FEBRUARY 2018 EVENTS

Calendar Listing of Oregon and SW Washington
(Updated Regularly)

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...More  

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

Scottish Burns Night Celebration
Friday, February 2

The Coastal Celtic Society presents its annual Scottish Burns Night Celebration which includes entertainment by bagpipers, harpists, guitarists, and singers. The banquet will include traditional Scottish dishes like Tatties and Neeps, Cock-a-Leekie Soup, Haggis, and Trifle dessert, as well as top sirloin.  Burns Night is celebrated annually by Scots around the world in memory of Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scotland’s national poet and songwriter, perhaps best known world-wide for the song, "Auld Lang Syne"...More  

Father Daughter Valentine's Ball
February 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...More 

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...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 

Ho'ike
Saturday, February 3

Ho'ike has live music, Polynesian dancing, and a silent auction at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus: 12000 SW. 49th Ave. in Portland...More  

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...More   

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...More

Mt. Angel Wurstfest: A Celebration of German Sausage
February 9 - 10

Celebrate Mount Angel's German heritage at Wurstfest, where you will find the best handcrafted German sausages as well as  local and German beers.  Enjoy other great food, live German music, dancing, games and demonstrations...More 

Charleston Crab Feed
Saturday, February 10

Fresh Dungeness Crab Dinners, whole or half crabs at market price includes side dishes,bread, beverage and cake.  Projected prices: $20 for whole crab dinner and $16 for half crab dinner but market dictates final price.  Pricing will be updated as event approaches...More

St. Josef's Winery: Winemaker's Valentines Dinner
Saturday, February 10

Reserve a place (or two!) for this lovely multi-course meal and wine.  Dinner will begin with hors d'oeuvres and champagne in the wine cellar, then proceed to a cozy dining experience. Seating is limited, reservations required...More  

I Like Comic Con
February 10 - 11
(Southwest Washington)

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!...More  

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...More   

City Career Fair
Wednesday, February 14

Get your resume in order to meet with many company representatives exhibiting about company job openings available...More 

Marry Me! Wedding Event
Wednesdy, February 14

Get inspired for your big day from wedding planners and designers.  They'll have food tastings, a designer gown sale and musical performances...More   

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...More

PDX Jazz Festival
February 15 - 25

The PDX Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events throughout the Portland metro area, from Feb. 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 

Mt. Hood Skibowl: 80's Night
Friday, February 16

Don your leg warmers and neon for a night of 80s music on the slopes and at Cosmic Tubing. Discounted tickets for those who dress up, plus an 80s fashion contest with prizes provided by Next Adventure and Pabst Blue Ribbon...More 

Siletz Bay Music Festival: WinterFest
Friday, February 16

Looking for a special celebration for Valentine's Day weekend?  How about an evening of classical, jazz and fan-favorites.  Join them for a wonderful piano recital by Mei-Ting Sun.  You'll love this intimate, evening event...More 

Brazilian Carnaval Ball
February 16 - 17

Get a feel of a carnaval straight out of Rio.  This year's theme is called "Girls from Ipanema."  The Brazilian Carnaval Ball will have authentic Rio Drums Carnaval Band, DJ, Dancing and special guests.  Must 21 or older...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  

Farmhouse Valentine Tea & Antique Quilt Exhibit
Saturday, February 17

This is the first year for the ‘farmhouse’ theme and the menu will include scones with sweet cream, assorted savories, desserts, fresh fruit and hot tea.  Also new is an exhibit of antique quilts from both the Heslin and Zimmerman House collecture.  You can participate in a raffle to take home some special treats.  Feel free to wear your favorite hat and gloves...More   

Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival
Saturday, February 17

Join us the Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival! This is the first annual and there will be honey tastings, vendors, exhibits, speakers, demonstrations, a children's puppet show, specialty dishes in local restaurants, and more. This is a culinary event and an opportunity to learn about honey bees and our many other pollinators...More

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...More

Hagg Lake Mud Run
February 17 - 18

It’s time to get muddy!  Warrior-on at one of the most popular ultras in the Northwest, featured in Runner’s World Trail Edition as one of the top Oregon trail races.  The 25K and 50K courses give runners a chance to run the trails around stunning Hagg Lake.  The Hagg Lake Mud Run will also have some post race activities and a raffle drawing...More  

KidFest! - SportFest! NW's Largest Family Expo
February 17 - 18

It's the Whopper of All Family Fests!  The show features entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, sports demos, petting zoo, games, an Iron-Kid Chef Competition, exhibitors on products and services for your family, workshops, and more resources for families...More 

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...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 

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!...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 

Seaside Jazz Festival
February 22 - 25

Featuring some of the top performers of traditional jazz and traditional jazz inspired music, the festival is a truly enjoyable experience.  Spend the weekend, or just a day, and we are certain you will have a grand time enjoying the sounds of this "True American" art form.  There will be lots of music and an art show and sale...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 

Silverton Poetry Festival - Feast of Poets
February 23 - 25

Hosted by the Silverton Poetry Association, the annual festival is presenting FREE public readings by published poets.  It has evolved to include poetry workshops, open microphone readings, musical- poetic collaborations, and other activities...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   

Polar Plunge on Broughton Beach
Saturday, February 24

Plunge in the cold water with a team.  Maybe not.  Then you raise a minimum of $50 in pledges from friends and family (but the more you raise, the bigger your incentive prizes).  On plunge day, you run or jump into the water and get out as fast as you can.  You decide how far you want to go in.  It's all done for fun and to raise money for a great cause...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 

Vancouver Lake Half Marathon
Sunday, February 25
(Southwest Washington)

Hosted by the Clark County Running Club, the course is very flat and begins on Reiger Road in front of the park.  Finishers medals will be presented to all half marathon finishers, and awards will be presented to the top 6 males and females in each division (including the walk division).  Several Clark County Running Club members will be bringing homemade cookies which this race is known for...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.