SPRING 2018

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

Hood River Valley Blossom Time
April 1 - 30

Starting in early April, the cherry, apple and pear trees in the Hood River valley welcome spring’s return by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers.  The area celebrates spring with the annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time, which takes place throughout April.  Visit Hood River in April and enjoy family-friendly farm events, craft shows, culinary treats, wine and cider tasting, and the Hood River County Hard- Pressed Cider Fest.  One of the best ways to enjoy Blossom Time is to drive the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile drive that follows the county’s Scenic Tour Route and passes the valley’s plethora of orchards, wineries and farms...More

Japanese Currents
April 6 - 28

This year’s 11th annual Japanese Currents series highlights recent noteworthy Nipponese films, ranging from anime to jidaigeki, documentary to comedy, all while exploring issues important to contemporary Japanese society. Collectively, these selections offer a fresh take on Japanese culture and showcase the wealth of creative invention at work in Japan today...More   

Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Gardens
April 21 - May 13
(Southwest Washington)

Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880's Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.  To showcase the site, the Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization.  With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago...More  

FlorenceFest '18
April 27 - 28

Seven national-caliber jazz acts will complement 12 Oregon wineries and an invitational juried art show and sale, to lure aficionados of discerning tastes to Florence, Oregon, for FlorenceFest ’18.  The two-day event takes place at the Florence Events Center from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Florence Events Center, located at 715 Quince St...More   

Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair
April 27 - 29
(Southwest Washington)

Kick-off the spring gardening and home improvement season April 27-29 at the 27th annual Home & Garden Idea Fair, presented by Clark Public Utilities.  More than 50 plant vendors will offer trees, shrubs, vegetable starts, succulents, hanging baskets and colorful annuals at this year's plant sale - come on Friday for the best selection!...More  

Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
April 27 - 29

Bring the whole family to enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more!  This award-winning event features the authentic flavors of Oregon’s North Coast, as well as trend-setting artisan producers and Oregon-based wineries.  About 14,000 to 16,000 people and 175 vendors attend the event each year...More 

Knot Another Fiber Festival
April 27 - 29

Formerly called the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, it is the Gorge's premier fiber event.  Join fellow fiber lovers in the fun that features vendors and instructors.  It will be held at the Oregon Garden Resort, located at 895 W. Main St. in Silverton...More

Northwest Cherry Festival
April 27 - 29

Head to The Dalles for the 39th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival.  A longtime favorite among locals and visitors alike, the festival is set in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and showcases The Dalles’ deep agricultural heritage and Western roots.  This family-friendly event includes the Gorge’s largest parade, classic car show, a 10k race, and lots of great local music and bands.  There’s also cherry sampling with the Oregon Cherry Growers, craft vendors, agriculture job fair, Cherry Idol, and Carnival. You don’t want to miss the crowning of Cherry Festival Royalty at Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s Breakfast Saturday Morning before the parade!...More   

Ahhh Shucks!  Charleston Oyster Feed
Saturday, April 28

In conjunction with Oregon Oyster Week, this annual event will feature succulent oysters provided by local growers. The cooks this year will prepare large and small oyster meals.  Oysters will be prepared fried, sautéed, or steamed. Meals will be served with dipping sauces, baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread and a choice of beverages...More 

Black Lake Fishing Derby
Saturday, April 28
(Southwest Washington) 

The last Saturday in April marks the annual Black Lake Fishing Derby.  Now entering its 26th year, this event for children ages 2 - 14 features a FREE pancake breakfast and a hot dog tent.  Registration is FREE for this event hosted by Ilwaco Parks and Recreation.  The derby runs from 7 - 11 a.m. in Ilwaco, and awards are given for the largest fish caught in each age division and overall aggregate weight...More 

Taste.  Learn.  Celebrate!
Saturday, April 28

Taste the wines of the Cascade Foothills!  You'll see demonstrations of cool wine making tools and techniques while kicking off Oregon Wine Month!  Learn why growing grapes and winemaking is so special in the Cascade Foothills while enjoying wines with the winemaker!  They'll also have live music and a raffle...More 

Oregon Ag Fest
April 28 - 29

Last year nearly 22,000 people attended Ag Fest to touch, taste and experience the incredible world of Oregon agriculture, in a fun-filled, festive environment. This two-day event, aimed to help families better understand where their food, fiber and flora come from, is a unique learning experience, where hands-on exhibits make learning about Oregon’s vast agricultural industry educational and entertaining.  They'll have 25 hands-on activities and an agricultural scavenger hut in Ag Country, a petting zoo, llama show, pony rides, tractor races, craft and garden show, family entertainment, farm equipment exhibit, and ranch breakfast...More  

Spring Unveiling Arts Festival
May 4 - 6

More than forty artists will unveil new work during the 18th annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival May 4,5,6 in Cannon Beach, which has been recognized as "One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America." Work will include watercolors, pastels and oil paintings, bronze, stone or metal sculpture, blown or fused glass, ceramics and jewelry. The weekend will also include demonstrations, receptions and live music. Additionally, twenty chefs are participating in "Art from the Chef'sTable"  featuring special “edible art” menu items based upon selections from the galleries, and served only during the weekend...More  

Intrigue: 
A Day of Fashion & Lifestyle for Women after 50!
Saturday, May 5 

Come celebrate aging! This boutique event is about inspiring women over 50 to live well and have fun!  Traipse through a unique and high quality fashion show.  Indulge in exclusive shopping opportunities.  Meet and talk with motivating and inspiring exhibitors on nutrition, fitness, horticulture, and more.  Participate in a creative art experience.  Enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers.  Laugh, learn, connect, and leave happy...More 

