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September 22nd, 2014

This is part two of my virgin vices series. For part one, take a look at virgin cocktails. I am not a smoker — which is not to say I don’t know how to smoke. I just never got fully hooked. I’m one of the “social smokers” that the hardcore smokers have grown to hate. […]

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You don’t need a degree to be scientist. For more than 30 years, the number of citizen scientists has been steadily increasing along the Oregon Coast as part of an effort to engage people of all ages in scientific activities. These diligent volunteers work on projects stretching from one-time learning events like a sch

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September 21st, 2014

This week's TV choices include new shows including "Gotham," "Madam Secretary," and "How to Get Away with Murder," along with new season premieres of "Sleepy Hollow," "The Good Wife," "The Voice," "NCIS," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "

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Get a first look at the Tillamook Brunch Village, a new event, at Feast Portland 2014.

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Toshiki Okada, who founded Chelfitsch Theater Company in 1997, has been called the voice of Japan's lost generation, young people who not unlike America's Millenials came of age in a startling time of economic uncertainty, and whose elders persist in seeing as illiterate and devoid of respect for tradition rather than artfu

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Nineteen chefs from across the country convened Saturday night for the Feast Portland High Comfort at the Nines event at the Nines Hotel, slinging "cheffed-up" takes on classic dishes like fried chicken and ice cream sandwiches. We tried it all and have the photos to prove it.

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Chefs representing a combined seven Michelin stars gathered Friday night for Feast Portland's State of the Art dinner, a meal billed as "a super group of the country's leading edge chefs."

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Portland's Pittock Mansion marked its 100th anniversary this year. Over the next year, enjoy a special behind-the-ropes visual tour of this historic residence, inspecting, one at a time, each of the 23 public rooms (and maybe even some not-so-public spaces)....

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A few weeks ago, based on a Boing-Boing review, I picked up a book called Kiddie Cocktails. This is a book of cocktail recipes containing exclusively virgin cocktails. I got it because I sometimes get a little tired of fizzy water from the Soda Stream, even if I have five different kinds of bitters to […]

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This photo is nowhere near as dramatic or cool as one I posted the other day from guest photographer Maryann Nielson, but it’s still a slice of life here in the valley. I know pretty much nothing about such things, but it looked like the guy on the tractor was using the attachment on the […] The post

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After a long summer sprinting through parks, chasing squirrels and scarfing lord knows what, every dog in Portland could probably use a bath come September.

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The final day of the 2014 Oregon International Air Show, Sept. 19-21, is forecast to be a sunny 88 degrees. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will conclude the day with their signature tight formations and roaring engines.

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Kiss raise over $1 million, Guided by Voices break up, Lubec debuts its new album and other top music stories.

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September 20th, 2014

Portland's biggest local comic convention has only been around for three years, but already it's becoming one of the biggest comic cons in the country.

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Saturday at the Oregon International Air Show saw large crowds of people on their feet and clapping for the finale of the day, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

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Come check out two very lovely and affordable 2012 Pinot Noirs! This is the inaugural release for our new brand Wildstock Wines.  At $25 and only 50 cases to sell, the 2012 Pinot Noir should go quickly. Scott Paul Club Members: We’ll have your fall wines ready for Pickup and, as always, this tasting is compliment

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To help cleanse your mental palate, we have video of a kitten playing with a Dalmatian.

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Check out all the food and the new digs of Feast Portland's 2014 Night Market.

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Literary Arts will take over the festival, which was founded in 2005 by Portland author Larry Colton.

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Feast Portland  moves into day three on Saturday with lots of hands-on classes, tasting panels, two main events and two dinner series events. The weather will be just about perfect -- mostly sunny with a high of 88 degrees. Stay hydrated!...

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Yesterday afternoon, a lot of sirens could be heard around town, and I was curious as to what was going on, as were other Stayton residents, I bet. The sirens went on for quite a while. Guest photographer Denny Barnes brings us the answer. We had a little excitement up Fern Ridge today. It appeared […]

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The Oregon International Air Show is three days of stunt planes, aerobatics, jets and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. It's all at the Hillsboro airport, Sept. 19-21.

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Dorothy "Dot" Houston explores the wonderful world of Oz, in the Portland Children's Museum's new "Wizard of Oz" exhibit.

