Saturday, October 29, 2011

Grimm filming locations in Portland - Season 1 Ep 1

The new Portland-based NBC show "Grimm" premiered last night, with a great response and ratings surprise. Little Red Riding Hood-themed Episode 1 pulled in ~6.5M viewers and was the highest rated non-sports show. We Portlanders may have an above-average interest in the show, but I'm hearing good things all around and I thought it was great - I may be hooked!

I'm getting a lot of traffic from those of you looking for more info on "Grimm" filming locations around Portland. I am not an expert, but I have started to compile a list here:

Episode 1: "Little Red Riding Hood"
Aired 10/28/11
  • Cabin in the Woods - I received some info from a reader regarding the location of this cabin (where Little Red Riding Hood is kept in the basement), at the now-drained Roslyn Lake in Sandy, OR.

"I believe the cabin was originally built for a scene in the movie "Bandits" back when there was still a lake there. Then they just left the building sitting there by the lake, right next to the parking lot. The Grimm crews were all over that lake area prior to the pilot, filming at night. Rumors of future uses of the now-non-lake include larger habitat area for the elephants from the Oregon Zoo. Just rumors, though."
  • Little Red Riding Hood's house - I received a tip from a reader (OldeSaultie, March 2012) regarding the location of this house:
Robin (Little Red Riding Hood) Howell's house
1710 NW Hoyt St
Portland, OR 

We did have the Grimm film crew here in the South Waterfront for a couple of days in August. Here's the link to my post with photos from Episode 4On Set of Grimm at OHSU

If you have more specific info on locations, feel free to send me a msg (sowablog @ or comment and I'll include it.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Prime time for dahlias

We have just a few weeks left to enjoy the Old House Dahlias this season. Their u-pick field is open for picking on Fridays and Saturdays.

The flowers are beautiful right now, and by the way, browsing is free.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Neighborhood Halloween events

Tuesday - Oct. 25, 6:00-8:00pm
- Stop by SoWa Umpqua Bank for A Purr-fectly Howl-oween Event:

"Join the 3rd Annual Donation Drive to Benefit the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) and Oregon Humane Society (OHS). Enjoy live music by The Malea Duo.  Donation boxes will be available at the event for those who wish to make a donation in any amount to CAT and OHS.  Your kind donations will help to keep pets with their owners, find homes for animals in shelters, provide medical care to rescued animals, and provide a warm bed, toys, food, and love to many creatures great and small."
- Bring a donation and help provide for the care of animals via Oregon Human Society & the Cat Adoption Team!

Thursday - Oct. 27, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Pumpkin Decoration & Design also @ Umpqua Bank

Both events are free and open to the public.
Umpqua Bank is located at: 3606 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239

Monday - Oct. 31, 9:00am - 6:00pm
First Annual Halloween Canine Costume Contest, hosted by South Waterfront Community Relations

Bring your costumed pup down to the Community Relations Townhome in the Atwater for treats (both human and pet). Photos will be taken of each dog/contestant and judged by the Community Relations team. There will be multiple categories of winners.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Grand Re-Opening of Burlingame Fred Meyer

Probably the most common question people ask me about living in the South Waterfront is: "But where do you do your grocery shopping?!" They ask with intensity. I'm always surprised that people believe this is such a serious hurdle.

Well folks, we do manage to get by, often with a quick run to Zupan's on Macadam (1.5 mi) for tonight's dinner, or even an occasional trip to Winco for bulk and necessities (7.5 mi - all freeway). The truth is we all shop at a variety of places. I see neighbors in the elevator with bags from Safeway, Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, and Zupans, as well as very frequent visits from the delivery truck.

However, the real secret? Burlingame Fred Meyer. Apparently not so obvious, this little store is just 1 exit down on I-5S, and ~5 min drive (I timed it this morning).
New remodel, same old classic sign
This weekend, after a $19M remodel and nearly 6 months of construction, the little store in Burlingame reopened in a big way. We took a field trip this morning to check it out. A large American flag and wall of champagne greeted us at the entrance...interesting.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Little red food cart: Local Motive

Crazy for Cornmeal Encrusted Razor Clams? Here's your cart!  Local Motive is the newest (and the most colorful) cart to join the growing South Waterfront food cart scene.

Their menu is local, organic and seafood-centric, featuring chowder, salads and sandwiches, and a Crispy Panko Cod if you're lucky. 

They have a Facebook page, which you can find here: - you can also follow them on twitter: @localmotivepdx

Have you tried Local Motive yet? We'd love to hear about it! Please leave your comments below.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Marquam Hill Lecture Series starts Thursday

This Thursday evening is the launch of a fascinating series of lectures at OHSU-- the Marquam Hill Lecture Series.

South Waterfront-ers, this is open to the public; hop the Tram and check it out. This week's talk will be covering the causes of asthma and possible future cures, with renowned researcher Allison Fryer, PhD.

