by: L.E. BASKOW, Author and local transportation reformer Mia Birk (right) will be a speaker at the Bicycle Show at the Oregon Convention Center on April 10.


Bike show

All things bicycling will be on display in The Bicycle Show, Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11 at the Oregon Convention Center.

It'll be the largest display of bicycle technology and innovation, frames, gear apparel and travel, fitness, ride and nutrition information in the state. Demonstrations and seminars and workshops are part of the two-day show put on by Pedal Nation Events.

Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11.

Oregon Convention Center is at 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Go to for information.

Reach the Beach

The American Lung Association's Reach the Beach Challenge, a 100-mile bicycle ride from Portland to Pacific City, will be held on May 15. For more information, go to

Adapt Training is holding a training program to help novices prepare for the Reach the Beach Challenge. Adapt is run by Brian Cassidy, who works with many NFL athletes on fitness and rehabilitation. It's a nine-week program (every Thursday) at Adapt Training, 9923 S.W. Arctic Drive, Beaverton. Go to for more information.


Swap meet

One of Portland International Raceway's biggest events, the sixth annual Automotive Swap Meet, takes place Thursday through Sunday, April 8 to 11. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 9, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11 at PIR, 1940 N. Victory Blvd.

The swap meet will feature 1,200 vendors and two-plus miles of automotive- related gear. Bargain hunters can look through memorabilia, manuals, coveralls, cars, gas pumps, go karts, tools and tin signs and many unique, original stock, antique, vintage and more auto-inspired items on display and for sale. It is designed for gearheads, organizers say, but appeals to everyone who loves a good find and a great deal.

Cost is $5 per day; children younger than 12 get in free. Parking is $10 per day. The PIR Auto Sweep Meet runs concurrently with the original Portland Swap Meet at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive.

For more information, go to


Skate America

Skate America will be held at the Rose Garden, Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 11 to 14. It is one of six stops on the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. It is an Olympic-style international figure skating even featuring three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing and attracts approximately 60 world-class figure skaters. Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic men's champion, has skated in it, as well as Michelle Kwan, Timothy Goebel, Kristi Yamaguchi and Scott Hamilton and pairs Jamie Sale and David Pelletier. Go to for more information.


Dew Tour

The action sports tour will return to Portland, Aug. 12-15, for the Wendy's Invitational. It'll be the sixth year of the Dew Tour at the Rose Garden. Tickets will be on sale soon and available through Safeway/TicketsWest outlets, online at and by phone at 1-877-789-7673. Go to for more information.


Youth events

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is starting its Youth Angling Enhancement Program for young fishermen. Children will be able to fish in stocked ponds throughout the state, with on-site volunteers providing equipment and instructions on how to bait and cast and reel in their catch.

The North Willamette events, put on by Jeff Fulop (971-673-6034) are as follows: St. Louis Pond, April 10; Trojan Pond, April 24; Commonwealth Lake, May 8, West Salish Pond, May 22; West Salish Pond, Sept. 25; St. Louis Pond, Oct. 9; Canby Pond, Oct. 23.

Go to for information on all YAEP events throughout the state.

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