FALL 2018

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

Oregon Shorebird Festival
September 21 - 23

For 32 years people have been gathering on the Oregon coast to watch thousands of shorebirds as they migrate from their arctic breeding grounds as far south as the tip of Argentina.  Some of these shorebirds will be flying more than 7,000 miles! Oregon’s estuaries are a place they stopover to rest and eat during this long journey.  We invite you to be a part of this natural phenomenon at the Oregon Shorebird Festival in Charleston at various locations...More 

2018 Pacific Women's Herbal Conference
September 21 - 23
(Washington State)

Join the Pacific Women's Herbal Conference on the shores of the Salish Sea for a gathering of wild women and plants.  Susun S. Weed, herbalist, author and lifelong advocate for women's health is teaching at the conference AND teaching a 6-day Green Goddess Apprenticeship prior to the conference, September 14-19...More 

Best Dam Run
Saturday, September 22

Come run or walk the Best Dam Run! This point-to-point course features views of pristine waters, shading forests, interesting geology and sometimes, bald eagles, osprey and colorful waterfowl.  You will be bused approximately 6 miles east of Estacada to the start on North Fork Lake.  The course meanders along the wild and scenic Clackamas River to finish at Broadway and SE 4th in downtown Estacada to a welcoming Farmers Market and musical entertainment.  All post-race awards, raffle prizes and FREE beer garden activities will take place in the Clackamas River Growlers parking lot and gardens on 4th Ave between Broadway and SE Main in Estacada...More

2018 Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon & Music Festival
Saturday, September 22

The 2018 Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon & Music Festival will be held on Saturday, September 22nd, from 3 - 8 p.m. at the Medford Commons/Pear Blossom Park.  This family-friendly event will feature live music by The Ben Rice Band and Karen Lovely, a smoked salmon competition with FREE samples for attendees, and beer and wine provided by Growler King and The Urban Cork...More

Transformational Coach, Beth Beurkens: 
Autumn Equinox Vision Workshop
Saturday, September 22

It's Autumn.  There are still four months left in the year.  You still have time to turn your greatest dream into reality.  What is calling to you?  What would you love to begin or accomplish by year's end?  Would you like to have my help in getting started and breaking through those limiting beliefs that have been holding you back?  If your answer is yes, please join me on the powerful Autumn Equinox when day and night are perfectly balanced.  This is one of the best times of the year to tune into your longings and tap into what you would really love to be doing with your life.  Hosted by Transformational Coach Beth Beurkens, the online workshop is on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. (PT).  You can tune in online or call in for the session.  This is a FREE event.  To register, visit bethbeurkens.com

Fall Festival of the Arts
September 22 - 23 

Fall Festival of the Arts, where you can enjoy fine art, demos, authors, music, food, beer and wine to support the arts and businesses in the Columbia River Gorge.  It's open to the public, and benefits local Trail Keepers of Oregon...More 

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival
September 22 - 23

The Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival has grown significantly since its inception in 1997.  The Festival includes three days of workshops and a weekend filled with demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars and kids’ activities.  Events, classes, shows and activities are scheduled throughout the festival...More

St. Josef's Grape Stomping Festival
September 22 - 23

Wine Pioneers, St Josef’s originated the iconic Grapestomping harvest festival back in 1983 when there were less than 24 wineries in Oregon –  now there are over 600!  The festival dates back to before the first micro-breweries were in Oregon and is the Northwest’s original Grapestomping event.  Along with Grapestomping contests held throughout the day, great German music from the fabulous Z Musikmakers and food including St Josef’s own special house recipe  sausages & homemade kraut, along with other locally made foods. New vintages and special reserve wines will be available by the glass, plus tours with the winemaker and tastings available throughout the day...More 

Polish Festival
September 22 - 23

The Polish festival is a FREE event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers and dance enthusiasts.  It is for everyone.  During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer...More

Portland's Original Iron Chef
Thursday, September 27

Hosted by LifeWorks NW, their fundraiser is to fight child abuse and neglect.  Guests will taste signature appetizers prepared by celebrated local chefs and vote for their favorite to be named the 2018 Portland’s Original Iron Chef. Plus, the evening features a silent auction, Winner’s Choice raffle, live auction and more!...More 

8th Annual Florence Festival of Books
September 28 - 29

The 8th Annual Florence Festival of Books, September 28–29, Florence Events Center in Florence.  On Friday, Panel Discussion, “Marketing Your Book,” 3 - 4:30 p.m., FREE to public.  Dynamite panel.  Together these authors have sold more than eight million books!  Also Friday, Keynote Speaker and "New York Times" bestselling author Amy Stewart of "Girl Waits With Gun and Drunken Botanist" speaks at 7 p.m., $10 admittance fee ($8 in advance).  Book Fair on Saturday, free, from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. - 70 authors and 8 publishers with their books for sale...More 