"Since 1981, the OHSU Marquam Hill Lectures Series has brought together leading members of the OHSU faculty with the public to feature innovative and cutting edge biomedical research and clinical advances that will form the basis of tomorrow's cures and treatments. The Marquam Hill Lecture Series is one of the most popular and long-standing lecture series about science by scientists in Oregon. Information about the first lecture of the 2011-2012 season is now available."

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oct. 14: More photos of the light bridge site

Here are a few afternoon shots of the light bridge construction site, and a slight appearance by Mount St. Helens in the distance.

You can always find details and up-to-date info on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project on their project website. In fact, they have a live webcam from OHSU & OMSI, as well as several timelapse videos.
For your reference, in July I posted a few photos taken from the OHSU Tram.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Groundbreaking Ceremony for OHSU Collaborative Science Building

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Oregon University System/OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building took place in the South Waterfront this morning. 
 The new building will be a collaboration involving OHSU, PSU and OSU, promoting partnerships between the schools, and housing programs from each university, including new School of Dentistry facilities. (You can find a little bit more via coverage from the Portland Tribune , Oregonian & BizJournal earlier this week.)

We are headed to that white tent below:
 It was a packed crowd, overflowing the tent.

The event kicked off with an appearance and speech by Governer Kitzhaber, highlighting the purpose and hope for this project: Innovation - Partnership - Philanthropy - Optimism.
We heard from med students, donors, and the presidents of all 3 universities.

Groundbreaking ceremony complete with lots of shovels, shovelers, and some very nice dirt trucked in for the occasion:

In blue, a representative of the Schnitzer Family, the donors of the waterfront land the new Schnitzer Campus will be built on.
 President Robertson takes an interview.
Model of the future complex:

Additional coverage:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Barge launch video Oct. 11

The "Dale Frank Jr." barge was launched by Zidell from the South Waterfront on Monday. For those of you who missed it, here is a video posted by one of our neighbors in the Meriwether.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rose City Sharpening here today

Need some knives sharpened? D. Ihor Ambroziak of Rose City Sharpening brought his mobile sharpening business to the South Waterfront today. If business goes well, he plans to be back every few weeks.

Feel free to contact him for future service:
Here is the price list:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Welcome to the neighborhood, ICE

It looks like we have an answer...Yesterday, after a lengthy decision-making process involving appeals from both sides, Portland City Council voted this week to approve the proposed ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) detention center in the South Waterfront.

Coverage from OPB:
and KATU:

The Oregonian had covered this topic closely thus far, but I haven't seen any write-ups since this news broke this week. Too busy with the OccupyPortland shenanigans?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Nike commercial shoot Oct. 5

I think this is the the 3rd commercial I've seen Nike shoot here in the South Waterfront. The first one took place a couple years ago, before I was paying much attention to these things.

The ad appears to be for a new line of reflective running shoes and gear. A guy is running repeatedly through a puddle in front of the John Ross.

It's been hard to see a thing out there tonight. It's dark, raining like crazy, and the cops won't let us walk down River Parkway (yes there are cops for enforcement). They brought in a water truck to create some serious puddles, but looks like they hardly needed it in this weather.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oct 5: Ospreys in Oregon talk

Join the South Waterfront Birders Group on Wednesday evening for "Ospreys in Oregon", a talk given by osprey expert Dr. Robert Grove. Grove co-wrote the USGS fact sheet on ospreys
Carol & Roger will be presenting additional information and videos of our very own South Waterfront osprey. The talk will take place at the Mirabella Auditorium at 6:15pm.

Thanks to Anne Saker of the Oregonian for her coverage of the event here:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Get Going Oregon! event & photos

I stepped outside this morning to check out the Get Going Oregon! celebration. Little did I know I was in for a morning yoga session in the park, a Lululemon yoga mat, some Dave's Killer Bread and more. 

Get Going Oregon! (should I keep inserting the ! as part of the name?) brought together an impressive group of sponsors, vendors and participants, not to mention some great salsa music and dancing. Zumba anyone?
The event kicked off with a 5K walk down to Willamette Park and back. The perfect Oregon walking/running weather was delivered this morning.

Next up, Sun Salutations on the lawn.
I spoke with Kalianne and team from Diabetic Dosage. She has developed an insulin calculator app for Type 1 diabetics (and has a very cool story behind it)...  Check out the Diabetic Dosage app for iPhone, iPad & Android.

Local non-profit "Dogs Assisting Diabetics" wins the award for cutest team! What do they do? It's actually very interesting. From their website:  "As a person’s blood sugar reaches dangerous lows, these dogs are able to smell the chemical change the body goes through.  With meticulous techniques, these dogs are trained through positive reinforcement to search for that scent.  The dog will alert the diabetic handler, allowing that person time to take much needed sugar." Go dogs!
 Free Chair Massage - sign me up!
This event was clearly organized by a passionate, enthusiastic team with a strong group of supporters and most of all, a great cause. Thanks for bringing the fun to the South Waterfront!