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FALL 2017

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

Mahaffy Ranch: U-Pick Pumpkin Patch
September 29 - October 29

Family Friendly U-Pick, Tractor-pulled hay rides, photo ops, Three Horned Jacob Sheep, scarecrows, corn cannon, all new corn maze and more! School Field Trips by appointment! Ryan & Shawna Mahaffy welcome you to make it a day in the country, and believe us: the kids will LOVE it!  Picnic area, restrooms, parking lot.  It will be held from Sept. 29 - Oct. 29 at 10362 Hwy. 241 in Coos Bay.  Follow the signs from Bunker HIll Hwy 101 exchange to Allegany, 13 miles up the Coos River.  To learn more, go to mahaffyranch.com

October Fest at The Pumpkin Patch
October 1 - 31

Throughout the month of October, The Pumpkin Patch hosts a variety of family-friendly events: The Corn Maize to get lost in; 1929 Big Red Animal Barn, Pumpkin Picking Hayrides, Giant Hay Pyramid, Giant Hay Maze, a produce market, Ride the Cow Train and more.  It will be held from Oct. 1 - 31 at 16511 NW. Gillihan Rd. in Portland.  Go to www.thepumpkinpatch.com

Portland Open Studios
October 14 - 15 & 21 - 22

Portland Open Studios provides an inspirational and educational platform for the public to experience creativity in the environment of the artist’s space. It’s not every day you get to talk to an artist about their work and their process, especially in the place where they are the most creative.  We think that experience is pretty cool, and after 19 years we have quite a few loyal fans.  Join them October 14, 15, 21 & 22, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  FREE admission using our mobile app or purchase a printed guide for $15.  For more, visit portlandopenstudios.com/take-the-tour.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo
October 20 - 22

The annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo is dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for classic video and arcade games.  They'll have exhibitors, speakers and panels, video gaming tournaments and a live collectibles auction.  Their event is from Oct. 20 - 22 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Go to retrogamingexpo.com.

Wine Walk Lake Oswego
Saturday, October 21

Taste wine, hear music, and see art at various participating businesses.  The annual Wine Walk Lake Oswego will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 2 - 5 p.m.  For more information, go to www.lowinewalk.com.

All About Fruit Show
October 21 - 22

Come to the Home Orchard Society All About Fruit Show!  This event is the only one of its kind in the area with hundreds of varieties of heirloom fruit to taste; apples, pears, quince, grapes, kiwis, and more!  Fun for the whole family - cider pressing demonstrations, seminars by local experts and door prizes!  It will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 - 22, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby.  Admission: $7 per person or $12 per family.  Home Orchard Society promotes the science of growing fruit at home to all skill levels.  For more, visit www.homeorchardsociety.org/events.

Body Mind Spirit Expo Portland
October 21 - 22

The Body Mind Spirit Expo Portland will exhibit the latest and advanced products and services for healthy living and your well being.  They will also have new thought presentations and the nation's finest selection s of psychics and mediums.  This year's theme is called "Shine Your Truth" to ste to the next level of your own glorious being.  Their annual event is from Oct. 21 - 22 at the Washington County Fair Complex: 873 NE. 34th Ave. in Hillsboro.  Their website is www.bmse.net.

Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park
October 21 - 22

Nothing says "Pacific Northwest" like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth.  In October, witness this ancient, iconic phenomenon at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, one of the nation's designated Wild and Scenic Rivers.  Naturalists are on hand to help you spot the salmon and explore other aspects of the park's 1,000-acres of old growth forest, hiking and equestrian trails and river beaches.  In collaboration with the Native American community, Salmon Homecoming will include cultural activities; walks honoring the cultural significance of salmon; education and indigenous science programming.  All Salmon Homecoming events are FREE; registration is not required. $5 per vehicle fee.  It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 - 22 at Oxbow Regional Park's Sandy River.  For details, go to www.oregonzoo.org.

Gluten-Free Allergy Fest
October 21 - 22

The Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest is the largest expo of it’s kind in the Portland area.  Whether you’re thinking about going gluten free or you’re a gluten free pro looking for new products and ideas, the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest has something for everyone.  With close to 65 exhibitors, you’re sure to find tons of tasty food to sample that will satisfy any appetite.  PLUS, your admission also gets you into any of the seminars and cooking demonstrations going on all day!  It will be held from Oct. 21 - 22 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  Go online to www.glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com.

Run Like Hell Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Sunday, October 22

Participate in a Halloween-themed race where you can dress in full costume for a run through Portland's urban parks and along its waterfront areas along the Willamette River, starting at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, between Burnside and Morrison bridges.  Runners and walkers are welcome and encouraged to participate in any of the event’s three race distances, but walkers who sign up for the 13.1-mile race will need to be able to finish the course within 3 1/2 hours or less.  It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22.  For more, visit www.halfmarathons.net.

