The Portland Expo Center’s Summer Drive-In Movie Series Is Returning

Better still, Collin Hegna of spaghetti Western worshippers Federale has curated a lineup local bands and DJs to perform before each screening.

Movie theaters are back open, but the drive-in renaissance continues.

Of course, the Portland Expo Center’s annual Drive-In Movie Spectacular was a tradition for five years before the pandemic made watching movies through your windshield cool again, but it’s upped its game the past two summers via a partnership with Hollywood Theater.

This year’s slate features selections inspired by the Hollywood’s signature series, like the Portland Black Film Festival, Queer Horror and OregonMade. Better still, Collin Hegna of spaghetti Western worshippers Federale has curated a lineup local bands and DJs to perform before each screening.

Federale itself will play prior to cult classic Repo Man on July 30, while folk-punk vets the Builders and the Butchers perform before The Goonies on Aug. 6. Freddy Trujillo opens for La Bamba on Aug. 21, and the Portland Cello Project introduces The Empire Strikes Back on Aug. 19.

Other movies include series opener Raiders of the Lost ArkThe CraftBlade, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The Drive-In Spectacular runs July 29-Aug. 28. Go here for the full schedule and ticket info.

Article by Matthew Singer | Source

Who Doesn’t Love A Picnic….Especially When You Don’t Have to Do Anything?

I have always loved the thought of going on a picnic.  What I haven’t loved is the thought of planning it and packing all the stuff to go and do it.  It’s probably why I’m soooo obsessed with this week’s hot spot of the week’s Instagram Feed – Picnics With Elegance

Picnics With Elegance is the brain child of it’s founder the beautiful Kelly.  She loves making people feel special and has a background in non-profits and event planning.

It doesn’t matter what you are celebrating there is a picnic choice for you.  Here’s a few of the ways you can celebrate with a picnic:

  • Bridal Shower
  • Baby Shower
  • Birthday Parties
  • Engagements
  • Anniversary
  • Weekend Brunch with Your BFFs
  • First Date

Now I know what you’re thinking we live in Oregon so a picnic is going to be seasonal or what if it looks like it might rain?  Never fear Picnics with Elegance has a portable, weather proof pod for those types of days.

I know you’re wondering what exactly is included in a picnic right?  Here’s some of what you can expect:

  • One stop shop for the perfect picnic
  • Event Set Up
  • Table Decor
  • Place Settings
  • Floral Arrangements
  • Food
  • Take Down
  • Personal Hostess
  • Cell Phone Pictures
  • Personalized Touches

So what do you need to do?  Provide a date, time and theme.  They do have add ons available at an additional charge.

Packages start at around $250.00 and a picnic is typically 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Be sure to check out their website for more detailed information.

So my only question is how are you going to use a picnic to celebrate?

 

 

 

Yep, I Admit it I get Botox.

Yes friends, I admit it, I get botox, much to my husbands dismay.  He can’t understand why on earth I would want to inject botulism into my body.  The reason is that yes, the older I’ve gotten the more the fine lines and wrinkles have bothered me.  I am not going to lie for many years botox was something I wanted to do but was afraid to, until one day my friend had a botox party.  At the time she owned a waxing studio and invited me.  It’s at this party that I met Katherine Foster who put me at ease.  She answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable getting those first injections. (Katherine uses Xeomin)

This experience is why her business, Skin by Katherine is my business/hot spot of the week.  Since that initial appointment I have continued to receive botox injections from her.  One of the things that I find so interesting about botox is that the longer you continue with the treatment the longer you are able to go in between treatments as the muscles have a memory.  I feel like I look more rested and can tell when it’s time to go in for treatment.

Katherine treats patients at the Contour Chiropractic offices in North Plains, OR.  She’s a registered nurse so you know you’re in good hands with her.  In addition to botox treatments Katherine also offers the following services:

Skin care consultation service

PDO Threads

Chemical Peels/Masks

Micro Needling with HA Serum

Dermal Planing

Dermal Fillers

Spider Vein Removal

Yes, I know that some of you may be surprised that I admit to getting botox treatments.  I feel that it’s important to show that it’s okay to take steps to help with those fine lines and wrinkles.  If it makes you feel better than that’s great.

