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Grab your paddles and get ready to game
A shot from above shows nine blue pickleball courts at Jumbo's Pickleball. The 27,000-sqft space is lit indirectly for optimal playing conditions.
Before Jumbo’s Pickleball, the space was home to an indoor soccer facility. | Photo by Ben McBee, PDXtoday
Year-round options to play America’s fastest growing sport in Portland are, well, growing. The newest facility, by name and by impact, is big. Introducing Jumbo’s Pickleball, which opens tomorrow just off of Highway 26 in Beaverton.

It’s the “first indoor multi-court gym fully dedicated to pickleball on the west side of town” and a boon for players who hesitate to commute over the river to The People’s Courts.

“Something special has taken root with pickleball — it’s social, really easy to learn, accessible to audiences of all age ranges and skill levels, and a great workout,” said Roshan Fernando, co-owner of Jumbo’s Pickleball. “We’re really excited to be a part of this pickleball community.” The business is named in honor of Roshan’s father, whose nickname growing up in Sri Lanka was Jumbo.

Roshan Fernando and Bryan Wieden, co-owners of Jumbo's Pickleball, stand on a blue court with nets in the background.

Co-owners Roshan Fernando and Bryan Wieden have been friends and business partners for 10+ years.

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Photo by Ben McBee, PDXtoday

The nine true-bounce courts are of the quality used in major tournaments, with state-of-the-art indirect lighting, plus a lounge with snacks and beverages and a pro shop with a demo court to test any equipment before you buy.

Members and non-members ($9.99 a person per hour for a minimum of two hours) can make reservations to play via the app or website. Guests are required to wear official, non-marking court shoes — that means no running or cross-training shoes. If you’re new to the game, there is also a limited selection of shoes, paddles, and balls that staff can help you rent.

A group of people play pickleball at Jumbo's Pickleball.

With a free score-tracking service, you can establish your level and play with similarly skilled players.

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Photo by Ben McBee, PDXtoday

“We have a great team in place to welcome pickleball players of all skill levels,” said Nichole Klaes, Jumbo’s operations director. “Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been playing for years, we have a variety of hosted play options, games and lessons and clinics for everyone as they continue their pickleball journey.”

Jumbo’s Pickleball will be open seven days a week, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
 
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Events
 
Thursday, Feb. 22
  • A Celebration of Homeownership | Thursday, Feb. 22 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Redd on Salmon Street, 831 SE Salmon St., Portland | $50 | Join Portland Housing Center in spotlighting efforts to support 100 first-time homebuyers through the city’s Preference Policy; the night will feature hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a guest speaker.
  • Blackstar Symphony: The Music of David Bowie with John Cameron Mitchell | Thursday, Feb. 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | $25-$85 | This is Major Tom to Ground Control, I’m heading to the show, and you’ll have a very fun time there, I know.
Friday, Feb. 23
  • Songwriter Soiree 126 | Friday, Feb. 23 | 6-11 p.m. | The Village Ballroom, 704 NE Dekum St., Portland | $15 | The theme for this edition of “Portland’s longest-running open mic for original music” is connection.
  • Paint & Laugh | Friday, Feb. 23 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Erath Winery Tasting Room, 1439 NW Marshall St., Portland | $25 | We’ll leave it up to you if there’s more painting or laughing, but you can bet there will be wine.
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets | Friday, Feb. 23 | 7 p.m. | Moda Center, 1 N. Center Court St., Portland | $19+ | Let’s see if Rip City can add a bit of shine to the season coming off the All-Star Break.
Saturday, Feb. 24
  • Portland Polar Plunge | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 9 a.m. | Willamette Park Boat Ramps, 6500 S. Macadam Ave., Portland | Free | Take a dip in the frigid water or run a 5K to raise funds for Special Olympics Oregon; participants must raise at least $50, or $100 for both events.
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News Notes
 
Real Estate
  • As far as midcentury homes go, this “treehouse” in the Hillsdale neighborhood leaves no question as to its appeal — just look at those picture windows. You’ll find plenty of wood on the interior as well, from the oak floors to the cedar tongue-and-groove cladding. It’s also the property’s first-ever sale. (Portland Monthly)
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Biz
  • On Running, an apparel brand born in the Swiss Alps, will open its largest retail space in the US on Northwest 23rd Avenue. The 3,400-sqft store expands the company’s presence in Portland, where 500 employees already work at its office and research/development hub in the Pearl District. (Portland Business Journal)
Asked
  • How bad is this Trail Blazers season? Well, tickets are as low as $2 — but the silver lining is that cheap prices actually make games more accessible. As for the basketball, how much worse can it get? That’s the question these two longtime fans took a crack at. (Willamette Week)
Legacy
  • Bob’s Red Mill will hold a public celebration of life for its founder, Bob Moore, who recently died at his Milwaukie home at the age of 94. The ceremony will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at the company’s Whole Grain Store. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Sports
  • The College Football Playoff has approved a “5+7" format, which will offer five bids to the highest-ranked conference champions, with the remaining seven at-large spots given to the committee’s highest-ranked remaining teams. Hear how this should benefit the Oregon Ducks on Locked On’s daily podcast.
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    Today Is
     
    National Margarita Day, so raise your glass
    Five differnt colored margaritas, ranging in color from dark red to pink, orange, yellow, and light green, sit on a table at Todo in Southeast Portland. All are garnished with a lime wedge.
    Which color is catching your eye? | Photo via Todo
    Tequila, triple sec, lime juice. Enjoying a margarita is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and on Feb. 22 we get an entire day devoted to it — National Margarita Day is here.

    Here are some of our picks in Portland.

    Todo, 1935 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
    All day long you can enjoy $7 margaritas in a variety of flavors, from classic to strawberry, prickly pear, mango, and passionfruit.

    Tope, 15 NW Fourth Ave.
    Look for a break in the rain and head to The Hoxton’s rooftop bar/restaurant — if it’s chilly, the spicy margarita (with Ancho Reyes chili liqueur) will warm you up. The PNW margarita is also a tasty marionberry version.

    Blank Slate, 7201 NE Glisan St., Ste. C
    Have a happier hour with $9 agave margs at this trendy Montavilla spot.

    Matador, 1438 NW 23rd Ave.
    Does a pineapple-habanero margarita tickle your fancy? It’s yours for $11.50.
     
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    Oregon has its fair share of roadside oddities, from Enchanted Forest to Portland’s Weather Machine. I’ve seen all of these quirky quick-stops except for The Shoe Tree in Mitchell, although there was one like it in Redmond that I used to drive by. Hopefully it’s still standing.
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