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Eco Earth Day

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Reap the rewards of Cooper Mountain Vineyards biodynamic practices: great Oregon wine!

Reap the rewards of Cooper Mountain Vineyards biodynamic practices: great Oregon wine!

With Earth Day on April 22, we hope you’ve been brainstorming how to give your home planet some extra love. Your environmental efforts don’t have to be put on pause when you’re traveling. In fact, Oregon’s Washington County may inspire new ways to bring green into your everyday. See below for a checklist of eco-activities to complete during your upcoming visit.

Eco-Art
Earth inspires art and art inspires us to be better to our earth. Example, Art on Broadway’s series “Floating Worlds” by Thomas Eldridge (exhibit runs through May 3). A born-and-bred Oregonian, Eldridge’s paintings are abstract realism that feels simultaneously ethereal and earthy. With works like “Jousting Peacocks” and “Spawning Salmon” it’s easy to see how Eldridge’s dreamlike paintings resonate a deep connection to our terrestrial world.

Eco-History
The Tualatin Valley is home to a magnificent ecological history of volcanic proportions! To see what we mean, visit the Washington County Museum’s exhibit, Rocks and Minerals of the Pacific NW (April 21-April 26). Prepare for a sustainable future by learning about the amazingness of the Earth’s past via thunder eggs, petrified wood, quartz, agate, jasper, metallic ores, and gems.

Eco-Shopping
Updating your spring wardrobe doesn’t have to bring a pang of guilt, especially when the clothes are second-hand ones. The semi-annual event for women Size 14-32, Curvy Chic Closet, is a hotspot for re-purposed and gently used plus size clothing and accessories (April 24-April 27, free to public).

Eco-Sipping
Drinking red can be oh-so green with a jaunt along the Sustainable Wine Trail. Going beyond mere organic practices, Cooper Mountain Vineyards employs biodynamic farming. This approach means that high-quality wine is produced through the utmost respects of the vineyard’s unique ecosystem, from the lunar cycle to the chickens that peck bugs off the vine.

Eco-Sleeping
You’ll be wiped after checking all these eco-activities off of your to-do list. Get a good night’s sleep at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park. The campground includes charming cabins that allow you to wake up next to some of the area’s best hiking trails—can’t get much closer to nature than that!

P.S. For even for eco-friendly goodness, check out Earth Mama Musings.

Let There Be Light

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
    Warm spring light trickles through the leaves of the Tree-2-Tree Adventure Park after daylight saving time.

Warm spring light trickles through the leaves of the Tree-2-Tree Adventure Park after daylight saving time.

How did your spring forward go? Daylight saving time is—especially at first—a double edge sword. Waking up in the dark hours is a bit rough at first, but the payoff comes in late pink sunsets that inspire evening walks, firing up the grill, or kick-starting a weekend getaway. All this talk of daylight saving time has got us thinking about the power of light in general, as well as all of the ways to (unconventionally) enjoy it.

Light Drawings from James Minden
Washington County Museum | exhibit runs thru April 13, 2014 | $6 admission
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Artists often worship natural light, creating the perfect focus to their compositions. Painter and printmaker James Minden, however, uses artificial light as his medium. This “light drawing” gives life to beautiful holograms. Catch a sneak peak here, though nothing compares to experiencing these pieces in person.

Glowing Greens Mini-Golf
3855 SW Murray Boulevard, Beaverton | $10 for 18 holes
Hours: Sunday-Thursday noon to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday noon to midnight
Even though daylight saving is in full effect, we still have many a rainy day ahead. Luckily we can still revel in the phosphorescent with the brand new Glowing Greens black light indoor miniature golf course. The alien invasion themed course includes the likes of Larry the alien. Strike the ball through his neon pink manicure!

Tree-to-Tree Adventure Park
2975 SW Nelson Road, Gaston | March 15 to November | Pricing varies
Romantic daredevils can sign up for the swoon-worthy “Sunset Zip, Sip and Savor Tours.” The evening includes a zip adventure, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a surprise gift. The real prize is feeling the warm, fading light on your skin as it trickles through the high-in-the-sky leaves. Get dates and reserve your spot today by calling 503-357-0109.

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Labor Day Getaway

Posted on: August 16th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Last sun-drenched summer vines before harvest
The last sun-drenched summer vines before harvest.