Cheap and Free Portland Places to Escape Post-Pandemic Crowds

For some, the pandemic’s restrictions have come as an opportunity to lean in to the needs of your inner introvert. Whether that’s leaving a grocery store when it’s too crowded or sitting alone in the middle of an empty park for fun, these little gifts will be harder to give yourself as society returns to a post-vaccine pace. Even if you’re excited to attend your first post-COVID concert or counting the days to your first house party, finding time to be alone should remain on your to-do list. Fortunately, Portland is home to many great places that offer solace from humanity. Need to get away from it all? Look no further than these free and low-cost options:

Kelley Point Park

I grew up a ten minute drive from the Pacific Ocean, which made the beach my go-to escape if I needed some alone time. With ocean beaches now more than an hours’ drive away, I’ve relied on a local stand-in to obtain that dramatic feeling that comes with standing at the oceans’ shore. I’ve found that at Kelley Point Park, the far North Portland city park at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Sure, it’s no ocean, but the sandy banks, small waves, and seagulls help set the mood. Kelley Point doesn’t just offer a quasi-beach experience, but it’s home to a few lovely meadows for picnics and sun lounging. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring a bike and explore the park’s paved bike trails, or hop on the nearby Marine Drive bike trail for some Columbia River views.

Cost: FREE

8484 N Kelley Point Park Rd, Portland

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Among the hustle and bustle of Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown sits Lan Su Chinese Garden, an serene oasis of native Chinese plants representing the relationship between Portland and its sister city of Suzhou, China. The walled-off garden and tea house, which occupies an entire city block, was built to be a place of meditation and reflection. This goal is captured in a poem inscribed on a garden pavilion by Suzhou poet Wen Zhengming: “Most cherished in this mundane world is a place without traffic; Truly in the midst of the city there can be mountain and forest.” To ensure this feeling is captured in Lan Su during COVID-19, the garden currently requires guests to reserve a time slot for a visit before showing up.

Cost: $12.95 per adult.

239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland

Powell Butte

We all have our favorite Portland ex-volcanoes. For many, that’s Mount Tabor, and for good reason. But for those who find themselves often overwhelmed by Tabor’s crowds, might I suggest: Powell Butte! With numerous trails winding through dense cedar forests and airy grasslands, it’s easy to forget that Powell Butte is located in the middle of busy Southeast Portland, nestled between SE Powell and SE Foster, at SE 162nd. Visit the free city park on a clear day for stunning views of Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens, which can be enjoyed from the parking lot as well as a hiking trail.

Cost: FREE

16160 SE Powell Blvd, Portland

Sandy River Delta

If you’re like me, you’ve passed that sprawling, bucolic dog park on the north side of Interstate 84 as you cross the Sandy River and thought, “this is why I need to get a dog.” If this is the case, I have some excellent news for you: Dog ownership is not required to enjoy the 1,500-acre Sandy River Delta park! Sure, it’s a perfect place to let your urban pup run wild, but the park has offerings for anyone trying to temporarily disengage from humanity. The vast expanse of forest, beach, and meadows allows for horseback riding, hiking, biking, wading, fishing, birdwatching, and other solo activities. Avoid a ticket (and support the preservation of natural areas, you jerk) by paying the $5 parking fee before you start exploring.

Cost: FREE (but $5 to park)

Thousand Acres Rd, Troutdale

Hoyt Arboretum

Arboretums are notoriously excellent places to escape from the world. Located in Washington Park, Portland’s Hoyt Arboretum boasts 12 miles of hiking trails winding across 189 acres through more than 2,000 species of trees. Hoyt truly has something for everyone: If you’re looking for an evergreen escape, take the Redwood Trail; seeking springtime blooms, saunter down the Magnolia Trail, hoping for some fall color, peep the Maple Trail. Hiking isn’t mandatory in the arboretum, I also recommend bringing a blanket and a book to sit under a tree of your choosing on a warm day.

