SPRING 2017

Calendar of Events for Oregon & SW Washington
(Updated Regularly to Feature Event Listings for the Next 4-Weeks)

Prefontaine Classic
May 26 - 27

This is one of the premier track and field meets in the United States, held in Eugene.  Every year it draws a world caliber field to compete at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.  It will be held from May 26 - 27 at 1580 E. 15th St.  For details, go to their Facebook page.

BBQ, Blues & Brews by the Bay
May 26 - 28

The Mill Casino will host the 6th Annual BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay!  This is a three-day celebration of lip-smacking barbecue, locally-crafted beers and sizzling hot blues.  The event features 40 BBQ competitors and 30 craft breweries!  Eat lip smackin' BBQ, sample great beer and live entertainment.  It will be held from May 26 - 28 at 3201 Tremont Ave. in North Bend.  Visit www.themillcasino.com

Rockaway Beach Kite Festival
May 26 - 29

The festival hosts professional and amateur kite fliers.  As the largest organized group of kiters in the world, the American Kitefliers Association travels all over to spread the joy of kiting to people of all ages and skills.  The event offers contests in a friendly, unofficial environment.  Participants can compete to win awards for nicest kite, the kite that drags on the ground the longest before becoming airborne, and many other cool events.  Children can join in the fun as they build and learn to fly small kites during special classes.  The festival is from May 26 - 29 at Rockaway Beach Wayside.  For more, go to www.rockawaybeach.net.

Portland Rose Festival: City Fair
May 26 - June 11

Everything is brillian as the Rose Festival's Waterfront activities kick off on May 26 and continues until June 11 along SW. Naito Parkway in downtown Portland.  They'll have Opening Night Fireworks synchronized to great music, entertainment, Fleet Week, the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade and much more.  For details, visit www.rosefestival.org.

Inviting Vines
Saturday, May 27

The Inviting Vines Garden Tour and Party is a showcase of gardens featuring clematis, the Queen of Vines.  In addition to gorgeous gardens, there are lectures, demonstrations, refreshments and wine.  The Rogerson Clematis Garden is North America's most comprehensive collection of clematis from throughout the world with over 1600 plants spread on nearly two acres surrounding the farmhouse at Luscher Farm.  It will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. –  4 p.m. at 125 Rosemont Rd. in West Linn.  Visit www.rogersonclematiscollection.org.

Crafts on the Coast 20th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
May 27 - 28

Start your vacationing with a visit to Yachats, the Gem of the Oregon Coast, on May 27 - May 28, for the Crafts on the Coast 20th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival.  This premiere juried arts & crafts event is held inside the Yachats Commons, a charming, refurbished vintage elementary school. You will find room after room and hallway filled to bursting with nearly 70 of the best artisans from the Pacific Northwest offering a variety of interesting, unique, functional, fun gifts for yourself and others on your list.  Fun attractions at this family-friendly event include craft demonstrations, free tastings of the gourmet food, massage and community booths.  Admission and Parking are FREE.  Join us Saturday, May 27 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., inside the Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 at W. 4th St. in Yachats. The beautiful town of Yachats is located midway between Newport and Florence.  There's lots more fun things to do in Yachats this weekend: the Yachats Ladies Club Pie Social is Saturday, the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast is on Sunday and the Yachats Sunday Farmers Market is on 4th St. on the South side of the Commons.  Make sure to visit our local shops, restaurants and galleries and remember to walk on the beautiful beaches. For more information, call (541) 547-4738.

Meet the Pioneers
May 27 - 28

Living History interpreters bring frontier characters to life.  They demonstrate pioneer skills and crafts throughout the day inside the Interpretive Center, and outdoors at the Wagon Encampment from 10 - 2 p.m. each day (weather permitting), May 27 - 28 at 22267 Oregon Highway 86 in Baker City.  Go to www.trailtenders.org.

Memorial Day Spring Wine Release Weekend
May 27 - 29
(Southwest Washington)

Grab a (free) passport and go! Visit participating wineries over Memorial Day Weekend and be entered to win prizes. Pick up a passport at your first winery, ask for a stamp/punch at each winery you visit, and leave it at the last. This is the weekend to taste new releases for the summer.  Held at various locations, from May 27 - 29.  Time are 12 - 6 p.m.  For more, visit www.swwawine.com.

