WINTER 2019

Calendar of Events for Oregon & SW Washington
(Updated Regularly to Feature Event Listings)

Reel Music
January 18 - February 16

The annual event features a kaleidoscopic selection of genres, movements, labels, bands, and solo artists.  You can see the latest in music film - from intimate portraits to career-spanning celebrations - alongside archival films ripe for re-discovery.  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.  It will be held from Jan. 18- Feb. 16 at the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium: 1219 Sw. Park Ave. in Portland.  For a schedule of film showings, go to nwfilm.org

PassinArt:
"Hazardous Beauty"
January 25 - February 17
(Non-Annual)

"Hazardous Beauty" tells the story of two women-one black, one white both Baby Boomers-attending a memoir writing class at a Portland college.  As writers, they have a license to critique each other's work, but because this is a class on memoir, what results is often a laser-like critique of each other's lives - sometimes painful, sometimes sad, sometimes joyful, and often very funny.  And because they are here to write about their lives, not just talk about them, they are charged with "coherence," with making sense of love, work, art and aging.  Performances by PassinArt are from Jan. 25 - Feb. 17 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC): 5340 N. Interstate Ave. in Portland.  For tickets, go to www.passinart.org

Glass Floats Treasure Hunting Season
February 1 - April 30

February through April is Beach Treasure Hunt season in Gold Beach.  Find a tagged glass float on our beach. Bring it to the Visitor Center to see if you’ve won a prize. There are weekly and monthly prizes.  First, make sure you search for the glass floats in the right location. They’re above the high surf line in the driftwood and beach grass.  Also, you will only find them from the Rogue River jetty to south of Kissing Rock.  That’s almost 3 miles of treasure hunting on our awesome beaches!...More

Lan Su Chinese Garden: Chinese New Year
February 5 - 19

Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!  The celebration is from Feb. 5 - 19 at 239 NW. Everett St. in Portland.  Go to lansugarden.org.

Brunish Theatre: "Jesus Christ Superstar"
February 7 - March 3
(Non-Annual)

What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years.  A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.  Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life.  The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.  Performances are until March 3 at Brunish Theatre within Antoinette Hatfield Hall: 1111 SW. Broadway in Portland.  Visit www.portland5.com

Lincoln City Antique & Collectibles Week
February 9 - 18

Enjoy special Antique & Collectibles Week sales from 100 dealers found at over 15 antique store locations throughout Lincoln City. From art, books and furniture, to pop culture, there are a variety of items to add to your collection.  The event will also celebrate the 160th anniversary of Oregon becoming a state, telling the story through railroad history and memorabilia.  Plus, they will have lots of events to go with the week of world-class antiquing.  Their Appraise-a-thon and the new pop-up Antique Faire are just a hint of what's in store this year...More 

Oregon Winter Fest
February 15 - 17

It's three days of live music, delicious food and drink from around the region and activities for the whole family.  Thousands of spirited locals and visitors gather in Central Oregon on President’s Day weekend for this festive winter staple.  The OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest has live entertainment, like the ever-popular 10 Barrel Rail Jam and Oregrown Music Stage, a taste of regional food and drink and amazing collection of local creators and businesses...More

Confluence Story Gathering
Saturday, February 16

Confluence Story Gatherings elevate Indigenous voices that help us connect more deeply to place. Join along for the first Story Gathering of 2019, with special guest speakers Tanna Engdahl, Cowlitz Spiritual Leader, Carol Craig, Yakama Reporter and David Lewis, Grand Ronde Historian.  First-person story telling has a unique power to deepen our understanding of the histories, cultures and environment.  Confluence Story Gatherings are welcoming forums that feature the stories, experiences and teachings of native elders and leaders as a way to explore the interconnectedness of people and places of the Columbia River system.  It will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. at 1109 East 5th St. in Vancouver.  Visit www.confluenceproject.org.  

Oregon's 160th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, February 16
(Non-Annual)

All are invited to partake in living history at the Oregon State Capitol as we celebrate the 160th anniversary of Statehood Day.  Costumed interpreters, exhibits, music, activities for the entire family and birthday cake are FREE for all to enjoy.  Don't miss one of our biggest events of the year!  The celebration is on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol: 900 Court St. NE in Salem.  For more, visit www.oregonlegislature.gov.

Salem Hamfair
Saturday, February 16

Hosted by the Salem Repeater Association, the Salem Hamfair is Oregon's biggest and best computer and electronics swapmeet, including raffle prizes?.  It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center: 520 S. Pacific Hwy. W in Rickreall.  Go to w7sra.com.