Cost: FREE

4000 SW Fairview Blvd

The Grotto

If there’s one thing consistently and earnestly keeping Portland weird, it’s the Grotto. Technically called the “National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother,” the Grotto is an mostly-outdoor Catholic shrine centered around a 110-foot cliff in Northeast Portland. But just like you don’t need a dog to go to the Sandy River delta, you don’t need to be Catholic to visit the Grotto. Visitors can sit peacefully and gaze into the abyss of a giant cave-shrine (featuring a replica of the Pietà) for free, or pay $8 to ride the cliff elevator up to the manicured gardens, a collection of small shrines dedicated to different countries that practice Catholicsm, a labyrinth for guests to walk “in contemplation,” and a “meditation chapel,” that, despite looking like the headquarters of a dystopian religious cult, is actually a peaceful space with great views of Washington. If you’re seeking solitude with a side of wacky, pick the Grotto.

Cost: FREE (but $8 to ride the cliff elevator)

8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland

Lone Fir Cemetery

If cemeteries give you the willies, I urge you to take a chance on Lone Fir, the majestic historic cemetery in Southeast Portland. According to its caretaker, Metro Regional Government, the cemetery’s 700 beautiful flowering and evergreen trees (including the original lone fir—look for the plaque) make it Portland’s second-largest arboretum. Like any old cemetery, Lone Fir is full of stories. Whether it’s the the story of James and Elizabeth Stephens, the adorable pioneer couple chiseled in rock in the cemetery’s northwest corner, or the story of Block 14, the gravely southwest patch that holds the unmarked graves of more than 1,000 Chinese immigrants and former patients of the Hawthorne Asylum (the state’s first psychiatric hospital), a wander through Lone Fir Cemetery can turn into an ad-hoc history lesson. You’ll find familiar Portland names on the headstones—Pettygrove, Pittock, Cully, Tibbets, Hawthorne—and find sun-dappled benches for deep breaths and contemplation.

Cost: FREE

649 SE 26th Ave, Portland

Article by Alex Zielinski | Source

A Letterman’s Jacket, It’s a Right of Passage

I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was sooooo excited when I earned my letter in band and was able to go and order my letterman’s jacket.  I remember begging my mom to take me down to the store and get it ordered as soon as I was able to.  I couldn’t wait to wear it and was so excited when it came in.  To this day it sits in my hall closet and I’m never getting rid of it.  So of course when my daughter earned her letter in color guard I was beyond excited to take her in to get her letterman’s jacket.  Little did I know that times they had changed.

In Hillsboro the place to go to get that letterman’s jacket is LaHaie’s in downtown Hillsboro.  My family has walked past it every Saturday that we go to the farmers market so I knew right where to take my daughter to get her jacket.  What I didn’t know was we were going to quickly become overwhelmed by all of the customization options.  When I got my letterman’s jacket there were two choices:  the one the girls typically chose with the hood that would zip, and the one that boys chose with the leather sleeves.  You didn’t choose much of anything other than where to put the year and what you wanted on the back.  So of course when they started asking us all of the questions we got overwhelmed.

Thankfully the person helping us took a step back and helped us determine everything step by step starting with base color for the jacket, sleeve color and yes even the band colors for the arms, waist and neck.  From there we went on to choose which Tide Guy to go on the back, name, font, etc.  We were so thankful for their patience with us and having gone through the process once made it easier when we went in to get my son’s jacket ordered.  The folks at LaHaie’s truly are amazing.

Now I know what you may be thinking, I’m not in need of a letterman’s jacket.  Friends, they do so much more than that.  They also offer the following services:

  • Embroidery – one of the things that was really cool was that they could make all sorts of patches for the jacket thanks to embroidery and chenille.  They do everything digitally and can put names on uniforms, logos, and more.
  • Sewing – they provide sewing and alteration services.
  • They have a BSA Scout Shop for all your scouting needs.

