Adventist Health Unites Communities in Annual Celebration of Thanksgiving Concert

Adventist Health Unites Communities in Annual Celebration of Thanksgiving Concert

Portland, OR. Nearly 2,000 people filled New Hope Church in Happy Valley, Oregon, on November 23rd. The community came together for a free concert supporting local community aid organizations. Adventist Health Portland presented its annual Celebration of Thanksgiving concert as an expression of gratitude for the community’s faith and support.  Adventist Health Portland includes Adventist Health Portland Medical Center in southeast Portland, a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. Clinically integrated with OHSU, Adventist Health Medical Group represents more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians who treat and admit their patients to Adventist Medical Center. Pictured above are people sorting out the generous food donations.

Dr. Terry Johnsson

Matt Maher performs for the crowd

The event opened with performances by a praise band made up of Adventist Health employees, including Joyce Newmyer, Adventist Health Pacific Northwest Region president. Headliner and contemporary Christian artist Matt Maher took the stage, Maher has written and produced nine solo albums and penned many well-known praise and worship songs.

People enjoying the concert

Joyce Newmyer, president of Adventist Health, shares a message of thanks with guests at the 11th annual Celebration of Thanksgiving concert.

Collecting socks for Portland Rescue Mission

Young folks donating food

This year’s guests contributed 1,900 pounds of food for Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) and more than 3,000 pairs of socks for the Portland Rescue Mission in place of admission for the concert. The celebration of Thanksgiving has raised more than 12 tons of nonperishable food donations since its inception in 2009. More than 10,000 pairs of socks have been donated since this emphasis was added in 2016. Previous performers include Phillips, Craig and Dean; Point of Grace; Rebecca St. James; Selah; and Sandi Patty.

From Adventist Health:

Adventist Health services in Portland are part of Adventist Health a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Our compassionate and talented team of 33,300 includes more than 24,600 employees; 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 3,700 volunteers working together in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness, and hope. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies, and four joint-venture retirement centers.

From The Portland Rescue Mission:

The Portland Rescue Mission has had a tireless commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction and despair in the lives of hurting people in need. We offer emergency services of food and shelter at our original downtown location at the Burnside Shelter. And we’ve expanded those services to include 24/7 restrooms, showers, clothing, mail service, referrals and community activities in the Guest Care Center.Thanks to generous community support, we’ve expanded our ministry to include a wide range of programs designed to meet a hurting person at their point of need and help them toward their journey home. This includes our 3-month Connect program for men and women, and our New Life Ministries for men and women at The Harbor and Shepherd’s Door, respectively. Portland Rescue Mission also includes our Drive Away Hunger car sales and donations program and Mission Bar-B-Que catering. Proceeds support all of our programs to give hope and restore life to hurting people.


Oregon Humane Society Receives $107,500 Grant from PetSmart Charities to Support Second Chance Program

Oregon Humane Society Receives $107,500 Grant from PetSmart Charities to Support Second Chance Program

Portland, OR. The Oregon Humane Society was granted $107,500 from PetSmart Charities on November 18th. This money is earmarked for the Oregon Humane Society’s Second Chance Program. The program was created to help other overflowing shelters move animals to communities with eager adopters for a second chance at a new life. Originally the Second Chance program helped dogs and puppies, but in 2019, the Oregon Humane Society opened a new Cat and Kitten Intake Center to accommodate large transports of cats and kittens. In Madera, California, they were struggling with a cat overpopulation for years. With this new Second Chance Program, more than 200 cats and kittens have been transported to OHS as a part of this grant.

This kitten was transported as part of the Second Chance Program. OHS plans on two trips per month from the Madera region through August 2020.

Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities, believes strong partnership is the key to success for this and other transport programs.“Pet transport is one of the strongest examples of how animal welfare organizations come together to solve for pet homelessness,” she explained. “And our funding to the Oregon Humane Society in this way brings our mission of finding loving homes for homeless pets come to life in communities across the country and in areas of great need.”

Cat Pictured From Oregon Humane Society’s Second Chance Program

A video from the Oregon Humane Society:

Did You Know: Second Chances from Oregon Humane Society on Vimeo.

A video from PetSmart Charities:

More from the Oregon Humane Society:

OHS is the largest humane society in the Northwest and adopts more animals from its Portland shelter than any other single-facility shelter on the West Coast. OHS puts no time limits on how long animals remain at the shelter—a pet stays available for adoption for as long as needed to find a loving home. If a pet in the care of OHS needs medical attention, the OHS veterinary hospital provides the pet with the same level of care you would want your own pet to receive. Founded in 1868 by noted humanitarian Thomas Lamb Eliot, OHS is the fourth-oldest humane society in the nation. Eliot initially established OHS to stop the neglect and abuse of draft animals. The mission expanded to include companion animals and, until 1933, orphaned children.

More from PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought the leadership that brings people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $400 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit

Portland Center Stage Celebrates World Premiere of New Play

Portland Center Stage Celebrates World Premiere of New Play

Portland, OR. Portland Center Stage at The Armory celebrated the World Premiere of a new play: Redwood. It stars Brittany K. Allen, a New York-based actor and writer. The play focuses on a young black woman’s relationship with her white boyfriend and how it’s thrown into turmoil when they discover her ancestors were enslaved by her boyfriend’s ancestors. Redwood also features a hip-hop dance chorus that helps explore a way to live in the present with the ghosts of the past. Pictured above at the November 1st’s opening night party are Brittany K. Allen, Hannah Rice, Orion Bradshaw, Ashley Mellinger, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jamie Lynne Simons, and Andrea Vernae. (Photography by Kate Szrom/Courtesy of Portland Center Stage at The Armory.)

