More great brokers have joined our team!

We are very proud to announce the following brokers have recently made the move to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate!

Please join us in giving them a warm welcome:

Victoria Balenger – Lake Oswego

Holly Calverley – Clark County Northwest

Mark Hill – West Portland

Todd Lyon – Bend

Jill Massinger – Mt. Scott / East Portland

John Richardson – Clark County Northwest

Dennis Carlson – Clark County Northwest

Dave McGowan – West Portland

Amy Fox – Newberg

Chase O’Byrne – Lake Oswego

George Parsons – Columbia Tech Center

If you would like to learn about the advantages of a career with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, please click here or email careers@bhhsnw.com.


Portland Metro Weekend Events: July 3-5, 2015

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FOR JULY 3-5, 2015

BEST 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS

SAT JULY 4TH

WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL

THURS-SUN JULY 2-5 Waterfront Blues Festival features 50 performers on four stages, plus fireworks on July 4th, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River.

ST. PAUL RODEO

WED-SAT JULY 1-4 Watch fearless cowboys and cowgirls ride bucking broncos, rope and wrestle steers, and even ride bulls at the St. Paul Rodeo. Also enjoy a barbecue, carnival, art show, and nightly fireworks. Schedule

BEER FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN JULY 3-5 Portland Craft Beer Festival features beer from 50 Portland breweries, plus cider, wine, and cheese with food carts nearby at Fields Neighborhood Park.

4TH OF JULY RUN

SAT JULY 4 The early morning Foot Traffic Flat on beautiful, flat Sauvie Island is a marathon, half marathon, 8K, 5K.

ZOO CONCERTS

FRI-SUN JULY 3-5 (through Sept. 6) Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers and include a same-day zoo pass.

J.A.W.Z. THE MUSICAL IN 3D

THURS-FRI JULY 2-3 Based on the famous shark movie, J.A.W.Z. The Musical in 3D is a comedy with campy costumes, hilarious storytelling, projected film, and sing-along songs at Alberta Rose Theatre. Discount tickets $13.

PORTLAND’S RIVERS: CONTEMPORARY ART VIEWS

FRI-SUN JULY 3-5 (Ends July 11) This exhibit interprets Portland’s rivers and their influence on the city through paintings, prints and multimedia works. Pittock Mansion

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

FRI-SUN JULY 3-5 (every day, various times & locations) Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET

SAT-SUN JULY 4-5 The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them. Old Town

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN JULY 4-5 You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. Over 250 Vendors! Downtown Vancouver, 8th & Ester St.

FARMER’S MARKET AT VANCOUVER MALL

SAT-SUN JULY 4-5 The newest open air farmers market in Vancouver, Washington. Offering local farmers, small businesses, specialty crafters & local food vendors the opportunity to enjoy the neighbors. Activities for the kids & live entertainment most weekends in the Westfield Mall parking lot near Macy’s.

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT FORT VANCOUVER

SAT JULY 4 Independence Day at Fort Vancouver has something fun for everyone! Spend the day kicking back on the lush lawns of the Fort Vancouver National Site, party down with friends in the Adult Beverage Pavilion or grab the kids and enjoy traditional family fun games and entertainment all day!

VANCOUVER RODEO

THURS-SUN JULY 2-5 The Vancouver Rodeo is a must see annual event for anyone that likes some real live rodeo action. There is lots of rodeo color and action with bronco riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and some humor thrown in to make it a great time for all.

CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY REENACTMENT

SAT JULY 4 Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War by joining costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
Magic Mike XXL
• Terminator Genisys
• Amy
• Cartel Lane
• Jackie and Ryan
• Jimmy’s Hall
• Mala Mala

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES


This Week in Real Estate: June 29, 2015

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Good Morning!

The headliner This Week in Real Estate were the strong sales numbers reported in May for both new and existing homes. We are definitely in the middle of the strongest selling season we have experienced in the past six or seven years. Below are a few of the highlights from the final full week of June that influence our business:

* Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Reach Their Highest Level Since 2009. More first-time homebuyers took the plunge in May, helping catapult U.S. sales of previously owned properties to their highest level since 2009. Closings on existing houses rose 5.1 percent to a 5.35 million annualized rate. First-time buyers accounted for 32 percent of purchases during the month, matching the highest share since September 2012. Excluding November 2009, when demand was bolstered by the expiration of a federal government first-time homebuyer tax credit, sales last month were the strongest in more than eight years. Full story… http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-22/sales-of-existing-u-s-homes-rose-in-may-to-highest-since-2009