111th Annual Multnomah County Fair
May 27 - 29

The friends of the Multnomah County Fair present the 111th annual Multnomah County Fair!  Adults and children, both returners and newcomers are sure to have an enjoyable weekend experiencing the many offerings at the Fair: animal showings and contests from 4-H, stage entertainment, talent competition, camel rides, Walk on the Wild Side, Walk on Water, Art in the Park Festival, indoor creative exhibits, great food, and attractions!  It will be held from May 27 - 29 at Oaks Park: 7805 SE. Oaks Park Way in Portland, from 12 - 7 p.m. daily.  Parking and admission is FREE.  For more, visit multcofair.org.

Rose Festival Half Marathon
Sunday, May 28

The Portland Rose Festival is bringing runners together from the Portland-metro region and beyond for a one-of-a-kind half marathon experience on a brand-new route through Beaverton on Sunday, May 28, from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Runners and walkers alike should add the Rose Festival Half Marathon to their “bucket list.”  It is being held at Southridge High School: 9625 SW. 125th Ave.  For more, go to www.rosefestival.org.

Women of Intuitive Wisdom Mind, Body Wellness Fair
Sunday, May 28
(Southwest Washington)

All are invited to this event that features Tarot Reading, Oracle Reading, Runes Reading, Harp Healing, Angel Healing, Bio-Lift Facials, Native American Art & Jewelry, Native American Flute Music, Hypnotherapy services, Healing services.  It will be held on Sunday, May 28, from 1 - 5 p.m., at the NW Hypnosis & Integrated Medicine: 16904 SE 1st Street Suite 104 in Vancouver.  For more, call Sherrie Davis with any questions at (360) 991-2619 and visit www.womenofintuitivewisdom.com.

Reedsport Memorial Weekend
May 28 - 29

Reedsport and Winchester Bay Oregon, in the “Heart of the Oregon Dunes,” invites you to come to the Southern Oregon Coast and celebrate Memorial Weekend with a series of old fashioned patriotic activities.  Enjoy all the FREE patriotic activities and the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast.  To find out about all the patriotic activities, go to their website.  Or, why not participate in the parade with a float or other vehicle that shows your patriotism?  It will be held from May 28 - 29.  Online applications are available at ReedsportMemorialParade.org.

The Original Afterlife Conference
June 1 - 4

The annual event features the best and the brightest in afterlife research, end-of-life care, bereavement,a nd mystical approaches to a higher understanding of death, include academic researchers, grief counselors, hospice professionals, religious scholars, shaman, healers and spiritual teachers.  It will be held from June 1 - 4 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach: 909 N. Hayden Island Dr. in Portland.  Go to afterlifeconference.com for more details.

Canby Wine, Food & Brew
June 2 - 4

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of wonerful Oregon wineries, artisans, nurseries and specialty foods at this annual event.  Tastings have a minimum cost of $1.  It will be held from June 2 - 4 at the Clackamas County Event Center: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby.  Go to www.clackamas.us.

Portland Buddhist Festival
Saturday, June 3

Practicing peace and embracing community, all are invited to the Portland Buddhist Festival that is a FREE event.  There will be Buddhist talks, workshops, activities for children, and tabling by Buddhist communities.  Buddhism teaches non-attachment and non-judgment.  It provides skills which help foster equanimity and clarity.  Its teachings emphasize gratitude and generosity. Many Buddhist practitioners have felt the need to increase their civic engagement thanks to the current political climate. How can a Buddhist maintain an open heart and resist harmful policies of the state?  The festivities are held on Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Creston Park, located on Powell Blvd., corner of SE. 43rd and Rhone St. in Portland.  For more, their website is www.portlandbuddhistfestival.com.

Starlight Parade
Saturday, June 3

This is a FREE event.  The Starlight Parade continues a longtime festival tradition from the early 1900s, when illuminated floats built on electric trolley cars made their way through the city on trolley tracks.  Today, participants light up the night with approximately 100 illuminated entries along a 2.25-mile route.  The parade draws more than 325,000 spectators to downtown Portland, and is also broadcast live from 9 - 11 p.m. on FOX 12.  Don’t miss the fun of one of the Rose Festival’s best and brightest traditions!  The parade is on Saturday, June 3, from 8:30 - 11 p.m.  For details, go to www.rosefestival.org.