Brittany K. Allen and Nick Ferrucci at the opening night of Redwood.

Jamie Lynne Simons, Hannah Rice, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Orion Bradshaw, and Ashley Mellinger at the opening night of Redwood.

Jennifer Lanier and Tyrone Mitchell Henderson at the opening night of Redwood.

Eva Steingrueber-Fagan with Redwood costume designer Alison Heryer.

Nick Ferrucci and Darrell Grand Moultrie

Jenn Thompson, Lauren Modica, and Katie Nguyen at the opening night of Redwood.

Andrea Vernae, Ashley Mellinger, Orion Bradshaw, and Charles Grant at the opening night of Redwood.

Chip Miller, Marissa Wolf, and Darrell Grand Moultrie

Associate Producer Chip Miller made his directing debut at The Armory with his vibrant theatrical production. Darrell Grand Moultrie, who has choreographed for Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, also made his debut at The Armory choreographing Redwood.

Miller states, “How much of our identity is something we choose? And how much of it is tied to our genealogy – the traumas and joys of our ancestors being passed along to us through generations? Brittany is able to ask these challenging questions while maintaining a true sense of joy, surprise and theatricality continue to astound me. Plus, there’s dancing!”

Marissa Wolf and Chip Miller

A short video of Redwood:


From Portland Center Stage at The Armory:

Portland Center Stage at The Armory is the largest theater company in Portland and among the top 20 regional theaters in the country. Established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the company became independent in 1994 and is under the leadership of Artistic Director Marissa Wolf and Managing Director Cynthia Fuhrman. Around 160,000 visitors attend The Armory annually to enjoy a mix of classic, contemporary, and world premiere productions, along with a variety of high-quality education and community programs. Ten productions are offered this season, in addition to hundreds of community events created to serve the diverse populations in the city. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 27 world premieres and presents an annual new works festival, JAW: A Playwrights Festival. Home to two theaters, The Armory (originally built in 1891) opened its doors in 2006 as the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, and the first performing arts venue in the country, to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

THE 2019-2020 SEASON

The 2019-2020 season is funded in part by Season Superstars Tim and Mary Boyle, Mary and Don Blair, and Lead Corporate Champion Umpqua Bank. Further support comes from Season Sponsors Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE); the Regional Arts and Culture Council; and the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the state of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for Redwood comes from Ronni Lacroute, Ellyn Bye, and Hilary Krane and Kelly Bulkeley. Here’s a link with more information:

Gala Raises Record-Breaking $500,000 for Albertina Kerr

Gala Raises Record-Breaking $500,000 for Albertina Kerr

Portland, OR. Nearly 370 community members gathered to raise funds for Albertina Kerr during the 24 Hours of Kerr Country themed Gala. The 24 hours including a gala on September 15th, followed by a sold-out golf benefit at Columbia Edgewater Golf Course. David Wilson, Richard Codanti, and Bella Casa helped with a record-breaking fundraiser which brought in more than $500,000 for Kerr’s programs and services that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health challenges. (Country Gala photos by Andie Petkus, Golf Tournament photos by Dalton Davis)

During Kerr’s Country Gala, guests gave generously to the special appeal to support Kerr’s Behavior Specialists

Kerr Foundation Chair Miki Herman, Former Kerr Board Member Diane Gerard, and Carole Warneke from Pacific West Bank

The golf event included a helicopter ball drop where supporters paid to have a ball with their name on it dropped from a helicopter and the closest to the pin won.

T.J. McConville, from Becker Capital Management, was the winner of the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop. (Oregon Helicopters)

The winners of the 24 Hours of Kerr Golf Tournment, Jeff Gladheim (Left) and Matt Kline (Right) from Swagelok NW celebrate with Kerr CEO, Jeff Carr (center) and will advance to the Mercedes-Benz Amateur National Tournament, all expenses paid.

From Albertina Kerr:

Albertina Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other social barriers to reach their full potential. They want all people to thrive in a nurturing and inclusive community. Albertina Kerr has served the community for over 110 years by helping over 53% of the youth in IDD group homes in Oregon, operating the only standalone subacute children’s crisis psychiatric facility in Oregon, providing leadership in statewide policy discussions related to disability and mental health care, and more. Over the years, Albertina Kerr has expanded exponentially going from offering young children safe homes and treatment and creating community-based homes, to expanding their programs to fit the needs of children and adults alike. In more recent years, Albertina Kerr is committed to challenging norms about how to care for children and adults with mental health and developmental needs. Albertina Kerr will continue its efforts to provide top-notch programs and services for people to flourish in their day to day lives.

There’s a video about Albertina Kerr:

More about the history of Albertina Kerr:

For more than 100 years, Albertina Kerr has been caring for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens. Over the decades, our services have evolved to meet the community’s needs. While these needs have changed, the values of our expert caregivers remain constant: compassion, commitment, collaboration, and advocacy. Today, Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), mental health challenges, and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. We provide comprehensive crisis and preventative mental health care for children and teens, as well as a full range of services for children and adults with IDD.

