FALL 2018

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

Portland Alpine Fest
November 13 - 18

Join along for 6 days of inspiration, learning, demos, and more as you immerse yourself in the world of all things alpine.  There's ice climbing, rock climbing, mountain running, and much more.  You'll get the opportunity to hear from and learn from some of our local Pacific Northwest athletes, as well as athletes making waves on the national and international scene...More 

The 39th Annual "Heart of the Country Show and Sale
"November 16 - 18

Hosted by the Larch Mountain Country Artisans.  They have fine art, fine craft, folk and quality handworks for sale.  It will be held from Nov. 16 - 18 at the Glenn Otto Community Park's Sam Cox Building: 1106 E. Columbia River Hwy. in Troutdale...More

Olio Nuovo Festival
November 16 - 18

Experience Italian tradition in Oregon wine country at Durant Olive Mill’s Olio Nuovo Festival.  At this celebration of freshly milled extra virgin olive oil, taste Olio Nuovo on classic bruschetta alongside Durant Vineyards estate wine.  Join along for a tour of our Olioteca (olive mill), enjoy live Italian music and experience some of Oregon’s top food producers in the Local Marketplace Tent.  Shop holiday greens and décor at our Gift Shop & Nursery. Complimentary Event, all ages welcome.  It will be held from Nov. 16 - 18 at 5510 NE. Breyman Orchards Rd. in Dayton.  Visit redridgefarms.com.

Diwali: Festival of Lights in Portland
November 17 - 18

Diwali is India's biggest annual festival which celebrates the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness. Whiskey Bar will be decorated with LED candles & there will be a variety of Indian sweets for the early birds to enjoy while supplies last.  Come dressed in vibrant, colorful costumes in the spirit of celebration. We encourage traditional attire (Indian or any other country welcome) but it's not a requirement by any means.  Whatever you wear, come prepared to dance all night long.  Diwali is from Nov. 17 - 18 at 31 NW. 1st Ave. in Portland.  Go online to dreamsperfected.com

Wild Arts Festival
November 17 - 18

Hosted by the Audubon Society of Portland, this is the Northwest's premier show and sale of nature-related art and books.  Discover the work of regionally and nationally acclaimed artists and authors.  Enjoy the popular, silent auction to bid on fabulous artwork and gifts for your favorite naturalists and birdwatchers.  Join in the fast-moving sale of 6”×6” original bird-themed paintings by local artists.  The 2018 Wild Arts Festival is the perfect way to get ready for the holidays.  Join them for a festive and fun weekend!  It will be held from Nov. 17 - 18 at Montgomery Park: 2701 NW. Vaughn St. in Portland.  To learn more, go to wildartsfestival.org.  

Salem on Ice
November 17 - January 20

Bring the family to enjoy seasonal outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Salem at the beautiful Riverfront Park.  Join for skating, refreshments and wonderful memories.  Salem on Ice is from Nov. 17 - Jan. 20 at 200 Water St. NE in Salem.  Visit www.salemonice.com

Compassionate Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck
Sunday, November 18

Hosted by Northwest VEG, you are invited to their annual potluck to celebrate Thanksgiving.  They recommend that you bring a vegan dish; a card listing its ingredients; a serving utensil for it; and plates, cups, utensils and napkins for your use.  If you come by yourself, figure the amount to serve 8 - 10; increase the amount by 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family.  Northwest VEG will provide beverages.  It will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion: 7805 SE. Oaks Park Way in Portland.  Visit nwveg.org.

Oregon Bridal & Wedding Expo
Sunday, November 18

Attendees of our previous Bridal & Wedding Expos have called this one-of-a-kind event their “pre-wedding shower,” the “party before the party,” and “the best decision they ever made!”   Enjoy spectacular bridal fashion shows and live DJ and band demos take place throughout the day.  You'll see an incredible selection of vendors.  You can also enter for their cash prizes and giveaways...More  

Women of Intuitive Wisdom: 
Holiday Enlightenment Fair/Bazaar
Sunday, November 18
(Southwest Washington & Non-Annual)

Join along for a fun and festival holiday fair and bazaar.  They will have amazing vendors bringing their talents, along with creative crafts, handmade gift cards, live music and CDs ot purchase, spiritual/intuitive readers, empowering books, therapy services, food, beverages and much more.  It will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the NW Hypnosis & Integrated Medicine: 16904 SE. 1st St., Suite 104 in Vancouver.  Call Sherrie Davis with any questions at (360) 991-2619 or Marilyn Lawrence at (949) 981-5487.

