Ornamental Cherry Trees Signal Spring at the Japanese American Historical Plaza

Ornamental Cherry Trees Signal Spring at the Japanese American Historical Plaza

Portland, OR. Residents and visitors can’t resist snapping photos of Ornamental Cherry Trees in Waterfront Park. The Japanese American Historical Plaza was dedicated on August 3, 1990, in memory of Japanese immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were deported to inland internment camps during World War II. The memorial includes artwork and sculpture that tells the story of Japanese people in the Pacific Northwest. There are one hundred ornamental cherry trees to the north of the plaza. Colorful snapshots abound.

Here’s some history about the Japanese American Historical Plaza:

Using thirteen engraved stones of basalt and granite, the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland tells an important story of the Japanese in Oregon. Landscape architect Robert Murase created the theme and design of the plaza to tell the story of the hardships suffered by Japanese immigrants and the indignities imposed by the incarceration of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The plaza shows how the rights of Japanese Americans on the West Coast were denied, and honors the bravery of those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces while their families were in the camps.

The story continues with poems inscribed on stones. The stone at the center of the plaza lists the ten internment camps. The base of this stone is surrounded by flagstones with jagged sides laid out in irregular patterns reflecting the broken dreams of the internees.

Poets Lawson Inada (Ashland), Shizue Iwatsuki (Hood River, deceased), Masaki Kinoshita (Portland, deceased), and Hisako Saito (Portland, deceased) composed the inscribed poems.

Murase was inspired to design the plaza while attending a Day of Remembrance memorial, which Japanese American communities hold throughout the country to remember February 19, 1942, the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order was the first step that led to the imprisonment of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. In March, 1942, the U.S. Army posted exclusion orders in towns and cities on the West Coast, advising all persons of Japanese ancestry to prepare to be evacuated from their homes and businesses. 

In the spring of 1988, the City of Portland decided to complete the north end of the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which borders the Willamette River and Nihomachi, the area known as Japantown, where many Japanese lived and worked before the war. Murase had discussed his concept with Portland businessman and visionary Bill Naito (1926-1996), who encouraged him to complete a design. Under the sponsorship of the Japanese American Citizens League, Murase submitted his proposal and it was accepted in 1988.

The Historical Plaza, which presents poems of Japanese experiences, is a permanent reminder of the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The last stone has a bronze plaque with excerpts from the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which includes an apology for the unlawful imprisonment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. 

Since its dedication in August 3, 1990, the Japanese American Historical Plaza has received the Waterfront Center’s Top International Award, two national awards, one state award, and four Metropolitan awards. Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Inc. (O.N.E.), a nonprofit organization, administers the plaza and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.

Hollywood Theatre Mini-Cinema Opens at PDX Concourse C

Hollywood Theatre Mini-Cinema Opens at PDX Concourse C

Portland, OR.  If you heed advice to arrive early for flights at PDX, you’ve likely had some time on your hands after you’ve cleared security. If you’re waiting in concourse C, now you’ve have something new to do. The Hollywood Theatre opened a first-of-its-kind free microcinema at the airport on February 23rd. The 17-seat theatre is located after security in the airport’s C concourse. The microcinema, in partnership with the Port of Portland, serves the airport’s 16 million annual visitors. Ticketed passengers can drop in free of charge to watch short films by Oregon filmmakers.

Here’s a look at some of the short films available for viewing.

Finding Oregon is a short film by John Waller & Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Productions and runs just 4:09 minutes. Finding Oregon is the compilation of six months of timelapse photography across the state of Oregon.

Another selection is No More, a video highlighting both the pure MC skills of Portland, OR hip hop artist Mic Capes and the cinematic visual work of Totem Ent. This is heartfelt music driven by the values of family and community. Shot in the New Columbia Villa it runs 4:08 minutes.

