Plus: Summertime fun on Mount Hood.
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Portland 🤝 Paris Olympics
The Olympic rings outside a white stone building in Paris.
The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will collectively be the biggest event ever organized in France.|Photo by 6AM City
Light the torch and cue that iconic Olympics theme song — we’re ready for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics happening Friday, July 26 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

At this summer’s Olympic Games, approximately 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees will compete across 32 sports — including some new ones. Since we’re all about keeping it local, we’ve rounded up seven Paris 2024 Olympians with ties to Portland who you should keep your eye on. Let the Games begin.

Ryan Crouser, Track & Field

Born in Portland and raised in Boring, OR, Ryan Crouser absolutely dominates the sport of shot put. The world-record holder will attempt to defend his gold medal titles at his third straight Olympic Games — if successful, he’ll be the first man to win three Olympic gold medals in shot put. Fun fact: Crouser hails from a long line of throwers. His dad, Mitch Crouser, was an alternate on the 1984 Olympic discus team and his uncles and cousins are also shot put, discus, and javelin athletes.

Magda Skarbonkiewicz, Fencing

At 18 years old, Portland native Magda Skarbonkiewicz is the youngest member of Team USA’s Women’s Saber squad. She’s been fencing since the age of 6, training at Oregon Fencing Alliance under the instruction of her coach and dad (a former US National Saber Champion), and won gold at the Pan American Games last fall.

Sophia Smith + Sam Coffey, Soccer

The 2024 Summer Games will mark Portland Thorns forward Sophia Smith’s Olympic debut, but she’s no stranger to the world stage: she played in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and was the 2022 NWSL Most Valuable Player. Fellow Thorns player Sam Coffey will also make her first Olympic appearance for Team USA.
True or false: In the Ancient Olympic Games, all athletes competed naked.
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Wednesday, July 10
  • Music on Main: LaRhonda Steele Family Band | Wednesday, July 10 | 5-7 p.m. | Southwest Main Street between Southwest Broadway and Park Avenue, Portland | Free | The Oregon Music Hall of Fame group demonstrates their soulful style fresh off the Waterfront Blues Festival.
  • Duckworth Summer Wednesdays | Wednesday, July 10 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Kevin J. Duckworth Memorial Dock, Eastbank Esplanade, Portland | Free | Cool off by cannonballing into “the best swimming hole in Portland’s central city” and listening to a setlist by Bike DJ PopCartPDX.
Thursday, July 11
  • Free First Thursday | Thursday, July 11 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland | Free | Rescheduled in light of last week’s holiday, this month’s event is better dubbed “Free Second Thursday.”
Friday, July 12
  • Oregon Potters Association Summer Pottery Sale | Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St., Portland | Free entry | Find a special new vessel to contain your prized plant at this gathering of 45+ local ceramic artists selling their hand-crafted works of art.
  • Portland Night Market | Friday, July 12-Saturday, July 13 | 4-11 p.m. | 100 SE Alder St., Portland | Free | Emerge from your heat-induced hermitage with a stroll through this warehouse where 175+ local vendors will sling food, drinks, and unique wares.
Saturday, July 13
  • Pittock Mansion Architecture Tour | Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July 21 | Times vary | Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland | $20.50-$23 | Explore the iconic French Renaissance-style château nestled in Portland’s West Hills and glean new insights into its origins.
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News Notes
  • Ox Restaurant reopens today, July 10, more than three months after a fire damaged its wood-fired hearth and custom grill. The James Beard Award-winning Argentinian restaurant will also unveil a few upgrades made during the closure, including re-tiled bathrooms and re-finished floors. (Portland Business Journal + Portland Monthly)
  • When DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital opened in 1973, it was the country’s first emergency animal hospital. Now the hospital is expanding, building a new specialty care facility (think radiology, MRI imaging, and surgery) across from its flagship clinic in Slabtown. The new building will open in phases beginning in November. (Portland Business Journal)
  • Portland General Electric customers, have you noticed anything unusual about your thermostat this week? If you’re enrolled in PGE’s Smart Thermostat program, the company can override your regular settings when energy demand is high to reduce strain on the grid. Residents can take back control, but doing so may impact rebate eligibility. (KOIN)
  • The annual “Naked Goddess Swim” returns on Saturday, July 20 to Fire Station Dock #21 (off of the Eastbank Esplanade). The “female-centric” skinny dip, which raises funds for the Human Access Project, starts at 9 p.m. Bring glow-in-the-dark accessories, a robe, your birthday suit, and a floaty. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • The Houston Blacklight, located a stone’s throw from Ladd’s Addition on Southeast Clinton Street, is among the “11 Best New Bars in the U.S.,” according to Bon Appétit. Restaurant editor Elazar Sontag praised the bar’s “quirky and upbeat” beverage program and its “psychedelic more-is-more vibe.” Try the Desperado. (KGW)
Try This
  • Deni Avdija has entered the building. And by building, we mean Portland. The Trail Blazers traded Malcolm Brogdon (and additional future picks) for the 6-ft-9 Israeli forward, who described the move as “an honor.” What does it all mean for Rip City? Listen to Locked On for one expert’s opinion. (KOIN)
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
🏔️ Summer on the mountain
A crowd of people face a small outdoor stage in the mountains on a summer day.
Enjoy music, brews, and a bike race while raising money for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Timberline Daydream on Sunday, Sept. 1.|Photo by @timberlinelodge
The slopes on Mount Hood have largely shed their white winter cloaks and chair lifts are transporting folks wearing shorts instead of heavy snow gear. Here are some things to do at the area’s various resorts while the mountain is green.

Mt. Hood Meadows
  • Summer Music Series | Friday, July 5-Sunday, Sept. 1 | Listen to free shows by local artists on the deck
  • Hiking trails | Check trails for conditions + closures | Pick your difficulty level and distance and explore the southeastern face of Mount Hood; learn about wildcrafting and mushroom hunting on select dates
  • Summer Brew Fest | Saturday, Aug. 24 | Savor craft beers made by PNW brewers, hit a buffet table, and listen to live music while surrounded by unmatched views
Mt. Hood Skibowl
  • Mt. Hood Adventure Park | Wednesday, July 10-Monday, Sept. 2 | Race go-karts, speed down the Alpine Slide, disc golf with mountain views, ride the chair lift, take a waterfall tour, and more
The Buy
Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set, so you can enjoy soft, luxurious sheets that also keep you cool. How you know they’re good: The sheets were featured on Oprah’s 2018 Favorite Things list.
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I wrote most of this newsletter from the window seat at Bipartisan Cafe in the Montavilla neighborhood. They had my attention when I saw Tanglewood chai on the menu — and the extensive selection of pies made in-house sealed the deal.
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