EVENTS OF 2017 BY MONTH:

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JANUARY 2017 EVENTS
Calendar Listing for Oregon and SW Washington
(Updated Regularly)

The No Pants Subway Ride
Sunday, January 8

Join this crazy group in the annual No Pants Subway Ride that mimics the one started in 2006 in New York City.  Around 150 people participated in the ride last year.  Portlanders will be participating locally on Sunday, Jan. 8. For details, visit their Facebook page.


Old Time Music Gathering
January 11 - 15

The Portland Oregon Old-Time Music Gathering is an annual, grassroots volunteer-run festival to celebrate and enrich the community of traditional old-time Appalachian style stringband musicians.  They offer great music with concerts, workshops, jamming, square dancing and kids' activities.  It will be held from Jan. 11 - 15 at 4 venues in Portland.  To learn more, go to www.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.

Reel Music Festival
January 13 - February 5

Embracing Portland’s adoration of and deep connection to music, each year Film Center programmers spend the year on the lookout for new works (and timely classics) for this annual celebration of music and image.  Spanning musical genres from jazz and blues to funk and punk, Reel Music is full of inspiration for music and cinema fans alike.  It will be held from Jan. 13 - Feb. 5 at the Whitsell Auditorium: 1219 SW. Park Ave. in Portland.  For a schedule of films, go to
nwfilm.org.

Original Mid-Valley Home Show
January 13 - 15

Hosted by the Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk Counties, attend the Mid-Willamette Valley's oldest, largest and best attended home show.  It will be held from Jan. 13 - 15 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds: 2330 17th St NE in Salem.  Go to www.homebuildersassociation.org.


Portland Metro Reptile Show
Saturday, January 14

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.  It's fun and unique for all ages.  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! Our shows feature a huge selection of live reptiles and amphibians for sale, along with arachnids, hedgehogs, rodents, insects, cages, supplies, books and so much more.  It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Columbia Conference Center at the Portland Holiday Inn: 8439 NE. Columbia Blvd. in Portland.  For more, visit www.nwreptileexpos.com.

Yachats Agate Festival
January 14 - 15

You'll enjoy their annual  Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show.  It's a weekend of festivities featuring spectacular displays, as well as family friendly learning opportunities for all ages.  They'll also have special guest speakers and the Oregon Coast Agate Club will also be joining in with demonstrations and club displays.  The festival is from Jan. 14 - 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 441 Hwy. 101 in Yachats.  To learn more, visit yachatsagatefestival.com.

Winter Music Festival
January 14 - 15

You can enjoy two days of great music, arts, crafts, pie contest, and concert performances at the Florence Events Center and at various venues around the community to participate in the 2017 Winter Music Festival.  It will be held from Jan. 14 - 15 at 715 Quince St. in Florence.   For more, visit www.wintermusicfestival.org.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
Monday, January 16

Hosted by The Skanner Foundation, it's a celebration of Dr. King's birthday.  The breakfast with special guest speaker is on Monday, Jan. 16, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Portland Hilton Hotel: 921 SW. 6th Ave. in Portland.  For details, go to www.theskanner.com.

Rose City Classic Dog Show
January 18 - 22

The Rose City Classic Series of Dog Shows is one of the largest and most popular dog events in the United States.  It spans 5 days, starting with Individual Breeds and Group Specialty Shows, followed by 4 days of all-breed dog shows representing more than 185 individual breeds.  It will be held from Jan. 18 - 22 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  Visit rosecityclassic.org.

Shinnenkai: Japanese New Year Celebration
Thursday, January 19

Join in the fun to recognize Shinnenkai, a traditional Japanese New Year’s Celebration.  Celebrate the "Year of the Rooster" with Japanese and American friends togethether.   You can immerse yourself in Japanese culture with osechi, sushi, dessert, beer and sake, traditional music, fukubukuro, kimono, and more.  It will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Montgomery Park: 2701 NW. Vaughn in Portland.  Go to jaso.org.

Fertile Ground
January 19 - 29

The annual event features 11-days of world premiere acts of creation.  Discover compelling indoor landscapes of many hues and disciplines cultivated in Fertile Ground.  This city-wide event features circus arts, comedy, dance, staged productions, multi-media, panel discussion, staged reading, theatre, workshops and more.  It will be held from Jan. 19 - 29 at various venues throughout the Portland metro area.  To learn more, visit fertilegroundpdx.org.

Winter Rod and Speed Show
January 20 - 21

You'll have lots of fun at this event.  You'll see over 100 hot rods, street rods, dragsters, muscle cars, custom trucks, scale model car expo, a pin stripe pavilion, and a wide variety of vendors.  It will be held from Jan. 20 - 21 at the Linn County Fair and Expo: 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E in Albany.  Their website is www.capracing.com.

ChocolateFest
January 20 - 22

ChocolateFest promises you the opportunity to sample, taste, savor, and delight in some of the finest chocolate from the Northwest and beyond!  Decadent truffles, rich fudge, delicious cupcakes, and so much more await you along with some tasty libations to round out your adventure.  It will be held from Jan. 20 - 22 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in
Portland.  Visit www.chocolatefest.org.

Oregon Truffle Festival
January 20 - 29

For more than a decade, the Oregon Truffle Festival has been the leading voice for a burgeoning American industry as well as an exciting culinary festival that sells out its popular dinners and tasting events year after year.  From James Beard winning chefs to truffle industry experts to food journalists and food enthusiasts, dozens of renowned culinary personalities and industry players participate in the Oregon Truffle Festival every year.  The Oregon Truffle Festival kicks off with an  exploration of the terroir of Yamhill Valley truffle and wine country, and concludes with the Joriad truffle dog championship event followed by the festival’s capstone Eugene weekend.  It will be held at various locations throughout Oregon, from Jan. 20 - 29.  For details, go to www.oregontrufflefestival.com.