Master Gardeners Spring Garden Fair
May 5 - 6

Over 100 vendors with everything for the gardener!  Annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, tools, garden art and much more.  This two day event has plenty of FREE attractions too - making it worth the drive to Canby...More

Northwest Quilters "Festival of Quilts"
May 11 - 12

Over 300 quilts and special exhibits are on display.  They'll have Quilts of Valor, Bid and Buy booth, Small Quilt raffle, numerous vendors, including their show sponsor Montavilla Sewing Centers.  This year's featured quilter is Kathie Kerler.  Her works will be on display for the entire show.  Judged is a word they don’t like to use. The quilts will be evaluated by a selected panel of Northwest Quilters members.  The 2018 challenge quilt theme is “Festival of Quilts.”  There will be (2) prize baskets (donated mdse by the members of Northwest Quilters Inc) one (1) given away each day of the show. Winner need not be present to win.  Their raffle quilt “Spice Market” Vicky Wozniak pieced by Joy Nichols, Nancy Tubbs, Kathy Anderson and Brenda Youngston, Machine quilted by Robin Hill. Cost of raffle tickets is $1.00 each.  Drawing will be on the last day of the show, winner need not be present.  Silent Auction we call Bid and Buy.  Various quilting products, some new some used, possibly a small quilt or two or three.  Food will be available onsite...More  

CABA Classic Alpaca Halter & Fleece Show
May 11 - 13

Every year, hundreds of alpacas and alpaca enthusiasts, as well as fiber art enthusiasts, gather for the Northwest's largest and most prestigious alpaca shows, Alpaca Association of Western Washington's (AAWW) Alpacapalooza and the CABA Classic.  This year, these shows have joined for one grand event under one roof.  What better way to learn more about the alpaca industry than to talk to hundreds of breeders and meet their alpacas face-to-face, all under one roof?  This is your opportunity.  And it's FREE!  The special event will feature alpacas in the show ring competition, comprised of classes judging conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.  Throughout the weekend, artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts and more. Vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items...More

McMenamins UFO Festival 
May 17 - 19 

The UFO-curious are invited to the McMenamins UFO Festival for multiple days of fun and mind-expanding opportunities!  Activities include more live music than ever, the always-fun UFO parade, pet costume contest, 5K alien dash, costume ball, a new wine tasting event, a new UFO/alien trivia night, and so much more.  This year's speakers are Jeremy Corbell, UFO phenomena researcher and filmmaker, speaking about the government’s UFO secrecy and Area 51; Randall Nickerson & Ariel School Eyewitnesses talking about an alien craft encounter; and George Knapp, an award-winning journalist and radio host who will reveal new information about Skinwalker Ranch...More

Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers
May 18 - 20

 "Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers" is back for its Seventh Annual Appearance and is pleased to announce that five acclaimed authors will participate this year from Friday evening, May 18 until Sunday noon, May 20.  Popular authors Terry Brooks, Craig Lesley, Gina Ochsner, R.A. Salvatore and Amy Stewart, will be present to mingle, sign books and tell stories to an enthusiastic crowd in Cannon Beach, OR...More  

Ladd Marsh Bird Festival
May 18 - 20

The festival opens Friday night with music (original songs about birds and birding) by the Odd Strings followed by a presentation by Wallowa County biologist and photographer, Kendrick Moholt – “In Search of the Crowbar: Discovering Mythical Creatures Across Planet Earth.”  The wildlife area is open to birding and exploration.  Local birders will assist visitors with finding and identifying birds.  Also at the birding stations, artists sponsored by Art Center East will be painting or sketching plein air.  Kid’s activities including building a birdhouse, coloring a canvas tote and the Junior Birder program will be available.  You can also take in an afternoon bird walk, a live raptor presentation by Blue Mountain Wildlife and information on native plants for birds...More

Shamanism and The Spirits of Nature:
An Advanced Weekend Workshop with Beth Beurkens, M.A.
May 19 - 20
(Non-Annual in California)

From ancient times, shamans have worked with the spirits of nature for healing, survival, and knowledge. By learning from the plants and animals, from the rocks and mountains, from the winds and waters, and from the sun, moon, and stars, shamans help their peoples live in harmony with the universe.  This popular workshop will be held where there are many sacred places of power on the land of an extraordinary new retreat center up on Mount Shasta.  Prerequisite: The Foundation for Shamanic Studies - Michael Harner's Way of the Shaman: The Shamanic Journey, Power and Healing.  You'll receive 13 CEU credits offered upon completion of this workshop.  It will be held at Mt. Shasta, California, from May 19 - 20.  Times are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.  For More Information or to Register for the "Shamanism and The Spirits of Nature" workshop, visit www.shamanicuniverse.com

Portland Pug Crawl
Sunday, May 20

The annual Pug Crawl is one of Portland’s most popular dog-friendly events!  The Parade of Pugs is open only to pugs and pug-mixes, but any dog-friendly dogs are welcome at the event. People of all ages are also welcome.  This year's theme is "Blast to the Past!"  Bring your pug (and yourself!) dressed in your favorite “decades” costume, from top hats and crinolines of the 1860s, flappers of the 1920s, tie dye of the 1960s, shoulder pads of the 1980s, to crop tops of today—and EVERYTHING in between. Madonna, MC Hammer, Bonnie and Clyde, The Beatles, Gatsby, Marilyn Monroe, Rosa Parks, and Mr. Peanut will share the parade route to represent years gone by...More 


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, "Your Retirement Made Simple," go to www.Amazon.com.