Portland area braces for first summer heatwave
Officials prepare to help residents stay safe. While most of the country has already been experiencing high temperatures and "heat domes", the Portland area has remained stubbornly cool and rainy. That's about to change. This weekend meteorologists are predicting weather in the mid-90s, which will be a shock to the system for those who are not acclimated to high temperatures.Read full story
Employers Struggle to Bring Employees Back into the Office
Not all the pandemic changes were bad, and most workers don’t want to go back to “normal”. Here are 3 ways you can make a healthy transition back to the office. As states and cities around the country lift mask mandates and companies recall workers to the office, many employees are concerned. And rightly so. There’s still a pandemic, and even if there wasn’t, workers are loathe to give up some of the benefits they’ve attained over the last two years.Read full story
Providers prepare to help the homeless during the anticipated severe weather
The Portland metro area may experience up to a week of life-threatening weather for those living outside. The National Weather Service is increasingly confident that the State of Oregon, including the Portland metro area, will enter into a sustained period of severe weather beginning the evening of December 25th.Read full story
Thinking about getting someone a pet for Christmas? Don't.
Animal shelters will be overwhelmed with abandoned pets come January. Don’t contribute to this problem. At some point in their lives, chances are good that your kid is going to ask for a puppy for Christmas. Or a kitten. Or maybe a rabbit.Read full story
Can yoga be more than a balance exercise?
Why you should stop pushing yourself to fit your preconceived notions of what “good yoga” looks like. I was teaching a yoga class recently when I asked the students to move from a standing position to a seated position. As I moved myself to the floor, I lost my balance a little and dropped with a hard thump, leg cocked out at an odd angle.Read full story
"Critters Make Merry": Christmas is back at the Pittock Mansion
Holiday displays are fun for the whole family. The Pittock Mansion announced the return of one of Portland's favorite holiday traditions: Pittock Mansion Christmas. The theme of this year's holiday event is "Critters Make Merry". From now until January 4th:Read full story
Looking to end the year on a positive note? Here are some financial moves that might help.
Set yourself up for success with these smart year-end financial strategies. Another year is coming to a close but there’s still time to make some great changes to help your finances. Early December is a great time to maximize your benefits and get ready for a prosperous new year.Read full story
Portland's "Christmas Street" is back for the holidays
After taking a pandemic hiatus last year, Peacock Lane is back and better than ever!. Good news Portland - Peacock Lane is back this Christmas!. After a yearlong hiatus due to the pandemic, Portland's "Christmas Street" is returning from December 15 through December 31.Read full story
Here's how you can make a difference on "Giving Tuesday" in Portland
Small acts can make a big difference for those who are struggling in our community. If you've been on social media over the past few days, you've likely seen multiple posts asking you to support organizations on "Giving Tuesday".Read full story
Can we really live without internet or cell service anymore?
The great disconnection: how our reliance on technology is cutting us off from living. A terrible tragedy struck me recently. I was staying at a hotel with no internet and no cell phone service.Read full story
Should the Lloyd Center mall be converted into a homeless shelter?
As residents debate ideas for the mall's future, many see a homeless shelter as the perfect option. It's not news that the Lloyd Center Mall has been dying a long, slow death for many years now.Read full story
How to support local Portland shops this "Small Business Saturday"
Ditch Amazon and the big guys at the mall and support your neighbors instead. Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving we celebrate "Small Business Saturday" in the U.S. "Small Business Saturday" was started by American Express back in 2010 as a way to encourage consumers to shop locally and support neighborhood businesses. It's part of the nationwide "Shop Small" campaign.Read full story
Opinion: Black Friday has become a tasteless and classist spectator sport
It's time to retire the schadenfreude aspects of the biggest shopping day of the year. I hate shopping. I really, really hate it. I’d rather do almost anything than go shopping. I haven’t stepped foot in a mall in years — malls make me claustrophobic and cranky.Read full story
How to get your shopping done this Black Friday without breaking the bank
You can get some bargains on Christmas gifts without going into debt. The big meal is over, the leftovers are stashed in the fridge, and it’s time to think about day two of the big Thanksgiving holiday: Black Friday.Read full story
Letting go of family expectations to have the Thanksgiving you really want
Why I choose to do nothing on Thanksgiving — and it’s the best decision I've ever made. The same thing happens every year the night before Thanksgiving. Around 6:00 p.m. I put on my pajamas and a thick pair of socks. I sigh happily because I know I’m not taking those pajamas off until Friday.Read full story
Thanksgiving entertainment options to watch instead of football
Football is awesome, but these classics really represent the best — and worst — of the holiday. Thanksgiving will likely be different this year, but one thing that is always the same for me: my Thanksgiving TV line-up. Although I rarely watch TV or movies, each holiday I make sure to get these three classics in, no matter what.Read full story
Why is it so hard to find locations for "Safe Rest Villages" for the homeless population?
Three locations are still needed to implement the City of Portland's plan. This week Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan announced a third location for his "Safe Rest Villages" project.Read full story
Portland International Airport preparing for busiest travel period of the year. Here's what you need to know.
After pandemic slow-downs last year, Thanksgiving is back and the airport will be crowded with travelers. Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the busiest travel time of the year in the United States, and this year looks to be another hectic one.Read full story
It's not too late to get a holiday pie in Portland, but you'd better hurry
Portland pie shops are selling out fast. Here's where to get your Thanksgiving treat before it's too late. As much as we all love the traditional Thanksgiving feast, for many people, the best part is the dessert. And if there's one dessert that's synonymous with the Thanksgiving holiday, it's pie. Pumpkin pie is, of course, always a holiday favorite. But apple pie and pecan pie are also top contenders.Read full story
As temperatures drop in the metro area, local jurisdiction open additional shelter beds for the homeless
Multnomah and Washington Counties gear up to protect the homeless during upcoming winter weather. Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran setting up shelter beds earlier this yearPhoto courtesy of Multnomah County.Read full story