Pearl District – Summer 2011


This summer BodyVox will present two sessions of Kids Dance Camp (June 20th–24th and June 27th–July 1st) to provide fledgling dancers with an opportunity to learn the unique elements of being a BodyVox dancer: expression, innovation, theatricality and creativity. Classes and activities will be tailored to three age groups: Blue (3–5), Red (6–8) and Green (9–12). Fridays will feature an afternoon Student Showcase for friends and family.


This summer, Dr. Raymond of Bling Dental will be working with American Idol Kimberly Caldwell at the Annual Brat Pack Weekend, raising money for the Grammy Foundation to promote music programs in public schools. Kimberly is the new spokesperson for Diamond. It is a new brush that features 30,000 powerful strokes per minute and three modes: whitening, gentle, and massage. The Diamond is now available at Bling Dental.


This June, Froelick Gallery (714 NW Davis St.) will present a showing entitled “Equine.” Local artist and writer, Julianna Paradisi, will include her painting entitled “Twenty-One.” The painting “Twenty-One” is inspired by the prehistoric drawings found on the walls of the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in France.


Get ready to sweat in June as barre3 (1000 NW Marshall St.) kicks off their 30 Day Summer Challenge! Participants will lengthen, tone, and balance their way to a dancer’s physique with 20 barre3 classes taken throughout the month of June. Also, you won’t want to miss the barre3 Three Year Anniversary Party during First Thursday, August 4th, in the Pearl District.


Every First Thursday, Popina Pearl hosts their monthly travel lecture by industry experts. Kona Brewing beer, wine and Vitamin Water is served. Those in attendance have a chance to win two Alaska Airlines First Class Upgrades, a $75 Alaska Airlines Travel Voucher or an Ellington Travel Bag! The Popina Pearl Boutique is the largest women’s swimwear store in the Northwest. It features 26 brands of ladies bathing suits, including the Popina Swimsuit line designed by owner Pamela Levenson and made in Oregon.


BIG Pink Sightseeing has a new way to tour Portland’s Westside; Pearl, Nob Hill, Downtown, and Washington Park. With a day pass you can easily hop on and hop off the trolley at twelve convenient stops. Buy your tickets at the Trolley ticket booth in Pioneer Square. One dollar of every ticket sold will be donated for breast cancer awareness and research.


The well-known twin brother appraisers of the PBS Antiques Road Show, will be at the Bella Casa, 5 pm, June 25th. They’re in Portland to launch their “Keno Bros” line of over 100 select pieces, taking the best of earlier periods and combining them in a perfect synthesis of traditional styling enhanced with fresh, modern appeal.


Powell’s Books will continue the beloved tradition of author lectures this summer, including Laurell K. Hamilton, Seth Fletcher, Daniel Wilson, Oscar Hijuelos, Ann Patchett, neuroscientists David Eagleman and Tali Sharot, Robert Donnelly, Miranda Kennedy, Katherine Cole, Josh Ritter, Bill Plympton, Sapphire, Margo True, Donald Ray Pollock, and Amy Snyder.


Zimmerman Community Center (ZCC) welcomes Portlanders to their new space at 1542 NW 14th Ave., in the ground floor of the Ramona Apartments at NW 14th and Quimby. ZCC is a community space for learning, gathering and recreation. Isobel’s Club House moved into the new space and launched programs for children on May 9th, including creative play, Spanish language, and creative learning. “We are thrilled with this opportunity, and the chance to generate programs for adults and older children,” says Kris Moore, Executive Director.


Come celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the 15th annual Art in the Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival! The festival will be held in the historic North Park Blocks (on NW 8th between W. Burnside and NW Glisan) Labor Day weekend–September 3rd, 4th and 5th. Hours are from 10am–6pm on Saturday and Sunday; 10am–5pm on Monday. Art in the Pearl has been ranked one of the top 20 festivals for the past eight years! The show will feature juried work from 130 artists from across the USA and Canada. With hands-on activities for all ages, as well as demonstrations by special guest artists, live music and delicious food vendors, the festival will inspire and delight. Admission is FREE!


The University of Oregon Portland School of Architecture and Allied Arts summer program is located at the White Stag Block (70 NW Couch St.) in historic Old Town. Summer in the City is an open enrollment summer session welcoming newly admitted and continuing UO students, as well as community members and professionals, UO alumni, and university students from around the world. Summer in the City offers variable credit courses and workshops in architecture, art, landscape architecture, product design, and interdisciplinary studies.


Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett St.) will celebrate the warm days of summer with a multitude of events and activities. Every Sunday in June is the Dynasty of the Dragon, a dragon shadow puppet workshop. Learn how to make a dragon dance and listen to folk tales. July and August at Lan Su offer a chance to observe and play many traditional Chinese games, such as mahjong, chess, and wei chi, as well as more modern games like tangrams and Chinese checkers. Every Sunday is table tennis on the main terrace by Lake Zither. On Tuesdays from July 5th–August 2nd, Lan Su will come alive withTuesdays by Twilight, our after-hours concert series, offering a selection of music for every taste and style.

Lan Su will celebrate their 11th Anniversary with Mooncakes & Pomegranates on September 14th. Come enjoy amazing food by chefs from eighteen of Portland’s best restaurants, live music and the breathtaking backdrop of Lan Su Chinese Garden.

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