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  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
    The entire Earth spins inside of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It's as if visitors have launched into outer space, where they can see everything—clouds forming over North America, hurricanes churning in the tropics, and millions of animals in migration. Night falls, and the major cities light up Earth's continents like misshapen Christmas trees. Just then, the planet disappears, and in its place rises a spinning orb of fire and violent solar storms: the sun. The display, appropriately titled Science On a Sphere, is actually a 6-foot animated globe powered by a series of video projectors. It serves as the perfect centerpiece for OMSI's Earth Hall, which explores geology, tectonics, and everything else that makes Earth a living planet. The hall's exhibits let visitors control wind turbines and launch satellites into space. Earth Hall is only one section of the museum, however. More hands-on activities wait within Turbine Hall, where kids design bridges and boats. Visitors can tour the USS Blueback, a U.S. Navy attack submarine that guarded the Pacific for 31 years, or gaze towards the heavens inside of Kendall Planetarium, which uses real-time 3D graphics to transport audiences into the very heart of black holes. Even Theory, the onsite eatery, has an educational focus. The restaurant's displays explore food sciences while Chef Ryan Morgan and his team use local ingredients to cook meals in full view. Although every corner of OMSI sparks scientific curiosity, the museum's educational programs take things one step further. The faculty hosts astronomy camps and teaches 50-minute interactive labs in which kids might make soap or dissect a squid—a requisite skill for any future biologist or sushi chef.
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    1945 Southeast Water Avenue
    Portland, OR US
  • Beard's Framing
    When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
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    7545 SW Barnes Rd Ste 117
    Portland, OR US
  • Twilite Limousine and Tour Company
    Portland Trolley began in 2009 with a single stretch limo. Today, it provides car and limousine services with some of the finest luxury SUV?s, limousines, and vintage-replica trolley buses in the Portland metropolitan area at competitive rates for the region. Clients charter vehicles, such as 18-seat stretch SUV's, for private excursions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, and bachelorette parties, as well as guided tours to wine country and through the city?s holiday-light displays.
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    16550 SE McLoughlin Blvd
    Portland, OR US
  • Museum of Contemporary Craft
    The Portland Mercury featured the Museum of Contemporary Craft and Frommer's very highly recommends it. More than 2,800 Facebookers are fans of the museum and Yelpers award it a perfect five-star average:
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    724 NW Davis St
    Portland, OR US
  • Elements Glass
    As one of the largest glassblowing facilities in Portland, Elements Glass is the hub of the area's glassblowing scene, providing studio space and schooling for local artists and ambitious amateurs. During the introductory class, students learn how to craft a one-of-a-kind glass float, choosing their own colors and breathing life into their beautiful bauble over the course of 30–45 minutes. Those who love art but dislike respiration can skip the studio and head straight to the store, which populated by translucent treasures from a range of local glass gurus.
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    1979 NW Vaughn St
    Portland, OR US
  • Vine Gogh Artist Bar & Studio
    As the artist-in-residence at a local grade school, Vine Gogh Artist Bar & Studio owner Jenny Schildan inspired more than 600 grade-schoolers to confidently wield a paintbrush. Now, she applies the same patience and passion when teaching her adult art classes. Jenny likes to emphasize the therapeutic, meditative aspects of painting in her classes. “You kind of get tunnel vision for a couple hours—it’s a nice way to leave the planet.” To set a soothing tone, she serves wine and complimentary appetizers, puts on music, and kicks off classes with a toast. Then, she delves deeply into technique, from which brush to use to proper brushstrokes and basic color theory. “I tell students it’s like learning a dance routine. You go step by step and at the end, you have whole piece.” Her fellow instructors tout not just technical expertise¬—all studied art at the university level—but a lifelong passion for art and teaching. She believes that the nurturing environment the group fosters can lure even the most timid painter to the canvas. “People have shocked themselves to see what they can create.”
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    7956 Southeast 13th Avenue
    Portland, OR US

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