It’s Civil War time once again! I have a lot riding on the results of Saturday’s Civil War game, and as a duck fan, let me tell you I am nervous! Whether you’re a Duck or a Beaver, Saturday marks the day of Oregon’s football finest. As an avid Duck fan, I will be glued to the TV this weekend hoping the ducks secure their position in the National Championship game in January 2011! This is a HUGE deal. However, what scares me the most is I know many Beavers out there, and I know they’ll be gunning for a big “W”, and we will definitely have our hands full. May the best team win!
Regardless of who you follow, you’ve got to watch! And luckily there are plenty great venues around Portland to watch the action and enjoy some great food and spirits. Many of these places are even team specific so feel free to call and check if they’ll be a Duck or Beaver viewing party there!
221 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
McMenamin’s Mission Theatre
1624 NW Glisan
Portland, OR 97209
McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
McMenamin’s St. Johns Theatre
8203 N. Ivanhoe
Portland, OR 97203
Duke’s Country Bar
14601 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97236
Grand Central Bowling
808 SE Morrison
Portland, OR 97232
4800 SW Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
Enjoy the game, and Go Ducks… and Beavers too!
I’ve been giddy to write about today’s post for a while and hope I can do this “thing to do” justice. I’ve seen this bright and shiny red bus, touring around town for a little while now and couldn’t wait to learn what it was all about. Low and behold, it’s Portland’s exclusive double decker bus – and I’m now convinced, every city needs one!
The owners of Double Decker PDX drove their prized possession out to meet me and give a private tour of, what I can only explain as, pure awesomeness. This bus is nothing short of classy-black leather seating, orange plush pillows, wood flooring, a booming sound system, and even a removable top- owners Brooks Thompson and Kent Metcalf are visionaries to say the least.
The two businessmen came up with the Double Decker concept while finishing up their senior year in the business school at the University of Oregon. Then, upon graduation, decided to make the dream a reality. The scoured the country in search of the perfect bus and renovated it to perfection. This bus is even environmentally friendly: recycled materials for the furniture, wood for the bar top is of a tree fallen from natural causes, and even a bio diesel engine- this bus is as current and swanky as it gets!
These entrepreneurs offer a unique way to experience wine tasting, pub crawls, birthdays, and just about any special event and occasion. Be sure to check out their special wine tour packages and sports packages for a great deal and a day to remember!
Click here for pricing and package details.
There is no better way to enjoy Portland than riding in Double-Decker style!
Call for details
Today’s post is a little unorthodox, but hear me out. 365 Things to do in Portland wouldn’t be complete without show a little support for our local college sports teams. And this fall, 365 is cheering on Portland Vikings Football. Normally the Vikings play at PGE Park (located in Downtown Portland) but PGE is undergoing some major reconstruction. So, in the meantime, the Portland State Vikings are playing their home games at Hillsboro Stadium. While it may not be a venue comparable to PGE Park, Hillsboro stadium isn’t too shabby and will provide a decent home for the Vikings in the meantime.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s game against the Idaho Bengals, it’s supposed to be a nail biter. Head coach Nigel Burton makes his first year coaching debut, with high hopes to dominate against the Bangles. Kickoff begins at 5:05pm as the Vikings attempt to regain their bragging rights after last years devastating loss, 41-34
Tickets for games range in price: anywhere from $6 (youth) – $35.
Click here for ticketing information or call the Portland State Box office at 503-725-3307.
If you can’t make tomorrow’s game, be sure and click here to check out the schedule of games to come.
Enjoy action packed college football and root on your Portland home team – Go Viks!
Neighborhood: Southwest Portland
4450 NW 229th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97124
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The seasons are changing and the temperature is falling, which, besides the additional layer of clothing, only means one thing- It’s Winterhawks time!
Join Portland hockey fans this season for some action-packed excitement on the ice. Playing in both the Memorial Coliseum and the Portland Rose Garden, this junior hockey league has been a favorite Portland pastime since 1976 (before I was even born)! The season is off to a fresh start, and lasts through April of 2011, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a game with friends and family. The next home game is against the Vancouver Giants on September 27th at 7pm. Tickets available on-line – click here for purchase details.
