When it comes to local news and politics, we’re all about giving you the big picture. But for our new I Spy Portland series, we’re going to get up close and personal.
Every Tuesday, we’ll start the newsletter with a tight-angle photo of a Portland landmark, mural, or art installation and challenge you to name that spot.
Do these brown ceramic tiles 👆 look familiar? Hit reply to submit your best guess, and be as specific as you can.
We’ll make the big reveal in Friday’s newsletter — and we’ll enter one winner into a drawing for this month’s grand prize: a pair of tickets to our Pitch-Your-Friend dating show on March 18.
P.S. Need a hint? That’s a nose you can see in the foreground, and you might run into it while nosin’ around Northeast Portland.
Radon exposure is a serious risk in the Portland area, according to new data from the Oregon Health Authority. You already knew this, of course, but if you still haven’t tested your house or apartment for radon, officials say winter is the best time to do it — and Ben says it’s easier than he expected. Want advice? Hit reply to this newsletter and he’ll help you out. (OPB)
PSU plans to offer free tuition to even more Oregon students next year. The university’s “Four Years Free” program waives tuition and fees for certain low-income students with a GPA of at least 3.4 — and starting next school year, the minimum GPA will drop to 3.2. The deadline to apply is May 1. (Regal Courier)
✈️ Want to get away? Our bargain destination this week is Saskatchewan, Canada. Flights from PDX to Saskatoon are going for $247 this spring and fall, down from $450+ normally. Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for the tip!
😋 It’s Dumpling Week in Portland through Saturday, and that means 30+ local restaurants are offering deals on outside-the-box dumplings. The other big food events this week include Shuck Portland for the oyster fans and a free reopening party for the McMenamins at Edgefield. (Eater)
🎨The Portland Art Museum offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month, which is coming right up for February. Also this week: the Portland Winter Light Festival, which runs from Thursday through Saturday.
💼 Job alert: The Oregon Community Foundation is hiring a public relations manager. The ideal candidate has experience in journalism, PR, or marketing, and the salary range starts at $65k.
✍️ Looking for grants? The Central Eastside Industrial Council is launching a new grant fund to support all kinds of projects in the Central Eastside, from houseless services to community building programs. The deadline to apply is March 16.
🐶 What a gig: The best local Craigslist posting this week is from Rover, a company that hires people to be part-time pet sitters and walkers. Apparently they’re recruiting in Portland, and we’d love for someone to tell us how this works.
🙋 Dress up for '90s night trivia (SW Portland)
📖 Meet author Lidia Yuknavitch after her book talk (Downtown)
🗺️ Shop for vintage maps at PSU (Downtown)
🌈 Join Out in Tech PDX to honor Black History Month (Central Eastside)
🌱 Take a workshop on growing produce (SE Portland)
💸 Celebrate a record-breaking Give!Guide campaign (SE Portland)
👀 Sneak a peek at the new Plaza Del Toro (NW Portland)
💡 Check out the Portland Winter Light Festival - through Saturday (Multiple locations)
📖 Hear a talk by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (Downtown)
🏀 Watch Dame do his thing vs. the Spurs (NE Portland)
🍻 Sample beers from Gorge breweries - through Sunday (SW Portland)
👐 Find social services all in one place (North Portland)
🏙️ Connect with social entrepreneurs at PSU's Elevating Impact Summit (NW Portland) (Partner)
🔍 Learn the local history of the Black Panthers (North Portland)
👙 Strip down for an undie run (NW Portland)
🍷 Taste local wines all in one place (SE Portland)
🎸 Rock out with an Elvis tribute band (Beaverton)
📽️ Watch the Oscars at Yur's Bar (NW Portland)
🙋 Play "The Office" trivia (Tigard)
⚡ Learn about energy resilience after a disaster (NE Portland)