WINTER 2018

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

Foodie February
February 1 - 28

Located in the agriculturally rich Hood River valley, Hood River has an innovative, regionally-inspired food scene that rivals its big city neighbors but is infused with small-town charm.  This February kicks off the inaugural Hood River County Foodie February – a month-long celebration, from Feb. 1 - 28, of the area’s outstanding dining scene that gives visitors and locals alike the chance to support local restaurants and discover some of the best food and menus in the region.  Throughout the month, restaurants will be offering Foodie February specials and menus...More 

Cascade Festival of African Films
February 2 - March 3

The Cascade Festival of African Films shows us Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa packaged for Western viewers.  The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future.  Although the films cannot represent an entire continent, we hope to encourage American viewers to become interested in and study African cultures.  It is FREE and open to the public...More 

PDX Jazz Festival
February 15 - 25

Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event...More 

A-Wol Dance Collective: Left of Center
February 16 - March 4

Left of Center combines aerial arts and dance to weave a fantastical tale suspended between reverie and reality. Floating sleepers, trickster marionettes and lost travelers inhabit an alternate realm where furniture takes wing and dolls scheme in the shadows. With immersive seating in the round, a haunting sound design, and costumes evocative of Victorian-era fairytales, audiences are enveloped in a dream state free of the limitations of the waking world. By turns wicked and whimsical, Left of Center appeals to daydreamers of all ages...More

Lansu Chinese Garden: Year of the Dog
February 16 - March 4

Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!...More 

Zwickelmania
February 17 & 24

Held annually over two weekends, this is a FREE event to take and Oregon brewery tour throughout the Portland metro area on Feb. 17 and statewide on Feb. 24...More  

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
February 22 - 25

It's the premier seafood and wine event of the West Coast and the original Northwest seafood and wine festival that attracts nearly 25,000 visitors each year. They'll showcase over 150 wines, culinary professionals and regional artisans...More 

Fisher Poets Gathering
February 23 - 25

The Gathering has become an Astoria tradition, bringing men and women tied to the fishing industry together to share poems, stories, songs, memoirs, essays and art in celebration of the work, its people and their concerns...More

Tickets On Sale for the 25th Annual Portland Golf Show 
February 23 - 25 

The West Coast's longest-running consumer golf expo celebrates its silver anniversary in 2018 when the Portland Golf Show returns to the Oregon Convention Center, Feb. 23-25!  Celebrating its 25th year as the kickoff event to golf season in Oregon and Southwest Washington, the Portland Golf Show features the lowest prices of the year on name-brand clubs and equipment from the industry’s leading manufacturers in the Fiddler’s Green Golf Shop, a free driving range lined with manufacturer's reps showing off the hottest new clubs of the year, fun skills contests with unbelievable prizes, free lessons from top Northwest pros, a fully-stocked 19th Hole lounge, plus special areas for kids, golf fitness and other exciting activities. In addition, a $13 ticket includes a minimum three rounds of golf, magazine subscriptions and more!...More 

Brewstillery 4 Festival:
A Beer & Spirit Pairing Event
Saturday, February 24

Various breweries and distilleries are teaming up to create the perfect pairings.  Each pairing will consist of a 4 oz. beer pour and a 1/4 oz. spirit taste.  Only like beer?  Then just drink beer.  Beer and whiskey tasting glasses will be available and meet the makers...More   

Raptor Road Trip
Saturday, February 24

Explore Sauvie Island in search of the magnificent Bald Eagles, hawks, and falcons that spend the winter on the island. On this special day devoted to raptors, experienced naturalists and hawk experts will host activities and answer your questions at four locations around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors up close, and sharpen your hawk identification skills. Hot drinks and donuts are available in the morning to keep you warm while you breakfast with the birds...More  

CSA Share Fair
Sunday, February 25

Meet over 40 local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers at this annual event that incudes food workshops, CSA Matchmaking to help you find a farm that's right for you, recipe swap, kids' activities, and food and drink...More 

