Spring is Coming, and Playground Parties Too


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Playground Productions hosts free outdoor parties in Portland public parks throughout the summer. The parties usually run from noon till dark, with DJs, dancing and picnicking. In order to fund these fabulous, sun-drenched (hopefully!) events, they will host a benefit party, "Sol Invictus," on Saturday, March 7. The event is heavy-duty. It's at the Station (2410 N Mississippi Ave.), and starts ...   More
 
Monday, March 2, 2009 Adrienne So

Ski Documentary Shows that Austrians Did Not Have a Monopoly on the Slopes


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I started snowboarding at thirteen, on a church ski trip. When I came back, all toasty and exhilarated, I tried to share my joyous discovery with my family. There was a great silence. "Filipinos don't like getting cold," my little brother said. And that was the end of the discussion. In my own (admittedly limited) experience, minorities on the slopes are still a bit of a rarity. The belief persists ...   More
 
Monday, March 2, 2009 Adrienne So

Wouldn't You Like To Know If You're Drinking Poop?


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If you asked me where my drinking water came from, I imagine my response would be similar to many others: "The tap." That, or some New Age nonsense about the cycle of meltwater, et cetera. Many of us gloss over the fact that our drinking water doesn't come straight from some sparkling woodland spring and deposit itself directly into our Kleen Kanteens. It goes through a lot of treatment first. ...   More
 
Thursday, February 26, 2009 Adrienne So

Registration Open for New Belgium Urban Assault Ride


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Beer. Bikes. There. I'm pretty sure I got every red-blooded Portlander's attention. Registration is now open for this year's Urban Assault Ride on May 31, the biggest bike scavenger race in the world. Teams will have to plot their own courses around the city and tackle challenges like bike jousting (ouch) and inflatable slides (yay!). And while we know you're in it for the adventure and not ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Adrienne So

Keep Your Chickens In A Row: Tour De Coop Call for Hosts


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The cock has crowed: Growing Gardens has just sent out the call for hosts for the 2009 Tour de Coops, where you can let other excited Portlanders pick (ha!) your brain about urban chicken coop design and other fowl play (ha ha!). Terrible puns aside...given the DIY aesthetic of this town, I am excited to see whatever magnificent castles Portlanders have put up for their urban-friendly fowl. ...   More
 
Friday, February 20, 2009 Adrienne So

A Not-so-Ruff Run: Registration for 2009 Doggie Dash Now Open


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Strengthen your dog-to-dog support network and sign yourself and your pup up for the Oregon Humane Society's 2009 Doggie Dash on Saturday, May 9. Neither you nor Poopsie has to be in top racing condition for the 1.5-mile course along Naito Parkway (cars will be blocked, of course). Waterfront Park will be transformed into a "barking lot" (their words, not mine!) for an estimated 5,000 people and ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Adrienne So

I Love Not Dying: Support the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center


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I don't know about the rest of you, but when I go to Mount Hood, I enjoy the security of knowing that I won't be killed under a massive slab avalanche. That security is due to the work of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, which monitors snow conditions in Oregon and Washington, issues forecasts, and generally promotes mountain safety for all of us snowboardin', mountain-climbin', outdoor-lovin' ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Adrienne So

When Life Hands You Multiple Sclerosis, Get Out and Walk


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Yes, I know. It seems like every disease has a fund-raising walk or run. But some of those fund-raisers are more bittersweet than others, and a walk for multiple sclerosis is one of those. MS affects your nervous system, degrading the neurons so that any task requiring muscular coordination is all but impossible. Moreover, it most commonly affects the young, with almost twice the number of women as ...   More
 
Friday, March 27, 2009 Adrienne So

The Iditarod is Tweet!


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Rachael Scdoris of Alfalfa, Ore., is 24, legally blind, and at this exact moment, commanding a team of sled dogs across Alaska's icy Iditarod Trail in the famous 1,161-mile race. She's currently in day 12 of a race that took her 12 days, 10 hours, and 42 minutes to successfully complete her first time in 2006, the first legally blind musher to do so. Yesterday, she crossed the Eagle Island ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Megan Brescini

Missed Leprecon? Join Bike Gallery's St. Patty's Day Ride


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So, you're a responsible citizen who abstained on March 15 because of work or other obligations. Good for you! And don't worry, you can still cut yourself a piece of the St. Patty's Day pie. Head over to the Bike Gallery on Tuesday, March 17, in your best green gear and get two extra drawing entries (no tickets required) to win a Madsen utility bike at the Bike Gallery and Madsen Cycle's St. Patrick's ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Adrienne So

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