Food as Medicine Symposium
February 16 - 17

Join us for the 6th Annual Food as Medicine Conference which will include amazing speakers, a vibrant vendor marketplace, and a delicious, seasonal lunch! This year’s symposium will bring together a diverse group of speakers to discuss the impact food choices have on human health and the environment. Speakers will be presenting on how reshaping our current food system and following sustainable diets can improve our health, our communities, and our environment. Professional attendees have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units by attending the two day in-person conference or via live webinar.  It will be held from Feb. 16 - 17 at the NUNM Campus: 049 SW. Porter St. in Portland.  Go to foodasmedicineinstitute.com.

Frontier Heritage Fair
February 16 - 17

The annual, family-friendly Frontier Heritage Fair is on the third weekend of February each year.  Members of the Fort Umpqua Muzzleloaders will be on hand.  They are enthusiastic about sharing information about frontier life and demonstrating historic trades, including bowl making, blacksmithing, muzzle loading, spinning yarn, and trapping.  Old-time music will fill the auditorium as visitors explore tables displaying historic trade goods, ranging from firearms to beads and blankets to leather goods.  It will be held from Feb. 16 - 17 at the Lane County Fairgrounds Auditorium: 796 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene.  Head over to their Facebook page about their organization. 

Hagg Lake Mud Runs - Ultra 50K & 25K
February 16 - 17

It’s time to get muddy! Warrior-on at one of the most popular ultras in the Northwest, featured in Runner’s World Trail Edition as one of the top Oregon trail races. This course gives runners a chance to run the trails around stunning Hagg Lake in Gaston.  The Hagg Lake Mud Runs are from Feb. 16 - 17 at 50250 SW. Scoggins Valley Rd.  For more and to register, go to orrc.net.

Oregon Asian Celebration
February 16 - 17

The 34th annual event celebrates the "Year of the Pig".  Get spirited away with two full days of nonstop activities for all ages.  You'll be greeted by the roaring welcome of the Chinese Lion Dancers and taiko drumming to usher in a day of good fortune and to ward off evil spirits.  Both days feature colorful entertainment and cultural dances on three different stages; demonstrations of crafts, martial arts, and cooking Asian cuisine; a fine arts and Asian Heritage exhibit, Marketplace and Asian food vendors, and youth activities.  The Oregon Asian Celebration is from Feb. 16 - 17 at the Lane Event Center: 796 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene.  Go to asiancelebration.org for more.

Salem Roadster Show
February 16 - 17

Cars from up and down the west coast are invited to show in this Best of the Best indoor show.  There is no judging, there are no trophies.  The Salem Roadster Show will also have vendors, along with exhibitors.  It will be held from Feb. 16 - 17 at the Oregon State Fair & Expo Center: 2330 17th St. in Salem.  Visit www.pdxcarculture.com for more.  

Valentine's Day Weekend:
Wine and Chocolate Pairing Tour
February 16 - 17
(Southwest Washington)

Skip the traffic and stay local for Valentine's weekend.  There are eleven participating Southwest Washington wineries for a weekend of wine and chocolate...More

Zwickelmania
February 16 & 23

This is a FREE statewide craft beer celebration that allowed visitors to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample beers. About 4,000 craft beer fans took part in the inaugural event, which was designed as a way to promote Oregon's craft beers and the brewers who make them.  This year, the 11th annual Zwickelmania will span two different weekends to accommodate an estimated 120 breweries that will participate around the state. Over 60 Portland Metro area breweries will kick off the event on Saturday, Feb. 16, while breweries across six more Oregon regions – Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Coast, Southern Oregon, and Willamette Valley – will welcome guests the following Saturday, Feb. 23...More

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
February 21 - 24

The largest winter event on the Oregon Coast returns February 21 - 24, 2019 with the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, produced by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and presented by Chinook Winds Casino Resort.  The theme for the 42nd annual festival is "Meet Me at the Sea."  Highlighted at the festival will be fine wines from 75 wineries around the west coast, delicious locally-caught seafood, and uniquely made artisan goods-a total of over 170 vendors...More

Portland Spring Home & Garden Show
February 21 - 24

The Portland Spring Home & Garden Show returns to the Portland Expo Center filled with great home products and ideas.  If you are searching for experts, members from the Professional Remodelers Organization will be onsite throughout the show.  Expert landscapers and gardeners will also be at the show to answer your questions and fill you with ideas for your outdoor living space.  The Portland Spring Home & Garden Show is your one-stop shop for all things home and garden...More 

Tickets On Sale for the 25th Annual Portland Golf Show 
February 22 - 24

The West Coast's longest-running consumer golf expo returns to the Oregon Convention Center, Feb. 22-24!  Celebrating its 26th year, the Golf Show features the lowest prices of the year on clubs and equipment from the biggest names in golf, a free driving range featuring the top manufacturers, fun skills contests, free high-tech lessons, beer and distillery tastings, plus special areas for kids, golf fitness and other exciting activities.  In addition, every attendee receives multiple rounds of golf and more!...More  

Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 22 - 24

Join tens of thousands of fans as they converge at Wizard World Comic Con Portland to celebrate the best in pop culture.  Wizard World Portland is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour and has it all - Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles & More!  It will be held from Feb. 22 - 24 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland.  To learn more, visit wizardworld.com.

