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Labor Day means all the summer fun is coming to an end. The fall is quickly approaching and then winter will come. It marks some of the last times to get out and BBQ and have a good time. Unless you live in Florida, of course, and you can practically BBQ year round!
This post will tell you about upcoming events in the state of Oregon on or around Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day Weekend Harvest Festival is a fun-filled festival for the entire family. It is open every year Labor Day weekend. It has free arts and crafts, free music, a hay maze, and cow train ride. It’s great family fun the entire weekend.
The Oregon State Fair will be taking place Aug. 26th until Sept. 5th. There will be a lot to do and see. There will be concerts, exhibits, competitions, and of course many rides. Do not get me started on the food – great cotton candy, pop corn, candy apples and all the other delicious things you find at a fair.
These are two of the most popular things to do here during Labor Day weekend. These are both family-friendly events. You can click here to find more information on the Oregon State Fair. If you want to attend the Harvest Festival click here.
It is, however, a wonderful time to let mothers of all ages know that they are still appreciated. One of the usual practices is to give gifts which end up as white elephants or deep in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Do something different this year.
One of the best ways to show your mum that you care is to tap into what she loves. An idea for an outdoor mom is to arrange for a lovely outing in nature with a lovely picnic basket. Combine that with some bird watching and you have a winner. Make sure you take along a camera and binoculars (if you don’t have the latter, it might just end up as the perfect gift).
There are also many gardens (especially Botanical Gardens) to visit around and it would be an interesting adventure. Most times these gardens have restaurants as well where you and your mum could have a lovely lunch or high tea.
Some mums enjoy spa treatments and do not always have the time or the finances to go. This is your opportunity to make her day by giving her a gift voucher to a spa. It could include a full body treatment which would make the day worthwhile.
If she enjoys having her hair done, take her to one of those salons that give head massages, foot massages and hand massages. Let her have a good hair treatment as well as a cut, if she so wishes. The offer is open for her to choose.
If you give gifts, remember what she was talking about recently. If she has been complaining about not being able to relax, make up a little gift parcel with all the lovely relaxing oils, bath crystals and other little things which she could use to be able to relax at night.
The most important thing to remember is to know what she wants and provide that as a very special treat.
Now that it is finally starting to heat up here a little Oregon, people are crawling out of hibernation. The weather is just getting right to get out and enjoy the beauty of this great state. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
Indie Wine Festival kicks off May 14th in the Bison Building on 10th Ave. You can enjoy wine that is made by smaller vineyards. There will be wine tasting, cooks from local restaurants, and classes teaching you the art of making your own wines.
Cinco De Mayo Marathon on May 8th is a half marathon that benefits Retinal Research. There is also a special race for the kiddies so everyone is included. This is a family friendly event. There will be traditional Azteca Mexican food and a live Mariachi band.
The Irvington Home Tour which I did once many years ago is holding their 29th annual showing of the historical homes of Irvington. These houses are breathtaking. It is considered the most beautiful neighborhood in Portland. They will be holding showings May 21-23.
And for you animal lovers check out Brewer’s Ale Fest. This beerfest is all about animals; the proceeds go to the Humane Society. They will be holding a dog wash and doggie Olympics. You will also enjoy great food, live music, and an array of art vendors. So get on over to the coast May 21st-24th.
These are just a few of the things going on here in Portland and nearby areas. So come on out and enjoy the sun. You know we don’t get a lot of it. So soak up the vitamin D while you can with these fun filled activities.
In this day and age just about everything’s become simpler. It has also gotten easier for keeping up with the weather as well. Today’s technology is allowing us to track weather through our computers and even phones. So we can keep abreast of whats going on around us.
One application, Hurricane, is made specifically for your iPhone, iPador iTouch. It offers up to date storm tracking. It gives you tracking maps, satellite, forecast, radar and bulletins. It keeps you updated throughout the storm’s path.
For your desktop and/or laptop a new program called Storm Predator offers personal weather radar software. With this program you get storm tracking, and you can get updated via e-mail or even have alerts sent directly to your cell phone.
Pocket Weather is another great application for phones that allows you to track weather. If you want to check to see if it’s a beach day or a snow day in your area try this application. It gives summaries, forecasts, and graphs.