The Labor Day holiday is a point of pride around these parts. It dates back to 1887 when Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday. Commemorating Labor Day in Oregon’s Washington County is an American and Oregon experience all-in-one.

Friday, August 30: Play ball!
As the Hillsboro Hops’ inaugural season comes to a close, cheer the team in their final home game. To get amped for the game, check out the Washington County Museum’s last few days of their fascinating Take Me Out to the Ball Game exhibit (exhibit closes September 1st).

Saturday August 31: Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour part 1
Embark on the 60-mile stretch of the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour. Brimming with wineries, farms, and picture perfect views, stop wherever the wind pulls you. We’ve laid out a few fun stops:

  • Nothing says vacation like a late brunch. Take your time at the South Store Café. Their house made granola and currant-speckled chicken salad offer bright, clean flavors in a homey environment.
  • Smith Berry Farm can help your garden transition with the seasons. Just peruse the hanging basket planters and specialty herbs. If you have room after brunch, then don’t miss out on a milkshakes made with fresh-picked fruit. You are on vacation after all…

Sunday September 1: Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour part 2
Helvetia Vineyards embraces Oregon’s history with its rustic property. The winery tour includes smoked salmon caught by members of Oregon’s Native American community.  

After the delicate salmon flavors, get a hearty dinner at Helvetia Tavern. Their menu says “jumbo burger.” They really do mean jumbo.

Monday September 2: Renaissance Revelry
The holiday weekend’s gone by fast. We can’t rewind, but we can go way, way, way back to Medieval times. It’s the Oregon Renaissance Festival last day so Middle Age buffoonery is sure to be in full effect. End the summer with a jousting match, mischievous witches, and a ginormous turkey leg.

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Blue Ribbons & Patriot Jets in One All-American Weekend

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Amazing feats of aviation at the Oregon International Air Show

Amazing feats of aviation at the Oregon International Air Show

A summer problem: two amazing events happening on the same day and—oh no!—you have to choose. What if you could do both? With the Washington County Fair and Oregon International Air Show a hop, skip and a jump away from each other, you can. Indulge in an Americana themed weekend, taking in the attractions of both the fair and a spectacular air show.

Getting out of the city for some all-American fun, two-ways, is just a MAX ride away. Take the blue line to the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport station. From here, you can access the Washington County Fairground or take a 1/3 mile stroll to the Oregon International Air Show. For more information on routes and schedules, visit www.trimet.org.

Friday July 26

Be a magpie and head toward the glitter first. The twinkling lights of the Washington County Fair’s 30-plus rides will be calling your name. To start, choose from The Cyclone or a whimsical merry-go-round.

More glitz can be found at the Air Show fireworks, which are the largest in Oregon.

Saturday July 27

Start your day on cloud nine, getting in the cockpit of military jets from all eras, thanks to the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum. Then, watch the Patriots Jet Team headline the Oregon International Air Show. The Patriots jet aerobatic team is composed of past Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, and Snowbirds. Watch their exclusive Tail Slide—where the aircraft slides backwards toward the ground—before sliding back to the fairgrounds for more carnival fun.

Peruse the Blue Ribbon entries until you’ve roused your appetite for some deep-friend Twinkies, cookie dough, or pop tarts. Or find out if the only thing better than bacon is deep friend bacon.

Settle your stomach and “don’t stop believing” at the Journey Revisted: Tribute to Journey concert, playing on the music stage from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday July 28

Ready to explore more of Hillsboro? Visit the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” exhibit at the Washington County Museum and take in a Hillsboro Hops game to round out your Americana weekend.

Fair and Air Show information:

Washington County Fair
The Washington County Fair Complex
873 NE 34th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR
July 25-28, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Free admission

Oregon International Air Show
Hillsboro Airport
Northeast Cornell Road
Hillsboro, OR
July 26-28, Friday from 6:45 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.
General Admission for Adults is $20 in advance or $25 after July 19
General admission for kids 6-12 is $12 in advance or $15 after July 19
Special packages available

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Itinerary: The Hidden Gems of Hillsboro

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments

Explore the “hidden gems” of Hillsboro, Oregon with an itinerary filled with must-see attractions that may not be well-known to visitors or locals alike.  These finds definitely are worth a visit!