With a dozen exhibitions by local artists ever year, the public art program is just one of the many amenities that regularly ranks PDX as the country’s best airport. “It can be a little bit stressful to travel, and one of the things we found helps soothe the travel stress: music, artwork, and now we’ll have a theater too,” said Kama Simonds, the airport spokesperson for the Port of Portland.

One of the films being shown this first winter in the small theatre is The Lost Fish.

PDX agreed to donated the space for at least three years to the nonprofit that runs the historic Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Hollywood’s executive director, Doug Whyte and his team then took a year to get funding to permit, design and build out the modern, micro-theater with a donated top-shelf projector and sound system.

The Hollywood Theatre @PDX project is made possible through the generous partnership of the Port of PortlandZGF ArchitectsPotestio StudioPAEKPFFTriad SpeakersErskine Group, Planar/LeyardJoel Hamberg Painting, Sherwin-WilliamsRejuvenation, Blue Chalk, and Security Signs, as well as the funding support of Travel Oregon, the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission‘s Arts Build Communities program, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the Calligram Foundation

Here’s the complete list of short films which will be screened at the new PDX Hollywood Theatre.

Opening Program: Winter 2017

LAMENTATION, Kirk Kelley of HouseSpecial (5:26):

Inspired by Portland’s own world-renowned Pink Martini’s sorrowful Romanian ballad “Până când nu te iubeam (Before I Fell in Love with You),” Lamentation plays on expansive micro views of intimate objects. The resulting visuals weave several styles of thematic imagery, each thread cyclically returning to its own organic struggle against stasis.

FINDING OREGON, John Waller & Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Productions (4:09)

Finding Oregon is the compilation of six months of timelapse photography across the state of Oregon, punctuated by a 1600 mile road trip in 2011. Directed by John Waller and Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Productions

COWBURD, Patrick Neary (3:52

A hapless dairy cow, inspired by a little bird, takes to the skies with chaotic results.

MAGDA, Chel White (5:34

A first love is corrupted as a man recalls his affair with a beautiful circus contortionist in this stop-motion animation of wooden manikins.  At its heart, Magda is an off-center parable about lost innocence and the corruptibility of human nature.

THE LOST FISH, Jeremy Monroe / Freshwaters Illustrated (5:00)

One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest fish is disappearing, and along with it the sacred place it holds among many American Indian Tribes. Follow elders and biologists from the Umatilla, Nez Perce, Yakama, and Warm Springs Tribes into the world of Pacific Lamprey, and discover the deep connection that exists between the Northwest’s indigenous people and an ancient fish. Produced in Partnership with the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission with Cooperation from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

COOPED, Mike A. Smith (9:00)

A sofa-bound dog is shocked to learn that a whole world lies outside the door— the maddening, unbreakable door.

THIS PLACE, Truen Pence (5:45)

From its local inhabitants to its visitors, the Oregon Coast means different things to different people. This Place is a portrait of the coast as seen through the eyes of a few who cherish it.

MODERN DARK, Josh Lunden (6:04)

A young man living in a light-polluted city attempts to see the stars through his childhood telescope.

NO MORE, Mic Capes; Music Video by Totem Ent (4:08)

A powerful video highlighting both the pure MC skills of Portland, OR hip hop artist Mic Capes and the cinematic visual work of Totem Ent. This is heartfelt music driven by the values of family and community. Shot in the New Columbia Villa.


Portland: You are Here is a video series made by Portland State University film students which profiles Portland residents enjoying what the city has to offer.

The Columbia River Photos “From Source to Sea” Debut

The Columbia River Photos “From Source to Sea” Debut

Portland, OR. The Oregon Historical Society has a new exhibit featuring the work of Hood River Photographer Peter Marbach. He straddled the source of the river near Canal Flats, BC. It’s an underground spring, most likely fed by the Kootenay River. Peter Marbach is documenting the landscapes and culture of the entire 1,250 miles of the Columbia River, from its beginnings, to the two-mile-wide confluence with the Pacific. The exhibit, which runs from January 19th – April 1st, is called The Columbia River: From Source to Sea. Here’s a glimpse of a few of the images.

by photographer Peter Marbach of wildflowers during last light on Dog Mountain.