Hood River Music Month
March 1 - 31

Featuring numerous musical events, this multi-week celebration includes everything from classical, jazz, acoustic, indie, rock and bluegrass performances to musicals, film and lectures. Almost a dozen Hood River venues – including wineries, cideries, breweries, pubs, theaters, hotels, and restaurants – welcome music-lovers of all ages. Numerous Hood River music venues and organizations are welcoming live music during Hood River Music Month...More

Washington State Horse Expo
March 2 - 4
(Southwest Washington)

Saddle up for the largest show of its kind in the Pacific Northwest! The Washington State Horse Expo offers equine enthusiasts the chance to take part in exhibits, competition, stage shows, rider fashions and vendor booths...More

Healthy Living and Gluten Free Expo
Saturday, March 3

This is a great event for anyone eating gluten free from food allergies.  You can sample gluten free products, hear from the makers and find out what activities are going on...More

SE Area ARTWalk
March 3 - 4

Over 80 artists will provide a blaze of colors, shapes, textures, and visual stimuli.  Artists show in their own creative space or are hosted by local residents and businesses allowing you to visit indoor locations.  What to Expect: You will be able to talk with local artists, buy amazing items, and view an array of locally-created work.  We have worked hard to enhance cluster areas so the tour is walkable and/or bikeable. Public transportation is also encouraged and can be accessed through TriMet...More

Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival
March 8 - 11

The Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival offers a series of six unique wine tasting experiences, including the opportunity to taste some of the top award-winning wines from recent wine competitions paired with chef-designed appetizers.  Their Wine Walk features over 40 Northwest wineries pouring tastings at Cannon Beach art galleries, restaurants and retail shops, all within easy walking distance in this compact beach community.  In addition to ticketed festival events, the towns restaurants, galleries and shops feature a weekend full of tastings, special dinners and other events...More 

International Women's Festival
March 9 - 10
(Southwest Washington)

The National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) presents the 3rd Annual International Women's Festival, celebrating International Women's Day and No More Week.  Join along for an international, diverse and empowering festival, featuring delicious cuisine, inspiring speakers, engaging workshops, exhibitors, resources, live entertainment, music and more! Open to all ages, ethnicities and genders...More

Oregon Chocolate Festival
March 9 - 11 

Looking for an unforgettable Spring getaway? Visit Ashland for the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival, taking place the weekend of March 9th.  Explore remarkable creations from close to 50 West Coast vendors.  Taste, learn, and buy! Festival offers workshops, chef demos, Chocolate Maker's Wine Dinner, Chocolate Cocktail Spa Party, educational sessions, wine and beer pairings, and so much more.  Even Charlie's Chocolate 5K run, so you don't feel too guilty overindulging.  Always wanted to visit Ashland?  Now is the time.  Mention CHOCOLATE and receive 20% off tickets to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the festival weekend!!...More

Winter Blues Festival
Saturday, March 10

Now in its 7th year, the Winter Music Festival brings a danceable mix of music acts that showcases the region’s best talent and attracts audiences from out of state, while giving back to charity.  Every year the Festival offers some of the best acts that you would usually see on big festival stages across the country, including such artists as Curtis Salgado, Rae Gordon, Lloyd Jones, Bill Rhoades, Cee Cee James, CD Wodbury and Jim Gustin & Truth Jones from California.  This year will be no exception with award winning acts cultivated from the region on two stages: Gabriel Cox, Timothy James & The Portland Revival, Youth Music Project, Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys, Suburban Slim, Thunder Brothers, and Kris Deelane & The Hurt.  The venue also offers a large dance floor, a full service bar and food menu, limited on-site parking and is across the street from the MAX Orange line...More

Shamrock Run & Fitness Fair
March 16 - 18

The adidas Shamrock Run is the largest running event in Oregon and is the kickoff to the running season.  It features a wide range of distances for every level of runner including a 5k, 8k, 15k and Half Marathon, plus a 1k Kids Leprechaun Lap and a 4-mile Shamrock Stride!  They will also have a two-day health and fitness fair that will have more than 60 exhibitors and 80 booths...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.