It’s Fleet Week and the ships are coming to the Portland Rose Festival this weekend. Some of the tours start as early as 9 am Thursday, but you’ll have to wait until 9:30 am Friday if you want to see the big Navy ships. You’ll want to get there early because the lines are really long. I took the kids last year and we waited in line for about four hours. Most of the ships leave Monday morning, so expect delays. Note: the photos on this page were taken last year.
If you’re looking for a bike part, but don’t want to splurge for a new part, then you should check out Citybikes. For the past two summers, I have been having intermittent problems shifting gears. The problem usually happens when I hit a hill and I want to shift to lower gear. Then I’m stuck in high gear and swearing all the way up the hill. I finally took my bike to Bike Gallery to have them take a look at it. The bike tech looked at it and told me both of my shifters need to be replaced. Unfortunately, I have an older bike and they don’t make shifters for my bike anymore. The tech then directed me to eBay and also told me I might be able to find used shifters at Citybikes. I went to Citybikes, but didn’t find any integrated 2×7 shifters for my bike. However, I still think Citybikes is a good place to look for used bike parts.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, then you know I’ve been busy shopping in a Chevy Equinox loaner for the big Doernbecher raffle. I’ve put together a grill package consisting of a fabulous Traeger Lil Tex Pro Grill and Smoker (sells for $799), $200 in delicious steaks from The Meating Place, a $100 Parr Lumber gift card (for grill accessories and meat rubs), and a great grill recipes book from Powell’s Books. The Chevy Shop Social: Portland fundraiser will take place this Thursday (May 21st) in Pioneer Square on May 21st (starts 6 pm). Raffle tickets are only $2 each (12 tickets for $10, 15 tickets for $20). That means for as little as $2, you can enter to win my grill package that is worth over $1100. Sweet deal, right? As I mentioned before, this is a great cause because raffle proceeds will benefit the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation.
You guys know Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Kevin James) opens this Friday, right? I really liked the first Mall Cop film and I can’t wait to see the second one. And thanks to Sony Pictures Entertainment, I’m giving away a Paul Blart prize pack on my Portland blog. The prize pack consists of a youth size t-shirt, poster, fanny pack, a sticker badge and a copy of the first Paul Blart: Mall Cop film. Continue reading to find out how to enter my contest.
I have a fun giveaway for fans of the Monster High series. Thanks to Mattel, five readers of my Portland blog will each win the upcoming Monster High: Haunted DVD, which will be released on March 24th. My contest is limited to Oregon and Washington only. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 16th. I will email the winners and will need their mailing info by end of day Tuesday, March 17th. So please check your email on Tuesday — including your spam/junk folder. To enter, just leave a comment about your favorite scary character.
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.