Photographer Peter Marbach captures wildflowers during last light on Dog Mountain.

Purcell Mts reflect in calm water near Spillimacheen, BC.

The Purcell Mountains are reflected in calm water near Spillimacheen, BC.

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Akisqnuk First Nation elder Pete Sanchez is featured in this photo along the shores of the Columbia near Windermere, BC.

While this exhibit showcases the beauty, culture, and geographic diversity of Nch I Wana – The Big River, it is the hope of photographer Peter Marbach that this display will launch greater public awareness and encourage those at the negotiating table to consider the moral obligation of honoring aboriginal knowledge of river restoration and to harness the will and existing technology to bring back the ancient runs of salmon that will once again make the Columbia a life giving source to all.

Peter Marbach will be on hand to talk about his photos on Wednesday, February 15th from 7 AM – 8:30. He will discuss the importance of the current Columbia River Treaty re-negotiations and its implications that may lead to the eventual return of Pacific Salmon all the way to the headwaters.

The event will take place at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, in Portland.

The Oregon Public House Raises $120,000 and Gains Fame

The Oregon Public House Raises $120,000 and Gains Fame

Portland, OR. The country’s first nonprofit brew house keeps getting more national attention. Just last month, CBS this morning and Forbes featured the Oregon Public House. Since 2013, the brewery has raised over $120,000 for local nonprofits. When customers purchase their food and/or beverage they decide whom the profit will benefit. Staffers and supporters from nonprofits like The Wetlands Conservancy take turns working as servers. Here’s a video explaining the slogan “Have a Pint – Change the World!”

The Oregon Public house has been featured on over a dozen broadcast programs, including The Colbert Report.

And newspaper articles? Well, they were featured in the New York Times.

Oregon Public House President, Ryan Saari says, “Portland, Oregon is the craft brewing capital of America and supports an extensive, thriving pub culture. Portland also hosts more non-profit organizations per capita then any other city in America. Our vision is to leverage these two unique attributes by creating a family-friendly pub environment for our neighbors.” The establishment is located at 700 NE Dekum St. 

President, Ryan Saari says, "Portland, Oregon is the craft brewing capital of America and supports an extensive, thriving pub culture. Portland also hosts more non-profit organizations per capita then any other city in America. Our vision is to leverage these two unique attributes of our city by creating a family-friendly pub environment where our neighbors from the surrounding area can come to enjoy community around good food and craft beer while supporting great causes. Have a Pint - Change the World!

The Oregon Public House is a place where people can learn more about non-profit organizations and discover practical ways they can become involved.

This group came from from Auckland, New Zealand.

This group came from Auckland, New Zealand and found the Oregon Public House.

Another nonprofit brewery donating 100% of its net profits to nonprofits is Ex Novo at 2326 North Flint Ave. Joel Gregory is the Founder and President and manages the new business. Ex Novo opened its doors in July of 2014.

Another Portland nonprofit brewery donating 100% of its net profits to nonprofits is Ex Novo at 2326 North Flint Ave. Joel Gregory is the Founder and President and manages the business. Ex Novo opened its doors in July of 2014.

The Ex Novo business model includes selling bottled beer at retail establishments. The beer buzz may continue for breweries benefiting nonprofits. Especially as the amount of money they raise continues to increase.

