A cavalcade of strings and horns sings out season’s greetings as eight-piece ensemble The Trail Band weaves an elaborate blanket of sound to protect audiences from the winter chill nipping at the Aladdin Theater’s doors. Formed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, the band cut its teeth on traditional folktunes and Native American melodies before expanding its range to encompass other historical genres unique to America’s Northwest. Old-Fashioned Christmas continues the group's old-timey tradition, commemorating Santa’s 1843 crash landing on Mount Hood with holiday tunes that evoke the parlor orchestras and brass bands of yesteryear. Parents and children clap along as the band stuffs ear stockings with rich vocal harmonies, humorous asides, and the antique timbre of hammer dulcimers, pennywhistles, fiddles, and acoustic synthesizers.
We’re a company of career carpenters, woodworkers and building science geeks that has built the best of Portland since 1994. As stewards of this built environment, we honor the embodied energy and narrative contained within every building through remodels, new homes, and handyman and home performance services.
Urban Farm Store's storied urban farmer Robert Litt quit his job as a landscape architect to form this beloved bucolic boutique—offering the metropolitan masses a chance at their own barnyard bliss with supplies such as organic vegetables (starting at $2.95) and organic fertilizers (bulk, priced as marked). Use your digging skills for good instead of graves when you plant a fruit tree ($12.95 to $27.95). Or nurture a bountiful garden bed using organic potting soil (two cubic feet for $12), which is better than willing plants to grow by rubbing your genie-infested wishing sweater. Urban Farm Store also offers beer-making supplies, cheese-making classes, and pasture-raised meat and eggs far superior to meat and eggs conjured from thin air by starving birthday-party magicians. For the ultimate farm feat, however, adopt and bring home a baby chick ($4.95). These infantile egg producers arrive at the store on certain dates and sell quickly. Urban Farm Store also hosts free classes on basic chicken care every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m., during which they'll explain why it's better to feed chicks with organic chicken feed ($21) than molding clay and clock parts.
Today’s deal gets you $50 worth of lovely home furnishings for $25 at Sofa Table Chair. Whatever interior decoration it is you lack, Sofa Table Chair will spicy up your living room, family room, den, water closet, or danger room. Here are some of Cesar’s decorating tips (and you know they come with a side of his outrageous personality!):
In 2009, current owner and native Oregonian Chris Peterson revived his family’s defunct, nearly 20-year-old roofing business with the decision to make eco-friendly practices the foundation of C.D. Northwest’s roof-strengthening services. Chris threw all the know-how he had gained from growing up with the company and the knowledge he accrued earning a degree in business administration into reopening C.D. Northwest’s doors. Now, Chris and his small crew of dedicated workers tend to roofs on commercial buildings and residential homes, from bungalows and ranches to three-story Victorians made of glass. That eco-friendly mission has held fast, forming the basis for even the most basic services, such as scouring roofs with a nontoxic cleaning chemical. To keep Mother Nature and karma on its side, the team at C.D. Northwest continually contributes to a variety of charities including Friends of Trees and the SMART program, which aims to teach kids how to read.