SPRING 2017

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

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
March 24 - April 30

Bring your family (including the dog!) and enjoy 40 acres of tulips. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase food onsite and make it a day-long event. Daily wine tasting available from our Wooden Shoe Vineyards, catch a bouncy ride on our famous cow trains, and so much more.  The festivities are from March 24 - April 30 at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm: 33814 S. Meridian Rd. in Woodburn.  Go
to www.woodenshoe.com.

Whale Watching Week
March 25 - 31

Volunteers are available to help you spot whale at 24 sites along the Oregon Coast.  The gray whales will be migrating on their way north to Alaska.  The Spring Whale Watch Week is from March 25 - 31.  To learn more, visit oregonstateparks.org.

Piano Day
Wednesday, March 29

Portland Piano International kicks off what they hope will become an annual tradition, as 1000 minutes of piano music envelopes the city starting at noon and twinkling ivories non-stop til 10pm at locations all over Portland, including City Hall, the Washington Park MAX station, the studio at All
Classical Portland, and Alberta Abbey.  Visit portlandpiano.org for a list of performers, venues, and showtimes.  It will be held on Wednesday, March 29 at noon time.  Go to portlandpiano.org.

Umbrella Festival  of Circus and Comedy
March 30 - April 2

It's four days and nights of circus, burlesque, vaudeville, music, dance and physical comedy all under one big umbrella.  The festivities are from March 30 - April 2 at the Alberta Rose Theatre: 3000 NE. Alberta St. in Portland.  Go to umbrellafestival.com.

Oregon Ghost Conference
March 31 - April 2

The Oregon Ghost Conference is the Northwest's largest paranormal convention and attracts visitors from all across the west coast and beyond.  We have a jam packed weekend filled with speakers, courses, tours, parties, and so much more.  Join us for a weekend of ghosts at the coast!  Attendees will connect with and learn from some of the top paranormal experts in our area.  The conference will be held from March 31 - April 2 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center: 415 First Ave. in Seaside.  Go to www.oregonghostconference.com.

Spring Scoot
March 31 - April 3

Hosted by Twist & Play, their fun event is for scooter, motorcyle and moped enthusiasts to ride together and other activities.  It will be held from March 31 - April 3 at various venues in Portland.  Visit twistnplay.wordpress.com.

Alpacapalooza 2017
April 1 - 2
(Southwest Washington)

Hosted by the Alpaca Association of Western Washington (AAWW), the 19th annual Alpacapalooza is a live alpaca show with both Huacaya (Wah-kai-ya) and Suri (Sir-ee) alpacas.  Huacaya's look like soft cuddly teddy bears.  The animals are judged by professionals on conformation, brightness or luster, fineness and density.  Alpacas are raised for their fleece.  All are invited to get to know the alpacas up close and personal.  The annual event features a herdsire auction, silent auction, Walking Fleece Competition, and much more. Alpacapalooza will be held from April 1 - 2 at the Clark County Event Center: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.  Visit alpacawa.org.

The Hemp & Cannabis Fair
April 1 - 2

It's a celebration of legal marijuana! You'll find hemp and cannabis products, accessories and tools, grow and harvest equipment, samples and more in our amazing expo hall.  Then, take in some great sessions on growing, medicinal benefits, legal discussions and more! 21+ only.  It will be held from April 1 - 2 at the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center: 2330 17th ST. NE in Salem.  Go to www.thcfair.com.

Clark County Quilters: 42nd Annual Quilt Show
April 6 - 8
(Southwest Washington)

"A Walk on the Wild Side" is the theme for this year's show.  The event will showcase over 300 member quilts, in several categories.  Visitors will have over 24 vendors to peruse, food and beverages will be available, as well.  This year will have a Featured Quilter, internationally known fiber artist, teacher, and pattern maker, Barbara Shapel.  Throughout the show there will be an opportunity to observe and try hand quilting, as well as free demonstrations and seminars.  Also, there are three classes available "Thread Painting" by Barbara Shapel, "Fabulous Wool Mats" by Cathy Ware, and "Prepared Edge Applique" with Lorraine Williams.  The Opportunity Quilt for 2017 is "Birds of a Feather" and the drawing will be held during the Quilt Show on Saturday.  The Annual Quilt Show is from April 6 - 8 at the Clark County Event Center Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road in Ridgefield, WA.  More information about the show and the classes are available online at clarkcountyquilters.org.

Portland Swap Meet
April 6 - 9

Hosted annually by six Portland Oregon area antique car clubs, The Portland Swap Meet is the largest auto parts swap meet on the west coast with approximately 3,500 vendor stalls and over 50,000 shoppers, from April 6 - 9 at the Portland Expo Ccenter: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  While it still focuses on antique and vintage cars, 1980 and older, all cars of this vintage have a place to be shown or sold.  Their website is www.portlandswapmeet.com.

Harney County Migratory Bird Festival
April 6 - 9

Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon.  View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the open spaces of Oregon's high desert on one of our many tours and workshops.  Activities to also enjoy would include a wine walk, art show, Cork n Canvas paint nite, kids fun fair, Sun River Nature Center and Noah Stryker presentations, and Best of the Nest youth art auction.  Held annually in April in Harney County, from April 6 - 9.  For details, visit MigratoryBirdFestival.com.

