Beloved boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys rev the engines of adoration among droves of fans with their poptastic summer tour. New Kids on the Block has been plucking heartstrings and handcrafting harmonies since 1986, combining a collection of international hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" with five-part choreography and fashionable duds. Following in their footsteps, the Backstreet Boys began blowing up charts in the '90s, producing a songbook replete with favorites such as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have to Give," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The NKOTBSB Tour brings both acts together for a songful extravaganza, forming the more perfect union prophesied nearly 50 years ago by the Constitution. The May 25 concert also includes the vocal virtuosity of special guest and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, adding to an ear-pleasing stew of dulcet melodies sure to soothe the most savage beast or most irascible mail carrier.
Moxie Runners encourages a fun, active lifestyle for others, regardless of their speed or fitness level. During the program’s annual race, participants wind their way through Ridgefield and Vancouver toward the strains of music emanating from the finish line. A portion of race proceeds further encourages fitness by benefiting programs for preteen girls that boost self-confidence through running and walking rather than forcing them to write one another fan mail.
It?s fitting that Brian Nosler?s hobbies include both golf and fly fishing. Both sports require concentration, appreciation for the outdoors, and a fluid backstroke to hit a specific target. But when he?s not intentionally wading in streams, the 2013 Oregon PGA Player of the Year does his best to avoid water at all costs. During professional golf-instruction sessions, Nosler guides students with a simple approach to swing fundamentals, teaching both full-swing mechanics and short-game techniques?a personal specialty that contributed heavily to his previous wins at the Oregon, Washington, and Montana State Opens. In addition to helping students master the art of reading greens' dense instruction manuals, Nosler provides club-repair services and personal club-fitting sessions.
Imagine you're a toddler or a young kid. Now imagine you're allowed to get paint anywhere you want?on yourself, on your clothes, and even on the floor. It sounds too good to be true, but that vibrant dash of freedom is part of the everyday at Art for the Heart. Here, organic finger paints, an onsite cleaning station, and a staff of fun-loving supervisors encourage even the messiest dreams. Self-guided projects are the focus here, with children mining an array of supplies?like glitter, paint, and towel tubes?to make their own ideas shine. There are art and sewing classes, too, which focus on specific projects.
Run by a set of parents?one of whom is also an elementary school teacher?the studio is as much for caregivers as it is for kids. That's why Moms and Dads are also encouraged to play and paint at the open play sessions, Little Piggies appointments, and birthday parties. Grownups can also enjoy free amenities such as wi-fi, coffee, tea, popcorn, and lumbar-friendly seating.
The whoosh of baseballs against protective screens and leather mitts drifts through Extra Innings’ 11,000-square-foot facility even when rain is pouring down and baseball season seems far away. Athletes training for all levels of play can shut themselves in under the black meshing of eight multiuse batting and pitching tunnels, where they crush ball after ball to sharpen the minute movements of their swing. The tunnels, one of which is equipped with ProBatter ATEC7600 simulator, are all equipped with L screens and ping machines and are ideal for practicing sliders. A staff of current and former professional, college, and high-school athletes offers step-by-step instruction and on baseball- and softball-specific strength conditioning. In private lessons and group clinics, Extra Innings puts students of all ages on the path toward big-league skills such as hitting the curve and spitting sunflower seeds into the shape of a beautiful sunset.
Garage sales are full of hidden treasures, all waiting to be found by the right person. So even though you'll have to do some digging around at Portland's LARGEST Garage Sale with Antiques, you can rest assured that you'll eventually unearth something special.
Twice per year, this true-to-its-name community garage sale unpacks thousands of wares inside the EXPO Center, and it rarely?if ever?disappoints. Hundreds of individual sellers set up shop with antique collectibles, jewelry, clothing, electronics, tools, and pretty much everything else under the sun, and it's the shoppers' job to figure out just how much they're willing to lug home. The best part for the sellers? They get to keep 100% of their sales, meaning they don't have to give a single cent to that dusty old accountant hanging out in the box marked "Office Supplies."