Note: This is a list of the news coverage that the Oregon Public House has enjoyed thus far:

  • The New York Times  What???  “In New Pubs, Good Cheer and Good Works,” read here
  • Thrillist featured a review of their experience at our soft opening.  read here
  • 10best.com rated us the #1 Brewpub in Portland!  read here
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review anyone? read here
  • Reason.com wrote an EXCELLENT artice about us here
  • New School Beer Blog did an excellent article about us, here
  • The Oregonian did a wonderful article that was almost 2 years in the makinghere
  • Bitteredunits did a nice little blog about a visit available here
  • Priceonomics wrote an indepth piece about our model here
  • BeerAdvocate Magazine did a short article about us. read here
  • Draft Magazine did a great article available here
  • BeerGuyPDX did a nice little restaurant review about us here
  • Market Watch Magazine did a nice piece about us here
  • Zipcar highlighted some amazing restaurants giving back here
  • Friends of Trees, one of our partnered charities, wrote a great article here
  • FSR Magazine featured us in a nice piece here
  • Talk.Eat.Drink.Portland wrote a great review here
  • Affect Magazine raised a glass to us here
  • Ya, Men’s Health. That means we’re healthy here
  • Portland Mercury did a wonderfully snarky article about us here
  • Willamette Week did a short little bar review available here
  • The Golden Revolver did a nice story about us available here
  • The Oregon Legal Journal, scary name I know, wrote a little piece about us here
  • Neighborhood Notes did a wonderful article on us. read here
  • Business Week somehow thought we were a business. read here
  • UPI wrote a short piece about us here
  • Idealist.org did a great Q&A with us. read here
  • Good News Shared (love that name) shared some good news here
  • Food Fanatics Magazine showing us some love here
  • The Drink Nation did a short article about us. read here
  • The Takeaway on NPR did a short interview with us. read here
  • First ever national press! Utne Reader Magazine did a short piece on us. read here
  • BePortland, an awesome local organization, featured a little interview with us. read here

Broadcast appearances:

  • KPTV News did an OPENING story about us. watch here
  • Still Motion made a tear jerker… watch here
  • Bus52 made an amazing video. watch here
  • KOIN did another story about our opening available here
  • KGW did a nice video about our opening available here
  • KPTV News did a short story about us. watch here
  • KOIN News did a story about us as well. watch here
  • The Colbert Report! Stephen Colbert wags his finger at us. A good thing. here
  • New School Beer Blog made a wonderful video about us. watch here
  • The Oregonian did a nice little video about us here
  • The Takeaway on NPR did a short interview with us. listen here
  • Awesome radio interview on Beer O’Clock (great name).  listen here
Most Popular International Festivals and Cultural Events for 2017

Most Popular International Festivals and Cultural Events for 2017

Are you looking for goals for your 2017 bucket-list? Sundance Film Festival? Running of the Bulls? Here is a list of the 50 most popular festivals and cultural events from around the globe that members of the “Day Zero” community want to attend. The Day Zero Project is an online community of people all over the world who love creating lists, setting challenges, and making changes in their lives. Which are you excited to attend?

1. Oktoberfest GERMANY


September – Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world’s largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modelled after the Munich event.

2. New Orleans Mardi Gras LOUISIANA
Day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) -“Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday in English) in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a Carnival celebration well-known throughout the world. The New Orleans Carnival season, with roots in preparing for the start of the Christian season of Lent, starts after Twelfth Night, on Epiphany (January 6). It is a season of parades, balls (some of them masquerade balls), and king cake parties.”
3. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival CALIFORNIA
Third weekend or last week of April

“The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known as Coachella or Coachella Festival) is a three-day (formerly a one or two-day) annual music and arts festival, organized by Goldenvoice (a subsidiary of AEG Live) and held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California, in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley. The event features many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop, and electronic music as well as large sculptural art.”

4. Glastonbury Festival ENGLAND
Last weekend in June

“The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest green field open-air music and performing arts festival in the world. The festival is best known for its contemporary music, but also features dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and many other arts. For 2005, the enclosed area of the festival was over 900 acres (3.6 km²), had over 385 live performances and was attended by around 150,000 people.”

5. Burning Man NEVADA
Monday before American Labor Day

“Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event starts on the Monday before and ends on the day of the American Labor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.”

6. Rio Carnival‎ BRAZIL
Seven Sundays before the Sunday of Easter

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723.

