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

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

Portland International Film Festival
March 7 - 21

The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is an annual showcase of the very best in new world cinema.  Established in 1977 and drawing an audience of over 40,000, PIFF is the largest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 140 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences each February.  Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare.  It will be held from March 7 - 21.  Screenings are at the Whitsell Auditorium within the Portland Art Museum: 1219 SW. Park Ave. in Portland.  Go to nwfilm.org.   

"The No Play" by PassinArt
March 14 - April 14

PassinArt: A Theatre Company presents John Henry Redwood’s "The No Play", a story about family bonds, profound love, and cultural connections.  The “No” title refers to signs generally displayed in the south during Jim Crow segregation.  "The No Play" conveys the racially divided world of Halifax, North Carolina in the late 1940s.  The Cheeks family, Rawl and his wife Mattie and their children call Halifax home.  Mattie is an African American woman struggling to raise her two daughters and protect her marriage after her husband leaves Halifax to look for work in Alabama.  While surviving the insurmountable effects of racism and bigotry, Mattie finds an ally in Yaveni Aaronsohn a Jewish scholar and writer who also must endure and overcome the reality of racial intolerance.  Yaveni is researching a book on the similarities and differences between the prejudice and victimization experienced by Black and Jewish people.  "The No Play" runs March 14 through April 14, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center: 5340 N. Interstate Ave. in Portland.  Post-show discussions on March 24 and April 7.  For tickets, go to www.passinart.org or call (503) 235-8079.

World Kite Museum:
Spring Break Family Kite Fun
March 15 - April 15
(Coastal Washington State)

Make your own kite, fold origami and enjoy games at the Kite Museum during spring break.  And don't forget to play the Kite Festival poster game...More 

44th Annual Quiltfest Northwest:
Regional Quilt & Fiber Arts Show
March 28 - 30
(Southwest Washington)

Clark County Quilters celebrates their 44th year with their annual quilt show titled "Blues and Lights: Quilters' Delight".  Expect to see upwards of 500 quilts, most of which were made by guild members. This is not a juried show and skills range from the very beginning quilter up to international award winners. There will be a vendor mall and several special exhibits including the Fort Vancouver Tapestry...More

Airing of the Quilts
March 22 - 23

You'll enjoy over 100 beautiful quilts on display during the "Airing of the Quilts" and get inspiration fro local vendors.  It's a chance for quilt enthusiasts and admirers to get inspired by quilting!  There will be local vendors and food available.  Special guest this year is Cathy Erickson who will be speaking on "Baltimore Goes Modern"...More 

45th Annual Quilt Show:
"A Festival of Quilts"
March 22 - 23

Northwest Quilters Inc. presents the 45th Annual Quilt Show called "A Festival of Quilts".  They'll have over 300 quilts on display, vendors, Build-a-Block Quilts of Valor, Treasure Hunt for kids, food and beverages.  This year's featured quilter is Carrie Perkins...More

Northwest Horse Fair and Expo
March 22 - 24

Join the “round-up” of horse lovers for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo, presented by Akins Trailers, March 22 through 24, 2019 in Albany, Oregon!  See fancy dancing horses, mighty mustangs, stunning stallions, and exciting equine entertainment…all at one venue!  Learn from world-class riders and trainers teaching daily clinics! Take in the Colt Starting Challenge USA, BreyerWest, and shop at the gigantic trade show!  This family-friendly event is perfect for horse lovers of all ages, with something for everyone!...More 

3rd Annual PDX Tequila, Mezcal & Taco Festival
Saturday, March 23

Come THROUGH Portland! Join us as we welcome Spring at the 3rd annual PDX TEQUILA, MEZCAL, TACO FESTIVAL!  This year we're bringing together our region's legit taco makers to compete for fan favorite for BEST TACO IN PDX.  Pair your tacos with a diverse selection of agave spirits and tropical margaritas, provided in partnership with some excellent agave spirit producers.  This year we return to the amazing and spacious Portland Expo Center located in North Portland along the Yellow Max line, making it easy for you to arrive at the Festival safely and in style.  Spacious, high ceilings, great lighting, will be joined with ambient live music, Mariachi and awesome DJs. Be sure to consider VIP tickets with exclusive early entry one and a half hours prior to GA, with additional snacking.  You can feel good about each sip or bite you take as proceeds will benefit our selected non-profit this year: Oregon Food Bank, all to make sure that no one goes hungry.  Bring non-perishable foods (cans, boxes, jars) or make a monetary donation.  We have a special surprise raffle in place...More 

