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49º | Showers | 84% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:50 a.m. | Sunset 4:40 p.m.

 
✌️So happy two-gether
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The entire PDXtoday team: Cambrie and Ben (left and right) with sales executive Alaina. | Photo by PDXtoday
PDXtoday has officially made two trips around the sun — you would never know it with today’s weather. To celebrate the newsletter’s second birthday, your dynamic duo of city editors Ben and Cambrie gave their two cents on the following questions.

What are two Portland restaurants so good that you’ve gone back twice?

Ben: It’s got to be PDX Sliders for their delicious Hawthorne burger and Burlington loaded fries. And I’ll never get enough of the white curry with brisket burnt-ends at Eem.

Cambrie: If they were still around, I would have said Meriwether’s and The Secret Society; these days, I’m digging Tangier and The Sapphire Hotel.

You have a pair of tickets to watch your favorite band anywhere in the city. Who do you see and where?

Ben: Funnily enough, I’m going to see Bombay Bicycle Club at Revolution Hall next May. A small venue with big sound — that’s got to be close to the top of my list.

Cambrie: I’m definitely seeing Above & Beyond at Mississippi Studios.

You’re trying to entertain a 2-year-old — what do you do?

Ben: Kowabunga Indoor Playspace is designed for parents to be able to sit back while their babies and toddlers have fun without the worry of getting lost or hurt by bigger kids. Drop-ins are available too.

Cambrie: Hands down, the Oregon Zoo. We’ll both get to look at amazing animals — everyone wins.

Who are two people you think readers should tell about PDXtoday?

Ben: [Insert family member here] who thinks Portland is an apocalyptic nightmare. Oh, and the chatty cashier at New Seasons (you know the one).

Cambrie: Your uncle who assumes Portland is a wasted land of lawlessness and your bestie who lives far away so you can entice them to fly out for some long weekend visits.

Tell us two things about Portland you couldn’t live without.

Ben: How you can always feel the changing of the seasons in the air. Oh, and all the breweries.

Cambrie: The fact that the “great outdoors” is right at our doorstep and the incredibly inclusive community that embraces individuality.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • One Page Wednesday | Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 7-9 p.m. | Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St., Portland | Free | Listen to writers share one page of a work-in-progress, or sign up to read your own.
Thursday, Dec. 7
  • December First Thursday with Artist Marci Marsden | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 5-8 p.m. | The Writers’ Block, 818 NW Flanders Ave., Portland | Free | Stop by to appreciate paintings inspired by grief and other aspects of life that also represent the progress of healing and inner peace.
  • The Velodrome feat. PARTY STORE | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | Kickstand Comedy, 1006 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland | $5-$10 | Expect the unexpected at Portland’s longest-running indie improv comedy show.
Friday, Dec. 8
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks | Friday, Dec. 8 | 7 p.m. | Moda Center, 1 N. Center Court St., Portland | $8+ | Take hold of the reins, Rip City, this Western Conference showdown will be one to remember.
Saturday, Dec. 9
  • ScanFair | Saturday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Dec. 10 | Times vary | Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland | $0-$12 | Hop in your sleigh and head over to this celebration of Nordic holiday traditions, where you’ll encounter food, entertainment, vendors selling gifts, a scavenger hunt, and more.
  • Rose City Sneakerfest | Saturday, Dec. 9 | 12-6 p.m. | The Leftbank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St., Portland | $7.50-$15 | The event that speaks to the heart and sole of Portland’s sneaker community is back for one day.
  • Pickle and Pinot: A Pickleball Event with Soter Vineyards | Saturday, Dec. 9 | 1-4 p.m. | Grounded Body, 17405 NW Panther Creek Rd., Carlton | $60 | If you can’t take the heat, then get out of the kitchen — and get to sippin’.
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Don’t let this happen to you. | Photo provided by Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking
It’s the most wonderful time of year — for home safety inspections, that is. Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking wants to help Portlanders get their homes ready for winter storms + mitigate potential damage.

During their free Winter Safety Inspection, techs will check your existing fence, deck, or patio cover to help determine if repairs or replacement is necessary or suggested this year. Making sure posts are sturdy and the deck or covers are safe can mean the difference between full replacement and an insurance headache, which nobody wants around the holidays, and a little cleanup.