Where and When to Enjoy Our Local Farmers’ Markets

Where and When to Enjoy Our Local Farmers’ Markets

Portland, OR. Dozens of local farmers’ markets are bursting with colorful flowers and flavorful produce this summer. Just about every day of the week you can find a location in the metro area where farmers are offering their best. In this story, we’re offering a complete list of where and when to check them out.

Portland Farmers Market operates five farmers markets in the Portland metro area. The goal is to contribute to the success of local farmers and food producers, strengthen the food economy, and serve as community gathering places.

Like many, the Lake Oswego Farmers Market in Millennium Plaza Park has activities for the kids. Many who come to the market are visitors to the area.

There’s live music at the LO market. It also boasts an average of over 80 vendors each week.

The Beaverton Farmers Market is a destination market that organizers say is the single largest, all-agricultural market in the state, with up to 20k visitors each week.

The Vancouver Farmers Market is a dog friendly place where you can chat with people who have grown or made your purchase.

There are food carts at the Canby Farmers Market.

Here’s a list of some of the area farmers markets to check out. (Most of the titles have live links to take you the website of the market for more information.)

Portland Area Farmers Markets:

Cedar Mill Sunset Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays, May through October. 8:00 am – 1 pm

The market is sponsored by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. A local community market since 1999.

Hillsdale Farmers Market:

Open Sundays, May through November and twice monthly December through April. 10:00 am – 2 pm

The market is held in the Wilson High – Rieke Elementary parking lot in Portland.

Hollywood Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays, year-round!

8:00 am – 1:00 pm, April – September

9:00 am – 1:00 pm, October – November

1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, December – March

This market comes alive every Saturday from May until Thanksgiving, and twice a month during the winter, with over 50 vendors plus community booths, musicians, volunteers and neighbors.

Kenton Farmers Market:

Open Fridays, June 3rd – September 30th.  3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This Friday evening market invites the participation of neighboring businesses, a unique location, the street closure, and live musical entertainment all help to create a festive atmosphere.

King Farmers Market:

Open Sundays, May 1st – November 20th. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Adjacent to both King Elementary and King School Park, this market has become a family-centric destination for the neighborhood to enjoy breakfast or lunch, listen to local musicians, and explore 35 vendor stalls filled with local bounty from our region’s farmers, ranchers, fishermen, foragers and food artisans.

Northwest Farmers Market: 

Open Thursdays, June 2nd – September 29th.  2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The market is conveniently located for neighborhood residents, many of whom walk and bike to the market.

Seniors are invited to play fruit-and-veggie bingo, where the prizes come in the form of produce from market vendors. Bingo rounds run every half hour, starting at 2:30 pm. Each summer the Northwest Market brings the best of the region to the neighborhood through an average of 25 vendor stalls.

OHSU Farmers Market: 

Open Tuesdays, June through September.  10 am – 2 pm

The OHSU Farmers Market offers a wide variety of foods including sustainably grown produce, meat, eggs, nuts, baked goods, dips, lunch and desserts. Join them for a delightful and nourishing afternoon of health & deliciousness.

People’s Farmers Market:

Open Wednesdays, year-round! 2 pm – 7 pm

People’s Farmers’ Market is the longest running year-round market in Portland.

Pioneer Courthouse Square Farmers Market:

Open Mondays, June 13th – September 26th.  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Closed July 4th for Independence Day and September 5th for Labor Day

Downtown office workers and tourists flock to this market at the Square to enjoy the abundant lunch options and pick up locally grown and produced items from an average of 30 vendors selling everything from berries to flowers to baked goods.

Portland State University Farmers Market:  

Open Saturdays, year-round!

9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays (Nov-Feb) – Closed December 31st
8:30 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays (Mar-Oct)

The campus of Portland State University on the South Park Blocks provides a picturesque backdrop for Portland Farmers Market’s year-round flagship market.

Shemanski Park Farmers Market:

Open Wednesdays, May 4th – November 23rd.  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

A popular lunch destination, this market features 50 vendor stalls filled with farm-fresh and locally-made food under a lush green canopy of trees.

South Waterfront Farmers Market:

Open Thursdays, June through October. 2 pm – 7 pm

This is a neighborhood market with the aim to make connections between farmers and urban community members in a dynamic and lively market setting.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays, June 6th – October 31st.  10 am – 2 pm

This is an independent farmers market serving the Woodlawn, Piedmont and Concordia neighborhoods.  Their goal is to make local, healthy food accessible to everyone.

Woodstock Farmers Market:

Open Sundays, June 5th – October 30th.  10 am – 2 pm

Woodstock Farmers Market provides quality fresh produce by supporting local farmers, and strengthen relationships in the Woodstock neighborhood by providing a central community gathering place. The market promotes healthy eating, food education, fun and music, building closer ties between farms and urban communities.

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Beaverton Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays: 8:00am – 1:30pm, May through September

& Winter Market: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:30pm, February through April

The Beaverton Farmers market is a destination market that is the single largest, all-agricultural market in the state of Oregon. During the summer season, the market averages between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors on any given Saturday. The market is comprised of nursery growers, farmers, and ranchers – both conventional and organic.


