Water Birds in the Fall

Since you’ll find a lot of surface water around Portland, one of the unexpected pleasures in the fall is seeing how many water birds frequent the area. In addition to plethoras of ducks and Canada Geese, you’ll also find the occasional Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

2018 NW Film Festival – Great Movies for Cool Nights

NW Film Festival – October 31 – Nov. 5 – (10-minute walk)

Location: Portland Art Museum – Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave.

When: Click on the link above for show times.

What: The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is the Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by leading regional filmmakers. This annual touchstone event brings artists and audiences together for a community celebration including current northwest film exhibition, and Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit. Annually, Northwest Fest draws more than 400 entries from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Opening night on Oct. 31 includes a Halloween seance party. 
Getting there: from Pioneer Square, walk 0.3 miles to the Portland Art Museum.

Friends of Library Book Sale

Used Book Sale – Friends of Library – October 27 – 29 – (11-minute bus ride)

Location: Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel Exhibit Hall – 1000 NE Multnomah Street

When: Click on the link above for hours.

What: Used book sale with thousands of donated materials:
• Gently used books
• Audiovisual materials
• Sheet music, comics, pamphlets, and maps

Getting there: from Pioneer Courthouse Square, walk 409 feet to SW 6th & Alder, board the #8 Jackson Park / 15th to NE Dekum and get off at NE Multnomah & 9th. Walk 585 feet to the hotel. 11-minute bus ride. Alternative: board the Max Green Line to Clackamas Town Center, get off at NE 7th Ave Max Station and walk 785 feet to the hotel. 12-minute train ride.

Halloween Boo Cruise on Spirit of Portland

Halloween Boo Cruise – October 27 – (6-minute train ride or 15-minute walk)

Location: Spirit of Portland at Salmon Street Springs, 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

When: 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
What: As you glide smoothly down the Willamette River, you’ll enjoy live music, three bars, bistro food for sale, and a costume contest aboard the Portland Spirit. departing from 
Getting there: Walk 3/4ths of a mile to SW Salmon & Naito Parkway. Alternative: from Pioneer Square, catch the Max Blue Line to Gresham, get off at Skidmore Foundation Max Station and walk 652 feet.

Apple Tasting – Fall Fun An Easy Ride from Downtown

Apple Tasting – October 12 – 14 and 19 – 21 – (19-minute bus ride)

Location: Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark

When: Click on the link above for hours.

What: Taste and buy 60 kinds of apples and pears, see scarecrows, watch cider making, hear live music, and visit a kids’ tent at the Apple Tasting.

Getting there: walk 965 feet to SW Salmon & 5th, catch the #15 bus – Belmont/NW 23rd to Gateway Transit Center, get off at SW Belmont and 49th and walk 1/4 mile.

Australian Dance “Humans” Show

Australian Cirque Show – October 11 – 13 – (10-minute walk)

Location: Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway

When: 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm (check website for specific times).

What: In their newest work “Humans,” 10 acrobats take us on a journey of what it means to be human. They show incredible strength and integrity as they connect each moment seamlessly in a thrilling heart-stopping performance.
Tickets: $15 to $32
Getting there: from Pioneer Square walk 0.3 miles to the Newmark Theatre.

Photographer’s Corner: Fall Heating Up … Fire in the Trees

You can walk some streets in Portland and every tree is still green. In other areas — no doubt with a different variety of tree — colors are blazing. I was at Zupan’s market on Burnside Sunday evening when I spotted a pile of pumpkins out front, then looked up and saw trees filled with fiery red leaves. I can’t say for sure, but the pumpkin pile must have had a hypnotic effect on me because I spotted an end display with seasonal beers and couldn’t resist a bottle of Elysian Imperial Great Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin taste was amazing. The only thing better would be a piece of pumpkin pie.

Meet the Producers – Portland Art Museum Talks

Meet TV & film producers – October 9 – 30 – (10-minute walk)

Location: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park
When: 7 p.m.
What: Hear talks by local people producing TV shows, documentaries, music videos, commercials, animation, visual effects, short films, and even augmented reality at Meet the Producers: The View From Here on four weekday evenings at the Portland Art Museum.
Getting there: from Pioneer Square, walk 0.3 miles to the Portland Art Museum.

Photographer’s Corner: Slipping Off Your Shoes

This Smart Car was parked close to the offices of Living Room Realty, near 16th Avenue in Portland’s Pearl District, in one of its usual parking spaces. What was different was the pair of high heels on the roof. They didn’t appear to be glued on, just carefully placed as if someone walked onto the roof, stepped out of them and kept going. Someone has a sense of humor. Keep Portland Weird!