Bring the whole family and head to The Dalles for the 40th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival. A longtime favorite among locals and visitors alike, the festival is set in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and showcases The Dalles’ deep agricultural heritage. The 2019 theme: “Follow the Cherry Brick Road.” The three action-packed days include numerous family-friendly events, including the Gorge’s largest parade – featuring the Cherry Festival Royalty with King Bing and Queen Anne, who are crowned that morning – a classic car show, a lip sync contest and great local music. There’s also cherry sampling with the Oregon Cherry Growers, and a carnival with fun rides for all, plus an orchard job fair for the upcoming season. It will be held from April 26 - 28 in downtown area of The Dalles. Go to thedalleschamber.com.
Escape for a weekend of wellness at Oregon Garden Resort for a Women's Wellness Retreat! They are offering a weekend of relaxation with admission to The Oregon Garden, yoga, meditation, a green beauty demonstration, wine dinner and more!...MORE
The Charleston community invites seafood lovers to come celebrate fresh and delicious Coos Bay oysters at the 14th annual Charleston “Ahh Shucks!” Oyster Feed. The celebration is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) Dining Hall, located at 63466 Boat Basin Rd. in Charleston on Saturday, April 27. Go online to oregonsadventurecoast.com.
You are invited to experience Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol, Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as we kick off National API Month and showcase the many diverse cultures of this vast area. Music and dance performances will take place in the rotunda, we will have exhibits and demonstrations in the Galleria, and we will be offering three tower tours, first come, first served, weather permitting and capacity controlled. This is a wonderful and FREE spring event, happening rain or shine at YOUR capitol...MORE
A fun event for all ages! See the Boat Parade; learn about fishing on the McKenzie; and eat a delicious burger lunch cooked by your hosts, the McKenzie River Guide Association! The McKenzie Rier Wooden Boat Festival is on Saturday, April 27 at Eagle Rock Lodge: 49198 McKenzie Hwy. in Vida. Visit eaglerocklodge.com.
All are invited to enjoy amazing foods from 16 vendors, wine, beer and live music on two stages at the McMinnville Food Truck Fest. The first event will take place along Alpine Ave. in downtown McMinnville, from April 27 - 20. To learn more, visit www.mcminnvillefoodtruckfestival.com.
On display will be Tiny Homes, Container Homes, Modular Homes and Portable Structures. Additional exhibits will include building equipment, tools, supplies, real estate brokers, accessories, travel destinations and recreational products. Attendees will be able to see the latest trends in tiny living. Learning from builders, project experts and lifestyle authors at the educational conferences or panel discussions. Explore options on real estate developments for alternative housing locations around the United States. And, enjoy great exhibits with accessories to compliment the “going small” experience...MORE
You are invited to a Christian Science talk entitled "The Healing Power of Stillness" by Larissa Snorek. Learn how we can transform our life like she did when she received news that her job and place to live had fallen through. With no place to stay the night and very little money remaining, she read from Psalms, “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? If I say Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.” She glimpsed that there was no dark situation that the light of Christ couldn't penetrate. She will share how that situation was resolved and more examples of how God meets all our needs. The lecture is on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 1525 East Powell Blvd. in Gresham. Call (503) 666-3212. All are welcome.
This experiential and interactive workshop provides the foundation for how to discover the unhealed wound for the purpose of healing. Taught by Diane Dennis, she will provide principles and protocols for healing, including re-framing beliefs and changing outcomes. Attention will be given to how to journey through grief that serves our highest good, and how to hold a space for ourselves and others through the grief journey, and the benefits and consequences of skipping steps along the journeys of healing and grief. The workshop is on Sunday, April 28, from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Unity of Salem: 1777 Fabry Rd. SE in Salem. Call (503) 364-0156 and visit www.unityofsalem.com.
Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend was created in honor of our region’s cattlemen and ranchers and their legacy. It’s an annual celebration of our ranching roots, with proceeds going to a worthy cause. Join them for a weekend of geldings, grit and cowboy gear. They'll have Stock Saddle Bronc Riding, Western SElect Invitational Horse Sale, Working Dog Sale, Train' Post Trade Show, Buckaroo BBQ Challenge, Gear Show & Sale, Ranch Rodeo and more. It will be held from May 2 - 4 at the Pendleton Roundup Rodeo Arena: 1205 SW. Court Ave. in Pendleton. Go online to www.cattlebarons.net.
