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Sunrise 6:47 a.m. | Sunset 7:40 p.m.
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🎶 I want to fix my bicycle, I want to fix my bike
Portlanders wearing bright rain gear riding their bikes down Southwest Naito Parkway.
Rain won’t keep Portlanders off their bikes — and neither will easy-fix problems like a busted chain or flat tire. | Photo via @pbotinfo
Summer is speeding our way and if all that’s keeping you from enjoying bike rides in the sun is a busted chain or a flat tire, then this is your sign to do something about it.

Fixing a bike doesn’t have to be difficult, especially with the resources available in Portland. There are several organizations that will teach you the know-how and lingo to make repairs with confidence — and if DIY is really not your thing, there are many service shops that can take care of your two-wheeler.

Get your hands dirty

Community Cycling Center
This nonprofit has a bevy of programs aimed at helping all Portlanders regardless of their background enjoy the freedom and health benefits of biking. They do so by offering a do-it-yourself space equipped with tools, plus a wide range of classes, from basic bike anatomy to hydraulic brakes.

Portland Bureau of Transportation
Even if your prior experience is zilch, bike workshops and fairs hosted by the city are a great way to get your feet wet (or back on the pedals). The next session will be offered April 17 in partnership with bike works by p:ear.

Bike Farm
Volunteers at this cooperative are on-site to lend their knowledge if you ever hit a roadblock in your repairs; use of the shop is $5 per hour for non-members.

Let the pros handle it

Abraham Fixes Bikes
If you’re looking to avoid getting up-sold on parts and add-ons, try this one-stop shop with dependable customer service for your maintenance needs.

Cycle Portland
On top of offering tours of the Rose City and bike rentals, this shop also provides tune-ups, from your gears to your handlebars.

River City Bicycles
Bring your trusty steed in for a free, in-person repair inspection that will tell you what is needed; if an on-the-spot fix isn’t possible, they’ll book you a service appointment down the road.
 
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How often do you ride a bike?
A) Every day
B) Once or twice a week
C) Once or twice a month
D) Once or twice a year
E) Never
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, April 2
  • Two-Step Tuesday with Dance Lesson and Best Intentions | Tuesday, April 2 | 7:30 p.m. | The Showdown, 1195 SE Powell Blvd., Portland | $10 | Pick up some new moves and then put them to practice with the music of a live band.
  • Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival | Tuesday, April 2-Sunday, May 5 | Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn | $15-$65 | One of the region’s most anticipated spring events has burst into bloom with over 1 million tulips transforming 40 acres of farmland into a sea of color.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Harry Potter Trivia | Wednesday, April 3 | 7-9 p.m. | Arbor Beer Lodge, 6550 N. Interstate Ave., Portland | $5 | Show off your magical knowledge with 60 questions based solely on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and horcrux your competition.
Thursday, April 4
  • 2024 Oregon Beer Awards | Thursday, April 4 | 6 p.m. | Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Ste. 110, Portland | $26 | Celebrate the best in brew from around our state.
Friday, April 5
  • Hortlandia Garden Festival | Friday, April 5-Saturday, April 6 | Times vary | Westside Commons Wingspan Event Center, 801 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro | $5-$25 | If January’s ice storm left you with some empty spaces in your yard, get it back to its verdant best by shopping this plant sale with 70+ vendors.
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This slam poetry competition elevates young voices
A student competing at the 2023 Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship.
Celebrate Portland’s youth poets during Literary Arts’ annual Verselandia!. | Photo by Shawnte Sims
Experience the electrifying energy of spoken word during the Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship, happening Thursday, April 25 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Inspiration is inevitable as the next generation of creative voices vie for the title of Grand Slam Champion (and cash prizes).

The 12th annual event, presented by community-based nonprofit Literary Arts, showcases top poetry performers from local high schools. Students from Portland and east Multnomah County public high schools won individual school slams to secure their spot in the championship.

