Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pumpkins, apples and hay rides--fall is here!

From fall decorations to pumpkins and apple cider, autumn is favorite season for many! One of fall’s best farm-to-table foods is the wide variety of apples available right here in the Northwest. Whether you want to pick a basket full of sweet apples for making applesauce for the winter, find the perfect pumpkin, or shop in the farm gift store, now is the time to explore all that fall has to offer.  

Take a visit to one of these favorites:

Established in 1869, this farm in Tualatin has been family owned and operated for seven generations. They have fresh produce and family fun all year long, featuring four different festivals. They have fresh homemade apple cider and pumpkin donuts for sale right in their country store that won’t disappoint. Activities include: hay rides, barrel wagon rides, a slide, hay mazes, farm animals to visit, and a giant bouncy pillow. On weekends they also have a five acre corn maze, pony rides, and pedal carts. 

Enjoy walking through a pictured corn maze, bouncing through mud in the famous cow trains, and finding the perfect pumpkin in the patch at this family farm in Woodburn. Other activities include: duck races, spider web, swings, pumpkin cannon, hay rides, and more. Fun for the whole family! Only 45 minutes from Portland. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September 25th-October 31st. 

A family owned farm for over 25 years, Oregon Heritage Farms offers 10 varieties of apples (Gravenstein, Honey Crisp, Jonagold Red and Granny Smith just to name a few). You will find pumpkins, farm animals, hay mazes, and an inflatable apple just for kids who love to jump! Delicious apple cider and fall crafts and foods are available at the farm store. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Come join the fun at Oktoberfest!

I am happy to be sponsoring the Lakeridge Jr. High Oktoberfest Fundraiser and Auction on Saturday, October 17th at Marylhurst University. Tickets are $70 and all are welcome to attend the festivities this year, which will include a full German-style buffet feast, some drinks and games. The event will feature a Silent Auction using mobile bidding phone technology, a Live Auction with some incredible packages, and a special presentation. Funds raised will support the re-imagination of the school’s library into a modern, collaborative space with technology and increased capacity.  Please come and support the kids! To purchase tickets or donate an item to the auction, please visit the Lakeridge Oktoberfest website.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Elegant Custom Home With Master on the Main in Forest Heights - $899,900

10124 NW Langworthy Terrace Portland, OR 97229

Welcome to this sun-filled, elegant, executive home in the heart of Forest Heights! This home truly
has it all-an open flowing floor plan, master on the main, tall wide windows with sunny southern
exposure, and a lower level complete with family room, wet-bar, two children’s rooms sharing a bath,
and a private guest suite. Treat yourself to luxury in your serene master bath spa which has been
newly remodeled in total style! Located on Langworthy Terrace, one of the most coveted streets in
Forest Heights, this home offers both a level yard and walk out entertaining onto a beautiful deck
overlooking the private backyard. Enjoy award winning schools: Forest Heights Elementary, West
Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School which offers the International Baccalaureate
Program. Ideal commute to Nike, Intel and downtown! A 10!

4 Bedrooms/ 3.5 Baths
• Built in 2004
• Open flowing floor plan with southern exposure
• Custom wood work and hardwoods
• Great room with tray ceiling, elegant built-ins and walls of windows.
• 2 Exquisite Gas fireplaces
• Custom kitchen loaded with cabinetry & built-ins.
• Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances
• Master suite on the main floor
• New main floor office/den
• Lower level with spacious family room
• Custom built entertaining bar with dishwasher, refrigerator, sink and loads of cabinetry.
• Walk out entertaining from Kitchen to deck and level lawn.
• Flat backyard with fire pit area and total privacy
• 3 Car garage
• Forest Park Elementary

• West Sylvan Middle School

Friday, September 4, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Whether you are heading down to one of the Oregon college football games or searching for something fun to do in town, there’s no shortage of activities for the whole family this Labor Day weekend.  It may be a little colder with a few scattered showers, but mostly still sunny so wear layers, explore and enjoy!

Check out OMSI’s featured exhibit, The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! This exhibit offers a fascinating look at the extraordinary collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts which showcase the science of the extreme and unexpected. This highly interactive featured exhibit allows visitors to explore the real science behind the seemingly unbelievable, and is designed for people of all ages to enjoy. Open all weekend. For more info visit OMSI.

Oregon State Fair
Take a day trip down to Salem to check our the Oregon State Fair! Thrill rides, family entertainment, a free-range petting zoo and elephant ears will be on had to fulfill your need for a huge slice of American pie. Open all weekend at the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center in Salem. Visit Oregon State Fair for more information.

Kids Get Crafty at Art in the Pearl
100 artists with everything from fine wooden furniture to photographs, will be showing and selling their work for this year’s Art in the Pearl. In addition to a lovely stroll through the northwest park blocks, families can enjoy live music and an Education Pavillion featuring cool hands-on art activities geared toward kids and adults. Open all weekend in the Pearl District. Visit Art in the Pearl for more information.

Vaux’s Swift Watch
Get those instagram filters ready! Crowds gather one hour before sunset every night in September to watch thousands of Vaux Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela! All weekend from 6-8pm at Chapman School in Portland. Visit Audubon Society for more information.
Pumpkin Patch Harvest Festival
Kick of the fall season with a visit to the pumpkin patch! The Pumpkin Patch is throwing open the barn doors for its annual Labor Day weekend Harvest Festival and grand opening of the Maize. The produce market, animal barn, gift shop, and patio cafe will be open as well as the hayrides. Lots of fun for at the kids! See The Pumpkin Patch for details.