Canby Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays, April 30th – October 8th.  9 am – 2 pm

The Canby Farmers Market is a local favorite for young and old alike. Here you will find the best that the Willamette Valley has to offer; from freshly picked produce and flowers, to unique hand crafted gifts and accessories- this bustling, little market has everything you need. Food vendors provide a variety of cuisine and market favorites for your lunch and dinner. The music and festivities combine to make this a wonderful Saturday outing.


Happy Valley Sunnyside Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays, May 7th – October 8th.  9 am – 2 pm

Happy Valley Farmers Market is an event that promotes and supports the local community fostering the growth of our farms, vendors, local businesses and families.

Forest Grove:

Forest Grove Farmers Market:  

Open Wednesdays, May 4th – October 26th.  4 pm – 8 pm

This market strives to provide an outlet for small farmers and food producers so that they may connect with the community by offering fresh, local goods. One of the most diverse events in the area, the outdoor Forest Grove Farmers Market attracts a weekly average of more than 2000 visitors of all ages and demographic groups to share good food and listen to local musicians.


Gresham Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays, May through October.  8:30 am – 2 pm

The Gresham Farmers Market is a community gathering place where you can stroll, shop and listen to live music in a casual friendly atmosphere. The market is comprised of vegetable and produce farmers, bakers, artists and the like, providing some of the best local fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads, honey, desserts, flowers, art and handmade crafts.


Hillsboro Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays, April 30th – October 29th.  8 am – 1:30 pm

One of the longest running farmers markets in the Northwest, the Hillsboro Saturday Farmers’ Market was established in 1981 and has become a traditional community gathering place as well as a favorite venue for obtaining fresh, local products. The market hosts 100+ vendors and 8 thousand shoppers weekly.

Lake Oswego:

Lake Oswego Farmers Market:  

Open Saturdays, May 14th – October 8th.  8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Discover the region’s finest agricultural products at the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market.  The Market boasts an average of over 80 vendors each week.  Delight in finding a wide variety of produce, meats, nuts, cheeses, artisan breads, jams and jellies, baked goods, fresh seafood, nursery items, and hot foods–there is something for everyone!


Lloyd Farmers Market:

Open Tuesdays, year-round!  10 am – 2 pm

The market runs every week, year-round, except for December 22nd and 29th, when we will be closed for the holidays. The market is held under the gazebo in the Oregon Square Courtyard on NE Holladay Street between NE 7th Ave and NE 9th Ave.


Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market:

Open Sundays, May through October.  9:30 am – 2 pm

You will find produce, a wide variety of prepared foods, cut flowers, plants, and countless gift items at the Market the Oregonian called the Best of 2012. By foot, by bike, by bus, by car — however you come, you can find this busy Market at the intersection of Main and Harrison in Downtown Milwaukie.


McMinnville Farmers Market:  

Open Thursdays, May 12th – October 6th.  1 pm – 6 pm

Located on the corner of Cowls and Third Street you will find dozens of local vendors at the very popular downtown Farmers Market. Come listen to live music while you shop and support our local farmers!


Newberg Farmers Market:

Open Wednesdays, May through September.  1:30 pm – 6 pm

The Newberg Farmers’ Market provides booth space for Oregon and SW Washington farm producers to market predominately locally grown and raised farm produce. In addition the market showcases hand-crafted arts & crafts, locally made food products and baked goods.

Oregon City:

Oregon City Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays, year-round!

Summer Season, first Saturday in May through October:  9 am – 2 pm

Winter Season, November through April:  10 am – 2 pm

Year-round they offer the local community an opportunity to take advantage of locally grown farm-fresh produce, farm eggs, pastured meats, Oregon seafood, cheese, wild foraged products, artisan foods, crafts, wines, spirits, cider, ready-to-eat foods, coffee, and smoothies. In addition, the market provides a venue for education to promote good nutrition, food preservation, sustainable food-growing and protection of the environment.


Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.  9 am – 2 pm

A farmers market at the base of Bull Mountain in Tigard Oregon dedicated to providing a fun family atmosphere with music, food, and activities for kids and adults of all ages.

Tigard Farmers Market:  

Open Sundays, April through October.  9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Tigard Farmers’ Market bringing you fresh fruit, produce, crafts, flowers and more weekly! The market is located at the corner of Hall and Burnham in downtown Tigard.

Vancouver, WA:

Vancouver Farmers Market:

Open Saturdays and Sundays, Mar 19th – October 30th.

Saturdays:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sundays:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The downtown market is Southwest Washington’s #1 visitor attraction and home to over 250 vendors and the second largest in the State of Washington.

West Linn:

West Linn Farmers Market:

Open Sundays, May 31st – September 13th.  11 am – 3 pm

The market showcases a variety of vendors – fresh local produce, handmade artisan crafts, tasty hot food, live music and more! The market is located in Historic Willamette (Willamette Falls Dr. between 12th and 14th St.).

Saturdays:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sundays:  11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Thanks to Simple Floors PDX for helping to put together this list.

Here are a few more colorful photos to pique your interest.

Portlanders Celebrate Free Summer Concerts, Movies and More

Portlanders Celebrate Free Summer Concerts, Movies and More

Portland, OR. Organizers say that free family-friendly activities help build community. Last year thousands of people attended 59 concerts offered by Portland Parks. This summer, as usual, local artists will be featured, like Tony Starlight who will play at Brentwood Park on SE 60th on July 19th. The free concert series is a musical tradition over 110 years in the making, with something for everyone, from classical to hip-hop.