Kumoricon
October 27 - 29

Kumoricon is a jam-packed extravaganza of everything that it means to be a fan of anime and Japanese popular culture.  Gaining its namesake (kumori) from the Japanese word "cloudy", Kumoricon embodies the best parts of fandom and what it is to live in the Pacific Northwest.  It's the largest anime convention in Oregon.  Kumoricon is from Oct. 27 - 29 at the Oregon Convetion Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Go to www.kumoricon.org.

Thrill the World Portland
Saturday, October 28

Participate in Portland's largest, awesome-ist Thriller dance that is a synchronized dance event. Invite your friends - there's no limit on the number of people who can participate.  Folks of all ages and all abilities are welcome to dance along.  Practice sessions are being help at various times and locations in Portland.  It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28.  Location to be announced.  For updates, go to thrillportland.wordpress.com.

America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show
October 28 - 29

Since the first show in 1981, it has become the biggest antique and collectible show in the country.  Over a thousand booths are featured.  It attracts thousands of visitors not just from other states but from other countries as well like Japan, Canada and Germany.  It will be held from Oct. 28 - 29 at the Portland Expo Center: 2070 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  Visit christinepalmer.net

Gem & Rock Show
October 28 - 29

Clackamette Mineral Gem's 53rd annual Gem and Rock Show is all about fantastic rocks, beautiful minerals.  This a FREE event for all ages.  While there will definitely be enthusiastic rock hounds of all ages and from all walks of life, there will be lots of good fun to be had by everyone. There will be activities for kids, demonstrations for adults, silent actions, bargain rock sale and of course various dealer booths.  It will be held from Oct. 28 - 29 at the Clackamas County Event Center: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby.  Go to www.clackamettegem.org.

Oregon Zoo: Howloween
October 28 - 29

The zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition, where costumed trick-or-treaters learn about wildlife in a fun scavenger hunt throughout the zoo.  In keeping with the zoo's mission, Howloween aims to be educational as well as fun.  Scavenger hunts and activities are themed to teach kids about animals around the world, and their habitats and adaptations.  Kids can collect treats & prizes at the different stations.  Because our everyday actions impact wildlife, the zoo only provides deforestation-free candy.  Activities are best suited for children 2 - 12, but all are welcome.  It will be held from Oct. 28 - 29 at 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland.  This event is FREE with zoo admission.  Go online to www.oregonzoo.org.  

Mushroom Festival
Sunday, October 29

The Mushroom Festival returns for another fun-filled day of family-friendly activities!  They'll have a huge mushroom exhibit with over 300 local species, live music, hay rides, guided nature walks, a Kids' Booth with face painting and nature crafts, culinary demonstrations, and the Fantastical Scarecrow Contest.  It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. in Eugene.  Their website is www.mountpisgaharboretum.com.

Living in Alignment: 
Yoga’s ancient Teachings for Living Your Spiritual Truth
Wednesday, November 1
(Non-Annual Event)

We all want to live our truth and manifest our being fully in life. This workshop will help you develop insight on how to bring your inner spiritual truth into your daily attitudes and actions using Yoga’s ancient teachings. This inspirational evening will be both experiential and informative, beginning with some East Indian devotional music by Liam followed by the teachings of Maetreyii Ma and a short meditation.  It will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at New Renaissance Bookstore: 1328 NW. 23rd Ave. in Portland.  To learn more, visit www.newrenbooks.com and Maetreyii Ma Nolan's site, www.yogama.info.

Wines of France
Saturday, November 4

Attend the annual wine tasting event benefiting the International Leadership Academy.  Taste and purchase a variety of distinct wines from some of France's most prestigious wine regions while enjoying hors d'oueuvres and bidding on gorgeous raffle baskets.  Enjoy conversations with old and new friends and help raise funds for the school program.  This year, they are offering childcare at the main ILA campus for the duration of the event.  It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Lake Theater and Cafe: 106 N. State St. in Lake Oswego.  For questions, call (503) 662-8452.  All participants have the opportunity to place special orders at a discount rate on the wine available at the event.  Wine vendors will be present to answer any additional questions.  Adults only please.  To purchase tickets, go to wine2017.brownpapertickets.com.

Bead Bazaar
November 4 - 5

Hosted by the Portland Bead Society.  Their annual event showcases the many unique and diverse Bead artists in the Portland Area.  This year's event will feature several new and fresh elements in addition to our popular event traditions!  This is the shopping event for artists and those who appreciate artistry.  You can find components to design your own jewelry.  You can also find finished pieces which are lovely and unique.  Their vendors have a dazzling array of handmade, contemporary, and vintage beads and findings, as well as components which complement the beads, such as, fiber, wood, glass, clay, and metal pieces.  Interested in learning how to bead or build with the components?  Catch a demonstration at the Inspiration stage.  Engage in conversations with the artists themselves.  It will be held from Nov. 4 - 5 at Montgomery Park: 2701 NW. Vaughn in Portland.  Times are Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission is $5.  For more, go to www.portlandbeadsociety.org

