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.  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

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

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.  


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