To learn about the world around you, a cultural stop to Cinco De Micro Festival in Salem is exactly what you need.
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When he's not whipping the youth soccer players of the Portland Timbers into shape, Waterfront Fitness's owner Jason Bell heads to the city’s riverside parks to shape up everyday citizens with rigorous athletic drills. He and his team of qualified instructors convene beneath Portland's sky during all but the coldest months, incinerating calories during one-hour boot camps held every morning and evening. These sessions include activities such as strength circuits, Interval training, games, and box fit, which features high-speed punching drills and cardiovascular throwdowns beneath the boughs of mighty park trees. The trainers also provide general and sport-specific personal training for exercisers in search of an intense, highly personalized regimen to build muscle or burn fat.
Amid the historic industrial buildings of the Granary District, where the meaty yields of Yamhill County earned McMinnville its nickname as "The Walnut City," over a dozen of the top acts in the Northwest converge for two days of melodies and mirth at the Walnut City Music Festival. The family-friendly event sports a jam-packed lineup, plus crafts and games for the kiddos and craft beers for the grownups. Here are some of the musical highlights:
The Stone Foxes: Entertainment Weekly describes this foot-stomping San Francisco quintet, who've played with the likes of The Black Keys and ZZ Top, as "perfect, back-to-basics rock"
The Builders and the Butchers: This popular Portland folk rock band won the Willamette Week’s “Best New Band of 2008” and Seattle Sound’s award for “Best Live Performers of 2008”
Also Appearing: The Weather Machine \| The Hilldogs \| The Lower 48 \| James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys\| Centaur Midwife \| Lincoln's Beard \| Acousta Noir \| Dan Weber \| The Yamhillbillies \| Jenna May Ellefson \| Manitoba Road Crew
Oregon Brews and BBQ's The seventh-annual Oregon Brews and BBQ's festival floods McMinnville with frothy craft beers and the smoky scent of slow cooked barbecue. With a souvenir beer glass and tasting tickets in hand, guests can sample more than 50 craft beers from more than 35 breweries, including Grain Station Brew Works, Golden Valley Restaurant & Brewery, and Hopworks Urban Brewery. The hoppy flavors complement tender barbecued meats, many of which grill masters have slow cooked throughout the night by using low heat, lots of smoke and homemade seasoning. Live musicians punctuate the air. Audiences can dance along, check out the local vendors, or explore the kids' zone. This year, proceeds from the festival will benefit St. James Catholic School and the GhanaHope Foundation.
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.
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