Welcome to 2015! A new year means new beginnings, a year to kick things off with a clean slate, and to be able to look back, when 2016 hits, and discover that you are better off financially, spiritually and personally because of all the things you accomplished in 2015.
While many of us set goals to make more money, lose weight, exercise more, and eat better, we often don’t take into account “to have more fun” when making our resolutions. We’re adults, after all, and adults need to work and make a living before they can go out and have fun. Let’s change our mindsets! Let’s resolve to include more fun in our lives! The following is a list of 12 places and/or activities occurring in Portland, each month this year. Plan to attend them! (In future installments, I may expand on some of these items so stay tuned!)
The previous list covered January-June. This one covers the last six months of the year.
July: On the 26th, come out to Portland’s “Living Room” (Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR) and visit more than fifty of the top independent authors in the Northwest and the Northwest Book Festival. The event is free to the public and includes readings, book sales and book signings. It’s a must attend for any book worm in Portland. www.nwbookfestival.com.
August: Portland has always been known as a city with a strong musical culture. Blues and Jazz are as at home here as beer and rain. Enjoy some of the finest jazz in the world at the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. At the Gresham Arts Center, enjoy wine, beer, music and sun. A date for this year’s event has not yet been set, but it is free to the public.
September: Portland loves bicycles and dogs, so, why not have a dog themed bike tour? Bring a stuffed pup or dress like a canine and enjoy a bike ride that begins and ends at the Lucky Labrador, a dog friendly pub on SE Hawthorne. Stick around afterwards for a costume contest, beer and, of course, hot dogs. Participate in Tour de Lab by visiting http://tourdelab.com/.
October: Video games. Hard to believe video games have been on the market for nearly forty years now. Play many of them at the Portland retro Gaming Expo at the Oregon Convention Center. Whether you like old school games like Mario Brothers and Pong, or favor the newer games, there is something for everyone at this expo. Check it out from October 17th-19th. http://www.retrogamingexpo.com/.
November: There is something cozy about noir films, and there is certainly something classic. November 28th-30th at the Portland Art Museum, check out some of the best noir films of the past at the A little Noir, a Noir film festival presented by Northwest Film Org. Add a little class and style to your life for $9 a pop. http://www.nwfilm.org/screenings/60/619.
December: On December 14th, get a little fancy with champagne tasting at the Bubbly Spectacular at Pix Patisserrie on Burnside. Over 60 types of champagne plus oysters and popcorn, a Bubbly Spectacular is a fancy treat that all Portlanders should check out. Buy your tickets in advance at http://pixpatisserie.myshopify.com/pages/news-events.
We hope you have a happy new year and that these selections help make your year a little more interesting and fulfilling.