7. Wimbledon ENGLAND

“The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the only one still played on the game’s original surface, grass, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name.”

8. St. Patrick’s Day
March 17

“Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of :Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.”


“South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that take place every spring in Austin, Texas, United States. SXSW first began in 1987 and is centered on the downtown Austin Convention Center. Each of the three parts runs relatively independently, with different start and end dates.”

Last Sunday in January or the first Sunday in February

“The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the premier association of professional American football. It was first played on January 15, 1967, as part of a merger agreement between the NFL and its then-rival league, the American Football League (AFL). It was agreed that the two leagues’ champion teams would play in an AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was consummated in 1970.”

11. Sydney New Year’s Eve AUSTRALIA
December 31

Sydney New Year’s Eve is an annual multi-tiered event held every New Year’s Eve over Sydney Harbour, centering on the Harbour Bridge. Its main features are the two pyrotechnic displays, the 9pm Family Fireworks and the Midnight Fireworks, both of which are televised nationally by current broadcaster the Nine Network. Each year the event takes on a new theme and is regularly viewed by more than one million people at the harbour and one billion worldwide for the televised Midnight Fireworks.

12. Edinburgh Fringe Festival SCOTLAND

For over 50 years Scotland’s capital city has seen a unique explosion of creative energy within the Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world.

13. London Fashion Week ENGLAND
February and September

London Fashion Week is an apparel trade show held in London, England twice each year, in February and September. It is one of the “Big Four” fashion weeks, along with New York Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week.

14. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta NEW MEXICO

“The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. The balloon fiesta is a nine day event, and has around 750 balloons. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.”

15. Day of the Dead MEXICO
October 31

Celebrated in May every year, Day of the Dead focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday, and all banks are closed.

16. Holi Festival INDIA, NEPAL, SRI LANKA

“Holi, or Holli, is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and others. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and countries with large Indic diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal and Orissa of India it is known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) or Basanta-Utsav (“spring festival”).”

17. Toronto International Film Festival CANADA

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a publicly attended film festival held each September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

18. New Orleans Jazz Festival LOUISIANA
Last weekend of April and first weekend of May

“The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, often known as Jazz Fest, is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Use of the term “Jazz Fest” can also include the days surrounding the Festival and the many shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs scheduled during the Festival event weekends.”

19. La Tomatina Festival SPAIN
Last Wednesday of August

“La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located 30 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.”

20. Sundance Film Festival UTAH

“The Sundance Film Festival is an American film festival that takes place annually in Utah. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.”

21. Bonnaroo TENNESSEE

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is an annual four day music festival created and produced by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment. It was first held in 2002. The festival is held at Great Stage Park on a 700-acre (2.8 km²) farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, and 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

22. Venice Carnival ITALY
Starts forty days before Easter

The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival starts forty days before Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. “Dov’e il gabinetto!” In other words, “At a carnival, every joke is disgraced!”

23. Melbourne Comedy Festival AUSTRALIA

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) is the third-largest international comedy festival in the world and the largest cultural event in Australia. It is generally regarded as the least commercial and most relaxed of the three major comedy festivals. Established in 1987, it takes place annually in Melbourne over four weeks in April typically opening on or around April Fool’s Day (1 April).

24. Amsterdam Gay Pride NETHERLANDS
First weekend of August

“The Amsterdam Pride is an annual gay festival in the centre of Amsterdam, organized in the first weekend of August. With several hundreds of thousands visitors this event is one of the largest public events of the Netherlands. The pride is organized since 1996. The peak of the festival is during the canal parade, a parade of boats of large variety on the first Saturday of August, which usually goes from Westerdok over the Prinsengracht, Amstel river, Zwanenburgwal and Oudeschans to Oosterdok.”