Verselandia! was founded in 2012, in collaboration with Nancy Sullivan, a teacher + librarian at McDaniel High School, to give students new opportunities to express their emotions through slam poetry. The event has given young, powerful voices a stage ever since.

Anyone who enjoys slam poetry is invited to attend the event. More than 1,000 attendees are expected, so don’t wait to reserve your spot.
 
News Notes
 
Health
  • On the evening of the deadline, Legacy Health and Regence agreed on a new insurance reimbursement plan for their 200,000 patients, ensuring Oregonians will not have to look for new providers or pay out-of-network costs. The organizations also assured there will be no disruption to care. (KGW)
Outdoors
  • Set your garden up for success with Free Compost Days, April 20-22, at Sunderland Yard. The nutrient-rich material is made from the 5,000+ tons of leaves collected in the fall through the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Leaf Day program.
Sports
  • In what seemed like a premature April Fools’ joke, the 3-point lines on the court during the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Moda Center were different lengths. Coaches were aware of the problem and decided to just play, instead of delaying the games and unsettling their teams’ focus. (KGW)
Civic
  • Portland City Commissioner Carmen Rubio is leading an effort to review and update the city’s odor complaint policy after Vietnamese restaurant Pho Gabo closed its doors due to pressure from neighbors. With impacts disproportionately falling on BIPOC-owned businesses, Rubio said, “a more fair, practical, and equitable approach” is needed. (Eater Portland)
Biz
  • Bucking the trend, Ben Bridge Jeweler plans to renovate its Fifth Avenue store, increasing its downtown footprint. No timeline has been established, but leadership expects to reopen in the more than 4,000-sqft space ahead of the 2025 holiday season. A temporary location will open down the street during construction. (Portland Business Journal)
Sports
  • Dan Lanning’s staff just took a hit with the expected departure of running backs coach Carlos Locklyn, who is leaving for Big Ten rivals Ohio State. Now what? Locked On Ducks takes a look at potential replacements.
    Wellness
    • Having an experienced therapist like Josh Wilson on hand can help Portlanders improve their communication, resolve conflicts, and improve their family dynamics. Josh specializes in family + couples therapy and has experience working with different relationship types (think: ethical non-monogamy). Book a session or a free 15-minute consultation today.*
    Concert
    • You’re invited to an intimate evening with beloved Americana singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone live in Seabrook on Saturday, May 4. Seabrook Town Hall will host the show, followed by a special meet and greet. Tickets are $25. Pro tip: Use the code “Sera10” to book a weekend stay and enjoy 10% off plus two tickets to the show.*
     
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    ☀️ A so-so solar eclipse
    A partial solar eclipse happening behind cloud cover.
    While not as dramatic as a “ring of fire,” partial solar eclipses are still incredible to behold. | Photo by W.carter
    Are you feeling a little insulted, nay, outraged, that Portland is being passed over by the 2024 total solar eclipse tour? Yeah, we are too.

    Putting this cosmic affront and our FOMO aside for a moment... On Monday, April 8, North America will be the site of a second total solar eclipse in almost seven years (at least we were center stage for 2017) with the next one not occurring until 2045.

    Although the PNW is far outside the path of totality, Portland will still experience 22.25% of obscuration, starting at 10:33 a.m., peaking at 11:25 a.m., and ending at 12:19 p.m. Let’s just hope clouds don’t crash our consolation party. Make sure you’re prepared if you do catch a glimpse with these certified-safe solar eclipse glasses.
     
    The Buy
     
    Pvolve’s signature equipment bundle — the low impact, clinically-backed exercise method is a great way to work out from home, and the bundle helps you get started. It comes with a month of free classes and includes (bonus) some of Jennifer Aniston’s favorite pieces of equipment.
     
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    The Wrap
     
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    From the editor
    Have you ever tried to get out of a parking ticket? Well, Willamette Week dug up a nearly 15-year-old article with the excuses Portlanders have tried to avoid paying the fine, including wisdom teeth and an upset tummy. Even Sen. Ron Wyden caught some stray blame.
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