So if you are a weather enthusiast and want to keep up try any of these. Weather has become a very important element in this world because it is getting worse. This is a good way to keep you and the ones you love safe.
If you live near or in Conyers, GA, Spring Break is coming up soon and you might be looking for something you can do with your family. Here are a few local options for the whole family that include exciting experiences for the little ones.
- Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival – Held on the last weekend of March each year, the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival is held at the Georgia International Horse Park on Centennial Olympic Park Drive. This year it will be held on March 26 and 27. The festival features arts and crafts, music and food. Parking is $5 for one day or $8 for both days and there is no admission fee.
- Zoo Atlanta Safari Day Camp – During Spring Break week in the Atlanta area (April 4-8), Zoo Atlanta will be holding a week-long day camp for kids in grades Kindergarten through fifth. The topics will change daily and will cover mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and gorillas. Single day rates from $56 for members and $70 for the general public.
- Spring FUN Break at Stone Mountain Park – From April 1 to 9, Stone Mountain park offers a discounted attraction package for visitors that includes access to Sky Hike, a treetop obstacle course, a 4D show “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and a nightly laser show. Park members can attend the festivities for free, while new visitors can buy tickets at a 30% discount online. Family packages start at $119 for the week.
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Alameda Brewhouse is a great brewery in Portland, Oregon. The beer is brewed right there and the food is delicious. There are so many reasons to love this place. First, the food: they have an epic variety. My personal favorite is the shrimp quesadilla. Second, the beer is to die for. They have the most knowledgeable beer staff I have seen. Every time I go I have tried something new, but also give them an idea of what I am in the mood for. They have Happy Hour twice; 3-6 and then again from 9 until closing, even though they do not advertise that because I think it is only on weekends. I call the 9 until closing the happier hour. The appetizers are half off, as is the beverages. And the appetizers can really be full meals.
It has an all around great feeling. The atmosphere is great. The staff is always super friendly. Did I mention they have really great beer? If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, I would highly recommend this establishment. It has fast become one of my favorite places here in the city.
The 25th anniversary of this year’s SXSW added new venues. Some of these are: the restored State Theater, right next to the largest venue, the Paramount Theater and the Rollins Theater which is part of the Long Center.
The Paramount Theater will host the screening of film. It is the largest venue and can seats 1200 delegates. One of the major attractions to watch this year is the: Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW. The theater is large enough and you will be able to gain access to most of the film festival movies. It is a beautiful theater and it has a wonderful atmosphere to watch the films in. However, the seats are not too comfortable in terms of size. Try and get there early so that you avoid the box seats as these may partially block your view if you are sitting too far left on the lower level. Balcony seats do not have much legroom but offer good visibility if you are short.
One of the most important venues would certainly be the Vimeo Theaterat the Austin Convention Center which is a custom-built venue specifically to host the trade show. This would certainly make for an interesting visit. It seats about 600 which makes it the second largest venue at the conference. The seats are also at a comfortable angle and should not pose a problem for anyone to see.
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- Tuesday, March 1st, 4pm: JU Baseball VS College of Charleston at John Sessions Stadium – For more info check out www.JUdolphins.com
- Friday, March 11th, 11am til 8am: 34th Annual Gate River Run – To get details on how to join or donate, visit Gate-RiverRun.com
- Sunday, March 13th, 10am til 5pm: Alhambra Dinner Theater’s ‘Locks For Love Donation Day’ - In honor of the musical ‘Hairspray’, hairdressers will be on site all day giving free hair cuts to those who would like to donate their hair to children in need. Go to News4Jax.com for ticket and event info.
- Friday, March 18th: Jacksonville Symphony Golf Tournament – Anyone can join and all proceeds go toward the Jacksonville Symphony and school music programs. The cost is $75 per person or $250 for a team of four. The cost includes carts, greens fees, range balls and unlimited beverages (including BEER for those 21 & up!)
- Thursday, March 24th, 6:30pm til 11:30pm: Wild Things Spring Event – Yabba Dabba Zoo! – Go back in time for a prehistoric adventure at the Jacksonville Zoo. The event will include food, drinks, prizes and a new exhibit. Check out JacksonvilleZoo.com and reserve your tickets today!