25. Indianapolis 500 INDIANA
Last weekend in May

The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, also known as the Indianapolis 500, the Indy 500 or The 500, is an American automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event lends its name to the IndyCar class, or formula, of open-wheel race cars that have competed in it. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered one of the three most significant motorsports events in the world.

26. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ALASKA

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days or more. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today’s highly competitive race. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2011 by John Baker with a time of 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, and 39 seconds.

27. Austin City Limits TEXAS

“The Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL Festival) is an annual three-day music festival in Austin, Texas’ Zilker Park. The Festival brings together more than 130 bands on eight stages playing rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, electronic, and bluegrass. Over 65,000 visitors are attracted to the event each day. Named after the legendary PBS concert series, the festival is produced by C3 Presents, who also co-produce the Lollapalooza festival.”

28. Summerfest WISCONSIN

Summerfest (also known as “The Big Gig”) is a yearly music festival held at the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The festival lasts for 11 days, is made up of 11 stages with performances from over 700 bands, and since the mid-1970s has run from late June through early July, always including the 4th of July holiday.

29. Koningsdag (King’s day) in the Netherlands NETHERLANDS
April 27

Koninginnedag or King’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (the 26th if the 27th falls on a Sunday), the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. Koningsdag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt (“free market”), at which many Dutch sell their secondhand items. It is also an opportunity for “orange madness” or oranjegekte, for the national colour, when the normally strait-laced Dutch let down their hair, often dyed orange for the occasion.

30. Frankfurt Book Fair GERMANY

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest trade fair for books, based on the number of publishing companies represented, as well as the number of visitors. It is held annually in mid-October at the Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany. The first three days are restricted exclusively to trade visitors; the general public can attend on the last two.

31. Cosplay Festival JAPAN
First weekend of August

World Cosplay Summit, also known as WCS, is an annual international cosplay event that promotes friendly international exchange through Japanese pop culture. The WCS is organized by the events division of TV Aichi and has the active support of local volunteers, city organizations and businesses. The parade and championship are held in Nagoya, Japan with several related events being held in the Kanto, Kansai and Tokai areas.

32. Running of the Bulls at the Festival of San Fermin SPAIN

The Running of the Bulls is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of cattle, typically six, of the toro bravo breed that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town’s streets. The most famous running of the bulls is that of the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, although they are also traditionally held in other places such as towns and villages across Spain, Portugal, in some cities in Mexico, and southern France during the summer.

33. August Moon Festival GREECE
Late September or early October

“August is the month when Athens is full of cheers. Of the festivities of Athens in the month of August, the Full Moon festival holds a special attraction. During this festival, both locales and tourists are allowed free entry to the city’s major monuments, museums and archaeological sites.”

34. New York Fashion Week NEW YORK
February and September

The semi-annual New York Fashion Week, branded Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek in 2009, is held in February and September of each year in New York City. It is one of four major fashion weeks held around the world.

35. Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival SOUTH KOREA

If you can’t get enough of the fluffy pink flowers, then Yeouido is the place for you. From Friday, April 12 until Thursday, April 18, the 2013 Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival (also known as the Spring Flower Festival) will be happening on the island in Seoul’s city center. While it may not be the most peaceful place in the city for a stroll under a canopy of cherry blossoms, it’s hard to deny that beauty of the trees flanking the Han River and the National Assembly building.

36. Oxford Literary Festival ENGLAND

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival is an annual literary festival where visitors can meet and listen to authors and experts from a wide range of fields discussing a variety of topics from literature, politics, history, philosophy, economics, science, culinary, travel, environment and religion, to mention only a few.

37. Werchter Rock Festival BELGIUM

Rock Werchter is a Belgian annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1973. It is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe. The 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 festivals received the Arthur award for best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). It can host 80,000 guests, of which 69,000 combine all four days, to add up to a total maximum of 113,000 different attendees.

