Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gibbs Bridge update 12/20/11

Here's a project update from the Gibbs St team:
Holiday Construction Update
No work between December 23rd and January 2nd

Week of December 19th 
The third bridge span (out of six) was successfully placed on Friday night, December 16th, and crews will not be returning for any nighttime work this week. Daytime work continues this week on the east landing and crews will stop work at 12:00 pm Friday, December 23rd to break for the holidays. Work will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd at 7:00 am.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Morning in South Waterfront

If you haven't seen any of the YouTube videos created by our neighbor and South Waterfront resident, Bob Cronk, you should definitely check them out.

A great timelapse video was posted this week: 'Morning in South Waterfront'.
Music is by Trent Reznor, from The Social Network soundtrack.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Grimm Episode 7 Portland filming locations

Welcome to Hollywood, Alberta Street and The Portland Forest!

Grimm Episode 7 "Let Down Your Hair"
This Grimm take on Rapunzel involves: "A mysterious homicide deep in the woods leads to Nick and Hank reopening a long-aborted missing persons case."
Aired: Friday, Dec. 16, 9/8c

First of all, I just finished the show and there is a hiker guy still locked in the brothers' basement!?! Right? Did I miss this closure? Loose ends.....

As I mentioned, Alberta Street plays a key role in this episode. However, the main character is The Forest (supposedly around Mt Hood), shown in the opening crime scene, and in follow-on scenes involving expansive fly-over aerial shots and detectives on 4-wheelers racing through the trails. It is also the location where we discover Holly the teenage Blutbad living in her treehouse.

  • The Forest opening scene and throughout - actual location, Forest Park?
  • Police station interior - same ol'
  • "Multnomah County Medical Examiner" building - title is accurate, but not the actual building. I only saw one shot of the building.
  • Oregon Ducks roofrack on Nick's Jeep - did you catch it?
  • Extreme Christmas at Monroe's & big news: Santa is a Grimm?!

All I Want for Christmas is...

...Clean Windows?!

Today is the 3rd day in a row that 2 spiderman-like gents have popped down with their suction cup feet and attached themselves to our windows, right out of nowhere.

These guys have a HUGE job to do here in the South Waterfront. I am tempted to calculate the square footage of windows that are washed. (I will let you know if I do...)  We are all very grateful for their fearlessness of heights and their speedy squeegee-ing.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Grimm Episode 6 Portland filming locations

Aired: Friday, Dec. 9, 9/8c

Grimm Episode 6 "The Three Bad Wolves" plot: "When Nick and Hank investigate the explosion of a Blutbad's home, Monroe is brought face-to-face with characters from his troubled past."

Sherwood got a little Grimm this week! According to the Beaverton Valley Times:

"TV crews filmed in Sherwood for two days in August, including shutting down parts of Southwest Main Street as well as Southwest Baker Road and Major Oak Drive off Sunset Boulevard."

They filmed the chase scene in nearby woods. The B.V.Times also reports that we may see more in the future:

"Although this is the first time that “Grimm’s” film crews have come to Sherwood, Gavin doesn’t expect it to be the last. “Sherwood has got some good things going for it,” he said. “There’s the river going through it, and farmland and forest. It has a good varied look.”"

  • Geodesic Dome House / scene of the crime - While looking for the location of the octagonal house that was burned down in the opening scene, I found this amazing but unrelated list of "Oregon Round Barns"... however, I'm still looking for the house used in this scene. (Any info? Send me a msg.)
--> Hey, an update here: Based on a tip from a reader, we suspect the geodesic dome used in this scene was a home in NE Portland on Mason St. View it on Google Maps to see for yourself.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Grimm Episode 5 Portland filming locations

Aired: Thursday, Dec. 8, 10/9c

Grimm Episode 5 "Danse Macabre" plot: "Nick and Hank's investigation of a dead high school teacher leads them to the school's outcast, Roddy. Nick realizes that there's more to Roddy than meets the eye..."

In her review today, Kristi at The Oregonian called this one "the best episode yet".  Yes...if you can handle rats, lots of rats, and half-eaten human corpses, eaten by rats.

