- Brooke Myers
- Portland Tribune - Features
Instructors from two popular Portland yoga studios, Core Power Yoga and Yoga in the Pearl, will teach free 'miniclasses' in Jamison Square.
The goal is to raise awareness for Street Yoga, a coalition sponsored by American Express that brings yoga to untraditional settings for at-risk youths ages 11 to 20.
Attendees are asked to donate new or lightly used kids' workout clothing and socks.
Local businesses will contribute snacks and yoga mats.
10 a.m. to noon SATURDAY, Sept. 23, Jamison Square, 810 N.W. 11th Ave., 503-231-3086, www.corepoweryoga.com, free
Teams of two, one stomper and one swabber, compete against other duos to see who can produce the most juice by manically squishing, squashing and crushing Willamette Valley Vineyards' grape crop.
The winning team travels, compliments of the winery, to the World Grape Stomp Championship in Santa Rosa, Calif. The losing team gets to show off beautiful purple feet. This popular contest can fill up, so call to reserve a stomping time as soon as possible.
Even noncompetitors should enjoy watching the comical event, reminiscent of an 'I Love Lucy' rerun.
Spectators and participants are rewarded with the maiden tasting of Willamette's 2005 pinot noirs, served with barbecue from Willaby's catering. (Plates of food range from $6 to $10.) JT and the Tourists provide live background music for eating, drinking and stomping. Bring your own blanket or small lawn chair.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Sept. 23-24, Willamette Valley Vineyards, 8800 Enchanted Way S.E., Turner, 503-588-9463, www.willamettevalleyvineyards.com, $5 adults (includes Riedel wineglass and tasting), $5 competition fee per team, free for those 21 and under
In dog-mad Portland, there are doggie day cares on every block, canine hotels rather than kennels, and even bars and restaurants designed specifically for dogs to bring their owners to.
With all this going on, your vizsla, bichon frise or greyhound needs to look good. At Dogtoberfest, a $5 donation to DoveLewis buys your dog the scrubbing (and drying) of a lifetime.
While your pooch is being made over, you can enjoy Dogtoberfest Pale Ale (brewed specially for this event) and music from Palatine Hill, Fuzzball, Back Porch Revival and Z100 DJs.
When the grooming is complete, your pup can join you on the Lucky Lab's porch and mingle, hopefully only with the already-washed dogs, while you do the same.
Another dog-oriented event this weekend is the final judging for the Pups of Portland calendar and poster. In July, Portland photographer Bruce Forster invited 200 Portland dogs into his studio to sit for portraits. Now, a panel of dog-loving celebrity judges has the difficult task of picking 12 shots for the final product.
The calendars and posters, produced by Forster and Andrea Schneider of the Pearl Retriever, are scheduled for an Oct. 15 release.
Both of the events are fundraisers for DoveLewis, which runs a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital, trains therapy dogs and operates one of the nation's largest voluntary animal blood banks.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 23, Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 915 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-517-4352, www.luckylab.com, www.dovelewis.org, $5 donation
Aquifer Adventure: A Groundwater Treasure Hunt
Young treasure hunters are encouraged to don pirate costumes and search the banks, woods and trails of the Columbia River Slough for clues that will lead them to a hidden bounty: groundwater.
Members of the Portland Water Bureau and Columbia Slough Watershed Council use the treasure hunt, games, hands-on experiments and prizes to emphasize the importance of protecting our groundwater, the supplemental and emergency drinking water supply for the Portland metro area.
Pirate-themed, guided canoe trips and a party with live music follow the foraging. (Food will be available for purchase.) Participants will go home with lots of knowledge and a T-shirt.
Noon to 4 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 23, Portland Water Bureau canoe launch, 16650 N.E. Airport Way, 281-1132, www.columbiaslough.org, free
The Central Library's U.S. Bank Room will be transformed into Cafe Banned to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Banned Books Week.
Prominent local citizens like author Jean Auel read aloud from books that have been considered 'dangerous' by various school districts, churches and politicians, including the Harry Potter series and many Judy Blume books. (It's particularly comical when you compare the content of Blume's 'Blubber' with, say, an average night of prime-time television.)
Coffee and refreshments accompany an open discussion about the future of literature in a world of multimedia, wiretapping and diminishing privacy.
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 23, Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave., 503-988-5123, www.multcolib.org, free
McMenamins Edgefield's Oktoberfest
The partying continues with another Oktoberfest.
Luckily this one is at a hotel so you can get a room and drink specially brewed Oktoberfest ale to your heart's content.
McMenamins Edgefield has a campuslike feel, with several pubs and restaurants, and 38 acres of pretty grounds for strolling. Live bands entertain all day, along with belly dancers and balloon artists. Other activities include a plant and garden sale and an all-ages golf tournament, which begins at noon.
German fare, like bratwurst, complements the usual menus and new pizza kitchen.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. SUNDAY, Sept. 24, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, 503-669-8610, www.mcmenamins.com, free admission, $25 for golf tournament