Start with a hearty lunch at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern. The Rock Creek Tavern opened in the mid-1920s as a small country store, and in 1933 the then owners served the first post-Prohibition beers at the store. Rumor has it that Clint Eastwood and members of the bands Santana, The Eagles and Tower of Power once stopped here, and in 1989, scenes of the Tom Berenger film Love at Large were filmed here. This spot has a storied history; read more about it here. (Open daily for lunch and dinner; live music every evening)

The Crystal Gallery at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Next, stop at the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, recognized as the finest mineral museum in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the U.S. The museum houses an impressive variety of fossils, meteorites, petrified woods, gems and rocks curated from around the world. Situated in former 1952 residence of Richard and Helen Rice, the structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 for its distinctive architectural style and use of natural stone and native Oregon woods. (Open Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; admission is $8 for adults, $7 for adults 60+ and students ages 5-17)                  

Refuel with coffee from Longbottom Coffee & Tea, one of the region’s pioneering roasting companies. Founded in 1981, Longbottom specialized in hot-air roasting coffee beans for more than 25 years. In 2003, Longbottom was certified organic, and today the facility is used as a training location for organic inspectors.  (Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

The tour’s next stop is the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum, located next to the Hillsboro Airport. This living history museum of aviation artifacts is actually a working hangar, with all aircraft still in flying condition, or being restored to flying condition. Military jets from all eras as well as passenger jets are on display, and the museum offers educational and hands-on experiences for all ages. (Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; donations requested)

Final stop for the day is the Washington County Museum, which moved into its expanded space in November 2012 with its newest and largest exhibit, “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe.” This interactive traveling exhibit, which was put together by NASA and is part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, has traveled to several cities and states throughout the country.  Also on display is “Americans All: The Bracero Program in Washington County,” which takes a look at this unique temporary labor program that brought more than 215,000 workers to work at farms in Washington County during WWII.  (Open Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Admission: $6, adults; $4 children ages 4 and older)

Visit our website and plan your own “hidden gems” tour with our Trip Planner.

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New Exhibit: Hubble Space Telescope

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Angie Marsh No Comments

Debuting both a new exhibit and a new exhibit space, the Washington County Museum is launching “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe,” at the Hillsboro Civic Center, which will run from Nov. 17, 2012 to May 31, 2013.

Explore the discoveries of the Hubble at this exhibition in Hillsboro.

This exhibit explores the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope since its launch in 1990. A model Hubble telescope will be displayed, and visitors can participate in hands-on activities about how the telescope works. In addition, the exhibit includes Hubble games, infrared light technology and images captured by Hubble of planets, galaxies and black holes.

Regular hours starting Nov. 17 for the new Washington County Museum are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free to members, $6 for adults and $4 for children. The museum is inside the Hillsboro Civic Center, which is located at 150 E. Main Street.

 

Rainy Days Are Here Again

Posted on: October 15th, 2012 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments

Hoffman Gallery at Oregon College of Art & Craft

It’s no secret that it rains in Oregon. Locals don’t let the rain stop them from enjoying the Pacific Northwest; however, for those who’d rather stay indoors, we have the ultimate guide to rainy-day activities.

Welcome to “Beervana,” and grab a brew made right here in Oregon’s Washington County at one of several craft breweries and brew pubs in the area. Each location offers a variety of craft beers and many offer seasonal brews. If you’re just not that into beer, stop at a wine bar or wine shop.

Catch a flick in style at Cinetopia, a first-run movie theater with ultra-luxurious seating, wine and beer options and pre-movie dining service in some theaters. It’s an experience unlike any other. (Or check out one of these movie theaters in the area.)

Spend hours at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, which boasts a spectacular collection of crystals, meteorites, petrified woods, gems and more from around the world. Or discover new worlds at the Washington County Museum. (See the list of all museums and historical sites in Washington County.)

Discover new artists or create your own masterpiece. Washington County has several art galleries filled with art from emerging artists, as well as established artists throughout the Pacific Northwest. At Live, Laugh, Love Glass glass-blowing studio learn how to create glass works of art.  Take in an evening (or weekend matinee) theater production or musical concert from one of Washington County’s many live performance companies.

Shopping is always tax-free in Oregon’s Washington County, and visitors can splurge at the area’s retail centers, boutiques and antique shops. Bibliophiles need to look no further than the shelves of Powell’s Book at Cedar Hills Crossing, a smaller version of the immense Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. At 32,500 square feet and housing more than 500,000 used, new, rare and hard-to-find titles, book lovers can get lost in this amazing store.

