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Day 242: Quail Creek Ranch Christmas Tree Farm

Welcome back from a great Holiday weekend!  I don’t know about you but, I personally seized the weekend.  I was blessed to spend time with friends and family, and to top it all off, I was able to tear it up on the mountain!  Fellow snow bunnies out there- it’s going to be a great year on the slopes!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the clock starts ticking…there are only 27 days until Christmas! So, like many Portlanders out there, I am on the search for the perfect Christmas tree. And the sooner the better! No worries, I have found the perfect place- Quail Creek Ranch located off of Northwest Kaiser Road.

Quail Creek’s Christmas tree lot has over 10,000 trees complete with the large variety of 6 different types of trees to choose from!  You’ll be sure get the perfect size and style that you’re looking for.

Enjoy free candy canes and hot chocolate that’ll warm you up as you sit by their outdoor covered fireplace.  

Feeling brave this year and want to cut your own tree?  They have plenty of saws for you to give it a go, otherwise, they are more than happy to assist you with cutting one down. Or, if you prefer the simple route, Quail Creek lot attendants can help you select from one of their many freshly cut trees, making for a quick stop, and off you go!  

I’ve always said that Christmas begins when the tree, so head to Quail Creek Ranch Christmas Tree Farm and start your holiday season off right!

Neighborhood: Northwest Portland
9949 NW Kaiser Rd
Portland, OR 97231
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Day 240: Jingle Bell Run/Walk

How was your Turkey Day Portland?  I hope it was filled with lots of friends, family, and FOOD!!  I stuffed myself silly and woke up this morning feeling as if maybe I took one too many bites of pumpkin pie and in need of some major calorie bringing.  Lucky for us the Jingle Bell Run/Walk is just around the corner.

The event is going on in just a few short days so don’t wait to register.  Enjoy some holiday spirit as you join thousands of runners and walkers to help benefit the Arthritis Foundation.  It’s a win-win situation.

The route is a 5K starting at the World Trade Center.  Entry fees are $25 and include a long sleeved event T-Shirt and Jingle Bells.

Do something fun, help those in need of your support, and burn off those Thanksgiving calories.

Neighborhood: Southwest Portland
121 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97204


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Day 233: Portland Nursery’s Holiday Craft Show

Ready, set, shop, Portland!  It’s Holiday time, which means one thing-peak shopping season! As we count down the days until Christmas, I will try to give you some great shopping ideas, holiday events to enjoy with your family, and lots of yummy options for a great night out.  If you’re like me and you like a little variety, maybe a holiday bazaar or craft show is what you need to kick off the Holidays? Well you’re in luck because Portland Nursery has just what you’re looking for.

This weekend, both Portland Nursery locations are hosting Holiday events to get you inspired and ready for the season. At the Stark Street location there are multiple craft classes you can register for. They range anywhere from Kids Crafts (making snowglobes and picture frames), to constructing and decoration Floral Centerpieces and Wreaths.  You can still register now on the events page! Make something beautiful for your home or as a gift!

At their other location, 90th and Division, they’re hosting “Crafternoon” 12:00-4:00pm on BOTH Saturday and Sunday. Nursery staff will demonstrate construction techniques for creating botanical decorations for the fall season. Stop by the craft table to see a table centerpiece, an autumn wreath, and a fall-interest container while they are being created!  Also, on Saturday ONLY is the “Super Rad Craft Show” from 2pm-6pm.  Unique, one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items will be on display. Come meet some great local artists and get a jump start on your gift list! There will also be live music and local brew in the greenhouse! Sounds like fun to me!

If you have a family, bring them too! They have a one-horse open sleigh for fun photo ops. Whichever location you choose, you clearly cannot go wrong. Plenty to do this weekend at Portland Nursery to get you in the mood for the holidays!

5050 Southeast Stark Street
Portland, OR 97215-1791
(503) 231-5050
 9000 Southeast Division Street

Portland, OR 97266-1449
(503) 788-9000

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Day 223: Veteran’s Day Parade

Our city is abuzz with things do this week, but no one should miss this fantastic event scheduled for this Thursday’s Veteran’s Day.  This year marks the 36th annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Northeast Portland, and whether you are a Veteran, know one, or would like to support your troops, this would be a great way to show your appreciation.

What better way to celebrate and honor those who have served our country, by observing this great ceremony with friends and family.  

Coming from a large military family, I’ve always been touched by military services, and this one will be no different.  The parade will offer covered seating for seniors and people with disabilities, so don’t let this weeks forecast scare you. It would be good to be prepared with rain gear and warm clothes just in case the Portland clouds get the best of us, though!