Oregon International Air Show
September 28 - 30

This is the Northwest's finest aviation event for the whole family.  They'll have Special performances, ground displays, aircraft rides, Friday night fireworks, and Special Needs Day...More 

"An Homage to Women Poets of Iran"
Saturday, September 29
(Non-Annual)

The Lewis & Clark Department of Music welcomes The Andisheh Center of Portland to campus to celebrate Iranian cultural heritage through a day of workshops followed by an evening performance.  This year’s event, An Homage to Women Poets of Iran will be an inspirational poetic journey presented by Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak with an amazing performance by world-renowned composer and instrumentalist Babak Amini and fellow musician Siamak Shirazi.  It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Lewis & Clark College's Agnes Flanagan  Chapel, located at 0615 SW. Palatine Hill Rd. in Portland.  To learn more, visit college.lclark.edu.

Mad Catter Big Cat Bash
Saturday, September 29

Each year in the United States thousands of captive-born tigers, lions, and other wildcats are sold to private owners.  Too often these magnificent animals endure both physical and emotional abuse at the hands of humans.  WildCat Ridge Sanctuary exists so that cats like these can rescued, rehabilitated and given a proper lifetime home free from any kind abuse.  Won't you help us by attending our biggest fundraiser of the year?...More

3rd Annual Rose City PhotoFair
Saturday, September 29

The 3rd annual Rose City PhotoFair is back on Saturday, September 29th at the Jackson Armory, located at 6255 NE. Cornfoot Rd. in Portland.  Scores of tables and dozens of dealers, collectors, and buyers descend on the PhotoFair.  Peruse thousands of items from inexpensive to top of the line below retail pricing.  Bring in you old gear to sell to professional buyers from around the country including KEH the world's largest camera buyers!...More 

TinyFest NorthWest
September 29 - 30

Are you curious about the tiny house lifestyle?  Want more financial freedom & less stress?  Come explore TinyFest NorthWest to learn more!  Tour a variety of tiny houses including tiny houses on wheels, van conversions, skoolies, backyard cottages, and more! Meet professional builders and DIYers. Check out the Simple Living Marketplace.  Gain information and inspiration from speaker presentations, workshops, and meet-ups.  Meet your tribe.  Enjoy food, drink & live music...More  

Wild About Game
Sunday, September 30

Nicky USA's Wild About Game celebrates the farmers, butchers and purveyors of specialty game & high quality meats, and the chefs that use their products.  The event centers around a friendly, but fierce competitive game cooking competition between some of Portland and Seattle's best chefs.  Also featured is our Artisan Marketplace with a taste of the great products we offer at Nicky USA and some of our favorite Northwest food & beverage artisans.  Attended by hundreds of the Northwest's leading food industry purveyors, chefs, and restauranteurs, this is the event for the serious food enthusiast to rub shoulders with the decision & taste makers that influence the dining scene in our region...More 

Wild Mushroom Celebration
October 1 - November 15
(Southwest Washington)

Celebrate fabulous fall fungi on the Long Beach Peninsula with the annual Wild Mushroom Celebration‘s series of events honoring the Pacific Northwest's delectable, edible wild mushrooms.  Chefs, innkeepers and foragers take pride in featuring and celebrating this natural treasure through the fall harvest season!...More

Christian Science Lecture Series:
Learn to Pray and Heal (A Spiritual Adventure)
Thursday, October 4
(Non-Annual)

Hosted by the Christian Science Lecture Series, Nate Frederick will be giving a talk entitled, "Learn to Pray and Heal (A Spiritual Adventure)."  He has discovered that a willingness to shift perspectives, to see things in a new, more spiritual way, has an effect - for anyone.  Come learn how all of us can realize the infinite possibilities for good.  The lecture will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:15 p.m. at Portland State University's Native American Student Community Center: 710 SW. Jackson St. in Portland.  Go to www.pdxcslectureseries.com.

BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival
October 5 - 7
(Southwest Washington)

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem located just 20 minutes north of the greater Portland-metro area, and hosts hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife.  The Refuge is also the home of the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival - the celebration of the fall migration of the Sandhill Crane, hosted by the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  Thousands flock to Ridgefield every year for the celebration.  They'll have activites for all ages: the Sandhill Crane Tour, bird walks, bird language workshops, a variety of hikes, kayaking and big canoe river trips, bluegrass music from local bands, vendors, food and more...More

Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival
October 6 - 7

The weekend festival will include kite flying demonstrations by experts, FREE kids' activities, running of the bols, performance by featured fliers, Kids Kite Parade on the Beach, and some of the most colorful “big” kites in the world!...More  

Portland Miniature Show
October 6 - 7

Have you ever owned a dollhouse?  Then you know what fun there is in fantasy and "make believe."  At this event, you will meet 40+ vendors who make things for dollhouses owned by adults.  Everything in real life can be reproduced small enough to fit in a dollhouse.  Even YOU!  Have your picture taken in 3D and a resin statute of yourself made to go into your dollhouse!  Adults $7.00 - Under 12 FREE.  FREE parking. Handicap accessible...More