An Evening with Patti LaBelle
Friday, March 1
(Non-Annual)

As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class.  Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that she is known and revered for.  World-renowned music artist Patti LaBelle will be performing at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 1 at : 1 Eugene Center in Eugene.  To learn more, visit www.hultcenter.org.

McMenamins Grand Lodge: 97th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, March 2

Head over to the McMenamins Grand Lodge for their all-ages, 97th year birthday party.  They'll have cake, live music, McMenamins Passport Discovery Hunt, and a handcrafted birthday beer.  It will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 3505 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove.  To learn more, go online to www.mcmenamins.com

Portland Christian Science Lecture Series:
Janet Hegarty on "How to Make Change for the Better"
Thursday, March 7

Hosted by the Portland Christian Science Lecture Series, guest speaker Janet Hegarty will be educating on the topic entitled, "How to Make Change for the Better".  You'll learn about how to make substantive change in our lives.  We have to go deeper – to discover our source, the one, all-good God.  Building on this foundation the possibilities are infinite.  In her talk, Janet will share how everyone can experience this life-changing power.  It will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the PSU Native American Student and Community Center: 710 SW. Jackson St. in Portland.  For details, go to pdxcslectureseries.com.

Oregon Chocolate Festival
March 8 - 10 

Chocolate lovers, plan your dream getaway! 15th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival is coming to Ashland, Oregon the weekend of March 8 - 10.  Enjoy tasty creations of over 50 West Coast chocolatiers, and other artisan food vendors including wineries and breweries.  Come dressed up for the Chocolate Maker's Wine Dinner or ready for a disco era party on Friday night in the Cosmos Ballroom. Ready to indulge but don't want those extra pounds, join others in the Charlie's Chocolate 5k and 10k runs.  Festival attractions will also include Chocolate Spa Party, chef demos, workshops, Sunday Chocolate Brunch, Best Chocolate Dessert Contest and more.  VIP Chocoholic overnight package available.  For more information visit OregonChocolateFestival.com.

2019 Winter Music Festival
Saturday, March 9

Now in its 8th year, the Winter Music Festival is back with another dose of the very best in live festival entertainment.  Another high quality lineup of music acts will once again showcase the region's best talent which attracts audiences from out of state, while giving back to charity at the same time.  Curtis Salgado kicks off the event with his brand of music excitement.  Curtis is joined by another Portland favorite, Lady Kat and Sonny Hess.  They are sure to delight the audience with their danceable, upbeat R&B sound and promise a really energetic show.  Return Flight, the Pat Stilwell Band, The Bayou Boyz, Karen Lovely & Ben Rice, and Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys join the lineup.  The Winter Music Festival is on Saturday, March 9 at the Elks Lodge & Ballroom: 13121 SE. McLoughlin Blvd. in Milwaukie.  Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and music starts at 3 p.m. with raffle and silent auction items to help with the charities.  Tickets can be purchased by going online to www.winterbluesfest.net.

Winter Steelhead Workshop
Saturday, March 9

Hosted by the Water Time Outfitters, attend special workshops to learn how to catch winter steelhead on the Clackamas River.  Fly anglers can learn about a variety of spots, styles, and techniques.  Grab some gear afterwards and head off with your new skills to a nearby steelhead runs within walking and driving distance.  The next workshop is on Saturday, March 9 at Royal Treatment Fly Shop: 21570 Willamette Dr. in West Linn.  Visit watertimeoutfitters.com.  

Pin-Ups on Tour
Sunday, March 10
(Non-Annual)

The Friends of the Florence Events Center are bringing the vintage burlesque and variety revue from Las Vegas to town for anyone with an appetite for the era's nostalgia, including retired and active military veterans/active duty personnel and their families.  Bring your military ID to the ticket office for your tickets.  According their website, Pin-Ups On Tour "is committed to providing low or no-cost entertainment for veterans as part of our morale-boosting mission."  Proceeds from their shows go to support their work entertaining US veterans inside and outside of VA hospitals.  The Pin-Ups Tour is on Sunday, March 10 at 715 Quince St. in Florence.  Performance time is at 2 p.m.  For more, call (541) 997-1994 and visit www.eventcenter.org.  


ONGOING EVENTS:

Podcast Series: Holistic Nature of Us
Every Tuesday

My intent is to take us, you and I, into a better understanding of the concepts behind our holistic nature and how that ties directly to the holistic nature of the world around us.  It's time for practical action and profound inner change so our natural world is valued once again.  Released every Tuesday: Go to: www.judithdreyer.com for more details.