Yachats Original Arts & Crafts Fair
March 23 - 24

The Yachats Original Arts & Crafts Fair includes up to 80 Pacific Northwest artists and crafters selected for the superb quality of their art.  Media include original paintings; handcrafted jewelry; art glass; pottery; furniture; water features; woodwork and mixed media; clay vessels; sculpture; stained glass; ceramic tiles; natural fiber textiles; screen prints; photography; gourmet spice and food products; natural bath products; recycled garden art; toys and more.  The variety of arts and crafts here allows something for every pocketbook and interest...More  

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival 
March 23 - April 29

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is a truly stunning setting, with 40 acres of blooms in a rainbow of colors.  Walk through the tulip fields, set against the gorgeous backdrop of Mt. Hood.  Buy bulbs or cut flowers to take home, taste wine, and find weekend hot air balloons, vendors and activities for the whole family...More 

Festival of Illusions
March 24 - April 4

It's 10 days of magic!  There's a magical, acrobatical, hilarious spring break waiting for you at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.  This year's Festival of Illusions is bigger and better than ever, with 10 days of headline entertainment, youth workshops and other family fun.  Activities are scheduled from March 24 - April 4, so that more beach-loving families (from both Oregon and Washington) can take part.   The festivities are from March 24 - April 4 at 540 NE. Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City.  For details, their website is lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

44th Annual Quiltfest Northwest:
Regional Quilt & Fiber Arts Show
March 28 - 30
(Southwest Washington)

Clark County Quilters celebrates their 44th year with their annual quilt show titled "Blues and Lights: Quilters' Delight".  Expect to see upwards of 500 quilts, most of which were made by guild members. This is not a juried show and skills range from the very beginning quilter up to international award winners. There will be a vendor mall and several special exhibits including the Fort Vancouver Tapestry...More

Oregon Ghost Conference
March 29 - 31

The Oregon Ghost Conference is the Northwest's largest paranormal convention and attracts visitors from all across the west coast and beyond.  We have a jam packed weekend filled with speakers, courses, tours, and so much more. Join along for a weekend of ghosts at the coast! Attendees will connect with and learn from some of the top paranormal experts in our area.  Do not miss this great event!  It will be held from March 29 - 31 at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center: 415 First Ave. in Seaside.  Go online to www.oregonghostconference.com

93rd Annual Democrats of Pacific County Crab Feed
April 1 - 3
(Washington State)

This is the longest running Democratic event in the State.  Listen to Candidates running for Congress, State Representatives, County Commissioners, County Prosecutor, and other hot races in the state.  Meet and listen to all four democratic candidates running against Jaime Herrera Beutler for Congress.  It is imperative that we replace Jaime Herrera Beutler with someone that has the people of SW always on their minds and who will best represent the 3rd Congressional District.  Eat lots of local crab, drink local beer, socialize and let’s make change happen...More 

Portland Christian Science Lecture Series:
Making the Right Decisions
Thursday, April 4

This is the final lecture of the season!  Learn from Leide Lessa about "Making the Right Decisions" that is based on the teachings of Christian Science.  Leide has found that knowing God as Mind, the source of intelligence, and God as Love, guiding and caring for all creation, moves us beyond looking at limited options and opens the way for us to see infinite possibilities.  Her talk will be held on Thursday, April 4 at the PSU Native American Student and Community Center: 710 Southwest Jackson St. in Portland.  Lecture time is 7:15 p.m.  For more, go online to pdxcslectureseries.com

Be Jeweled
April 5 - 6

Be Jeweled, the 12th anniversary recycled jewelry sale is on Friday, April 5, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. AND Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Samaritan Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th St., Newport, Oregon 97365.  Vintage, fine, collectible, ethnic, rings, watches and costume jewelry will be available at fabulous prices.  Half-price sale starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday.  All proceeds will benefit Food Share of Lincoln County to help achieve our mission to alleviate hunger in Lincoln County.  Mark your calendars and come join us on the coast!  For more, go online to www.foodsharelincolncounty.org.