* Sales of New U.S. Homes Rise to Highest Level in Seven Years. Purchase of new homes in the U.S. rose in May to the highest level in seven years, signaling the industry is gaining momentum heading toward the second half of the year. Sales climbed 2.2 percent to a 546,000 annualized pace, exceeding all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists and the most since February 2008, Commerce Department data showed Tuesday in Washington. May 2015 sales were an astounding 19.5 percent higher than in May 2014. While housing starts declined 11.1 percent in May to a 1.04 million annualized rate, that followed a revised 1.17 million pace in April to cap the best back-to-back readings since late 2007. Permits for future projects rose to the highest level in almost eight years. Full story… http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-23/sales-of-new-u-s-homes-increase-to-highest-level-in-seven-years

* OCC: Mortgage Performance Better in 1Q15. The performance of first-lien mortgages serviced by eight national banks improved during the first quarter of 2015, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s quarterly report on mortgage performance. The OCC Mortgage Metrics Report, First Quarter 2015, showed 94.2% of mortgages included in this report were current and performing at the end of the quarter, compared with 93.1% a year earlier. The percentage of mortgages that were 30 to 59 days past due was 1.9% of the portfolio, a 7.0% decrease from a year earlier. Seriously delinquent mortgages made up 2.6% of the portfolio, a 16.4% decrease from a year earlier.
Full story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/34312-occ-mortgage-performance-better-in-1q15

* FNC Index: April Prices Post Largest Seasonal Gain Since 2005. The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) shows U.S. home prices climbed rapidly since March, as strong sales and limited inventory relative to demand continue to be the key narratives highlighting the spring housing market countrywide. April’s gain marks the largest March-to-April increase since spring 2005. Full story… http://www.fncresidentialpriceindex.com/ViewFile.aspx?ref=pr_95

Have a productive week!

Jason


Portland Metro Weekend Events: June 26-28, 2015

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR JUNE 26-28, 2015

HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 The Festival of Balloons has balloon launches at 5:45 a.m., glowing balloons Fri. & Sat. at dusk, a craft show, carnival, vendors, food, soccer tournament, beer garden, car show Sun. at Cook Park in Tigard.

INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 Enjoy 150 world-class beers, including the rare and exotic, as you stroll around the park listening to music at the Portland International Beerfest at Holladay Park at Lloyd Center. Free parking.

NAKED BIKE RIDE

SAT JUNE 27 Thousands participate in World Naked Bike Ride to promote bicycling, safe streets, and body positivity, gathering in Col. Summers City Park at 8 p.m. for a 9 p.m. ride.

MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 Good in the Hood Festival has live entertainment, multi-cultural food, kids’ activities, a beer and wine garden, and a Sat. parade at Lillis Albina Park. Free.

LAKE OSWEGO ARTS FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 Lake Oswego Arts Festival features art exhibits, food booths, live music, and fine art crafts. Participate in hands-on arts activities, educational displays and the popular Martini Mingle.

ZOO CONCERTS

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 (through Sept. 6) Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers and include a same-day zoo pass.

GREEN ARTS FESTIVAL

FRI-SAT JUNE 26-27 See works by 130 artists who use at least 75% recycled material, and enjoy music, juggling, and family activities at the Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Free.

PORTLAND’S RIVERS: CONTEMPORARY ART VIEWS

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 (Ends July 11) This exhibit interprets Portland’s rivers and their influence on the city through paintings, prints and multimedia works. Pittock Mansion

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 (every day, various times & locations) Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them. Old Town

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. Over 250 Vendors! Downtown Vancouver, 8th & Ester St.

FARMER’S MARKET AT VANCOUVER MALL

FRI-SUN JUNE 26-28 The newest open air farmers market in Vancouver, Washington. Offering local farmers, small businesses, specialty crafters & local food vendors the opportunity to enjoy the neighbors. Activities for the kids & live entertainment most weekends in the Westfield Mall parking lot near Macy’s.

KIDS DIG AT FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

SAT JUNE 27 Popular hands-on program introducing young people, ages 8 to 12 years old, to the fascinating world of archaeology at one of the Northwest’s most famous archaeological sites. http://www.nps.gov/fova/index.htm

DISC GOLF: BAD MONKEY OPEN

SAT-SUN JUNE 27-28 PDGA sanctioned ‘B’ Tier tournament at Leverich Park in Vancouver, Washington. The event will run with two flights of Amateur ONLY players. Registration is open now on 4DiscGolf.com

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
Max
• Ted 2
• 7 Minutes
• Batkid Begins
• Big Game
• Escobar: Paradise Lost
• Felt
• A Little Chaos
• The Little Death
• The Pardon
• Runoff

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS WEEK’S OPEN HOUSES


This Week in Real Estate: June 22, 2015

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Good Morning!