Keep an eye out for their annual Teddy Bear Toss held between late November and early December where fans throw teddy bears onto the ice rink for local children’s charities. Last year over 20,000 teddy bears were donated. The famous throw happens after the first Portland goal.
$12.50 Family Zone Kids/Students/Seniors – 200 level
$17.00 Family Zone – 200 level
$23.25 200 level
$27.50 100 level
$50.00 Front Row
Season tickets and package deals are also available – click here for more ticking options.
Neighborhood: Northeast Portland
Click for Memorial Coliseum map
Click for Rose Garden map
Some good friends of mine introduced me to a great charity event that’s coming up at the end of the month – August 21st. If you love active events and supporting local charities, this event is for you! The Oregon Active Foundation and the Channing Frye Foundation are teaming up to create an adventure camp for at-risk youth right in Portland’s backyard.
It’s the first annual Kick for Kids event and it’s happening at the Westmoreland Park on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard and Bybee Boulevard.
This all day, family friendly event, will consist of a 36 team tournament of kickball (Get it? KICK for kids?)
At the event you can find kids games, face painting, balloons, a blow u castle, and beer and wine for the people 21 and over.
How can you get involved? Create a team of 13-15 players (minimum of 8) and register to play. Teams are co-ed and must consist of 4 females and 4 males on the field at all times and players must be at least 18 years old to play. Click here for registration information.
There’s no better way to enjoy a summer day than a friendly kickball tournament and helping our local youth.
Click here for map to Westmoreland
I can’t believe that, after weeks of rain, I actually heard someone complain about the sun today! Last month, we were begging for sunshine and now that it’s finally here, we’re complaining? I guess the grass is always greener on the other side…
Nevertheless, all of you sun worshippers should get outside this weekend and visit the 2010 Baxter Auto Part Portland Historic Races at the Portland International Raceway. Car enthusiasts from all over the globe will gather to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Italian auto manufacturer, Alfa Romeo, by participating in a series of thrilling races. Showcasing over 250 historic vehicles (all restored to their original condition), the races begin on Friday and will run throughout the weekend from 8:30 am-6:00 pm.
The event will feature an impressive auto show with over 700 collector cars, where spectators can enjoy interaction with the drivers and crew members. Also on site: a food and wine pavilion, autocross, kid zone, and plenty of vendor goodies.
Admission is $10 for Friday and $25 for Saturday and Sunday, with tickets available for purchase at the gate or through www.portlandhistorics.com. Best of all, these hot rods are helping out a good cause! Proceeds from the event support the Community Transitional School, a Portland-based foundation that serves as a resource for homeless children in order to avoid educational failure.
Love an adrenaline rush? Slather on that sunscreen and head to the track!
Neighborhood: North Portland
1940 N Victory Blvd
Portland, OR 97217
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I think it’s safe to say that June-u-ary won’t be extending
into July – the sun is finally here and it’s
amazing! Just in time to
welcome the warmer weather, here’s another fantastic outdoor event
for you. This weekend, Portlanders will get a taste of the French
life at the Bastille Day Festival. For those of you who aren’t
history buffs, Bastille Day is a French national holiday,
commemorating the storming of the Bastille (a medieval prison in
Paris that represented royal authority). The French Revolution
ended with the dissolution of both the monarchy and an unpopular
aristocratic regime. As such, Bastille Day represents freedom and
the promise of a democratic government and more equal society. The
Bastille Day Festival will be held this Saturday in Jamison Square
Park from noon to 8:00 pm and is FREE to attend. Enjoy a day of
French fineries: delectable food and wine, a French-themed market,
children’s arts and crafts, and live music and entertainment. At
2:00 pm you can cheer on your favorite maître d’ at the 6th Annual
Portland Waiters Race. Watch speed-walking waiters and waitresses
from all over the city as they duke it out to the finish line,
balancing serving trays with full glasses. Cash prizes will be
awarded to the top three contenders with the most impressive speed
and agility. With plenty of flaky pastries, merguez sausage
sandwiches, pommes frites, and other specialty dishes and spirits,
this is one tasty, family-friendly event you won’t want to miss.
Bonne Bastille! Neighborhood: Northwest Portland – Pearl
District Click for map