Madison Tomaino has 76 career wins under her belt. | Photo via @discgolfprotour + @madison_discgolf
Imagine chucking a Frisbee as hard as you can, only to have it glide more than 100 ft and land in a basket with a satisfying clink of the chains — all in a day’s work for professional disc golfer Madison Tomaino.
When she’s not tearing it up at local tournaments, she and her husband Jesse own and operate All Day Disc Golf, a shop off of Northwest Naito Parkway that offers a diverse disc selection — we could stare at that rainbow-hued wall for hours.
Read on to learn more about Madison’s experience with the sport and how strong the disc golf community is here in Portland.
Q: What do you like most about the sport? A: So many things! The learning curve makes it easier to have enjoyable results much faster than in traditional golf. There is also more creativity involved; we have quite a few different ways to throw the disc to achieve various flight paths. Disc golf is inclusive and accessible for just about everyone. You can play and have a great time with a single $10-20 disc and most courses are free or very cheap to play.
Q: How did you get involved? A: My husband Jesse played ball golf (that’s what disc golfers call regular golf) his whole life and a golf buddy convinced him to try disc golf in 2011 and he was instantly hooked. I started playing just to walk along with Jesse in the woods but quickly found that I had a natural aptitude for throwing discs really far.
Q: What are some of your favorite courses to play around Portland? A: Pier Park in St. Johns is our home course but we also spend a lot of time at Milo McIver in Estacada, Blue Lake Park in Fairview, and McCormick Park in St. Helens — just to name some favorites. There are dozens of great courses within an hour of the city.
Tabletop Thursday | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 6-9 p.m. | 4th Wall PDX, 1445 SE Hawthorne Blvd. | Free | Take your pick of board games — from Scrabble to Catan. 🎲
CoHo Clown Fest: Mind Blown | Thurs., Sept. 22-Fri., Sept. 23 | Times vary | CoHo Productions, 2257 NW Raleigh St. | Pay what you can | This award-winning theater clown duo are sure to put a smile on your face with their wild stories + humor. 🤡
Banda MS | Fri., Sept. 23 | 8 p.m. | Moda Center | $94+ | Dance along to this band’s fresh take on traditional Mexican music during this leg of the “#GraciasATi! Tour.” 🎶
82nd & Woodstock Fall Night Market | Fri., Sept. 23-Sat., Sept. 24 | 4-10 p.m. | The Old Pawn Shop, 5939 SE 82nd Ave. | Free | Start your weekend shopping local crafts, art, food, and more with your friends + family. ✨
Stub Stewart Orienteering | Sat., Sept. 24 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | L.L. Stub Stewart State Park | $17+ | Test your fitness and navigation skills on courses of varying difficulty. 🧭
All Paws on Deck | Sat., Sept. 24 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Downtown Camas | Free | Check out this pup-friendly street fair that benefits the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and vote for the city’s next dog mayor. 🐾
Alumni Oktoberfest Marketplace | Sat., Sept. 24 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Central Catholic High School, Southeast 24th Ave. + Stark St. | Free | From ice cream to jewelry, this lineup of local artisans + vendors has it all. 🛍️
Paint it Forward | Sun., Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave. | Free | Make a difference in your community at this annual cleanup event. 🤝
Montavilla Farmers Market | Sun., Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 7700 SE Stark St. | Free | Fresh, locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, produce, and more for your dinner table. 🍎
Hocus Pocus in Concert | Sat., Oct. 29-Mon., Oct. 31 | Times vary | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway | $127+ | Grab your broomsticks + celebrate the Halloweekend with this holiday classic. 🧹
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At PDXtoday, we love everything about fall. Almost everything — cozy sweaters are great, but we could do without the inevitable spike in allergies. (And no, it’s not just you — allergies are much worse these days.)
But you don’t have to suffer in sneezy, itchy silence. Picnic is a one-stop shop for allergy treatment, with individually customized plans that combine over-the-counter and prescription med solutions so you can live your best Portland life unbothered.
