WINTER 2018

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

Reel Music Festival
January 12 - 30

 Whether your passion is jazz, blues, folk, rock, electronic, world, classical—or anything between—we hope you find something to discover and inspire in this eclectic mix of films that celebrate great artists, sound, and image, and connect music and culture.  Screenings are from Jan. 12 - 30 at the Whitsell Auditorium: 1219 SW. Park Ave. in Portland.  Their website is nwfilm.org

Eagle Cap Extreme
January 17 - 20

The Eagle Cap Extreme is a 4-day dog-sled race that runs 200 miles through the picturesque Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern Oregon.  As Oregon’s only qualifier for the renowned Alaskan Iditarod and Yukon Quest Qualifier, it brings together professional and amateur mushers for a true alpine spectacle.  The race is from Jan. 17 - 20 at 101 N. Main in Joseph.  Their website is www.eaglecapextreme.com

Rose City Classic
January 17 - 21

Fun for the whole family, the Rose City Classic has four of the biggest all-breed dog shows in the nation.  You can see agility, obedience and rally trials, as well as your favorite breed.  It will be held from Jan. 17 - 21 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  Go to rosecityclassic.org.

Shinnenkai: Japanese New Year Celebration
Thursday, January 18

Join the Japan-America Society of Oregon for a traditional Japanese New Year celebration, including traditional music, foods, fukubukuro, kimono, calligraphy and more.  It wil be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6 - 9 p.m. at Montgomery Park: 2701 NW. Vaughn St. in Portland.  For details, visit jaso.org.

Portland Mini Musical Festival
January 18 - 21

Here is your chance to see a bunch of new musicals all in one night! Join Live On Stage for Portland's own festival of all new musicals and check out six-brand new 15-minute musicals by local writers and composers.  Performances are from Jan. 18 - 21 at Brunish Theatre's Antoinette Hatfield Hall: 1111 SW. Broadway in Portland.  Go to www.portland5.com.

Fertile Ground
January 18 - 28

Fertile Ground Festival of New Work is a 11-day arts festival that is held from Jan. 18 - 28. This city-wide festival is focused on new work in the Arts.  It features world premiere projects, staged readings, developing works and a myriad of other arts events from the Portland creative community. The Festival includes dozens of Portland-generated new works each year. From fully staged world premieres, workshops and readings of theatre, to ensemble and collaborative driven work, dance, comedy and film…this festival spans the spectrum of creative endeavor and seeds the next generation of creation through artist conversations, workshops, lunchtime readings and more.  For details, go to fertilegroundpdx.org.

Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival
January 19 - 21

Held annually, it's a celebration of mountain culture.  The festivities are from Jan. 19 - 21 and held at various locations in La Grande, Anthony Lakes, and Elkhorn Mountains.  You can participate in a backcountry race, rescue clinic, skit tour and raffles.  They'll also have great food and music.  To learn more, visit www.eou.edu.

Good Earth Home, Garden and Living Show
January 19 - 21

The Good Earth Home, Garden, & Living Show was the first sustainable home and garden show in North America.  This regional event presents over 220 Smart & Stylish exhibits in Six Good Earth Pavilions: Arts, Food, Garden, Home, Living & Wellness, and Recycling.  National and regional experts will present over 55 seminars focused on sustainable living, gardens and homes.  This is a FREE event that is being held from Jan. 19 - 21 at the Lane Events Center - Convention Center: 796 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene.  Go to eugenehomeshow.com.

Rose & Thorn Winter Brewfest
Saturday, January 20
(Southwest Washington)

Rose & Thorn brings you the Rose & Thorn Winter Brewfest!  It will feature 17 breweries and cider companies local to the Pacific Northwest, small bar bites available for sale, live acoustic entertainment by Fire Lily, a complimentary tasting glass included with ticket and raffle prizes to win!  It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1 Cowlitz Way in Ridgefield.  Times are noon - 4 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m.  Go to ilaniresort.com.  

The Dalles Winter Fiber Fest
Saturday, January 20

They'll have spinner, crocheters, felters, and all fiber enthusiasts, along with vendors.  It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church: 1805 Minnesota St. in The Dalles.  Times are from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Visit www.desertfiberarts.org.

