Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: November 23-26, 2017

PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
NOVEMBER 23-26, 2017

  

TURKEY TROT AT THE OREGON ZOO

THURS – Runners and walkers of all abilities love the 4-mile, untimed outing between the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Gardens. Participants finish inside the zoo, much to the delight of two-legged and four-legged mammals alike and features three fun kids’ events.

EAT THANKSGIVING DINNER OUT

THURS – Find local restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING DAY DANCE

THURS – Dance your gratitude—gratitude for these amazing bodies, this spectacular community, and the power of dance. This Thanksgiving, come and move your heart and body at Conduit to get some exercise before feasting.

TOFURKY TROT

THURS – A 5k run, trot, or walk open to all levels of physical fitness. Before you eat your big meal with your friends and family, come trot with us and celebrate the bounty of the earth’s delicious plants!

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

THURS – This beloved community tradition will feature a holiday sing-a-long with Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini and friends! With a 75-foot tree, over 14,000 colorful lights, and Portland’s largest community sing-a-long, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

THURS – Enjoy an extraordinary evening of cheer that includes caroling, performances from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School choirs and holiday tunes from Millennium Concert Band.

AMERICA’S LARGEST CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

THURS-SUN & December 1-3 America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar has 400 booths of juried handcrafted items plus 500 booths of commercial holiday products at the Portland Expo Center.

PORTLAND’S SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE

Through December 3  Let the glory of Christmas come alive as the three hundred-voice choir creates a Christmas extravaganza for the whole family. Your favorite holiday songs, dancing Santas, and a beautiful cinematic Nativity.

ZOO LIGHTS

Through January 7  Walk through dazzling displays of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Through December 30 – Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

WINTER WONDERLAND

Through December 26 – The largest light show in the Northwest spanning the track at Portland International Raceway.   

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN

Through December 31  A charming European-inspired event featuring ice skating, snowless tubing, an artisan vendor market, photos with Santa, fire pits, live music and more!

LIGHTING OF MADDOX WOODS

Through December 31  Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.

THE TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS TOWN

Through December 28 – Based on the beloved children’s book, The Train to Christmas Town, this holiday ride recreates on board the story book tale that is sure to become a family favorite tradition! 75 minute train ride departing from Hood River.

80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK

Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY

EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.

FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.

URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH  Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.

SHANROCK’S TRIVIOLOGY
ALL MONTH  Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.

GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.

HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.

GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.

PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

 

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

 

TREE LIGHTING

FRI  Be there when thousands of lights come alive on Vancouver’s community tree in Esther Short Park. Santa will be there, along with musical performances and other activities. 

UPTOWN VILLAGE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

SAT  Join the community for a special tree lighting ceremony in Uptown Village on Main St. and E 19th St.   

HOLIDAY MARKET

FRI-SUN  Start your Christmas shopping early! Handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, treats & more.    

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND BARREL TASTING 

FRI-SUN  Enjoy the past, present and future of Southwest Washington wine! After feasting with family and friends on Thanksgiving, continue celebrating throughout the three-day weekend. Come out to visit the wineries of Southwest Washington and enjoy their 2016 Barrel Tasting and New Releases.  

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIN

Through December 16 – Find a Christmas tree in a unique way on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad! Along the trip, capture views of the Lewis River atop our hill-side vantage point, then return to Moulton Station. At Moulton Station, enjoy warm cider and cocoa, hot coffee and cookies. Santa has a gift for each child, bring your camera to capture this moment in time.  

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Through December 16 – Divine Consign will display beautifully decorated trees at their downtown Vancouver location, 904 Main Street. Their event will benefit Clark County non-profit organizations.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK

· Coco
· The Man Who Invented Christmas
· Lady Bird
· Darkest Hour
· Call Me By Your Name
· Let it Snow
· Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
· The Searchers
· Firangiman

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Portland Metro Weekend Events Planner: Nov. 20-22, 2015

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PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR NOVEMBER 20-22, 2015

 

BEAUJOLAIS WINE FESTIVAL

FRI NOV 20 At the 14th annual Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, enjoy wine samples from France as well as Oregon and Washington. Gourmet buffet and live entertainment. Heathman Hotel.

WILD ARTS FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN NOV 21-22 Wild Arts Festival benefiting the Audubon Society of Portland. Celebrate nature in art & books, features 70 artists & 30 authors who are inspired by nature. Montgomery Park.

SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION

FRI-SUN NOV 20-22 Visit vendor exhibits, meet sci-fi & fanstacy authors & artists, games, workshops, panels and much more. Portland Marriott Waterfront.

QUILT AND CRAFT SHOW

THURS-SAT NOV 19-21 Free seminars & workshops. Find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art & craft supply exhibits. Portland Expo Center.

LAS VEGAS SHOW

SAT NOV 21 Tony Starlight has perfected his variety act over the last 20 years.

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET

SAT-SUN NOV 21-22 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

GUIDED NATURE HIKES

FRI-SUN NOV 20-22 (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

VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS

CLARK COUNTY HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR

FRI-SUN NOV 20-22 Find vendors with unique gifts and gadgets, arts & crafts, gourmet foods and much more. http://www.clarkcoeventcenter.com/p/getinvolved

“THE WINDING STREAM” DOCUMENTARY

SAT NOV 21 Learn the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film illuminates the Carter’s musical and cultural contributions https://www.tickettomato.com/event/3356

LEND ME A TENOR

FRI-SAT NOV 20-21 Set in 1934 at the Grand Opera. Enjoy the hilarious mishaps as the general manager is primed to welcome the world famous Tito Morelli the greatest tenor of his generation. Heritage High School Auditorium.

NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
• The Night Before
• Secret in Their Eyes
• #Horror
• Carol
• Criminal Activities
• Legend
• Kingdom of Shadows
• The Summer of Sangaile

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For a monthly online listing of upcoming Portland metro events, click here.


Safety Tips for Deep Frying Turkeys During the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend has become responsible for more cooking related fires and accidents than many other times of the year. In recent years, a new and popular nation-wide trend for Thanksgiving dinner is deep fried turkey. This method has been introduced and shown on cooking television shows and in popular recipes. The draw to a deep fried turkey is the recipe’s ability to create a cooked turkey that is not dried out, as can happen with the traditional method of oven cooking a turkey.

Even if you follow the deep fryer instructions, the practice of deep frying a turkey can be dangerous as it involves submerging the turkey in two to five gallons of oil or fat heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important not to overheat the oil or the vapors could burst into flames. It is also important to maintain the proper level of oil—if the oil level is too high it may over flow and ignite, which can quickly create a large fire. There is also the possibility that the fryer could tip over, spill or splash causing a risk of ignition and burn injuries.

Here are a few safety tips for deep frying turkeys:

• Following the deep turkey frying mechanism manufacturer’s instructions is an important start.
• Keeping children away from the deep turkey fryer, open flames, propane tanks and similar hazards is always good practice.
• One should never use a deep turkey fryer indoors or in an enclosed area. Using the device outdoors and away from combustible or structural components, such as decks, can help avoid flare-ups.
• A deep turkey fryer or similar device should never be left unattended.
• Ensuring that the deep turkey fryer is secure and on a flat surface, can reduce the risk of the device tipping over.
• Great care when handling the lid, side handles, or the pot should be used. These will be extremely hot and may pose a burn or tipping hazard.
• If a deep turkey fryer does ignite, water should not be used to douse the flames. Calling the fire department and/or using an ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher should be the first step in such an emergency.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving Day records the most home cooking fires in the United States. With these safety tips, you can prevent a fire from happening in your home.

Our best wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Source: All Hands Fire Equipment


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