The Sandy River Spey Clave is a gathering of anglers interested in two-hand fly rod fishing. It's a place to run elbows with the best Spey casters and steelhead anglers. It has been termed "The Woodstock of Spey Casting Events!" You can try the latest tackle on the water; FREE demonstrations; beginning Spey Casting Class; and hundreds of rod/reel/line outfits to try on-the-water for FREE. It will be held from May 3 - 4 at Oxbow Regional Park: 3010 SE. Oxbow Pkwy in Gresham. Go online to flyfishusa.com.
The Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour is an annual public tour showcasing the spectacular art of Gorge artists and providing insight into the studios where the art is created. They offer a map to plan your art adventure. View their list of talented artists and get a look at some of their work...MORE
The Big O features world class adult and junior derby teams that are sanctioned bouts featuring some of the top roller derby teams from around the world. The Big O brings more than 4,000 athletes, parents and fans annually to the Eugene area and we expect the 2019 turnout to be bigger than ever! It will be held from May 3 - 5 at the Lane Events Center: 796 W. 13th Ave. in Eugene. Go to ecrg.com.
An art colony is a place where creative people live and exchange ideas with one another. Think Big Sur or Laguna Beach in the 1950's and '60's for example. These were the places artist went to "to get away from it all" and live the dream. Today, Tokeland Washington is such a place - a haven for a diverse group of artists drawn here by beauty and isolation. Once a year these artists open their studios and invite other artists to gather in communal spaces to show their work. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4th, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pick up a FREE map at Georgetown Station Namascac Heritage Museum or follow the signs in Tokeland. Ten locations will host 40 artists so arrive early and stay late for the Art Studio Auction at 5 p.m. at the Tradewinds by the Bay Conference Center, a fundraising event benefiting the Ocosta Student Art Program. Go to www.tokelandnorthcove.com.
This annual event is hosted by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners that attracts over 7,000 gardeners with over 150 plant and garden-art vendors. You can enjoy their exhibits, food court, showcase of irises, a potting station offering FREE soil, Ask a Master Gardener, and 10-Minute University. It will be held from May 4 - 5 at the Clackamas County Event Center: 694 4th Ave. in Canby. For more, go online to springgardenfair.org.
Have the hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings got you down? It is completely unnecessary to experience what seems to be the inevitable distress of the menopause. Are you ready to reclaim your libido, your sanity and be able to get the rest you need? Dr. Sandy understands and can help! She offers some natural approaches to safely get your hormones back in balance and your life back in order. Attend her online webinar called "Easing Menopause - Naturally" on Friday May 10 at 12 p.m. (PT). Register at drsandybevacqua.com/product/easing-menopause-naturally/. Contact Dr. Sandy Bevacqua at drsandybevacqua.com or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meadowlark Comic Con, a pop culture convention in Southern Oregon, brings fans the ultimate fandom experience with a flavor of the community. Celebrity guests, comics and toys, video games, cosplay, and more. This year at Meadowlark Comic Con we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the popular Sci-Fi TV series "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" with special guest appearances by Gil Gerard who played the title character, and Felix Silla who was responsible for the physical performance of the robot Twiki. It will be held on Saturday, May 11 at the Ramada Medford Hotel & Convention Center: 2250 Biddle Rd. in Medford. Full guest list and info at www.meadowlarkcomiccon.com.
Treat Mom on Mothers day for some formal tea, sandwich and desserts prepared by a culinary team at Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. You can also enjoy a brief history talk at their Gift Shop. It will be held on Sunday, May 12 at 92072 US-101 in Yachats. Times are from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For reservations, go to www.hecetalighthouse.com.
Second in Oregon only to Portland’s Rose Festival for longevity, the 112th annual Rhododendron Festival is quickly ramping up. From classic cars to carnival rides to coronations; from bikers to bowls of chowder; from flower shows to the grand floral parade; there’s something for everyone. It will be held at various locations within Florence. To learn more, visit florencechamber.com.
Linn County Lamb & Wool Fair is one of the oldest Fairs in Oregon. This family event features sheep show, tractor show, parade, fiber arts and crafts, music acts, classic car cruise-in, demonstrations, kids' events, and much more. It will be held from May 17 - 19 at the Scio Fairgrounds: 38764 N. Ash St. in Scio. Go to www.lambfair.com.
Come fish for prizes. A family-friendly event, all are invited to enter Long Beach Washington's annual Surf Perch Derby that is hosted by the Peninsula Lions Club. Prizes are offered for the total weight of fish caught for individual and 3-person teams. It will be held on Saturday, May 18. Registration is from 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Bolstad Approach Pavilion in downtown Long Beach on the north end of the boardwalk. Those taking part in the derby must possess required fishing permits/licenses from the State of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Weigh ins are from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and winners announced at 4 p.m. Registration includes a breakfast with "all you can eat pancakes"...More