Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rose Festival Opens

It's Rose Festival time in Portland, starting Friday, May 22 and running through June 14!

"Waterfront Village" will be running during this time at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, just down the road, with (another) carnival, food and exhibits. The cost is $5 per person, but it is free on opening day, Friday the 22nd. On Memorial Day the 25th, free admission to all current and former military personnel.

Here are a few sites to find out more:
Rose Festival
Festival Events Map

Stayed tuned next week for dragon boat races (I've been wondering what they are training for), the annual Starlight Run, and more...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Heroes of the SWF!

Window washing in the SWF - What a job!

Thank you!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 9 - upcoming events

There are a bunch of events going on in and around the neighborhood this Saturday!

Doggie Dash
- Head over to Waterfront Park with your buddies on Saturday morning for a dog walk organized by the Humane Society!

When: Saturday, May 9th
Where: Waterfront Park, downtown Portland
Race Time: Runners leave at 9:00 am; walkers 9:15
"1.5 mile walk for pets and people (dogs not required!) 2.5 mile bridge-to-bridge loop for runners and walkers."

Lake Run - just down the road in Lake Oswego
When: Saturday, May 9
Where: 5K Run/Walk and 12K Lake Run begin at the intersection of State Street and Foothills Road.
Race Time: Races start at 8:00 and 8:30
Lake Run website
Family Fun Festival to follow the race: "8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Millennium Plaza Park (race finish venue). Bring your friends & family and enjoy the fun, food, entertainment, crafts, info booths, children's activities, and lots more."

Outdoor French Market
When: Saturday, May 9, 10am-5pm
Where: At the Portland French School (6318 Corbett Ave)
It is a free community event with food, shopping and entertainment. Croissant anyone?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Weekend news: May 3

The Storm: We were out running around Oaks Bottom when we got caught in a Saturday morning downpour. A few hours later, we witnessed the big storm from the windows of our condo. It blew in within a matter of minutes, and so quickly that the sailboats on the river had no time to escape. It looked like a bunch of them went over. We immediately heard sirens and watched the emergency vehicles show up down at the John's Landing docks, by land and by sea. It was 10-15 minutes later that the local TV station sent out a severe weather alert.

Strangely enough, the Dallas Cowboys training facility was collapsing at the same was very odd to be watching national news coverage of the storm damage there while watching our own out the window.

Here are a few images of the damage to the Bows to Plows exhibit on the SWF, which I mentioned in a recent post.

Arrest at the Street Car: A man was removed from the street car on Sunday afternoon at the OHSU stop, and handcuffed by several Portland police wearing blue rubber gloves. I have no idea whether blue rubber gloves are part of the standard protocol. It appeared that the man was under the influence of something. If you have wondered about the response time for a SWF incident, the good news is that 3 Portland police cars were on the scene immediately.

Cinco de Mayo: Cinco de mayo festivities are going on at the waterfront downtown. Music, food, and a complete carnival, which I will not be getting a closer look at. Also the new Saturday Market expansion is open and in action.