EVENTS OF 2017 BY MONTH:

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APRIL 2017 EVENTS
Calendar Listing for Oregon and Southwest Washington
(Updated Regularly)

Gardenpalooza
Saturday, April 1

Held annually, they'll have over 40 vendors to get you excited about gardening.  See hundreds of plants, tools and garden art.  People can also enjoy shopping at the country store, fresh doughnuts, delicious food and much, much more!  This is a FREE event on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Fir Point Farms, located at 14601 Arndt Rd. in Aurora.  Go to gardenpalooza.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.

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.  They start in the lower elevations and, like a domino effect, move up the valley creating a patchwork of color.  The area celebrates spring with the  annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time, which takes place throughout this month until April 30.  Visit Hood River 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.  Stop along the way to pick up baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce, wine, cider and more.  To learn about the upcoming events, go to hoodriver.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Goat Mountain Gallop Half Marathon
Saturday, April 15

The Goat Mountain Gallop Half  Marathon is one of the oldest half marathons in Oregon. This year it turns 34!  This point to point half marathon course starts at the Colton high school taking you past beautiful rural country fields, rolling hills and crossing the Molalla River.  Your finish line is at Molalla High School where you will be rewarded by a pancake breakfast. Leave a legacy with this event as race profits benefit the Molalla High School track and cross country team.  The half marathon be held on Saturday, April 15, starting at Colton High School.  For details, visit molallarunningclub.com.

Alpenrose: Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15

Bring the kids for this annual event.  There will be tons of prizes, including giant stuffed animals.  This is one of the biggest and most anticipated Easter Egg Hunts west of the Mississippi.  It's held on Saturday, April 15 at Alpenrose: 6149 SW. Shattuck Rd. in Portland.  Visit alpenrose.com.

Hippity Hop Bunny Hop Through the Pearl
Saturday, April 15

Join along at the Pearl to celebrate Spring with fun activities like a Scavenger Hunt, treats and a hug and picture with the Easter Bunny.  Smiles, laughter and some sweet treats will bring a burst of energy to the streets throughout the day as the Easter Bunny goes out and about taking photos and giving out candy and hugs.  It will be held on Saturday, April 15, from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.at Jamison Square Park in the Pearl District of Portland.  Go to explorethepearl.com.

Rabbit Romp at the Zoo
Saturday, April 15

Eggs-citing times are in store at the Oregon Zoo's annual Rabbit Romp, a celebration of spring geared toward the under-10 crowd.  Rabbit Romp is FREE with zoo admission.  It will be held on Saturday, April 15, located at 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland.  Rabbit Romp features candy egg hunts every 10-15 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to hunt for compostable "plastic" eggs, candy and prizes.  Toddlers 2 and under can participate in a candy hunt organized especially for them at the classrooms by Bear Walk Café.  Parents are not allowed in most hunts, but accommodations will be made for families requiring assistance.  Guests should bring their own baskets to collect the eggs and candy.  Because of the popularity of this event, children will only be allowed to participate in a hunt one time, although other activities can be repeated.  For details, visit www.oregonzoo.org.

Hortlandia
April 15 - 16

This is a FREE event.  Hosted by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, vendors from far and wide – from nearly the Canadian border to the California border – come to Portland to offer the latest plant introductions as well as the time-tested (and hardiness-tested!) plants.  Complementing the plant vendors are specialty garden art vendors bringing one-of-a-kind pieces made from metal, wood, glass, ceramic, fabric, and stone.  Each work of art is handcrafted by the vendor.  This is a wonderful event, and it's particularly nice to have so many nurseries and artists, with so many plant choices and specialty works, all under one roof!  Hortlandia is from April 15 - 16 at the Porltand Expo Center:
2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  Visit www.hardyplantsociety.org

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
(Southwest 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.

Dove Lewis: Wet Nose Soiree
Friday, April 21

Raise a glass to support animals in need at DoveLewis’ biggest night!  This one-of-a-kind party features exclusive auction items and special four-legged guests.  They'll have Cocktail Hour, silent auction, dinner, live auction, runway event, music and dancing.  Join a community of animal lovers for a party you would not want to miss on Friday, April 21, 6 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Go to www.dovelewis.org.

International Sculpture Day PDX: 3D Alchemy
April 21 - 22

Held annually, the event spans two days to celebrate sculpture.  It's a fusion of intellect, intuition and magic into sculpture.  They will have five unique events at three Portland venues within the SE. Sellwood neighborhood.  This is a FREE event for all ages.  The celebratio is from April 21 - 22.  To learn more, visit their Facebook page

High Desert Horse Expo
April 21 - 23

Hosted by Oregon Horse Country, the High Desert Horse Expo is Central Oregon’s largest equine event and the only horse expo east of the Cascade in Oregon or Washington.  This event is sure to have something for everyone who loves horses: over 125 vendors, product demonstations, clinicians, workshops, and more.  It will be held from April 21 - 23 at the Deschutes County Expo Center: 3800 SW. Airport Way in Redmond.  Visit www.highdeserthorseexpo.com.

Design Week Portland
April 21 - 29

Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines.  Portland has always been a bit different.  And within the last decade or so, the rest of the world has taken notice.  Forever pushing forward, our compact city continues to emerge as a dynamic center of creativity, composed of a vital community of designers and makers at its core.  It will be held from April 21 - 29 at various venues.  Go to www.designweekportland.com.

McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival
Sunday, April 22

You are invited to attend their annual festival to kick off the start of fishing season on the McKenzie River!  It's a chance to meet and greet fishing guides and see/learn about the famous McKenzie River flat bottom wooden boats.   Other groups participating show off fly fishing clinics, fly tying, history and information about the McKenzie River.   This event is FREE to the public - limited parking available on-site at Eagle Rock Lodge on Sunday, April 22 at 49198 McKenzie Hwy. in Vida.   Their website is www.mckenziechamber.com.

Oregon Garden: Earth Day
Saturday, April 22

Held annually, it's a celebration of Earth Day for the whole family.  There will be a variety of exhibitors, entertainment, alpacas to meet, and lots of food to enjoy.  It will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at in 879 W. Main St. in Silverton.  Their website is www.oregongarden.org

Crab Feed & Wooden Boat Show
April 22 - 23

Thousands of pounds of locally caught whole Dungeness crab will be cooked to perfection at the upcoming Annual Depoe Bay Crab Feed, from April 22 - 23, held at the Depoe Bay Community Hall: 220 S.E. Bay Street in Depoe Bay.  This event is where Dungeness crab will be served.  The 22nd annual Classic Wooden Boat Show will display dozens of wonderful hand-crafted vessels on display at “the world’s smallest harbor” on both Saturday and Sunday.  While you’re there, try your hand at building your own vessel at the model boat building booth and bring it home.  It’s a fun experience for the whole family.  Admission to both events are FREE.  On Sunday, April 23, hundreds of colorful bathtub ducks released into the harbor at the annual Ducky Derby.  Buy a ticket for a chance to win great prizes provided by Depoe Bay merchants, including clothing, dining passes and authentic shipwreck treasure.  Go online to www.depoebaychamber.org.

Oregon Ag Fest
April 22 - 23

Oregon Ag Fest is an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm.  Learn where our food and fiber comes from, how livestock is raised, the importance of forests for our ecology and survival, plus much more.  Plant a seedling, ride a pony, watch chicks hatch, pet a rabbit, dig for potatoes and much more.  Over 17,000 people attend Ag Fest each year to learn about Oregon’s largest industry.  The festival is from April 22 - 23 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds: 2330 17th St. NE in Salem.  See more at oregonvma.org.

Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Gardens
April 22 - May 14
(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.  The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations.  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.  It will be held from April 22 - May 14 at 115 S. Pekin Rd. in Woodland, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Visit www.lilacgardens.com.   

Overlook Film Festival
April 27 - 30

A 4-day event, it's a brand new festival experience held at the historic Timberline Lodge, seen in Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece, "The Shining" as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel.  Presenting superior film programming with an expanded focus on experiential events, the festival showcases exciting new work in new and classic independent horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend.  As a summer camp for genre fans, The Overlook is a community event bringing the best of horror in all its forms to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience within an intimate and inspirational environment.  It will be held from April 27 - 30 at Timberline Lodge: .  Go to www.overlookfilmfest.com.

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
April 28 - 30

Held annually, the festival is hosted by the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce.  All are invite you to enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more!  The festivities are from April 28 - 30 at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center: 92937 Walluski Look in Astoria.  Visit 
astoriacrabfest.com.

Home & Garden Idea Fair
April 28 - 30
(Southwest Washington)

Kick-off the spring gardening and home improvement season April 28 - 30 at the 26th 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!  Show opens at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.  Admission is FREE and venue parking is $6 per car at the Clark County Event Center: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.  Go to www.homeandgardenideafair.com.

Mt. Hood Rock Club: Rock and Gem Show
April 28 - 30

Held annually, they'll have 24+ dealers in minerals, beads, jewelry, fossils and more.  Activities include: kids corner with games and activities; raffle prizes, door prizes and hourly prizes; demonstrations in lapidary and wire wrapping; exhibits of fossils, gems and minerals, lapidary and more; Silent Auction all day, every day; and Oral Auction on Sunday, old and rare mineral.  It will be held from April 28 - 30 at the Jackson Armory: 6255 NE. Cornfoot Rd. in Portland (take NE. Alderwood Rd. from NE. Columbia Blvd., just south of Portland). Times are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  FREE Admission, and one FREE rock to each child.  Donations appreciated.  We are a nonprofit club supporting the knowledge in lapidary arts, geology, & mineralogy.  For more, visit mthoodrockclub.wordpress.com/annual-rock-show.

Glide Wildflower Show
April 29 - 30

This is the Pacific Northwest's Premier Wildflower Show.  Founded in 1965, the Glide Wildflower Show is the largest display of native flora in the northwest.  Over 600 species of flowers, shrubs, grasses, ferns, lichens and mosses are gathered by dozens of collecting teams who travel throughout southwest Oregon from the Cascade Mountains to the coast.  Oregon's changing weather provides each year's event with a different combination of species in bloom.  Identity of each specimen is confirmed by professional botanists and artfully vased for display.  Additional displays feature noxious weeds, medicinal plants, natural dyes, and photographs of rare and endangered plants.  It will be held from April 29 - 30 at 20062 North Umpqua Hwy. in Glide.  For more event information, visit www.glidewildflowershow.org.



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.