Faire in the Grove
June 3 - 4

This is a FREE event for all ages.  Step back in time for a day of revels at the Faire In The Grove!  Join McMenamins Grand Lodge, and The Barony of Dragon's mist, Medieval Re-enactors, Armored Fighters & History Buffs, who invite you to experience the Middle Ages and the Renaissance!  Hosted on the vast front lawn of the Grand Lodge, come and be transported back to Fairegrove, a medieval village. Enjoy seeing and learning some of the history behind life in the middle ages and beyond into the Renaissance.  The public is invited to participate with The Barony of Draon's mist, history buffs, students of medieval studies and guests of McMenamins Grand Lodge and join us for fun and interesting events, entertainments and displays at this Demo for the Society for Creative Anachronism.  It will be held from June 3 - 4  at 3505 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove.  Go to www.faireinthegrove.com.

Astoria Pride
June 9 - 11

It's three days of gatherings, from June 9 - 11 throughout this historic and picturesque small city of Astoria at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.  Festivities typically include a parade along Astoria’s scenic river walk, an art show, a special LGBT Astoria Riverfront Trolley tour, an art show, dance parties and more.  For details, go to www.lcqcastoria.org.

McKenzie Highland Games & Celtic Gathering
June 9 - 11

Fun for the whole family.  The gathering is an event sure to thrill the senses, bringing all things Scottish and Celtic to you!  You can enjoy Highland athletics, bagpipes and drums, live Celtic bands, Kilted Kidz Korner, two beer gardens, sheepherding demonstrations, craft vendors and much more.  It will be held from June 9 - 11 at 250 S. 32nd St. in Springfield.  Call (541) 337-3590.

Cruisin' Sherwood
Saturday, June 10

Cruisin' has something for everyone, so bring kids and the grand parents and YOUR ride to one of the Northwest's best and most unique car shows with over 500 great hot rods, classics, collector cars and customs, all proudly glowing in the sun of Sherwood's classic Old Town!  They'll also have great entertainment, Friday Night Thunder, Kids Zone, vendors, The Beer Garden and more.  The annual event is on Saturday, June 10 at Historic Old Town Sherwood.  Go to cruisinsherwood.org.

High Desert Rhubarb Festival
Saturday, June 10

Hosted by L & S Gardens, it's everything Rhubarb - food, music, beer, wine, vendors, 3 bands and numerous musical acts, fresh Rhubarb and Rhubarb plants.  There were also be two contests: Best Dessert using Rhubarb-cash prizes and Best Main Dish using Rhubarb-cash prizes.  It will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at L & S Gardens: 50808 S. Huntington Rd. in La Pine.  Cost of admission is one can of food to be donated to the local food bank.  Call Linda at (541) 536-2049 for more information or send an email to lsgarden@uci.net.  Head over to their website, www.lsgardens.com for vendor forms, Dessert and Main Dish entry forms, along with details for each. 

Oregon Senior Games
June 12 - 18

The Oregon Senior Games is a collection of 14 individual events for athletes ages 50 and over.  Taking place from June 12-18, the Oregon Senior Games is in its 4th year in beautiful Bend, Oregon and will see over 500 athletes gather for a week of fun and competition.  As participants vie in sports from bowling to tennis, the Oregon Senior Games promises everyone the opportunity to display their fitness in a fun and challenging setting. Go to www.oregonseniorgames.com for all event and registration details.

Rose City Book & Paper Fair
June 16 - 17

The event offers thousands of used and rare books, prints, and ephemera from more than 50 independent dealers.  The fair is from June 16 - 17 at the DoubleTree at Lloyd Center: 1000 NE. Multnomah in Portland.  Go to www.pdxbooks.org.

Strawberry Festival
June 16 - 18

Enjoy the Berry Festival at Lee Farms.  It's a whole festival geared towards devouring delicious berry treats.  Besides delicious foods, they'll have slides, hayrides, barrel wagon rides, pony rides, farm animals, Bounce Pillow and hay mazes.  It will be held from June 16 - 18 at Lee Farms: 21975 SW. 65th Ave. in Tualatin.  Visit leefarmsoregon.ticketleap.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.

Finders Keepers in Lincoln City
Until May 29

It's a treasure hunt to find a colorful, hand-blown glass float on the beach that you can keep.  Float Fairies will be placing them daily during daylight hours until May 29, all along 7 1/2 miles of public beach in Lincoln City, from the Roads End area to Siletz Bay.  In addition to the numbered floats, extra pieces of glass art are placed on the beaches for holidays and special occasions.  Special drops can  include a combination of glass floats, sand dollars, crabs, sea stars, shells or coins.  To learn more, visit www.oregoncoast.org.