Plus: Blackberry Castle has a new owner.
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48º | Cloudy | 23% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:38 a.m. | Sunset 4:26 p.m.

🔪 Can you win the carving crown?
A person holds a jack-o'-lantern in their lap, carving out the top of the pumpkin.
Don’t forget that you can roast pumpkin seeds in the oven for a crunchy fall snack. | Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels
Carve some time into your schedule. We’ve got a festive contest for you to take part in this spooky season — the PDXtoday Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Whether you plan to carve a pumpkin this season or not, this is your excuse to run to the nearest pumpkin patch or garden store, pick out your perfect pumpkin, and get creative. Don’t forget the carving kit.

The rules + details:

Create your own pumpkin masterpiece; carve, paint, shave, use stickers, or get creative in a way that is fun for you.

To make a submission, take a picture of your pumpkin and submit it here, along with a name for your art, a short description, your name, and your email address. Submissions are open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

While traditional pumpkin carvings and designs will be accepted, bonus points will be awarded to original and locally-themed designs. (Think: local landmarks, businesses, and icons.) Any submissions with offensive language or artwork will not be accepted.

Finalists will be selected by our team and announced in our newsletter on Friday, Oct. 20. These finalists will go head-to-head for the chance to be crowned best jack-o’-lantern of 2023 — you, our readers, will be the ones to vote — and the winner will be announced on Friday, Oct. 27.

Want some pumpkin art inspo before you get started? Here are a few no-carve ideas as well as some pumpkin carving pro tips.
Don’t be a cheater, cheater pumpkin eater — show us your skills.
Monday, Oct. 2
  • Come Thru: Black & Indigenous Market | Monday, Oct. 2 | 3-7 p.m. | 831 SE Salmon St., Portland | Free | Shop for produce and goods at this incubator market supporting local Black and Indigenous farmers and makers.
  • Mahler’s First Symphony | Monday, Oct. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | $25-$128 | Treat your ears to this timeless classic in which the composer expresses his experience crossing a peaceful meadow, witnessing a funeral march, and quelling self-doubt.
  • Portland Latin American Film Festival | Monday, Oct. 2-Thursday, Nov. 30 | Times vary | The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland | $9-$14 | See a film or documentary from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Panama, or the US.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
  • Community Impact Week | Tuesday, Oct. 3-Saturday, Oct. 7 | 7 a.m.-5 p.m. | Locations vary | Free | Join Hands on Greater Portland in supporting local causes across Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark counties, from painting playgrounds to supporting donation drives.
  • Sword & Veil | Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 6-10 p.m. | The Victorian Belle Mansion, 1441 N. McClellan St., Portland | $20-$100 | Leave ordinary behind and immerse yourself into an evening of vintage jazz music, tarot readings, a fire ceremony, and unique food and cocktails from an award-winning chef.
  • Avenged Sevenfold: North American Tour with Falling In Reverse | Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Moda Center, 1 N. Center Court St., Portland | $35-$125 | For one night, this heavy metal band won’t be “So Far Away.”
Wednesday, Oct. 4
  • Shemanski Park Farmers Market | Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Southwest Park Avenue + Southwest Main Street, Portland | Free | Shop for fresh produce, flowers, and more as this market winds down for the year.
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News Notes
  • Portland City Council has approved the Climate Investment Plan — a five-year, community-driven road map that will allocate over $750 million toward programs that support climate justice and the city’s work to reach net zero by 2050. The money will come from the voter-approved Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund.
  • It’s out with La Niña, in with El Niño this winter. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest from December through February. We’re also expected to see drier-than-normal conditions. If you were hoping for a white Christmas, you might want to book a plane ticket.
  • Neka, the Oregon Zoo’s oldest African lion, died on Friday following a seizure. At 16 years of age, Neka outlived many wild members of her species. She was born at the Virginia Zoo, relocated to Portland in 2009, and had three cubs in 2013. (KOIN)
  • $2 million. That was the winning bid for Northwest Portland’s Blackberry Castle. The 6.4-acre property featuring a 13,000-sqft chateau was valued at $5 million but sold through a no-reserve auction. The new king of the castle — California real estate broker Rick Edler — says he doesn’t plan to flip it. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Plan Ahead
  • Are you building, buying, or remodeling your digs? Learn how to save money and make your place greener during Solar Oregon’s Go Zero! Zero Energy Home Tour. Snag a ticket to visit four different sites in Northeast Portland at your own pace on Saturday, Oct. 14, 1-5 p.m.
  • When the downtown Portland Ritz-Carlton opens its hotel lobby bar later this fall, guests will step through the front doors into a space bedecked with twinkling lights, dark forest tones, and a ceiling dripping with plants. Meadowrue will serve morning breakfast fare and light, Northwest-inspired plates and cocktails in the evening. (Eater Portland)
  • Special passages recently built at Bonneville Dam are helping thousands of eel-like fish valued by regional tribes migrate up the Columbia River in numbers that are slowly swimming back to historic levels. The US Army Corps of Engineers reported “about 170% higher returns of adult lamprey than the 10-year average.” (OPB)
Today Is
  • The second day of National Depression and Health Screening Month. Nearly one in 10 US adults live with depression, but talk therapy, medication, and other forms of treatment can make a life-changing difference. Reach out to the professionals at Active Path Mental Health to learn more.*
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