If a little rain doesn’t prevent you from exploring the great outdoors, there are dozens of outdoor activities that are open rain or shine. So, kick off your rain boots (or put them on), and explore the wonders of Oregon’s Washington County.

Check out our “hot deals,” find a hotel/motel, and plan your Washington County getaway today.

Comics, Star Wars, Superheroes and Other “Nerd” Events & Attractions

Posted on: April 11th, 2012 by Angie Marsh No Comments

Comics, Star Wars, superheroes…these events and attractions are made for, well, nerds. But around here, the term “nerd” has a positive connotation.

Stormtroopers & Comics

The stormtroopers are coming! Flickr photo by Nick Zolotko.

Star Wars at Powell’s Books – Cedar Hills Crossing Store

On Thursday, April 12, stormtroopers will descend upon the Powell’s Books in Beaverton. This is part of the “DK Star Wars Attack of the Authors” West Coast tour. Author Ryder Windham will be on hand to present his newly revised and expanded “Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide.” Other recent DK Star Wars titles will be featured as well. The event is at 7 p.m. in Beaverton.

Things From Another World – Beaverton Store

Join in an event locals line up for: free comic book day. On Saturday, May 5, the Things From Another World store will give out free special-edition comics from popular publishers (while supplies last), as well as host special events throughout the day, including: five comic book authors (from 2-4 p.m.), video game prizes, free coffee, free cookies and more. And, of course, the special appearance by stormtroopers from Cloud City Garrison, a local chapter of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, a Star Wars imperial costuming club.

Exhibit: The Comic Book Art of Aaron Lopresti

This exhibit will feature the comic book superhero sketches of Wonder Woman, The Hulk, Spiderman, Batman and X-Men that Oregon native Aaron Lopresti has completed for Marvel and DC Comics in the last 20 years. Enjoy a closer look at the creative and technical process of his illustrations in various stages of development. This exhibit runs May 5-31 at the Washington County Museum, which is located at the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus.

Other Attractions to Check Out

Vintage Tek Museum

This is a museum unlike any other; it houses vintage equipment from Tektronix, the local iconic manufacturer of test equipment. The group’s mantra is “Keep analog education alive!”

The Vintage Tek Museum is located at 4620A  SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in Portland, and is open Fridays and Saturdays.

Heroes & Hobbies Store

This Beaverton superhero-focused store is chock-full of memorabilia ranging from Pokemon to Star Trek. There’s also an ample comics selection and vintage toys. If you want to stop by Heroes & Hobbies, keep in mind that the store’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

March/April Events Calendar

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by Angie Marsh No Comments

Now is the time to select which coming events fit your viewing bill. Numerous live musical performances and theater productions are some of the highlights in Oregon’s Washington County slated for March and April.


PERFORMANCE

Pendulum Aerial Arts, known for its stunning visuals and technical aerial ability, offers the performance “Up, Up and Away!” at the French American School that will include a piece inspired by the musical Chicago (8500 NW Johnson St., Portland; April 20-22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $15).

EXHIBITIONS

The Washington County Museum (17677 NW Springville Rd., Portland, on the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus) presents “Snapshots!” (through April 21; $3), a retrospective of Washington County’s history told through photographs ranging from the late 19th century to the Roaring Twenties.

LIVE MUSIC

Bottom Line Duo will perform in Hillsboro on April 20.

It’s “21st Century Parlor Music” performed by the Bottom Line Duo (bass and cello) at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro; April 20, 7:30 p.m.; $20).

Enjoy a daylong celebration of the 90th birthday of McMenamins Grand Lodge (3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove; March 3). There will be live music beginning at 4 p.m., as well as coffee samples, a free showing of the movie “The Princess Bride,” kids’ activities and special distillery, wine and beer tastings, along with food specials.

It’s “Dance, Dance, Dance!” by the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra with tango music and more (21945 NW Wagon Way, Hillsboro; March 2; 8 p.m.; $5-8)

The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra presents its spring concert, featuring pieces by Schumann (3300 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton; March 9-11; $10).

LIVE THEATER

Enjoy a comedy of errors about a six-foot invisible rabbit with Beaverton Civic Theatre’s “Harvey” (12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton; February 24-March 11, $5-$15).