38. Bordeaux Wine Festival FRANCE

This festival, organised by the town of Bordeaux, is an opportunity for fans of fine wine, good food and culture to enjoy a great festive moment. It will be a celebration of the senses on the largest square in Europe, right on the banks of the Garonne. The riverbanks and the Esplanade des Quinconces will welcome more than 300 000 gastronomers and culture-vultures throughout this four-day event.

39. Verona in Love festival ITALY
February 14

The Verona in Love festival is dedicated to all those lovebirds who flock to Verona on Valentine’s Day. Thousands of hearts, lights, and other red-tinted decorations line the streets while exhibitions, activities, concerts, food, and aphrodisiacs are all available for your enjoyment.

40. Grand National UNITED KINGDOM

The Grand National is a world famous National Hunt horse race which is held at Aintree in the United Kingdom. It is a handicap chase containing thirty fences which is run over a distance of 4 miles and 856 yards (7,242 m). It is presently scheduled to take place each year on a Saturday afternoon in early April. It is the most valuable National Hunt event in Great Britain, and in 2010 it offered a total prize fund of £925,000.

41. Gilroy Garlic Festival CALIFORNIA

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the largest food festivals in the United States, held annually in Gilroy, California on the last full weekend in July at Christmas Hill Park.

42. BFI London Film Festival UNITED KINGDOM

The BFI London Film Festival (also known as just the London Film Festival) is the UK’s largest public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries. The festival, (the LFF), currently in its 55th year, is run every year in the second half of October under the umbrella of the British Film Institute.


43. The 24 Hours of Le Mans


The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. Commonly known as the Grand Prix of Endurance, it is organised by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and runs on a circuit containing closed public roads that are meant not only to test a car and driver’s ability to be quick, but also to last over a 24 hour period.

44. Deventer Book Fair NETHERLANDS

Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel, but also has a small part of its territory on the west bank. In August, Deventer is home to Europe’s largest book fair, attracting some 125,000 visitors.

45. Parade of Saint Nicholas NETHERLANDS

St Nicholas Festival was founded to increase awareness of the life, history and traditions relating to St Nicholas and to raise money in aid of organisations and charities that benefit young people, both locally and further afield. Since its registration as a charity in 2005 St Nicholas Festival has raised over £51,000 and given grants to twenty-one different children’s organisations and charities. Each year the Trustees nominate the organisations to benefit from their fundraising but they also give small emergency grants when disaster strikes.

46. Sant Jordi Festival Barcelona SPAIN
April 23

Sant Jordi, or St George, is the patron saint of Catalonia (and England and about ten other countries and regions). But St George’s Day in Barcelona is also the city’s version of Valentine’s Day, when romance sweeps the city, and lovers swap books and roses.

47. Berlin Love Parade GERMANY

The Love Parade was a popular electronic dance music festival and parade that originated in 1989 in West Berlin, Germany. It has been held annually in Germany 1989-2003 in Berlin, then again in 2006 in Berlin and from 2007 to 2010 in the Ruhr region. The 2004 and 2005 events in Berlin and the 2009 event in Bochum were cancelled. On 24 July 2010, a crowd rush at the Love Parade caused the death of 21 people, with at least 500 others injured.

48. Berlin Film Festival GERMANY

The Berlin International Film Festival (German: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin), also called the Berlinale, is one of the world’s leading film festivals and most reputable media events. It is held in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951 at the initiative of U.S. Film officer Oscar Martay, the festival has been celebrated annually in February since 1978. With 274,000 tickets sold and 487,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly attended film festival worldwide.

49. Professional Bull Riders World Finals NEVADA

The PBR’s premier tour, the Built Ford Tough Series (formerly the Bud Light Cup Series), includes at most 30 events across the United States every year. Pyrotechnics, pulsating music and special effects open each event, and each features the top 35 riders in the world at the time. The season culminates in Las Vegas, where the PBR World Finals are held.

50. Salvador de Bahia Carnival

Bahian Carnival is a popular street event in the Brazilian state of Bahia. It began to evolve from the gap between social classes – street carnaval vs. private clubs – resulting in an inversion of the social order, a utopic celebration of equality in which the social divide is temporarily suspended.