Retro Gaming Swap Meet
Saturday, January 21

Held annually, they are going old-school...back when it was all about getting buyers and sellers together to help build collections and help sellers find good homes for their extras while preserving the cultural and historical aspects of video games.  Nothing fancy - just games, games and more games.  It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Portland Doubletree Hotel: 1000 NE. Multnomah St. in Portland.  Go online to www.retrogramingexpo.com.

Vancouver Lake Half Marathon
Sunday, January 22

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.  The marathon is on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.at Vancouver Lake Park: 6801 Northwest Lower River Rd. in Vancouver.

Winter Festival: Passion in Winter
January 26 - 29

Chamber Music Northwest invites you to ignite your passion this winter with some of the greatest Romantic chamber works ever composed during our 2017 Winter Festival: Passion in Winter.  Experience the music in four concerts performed by world-renowned artists including the esteemed duo of David Finckel and Wu Han, the electrifying Miró Quartet, and the dazzling Montrose Trio.  Join us January 26 - 29 at Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium or Portland State University’s Lincoln
Performance Hall!  For more information, visit cmnw.org.

Portland International Auto Show
January 26 - 29

Held annually, the show includes over 38 manufactures on display, vendors, electric vehicle showcase, Tech Center, giveaway of a new car, Ferrari Race Team, Luxury Lofts, Great Outdoors exhibit, Blazers Kid's Camp, Kids Zone, Race Garage, Motorcycle Pavilion, Ride and Drives, Guess This Mess, RC Rock Climbing, and more.  It will be held from Jan. 26 - 29 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  Go to portlandautoshow.com.
 

Mo's Crab & Chowder Festival
Friday, January 27

A yearly tradition, in honor of Oregon Crab Month, brings the flavors of the Oregon Coast to the winery. Enjoy Mo’s world-famous chowder bowls, fresh Oregon Coast crab and other seafood selections which pair perfectly with our acclaimed Pinot Gris.  Live music and dancing add to the celebration.  It will be held on Friday, Jan. 27 at Willamette Valley Vineyards: 8800 Enchanted Way SE in Turner.  Go to www.wvv.com.

First Taste Oregon
January 27 - 28

This event features some of the industry's best winemakers, craft breweries, artists and culinary masters.  They'll also have commercial vendors and performances by incredible music artists from all over the state.  It will be held from Jan. 27 - 28 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, Columbia Hall: 2330 NE. 17th St. in Salem.  Visit www.firsttasteoregon.com.

International Cat Show
January 27 - 29

Held annually, over 250 cats on exhibition, including many rare breeds only seen at the International Cat Show.  This year, the event features The Toybob - a new cat breed from Russian Federation.  It's a minature cat, even when full grown, stays the size of a kitten.  It will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, from 3 - 9 p.m. and through Jan. 28 - 29, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn at Portland Airport Conference Center, located at 8439 NE. Columbia Blvd. in Portland. They'll have food drive for the Oregon Food Bank. Admission $10 or $8, plus 2 cans; children under 12 get in for FREE and FREE parking available.  For more, visit www.tncc.org or go to their Facebook page.

Mid-Winter Festival
January 27 - 29

Join along if you are a square, round, or clogging dancer, enjoy the dance, otherwise come to socialize and enjoy watching the dancers.  This year's theme is entitled "Shootin' for the Moon."  The festival is from Jan. 27 - 29 at the Linn County Expo Center: 3700 Knox Butte Rd. in Albany.  Their website is www.midwinterfestival.com.

Portland's Rain of Glass
January 28 - 29

All are invited to attend the annual Portland's Rain of Glass that is a sale of antiques and collectibles, glass and vintage - a wonderful array of treasures for you and your home.  They will also have appraisals, glass repair, free parking, snack bar and educational displays.  It will be held from Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. -  5 p.m. and on Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Washington County Fairgrounds: 873 NE. 34th and Cornell, across from the Hillsboro Airport.  Admission is $7 (good these hours and both days).  Appraise antiques and collectibles with the P.R.O.G. Appraisers: $3 donation per item.  Visit www.rainofglass.org.

Oregon Wedding Show
January 28 - 29

See the latest trends to create your dream wedding.  They'll have vendors, runway fashion shows.  Find everything for your special day all in one place, all in one weekend.  It will be held Jan. 28 - 29, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Oregon State Fairgrounds: 2330 NE. 17th St. in Salem.  Go to oregonweddingshowcase.com.

Lan Su Chinese Garden: Chinese New Year
January 28 - February 6

Chinese New Year is the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals and Lan Su celebrates with two weeks of festivities and six evenings of Lantern Viewing.  Start your preparations for Chinese New Year by cleaning your house, gathering with family and planning your visit to Lan Su!  The celebrations around the "Year of the Rooster" are from Jan. 28 - Feb. 6 at 239 NW. Everett St. in Portland.  Go to www.lansugarden.org.

Mochitsuki
Sunday, January 29

Fun for all ages, it's a Japanese-American New Year's celebration.  You can enjoy traditional foods, performances, a tea ceremony, mochi pounding, ikebana, hands-on activities, origami, and more.  It will be held on Sunday, January 29, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union: 1825 SW. Broadway in Portland.  Visit www.mochipdx.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.