75º | Considerable morning clouds | 15% chance of rain
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 6:57 a.m.
Set: 7:07 p.m.
The first official day of fall. If you’re wondering when the foliage will turn vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow, you better be-leaf it’s coming soon. Autumnal hiking in the Portland area should be at its best the weekend of Sat., Oct. 15. 🍂 (KOIN)
A two-mile stretch of I-84 will be closed from 10 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 23 until 4 a.m. on Mon., Sept. 26. Both directions of the interstate will be closed near the I-205 interchange for construction on TriMet’s A Better Red project. The MAX Blue line will also be disrupted. (Portland Tribune)
Diners along Southeast Division Street will have a whole pod full of new options in November. Farmhouse Carts will open in the parking lot of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, and host local favorites like Nacheaux (following its short stint at Swan Dive) and Mama Chow’s Kitchen. (Eater Portland)
Experienced art curators and casual enthusiasts alike are invited to the Washington County Open Studios Tour on Sat., Oct. 15 + Sun., Oct. 16. The free event, hosted by Washington County Art Alliance, will offer an insider’s look at the studios and creative processes of 50+ local artists. 🎨 (Beaverton Valley Times)
Following an unplanned but unanimous vote by the Portland Public Schools board, the district will rename its central office for Matthew Prophet, the first Black superintendent to lead PPS. Previously, the large building on the Willamette River’s eastern bank honored Robert Blanchard, who was criticized for his handling of desegregationand ultimately fired. (OPB)
Oregon is the only state without a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument — a tribute that honors members of the military who died in the line of duty. An effort to bring one to Willamette National Cemetery in East Portland is underway. 🎖️ (Beaverton Valley Times)
Search and rescue crews in Multnomah County have already received more calls than in any other year since the Eagle Creek Fire. In 2022, 14 of those have come from the Columbia River Gorge, where people are venturing into recently reopened areas unprepared. Always bring proper clothing, food and water, and first aid supplies. 🥾 (OPB)
Let’s paws for a minute and appreciate Lewis and Clark — no, not the historic explorers — but the felines that accompany Jory Olson on his adventures around Portland and the PNW. He’s just one of many cat owners enriching their pets’ lives in a way that’s safe for them and wildlife. 🐈 (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
As delays and dwindling amenities make air travel an increasingly dour endeavor, Portland International Airport remains relatively turbulence free. J.D. Power, an organization that monitors consumer sentiments, found the level of customer satisfaction did not drop at PDX between 2021 + 2022. ✈️ (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
When Willie Binns began working as a greeter at the Hollywood Fred Meyer (the company’s largest + busiest location) in 2020, he was undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. Now, he is cancer free, and the sharply-dressed 68-year-old continues to bring a smile to shoppers. (KGW)
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No wigs in this courtroom. | Photo via @musiochavez
We’ve mulled it over, and decided that the hair you see above can only be described one way — glorious.
Born and raised in Woodburn, Musio Chavez, 33, recently passed the state bar and is awaiting his lawyer license. In the interim, he’s been working as a security guard and, if you haven’t noticed, growing out his hair (it’s a classic business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back situation).
His ‘do (inspired by the athletes he idolized as a kid) has taken him all the way to the top 100 of the USA Mullet Championships — a reported best for any Oregonian.
And when voting closed last night, the support of his hometown and beyond (via more than 1,500 Facebook votes) pushed Musio onto the third round and last 25 mullets. You heard it hair first folks.
Today’s issue was written by Ben.
Editor’s pick: I recently renewed my membership at the Oregon Zoo and got to check out all the upgrades. The Polar Passage is massive, as is the Primate Forest — but the highlight was definitely seeing baby Jolene the orangutan. She melts my heart.
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? There are good doggos, cute cats, and other pets who need homes in Portland.
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