DoveLewis Offers Winter Pet Health and Care Tips

DoveLewis Offers Winter Pet Health and Care Tips

Portland, OR.  The nonprofit DoveLewis pet hospital has some important information to insure your pet’s health and safety this holiday season. From weather changes to family gatherings, the winter months can be hard on our pets. Pets living in moderate climates do not often acclimate well to significant drops in temperature. Even short bouts of extreme cold can cause serious or fatal health problems. Also, be extra cautious during holiday feasts, where your pet may be tempted by all the tasty treats.


A fur coat does not mean a warm pet. Hypothermia is a reality in cold weather. Keep your pet indoors as much as possible. When outside, check on your pets regularly, and make sure they have covered shelter with plenty of food and water. Blankets and thick towels will also help keep your animal warm.

Keep your pet hydrated in cold weather. Dehydration can be life-threatening in cold weather. If your pets are outside, make sure their water bowls are filled with clean water that is not frozen.

Avoid standing water. Standing water, like puddles or lakes, can give your pet digestive problems and may carry parasites or toxins. When outdoors, remember to bring fresh, clean water for your pet.

Be aware of chemicals used in cold weather. Chemicals used to melt snow or protect gardens in the winter pose severe danger to pets. Keep a close eye on pets when they are outside, and store all chemicals out of reach. Wipe your pet’s feet when they return indoors so they can’t lick any toxic residue that may have stuck to their paws.

Don’t leave pets in the car. We all know that hot cars pose a threat to pets, but cold cars are dangerous as well. A car acts like a refrigerator in cold weather and can rapidly chill your pet. Animals that are young, old, ill or thin are particularly susceptible to cold environments and should never be left in a cold car.

Avoid toxicosis caused by chocolate. Over the holidays, chocolate is one of the top food toxicities treated at DoveLewis. Keep chocolate candy, cakes and other desserts safely out of reach of pets, and monitor pets during food prep and feasts.

Keep all candy out of reach. Sugar can cause gastrointestinal upset, and lollipop sticks, plastic parts and wrappers can result in intestinal obstruction.

Don’t share “people food.” It may seem cruel to withhold holiday treats, but feeding pets “people food” often results in problems ranging from mild gastrointestinal upset to severe pancreatitis and even potentially life-threatening obstructions. Signs of serious problems may include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and depression.

Take caution with ornamental plants. While decorating for the holidays, pet owners should be aware that many ornamental plants, including poinsettias, lilies, narcissus, mistletoe and holly, are harmful to pets.

Check your pet’s registration and ID tags and update their microchip. With house guests coming and going, it’s common for unsupervised pets to get loose. Updating your pet’s microchip is the best way to ensure your lost pet will be returned. You may also post lost pet information on the DoveLewis online Lost and Found Pet Database.

Finally, just for fun…Does your furry friend enjoy the holidays? Share your best holiday pet pic on their facebook page for a chance to win a gift bag of treats and toys. The winners – one dog and one cat – will be announced Wed, Dec. 21. Click here for the link.

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Dove Lewis

24-Hour Hospital Main Line: 503.228.7281

1945 NW Pettygrove Street
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503.228.7281
Fax: 503.228.0464

Open 24 hours / 7 days

We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergency and critical cases. Because of the serious and sensitive nature of emergency and critical care veterinary medicine, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital does not give medical diagnoses or advice over the phone or through e-mail. The health of your pet is very important to us. We believe that in order to give you and your pet the best care, we must see your animal before we can accurately give a diagnosis or advice. Your regular veterinarian may be best suited for non-emergency questions or concerns.

Map and driving directions to our 24-hour hospital in Northwest Portland.

DoveLewis is located near several TriMet stops. Please visit TriMet.org for more information. Our facility also has bike racks located across the parking lot from the front entrance.

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