From a practitioner’s standpoint the best news This Week in Real Estate is the CFPB’s proposal to delay the effective date of TRID to October 1. There continues to be a lot of positive momentum as we move through our peak selling season. Below are a few of the highlights from the third week of June that influence our business:

* Builder Confidence Hits Yearly High in June. Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single family homes in June rose five points to a level of 59 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released Monday. This is the highest reading since September 2014. Two of the HMI’s component indices reached the highest levels in nearly a decade. “The HMI indices measuring current and future sales expectations are at their highest levels since the last quarter of 2005, indicating a growing optimism among builders that housing will continue to strengthen in the months ahead,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.  Full story… http://nahbnow.com/2015/06/builder-confidence-hits-yearly-high-in-june/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mmb0615

* Aggregate Market Value of Housing Nearing 4th Quarter 2006 Peak. The aggregate market value of owner-occupied housing hit its high point in the last part of 2006, reaching a high-water mark of $22.5 trillion. Aggregate market value fell from that point until the fourth quarter of 2011, when it reached $16.1 trillion. Homeowner equity fell by $6.2 trillion to just 40% of aggregate value, as home values declined at the same time the amount of outstanding mortgage debt barely changed. By first quarter of 2015, the total market value of housing recovered to $21.1 trillion, 6% below the peak valuation. Full story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/34245-aggregate-market-value-of-housing-nearing-4q06-peak

* CFPB Proposes to Delay TRID Date to October 1. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Wednesday a proposal to delay the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule until October 1. It was originally set to go into effect on August 1. These new forms consolidate the TILA-RESPA forms and are meant to give consumers more time to review the total costs of their mortgage. The Loan Estimate is due to consumers three days after they apply for a loan, and the Closing Disclosure is due to them three days before closing. The public will have an opportunity to comment on this proposal and a final decision is expected shortly thereafter.
Full story… http://www.housingwire.com/articles/34226-cfpb-moves-trid-effective-date-to-oct-1

Have a productive week!

Jason

 

 


Portland Metro Weekend Events: June 19-21, 2015

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR JUNE 19-21, 2015

 

FATHER’S DAY CRUISE

SUN JUNE 21 Board a Portland Spirit river cruise for brunch, dinner, or no meal in Portland or Cascade Locks in the gorge.

FATHER’S DAY RESTAURANT OPENINGS

SUN JUNE 21 OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

PORTLAND BEER & CHEESE FEST

SUN JUNE 21 Taste fine cheese paired with local beers at Portland Beer and Cheese Fest at Commons Brewery on Father’s Day.

RUGGED MANIAC 5K OBSTACLE RACE

SAT JUNE 20 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3-mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Portland International Raceway.

INDIAN POWWOW

FRI-SUN JUNE 19-21 City of Roses Delta Park Powwow & Encampment features competition dancing, drumming, a silent auction, a fun run/walk, art and craft vendors, food booths, and games at Delta Park East. Free.

PEOPLE IN THE STREET

SUN JUNE 21 Walk, bike or roller-skate on 9.5 miles of streets when most cars are banned for North Portland Sunday Parkways. Nearby parks offer activities & music. Free.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN JUNE 19-21 The Strawberry Festival at Lee Farms features food (pies, shortcake, milkshakes) and kids’ activities that require a wristband (pony rides, bounce house, hay maze, pedal carts). Discount wristbands for 2: $16.

PORTLAND’S RIVERS: CONTEMPORARY ART VIEWS

FRI-SUN JUNE 19-21 (Ends July 11) This exhibit interprets Portland’s rivers and their influence on the city through paintings, prints and multimedia works. Pittock Mansion

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

FRI-SUN JUNE 19-21 (every day, various times & locations) Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET

SAT-SUN JUNE 20-21 The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them. Old Town

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN JUNE 20-21 You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. Over 250 Vendors! Downtown Vancouver, 8th & Ester St.

FARMER’S MARKET AT VANCOUVER MALL

SAT-SUN JUNE 20-21 The newest open air farmers market in Vancouver, Washington. Offering local farmers, small businesses, specialty crafters & local food vendors the opportunity to enjoy the neighbors. Activities for the kids & live entertainment most weekends in the Westfield Mall parking lot near Macy’s.