Bonus: Projects + repairs scheduled this winter are $500 off now through January 31, 2024.
 
News Notes
 
Feel Good
  • Looking for a reminder of the good in Portland? Well, you’re already reading the right newsletter, but Portland Monthly asked 10 people — some who live here and others who visit often for business — what they really think about the Rose City. Take a look at their answers. (Portland Monthly)
Portlander
  • There’s one more eastern black rhino in the world. Care staff at the Oregon Zoo said 11-year-old first time mom, Jozi, is “doing a great job” taking care of her new, unnamed baby. The pair are off view and staff are monitoring from a distance to allow the two time to bond behind the scenes.
Biz
  • Three European companies in the alternative energy space are reportedly interested in expanding their manufacturing operations to Portland. Monique Claiborne, CEO of Greater Portland Inc, met with representatives of these organizations during a trip to Belgium and Spain that was paid for by the EU. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Drink
  • Fans of locally made spirits can now visit Hood River Distillers’ new “Tasting Outpost” inside Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland. From 1 to 7 p.m., guests can taste a wide range of its popular brands, including Timberline Vodka and Clear Creek Distillery’s fruit liqueurs and brandies, in an outdoorsy setting. (Willamette Week)
Number
  • 5 or 6. According to one survey, that’s the age range that most Oregonians stop believing in Santa... hold on, he’s not real? Kidding aside, if you’re still looking for Saint Nick, here’s where you can find him around Portland. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live + PDX Parent)
Pets
  • When cases of a new canine respiratory disease surfaced in Portland and the Willamette Valley recently, dog owners had many concerns. Dr. Stephen Kochis, the Oregon Humane Society’s chief medical officer, answered some frequently asked questions, like “Is it safe to adopt a dog from OHS right now?” The answer is yes. (OPB)
Closing
  • Crush, a destination bar for craft cocktails and the LGBTQ+ community since 2001, will close following a New Year’s Eve drag show. The Instagram announcement encouraged people to stop by to “help us get through December so we can go out on a high note.” (Eater Portland)
Shop
  • Health.com called this vibrator the “Rolls Royce Of Sex Toys” — and it’s also clinically proven to improve arousal and alleviate dryness. Get it for 30% off ahead of the holidays.*
Finance
  • There’s cash back, and then there’s unlimited 1.5% cash back. This card has that, plus a $200 bonus and 0% intro APR until 2025. (Oh, and did we mention the annual fee? No — because there isn’t one.) Learn more + apply.*
 
 
Holiday
 
Don’t miss these shipping deadlines
Four presents outside a front door.
Snail mail may be faster than Santa. | Photo by Element5 Digital via Pexels
Get wrapping. It’s time to send your holiday presents. Don’t forget — Hanukkah is Dec. 7-15 and Kwanzaa is Dec. 26-Jan. 1 — so plan to ship ASAP.

Have Christmas packages that must arrive before Dec. 25? We’ve got when and where to ship them.

FedEx deadlines

  • Wednesday, Dec. 13 | Ground economy
  • Friday, Dec. 15 | 5-Day shipping
  • Monday, Dec. 18 | 4-Day shipping
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 | 3-Day shipping (ground) + express saver
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 | 3-Day shipping (home) + 2-Day shipping (ground)
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 | 2-Day shipping (home) + 1-day shipping (ground)
  • Friday, Dec. 22 | 1-Day home delivery + same day
Find your nearest FedEx.

United States Postal Service deadlines

  • Saturday, Dec. 16 | USPS Ground Advantage + First-Class Mail
  • Monday, Dec. 18 | Priority Mail
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 | Priority Mail Express
Find your nearest post office.

Last year, Amazon delivered more packages to homes than both UPS + FedEx. If you’re looking for last-minute gifts, check out our Editors’ Picks.
 
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From the editor
This atmospheric river is absolutely drenching us and officials have instituted an urban flood advisory. It only takes a few minutes to clear the storm drains near your house of leaves and other debris, but it could save you the headache of a really big puddle.
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