A Portland Festival Symphony concert is one of the featured events.

Here’s a listing of the dates and locations of the free upcoming events in the parks:

Date Location Concerts and Movies Transit Details
Friday, June 21 King School Park, NE Grand Avenue and Going Street Festival 2019 Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival 6, 8, 44, 72
Black Panther (2018) PG-13
Friday, July 5 Brooklyn Park, SE Milwaukie Avenue and Haig Street Concert The Old Yellers—Original Americana country folk-rock 9, 10, 17, 19, 70,  ADA Accessible
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald (2018) PG-13
Saturday, July 6 Floyd Light Park, SE 111th Avenue and Alder Street Concert Georgina Band—Classic Iraqi rhythmic music 15, 20, 
Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) PG—Arabic with English subtitles
Sunday, July 7 Kenilworth Park, SE 32nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard Concert Yankee Gaucho—World folk rock 9, 10, 17, 75
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) PG
Monday, July 8 Sellwood Park, SE 7th Avenue and Bidwell Street Concert Moody Little Sister—New folk of the American West 70, 99
Wednesday, July 10 Dawson Park, 2926 N Williams Avenue Concert Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group—Sensational jazz, blues, and soul 4, 24, 44 ADA Accessible
Thursday, July 11 Khunamokwst Park, 5200 NE Alberta Street Concert Ache Son—Hot Cuban son 71, 72 ADA Accessible
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) PG-13—English with Spanish subtitles
Friday, July 12 Fernhill Park, NE 37th Avenue and Ainsworth Street Concert The Sirens of Blues—Female blues legends and rising stars 70, 72, 75
Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th Avenue and Taylor Street Concert Tara Velarde—Diva folk 15, 70
Black Panther (2018) PG-13—English with Spanish subtitles
Saturday, July 13 Pendleton Park, SW 55th Drive and Iowa Street Concert Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a Band—Traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music 1, 54, 56 ADA Accessible
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) PG
Sunday, July 14 Warner Pacific University, 2219 SE 68th Avenue Concert Quadraphonnes—Jazzy funk from all-female saxophone quartet 2
Aquaman (2018) PG-13
Monday, July 15 Sellwood Park, SE 7th Avenue and Bidwell Street Concert Rae Gordon Band—Female-fronted blues and soul 70, 99
Thursday, July 18 Lovejoy Fountain Park, SW 3rd Avenue and Harrison Street Concert Wamba—World beat focusing on Afrobeat and highlife 1, 8, 9, 12, 17, 35, 36, 38, 43, 44, 45, 54, 55, 56, 92, 94, 99,  ADA Accessible
Harrison Park, SE 84th Avenue and Harrison Street Concert POPgoji—Brazilian beats meets American soul 2, 72 ADA Accessible
Approved For Adoption (2012) NR—French with English subtitles
Friday, July 19 Fernhill Park, NE 37th Avenue and Ainsworth Street Concert Tony Starlight—Music, laughs from Sinatra to the 80s 70, 72, 75
Brentwood Park, 6550 SE 60th Avenue Concert Soul Progression—Pop, rock, blues, good times 19, 71
Ready Player One (2018) PG-13
Saturday, July 20 North Park Blocks, NW 8th Avenue and Everett Street Concert Choro da Alegria—Beautiful melodies of Brazil 1, 4, 8, 15, 17, 20, 35, 44, 51, 54, 56, 77,   ADA Accessible
Pelé: Birth Of A Legend (2016) PG
Monday, July 22 Sellwood Park, SE 7th Avenue and Bidwell Street Concert Grupo Masato—High energy tropical/Andean Chicha 70, 99
Thursday, July 25 Lovejoy Fountain Park, SW 3rd Avenue and Harrison Street Concert Outer Orbit—Funk soul collective 1, 8, 9, 12, 17, 35, 36, 38, 43, 44, 45, 54, 55, 56, 92, 94, 99,  ADA Accessible
McCoy Park, N Trenton Street and Newman Avenue Concert Rhythm Culture—Blues and jazz infused reggae 4, 35 ADA Accessible
Incredibles 2 (2018) PG
Friday, July 26 Fernhill Park, NE 37th Avenue and Ainsworth Street Concert Bloco Alegria—High-Energy Brazilian music and dance 70, 72, 75
Denorval Unthank Park, 510 N Shaver Street Concert Geno Michaels & Soulcity—Joyous music that moves your body and soul 4, 24, 44 ADA Accessible
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) PG—English with Spanish subtitles
Saturday, July 27 Cathedral Park, N Crawford Street and Pittsburg Avenue, 6PM Concert Portland Festival Symphony (Brass), music director Gregory Vajda 4, 11, 16
Cully Park, NE 72nd Avenue and Killingsworth Street Concert Turquoise Pride—Native American Drumming 72 ADA Accessible
Nemo Hádéést’į́į́/Finding Nemo (2003) G—Navajo with English subtitles
Sunday, July 28 Grant Park, NE 33rd Avenue and Brazee Street, 6PM Concert Portland Festival Symphony (Strings), music director Gregory Vajda 70, 75, 77 ADA Accessible
Wellington Park, NE 66th Avenue and Skidmore Street Concert Big Bad Beat—Hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s to now 24, 71
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) PG
Monday, July 29 Sellwood Park, SE 7th Avenue and Bidwell Street Concert Miller & Sasser—Upbeat originals and country classics 70, 99
