicated Medical Conference in the World Comes to Portland
World experts share the latest Trials and Studies for Autoimmune Diseases and Cancers
September 22 - 24

Attend the LDN 2017 Conference in person or the online LiveStreamed.  The highly acclaimed speakers include, Pain Specialist Pradeep Chopra MD, Gastroenterologist Leonard Weinstock MD, Oncologist Professor Angus Dalgleish and Researcher Jarred Younger MD.  Covering, Pharmacology, Mechanism of Action, Dosing, etc. of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN).  The conference will be held from Sept. 22 - 24 at The Sheraton Portland Airport: 8235 NE. Airport Way in Portland.  Open to medial professionals and the public.  Visit www.ldn2017.com

Simrit Live in Concert
Wednesday, September 20

“For Simrit, singing is not a performance; it is a sacred worship of the Divine. Her voice, her music, and her teaching reflect this devotion which seems to come from her so effortlessly. This devotion is a gift, a talent beyond any, that will lead thousands into the lightness of being and awareness that is so vital to humanity in this day and age.” - Snatam Kaur

Her sound is hailed worldwide as haunting, hypnotic, healing and majestic, and it has topped World Music Charts including iTunes at #1.  She is a renaissance woman who is known for her revolutionary innovation in chant and world music and her undeniable ability to transmit a potent level of humanity, healing, and pure love through her sound and music.  It won't take very long after the music begins for you to realize that this isn't your average concert.  From the transporting sounds, the hypnotic groove, world-class musicians, and Simrit's mesmerizing VOICE...Get ready for lift off!  Tickets to Simrit Live in Concert are available by going online to the Bright Star Events website.  

Pacific Women's Herbal Conference
September 22 - 24
(Southwest Washington)

Join us for the 3rd Annual Pacific Women's Herbal Conference in Monroe, WA.  A gala, educational gathering deepening our connection with ourselves, our communities and our planet...See you there!  To learn more, visit www.pacificwomensherbalconference.com.



ONGOING EVENTS:

Recovery International (RI):
Help for Depression and Nervous Conditions
Every Tuesday

Portland depression and anxiety support weekly meetings.  Recovery International is a non-profit Cognitive Behavioral Training system that has helped thousands.  Rob Winike, trainer, author and RI board member, discusses mental health recovery and how to cope with symptoms of a nervous imbalance, stress, anger, sleeplessness and other mental health issues.  Meetings are Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 1704 NW 43rd (and Broadway).  Call (503) 810-2789 for info or other meeting locations.  Visit www.recoveryinternational.org and local blogsite at www.selfhelptools.org.

"Investing Simplified" (Radio Show)
Every Saturday

Chuck Price, CRFA, CSA can be reached via his website at pfgwm.com or by calling
(877) 50-PRICE.  For more information about the show, visit www.investingsimplifiedradio.com and to learn about his book, go to  www.investingsimplifiedbook.com.