“The dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland,” the satirical TV show “Portlandia” proudly sings — that dream being to form a rock band and save the planet while letting your precious individualism hang out in all its eclectic glory. Cover yourself with artistic tatoos, go to clown school and clamber up on that double-decker bike — why not?
Let’s hear it for September because it’s Library Card Sign-up Month. Yay! Of course, you can get a library card any time of the year, but getting a card in September is extra special, so if you don’t have one, do it today!
It’s still September, but you know that darkness and danger are on their way. Now would be a good time to “shine up your fangs and get your silver crosses ready,” said John Barber, because everybody’s favorite undead dude is due Wednesday at the Kiggins Theatre.
Fourth Plain Boulevard didn’t used to be a tourist destination, but nowadays Jackie Steiner keeps noting clues to the contrary. A corridor mostly infamous for dense traffic and urban grit has started earning public praise for vibrant colors and positive vibes.
Pacific House Union Station in east Vancouver is owned and operated by the same team (owner Shane Work, executive chef Mark Wornson, and sous chef Dezman Campos) that created Pacific House, the warm neighborhood sports bar in downtown Vancouver.
Eggplant is a must for fans of outdoor grilling. Long prized for deeply purple, glossy beauty and unique taste and texture, eggplants are available in markets throughout the year, but they are at their best from August through October, when they are in season.
Why: Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe recently opened in a longtime vacant space located next to the Cerveza Factory in Battle Ground. The shop provides a selection of baked goods and ice cream. If you stop by at breakfast or lunch, there are a couple of meal options for both.
As homeowners or home renters, many of us worry about making the monthly mortgage or rent payment. As winter closes in, we also face rising utility bills based on our higher consumption. Taking energy-conserving steps and changing behaviors are a means to lower those winter utility bills.
I love spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils and tulips. I would like to plant more but have run out of room. My beds are all planted with shrubs, ground covers, and perennial and annual flowers. I read about “bulb naturalizing,” where bulbs are planted among trees and shrubs and even in lawns. Is that practical in our climate?