The parade begins at 40th and Sandy with a memorial flag raising ceremony.  Don Malarkey, Oregon World War II veteran, is this year’s grand marshal. Malarkey’s first-person recollections of his war experience contributed to Stephen Ambrose’s book and also the popular television series, “Band of Brothers.” Along with a Bronze Star and other military honors, Malarkey recently received France’s Legion d’honneur because of his participation in the liberation of France.

Participants of the parade will then proceed through the route, which will end down towards 48th in Northeast Portland.  This will be the first year that 50 members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America will march in the parade, and other participants will include marching bands, the historic horse-mounted Buffalo Soldiers Moses William Chapter of the 9th and 10th Calvary, military service organizations and marching bands. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will participate with parents and military veterans.

This FREE event starts at 9:45 a.m. so be sure to show up a bit earlier to get good seating.  This Hollywood area has plenty of coffee shops and places to grab the perfect “hand warmer” during the parade. Come support those who have vowed to serve and protect the U.S.A.

Neighborhood: Northeast Portland
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Day 208: Best of Portland Trick-or-Treating

It’s Halloween crunch time – only 6 days left for costume selection, pumpkin carving, and last-minute party plans. Speaking of, do you know where you’re trick-or-treating this year? Portland was named the 3rd best city to trick-or-treat in, and with a little help from, here is a complied list of the top 5 best neighborhoods to trick-or-treating in this coming weekend.  The list takes everything into account- the most candy given, safety, and proximity of houses.  Based on this information hopefully your kids can get the most out of their candy hunting. 

Without further delay, here are the Top 5 neighborhoods to check out:

Number 1: Richmond (Hawthorne)

This delightful community is filled with friendly people and well-lit streets making it comfortable and safe for your little ones as they run from house to house.

Number 2: Northwest Heights (Sylvan)

Community is what this neighborhood is all about.  Enjoy a slightly upscale neighborhood with soaring views of the Portland landscape.  

Number 3: Sellwood

This neighborhood is a Portland classic with streets lined with trees and multitudes of people enjoying local cafes and shops.  

Number 4: Laurelhurst

This area has character like no other.  The homes are funky and unique and have every bit of charm you can expect from one of Portland’s most popular neighborhoods.

Number 5: Eastmoreland

This neighborhood is my absolute DREAM neighborhood with large, beautiful homes and perfectly manicured lawns.  You can almost always find kids playing in the streets and people walking their dogs.  

So there you have it, Portland!  Get out and have a great trick-or-treat evening this weekend! And let me know if you had a chance to make it to one of the top 5.

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Day 172: Gabriel Park

It seems like perfect park weather to me today so I felt it was the perfect opportunity to suggest my favorite Portland park – Gabriel Park.

I’ve been going to Gabriel Park for years.  In the summers my brothers and I would play tennis, run around the basketball courts, and play hide and seek along the trails and wooded areas.  Then, during the winters we would turn the luscious hills into the perfect sledding area.

The entire park is over 90 acres and has plenty of amenities to keep you and your family occupied for hours.  Such activities include, playground, skatepark, soccer field, softball field, lighted tennis court, volleyball court, paved and un-paved paths, restrooms, and lots of on/off leash dog friendly space.

The park is also considered a designated, fenced-in dog park with over 1.5 acres of off-leash goodness so your dog can run free with other neighborhood dogs.

The park is extremely well-kept and there’s plenty of trees for shade and running water for you and your K-9 friend.

Enjoy some of the last rain-free days in Portland at the park.

Neighborhood: Southwest Portland
SW 45th Ave and SW Vermont St
Portland, OR 97219
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Day 170: Polish Festival

Happy Friday, Portland!  There’s a lot going on in, and around, the Portland area this weekend! College football, Mt. Angels Oktoberfest, and much more, but my hope is that you’ll set your sights on NEXT weekend and will join me at this years Portland Polish Festival.

A fantastic two-day festival featuring Polish food, dancing, and music is happening next week on September 25th and 26th.  Polka anyone?

This event will have non-stop action with main stage performances, contests, yummy Polish food and imported Polish beers.  Admission is FREE.

All ages are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the celebration.  The children’s village will feature face painting, interactive games, and arts and crafts to keep your little ones occupied.

This year marks the 15th annual celebration and is guaranteed a promising crowd. Last years festival boasted over 12,000 people – the largest Polish celebration in the Western United States.

The festival hours are:
Saturday 25th – 11am-10pm
Sunday 26th – 12pm-6pm

Come enjoy some kielbasa sausages and learn a new jig.

Neighborhood: North Portland
3900 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227
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