Creating the New World According to the Ancient Wisdom
Wednesday, January 24
(Non-Annual)

In this ceremonial presentation, author Jack Allis will draw from his new novel, "Blue Sun, Red Sun," based on the story from Hopi prophecy about the coming of the Blue and Red Kachinas.  This coming is the sign that the paradigm shift is upon us and that a new world according to this ancient wisdom must be created.  What can we learn from the Hopi and other indigenous traditions?  How do we defeat the old paradigm matrix?  What forces must come into play and what part does each of us play?  These questions will all be addressed through lecture, discussion, and sacred ceremony incorporating prayer, chanting, and music. Please join in this glimpse and this experience of another world.  Jack Allis is the author of four books and the creator of 2012 and the Shift, a DVD series dealing with taking spiritual action in transformative times.  He also teaches how to use ceremony to practice and develop our spirituality.  The talk by Jack Allis will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the New Renaissance Bookstore: 1338 NW. 23rd Ave. in Portland.  Visit jackallis.com and www.newrenbooks.com

Clark College Jazz Festival
January 25 - 27
(Southwest Washington)

Clark College hosts the 56th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival, presenting three full days of exhilarating big band jazz.  Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year's competition with trophies presented to the top three jazz ensembles for middle schools and A through AAAA division high schools.  The festival is from Jan. 25 - 27 at Clark College's Gaiser Hall Theater: 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver.  Times are from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.  Go to www.clark.edu.        

Portland International Auto Show
January 25 - 28

The Portland International Auto Show fills the Oregon Convention Center with more than 600 vehicles spread across 46,0000 square feet, it's the largest annual show held in the Oregon Convention Center, located at 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  This is the only time all the manufactures are under one roof.  It's your best chance to shop, compare, and put yourself in the driver's seat!  The show is from Jan. 25 - 28.  For more, go to portlandautoshow.com

First Taste Oregon
January 26 - 27

This event of epic proportion features the best in Oregon Wines, Craft Breweries, Hard Ciders, Spirits, Delectable Eats and a one of a kind shopping experience.  They offer live music both days in two locations throughout the event, featuring local music from talented artists from all over the state of Oregon.  First Taste Oregon offers a little something for everyone including luxurious art work from some of the states most renowned artists.  Whether you’re looking for a relaxing wine tasting experience or a sampling of something a bit more extravagant, First Taste has something to offer all who attend!  It will be held from Jan. 26 - 27 at Columbia Hall: 2330 NE. 17th St. in Salem.  Go to firsttasteoregon.com.

High School A Cappella Northwest Semifinal
January 26 - 27

The International Championship of High School A Cappella, brought to you by Varsity Vocals, is the largest international a cappella tournament exclusive to high school students around the world.  The competition is from Jan. 26 - 27 at Elsinore Theatre: 170 High St. SE in Salem.  

International Cat Show
January 26 - 28

The International Cat Show and food drive for the Oregon Food Bank invites you to appreciate the diversity of feline beauty from around the world.  See dozens of breeds, judging, and one amazing event.  There will be rescue cats and kittens available for adoption from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and Community Cat Coalition, along with a variety of vendors offering cat-related products.  Judges from around the world will be officiating in 6 continuous rings as they present their best finalists all day long.  The International Cat Show will be held from Jan. 26 - 28 at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport: 8439 NE. Columbia Blvd. in Portland.  Times are 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is $8 with 2 cans of food for donation and $10 without food.  Children under 12 get in for FREE.  For more information, visit www.tncc.org

Mid-Winter Festival
January 26 - 28

 This is an annual festival of square, round and clog dancing with callers.  You can participate, socialize with other, or just watch the dancers.  It will be held from Jan. 26 - 28 at the Linn County Expo Center: 3700 Knox Butte Rd. in Albany.  Their website is www.midwinterfestival.com.

Mo's Crab & Chowder Festival
January 26 - 28

This yearly tradition brings the flavors of the Oregon Coast to the winery by offering Mo’s world famous steaming chowder bowls, fresh Oregon Coast crab and other seafood selections perfectly paired with our acclaimed Pinot Gris.  Buy a Case, Get a Crab!  It will be held from Jan. 26 - 28, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Willamette Valley Vineyards: 8800 Enchanted Way SE in Turner.  Go to www.wvv.com.

