Plus: PDX Recovery Film Festival shares stories of hope
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Today’s Forecast

48º | Cloudy | 23% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:38 a.m. | Sunset 4:26 p.m.

This one’s for the children
A little girl walks along a fallen tree while holding her dad's hand.
There are plenty of kid-friendly hikes around Portland. | Photo by @melaniefenton_art
Sorry, but — NO ADULTS ALLOWED — this one is for the kids. Grown-up, please hand this over to your little one. Got it, kiddo? Let’s plan a family day together. Here’s a fun schedule for you to try.


Be a chef and cook breakfast for the adults at home. The night before, ask your family to choose from one of these recipes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if any of the instructions seem confusing.

While you eat, talk about your plan for the day. Ask your family to help you prepare a backpack with things you’ll need. We suggest bringing:

🍫 Plenty of snacks like granola bars
💧 A water bottle
🧢 A hat

If you have time before heading to lunch, play at the playground at Gabriel Park. Maybe pay a visit to the PDX Minifig Exchange or Robot Alley.

Two little girls sit inside a space capsule at OMSI in Southeast Portland.

You’ll find out-of-this-world fun at OMSI.


Photo via OMSI


For lunch, head to Grassa for rigatoni or some slurp-worthy spaghetti. After you’ve filled your belly, spend the afternoon exploring OMSI. What are you looking forward to most? Exploring the universe in the Kendall Planetarium? Or using the forces in the Physics Lab?


Wrap up the day with a family dinner. Head to one of our local farmers markets to pick out foods you can make together. Over dinner, talk about everything you did today. Ask questions like:
  • What was something new you learned?
  • What was something funny that happened?
  • What would we do differently if we did that again?
  • What do you definitely want to do again? (And again and again…)
Grown-ups — send us more family-friendly recommendations and we may just feature them in an upcoming newsletter.
Friday, Sept. 29
  • Portland’s Oktoberfest | Friday, Sept. 29 | 12-6 p.m. | Pine Street Market, 126 SW Second Ave., Portland | $25 | Get 12 taste tokens to sample German-style beers, plus enjoy food vendors and a full bar.
  • Fortune Feimster: Live Laugh Love! | Friday, Sept. 29 | 7 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | $29.50-$165 | Hilarity ensues whenever this actor/comedian/writer takes the stage.
  • Billy Strings | Friday, Sept. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Moda Center, 1 N. Center Court St., Portland | $39.50-$74.50 | Bluegrass feels bigger when this thrilling guitarist comes to town.
  • “Blues for an Alabama Sky” | Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 22 | Times vary | Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland | $40 | Visit the theater to watch this riveting play set in the transition period between the Harlem Renaissance and the Great Depression.
Saturday, Sept. 30
  • Marquam Nature Park Volunteer Ivy Pull Event | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Marquam Nature Park, Southwest Marquam Street, Portland | Roll up your sleeves and pull invasive ivy off of the park’s native trees.
  • 19th Annual Widmer Brothers Oktofest | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Rose Quarter, 1 N. Center Court St., Ste. 150, Portland | Free | Say prost and raise your glass to this long-running event that features brews, music, and food.
Sunday, Oct. 1
  • Intro to Repotting Houseplants | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 10-11 a.m. | Portland Nursery Division, 9000 SE Division St., Portland | Free | Could your fiddle-leaf fig use some new digs?
  • PDX Recovery Film Festival | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 3 p.m. | Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Ste. 203, Portland | $15 | See stories of hope that build awareness around addiction, mental health, and homelessness.
  • Fall Centerpiece Arrangement Class | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 3-5 p.m. | Farrar’s Bistro, 12514 NW 36th Ave., Vancouver | $75 | Create a beautiful focal point for your table to show off during the upcoming holiday season.
  • Portland Cocktail Week | Sunday, Oct. 1-Thursday, Oct. 5 | Times vary | Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St., Portland | $0-$250 | Bartenders looking to up their game can join this educational program filled with events and classes.
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News Notes
  • $63 million. That’s how much the Portland City Council approved yesterday to allocate toward solving homelessness. Of that funding, $21 million will go to shelter beds, $15.2 million will support behavioral health services, and various forms of rental assistance will receive $19.4 million. See the full breakdown. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • Good news, Thorns fans. Sophia Smith has resumed on-the-pitch training following a mild MCL strain she suffered a month ago. However, it’s still too early for her to return in this week’s home match against the San Diego Wave FC, Head Coach Mike Norris says. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Plan Ahead
  • The stars who once rocked Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live” are coming to town this winter. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will bring their comedy tour to the Schnitz on Jan. 12, and Moda Center’s Theater of the Clouds for two shows on Jan. 13. Find tickets now. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • Portland Fruit Tree Project aims to gobble up the competition on its way to making the “world’s largest charcuterie board” on Thursday, Oct. 26. The “CharFruitTree Board” will feature 500 ft of meat, cheese, fruit, and antipasto, while highlighting the nonprofit’s mission. Tickets are $35 and get you two plate-fulls.
  • Does your furry friend thrive in front of the camera? Submit their photo to Oregon Humane Society’s annual calendar contest. Categories include best dog, best cat, best “other pet,” and best “odd couple.” Entry requires a $10 donation, and $5 gets you five votes — prizes are given to the winners.
  • President Joe Biden recently issued a memorandum calling for “a sustained national effort to restore healthy and abundant native fish populations” in the Columbia River Basin. Although the waters between local tribes and dam advocates remain turbulent, new federal investment could help all parties work toward a solution. (OPB)
  • Oregon State Parks is preparing for an influx of visitors on Saturday, Oct. 14, when the annular eclipse, aka the “Ring of Fire,” will take place over Southern Oregon. Portland will only see a partial eclipse, so check this map to find a scenic spot to safely watch the totality. (KOIN)
Try This
  • Behind a painting, beneath The Arc Light in Oregon City, you’ll find The Hardware Store — a new speakeasy serving up delicious cocktails and small bites. Ask around for clues to how you get in (you might need a password) and enjoy the ambiance, nightly live music, and more.
  • What do you do about depression that just won’t go away? For some, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be life-changing. This efficacious, non-invasive treatment (offered here in Portland at Active Path Mental Health), uses pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate the brain’s prefrontal cortex. Explore more about how it works.*
  • Borrow from your home — not the bank. Your home value could go down anytime; borrow now while it’s high. Calculate your payment.*
👟 It’s not a sprint...
A runner poses with double peace signs as she crosses the Broadway Bridge during the Portland Marathon.
Just smile through the pain. | Photo via Portland Marathon
The journey of 26.2 miles begins with a single step this Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Portland Marathon. Whether you’ve been training for months or are just looking to avoid the traffic, here are some things to know.
  • Start time: 7 a.m. for the marathon, 7:15 a.m. for the half-marathon.
  • Start location: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1000 SW Naito Pkwy.
  • Changes have been made to this year’s course to include more neighborhoods.
Periodic bridge and street closures will affect riders on the MAX and TriMet’s buses. Find more important traffic and parking information. Cheering on a friend or family member? Track the athletes with this interactive tool (you’ll need their bib number or last name).

Current weather forecasts predict 70° and sun. Fun fact: Historically, the chance of rain on race day is 25%.
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