Thursday, August 1 WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER FESTIVAL—6PM, Rose Garden Amphitheater, 410 SW Kingston Avenue Festival PDX Jazz presents Mike Phillips with special guest Saeeda Wright; King Louie & LaRhonda Steele 63,  ADA Accessible
Friday, August 2 Village Square Parking Lot, SE 162nd Avenue and Stark Street Concert Friends of Noise Youth Showcase—All ages music for everyone 20, 25, 74,  ADA Accessible
Black Panther (2018) PG-13—English with Spanish subtitles
WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER FESTIVAL—6PM, Rose Garden Amphitheater, 410 SW Kingston Avenue Festival Painted Sky Northstar Native Dance Company with Evening Star Painted Ponies 63,  ADA Accessible
Saturday, August 3 Spring Garden Park, 3332 SW Spring Garden Street Concert The Libertine Belles—High energy vintage-swing 12, 44
Moana (2016) PG
WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER FESTIVAL—6PM, Rose Garden Amphitheater, 410 SW Kingston Avenue Festival Portland Cello Project performing Radiohead, Coltrane, and Bach 63,  ADA Accessible
Sunday, August 4 WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER FESTIVAL—6PM, Rose Garden Amphitheater, 410 SW Kingston Avenue Festival Opera in the Park—Viva Verdi! Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest works 63,  ADA Accessible
Tuesday, August 6 McCoy Park, N Trenton Street and Newman Avenue Concert Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection—Revitalizing funk and soul 4, 35 ADA Accessible
Thursday, August 8 Wellington Park, NE 66th Avenue and Skidmore Street Concert Chervona—Northwest’s Eastern European party band 24, 71
Woodlawn Park, NE 11th Avenue and Oneonta Street Concert Saeeda Wright—Powerful soul, jazz, and gospel 6, 8, 75 ADA Accessible
Coco (2017) PG
Friday, August 9 Ventura Park, 460 SE 113th Avenue Concert FunkTown PDX—Bringing the funk 20, 73,  ADA Accessible
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) PG—English with Spanish subtitles
Saturday, August 10 Laurelhurst Park, SE 37th Avenue and Oak Street, 6PM Concert Portland Festival Symphony (Full Symphony), music director Gregory Vajda 15, 20, 75
FESTIVAL LATINO—Starting at 4PM, Cully Park, NE 72nd Avenue and Killingsworth Street Concert Orquestra Pacifico Tropical—Electrifying South American cumbias; DJ Lapaushi 72 ADA Accessible
Incredibles 2 (2018) PG—Spanish with English subtitles
Sunday, August 11 Peninsula Park, 700 N Rosa Parks Way, 6PM Concert Portland Festival Symphony (Full Symphony), music director Gregory Vajda 4, 6, 44
Wilshire Park, NE 33rd Avenue and Skidmore Street Concert 5 Grand—Danceable R&B, funk and soul 24, 70, 75
How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World (2019) PG
Thursday, August 15 Wellington Park, NE 66th Avenue and Skidmore Street Concert JT Trawick’s Big Ozark Swing Orchestra—Let’s swing and let the good times roll! 24, 71
Laurelhurst Park, SE 37th Avenue and Oak Street Concert DJ Prashant & Jai Ho! Dance Troupe—Interactive Bollywood & Bhangra dance 15, 20, 75
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) PG
Friday, August 16 Dawson Park, 2926 N Williams Avenue Concert Mz. Etta’s World featuring Arietta Ward—Vast variety of soul, funk, and R&B 4, 24, 44 ADA Accessible
Captain Marvel (2019) PG-13
Saturday, August 17 Gateway Discovery Park, NE 106th Avenue and Halsey Street, starting at 12PM Festival Tonga Day 2019 22, 23, 24, 77, 87,  ADA Accessible
Bumblebee (2018) PG-13
Sunday, August 18 Hamilton Park, SW 47th Drive and 44th Avenue Concert The Sportin’ Lifers—Covering jumping blues, R&B, soul, and jazz 55
Incredibles 2 (2018) PG
Thursday, August 22 Wellington Park, NE 66th Avenue and Skidmore Street Concert Glass of Hearts—Blondie tribute band  24, 71
Elizabeth Caruthers Park, SW Gaines Street and Bonds Avenue Concert The Mars Rovers—Eclectic classic rock and blues 24, 71
Up (2009) PG
Friday, August 23 Luuwit View Park, NE 127th Avenue and Fremont Street Concert St. James’s Gate—Celtic Americana, infectious pub rock 22,73 ADA Accessible
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) PG
Saturday, August 24 April Hill Park, SW 58th Avenue and Miles Street Concert Rogue Bluegrass Band—Acoustic bluegrass and Americana 1
Missing Link (2019) PG
Sunday, August 25 Laurelhurst Park, SE 37th Avenue and Oak Street, 6PM Concert Providence Stage Band—Big band sounds from the 40s to 70s 15, 20, 75
Friday, August 30 Montavilla Park, 8219 NE Glisan Street Concert Mo Phillips and The Grumpies—Hilarious family dance jams 19, 20, 72, 272, 
Dumbo (2019) PG
Saturday, August 31 Overlook Park, N Interstate Avenue and Fremont Street Concert Sakumuna—Afro-fusion music with funk grooves, reggae roots
Moana (2016) PG
Sunday, September 1 Gateway Discovery Park, NE 106th Avenue and Halsey Street, starting at 10AM Festival 11th Annual Slavic Festival “Heritage” 22, 23, 24, 77, 87,  ADA Accessible
Pawn Sacrifice (2014) PG-13


