An FAA-certified flight school, Precision Helicopters welcomes aspiring pilots to earn their wings under instruction from real-world pilots. Though a helicopter outfit by name, the company actually operates a fleet of both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, which are put to use during training and tours. Training programs start with introductory Learn to Fly programs and progress up to full FAA licensing at Chehalem Airpark—which the company owns, though it rarely brags about it at parties. When not training new generations of pilots, Precision Helicopters whisks passengers aloft for tours of Oregon’s wine country, mountains, and rugged coastline and often deploys its choppers for services ranging from aerial photo and video shoots to law-enforcement surveillance.
Often hosting open studio?where any and all are welcome to use the space to create art?ALT Creative Studio embraces a free and low-key approach to visual arts. For adults, 21+ classes led by professional artists allow participants to sip on self-brought wine while completing an acrylic painting using materials that are provided by the studio. Other disciplines include collage, mixed-media, and cartoon-drawing, while birthday parties celebrate both the endeavor of creativity and the millions of people who were born that day.
Since 1989, Curtis-E Carpet Cleaning's licensed and certified fleet of carpet caretakers has been attacking grime with steam baths that leave homes free of pollutants and dust. Today, the cleaners gussy-up approximately 10 million square feet of carpet each year. Their trained technicians defeat dirt using top-grade equipment including a large fleet of vans installed with high-efficiency mounted extraction units. The team specializes in commercial and residential carpet cleaning, scrubbing every inch of rug-covered space including hallways, staircases, and carpet-lined bathtubs. They can also provide special treatment for sullied floor coverings such as spot removal, wax removal, seam and burn repairs, and water-damage recovery.
Originally established and overseen by a committee of parents, Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic began in 1994 as a small community fundraiser for St. James Catholic School. Today, the annual festival draws nearly 10,000 people to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, requiring more than 300 volunteers to assemble regional winemakers, culinary masters, and artists. Vintners disclose trade tips as they peddle their ambrosial libations, all of which are ultimately ranked by a panel of professional judges into bronze, silver, gold, and best-of-show tiers. Guests can take wine-tasting classes, which teach sippers how distinguish fruity undertones from a banana hiding in their glass, or glean cooking tips from kitchen demonstrations and food booths. Throughout the weekend-long gathering, artists display their opuses in the form of tangible wares or live music.
Certified regular and guest instructors at Bikram Yoga Greater Portland's three studios guide groups through yoga poses and breathing exercises inside rooms heated to a temperature of 105 degrees or higher. Flow through up to 26 postures of varying difficulty in each 90-minute session, taking slow breaths through the nose and focusing on stillness so as not to disturb temperamental motion sensors. By encouraging perspiration, the practice of Bikram yoga may help to facilitate weight loss, lower high blood pressure and stress, and reduce pain from physical injuries.
Bikram Yoga Greater Portland threw open the doors of their newest location, in Tigard, in May 2013; the spacious studio floods with natural light from a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows on one side of the space. The sleek confines of the Beaverton location are home to a 4,000-square-foot studio and a lobby decorated with custom-built benches. The Portland studio's 2,500-square-foot space is guarded by a lobby decorated with subtle colors and natural light from large windows. All locations are equipped with showers for men and women, each stocked with robes to keep post-workout skin from huddling up under the hair upon encountering cooler temps.
Staffed entirely by DMV–certified instructors, Oregon Driver Education Center has been filling potholes in the knowledge of novice and experienced drivers since 1987. The center's masters of the open road send teens and adults on the path to earning their driver's licenses and maintaining clean driving records with comprehensive DMV drive test prep courses and defense driving classes. With an intimate understanding of the unique challenges facing Oregonian motorists, ODEC also offers an Xtreme Driver Control course that focuses on navigating vehicles through rain, ice, and throngs of rabid snowmen. Additionally, the center's specialty courses teach precautionary practices to medically at-risk drivers.