Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Haunts!

Haunted Mansion on SW Scary Way - $ Priceless

Are you ready for the spookiest home tour ever? Check out the best Halloween haunts and places to trick or treat around town this weekend!


Haunted Forest in West Linn (October 28-29)
Get ready for a scary hike on the West Linn Haunted Trail for age 8+ or the less scary Enchanted Trail for younger children. Outdoors at Mary S. Young Park.

Howloween at the Zoo (October 29)
Kids 3 to 11 will enjoy scavenger hunts, goody bags and activities like watching animals eat pumpkins during this fun events at the Oregon Zoo. 

EEK Week! (October 28-31)
Eek Week is five days of spooky fun for kids at the Portland Children's Museum. See the schedule. 


Visitor or victim? Choose your fate at the FEARlandia Hospital or Clown Chaos in Tigard. General admission gets you into both haunted attractions. 13 and up.

Davis Graveyard (October 28-31)
The David Graveyard is not a haunted house but is a scary sight from the street! Special effects on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Free. 

Thriller Dance (October 29)
Practice dancing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in advance, and then show up (ghoulish costume optional) for Thrill of the World Portland. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 Green Home Tour in Lake Oswego

208 Durham Street in Old Town Lake Oswego

Interested in solar panels, backyard habitats, energy efficient heating systems, or on-demand water heaters? Learn about all this and more at the 2016 Green Home Tour in Lake Oswego's Old Town and Uplands areas on Saturday, October 29th. This tour is presented by the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network (LOSN) and the Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board.

2016 Green Home Tour Schedule:


1. Heritage Tree and home deconstruction. 208 Durham Street (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM) Photo above. This small house could have been a “tear down” but instead of smashing it to smithereens and sending the debris to a landfi ll, Bob and Corinna contracted with the Portland Rebuilding Center to deconstruct it, board by board.  They created an inventory of the rescued and donated materials, and received a tax deduction.  Their lovely reconstructed home also features A “Gold-rated” Certified Backyard Habitat, cork fl oors, on-demand water heater, a Heritage Tree, and an electric-assist bicycle in the garage.  

2.  Adaptive Reuse and resource conservation. 111 Ladd St. (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
In 2014, Jon and Michael purchased a dilapidated duplex that was destined for demolition. Rather than tear-down the duplex in order to build their new home, the couple reconfigured the structure into a single-family residence.  The home includes materials sourced from the Portland Rebuilding Center and features LED lighting, energy-star appliances, an energy efficient heating system, dual-flush toilets and an electric vehicle charging station for their BMW i3. Their yard is also “Gold-rated” and certafied.


3.  Solar panel charging LEAF and TESLA electric vehicles. 1960 Egan Way (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM) Tom built his mountain-view home in 1992, with an orientation toward passive solar.  He carved into the hill to create a layered vegetable and flower garden. When Lisa moved in after their wedding in 2009, they bought two electric vehicles:  a LEAF and a TESLA. Solar panels provide around 90% of the electric energy for their home and cars. They enjoy monitoring their solar production online and comparing it to their use.

4.  Expert composting reduced energy costs and one of Lake Oswego's best views!
2090 Crest Dr. (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM) In 1987 Janet inherited a lovely mid century modern home with a breathtaking view overlooking the lake and Mt. Hood. Janet has spent 30 years lightening the heavy footprint of this non-insulated house. She maintains a large yard and vegetable garden and she changed all her bulbs to LED’s. She became an expert on home composting and water efficiency and leases an all-electric Chevy. 

Special Feature! Relax at 3pm here as your last tour destination for refreshments on the deck followed by a one time composting demo in Janet's two compost piles and how to use kitchen scrap compost on the vegetable beds.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Art in the Burbs!

Are you looking for a one-of-kind piece of art for your home? From fine art to custom wooden creations to ceramic wall hangings, you are sure to find many treasures at the annual Art in the Burbs event this weekend at Tigard High School. 

Art in the Burbs is purposefully and creatively designed to bring local artists and student artists together to feature hanging art, exterior art, ceramics, cards, glass, jewelry, wood, and alternative mediums. Take a look at this year's Juried Artists and Student Art Gallery to explore the diverse range of art before you go.  

A portion of funds raised from this event go to support performing and fine art programs in all Tigard-Tualatin schools.  The event runs October 14-16 but be sure to the check the 2016 Schedule for times and more information.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Weekend Events!


Portland Home & Garden Show:  The Portland Home & Garden Show fills the Portland Expo Center with home-improvement vendors, dining room exhibits, garden displays, and thousands of plants. October 8-9 starting at 11am.  $10 general admission. 

Pumpkin Festival at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm:  Head to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn to find the perfect pumpkin! Try the pumpkin cannon, archery, take a hayride, or navigate a corn maze. Duck races, hay piles and tunnels, and horse swings make it a fun time for the kids.

Annual Apple Tasting Event: About the time the leaves begin to change color, it's time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears. Enjoy tasting all the different varieties. Don't miss the activity tent for the kids and the scarecrow contest! October 8th from 10am to 5pm at the Portland Nursery.