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FEBRUARY 2017 EVENTS

Calendar Listing of Oregon and SW Washington
(Updated Regularly)

Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
February 3 - 4

Join along and sip some of Oregon’s best wines, while indulging in all the fresh coastal seafood and culinary delights at the annual Portland Seafood & Wine Festival!  What luck that this Portland Tradition falls right in the middle of Dungeness Crab season.  They'll also have live music.  It will be held from Feb. 3 - 4 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Visit pdxseafoodandwinefestival.com.


Cascade Festival of African Films
February 3 - March 4

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.  FREE to attend, the festival is from Feb. 3 - March 4 in Portland at the Hollywood Theatre: 4122 N Portland and at PCC Cascade Campus' Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Rm. 104: 705 N. Killingsworth St.  Visit www.africanfilmfestival.org.

Riona's Cave of Treasures
Saturday, February 4

Open to all ages.  Brighten up late winter at our third annual Riona's Cave of Treasures.  Artisan market meets Renaissance faire vendor village meets scifi and steampunk imporium meets comic con artists alley.  Artisans and vendors from OR and WA selling unique, high quality items related to: Scifi, fantasy, steampunk, anime, comics, general geekdom, historical time periods, nature, cultures around the world, upcycling and more!  Featuring performances by Celtic and fantasy singer Riona and others throughout the day, raffle, costumes admired but certainly not required, community, enjoyment and fun for all ages.     It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Exhibitors Hall: 1000 NE. Multnomah St. in Portland.  Go to their Facebook page for more information.

Rail Jam Series
Friday, February 3

Hosted by Mt. Hood Skibowl, you can compete to win prizes or come and catch it all at the West Rope Tow Yeti Park. A custom course with 5-8 features set up.  Friday nights under the lights Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and March 3 from 7 - 9 p.m.  The event is at 87000 E. Hwy. 26 in Government Camp.  Visit www.skibowl.com.

Florence Crab Crack
Saturday, February 4

Enjoy Oregon Coast crab with pasta, coleslaw, garlic bread, sodas, coffee and dessert by BJ's at the Florence Events Center.  A no-host bar will be available and also a silent auction including a beautiful selection of items.  Advance purchase is required as only 400 tickets will be sold. Deadline to purchase is January 25.  All proceeds benefit the hunger relief efforts of Florence Food Share.  It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 715 Quince St. in Florence.  Call (541) 997- 9599.


Riona's Cave of Treasures
Saturday, February 4

Open to all ages.  Brighten up late winter at our third annual Riona's Cave of Treasures.  Artisan market meets Renaissance faire vendor village meets scifi and steampunk imporium meets comic con artists alley.  Artisans and vendors from OR and WA selling unique, high quality items related to: Scifi, fantasy, steampunk, anime, comics, general geekdom, historical time periods, nature, cultures around the world, upcycling and more!  Featuring performances by Celtic and fantasy singer Riona and others throughout the day, raffle, costumes admired but certainly not required, community, enjoyment and fun for all ages.     It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Exhibitors Hall: 1000 NE. Multnomah St. in Portland.  Go to their Facebook page for more information.

WinterFest
Saturday, February 4

Held annually as a fundraiser, the event festures a Silent & Live Auction, plentiful hors d'oeuvres and very cool music by Portland's own 3 Leg Torso.  It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m. at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort: 7760 Hwy. 101 North in Gleneden Beach.  For more information, visit
www.siletzbaymusic.org.

Raptor Road Trip
Saturday, February 4

Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent eagles, hawks and falcons that spend the winter here.  On this special day devoted to raptors, naturalists and hawk experts host activities at four locations around the island.  Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors up close and see hawk identification displays.  Free hot drinks and donuts will be available in the morning.  You'll receive a  one-day Sauvie Island Wildlife Area parking permit, event guide, birding map and checklist, and picture handouts to help identify birds of prey.  Dress for the weather and allow about three hours to visit all the stations.  It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., meeting at Kruger's Farm Market: 17100 NW. Sauvie Island Rd. in Portland.  For more, go online to www.oregonzoo.org.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
February 6 - 8 & 9 - 11

See the world's best mountain films.  This is a 3-day outdoor film festival showing at two different venues in Portland: Cinema 21 Theater, from Feb. 6 - 8 at at Revolution Hall, from Feb. 9 - 11.  For more information, go to www.banffcentre.ca.

Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show
February 8 - 12

It's known as “The Big One” because this family-friendly tradition and one-of-a-kind shopping experience has close to 1000 exhibitors for five days of outdoor sporting excitement.  Discover incredible show pricing on fishing and hunting gear, clothing, taxidermy, camping equipment, sport fishing boats, RVs  and more!  Plus, find everything you need to plan and prepare for your next outdoor adventure, including dozens of experts on everything from fishing and hunting, to game calling, survival and outdoor cooking.  It will be held from Feb. 8 - 12 at in Portland.  For details, visit www.thesportshows.com.

Portland International Film Festival
February 9 - 25

Since 1977, the Portland International Film Festival has been the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema.  For over three weeks, it's a showing of nearly 100 feature films and 60+ short films, festival audiences across the City of Portland travel the globe in theater seats to celebrate the world’s filmmakers and cinephiles.  It will be held from Feb. 9 - 25 at the Whitsell Auditorium: 1219 SW. Park Ave. in Portland.  For a schedule, go to nwfilm.org.

Quilt Run 101
February 10 - 20

Pick up one challenge flat quarter from each participating shop, put them together into a wall hanging size quilt and enter to win.  Every entrant will receive 1 yard of fabric.  This year's Grand Prize: Janome Gem Gold.  You're allowed to visit a minimum 6, specific fabric shops along the Oregon Coast to be eligible for prizes.  All shops will be open at least 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. during the hop.  The competition is from Feb. 10 - 20 at 120 Central Ave. in Coos Bay.  For details, visit www.quiltrun101.com.

Chocolatathon
Saturday, February 11

A fun event for all, you are invited to participate in a 5K and 10K Run/Walk and Kidathon (1/4 mile run).  It's a race that offers chocolate!  Enjoy the hot chocolate bar, complete with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, crushed nuts, marshmallows, peppermints, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, sprinkles, and lots of hot chocolate for a cool wintry day.  It will be held on
Saturday, Feb. 11 at Cook Park in Tigard.  Visit www.uberthons.com.

Winter Poultry, Homesteading Faire and Seed Swap
Saturday, February 11

Hosted by the Oregon Poultry Swap, they'll have 90 vendor spaces bringing you many breeds and ages of chickens, waterfowl, quail, peafowl, guinea fowl, turkeys, doves and pigeons, rabbits, cavies and hatching eggs.  They'll also  have animal supply and feed vendors; homemade foods; DIY homesteading and sustainable living items and plants; fiber spinning demonstrations; and much  more.  It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Lane Events Center: 796 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene.  Go to www.oregonpoultryswapinc.com.

Antique Week in Lincoln City
February 11 - 20

With numerous stores and malls including more than 100 dealers, Lincoln City has been the place to go on the Oregon Coast if you are interested in antiques and collectibles.  To celebrate “antiquing,” every February Lincoln City hosts Antique Week, an eleven-day event, from February 11 - 20.  Antique Week features city-wide antique store sales where you will discover hidden treasures and save on your purchases.  Honoring this year’s theme, “Communities Sewn Together,” earn fabulous prizes throughout Antique Week by participating in the Quilt Quest Treasure Hunt.  Search for hidden quilt squares at participating stores and collect all seven stamps to be entered to win.  For more, go to
www.oregoncoast.org.

PDX Jazz Festival
February 16 - 26

The PDX Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland.  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.  The festival is from Feb. 16 - 26.  For details, their website is pdxjazz.com.

Mt. Hood Skibowl: 80's Night
Friday, February 17

Arrive wearing 80's-style duds and receive $7 off a night lift ticket or $5 off a two-hour cosmic tubing ticket.  DJ spinning 80's tunes in the Beer Stube, fashion contest with prizes and the best 80's apparel.  This is a FREE event.  It will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. at 87000 E. Hwy. 26 in Government Camp.  For details, go to www.skibowl.com

Oregon Winter Fest
February 17 - 19

It's a grand celebration of Winter in Bend.  They'll have lots of activities for the whole family, from Feb. 17 - 19 at various locations.  You can enjoy great music, 10 Barrel Brewing Rail Jam, Fire Pit Competition, ice sculptures, fire king and ice queen, food vendors, marketplace and much more.  Visit
oregonwinterfest.com.

Gorse Blossom Festival
February 17 - 19

Beautiful Bandon-by-the-Sea hosts it's first-ever Gorse Blossom Festival over Valentine's week!  This festival is all about craft beers, wineries, Brewmaker Dinners, Winemaker Dinners, and the Oregon Coast Film Festival.  It will be held from Feb. 17 - 19 at various venues.  Visit www.gorseblossomfest.com.