Theatre in the Grove is presenting the family comedy “Over the Tavern” (February 24-March 11; $12-14), which takes place in 1950s New York in the religious household of a six-person family.

Enjoy a performance of “Robin Hood – The Musical” (multiple locations, Feb. 24-March 18, $12), which is a family-oriented, unique retelling of the classic by local group Mask and Mirror.

Professional Theater company Bag&Baggage presents “Romeo and Juliet” at the Venetian Theatre (253 E. Main St., Hillsboro; March 2-18, 7:30 p.m.; $25). This version, known as “R&J” is text-based Shakespeare with a twist, and described as a “play within a play.”

Watch the popular comedy performance “Rumors” by Hillsboro Artists’ Repertory Theatre (HART), a Neil Simon play that had a long Broadway run (185 E. Washington St., Hillsboro; March 16-April 1, 2 and 7:30 p.m. shows; $10-14).

The award-winning Broadway Rose Theatre Company (12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard) presents “The Andrews Brothers,” (April 19-May 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; $40), a musical comedy set in 1943 in the South Pacific when an Andrews Sisters scheduled performance goes sideways.

For a complete list of art and culture events and performances in Oregon’s Washington County, including community performing arts groups, visit the Event Calendar.

January/February Arts Calendar

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by Sylke Neal-Finnegan No Comments

The new year begins with a slate of worthy cultural exhibits, live musical performances, spoken word and theater productions. The following are some of the highlights of happenings in Oregon’s Washington County for January and February.

 

Snapshots! at the Washington County Museum through April 21

EXHIBITIONS

The Washington County Museum (17677 NW Springville Rd., Portland, on the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus) presents “Snapshots!” (through April 21; $3),  a retrospective of Washington County’s history told through photographs ranging from the late 19th century to the Roaring Twenties.

LIVE MUSIC

Traditional Irish music takes center stage at the Winona Grange (8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin) with upcoming 2nd Saturday Celtic Community Concerts featuring Molly’s Revenge (January 14, 7:30 p.m.; $15) and Laurence Nugent (February 11, 7:30 p.m.; $15).

Up-and-coming jazz band Blue Cranes will be performing at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro; January 20, 7:30 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 day of show). The band’s style has been described as “walking a thin line between improvisation and catchiness.”

Enjoy an evening of koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) as East meets West with Mitsuki Dazai & Friends at the  Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro; February 3, 7:30 p.m.; $15 in advance, $17 day of show).

Pacific University Performing Arts Series presents the Good Lovelies (Pacific University, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove; February 4, 7:30 p.m.; $22), an all-female trio from Canada performing an upbeat combination of pop, folk and western swing.

LIVE THEATER

The the acclaimed, award-winning Broadway Rose Theatre Company (12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard) presents a one-night-only performance of an original work, titled “Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace,” (January 14, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; $40), a delightful evening of tales and songs from Broadway Rose’s 20-year history.

Broadway Rose also is presenting a staged reading of the colorful musical, “Oil Change the Musical Comedy” (January 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; January 22, 2 p.m.; $10), a family-friendly musical featuring 18 original songs ranging from rock, county and blues to rap, Latin and love ballads, all accompanied by a live band.

The 2012 Season of Great Escapes officially starts with Broadway Rose’s country music revue, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” (February 2 – March; $20-35), in a tale of friendship, romance and heartbreak.

Professional Theater company Bag&Baggage presents “Love Letters” at the Venetian Theatre (253 E. Main St., Hillsboro; February 13-14, 7:30 p.m.; $25). Back by popular demand, the performance is an exploration of two characters’ lives as they read aloud love letters they’ve written to each other over the course of their lives.

Portland-born artist Mark Rothko is the subject of January's Spoken Word series at the Walters Cultural Arts Center

SPOKEN WORD

The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) features a spoken word discussion about  Portland-born and internationally acclaimed artist Mark Rothko (January 17, 7 p.m.; $12 in advance, $14 day of show). Caroline Kim, of the Portland Art Museum, will provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at Rothko and his work.

On February 21, local historian Richard Engeman will present an illustrated history of Oregon with 49 illustrations in 49 minutes at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (January 20, 7 p.m.; free).

For a complete list of art and culture events and performances in Oregon’s Washington County, including community performing arts groups, visit the Event Calendar.