Interested in becoming a sponsor over $5,000?
Kellie Torres, Development Manager
503-823-5589  |  [email protected]

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Trail Blazer “3’s for Trees” Program Hits 14,000 Trees Already

Trail Blazer “3’s for Trees” Program Hits 14,000 Trees Already

Portland, OR. The regular NBA season doesn’t end until April 10th, but the Trail Blazers have already hit enough three-point shots to earn over 14,000 trees to plant. The Blazers are teaming again with Daimler Trucks North America and Friends of Trees to plant three trees for every three point field goal made during the 2018-19 regular season. Last season, the “3’s for Trees”  program helped plant over 15,000 trees. (Photo credit, Justin Tucker)

Christa Stout, Vice President of Social Responsibility for the Portland Trail Blazers explains, “Planting over 15,000 trees is an incredible milestone, and it has been amazing to see the transformation of the Sandy River Delta over the past four seasons. We are proud to partner with these two amazing organizations that continue to make a positive impact on our environment.”

Scott Fogarty, Executive Director of Friends of Trees; Eileen Frack, Daimler’s General Manager of Human Resources; and Christa Stout celebrated the program at the Blazers 2018-19 season opener.

Trail Blazers and Daimler volunteers helped plant the “3’s for Trees” saplings last spring.

Daimler Trucks North America helped Friends of Trees plant the 15,000th tree in the Sandy River Delta. Thanks to the reforestation of this area, native wildlife has returned to the Delta to live and breed for the first time in many years. After the regular season, volunteers will be out planting again. You can join a Friends of Trees planting event to help plant all these trees. Learn more at

From Friends of Trees:

Friends of Trees was founded in 1989 by a community member who loved trees and started planting them in Portland neighborhoods. Today, Friends of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers. Friends of Trees greens our region while growing community.

Since our founding Friends of Trees has planted 750,000+ trees and native plants with thousands and thousands and thousands of volunteers in 120+ neighborhoods in six counties across two states.

Whether it’s a forest created from our canopy of urban trees or the forest to come from our restoration plantings in sensitive natural areas, there is no doubt that the trees planted by Friends of Trees play a vital role our region’s livability. Given rising temperatures and all that we know about the cooling and cleansing effects of trees, it’s easy to see how our work improves our natural environment. But what’s really something else is the people-power: the trees we plant are actually planted by 6,000+ volunteers every planting season.



Portland’s Lara Tennant Wins USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Portland’s Lara Tennant Wins USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Vero Beach, Fla. Portland’s Lara Tennant arrived at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club having won just one match in a USGA amateur championship in eight starts, but on October 11th she captured the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in convincing fashion. “I would say except for last year, all of the other USGA championships I played in, I probably prepared two weeks before,” explained Tennant. “With five kids I was never prepared like I am now. Since I turned 50 I was able to have the time to prepare, and I would say I have a new passion for golf.”

Making the experience even more exciting, Lara’s 78-year-old father, George Mack, served as her caddie. He was enjoying the experience even before the final round. “How can you beat this?” said Mack, “Regardless of what happens tomorrow, it doesn’t matter because we’ve had a great time.”

Tennant never trailed on Thursday, defeating Sue Wooster, 56, of Australia, 3 and 2, in the 18-hole championship match, USGA official Scott Lipsky, reported.

Tennant was able to build a cushion on the back nine on Thursday by taking advantage of some late miscues by Wooster. 

As the runner-up, Wooster receives an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as a three-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

What the Champion Receives

  • Custody of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Trophy for one year
  • Gold medal
  • 10-year exemption in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Open
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Here are some details about the final matchup:

56 Age 51
Lysterfield, Victoria, Australia Hometown Portland, Ore. 
N/A College University of Arizona
Round of 32 (2016, 2017) Best Previous Finish in this Championship Round of 64 (2017)
No. 5 / 87 holes played Seeding / Match Holes Played No. 10 / 83 holes played
Defeated 2013 runner-up Susan Cohn in the semifinals, 3 and 2 Notable Victory

Defeated 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Corey Weworski in the quarterfinals, 3 and 2

25 Age Started Playing 10
Has won national golf championships in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand Noteworthy Was co-medalist in her U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur debut in 2017

Has advanced to match play in all nine USGA amateur championships in which she has competed

USGA Credentials

Has been competing in USGA championships dating back to the 1983 U.S. Girls’ Junior

Did not start playing golf competitively until she was in her 40s

Fun Fact Made the first hole-in-one in U.S. Senior Women’s Open history earlier this year


The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2019 is…

The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2019 is…

Portland, OR.

Here are the top 10 wedding dates of 2019:


February 15, 2019: Love is in the air during the month of February, but it’s good to avoid having your wedding on a major holiday like Valentine’s Day (both your single and taken friends will thank you later). However, this year, February 15th is the Friday right after Valentine’s Day, which makes it the most perfect and romantic winter wedding date!

May 19, 2019: Want a royal wedding? May 19th was the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married and 19 is also a lucky number!

