JULY 2017 EVENTS

Calendar Listing for Oregon and Southwest Washington
(Updated Regularly)

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
Tuesday, July 4
(Southwest Washington)

Enjoy an evening event at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site with live entertainment, arts & crafts, kids games, food & beverage vendors - all ending with a spectacular fireworks show.  The celebration is on Tuesday, July 4 at the Fort Vancouver National Site's Parade Grounds, across from Officers Row in Vancouver, from 6 - 10:30 p.m.  Their website is 4th.fortvan.org.

Timber Festival
Tuesday, July 4

Bring the whole family to celebrate.  The Timber Festival features logging events and timber competitions including: Chain Saw Show Offs, 50/50 Axe Throw, Long pond competition and horse pull demonstraiton.  Live bands, petting zoo, inflatable rides for children, food vendors and craft vendors.  Not to mention an aerial fireworks display at 10 p.m.  The festivities are on Tuesday, July 4 at Timber Park: 30878 NW. Evergreen Way in Estacada.  Visit estacadatimberfestival.com.

Music Fair and Feast
July 6 - 9

Four days of live music, food, beer and wine garden as well as a cook off for adults and kids. Thursday night is FREE Family Night with live music begining after the parade.  Friday and Saturday for the 21 and older crowd with beer and wine garden, food concessions and main stage entertainment with live music.  Sunday has a breakfast, chili cook-off and more live music.  It will be held from July 6 - 9 at Sandy Centennial Plaza: 17499 Hoffman Ave. in Sandy.  Go online to sandyoregonchamber.org.

McKenzie River Lavender Festival
July 7 - 9

Lavender in bloom, fresh bouquets, many lavender products and small plants, artisan booths, food & live music.  Sisters on the Fly with their vintage campers will join us.  Fun for the family and FREE.  It will be held from July 7 - 9, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., each day at 40882 McKenzie Hwy., MP 15.5 in Springfield.
For more information, see mckenzieriverlavender.com.

Saint Benedict Festival
Saturday, July 8

Feed your body, nourish your soul with the Benedictine monks of Mount Angel Abbey at the Saint Benedict Festival on Saturday, July 8.  The event begins at noon and ends at 4:30 p.m.  Enjoy a Swiss cuisine-themed picnic, lawn games, live music, Willamette Valley wines, and Benedictine Brewery beer crafted by the monks.  There will be guided tours of the monastery, a monastic marketplace, silent auction, and more.  Adults: 21 and older only; $50 per ticket.  The Abbey is on the hilltop above Mount Angel, Ore. Information: 503-845-3030.  Go to www.mountangelabbey.org/sbf-2017.

Willamette Valley Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show
July 8 - 9

The Finest Celebration of Lavender & Art, at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, OR!  The one place where all things lavender blend with the premier art show of work painted in the lavender fields of Oregon.  Enjoy distinctive lavender products, essential oils, art and craft booths, and the plein air art show. Relax & partake in lavender food & refreshment while listening to talented musicians.  Try lavender crafts or visit a nearby lavender farm.  Proceeds benefit charity.  It will be held from July 8 - 9.  For more, visit www.WVLavenderFestival.org.

HAREFEST 7
July 14 - 15

HAREFEST 7 is the Northwest's nostalgic music festival featuring 18 of the region's best tribute bands, 18 hours of music, delicious foods, onsite camping, and a whole bunch of really fun concert goers - all taking place at Pat Acres Racing Complex in Canby, OR!  This year's lineup features tributes to Journey, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Heart, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Beastie Boys, Van Halen, The Who, Motley Crue, Scorpions, and Poison.  It will be held from July 14 - 15.  Tickets and info at www.harefest.com.

61st West Linn's Annual Old Time Fair
July 14 - 16

This is West Linn's signature annual event held in beautiful Willamette Park at
the confluence of the Tualatin and Willamette Rivers.  West Linn's annual Old Time Fair attracts more than 13,000 people throughout the 3-day event. The Old Time Fair includes: Coronation of the Old Time Fair Queen, Car Show, Olde Time Baseball Game, Exhibitor and Food booths, Local
Musical and Exhibition performers, Beer Garden, Parade, Carnival and more....It will be held from July 14 - 16.  To learn more, visit www.westlinnoregon.gov/oldtimefair.

Portland’s Bastille Day Largest on the West Coast
Saturday, July 15

Look for live music, games, arts and crafts, and a French market including wine and cuisine.  Portland’s Bastille Day celebration is a lively festival with an emphasis on French food, culture and fun!  Savor crêpes, shop for things French, cheer the Waiters Race, and enjoy live music with a French theme.  Bastille Day honors the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris in 1789.  Hosted by the Alliance Francaise de Portland, it will be held on Saturday, July 15, from 12 - 6 p.m. at Jamison Square: 810 NW. 11th Ave. in Portland.  For more information, visit www.afportland.org.

Columbia County Fair & Rodeo
July 19 - 23

The Columbia County Fair will be held this year on July 19 through 23.  Our address at the fairgrounds is 58892 Saulser Rd. in St. Helens.  On Wednesday, July 19 is our Senior Day and Veterans Day where they get into the fair for FREE until 3 p.m.  Also on that day, we are having a my fair lady contest for the Seniors from the different communities around the country.  On Thursday will be our Kids Day where kids under 17 get in FREE until 3 p.m.  Friday and Saturday nights, we will have the N.P.R.A. rodeo that is FREE with a paid admission to the fair.  We also have a plant sale that will be open every day of the fair.  Our hours for the fair are 10 a.m. till 11 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. till 12 midnight on Friday, and Saturday.  Sundays, we are open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.  We have a pirate ship and birds this year, along with some great entertainment.  For more information, please check out our website at www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com.  It will have a list of the entertainment and what hours that they will be playing under the fair schedule. 



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.