Ashland Independent Film Festival
April 6 - 10

The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called "a dream you'll never want to leave."  Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF.   Over 7000 film lovers gather at the art-deco Varsity
Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and other venues to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films in five days.  Filmmakers from around the world engage with the audience after each screening and at festival events such as Opening Night Bash, the AfterLounge, and Awards Celebration, which include local wine, beer, and gourmet food.  It will be held from April 6 - 10 in
Ashland at various venues.  Go to www.ashlandfilm.org.

Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Presents:
4th annual Portland Grand Tasting!
Friday, April 7

We’re bringing the Columbia Gorge wine experience to Portland!  Sample award-winning wines from 20+ Gorge wineries, all pouring under the same roof for one night only.  Socialize with vintners and learn about our renowned wine region!  We invite you to discover Columbia Gorge wine and experience the passion and craft that goes into every bottle.  General Admission includes complimentary tastings from 20+ Gorge wineries, light hors d’oeuvres, and a commemorative wine glass.  Last year’s event sold out, so don’t wait to reserve your tickets.  For those wanting a more intimate and elevated experience, we recommend a VIP ticket to gain early admission and access to a private VIP section with special
tastings, small bites, wine education, and more.  Details at tickets at GorgeWine.com.  It will be held on Friday, April 7, from 6 - 8 p.m.  For those who have attended this event in the past — please note, this is a new location: Leftbank Annex, 101 N Weidler in Portland.

Marine Science Day
Saturday, April 8

Join the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport for an open house!  Get behind-the-scenes to experience the research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique in the Pacific Northwest.  Meet scientists!  Come learn what's new on the Oregon Coast's most dynamic Marine Science campus.  Admission is FREE.  It will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 2030 SE. Marine Science Dr. in Newport, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Go to hmsc.oregonstate.edu.

Farm Fest & Plowing Competition
Saturday, April 8

Experience old-time farming at Farm Fest & Plowing Competition on Saturday, April 8, at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, located at 11275 SW. Durham Lane in McMinnville.  Watch as 20+ teams of draft horses and mules demonstrate their plowing skills and compete for awards.  Talk with the teamsters, and also watch demos at the sawmill and blacksmith shops, horseshoeing & wheel setting demonstrations, kids’ area with hands-on activities, “Agriculture in Art” photography competition, food, music, vendors & more!  Admission includes tours of the Heritage Center Museum featuring antique equipment and historical displays.  Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12, and FREE for kids under 6.  For more details, go to www.yamhillcountyhistory.org or call (503) 434-0490. 

9th Annual Newberg Camellia Festival and Run/Walk
Saturday, April 8

The Newberg Camellia Festival and Run/Walk is an annual community event that offers exploration of Asian and Pacific Rim culture through art, food, performances, fitness, and horticulture.  It begins on Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. with a 5K and 10K run/walk coordinated in collaboration with Chehalem Parks & Recreation, then continues into a 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. free festival featuring performances on 3 stages, a variety of local and Portland-Metro vendors, art activities, and an Oregon Camellia Society bloom show.  The festivities are held at the Chehalem Cultural Center: 415 E. Sheridan in Newberg.  Go online to newbergcamelliafestival.com.

23rd Annual Portland Spring Beer & Wine Fest
April 14 - 15

The 23rd annual Portland Spring Beer & Wine Fest is April 14, 15th at the Oregon Convention Center, located at 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., from 12 to 10 p.m.  The first 500 are admitted FREE on Friday with a 2 day pass costing only $10.  The festival features small producers of beer, wine cider, distillers and many food and gourmet treats.  There are many unique vendors that showcase their creations and products or services also.  Sample some of Portland's best food carts and enjoy live music while at the festival.  To learn more, visit www.springbeerandwinefest.com.

NW's Largest Garage Sale & Vintage Sale
April 15, July 15, and November 4
(Southwest Washington)

All are invited to this annual event.  There's something for everyone - vintage to new and everything in between.  Over 600+ booths of furniture, jewelry, tools, toys, electronics, clothing, household items, baby and kids items, books, fishing, hunting, sporting goods, collectibles and much more.  It will be held
on Saturdays, April 15, July 15 and Nov. 4 at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield, 15 minutes north of Portland.  Sellers and Shoppers Wanted.  For sellers, space starts at $50, all indoors.  Register online at www.nwgsales.com or call (360) 907-5919.  Sellers keep 100% of their own sales.  Shoppers: generation admission is from 8 a.m. -  5p.m.  Early Birds admission, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.  General Admission for adults is $5, military with ID is $3, Early Birds Adults are $20, kids under 12 FREE all day.  Purchase all tickets at the door.  Go to www.nwgsales.com.

2017 Woodland Tulip Festival
April 15 - 16 & 22 - 23
(SW Washington)

Join them for the 15th Annual Woodland Tulip Festival in beautiful SW Washington.  They are a great destination for families, artists and flower lovers of all ages.  Enjoy walking through the show fields with their many varieties of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.  Pick your own bouquets of tulips in their U-pick fields for just .50 cents a stem.  Make memories that include live music, a vendor market, pots of tulips to take home, as well as bunches of locally grown flowers.  Their gift shop is brimming with gifts for gardeners, children, foodies and collectors.  Take home a bottle of their house wine, a Killabytes cake bomb or local honey.  The festival be held from April 15 - 16 and 22 - 23.  They are open 7 days a week in April.  April 9 is the Vintage & Camper Show.  Holland America Flower Gardens is located at 1066 S. Pekin Rd. in Woodland.  Visit their Facebook page for more information.



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.