Like I said I know that you may not be in the market for a letterman’s jacket but do stop by and say hello.  Looking at all of the patches and their work is so much fun.  LaHaie’s is located in Downtown Hillsboro at 277 E. Main Street.  Their store hours are Sunday-Tuesday – closed/by appointment only, Wednesday – Friday – 10 AM – 6 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

Despite Mixed Messaging, Oregon’s Indoor Mask Mandate Remains in Place

Mixed messages from the state leaves some residents and business owners thinking the mask mandate is lifted.

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Whether or not a mask is required in Oregon businesses should be an easy question to answer. As of May 17th, Oregon’s rules do require people to wear masks indoors.

But after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcement on May 13th, which said fully vaccinated people can ditch the mask for most indoor environments, and Gov. Kate Brown’s statement that Oregon would follow CDC guidance, it’s hard to blame anyone who thinks the mask mandate is gone in Oregon.

It is not gone.

In fact, when it comes to indoor retail businesses, nothing has changed. Masks are still required everywhere in Oregon inside businesses.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) leaders are working on their own rules to go along with the CDC, but it’s not ready yet.

Last week, state epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said he expected the new rules will include a requirement that customers show vaccination cards before they enter businesses without a mask.

Many business owners are against the idea, including Dan Afrasiabi who owns several Planet Fitness gyms in Oregon.

“We think some sort of honor system consistent with what president Biden and the CDC have said, as they’ve outlined, are sufficient to achieve the right balance for businesses and Oregon citizens,” Afrasiabi said.

He added that his gyms will follow whatever guidance the OHA comes up with, but he does not like the idea of his staff checking for vaccination proof.

“Standard retail teams are just not trained to be able to review things like vaccination cards or photos of vaccination cards – so it just needs to be well thought out,” Afrasiabi said.

In the meantime, mask mandates are all over the board in both Oregon and Washington. Washington allowed businesses to drop the mask rule for those who are fully vaccinated and is not requiring proof.

During phone calls to find out how stores handled the rules, we began in Vancouver with a Target store. We were told they were not requiring masks for those who are vaccinated.

A Vancouver area Walmart was requiring masks, which seemed to go against its national corporate policy.

A Vancouver Starbucks said masks were still required, even though the corporate office issued a statement, which said masks for those fully vaccinated were not needed unless mandated by local law.

In the Portland area, the Hillsboro Costco reported customers did not need a mask if fully vaccinated.

A Portland area Target said they were not enforcing mask use by customers.

A Portland area Walmart also did not require masks for those who said they were fully vaccinated.

A Starbucks store in NW Portland said masks were still being required and customers could not sit inside to sip coffee.

Article by Pat Dooris | Source

You Only Get One Chance To Make A First Impression…..

How many times in life have you heard that statement above?  Probably a million.  It’s something you think about when you go on a blind date, or go for a job interview.  You want to put your best foot forward because you know you won’t get the opportunity to do it again.  It’s the same way with your home when you are selling or are wanting to spruce it up.  You only get one chance to make your home memorable, and your front door can help.

Last month my friend and business partner, Rebecca Nelson, and I were out doing the monthly Ding, Dong, Ditch Pop-bys.  The very first home we stopped at caught our attention because of it’s AMAZING front door.  That’s right, we choose that home to drop off a succulent to because we fell in love with their red front door.

I personally like to look at the front door of your home as the place to put some personality because a fire engine red house would probably be a bit over the top, but a fire engine red front door is WOW!

So how does one go about picking the perfect front door color?  Here are a few things that you will want to keep in mind:

  1. How will it look with the existing color scheme of your home?
  2. How will it look next to brick, stone or wood?
  3. If the front of your home faces the sun you need to think about how much sun hits your front door, and choose a color that will still look fab sun faded.
  4. How will it look when it’s time to put up the holiday decorations?  Will it clash and stick out like a sore thumb?
  5. Will everyone in your family feel joy when they walk up to the front of your home or will they want to gouge their eyeballs out every time the walk up to the front door?  Being honest, you may love pink and think a pink front door would be spectacular.  Your partner or spouse may not feel the same way and a pink front door may make them cringe every time they come home.

Now that you’ve thought about those things, how do you decided what to choose.  Here are a few tips.