VANCOUVER MARATHON & BREWFEST

FRI-SUN JUNE 19-21 Vancouver USA Marathon has a health and fitness expo Friday & Saturday; a 5K and kids’ run Saturday; a marathon & half marathon Sunday, and a Summer Brewfest all three days in Esther Short Park. Discount tickets to Brewfest $18.

VANCOUVER URBAN OBSTACLE RACE

SAT JUNE 20 Summer Solstice – Urban Obstacle Race is an urban adventure race of 3 to 6 miles with clues, a costume contest, and a ticket to brewfest in Vancouver.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
Inside Out
• Dope
• The Ark of Mr. Chow
• Dark Awakening
• Eden
• Gabriel
• Infinitely Polar Bear
• Manglehorn
• The Overnight
• The Tribe

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Going Green 101: Five Steps to a More Eco-Conscious Home

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If you want to go green around the house, you don’t necessarily have to go crazy with solar panels and bamboo floors. Small changes make a big difference!

We’ve rounded up five simple, extremely effective green tips that will lead to a happy, healthy home that benefit both you and the planet:

Detox your Bedroom:
Pillows. Regularly cleaning your pillow is one of the easiest ways to reduce the toxins in the bedroom because it will help keep dust mites and other allergens at bay.
Curtains. Open your shades and let the sunshine in—the heat from the sun’s rays will naturally remove extra moisture from your bedroom and significantly decrease the risk of mold or fungus growth.
Electronics. Exposure to the artificial light from digital screens stimulates brain activity, making it harder for you to fall asleep. Consider keeping the TV out of your bedroom and limiting your computer use as bedtime approaches.

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Some types of interior paint are made with volatile organic compounds (VOC). According to the EPA, VOCs are a big source of indoor air pollution and have a range of health risks including cancer, liver damage and kidney damage. The next time you decide to paint over the crimson red in your bedroom, choose a low or no-VOC paint.

Make your own Air Fresheners
Store-bought aerosol fresheners often contain two big VOC producers: benzene and formaldehyde. When you use them, you’re spraying those chemicals directly into your home’s air! By making your own air fresheners, you’ll avoid these harmful chemicals and the health problems associated with them. Experiment with simmering cinnamon, apples, ginger, or other herbs on the stove, or make your own room spritzer with all natural essential oils diluted in water.

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Having almost any type of plant in your home will help remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. Spathiphyllum (Peace Lilly), Chrysanthemum and Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) are all especially great at removing indoor air pollution. These plants are best at filtering out contaminants like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which are toxic ingredients found in most store-bought air fresheners and household cleaners.

Gerbera daisies release oxygen at night, so they’re perfect for insomnia! Place them by your bed for optimal oxygen intake while you sleep. Bonus: Gerbera daisies are also great at removing benzene and trichloroethylene from the air.

Use Green Cleaning Products
One of the most common sources of VOCs are store-bought cleaning supplies that contain harsh chemicals. However, it’s easy to keep these out of your home! When you’re shopping for cleaning products, look for brands that don’t include VOCs in their products (Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day are two popular green cleaning companies). It’s always a good idea to check labels and avoid products that contain ammonia, chlorine, sodium laurel sulfate, formaldehyde, bleach or lye.

Article courtesy of BrightNest.com


This Week in Real Estate: June 15, 2015

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Good Morning!

The most popular word to describe consumer’s feelings This Week in Real Estate is optimistic. There is a lot of positive momentum as we move through our peak selling season. Below are a few of the highlights from the second week of June that influence our business:

* Americans’ Housing Optimism Gains More Momentum. Consumer attitudes about the housing market showed marked improvement last month, according to results from Fannie Mae’s May 2015 National Housing Survey. Among those surveyed, the share who believe now is a good time to sell home continued its steady climb, reaching an all-time survey high in May – six percentage points higher than at the same time last year. Additionally, those saying they would prefer to buy rather than rent a home on their next move increased another three percentage points to 66 percent. Full story… http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/media/corporate-news/2015/6259.html

* 217,726 Reasons to Buy a Home Now! With interest rates and home prices expected to climb in the next year, the financial penalties of delaying or forgoing a home purchase in today’s market have become very steep, according to the inaugural Opportunity Cost Report released by realtor.com. The report estimates that, based on today’s dollars, the average purchaser would accumulate $217,726 in increased wealth over a 30-year period. The cost, assuming projected increases in mortgage rates and continuing price appreciation, of waiting 1 year to buy is $18,672 and waiting 3 years to buy is $54,879. Full story… http://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/2015/06/10/217726-reasons-to-buy-a-home-now/