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A group of business owners in Old Town is taking urban planning into its own hands, with a three-day re-imagining of the entertainment district.

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September 19th, 2014

Dust Mite is attracted to brightly colored objec

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Here's photos from the opening aerial performances and handy links below if you plan on heading there this weekend.

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Feast Portland 2014 continued Friday with the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting in Pioneer Courthouse Square, featuring a selection of homegrown specialty foods, wine and beer, along with demonstrations by notable local and national chefs.

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E! did not announce who will host the show.

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Oh the debate over worthiness, status and even looks. I will take the Trout over the lowly Bass any time. Yet even now I am plotting the seduction of some devilish, behemoth Bass this coming week…along with some beautiful, behemoth Trout. Just kidding Bass lovers…kind of Filed under: Fish, Fishing, Fly Fishing,

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Filed under: Happiness, Life, Oregon, Photography Tagged: gardening, Life, Photography, positive, rise and shine, sun, sunshine, SwittersB

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Guest photographer Tom Miller did his rural thing and found this cool old swingset which has seen better days. It makes for a great photo, though I don’t think any kids will be using it again. Thanks, Tom!

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A gate to and from, a portal from the broken pieces of the past, hazy images of what was, brief recollections of the sublime or a horrific time. I pass through the gate toward something better, something gentler, peace of mind, something I cannot quite yet see, but I know is there…….. Filed under: Fantasy, Ha

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The City Photographer took this image on NW 3rd Ave. between Hoyt St. and Glisan St. to document sewer repair work. This image documents a specific Federal WPA project.   View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1930s, 3rd Avenue, Glisan Street, Hoyt Street, Southwest

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Forbes Leads Members in Urging Navy to Keep Bibles in Lodging Facilities Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), led 25 Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, urging that donated religious materials remain in the guest rooms at Navy Lodge facilities. Last week, it came to light at [

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September 18th, 2014

I lined up the midlifecrisismobile

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“Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.” J.K. Rowling Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Nature, Photography Tagged: dusk, flowers, gardening, low light, mums, Photography, SwittersB

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Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Photography, Plants Tagged: Chinese Lantern (Physalis Alkekengi), Chinese Lantern flower, gardening, Photography, SwittersB

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I guess it really is autumn. I found this pumpkin growing at the edge of someone’s property a few days ago off of Wildflower Dr. Our weather is still warm and sunny for the most part, so it doesn’t feel like we’re transitioning out of summer at all. But seeing that pumpkin reminded me that […]

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This image documents the organization of Depression era public works crews at Stanton Yard. The City of Portland oversaw programs that spent local, state, and federal money to put large numbers of unemployed residents to work. Projects were as far flung as the Wilson River and Wolf Creek Highways. This image was taken April

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Good advice: For one minute, please, stand here in silence, look at the sky, and contemplate how awesome life is.

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September 17th, 2014

SI.com ranks Damian Lillard 22nd among all NBA players. See what other Blazers made the grade! OK, so these mid-September ranking exercises get old pretty quickly, but Rob Mahoney and

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Sports fans and sports media personalities have been talking about domestic violence for weeks now, largely without guidance or good information. A Blazer's Edge reader shares her research and thought

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Please check our BENTON GOP CALENDAR for all events.

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Are You a Retiree? Blazer's Edge Wants You! Are you a retiree? Do you have access to the internet? (If not, how are you reading this? You must be special!) Have you the ability to type? Do you want

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The annual Fan Fest event is scheduled for early October at the Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers announce

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Starr was just a teen when I trapped her at the Corvallis homeless camp by sneaking into the camp in the night, amongst the sleeping campers to set traps and catch kittens and otherwise avoid, via tip toe trapping at night, the waking problems of alcohol consumption, drugs and drama.  That was just over five years ago. Sh

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Scientists have long been aware of the potential environment impacts from using and disposing of the array of products we use to keep ourselves healthy, clean and smelling nice. Now a new concern is emerging – improper disposal of pet care products and pills. Dog shampoos, heartworm medicine, flea and tick sprays, and

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Guest photographer Denny Barnes’ hummingbird feeder has had some interesting visitors lately. Denny’s description: My hummers have shrunk..LOL. The last few days my hummers have had some competition. So far they seem to be getting along OK. Don’t know where these little guys came from but there sure is a l

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