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February 2010 Blog Posts (14)

Portland Blog - This Week in Portland, Feb 27- Mar 6

Hello, fellow Portlanders. It's another great weekend in Portland with several big events: the Portland jazz festival is still underway through tomorrow, and this weekend we also have the Portland Spring and Garden show for more gardening ideas and inspiration. For something a little more unusual, check the Haiku contest (see details below to enter or vote for one of our members) or even head down to the… Continue

Added by Lorri E. on February 27, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

I wanted to include a video I made recently about roses. I hope you enjoy it, more will be following.

I have always been fascinated by roses, such a combination of beauty and thorns. And it only gets worse the more I find out... Read Full…

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Added by Hank Delison on February 25, 2010 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

Portland Blog - This Week in Portland, Feb 20 - 27, 2010

Hello, Portlanders. I hope you had a great week in Portland and enjoyed all our moments of sunshine, spring flowers...and even flowering trees! While driving downtown, I saw a pink haze out of the corner of my eye, and looked over and saw the pink cherry trees were blooming already. Already!! I know there are fears of another cold snap that might kill off all the pretty spring flowers, but for now I am enjoying them and hoping for the best.



Last night we went out to celebrate my… Continue

Added by Lorri E. on February 20, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Finally, our big move... Looking for some guidance!

Hello there! I'm Iris, one member of a group of twenty-somethings with a close, family-like dynamic who have finally decided to flee this midwest state we've come to be so discontent with for Oregon. We've gone over countless possibilities and keep coming back, so it must be a match!



Our ideal living situation is farming-based, so an area with lots of open space and good soil is key. We'd like to be close enough to the city to conveniently commute via train or bike, but far enough away… Continue

Added by Stephanie Lynch on February 19, 2010 at 10:06am — 2 Comments

FOOTPRINT

I am giddy with excitement and anticipation. John Patterson, Portland’s Mr. Sun Solar himself, stopped by the house and delivered a copy of his new book…

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Added by Ron "Mac" McDowell on February 16, 2010 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Moving in May

My husband and I and another friend of ours are all taking the leap of moving out of the Midwest and into Portland. I have only been there once, but that was all it took to know that I could definitely call this place home. We need a little guidance of the area however as far as neighborhoods, pricing, jobs, and any other fun and interesting facts that we may need to know before moving. I have done a good amount of research of the area, but it is always nice to get opinions and advice from…

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Added by Lindsay on February 15, 2010 at 12:29pm — 4 Comments

The Worm has turned

My wife is going to kill me! I’m not sure she’ll understand or appreciate that I just spent $250 for some worms. They’re not really very special worms, just everyday garden variety composting worms. Red Wigglers to be exact. At today’s prices, this should buy about 10 pounds of the little buggers. I’m not going fishing I’m buying them because Red Wiggler worms create the earth’s best natural fertilizer. Their poop is like gold if you’re into organic farming or gardening because worm…

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Added by Ron "Mac" McDowell on February 14, 2010 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Ronnimac, Solar Ambassador

This morning I spent a few hours with a bunch of strangers at SOLAR OREGON headquarters in Portland. This meeting was called by Karrie Hamilton, SO Volunteer Coordinator, to pull together a group of people that have an interest in seeing more solar energy in Oregon. Most everyone in the room was a member and several of us were volunteers, which was the whole point of the meeting. Karrie and Hadley…

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Added by Ron "Mac" McDowell on February 14, 2010 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Solarize Southwest Portland Campaign -- Kicks off

http://www.solarizesouthwestportland.org/

Clean electricity is on many people’s minds these days, at least here in the Willamette Valley it is. This week a third Solarize Portland project kicked off, this time in my own neighborhood.…

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Added by Ron "Mac" McDowell on February 14, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Portland Blog - This Week in Portland Feb 13-20, 2010

Hello, Portlanders. Wow, there are early signs of spring popping up all over Portland. I have crocus flowers blooming and my daffodils are already springing up. I am so excited and can't wait for the beauty that comes out in Portland every spring, especially the cherry blossom trees. I am already getting outside and enjoying the little moments of sunshine and taking hikes at Forest Park. If you're looking for some gardening inspiration, visit the Portland Yard, Garden and Patio show, on through… Continue

Added by Lorri E. on February 13, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Portland Blog: This Week in Portland February 6 - February 13

What weather we have had this last week! Spring is upon us, no matter what that groundhog said! The winter Daphne, Rhododendron and even my roses with new, sweet little buds will attest to our soon to be change of season. Can't wait!


Went on a fabulous hike to Forest Park (Upper Macleay) last weekend. It had been too long since I'd been there and it was a fantastic, soul refreshing hour. If you've never hiked any part of Forest Park, especially Upper and Lower…
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Added by Angela Higgins on February 6, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Going Green and Saving Resources

Looking for effective ways to save money on utility bills?

Where jobs and training in sustainability are posted?

How to go about to hiring an eco-friendly contractor?

Where to donate used building materials for a tax-donation?

Receive green home design ideas for little or no cash?

Where you can attend a free class to build a rain garden?

How to make your home elderly-friendly and wheelchair accessible?

Which local green programs and incentives are available to… Continue

Added by Valerie on February 4, 2010 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Cold Grey Dismal Sky

Grey cold dismal sky
Can you see the flower buds
Swelling with springs promise?

February is such a tough month. The end of the year holidays are long gone, the excitement of snow days has turned into the dread of one more messy commute to work...

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Added by Hank Delison on February 4, 2010 at 11:13am — No Comments

Hey Parents - get out and volunteer! Help small business in PDX, they are going under....

Score, America's Counselors to Small Business, seeks a mutually beneficial relationship with Portland area stay-at-home parents. Score needs volunteers, and you need something on your resume- why not join us 12 hours a month and help out local small businesses?



Score offers 3 months of flexible training practically at your leisure to learn about the organization and brush up on skills necessary to become a first rate volunteer. We counsel small business owners on everything from how… Continue

Added by Jenny Tibbets on February 1, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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