November 21 - January 5

It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival.  As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of more than million and a half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.  In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts.  Little ones may want to ride the carousel, and Santa will be available at the events through December 23 for photos.  There will be local food carts, special warm drinks and live music as well.  ZooLights is from Nov. 21 - Jan. 5 at 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland.  Go to www.oregonzoo.org

Turkey Trot 
Thursday, November 22

Get ready for Thanksgiving dinner with a four-mile fun run or walk through Washington Park, ending inside the zoo.  The Thanksgiving Day tradition, organized by the Oregon Road Runners Club, is an all-ages family event that raises around $25,000 each year to fund animal care and programs at the zoo.  Runners and walkers of all abilities love the 4-mile, untimed outing between the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Test Garden.  Participants finish inside the zoo, much to the delight of two-legged and four-legged mammals alike and features three fun kids' events.  The Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo is a family event that has something for everyone.  It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 8 - 10 a.m. at the Oregon Zoo: 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland.  Visit www.oregonzoo.org.

Polk County Craft Festival
November 23 - 24

The Polk County Craft Festival is two buildings full of handmade items, wreaths, fudge, ornaments, Disney dress up cloths, wooden signs, cowboy art, honey, baked breads, gluten free snacks and wine barrel cabinets just to name a few items.  There are 170 tables of beautiful gift items. Come join us for a great shopping experience.  FREE admission, FREE parking and food available onsite...More 

Rockaway Beach: 2018 Holiday Gift Fair
November 23 - 24

2018 Holiday Gift Fair is coming November 23 & November 24.  There are lots of fun and unique Christmas gifts to choose from at the Holiday Gift Fair.  There will be many things for you to choose from for all of your holiday needs.  Find gifts for family and friends or treat yourself to something fun and different that you might not find anywhere else.  Choose from new or handcrafted items ranging from soaps, candles, birdhouses, hats, scarves, gloves, jewelry, clothing and much more...More

Holiday Market
November 23 - 25
(Southwest Washington) 

All are invited to shop at Holiday Market.  They'll have vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry, gifts and treats.  It will be held from Nov. 23 - 25 at the Hilton Hotel: 301 W. 6th St. in Vancouver.  Go to www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com.

11th Annual Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour
November 23 - 25
(Washington State)

If you are near the Long Beach Peninsula Thanksgiving weekend, don't miss the 11th annual Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour. On Friday and Saturday (and many on Sunday) the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of November, local makers of art and craft from Oysterville to Ilwaco will open their studios to visitors. It's a perfect event to share with friends and family, and a once a year opportunity to meet some of the locals, talk about their work and start your holiday shopping with unique handmade items...More 

Seaside Artisan Fair 
November 23 - 25

The Seaside Artisan Fair offers a cornucopia of more than 70 craftsmen featuring their fine art, crafted beverages and artisan gifts.  Santa visits daily and look for the Home Depot craft center on Sunday!  New this year on the upper mezzanine of the Seaside Convention Center is a Holiday Distributor Showcase featuring products including LuLaRoe, Avon, and Younique among many others.  Note: Due to construction there is no ADA access to the mezzanine...More

America's Largest Christmas Bazaar
November 23 - 25 & November 30 - December 2

Held annually, you'll have a truly unique shopping experience during the holiday season.  The show takes place in two large halls at the Expo Center.  Hundreds of exhibitors will are selling juried handcrafted items in separate areas and the other half of the show consists of carefully selected, commercial items geared towards holiday shopping.  You'll see some of the hottest and most interesting things.  America's Largest Christmas Bazaar is from Nov. 23 - 25 and Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland.  Go to expochristmasbazaar.com

Nature's Coastal Holiday
November 24 - December 26

This is the BEST Christmas Light Show on the Southern Oregon Coast.  Walk through Azalea Park lit up by over 1.4 million glittering lights.  They'll also have holiday music by carolers, a visit by Santa, and refreshments.  It will be held from Nov. 24 - Dec. 26 at 640 Old County Rd. in Brookings.  Go to naturecoastalholiday.com.