Oregon Truffle Festival
January 26 - 28

The annual Oregon Truffle Festival has four elegant and unique weekend experiences to offer: The Epicurious, The Gourmand, The Truffle Growers All-In Adventure, and, back by popular demand, The Urban Forager.  A la carte events include Thursday’s Joriad™ Truffle Dog Championship, LCC Cooking Class, Oregon Truffle MacDown, Grand Truffle Dinner, and Fresh Truffle Marketplace.  As always, there will be new events, new venues, and new faces to help us celebrate Oregon truffles, culinary tradition, and the best of Oregon wine.  The festivities are from Jan. 26 - 28 at various locations in Eugene and surrounding areas.  For details, visit oregontrufflefestival.org.

Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show
Saturday, January 27

Looking for a new treasure or need to pretty up dolly?  This very popular show has something for everyone, including more antique and vintage vendors than ever.  You should plan to spend the weekend, enjoy shopping at the doll and teddy bear show, then head across the street to the Clackamas Town Center.  At the show, the finest exhibitors in the West fill the room with dolls, bears, miniatures, supplies, wigs, clothes books and accessories from Antique to Modern. Informal identification and doll stringing are available onsite.  It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center: 12566 SE. 93rd Ave. in Clackamas.  Go to dolls4all.com.  

Portland Train Expo
January 27 - 28

Don't miss this annual show for the whole family.  They'll have huge model train displays, including one that's made out of LEGO, train riding, exhibitors, door prize giveaways, and lots of tables of trains for sale.  It will be held from Jan. 27 - 28 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  Visit trainshow.com.

Vintage Marketplace
January 27 - 28

Shop at the vintage marketplace that offers a wonderful array of treasures of antiques and collectibles, including displays of private collections.  Get an appraisal of your item.  It will be held from Jan. 27 - 28 at the Portland Meadows Turf Club, 3rd floor: 1001 N. Schmeer Rd. in Portland.  Visit www.rainofglass.com.

Race for Warmth
Sunday, January 28
(Southwest Washington)

Join the Race for Warmth to support Operation Warm Heart, a Clark Public Utilities customer-funded program to help limited-income families in crisis situations who need help paying their electric bills.  Since 1985, Operation Warm Heart has provided nearly $2.4 million to over 11,000 customers who are barely making ends meet, but don't qualify for other government programs that could help them pay their winter bills. Registration includes a long-sleeved shirt and a race bag.  It will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Clark Public Utilities: 1200 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver.  Starting time is 8 a.m.  Go to www.raceforwarmth.com.

Salem Winter Brewfest
January 31 - February 3

The Salem Winter Brewfest, Salem, Oregon’s premiere winter party, beautifully positioned across the street from the steps of Oregon’s State Capitol Building, is a 4-day festival for the 21 and over crowd, featuring live music, a huge variety of cold beers and ciders on tap, cocktails and yummy eats.  Take shelter and enjoy the warmth inside our heated tent and bring your friends and family for a fun night in the city.  Enjoy listening to unforgettable musical performances by some of the Northwest’s best talent.  It will be held from Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 at the Oregon State Capitol: 900 Court St. NE in Salem.  Go to www.salemwinterbrewfest.com.

Portland Winter Light Festival
February 1 - 3

Fun for all, this is a presentation of more than 100 artists and organization from all across the Cascadian region.  The festival is truly citywide, with Festival Hubs and Affiliate locations showcasing illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout Portland.  It will be held from Feb. 1 - 3 at various venues.  To learn more, go to www.pdxwlf.com.

Father Daughter Valentine's Ball
Feburary 2 - 3
(Southwest Washington)

A fun and memorable event for fathers and daughters of all ages!  Show your daughter how special she is by treating her to a wonderful evening of music and dancing at the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar.  They will have a local DJ, finger foods to munch on, refreshments, temporary tattoo station, and a professional photographer will be on hand to take keepsake photos of your evening together.  The annual event is from Feb. 2 - 3 at the Pearson Air Museum: 1115 E. 5th St. in Vancouver.  Times are from 6 - 8:30 p.m.  Their website is www.cityofvancouver.us.  

