Things to do

Meet the “Granddad of KingPins”

It’s been said that the collapse of community begins with people bowling alone. So we’re glad to report there are still people bowling together in Lents. The KingPins alley on SE 92nd hosts bowling leagues every day of the week, including for kids, adults, and seniors. And if you go often enough, you’re just about […]

/ January 3, 2020


Why Spending a Day with Dillon is a Big Dill

Lents is one of Portland’s oldest, largest, and most diverse neighborhoods — and no offense to Blaze, but it’s also the home of our city’s most beloved mascot, Dillon the Pickle. Since 2015, Dillon has been the face of the Portland Pickles, a collegiate wood-bat baseball team that’s gained quite a following for its home […]

/ January 3, 2020


Meet the “Minister of Loud Noises” at The Old Church Concert Hall

The Old Church Concert Hall in downtown Portland is known as “a sanctuary of sound” — and organist Michael Barnes is its “minister of loud noises.” Michael is the artistic director behind the Lunchtime Concert Series, which brings local musicians to The Old Church every Wednesday at noon to perform a free concert. The concert […]

/ August 30, 2019


How to Visit Pine Street Market Like a Pro

Morgan Joffe is the Instagrammer behind the handle @foodie.passport, and her insights into the local food scene have landed her appearances everywhere from KATU to BuzzFeed. After moving to Portland in 2011, Morgan went on the hunt for the freshest, newest, most delectable dishes in town — and more than 10,000 Portlanders now follow her […]

/ August 27, 2019


The Inclusive “Living Room” for East Portlanders

Gateway Discovery Park celebrated its grand opening almost exactly a year ago, making it only the second park in Portland that’s accessible to kiddos of all physical abilities. Portland Parks & Recreation calls it a “living room” that serves the Gateway district and surrounding neighborhoods. Before its construction, nearly 1,000 new households lacked access to […]

/ August 5, 2019


Spike your Coffee with Fire, Huber’s Style

The Spanish coffee may have been concocted in Mexico, but Portlanders know the city’s oldest restaurant, Huber’s Café, will put on a show to make you one.  Watch Huber’s bartender of 38 years, John Pierce, mesmerize us with flowing moves and a flick of his wrist. At the end of the show, their fresh-whipped cream […]

/ May 14, 2019


How to Make Aebleskiver like a Pro Portland Chef

It’s no secret that Portlanders, who wait at least 90 minutes to snag a seat at their favorite spot, love their brunch. Broder Café is no exception. Since 2007, the Scandinavian eatery has perfected classic Nordic food with Pacific Northwest flair.  Their take on homemade Aebleskiver, also known as the “Danish Donut”, is two-inch spherical […]

/ May 8, 2019


A Bridge and its Park

The St. Johns Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in Portland, but the area below it has its own history. It was home to Native American tribal grounds and a Lewis and Clark landing site before it became Cathedral Park. For decades, it housed junkyards and factories. But “honorary mayor” Howard Galbraith and […]

/ May 2, 2019


The Place in Portland Where Pro Wrestling Is Still Going Strong

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Johns / Portsmouth THE PLACE: The North Portland Eagles Lodge hosts Blue Collar Wrestling every Sunday night, and for just $10, you can snag a seat to watch the action. Blue Collar Wrestling is now eight years old, and its marquee matches have featured WWE stars like Roddy Piper and The Honky Tonk […]

/ April 10, 2019


The St. Johns Restaurant Where East Meets South

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Johns THE PLACE: Fusion cuisine reigns among Portland’s foodie culture. But there’s only one place in St. Johns you can eat southern collard greens and korean kimchi harmoniously: Mama San Soul Shack. St. Johns has been historically lower income and more ethnically diverse than other parts of Portland. Mama San Soul Shack […]

/ April 3, 2019