* Households Remain Broadly Optimistic about Housing Market; Most Renters Want to Own. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently released the 2015 SCE Housing Survey. The survey revealed that most current renters would prefer owning and that 61.9% of them plan to buy a home within the next five years. 68.3% stated they would prefer owning (45.6% saying they ‘strongly’ prefer owning). When asked at what point in the future do they think they will own a primary residence: 8.2% said within a year, 15.3% said in 1 to 2 years and 38.4% said between 3 to 5 years. Of the 68.3% who would prefer to own, 2 out of 3 cited difficulty in getting a mortgage for the reason they do not own.
Full story… http://www.newyorkfed.org/microeconomics/sce/downloads/data/2015-SCE-Housing-Survey.pdf

* REO Sales Share Below One-Third of Peak. At the peak in January 2009 distressed sales totaled 32.4 percent of all sales and REO sales for 27.9 percent. CoreLogic said on Monday that short sales and sales of owned real estate (REO) fell 3.2 percentage points from March 2014 to March 2015. REO properties accounted for 8.4 percent of home sales in March and short sales made up 3.7 percent for a total distressed property share of 12.1 percent. CoreLogic said there will always be some amount of distress in the housing market but the pre-crisis share of distressed sales was traditionally about 2 percent. If the current year-over-year decrease in the distressed sales share is maintained, that share would reach its “normal” 2 percent mark in mid-2017. Full story… http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/06082015_corelogic_distressed_sales.asp

Have a productive week!

Jason

 

 


Portland Metro Weekend Events: June 12-14, 2015

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR JUNE 12-14, 2015

 

SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL

SAT JUNE 13 Celebrate summer solstice with games, traditional dancing, Scandinavian crafts, food, a beer garden, and a Maypole raising at Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park.

BUDDHIST FESTIVAL

SAT JUNE 13 A bell rings 108 times to open the Portland Buddhist Festival, which has workshops, speakers, singing, dance, and kids’ area at Colonel Summers Park.

FRUIT BEER FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN JUNE 12-14 Try 40 fantastically fruity beers and ciders from 25 breweries outdoors at Portland Fruit Beer Festival at E Burnside St. & NE 7th Ave. Friday by reservation only.

PORTLAND PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE

SAT-SUN JUNE 13-14 Portland Pride Festival and Parade are both the same weekend. The parade begins 11 a.m. Sunday at NW Park Ave. & W Burnside Street (map). The festival is both days at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

BOURBAN & BACON FEST

SAT JUNE 13 Sip bourbon and taste bacon treats at the Bourbon and Bacon Fest at OMSI for age 21+.

SPORTS CAR RACES

SAT-SUN JUNE 13-14 Portland Rose Festival Rose Cup Race features modern and vintage sports-car racing on a two-mile road course. The weekend highlight is the annual Rose Cup, at Portland International Raceway.

MAME: A CLASSIC BROADWAY MUSICAL

FRI-SUN JUNE 12-14 (ends June 14) Mame is the story of a free-spirited bohemian who becomes guardian of her nephew, and together they create a life of adventure, hardship, and laughter, at Lakewood Center for the Arts. Discount tickets $19.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

FRI-SUN JUNE 12-14 (every day, various times & locations) Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET

SAT-SUN JUNE 13-14 The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them. Old Town

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET

SAT-SUN JUNE 13-14 You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. Over 250 Vendors! Downtown Vancouver, 8th & Ester St.

FARMER’S MARKET AT VANCOUVER MALL

SAT-SUN JUNE 13-14 The newest open air farmers market in Vancouver, Washington. Offering local farmers, small businesses, specialty crafters & local food vendors the opportunity to enjoy the neighbors. Activities for the kids & live entertainment most weekends in the Westfield Mall parking lot near Macy’s.

RUN LIKE A GIRL 5K, 10K, & KID’S RUN

SAT JUNE 13 Join us for the 4th annual Run Like a Girl for Second Step Housing. Run or walk on Saturday, June 13, 2015 to aid in the fight against homelessness in Clark County. http://www.secondstephousing.org/rlag2015/

FLAG DAY CELEBRATION

SUN JUNE 14 The Trust began producing Flag Day as one of its Celebrate Freedom programs in 2001, emphasizing the importance of citizenship throughout our community. The celebration is held at 3:30 p.m., so that the program may coincide with the Annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance, in which people all over the country pause and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in unison. http://fortvan.org/flag-day.html

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
The 11th Hour
• Hamari Adhuri Kahani
• Live from New York
• Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
• Set Fire to the Stars
• Soaked in Bleach
• Vendetta
• The Wolfpack


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