Festival of Trees
November 30 - December 1

Kick off this holiday season at the 36th annual Safeway Providence Festival of Trees, Portland’s premier holiday event filled with fun for the whole family!  Stroll through a magical winter wonderland filled with stunning Christmas trees and displays decorated by local businesses, designers, florists and talented volunteers.  You can enjoy a scavenger hunt among the trees, face painting, cookie decorating and a special holiday LEGO display.  Be sure to get your photo with Santa (the most affordable in town), visit the Teddy Bear Hospital, and enjoy holiday movie madness on Friday night...More 

Christmas Ship: A Northwest Tradition
November 30 - December 20
(Oregon & Southwest Washington)

 The Christmas Ship Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club.  Bows of green with some ribbon where tied along the rails and it paraded on the rivers.  The next year the parade started to grow.  Today,  The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets.  Things have changed from the first lone ship.  Now the displays are brightly lit and can be seen from bank to bank on each river.  The Portland tradition packs restaurants along the two rivers.  Many reservations are made a year in advance.  Christmas Ships is parading for 15 nights, from Nov. 30 - Dec. 20 on particular days and times on the Columbia River and Willamette River.  To learn more, their website is www.christmasships.org.

9th Annual Handmade Holiday Bazaar
December 1 - 2

Start off December with a GREAT HOLIDAY TRADITION at the Yamhill County Historical Society's Handmade Holidays Bazaar -  Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, Noon - 4 p.m. at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center Museum, located at 11275 SW. Durham Ln., (corner of Hwy. 18 and Durham Ln.) in McMinnville, Oregon 97218.  50+ vendors, Local Artisans, Handmade Pottery, Soaps, Textiles, Jewelry, Wood Carvers, Music, Food, Silent Auction, Decorated Tree Auction.  Admission is FREE with a food donation for Yamhill Community Action Partnership, helping those in need this holiday season...More 

December 1 - 2

Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas during the holiday season!  An event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm, they'll have vendors, traditional food, entertainment, games, and more.  It will be held from Dec. 1 - 2 at the Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum: 300 N. Winning Way in Portland.  Go to www.nordicnorthwest.org.   

Black Nativity
December 2 - 16

PassinArt: A Theatre Company presents its annual holiday production of "Black Nativity" by Langston Hughes, December 2-16.  Times are Fri/Sat-7:30 p.m.; Sun-3 p.m.) at Bethel AME Methodist Church, located at 5828 NE 8th Ave. in Portland.  Tickets are available online at www.passinart.org.  This gospel song play uses a cultural lens to retell the classic holiday Biblical story through inspiring holiday favorites and folk spirituals in a rousing, soul-stirring versions that consistently move audiences from all walks of life...More  

Duniway Home Tour 40th Anniversary
Friday, December 7

Take a look inside seven beautiful homes in the historic Eastmoreland neighborhood at this annual Portland Holiday fixture and fundraiser for Duniway Elementary.  Known for its eclectic architecture and leafy avenues, Eastmoreland is one of Portland's best-preserved neighborhoods.  This year's tour features houses including a 1925 English-style home and a 5600 sq ft Frank Lloyd-Wright inspired contemporary home.  Visitors can get a head start on holiday shopping at Duniway's Holiday Boutique, featuring items from local artists, and take the famous FREE Portland trolley ride on the loop of all seven homes.  The Duniway Home Tour is on Friday, Dec. 7.  Tour times are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m.  Tickets $30 pre-sale, available at the Duniway Home Tour website: duniwayhometour.org.

Victorian Christmas at Heceta Head Lighthouse
December 8 - 9 & 15 - 16

The Queen Ann style Keeper’s House will be decorated with Victorian flourishes inside and out.  Enjoy warm drinks and treats and performances by local musicians.  Santa Claus will be there, and there will be a holiday raffle with great prizes from local businesses.  Shuttle service will be offered from Heceta Head Lightstation State Scenic Area parking lot to the front door – or bring warm, rainproof clothing and a flashlight and enjoy a beautiful walk up from the parking lot/beach.  Victorial Christmas is from Dec. 8 - 9 and 15 - 16 at 92072 Hwy. 101 South in Yachats.  Go to www.yachats.org

NW Natural Holidays With The Trail Band
December 14 - 16

A Portland tradition for 25 years, Holidays With The Trail Band takes its final bow at the Aladdin Theater this year. Let The Trail Band get you into the holiday spirit one last time with special guest, Lex Browning, who completes the original band line-up. Purchase tickets early as shows sell out fast!  Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that combines rich vocal harmonies with brass, string, and historical instruments. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Children and their mission to support our community's highest-priority youth...More   


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.