Labor Day Weekend: If you’re planning on having a lit wedding night where you’ll be dancing all night long, having that extra day to recover is key. Labor Day weekend in 2019 is ideal because if you’re having out of towners at your wedding, it’s the perfect chance for them to travel without having to take extra time off from work to recuperate.

Have you or someone you love gotten married recently? We’d be happy to write up a story and share your beautiful photos and it’s free! Or, are you getting married this fall? We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected]

A fall wedding makes for cooler temperatures and less bugs if you’re outside. With a plethora of pumpkins, there are some festive and unique wedding styles to embrace.

October was the month U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford married his longtime girlfriend, Carol Balmes. Lansford’s service dog, a golden retriever named Gabe, served as best man.

Seasonal fall flower can have bold combinations of the jewel-toned colors like deep purple, rust, scarlet, and gold.

Our website, is posting wedding stories and also has some great wedding ideas. We have a Pinterest page which has beautiful local wedding photos and a recap of the Portland Bridal Show. Check out our Pinterest page by clicking the link below:

This is our link to wonderful photos: 

The 2019 show will be January 12th- 13th at the Oregon Convention Center View Website. The Portland Bridal Show always has lots of ideas for fall weddings:

Here’s a list of some of the vendors at the Portland Bridal show:

Eugene Shines as Wilson Claims Elusive USGA Title

Eugene Shines as Wilson Claims Elusive USGA Title

Eugene, OR.  55-year-old Jeff Wilson from Fairfield, CA., won the 64th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship with a 2-and-1 victory over defending champion Sean Knapp of Oakmont, PA. The August tournament was the fifth USGA championship hosted by Eugene Country Club. (The United States Golf Association (USGA) is a nonprofit organization that serves as the governing body of golf in the United States and Mexico.) Wilson had some thoughts about his performance. “I just tried to get myself to settle down and not think ahead and just keep hitting shots, and I played a pretty good back nine. I was 4 under for the last eight holes or something like that.”

For Wilson, this was the culmination of a journey that began in the late 1970s with the U.S. Junior Amateur and progressed to four U.S. Open appearances, including 2000 at Pebble Beach, where he earned low-amateur honors. He is the only golfer in USGA history to earn medalist honors in the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur, and earlier this summer he was the low amateur in the U.S. Senior Open, joining two-time USGA champion Marvin “Vinny” Giles III as the only competitors to earn that distinction in a U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open.

Wilson played the equivalent of 4-under-par golf – with the usual match-play concessions – over the final eight holes to beat Knapp, who was vying to become the first repeat champion since William C. Campbell in 1979-1980.

“Anybody that’s played amateur golf at a high level has known Jeff Wilson. He’s a superstar,” said Sean Knapp. “You did not see a senior golfer out there. You saw one of the best amateur golfers in the country.”

Wilson had come close to winning USGA titles before, reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur in consecutive years (2001-2002) and the quarterfinals of that championship on three other occasions. But when he turned 55 in June, he could compete in the U.S. Senior Amateur and he joined Knapp as players to have won the title in their first year of eligibility.

At 55 years, 2 months and 16 days, he is the third youngest to win the U.S. Senior Amateur behind Stan Lee and his brother, Louis Lee.

“I think Sean said it best [at the prize ceremony], it’s really hard to win one of these things,” said Wilson, the owner of a car dealership. “First you’ve got to get over yourself and then you have to beat the guy playing with you. And it’s difficult.

“I always thought I was good enough to be a USGA champion, but I never work put the work in. And that shows up when the matches are on the line. This year, I put the work in.”

Enjoying as much as a 30-yard advantage off the tee, Wilson took advantage of that power on the two second-nine par 5s at Eugene, nearly reaching both in two. He won the 13th to go 1 up and after winning the par-4 14th when Knapp three-putted, Wilson’s second shot from the right rough on the 522-yard 16th hole stopped 5 yards short of the green. With Knapp already inside 4 feet following a perfect wedge approach, Wilson eschewed his wedge and putted the ball from the fairway. It came up 9 feet short, but he managed to convert the birdie putt to maintain his 2-up lead.

On the 17th hole, both players hit their wedge approaches within 12 feet of the flagstick. When Knapp’s birdie attempt drifted past the hole, all Wilson had to do was cozy his birdie putt to within concession range, which he did to take the title.”

From USGA:

  • Runner-up Sean Knapp received a silver medal and exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Senior Open, the 2019 U.S. Amateur and next month’s U.S. Mid-Amateur.
  • Before Thursday’s final, John Richardson had been the last medalist to win the U.S. Senior Amateur, doing so at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. His son,Kemp Richardson, later won titles in 2001 and 2003, making them the only father-son tandem to win a USGA championship.
  • Knapp is the fifth player in U.S. Senior Amateur history to win a U.S. Senior Amateur title and lose in the championship match the following year. The other four are J. Clark Espie (1956-1957), Lewis Oehmig (1976-1977), Ed Updegraff (1981-1982) and Mark Bemowski (2004-2005)
  • Jeff Wilson’s 84-year-old father, Jack, took a break from a fly-fishing trip on the nearby McKenzie River in Oregon to watch his son play the final match.
  • Wilson’s caddie this week was childhood friend Bobby Periera. In a bit of irony, Pereira was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers cap, which happens to be the team Knapp roots for. Knapp resides in the Pittsburgh suburbs.   


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