๐Ÿ‘‹ What you told us about making friends in Portland

๐Ÿ‘‹ What you told us about making friends in Portland

(๐ŸŽจ: Haley Weaver)


Join a dragon boat team or kickball league. Go to a pot social. Forget what your Mom said and talk to strangers. Hop into a group bike ride.

No matter your social style, we loved all the great tips and friend-making stories you shared with us over on Instagram.

Got other suggestions for readers who are trying to get plugged in? Hit reply and let us know. We’ll share them back later this week.


We’re continuing our series on the people who make what we do possible โ€” our supporting members. โค๏ธ

Next up:ย Meaghan Vehlies!

If you only have one meal left in Portland, where are you going?
Can you snag me a table at Langbaan? If not, Hat Yai or my new favorite, Eem. Clearly I’m an Earl Ninsom groupie. I dream about that curry on the regular.

What’s a local event you went to recently that you loved?
Last month I went to the Career Day event at Alder Elementary School that Bridgeliner had promoted. I’m a sign language interpreter, and I had a blast explaining to kindergarteners what I do and teaching them some simple signs. Little hands are the cutest!

Where in town might people run into you?
Anywhere there is good food, so the possibilities are endless! But Kasbah on Northwest Davis (for that mint tea and zaalouk dip), Teppanyaki Hut near Prost (those sushi burritos!!!), or Skidmore Bluffs (with a King Burrito in hand) are my regulars.

What are you celebrating in your life right now?
I just paid off my student loans!

What made you decide to become a member of Bridgeliner?
Becoming a member of Bridgeliner was a no-brainer. I’m constantly on the go, running around town, chasing down new experiences and fun. Bridgeliner has given me so many great events and things to do the past year โ€” of course I’d become a member.

What’s something you’re working on that you could use help with?
I’m training to run a marathon! It’s been a dream of mine for a while, and I’ll finally be in the area long enough to see through a training plan. If anyone has tips, routes, or great playlists to run to, I would appreciate it. Or if you want a running buddy (I’m in NE, running a 9 minute/mile pace), let me know!

Want to help Meaghan with her marathon adventure? Send us your tricks and tips, or ask us for an intro and we’ll get you in touch. Ready to support Bridgeliner with a membership? Join here today for $10 a month.


๐Ÿ”ฌ Wednesday: Hear a live recording of the woman-run science podcast This Week in Science (NE | Alberta)

๐Ÿš† Tuesday, April 9: Dive deep into transportation innovation at a special design week event presented by Business for a Better Portland (Downtown)

Want to see your event listed here? Hit reply or email [email protected] to chat about a promotion partnership.



๐Ÿจ Taste a chocolate stout float (Tigard)

๐ŸŽบ Hear a chart-topping jazz quartet (Downtown)

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Tell a five-minute story on stage (NE | Albina)

๐Ÿ’ก Get plugged in at Startup Week – through Apr. 5 (Multiple locations)


๐Ÿš† Weigh in on light rail expansion (Tigard)

๐Ÿง€ Get help pairing wine and cheese (SE | Belmont)

๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Watch a film from National Geographic (Downtown)

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Vote for the winner of Pitch Latino (SE | Central Eastside)

๐ŸŽถ Sing along with a community choir – every Tuesday (SE | Buckman)


๐ŸŒฎ Eat tacos for a good cause (NE | Mississippi)

๐Ÿ€ Get cheap seats for the Blazers (NE | Rose Quarter)

๐Ÿ“– Hear Laila Lalami discuss “The Other Americans” (NW | Pearl)


๐Ÿ˜‹ Pick up a free burrito (Multiple locations)

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Sell or buy used kids clothing (Milwaukie)

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Catch a Live Wire live show (NE | Alberta)

๐Ÿค“ Geek out on local comic books (Downtown)

๐Ÿ‘‹ Learn and network at TechFestNW – through Friday (Downtown)


๐Ÿ’ƒ Dance to the beat of the ’80s (Downtown)

๐ŸŽถ Be serenaded by Michael Buble (NE | Rose Quarter)

โœ… Get a free skin cancer screening (SW | South Waterfront)

๐Ÿป Taste farmhouse ales – through Sunday (E | Hazelwood)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #bridgeliner on Instagram to be featured.


Congrats to the Oregon Ducks for beating Mississippi State yesterday and advancing to their first ever Women’s Final Four! They’ll play either Iowa or Baylor this Friday for a spot in the championship game.

In other news, the Oregon Department of Transportation has proposed a $500 million plan to widen I-5 through the Rose Quarter, and the public comment period ends today at 5 p.m.

Here’s our quickest-and-dirtiest explainer on what’s at stake, and here’s what a few of our readers had to say about it.

Check back tomorrow for the full scoop on what’s likely to happen next. We’ll see you then. โœŒ๏ธ

โ€“ ย Bridgeliner

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