Get Lit at the Beach:
A Gathering for Readers
April 5 - 7

"Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers" is back for its Eighth Annual Appearance and is pleased to announce that eight acclaimed authors will participate this year from Friday evening, April 5 until Sunday noon, April 7. Guest authors Terry Brooks, Pierce Brown, Deb Caletti, Carol Cassella, Sophia Shalmiyev, Leni Zumas, and Lit Crawl authors Peter Lindsey Paul Zitarelli will be present to mingle, sign books and tell stories to an enthusiastic crowd in Cannon Beach, OR. Buy your tickets today!  For more, visit www.GetLitAtTheBeach.com.

The Portland Swap Meet
April 5 - 7

The original Portland Swap Meet, hosted annually by six Portland Oregon area antique car clubs, is the largest auto parts swap meet on the West Coast with approximately 3,400 vendor stalls and over 35,000 shoppers each April at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  This 3-day annual event, from April 5 - 7, showcases collectible cars from 1920's to 1994 along with thousands of new and used car parts, auto memorabilia, antiques and collectibles.  For more information, visit www.Portlandswapmeet.com.

Farm Fest 2019
Saturday, April 6

Farm Fest 2019 happens April 6 from 10 - 4 p.m. at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center Museum in McMinnville Oregon. It is the Largest plowing competition with draft animals on the West Coast with 20+ teams of draft horses and mules.  The Oregon Draft Horse Breeders Association co-sponsors the event and will manage the competition in both our North and South fields.  The entire Yamhill Valley Heritage Center campus will come alive with many activities.  Vendors will be on hand with their wares.  Historical displays and demonstrations will be available for viewing including the Sawmill, Blacksmith Shop.  Also view the ongoing restoration of our Peerless Steam Tractor Engine.  The Plowman’s Café will be open with a wonderful assortment of food.  Live music is scheduled throughout the day and plan on visiting the hand’s on Pioneer Kids’ activities that are sure to please. Don’t miss it!  Farm Fest 2019 happens on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Yamhill Valley Center Museum: in McMinnville.  For more, go online to www.yamhillcountyhistory.org.

April 6 - 7
(Southwest Washington)

The Alpaca Association of Western Washington (AAWW) is a non-profit organization.  The Alpacapalooza is an alpaca show where alpacas compete against other alpacas in front of judges.  They are judged on their conformation and their fleece characteristics. Both Huacaya and Suri's (different breeds) compete against their own breed in hopes of taking home the 1st place and Championship ribbon.  This event is open to the public, FREE of charge, April 6 & 7 at the Clark County Event Center: 17402 NE. Delfel Rd. in Ridgefield, WA.  To learn more, visit www.alpacawa.org

Design Week Portland
April 6 - 13

Design Week Portland is a week-long festival with hundreds of events, talks, exhibitions, tours, workshops and open studios. Programming illustrates what is new and interesting in the field of design from the perspective of designers who work across many practices - from graphic design and architecture, to fashion and apparel, to industrial design.  Discussions and demonstrations take place in every corner of the city from April 6 - 13.  The events are accessible to the public with a range of price points, including many free or low-cost options.  Register online at designportland.org.

Portland Grand Tasting
Thursday, April 11

We're bringing the Gorge Wine tasting experience to Portland! Thursday, April 11 at Leftbank Annex, we invite you to discover Gorge Wine and experience the expression of 40 miles of intense geography and transitioning climates.  The Gorge Wine region is a powerful place.  It's a place of extremes - in climate, scenery, and style of wine - where the astounding beauty of the landscape is inextricable from its allure as a world-class wine region.  It's a modern frontier, of sorts, undergoing discovery and growth while holding fast to what makes it special.  The extreme conditions that shape the wine are unique to this region—to be sensed, embraced, and celebrated.  Creativity is at the heart of the vision for Gorge Wine.  The region is marked by an intrepid spirit that seeks to craft something extraordinary through inspiration in dialog with the land.  General Admission includes complimentary tastings from all attending wineries, light hors-d'oeuvres, and a commemorative wine glass to keep.  Visit: portlandgrandtasting.com for tickets and more info.  

18th Annual Surf Perch Derby
Saturday, May 18
(Southwest Washington)

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".  For questions, call Larry Cook at (360) 665-6084.  Go online to the Surf Perch Derby website at surfperchderby.com and select "Register Now."


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.