RaSani Fair
October 6 - 7

This is a delightful experience to open your heart and feed your soul.  Oregon's Largest Body Mind Spirit Expo...Raise your consciousness with 100+ independent, alternative holistic practitioners and exhibitors to enhance your personal journey.  With massage, energy work, life coaching, aromatherpy, natural remedies, alternative health, medical intuitives, animal communicators, psychic readings, astrology, sound healing, chakra balancing, crystals, aura photos, art, jewelry and unique gifts.  Featuring 30 FREE presentations and an amazing Heal the Earth Raffle benefiting Family Tree Relief Nursery...More

2018 Tillamook County Quilt Show
October 12 - 13

Hosted by the Tillamook County Quilt Guild, this year's theme is called "Memories by the Sea."  The event features the guild's first quilt made for 1976.  You can help make an American Hero Quilt; visitor prizes every half hour, raffle quilt tickets,  and quilts for sale.   It will be held from Oct. 12 - 13 at City Hall in Bay City that is along North Hwy. 101.  Times are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Admission is $5 each, Children 12 and under are FREE.  It's family fun for all.  Call (503) 440-1829. 

Dance Like a Mother
Saturday, October 13

This October 13, The Mother PAC will host our unique and popular fifth annual Dance Like a Mother fundraiser at Holocene in Portland where 200+ local moms, community and elected leaders will gather to dance the night away -  raising critical funds to support candidates running for office this November.  This is a dance party featuring DJ Mixed Messages spinning feminist dance music, many special guest dancers, local women elected leaders, amazing raffle prizes from local businesses and fun resistance-themed cocktails.  It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 - 10 p.m. at 1001 SE. Morrison St. in Portland.  Go onlnine to www.motherpac.org

Cranberrian Fair
October 13 - 14

A celebration of local harvest including all things cranberry kicks off the Fall season on the Long Beach Peninsula.  Foods, crafters, local artists, and more will showcase the area’s rich heritage during this popular fair.  Collectible Cranberrian Fair buttons are $5 each and cover admission to all events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. The Cranberry Museum is FREE, hosting a variety of local artists offering handmade items such as pottery, jewelry, paintings, cranberry vine baskets, baked goods, and more.  The Cranberry Trolley will run during the fair and self-guided tours of cranberry harvesting will be underway at the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation...More

SIMRIT Live In Portland 2018
Tuesday, October 16
(Non-Annual)

Multiple #1 Albums - iTunes World Music Charts

"Imagine that the Aurora Borealis could sing: that's Simrit's voice.  Timeless, Strong, and Ethereal as a whale's song..."  – LA Yoga

Some artists can bring true commitment to age-old meditations, urging everyone from pop stars to theater audiences to fall in love with the words of South Asian sages. Some artists have a presence that both engages and soothes, an ear that can hear the resonances that bridge continents and souls. 

Vocalist and songwriter Simrit, born in Athens, Greece, adopted and raised in the American South, is one of these artists.

Simrit's unique sound and artistic contributions have led, inspired and pushed the boundaries of world and chant music into new places, throwing off old conventions. Her music and artistry, which has attracted fans such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's, is known for it's depth, haunting beauty, edge, and psychedelic atmosphere. She mixes distilled philosophical statements with ethereal and hooky arrangements, turns 16th-century Gurmukhi poetry into hypnotically grooving songs, develops anthemic melodies and feels, and creates epic soundscapes threaded with mantras. Simply, she brings the depth of the sacred and ancient to the modern. 

It won't take very long after the music begins for you to realize that this isn't your average concert. From the transcendent sounds, the hypnotic groove, world-class musicians, and Simrit's mesmerizing VOICE...Get ready for lift off!  Simrit's performance is on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Portland Art Museum: 1219 SW. Park Ave. in Portland.  For tickets, go to tickets.brightstarevents.com.

Bead Bazaar
October 20 - 21

The Portland Bead Society are so excited to bring you the annual fundraiser!  Each year at the Montgomery Park Banquet room, they hold a gathering of artists and vendors who bring unique beads and bead related items you can see and purchase.  You'll see an array of spectacular vendors who bring special items for your shopping pleasure, including lamp work beads, polymer clay pieces, pressed glass, seed beads, components, findings, and completed pieces...they have it all.  This year they will have a 'make and take' item to encourage bead work, and the fabulous Elephant’s Deli will be available!  The Bead Bazaar is from Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 2701 NW. Vaughn in Portland.  Admission is FREE.  For more information, go to www.portlandbeadsociety.org.


ONGOING EVENTS:

Podcast Series: Holistic Nature of Us
Every Tuesday

My intent is to take us, you and I, into a better understanding of the concepts behind our holistic nature and how that ties directly to the holistic nature of the world around us.  It's time for practical action and profound inner change so our natural world is valued once again.  Released every Tuesday: Go to: www.judithdreyer.com for more details.