  1. Neutrals – a grey front door will pop against neutral paint colors.
  2. Yellow – can provide a cheery welcome and pairs well with grey.
  3. Blue – provides a calming feel when you walk up to it and pairs well with many different colors.
  4. Purple – while a bold choice it can make the entrance to your home feel regal as it’s the color of royalty.
  5. Teal Blue – the color of the ocean this color is bold without being too obnoxious.

There are many more colors that you can choose from so don’t feel as though you can only choose one of the five I’ve listed.  Whatever you choose put a swatch of paint next to your house or paint a board and put it next to your home.  Live with the color for awhile before you take the plunge.  In the end by painting your front door you’re going to make a great first impression, and may find that you love walking through your front door all the time.

Is Portland Over? ‘Absolutely Not!’

‘Portland is not over. It takes every single one of us’

It’s easy to say “Don’t worry, we’ll recover quickly.” But it’s hard to ignore the destruction and vandalism that continues to eat away at Portland and its reputation. It’s hard to see a once-vibrant downtown wounded, still boarded up and vacant.

And it’s difficult to be optimistic when it seems everywhere you look your eyes land on graffiti, trash, garbage, filth. How does Portland recover when it’s this bad?

Red tape

“Well, we are dying,” said former Mayor Sam Adams. “We will cut through the red tape or die trying.”

Adams is now the Trash Czar, the man in charge of digging Portland out from under the tons of garbage choking the city.

“We’ve got an enormous task ahead of us so we cannot afford to have disconnected department and governmental efforts to clean up the city or red tape standing in the way,” Adams said.

There’s a lot of red tape to cut through.

Unlike almost every other major city, Portland has no city-wide sanitation service. More than a dozen departments and agencies are involved. It is a governmental garbage mess that wasn’t a priority before the pandemic.

Now it’s a disaster.

Trash in one spot is PBOT’s problem. Filth and debris in another spot is TriMet’s job. The garbage and human waste next to the homeless camp is Metro’s responsibility.

Asked about the graffiti and filth along the roadways leading into the city, Mayor Ted Wheeler said, “That’s not the city. That is the state. Those are ODOT right-of-ways and that’s their responsibility.”

When you’re trying to clean up Portland, it’s easy to pass the buck.

Adams is already cutting through the bureaucratic mess. He’s working with ODOT and other agencies, organizing business groups, volunteers, community leaders to come together to just get the job done.

The phenomena of trash

“I have never seen the trash problem this bad,” said Chris Carico, the head of SOLVE. “I’m a native Oregonian. I was born at Good Sam and in all my years here I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Carico has mobilized hundreds of volunteers and groups to meet the challenge and working with Adams as a key part of the solution.

It’s overwhelming. Once trash piles up it attracts more trash.

“There’s another phenomena happening right now with people dumping their household trash in encampments of the homeless,” she said. “So once again you see where people are littering because there’s already trash.”

A company contracted by Metro to cleanup garbage sites is required to sift through every pile, every bag, checking for used needles and biohazards. It’s not the kind of work well-meaning volunteers are equipped to do without training and precautions.

“It’s got to be a staff-led event because we are the ones that know what we are doing,” Carico said. “We are discouraging volunteers from going out on their own for some of these areas that are a little bit rough.”

Trash can be picked up and the results are instantly seen. But the long-term damage to Portland’s downtown can’t be undone quickly. It’s difficult to bring boarded up businesses back and make people feel safe again.

Portland’s tarnished reputation

How do you restore a city’s heart, its reputation?

“Some people think the solution to a bad reputation is a public relations campaign,” said economist Bill Conerly.

Conerly wrote a scathing article about Portland in Forbes Magazine earlier this year titled, “Death of a City.”

“The solution to a bad reputation is to stop doing the things that gave you a bad reputation,” he said. “Portland needs to address these really significant issues.”

The issues include ongoing vandalism from repeat offenders. Wheeler recently took a firmer stand on arrests and put pressure on Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt to follow through with prosecutions.

Adams agrees with Mayor Wheeler’s tougher stance.