20th Annual Harvest & Holidays Arts & Crafts Festival 
November 4 - 5

Start your holiday shopping in Yachats, Gem of the Oregon Coast, at this premier, juried craft event. Six rooms and the hallways of the Yachats Commons, a refurbished, vintage elementary school, will be filled to bursting with 70 of the best artisans from the Pacific Northwest offering a variety of interesting, unique, functional and fun gift ideas. Find an amazing selection of jewelry; agate lamps and fountains; Christmas ornaments & decor; original art coloring books, color your own calendars & Joy Sphere Treasure Balls; wood crafts including turned, Intarsia, small furniture, mosaics, cutting boards, boxes, signs, bird houses, scroll saw puzzles & toys; fine art; peek-a-boo pillows; stuffed dinosaurs; metal art; leather craft; gourmet foods; soap & body products; candles; photography; Victorianna/country crafts; gourmet dog treats; mixed media art; window jewels; authors and books; fabric art including aprons, accessories & quilts; fiber art including hand spun yarn, crocheted/knitted hats, scarves, hand loomed rugs; upcycled products; beaded dragons and so much more. Fun attractions at the Festival include craft demonstrations, free tastings of the gourmet food, massage and a wonderful holiday ambiance. This event offers a great opportunity to purchase truly unique and wonderful gifts for the holiday season directly from the artisans. Admission to this Family Friendly event is FREE with FREE parking as well. Yachats is located in the middle of the beautiful Central Oregon Coast midway between Newport & Florence, OR. Yachats Commons is at 441 Highway 101 N at W. 4th St., Yachats 97498.   For more information, call (541) 547-4664. 

Portland Christian Science Lecture Series:
Making Meaningful Change:
How God's Love Can Change Your Life and the World
Sunday, November 5
(Non-Annual)

Attend a talk presented by Mark Curties, CSB.  "The desire to change ourselves, to improve our character, our relationships, our life prospects, can also go beyond just the boundary of our own lives and the four walls of our home.  Many men and women around the world have a sincere yearning to improve the collective experience of mankind," says McCurties.  "In this lecture, I will explain how God's loving and saving power is the greatest agent for change, and that through a right understanding of God, His power can be seen and felt right here and now, bringing health and peace to the world."  Mark Curties' talk will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 at The Old Church: 1422 SW. 11th Ave. in dowtown Portland, starting at 3 p.m.  For more, go to www.pdxcslectureseries.com.

Country Christmas Bazaar
November 6 - 11

It's a wonderful bazaar with gifts, crafts and home decor!  Help them celebrate their 44th year.  Come experience the warmth and charm of the holiday season while strolling through magical displays of holiday decorations, antiques, handcrafted locally made gifts, and gourmet foods.  FREE admission and parking.  This year, they are teaming up with Fort Kennedy (a nonprofit organization developed to provide necessary food, clothing, and resources for homeless veterans and their families in Clackamas County) to do a can food drive.  For every two items you bring in, you will receive two raffle tickets.  Raffle tickets can also be purchased.  They will draw a winning ticket, twice daily through Friday.  It will be held from Nov. 6 - 11, Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds: 694 NE. 4th Ave. in Canby.  For more, call (503) 266-7772 and go online to www.countrybazaars.com

Women's SoulCollage® Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs
November 30 – December 3

If you're yearning for a nourishing, creative space where you can spend an extended weekend tending your Soul and exploring your inner mysteries while creating to your heart's content, please join us for our annual retreat!  We will be nestled in a pristine forest with soothing hot springs, delicious meals and an opportunity to explore your inner world through intuition, imagination and a sea of images to spark your creativity! You will create a unique set of collaged cards full of symbolism, personal meaning and wisdom. Enjoy collage-making, journaling, dream sharing and exploring your inner mysteries! All materials will be provided.  This is a small group event, so be sure to reserve your place soon.  It will be held from Nov. 30 - Dec. 3 at Breitenbush Hot Springs: 53000 Breitenbush Rd. SE. in Detroit.  For details, visit breitenbush.com/november-workshops

Women’s Qigong and Energy Healing Retreat
Mar de Jade, Chacala, Mexico
January 20 - 26, 2018
(Non-Annual & International Event)   

Are you wanting to feel alive and juicy again?  Yearning to reawaken your feminine power and intuition? Do you want to live pain free and enjoy your body?

Join Deborah Davis for a week of nurturing practices designed to profoundly nourish you from the inside out.  Begin your day breathing in the healing energies from the ocean as you practice women’s qigong movements designed to balance hormones, increase vitality and flexibility and revitalize your sensuality. You will reclaim your female power through ancient shamanic practices to develop strength, power and awaken the inner wise woman. 

Deborah Davis, acupuncturist, medical intuitive/energy healer specializes in women’s medical qigong. Author of Women’s Qigong for Health & Longevity and accompanying DVDs. Visit deborahdavis.com or email qi@deborahdavis.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.