JANUARY 2018 EVENTS
Calendar Listing for Oregon and SW Washington
(Updated Regularly)

Polar Bear Plunge in Charleston
Monday, January 1

Join along in their almost 30-year tradition with a New Year's dive in the ocean.  The only rule is that you must completely immerse yourself.  Spend 1 - 5 minutes in the water and you're sure to start your New Year right!  Take the plunge on Monday, Jan. 1, starting at 9 a.m. at Sunset Bay State Park in Charleston.  Go to oregonsadventurecoast.com.

CrossFit Fort Vancouver Championship
January 5 - 7
(Southwest Washington)

The CrossFit Fort Vancouver Championship is an annual competition for many of the region’s fittest athletes. The mission from day one has been to provide the best competitor and spectator experience possible. They pride themselves on staying true to that tradition while still finding new ways to make it better every year.  The event will be held from Jan. 5 - 7 at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, Exhibition Hall A: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield.  Go to cfvchampionship.com.

High Desert Museum: Winter Raptors
Saturday, January 6

Join a Museum curator to view raptors in Central Oregon.  Visit the Fort Rock area to observe the natural behaviors of raptors including golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, prairie falcons, merlins and more.  Transportation provided.  It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 59800 South Hwy. 97 in Bend.  Their website is www.highdesertmuseum.org.

The No Pants Subway Ride
Sunday, January 7

The mission started in New York as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year on January 7.  The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.  The annual event is on Sunday, Jan. 7.  For details, head over to the Facebook page of No. Pants. PDX.

Portland Old Time Music Gathering
January 10 - 14

The Portland Oregon Old-Time Music Gathering is a grassroots volunteer-run festival that celebrates the traditional old-time Appalachian style stringband musicians.  Lots of great performances throughout the Portland metro area at various venues, from Jan. 10 - 14.  For a listing, go to bubbaguitar.com.

Portland Boat Show
January 11 - 15

Look over a huge variety of boats to shop and compare until your heart’s content!  See new lines, brands and styles all at the Portland Boat Show.  This 5-day event offers plenty those with boating interests and in need of on-the-water thrills!  You’ll find fishing boats, ski boats, sailing vessels, yachts, personal watercraft and paddle sports. It will be held from Jan. 11 - 15 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland. For more, visit otshows.com.

Christmas Music Festival
January 12 - 14

Held annually in Florence, you can enjoy great performances, jam session, artisan fair, shopping, good eats and fine libations.  The festival is from Jan. 12 - 14 at the Florence Events Center: 715 Quince St.  For more details, go to www.wintermusicfestival.org.

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

Bourbon and Bacon Fest
Saturday, January 13

Bourbon & Bacon: the most delicious duo around! Nosh your way through some of the best bourbon and food the Pacific Northwest has to offer with OMSI After Dark Bourbon and Bacon Fest! You’ll get sips of bourbon from distilleries large and small and tastes of bacon from tried-and-true to ways you’d never expect!  Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or taste how an extra 10% cacao can make a difference in chocolate.  All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!  The Bourbon & Bacon Fest is on Saturday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. at 1945 SE. Water Ave. in Portland.  Visit omsi.edu.

Portland Metro Reptile Show
Saturday, January 13

If you are looking for a quality reptile as a new pet or are just want something fun and unique to do, this is it.  This show is FUN and UNIQUE for all ages, young and old.  There is something for every level of hobbyist at our reptile expos.  Not looking to buy a new pet?  NO PROBLEM!  The show has a plethora of educational tables and hands on live interaction for your family to enjoy.  Over 17,000 feet of pure REPTILIAN EXCITEMENT!  They will have a huge selection of live reptiles and amphibians for sale, along with arachnids, hedgehogs, rodents, insects, cages, supplies, books and so much more.  The Portland Metro Reptile Expo is on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Columbia Conference Center at the Portland Holiday Inn: 8439 NE. Columbia Blvd. in Portland.  Times are from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  For more, visit www.nwreptileexpos.com.

Professional Bull Riders
Saturday, January 13

For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling 8-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Velocity Tour one of the most exciting live sporting events to see.  Each rider will face one bull in Round 1 with the Top 10 scoring riders of the night moving on to one more ride in the championship round.  At the end of the competition, the rider with the highest combined score will be crowned the champion.  It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. at the Moda Center: One Center Court in Portland.  Visit www.pbr.com.

Foods by Nature Expo
January 13 - 14

Come experience the FOODS by NATURE Expo, a consumer show where you can find sources for healthy living.  Sample, taste and buy grass-fed, organic, gluten-free and nutrient-dense foods.  FOODS by NATURE Expo is Weston A. Price Foundation inspired, Low-Carb and Paleo friendly.  They'll also have special guest speakers.  It will be held from Jan. 13 - 14 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Go to foodsbynatureexpo.com.  

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest + Walker Stalker Con
January 13 - 14

Spend the entire weekend with your favorite Heroes and Villains guests, or head across our newly expanded venue to meet cast members from The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchcy, and more from Walker Stalker Con! One ticket gives you complete access to guests, vendors, and panels from BOTH shows!  The two shows are from Jan. 13 - 14 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Go to heroesfanfest.com

Oregon Wedding Showcase
January 13 - 14

Plan your wedding the easy and fun way. Meet the most trusted and talented wedding vendors. Visualize your special day as you discover venues, sample food and desserts, gather ideas for decor, experience a wedding fashion show, and much more. Leave informed, inspired and excited along with items checked off your list!  It will be held from Jan. 13 - 14 at the Lane Events Center: 796 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene.  Go to oregonweddingshowcase.com.

Portland Bridal Show
January 13 - 14

More Fashions, More Exhibitors, More New Ideas, More FUN!  More Choices than you can imagine.  With spectacular runway fashion shows and displays from the area's most trusted wedding professionals, you will find everything to make your wedding day extraordinary.  Get expert advice from the area's leading wedding professionals.  Save time by seeing everything for your wedding in one place.  Save money with discounts and offers especially for show attendees.  Whether you are just starting your planning, finishing up the last minute details, or anywhere in between.  It will be held from Jan. 13 - 14 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Visit portlandbridalshow.com

Yachats Agate Festival
January 13 - 14

The village gem invites you to the 6th annual Yachats Agate Festival and Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show.  The festival weekend will feature spectacular displays as well as family friendly learning opportunities for all ages. There will be special guest speakers and the Oregon Coast Agate Club will also be joining in with demonstrations and club displays.  Get your rock identified by The Rock Doc.  Guy "The Oregon Fossil Guy" DiTorrice will also be there to talk with you about finding ancient treasures along the central Oregon Coast.  The festival will be held from Jan. 13 - 14 at Yachats Commons: 441 Highway 101 in Yachats.  Times are from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Go to yachatsagatefestival.com.

Cascade Half Marathon
Sunday, January 14

This is Oregon's premier half-marathon in January.  Whether you are running the half marathon or the 10k and two-mile fun run, this annual event will get your heart rate pumping.  It will be held on Sunday, Jan. 14, starting at 8 a.m. at Cascade Junior High School: 10226 SE. Marion Rd. in Turner.  Go to www.wvroadrunners.org.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
Monday, January 15

Hosted by The Skanner Foundation, the breakfast gathering is a celebration of civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  It will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Red Lion on the River - Jantzen Beach: 909 N. Hayden Island Dr. in Portland.  Visit www.theskanner.com.

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.

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.

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.



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