This week's episode stumped me a little bit. Played a game of fill-in-the-blanks for awhile, but with the help of several readers & KGWNews (5/18), was able to fill in most of the locations.

  • St Johns Bridge - Seen in opening shot, and then played a prominent role as Backdrop for multiple scenes throughout.

    • This mill was also a filming location for several movies: Twilight (2008) and The Hunted (2003). Check out TwilightGirlPortland for all the details! 
  • The Von Hamerlin Music Institute = a NE Portland retirement housing complex
Rosemont Court (formerly Villa St. Rose)
597 N Dekum St, Portland, OR

  • Police station - same ol'
  • Nice house with a gated driveway where Nick interviews the music school kids: Thanks to a reader for the tip! This is located on SW Edgecliff Rd in the Dunthorpe neighborhood... note the lions on the gate.

My previous Grimm locations posts:
Episode 4 - Lonelyhearts
Episode 3 - BeeWare
Episode 2 - Bears Will Be Bears
Episode 1 - Pilot

You can view this and previous episodes online: http://www.nbc.com/grimm/ 

Friday, December 2, 2011

More ways to give this holiday season

In addition to the holiday food drives I recently mentioned, there are a few additional opportunities in our neighborhood to help out those in need this holiday season.

Donate your socks to a good cause!
Drop-boxes are available in the CHH Lobby or 7th or 11th floors.

Donate clothing to those in need:

Sunshine Division Clothing DriveThe Sunshine Division touches more than 10,000 local families in crisis annually by providing food and clothing through their front doors and an additional 4,000 families will be given a Thanksgiving or Holiday food box in the coming month.

Please help the Sunshine Division follow through on the promise they've made to thousands of others who will receive clothing and food this December and year-round in 2012. Please bring new or gently-used items of clothing (including shoes) to the South Waterfront Umpqua Bank branch during the week of December 5– 9 to help restock the clothing room.  Note that all clothes/shoes are given to families free of charge.
Monday - Friday, December 5 - 9, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Umpqua Bank, 3606 SW Bond Avenue

Don't forget, the Oregon Food Bank food drive is still going on through Dec. 16:
Food Collection:  November 1 - December 16Drop off at Community Relations Townhome

Food will also be collected at the South Waterfront Holiday Food Drive Party on December 7.  The party will include complimentary wine from Storyteller Wine Company as well as artisan cheeses, cured meats, and fruit from our local Zupan's Market.  Feel free to show off your skills by bringing your favorite appetizer to share with your neighbors and please bring at least 2 cans of food as admission to the party.     
Holiday Party:  December 7, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Atwater Place, Suite 115

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

Have you picked up a Christmas tree yet?  Well, if a tree is on your list for the weekend, here are a few options:

Griswold Family Christmas Trees
- Indoor Christmas tree lot on Macadam
6626 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, 97239 (503) 330-5751
In years past we have picked up a tree from the old gas station lot between Riva and Macadam; Griswold's is not that close, but it is pretty close.

I can tell you from experience that the Fred Meyer on 99W in Tigard has THE most friendly Christmas tree staff AND free hot chocolate, very hot chocolate which the friendly staff will offer to stir for you if your hands are full.

Cartlandia has trees (and good good food!) Make an outing of it and try out one of the new food carts. (Let me know if you cycle out and haul the tree back via bike - please take pictures!)

"Cartlandia is hosting a Christmas Tree lot as a benefit for  N. Marion High School Equestrian team - they have the freshest, fullest Noble and Grand Fir trees, and fresh cut Mistletoe (for only $2).  Get a bite from one of the 19 food carts, watch TV around the new firepit, and shop for a great tree to support the N. Marion High School team."

Closest to Baker & Spice:
Hillsdale Christmas tree lot @ 6371 SW Capitol Hwy... OK, this suggestion involves more food, but ooh, you should check out the holiday menu and treats at Baker and Spice.

There are of course, many more good options around the area, including some nice U-cut tree farms. I have yet to find a great website/map for these, but here are a couple to explore: