If you’re looking for ideas or contractors for your home and garden, then be sure to check out the Portland Home & Garden Show. The event is taking right now at the Portland Expo Center. Admission is $10 (free for children under 12). The format this year is similar to last year’s event — meaning no stunning water features. However, I like the designs in the landscape area better than the ones I saw last year. Continue on to see some photos from the garden showcase.
Any Barbie fans out there? If you’re a fan, then you should be happy to know there is a new Barbie movie coming out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 3rd. To be honest, I didn’t even know they made Barbie movies. My kids and I have not seen the new animated film, but according to the press material, Barbie has super powers in this movie. If you’re interested, I’m giving away five copies of the new Barbie in Princess Power Blu-ray on my Portland blog. To enter, leave a comment about your kids favorite Barbie doll, character or movie. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 25, 2015. This giveaway is limited to readers in Oregon and Washington.
Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Portland. The name of their new show is Varekai. The new show will take place May 6-10 for eight performances. Sadly, Cirque du Soleil will not be setting up their recognizable tents at the Expo Center. This time around, they will be performing at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s been ages since I’ve been inside Memorial Coliseum. The last time I was there, it was before they built the Rose Garden for our Trail Blazers basketball team. Anyway, tickets are on sale now online or by phone (1-800-745-3000). Ticket prices range from $40 to $105 (subject to change).
My son can’t wait to see the upcoming Seventh Son movie, which will be released February 6th. If you can’t wait to see it too, now’s your chance to attend an early screening of the Seventh Son. Thanks to Universal Pictures, 14 readers of my Portland blog can win VIP passes to a screening of the film at Regal Bridgeport (February 4th, 7pm). Each VIP pass is good for one person plus a guest. To enter my contest, leave a comment about your favorite sci-fi/fantasy movie. The deadline to enter is Monday, February 2nd. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email (check your spam folder on Tuesday, February 3rd). Note: the name you used to enter is the name I’m submitting to the studio rep if you win.
The Boxtrolls will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on January 20th. My kids and I saw the movie at the theater last fall. We loved it! Now thanks to Focus Features and Universal Home Entertainment, a reader of my Portland blog can win a prize pack consisting of The Boxtrolls Blu-ray Combo Pack and some promotional items. To enter, leave a comment about your favorite Focus Features film (Coraline, ParaNorman, or Boxtrolls). The deadline to enter is January 8th. The contest is limited to Oregon and Washington residents. Please specify which state you live in the comments area. I can select one Oregon and one Washington winner.
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Portland and Eugene early next year. I’m excited and plan on taking the kids. We’ve never seen the Globetrotters before, but we’ve heard they are amazing and are very entertaining. The Globetrotters will be in Eugene on February 20th and in Portland on February 21st. Tickets are on sale now (holiday gift idea: Globetrotters tickets are wonderful stocking stuffers). For a limited time, you can save $7 off select tickets to any Harlem Globetrotter game. Use the following promo code to get a discount to the game: FAMGUIDE
ZooLights is finally open at the Oregon Zoo. From now through January 4th, Portlanders can check out the splendid light show. We went last weekend and had a wonderful time. It was very cold, but we still fun. This year, the train is even back. Because of the new construction at the zoo, the train route is different from previous years. But it’s still a great way to see the lights at the Oregon Zoo. BTW, we also bought some fudge from their store. My family loves their fudge!
The remake of Annie (Sony Pictures) will be out in theaters on December 19th. The film stars Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne. If you are interested in seeing the movie early, there’s a screening at Regal Bridgeport on Saturday, December 13th at 10:30 am. To win one of fifteen VIP passes for yourself and a guest, leave a comment telling me if you’ve seen the original Annie movie. The deadline to enter is December 2nd. Note: the name you use below will be the name you have to use to check in with the rep at the screening. BTW, two readers of my Portland blog will also win a prize pack consisting of a t-shirt, fuzzy socks, posters, sticker sheet and Sandy Plush Dog.
Fury, which stars Brad Pitt, will open in theaters on October 17th. The movie is a historic story about a sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) who is on a mission behind enemy line in Nazi Germany. Thanks to Sony Pictures, three readers of my Portland blog will win a Fury prize pack consisting of a shirt, messenger bag, and bottle. To enter my sweepstakes, leave a comment about your favorite historic film or Brad Pitt movie. The deadline to enter is opening day, October 17th. The winners will be randomly selected. The giveaway is limited to readers in Washington and Oregon only.
We went to the Maize at The Pumpkin Patch recently. We had a great time. We’ve never been to the Maize before. In addition to the corn maze, there was a pumpkin patch, tractor hay ride, a kiddie tractor ride, barn animals, a kiddie maze, a haystack to climb up, and a neat country store where my daughter bought some kettle corn. We also left with four pumpkins and they only cost us $10 (total). It was a great deal. BTW, the Pumpkin Patch is offering $2 off admission to The Maize with this coupon.