Wizard World Portland Comic Con & Gaming
February 17 - 19

Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge on the Oregon Convention Center at Wizard World Portland Comic Con & Gaming to celebrate the best in pop culture.  Wizard World Portland Comic Con & Gaming brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More!  It will be held from Feb. 17 - 19 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Visit wizardworld.com.

Portland Mardi Gras Ball
Saturday, February 18

The most authentic Louisiana Mardi Gras Experience in the Pacific Northwest!  Join the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus for a dazzling evening of music and dancing, plus a light taste of Louisiana cuisine. There will be outrageous costumes, contests, Mardi Gras Royalty, king cake and plenty of joie de vivre!  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  The ball is on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom: 1410 SW. Morrison St. in Portland.  More can be found at www.portlandmardigras.com.

Oregon Asian Celebration
February 18 - 19

Come and enjoy exciting and colorful Asian cultural performances, music, fine art; demonstrations of Asian crafts, cooking, and martial arts; an Asian heritage exhibit, Asian food court, marketplace, special events, and more.  It will be held from Feb. 18 - 19 at the Lane Events Center: 796 W. 13th Ave. in  Eugene.  Their website is asiancelebration.org.    

KidFest and Family Expo
February 18 - 19

Come experience our amazing weekends focusing on active & healthy family lifestyle and raising kids successfully. Non-stop entertainment, interactive exhibits for kids, teens and parents, family fun zones, special show pricing on local products and services designed to enrich your life!  They will also have SportFest!  Multi-Sport & Fitness Expo.  The fun is from Feb. 18 - 19 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  More at www.kidfestnw.com.

Seaside Jazz Festival
February 23 - 26

The annual event regularly features 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.  The festivities are from Feb. 23 - 26 at five different venues in Seaside on the Oregon Coast.  Visit www.jazzseaside.com.

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
February 23 - 26

It wouldn’t be winter on the coast without the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival.  Showcasing over 150 premier Northwest wines, culinary professionals and regional artisans, the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival draws nearly 25,000 visitors each year.  The festivities are from Feb. 23 - 26 in Newport.  Go online to seafoodandwine.com.

Wurstfest
February 24 - 25

Sponsored by Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce, the 9th annual Wurstfest is from February 24 - 25, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. in the beautiful Mt. Angel Festhalle, located at 500 Wilco Highway NE in Mount Angel.  The annual event features live O’fest music, local dancers, German and domestic beers, regional and German wines, a large variety of handmade sausages, wide assortment of foods, German souvenirs, clothing and hats plus a kindergarten.  Friday is Senior Day from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for those 65+.  The Wurst Run & Walk is Saturday sponsored by Race Northwest.  Visit www.mtangelwurstfest.com for more information.

Fisher Poets Gathering
February 24 - 26

A celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song, the FisherPoets Gathering has attracted fisherpoets and their many fans to Astoria, Oregon since 1998.  Originally conceived as a modest cultural reunion for far-flung friends in the commercial fishing fleet, the FisherPoets Gathering now attracts nearly a hundred poets, songwriters and storytellers from both the west and east coasts’ commercial fishing communities.  They gather in Astoria’s pubs, restaurants and galleries to read for each other and for the hundreds of fisherpoetry fans who come to hear the authentic, creative voices of deckhands and skippers, cannery workers and shipwrights, young greenhorns and old timers, strong women and good-looking men.  It will be held at various venues, from Feb. 24 - 26.  Go to www.fisherpoets.org.

Play Better Golf at the Portland Golf Show
February 24 - 26

Held at the Oregon Convention Center - the longest-running and most successful golf show on the West Coast.  Senior ticket discount courtesy of Willamette View.  Now celebrating its 24th year as the kickoff event to golf season in Oregon and Southwest Washington, the Portland Golf Show features great 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, show attendees will receive a goody bag including up to five free rounds of golf, magazine subscriptions and more!  Buy tickets in advance and check out a full list of hours, exhibitors and activities today at PortlandGolfShow.com.

Cannon Beach Yoga Festival
February 24 - 27

Yoga instructors and practitioners of all levels can choose from a variety of yoga workshops, meditation and other programs given by renowned instructors over four days at this annual event.  The festival is from Feb. 24 - 27 at various venues in Cannon Beach.  For details, visit www.cannonbeachyogafestival.com.

American Kennel Club Dog Show
February 24 - 27

Covered Bridge Cluster.  The event features four different shows in four days, from Feb. 24 - 27.  They'll have lots of dog related vendors.  Admission is FREE.  It will be held from Feb. 24 - 27 at the Linn County Fairgrounds: 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E in Albany.  Go to lcfaireexpo.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, go to  www.investingsimplifiedbook.com.