Portland Seafood and Wine Fest
February 2 - 3

Join along to sip some of Oregon’s best wines while indulging in all the fresh coastal seafood and culinary delights!  What luck that this Portland Tradition falls right in the middle of Dungeness Crab season.  Bring the whole family.  The festivities are from Feb. 2 - 3 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Visit pdxseafoodandwinefestival.com.

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.  The films will be show from Feb. 2 - March 3 at the Hollywood Theatre and Portland Community College's Cascade Campus in Portland.  For details, visit www.africanfilmfestival.org.

Worst Day of the Year Run
Saturday, February 3

It's cold windy and raining...a perfect day for a run!?  Gear up and get out with thousands of fun-loving people for the costume run of the year.  Limited to 1,500 participants.  Advance registration is strongly encouraged.  It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3 at McMenamins Edgefield: 2126 SW. Halsey St. in Troutdale.  For more information, go to www.worstdayrun.com

ValenTango
February 7 - 12

This is the largest and longest running tango festival in North America. The reasons are simple: friendly community, great teachers, great DJ’s, great classes, great milongas, great ambiance and great opportunities to dance and learn for all levels and types of dancers.  ValenTango is held from Feb. 7 - 12 at the Double Tree by Hilton: 1000 NE. Multnomah St. in Portland.  Go to valentango.us.

I Like Comic Con
February 10 - 11

I Like Comic Con is a return to the roots of what made the current state of pop culture great – comic books and their artists and writers.  If not for comics we wouldn’t be enjoying the myriad of comic book based movies, television shows, cartoons, swag, or comic cons for that matter.  Can you imagine no comic cons? No Avengers movies?  No Batman films?  No Wonder Woman movie?  How could we go on without having our coffee in our favorite Deadpool mug?  Can you imagine it?  We can’t and thankfully we don’t have to!  Join along for a celebration for fans of all genres and ages as we bring you amazing guest writers, artists, creators, comic book related celebrities, cosplay, a huge Artist Alley, exhibitors and so much more!  It will be held from Feb. 10 - 11, 10 a.m., at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.  For more, go to ilikecomiccon.com

Antique Week
February 10 - 18

Held annually, Antique & Collectibles Week features citywide antique specials and deals and an Antique Float Drop on the 7 miles of beaches in Lincoln City.  It will be held from Feb. 10 - 18.  For details, call (541) 996-1274. 

St. Valentine's Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony
Wednesday, February 14

This is an opportunity for couples to renew their vows in a group setting. Married and unmarried committed couples are invited to attend. The Vows Renewal Ceremony, held annually on February 14, has become a popular fundraiser for The Little Log Church & Museum, located at the corner of W. 3rd and Pontiac in Yachats.  Since space is limited, reservations are required. A donation to the museum of $10 per couple is suggested.  For reservations, couples should call Mary Crook, Events Coordinator, at (541) 547-4547.  Ceremony time is at 5:30 p.m.   

Free Fishing Weekend
February 17 - 18

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) offers Oregon residents and visitors a full weekend to fish, crab and clam without a license.  All other fishing regulations still apply.  To learn more, go to www.dfw.state.or.us.

HoopSource Presidents' Day Tournament of Champions
February 17 - 19
(Southwest Washington)

The adidas Presidents' Day tournament returns with 31 NBA lottery picks, 10,000 teams, 48 states and highly touted media attention.  Over the years they have worked hard to continue the tradition, and inspire new legacies with each year of the event.  This tournament is a "must attend" basketball extravaganza year in and year out.  The championship is from Feb. 17 - 19 at various locations.  Visit basketball.exposureevents.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, "Your Retirement Made Simple," go to www.Amazon.com.

WISH: World Integrated Systems in Health
WISH Is Dedicated to Providing Education
Daily & Weekly

World Integrated Systems(WISH), in Tucson, where the team  provides unparalleled, compassionate and individualized attention helping clients achieve better health and greater vitality through restoring a balanced blood chemistry, regulating hormonal activity, and learning the importance of giving equal time to body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Visit www.wish4life.com and their Facebook page for ongoing video presentations