“This is about stopping self-described anarchists who just last week said, ‘Maybe we should, you know, start another fire inside the Multnomah County Courthouse,’” Adams said. “This group of self-described anarchists with their quote-unquote direct action is a code word for ‘destroy property.’ That’s a crime. And our job is to stop that crime and to prosecute, to arrest and get the DA to prosecute those that are guilty of it.”

Time to re-think downtown Portland

Jim Mark heads up Melvin Mark properties. His family has been in business 75 years owning, operating and managing buildings, many in the downtown core. His buildings have been damaged. They’ve been boarded up. He’s waived rent for the last year for many of his tenants.

But he continues to invest in downtown Portland and remains optimistic.

“Protests and violence over the past year has put us in a very difficult spot and it’s going to take some time to get it back,” Mark said. “I think leadership comes from all of us. So we’re all responsible for where our future is in Portland.

“I’m not quite on the ‘Let’s blame the mayor or let’s blame the council.’”

If Portland wants a last recovery, Mark said it may be time to re-think the downtown like the city did in the 1970s and 1980s — a time when downtown Portland was a model other cities admired and copied.

“Portland did have to reinvent itself. It had to give people a reason to come down, whether it was retail or just the urban environment,” Mark said. “We’ve got to re-think the way that works again.”

Can Portland work again? Can the city did out from the current mess? Can it recapture the spirit and drive that made Portland such a special place to live, to raise families, to grow businesses, to dream?

Or is Portland over?

“Absolutely not! Portland is not over,” Carrico said. “We’re still a wonderful community. Everytime I’m out at an event and I see my community members, my neighbors, it gives me hope everyday.”

Sam Adams, former mayor and currently part of Mayor Wheeler’s team, also believes things will turn.

“Portland is not over if people lean in to helping to recover. It takes every single one of us.”

By: Jeff Gianola | Source

Love Board Games and More??????

It seems like finding a store dedicated to board games, role play games, trading card games, etc can be hard to find.  It’s certainly not something you find on every corner right?  If you have a love for these types of games then you will love this week’s hot spot of the week, Rune & Board in Hillsboro.

Owned by Nick and Sadie who both have a love for board games.  Sadie is a Dungeons & Dragons fan, and has been playing different editions of the game for over 30 years.  Nick has a love for board and card games, which he has been playing for over 30 years as well.  Along the way he found he had a passion for magic so you will find some magic items in their store.  Nick also loves to play euro and role play games as well.

If those types of games are not your jam never fear as they also have Legos, puzzles and educational games.  There’s honestly something for everyone at their store.

When we aren’t under COVID restrictions they do host events at their store.  If you would like to go into the store and play they are taking reservations for parties of no more than four with a minimum $5 purchase per person.  Great way to get to see your friends and have some fun.

To stay up to date on what’s happening be sure to follow their blog. Rune & Board is located at 238 SE Washington Street in Hillsboro.  If you are traveling to their store via Max or bus the nearest stop is Hillsboro Central/SE 3rd TC Max Station.  Their hours of operation are Monday to Saturday 12 – 7 PM and Sunday 12 – 5 PM.

I’ve Got a Shoe Problem and Gimres Is My Friend……

Ok, I’m not going to lie, I have a shoe problem.  Like most girls I LOVE shoes.  During the winter months you can find me in my Converse and in the summer I’m in either Olukai flip flops or Birkenstocks and this month’s business of the week helps with my love for these two brands of shoes since they carry both.

When I moved to North Plains 10 years ago, my then boyfriend, now husband introduced me to Gimres.  Finding an amazing shoe store isn’t one of the things that is typically on your radar as far as something new to find when you move, however it is one of the small things that allows you to feel like you’re part of your new community.

So why do I love this shoe store so much?  One reason is that it is the oldest family run shoe store in the Western United States.  They have served the Hillsboro community for 124 years.

Another reason that I love them is that they are knowledgeable and willing to help you find the right shoe for you.  One example is that my husband has a specific style of Ecco brand shoes.  We were having a hard time finding them, and Gimres helped us find them online and ordered them from the company for us.

If you are looking for a great pair of shoes go visit Gimres.  They are located at 256 E. Main Street in Hillsboro.