Can’t get enough Rose Festival? There’s more…

KeyBank Starlight Run: The 5K fun run marks its 33rd anniversary following the route of the night’s Starlight Parade. The Rose Festival run begins and ends at Lincoln High. Registration 6 p.m. Sat, June 4; costume judging 7 p.m.; race starts 7:45 p.m. Lincoln High School, 1600 S.W. Salmon St.; pre-registration using Web site $15, or $28 with T-shirt; $20 on-site, T-shirt $13; free for age 10 and younger (must register); or 503-227-2681

Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade: Bring chairs and blankets, and find a spot along the route to take in the lights, sights and sounds of this annual Rose Festival parade. This family favorite includes the usual marching bands, horse-drawn wagons and other parade staples, but what makes it special is that it takes place at night and the floats are illuminated. The themed “Spirit of the West Section” section, part of the first illuminated Rose Festival Parades in the 1900s, returns for 2011. The parade follows the Starlight Run (which starts at 7:45 p.m.). Parade begins at 8:30 p.m. Sat, June 4. Downtown Portland; free; or 503-227-2681

Rose Festival Fleet Week: Vessels from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and from the Canadian Maritime Forces arrive at the festival Wed, June 8; they leave Mon, June 13. Ship tours daily June 8-12, usually 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; see website for list of ships and details. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway; free tours based on availability; see website for security guidelines; or 503-227-2681

Fred Meyer Junior Parade: The children’s parade features kids riding floats, trikes and bikes; dancing; and walking the route dressed in costume. The parade starts in the Hollywood District and disbands at Grant High School. To be part of this Rose Festival parade, visit the website; for a map of the route, click “Join the Parade,” then “Parade Route Map.” 1 p.m. Wed, June 8. Hollywood District; free; or 503-227-2681

Lloyd Center/Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show: The ice arena will be filled with more than 4,000 blooms for the 123rd annual Rose Festival show as growers from across the Northwest compete for honors. 1-9 p.m. Thu, June 9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri, June 10. Lloyd Center Ice Rink, 953 Lloyd Center; $3; tickets from Ticketmaster outlets or at the door (not available online or by phone); or 503-227-2681

Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race: There will be 80 teams (local to international) competing in boats provided through the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association. Four teams race per heat. Races take place on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat-Sun, June 11-12. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway; free for spectators; or 503-227-2681

Queen’s Coronation Presented by Pacific Power: The Queen of Rosaria will be crowned during this Rose Festival event prior to the start of the Spirit Mountain Grand Floral Parade. 8:30 a.m. Sat, June 11. Memorial Coliseum, One Center Court; $30 includes indoor seating to also view Regence Grand Floral Walk and Grand Floral Parade;

Regence Grand Floral Walk: Lead the way for the Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade by walking along the same four-mile route. Upon completion of the four-mile course, view the parade at a special viewing section near Southwest 12th Avenue and Taylor Street; first come, first served (must have walk-participant bib). Bring water; there are no water stations along the route. Portion of registration fees benefit The Dougy Center. 9:30 a.m. Sat, June 11. Downtown Portland; $20 adults, $10 ages 7-12, free ages 6 and younger; group discounts available; register at; or 503-638-1305

Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade: Grand marshal for 2011 is the Oregon Ducks football team. This Rose Festival parade begins at Memorial Coliseum and continues through downtown Portland, ending at Lincoln High School. 10 a.m. Sat, June 11. Free to view along parade route, reserved parade seating $15-$30 at the coliseum; or 503-227-2681

Grand Floral Parade Float Showcase: Get a closer look at these Rose Festival floats by visiting the showcase, on Southwest Naito Parkway across from Waterfront Village. 3-10 p.m. Sat, June 11; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun, June 12. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway; free; or 503-227-2681

“From One Rose” Film Screening Presented by The Oregonian: The film that premiered in 2007 as part of the Rose Festival chronicles a century of celebrations. Student producers selected from local high schools worked with local professionals to create the film. Includes preshow screening of Youth Silent Film Festival prizewinners. Nathan Avakian, a renowned youth organist and Portland native, created original scores for these three-minute film submissions. Purchase tickets at website or by phone. Doors open 6 p.m. Sat, June 11; film 7 p.m. 6 p.m. Sat, June 11. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.; $10; Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000; or Carol Ross, 503-227-2681

Rose Cup Races Presented by Fluge Global Adventures: The Rose Festival event features daily racing, exhibits and the 51st running of the Rose Cup Race on Sunday afternoon. It’s one of the featured events of the Sports Car Club of America group. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri-Sun, June 17-19. Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd.; three-day admission $20 advance, $25 at gate; Friday $5 advance, $7 gate; Saturday $8 advance, $10 gate; Sunday $10 advance, $12 gate; or 503-227-2681

Free Camping!

Maybe it’s a make up for the wet chilly Memorial Day weekend, or maybe the Legislature really did want Oregonians to get outside and enjoy their parks.

Either way, camping is free this Saturday, June 4, at all Oregon state parks. Day use fees are not charged, either.

The U.S. Forest Service has also waived recreation fees nationwide for June 4 (National Trails Day) and June 11 (National Get Outdoors Day).

State Park Day has been celebrated since 1998 in Oregon.

Visitors to Oregon state park campgrounds will pay nothing to rent full hookup sites (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookups (electricity and water) or tent sites on the evening of June 4.

Full rates, however, will be charged for yurts, cabins, horse camps and group areas. 

Campsite reservations for that night may be made online or by calling Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687) before 5 p.m., June 2. The usual $8 reservation fee will be charged.

Many parks conduct special activities on State Park Day. Look for them on the park department’s website.

The theme of the 14th annual event focuses on Outdoor Seekers, a new program aimed at encouraging increased outdoor recreation among children ages 6-12.

“This is a great chance to expose kids to a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities,” said Richard Walkoski, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recreation program manager. “If nothing else, families can let kids satisfy one the requirements to earn Outdoor Seeker status— camp out under the stars — while camping for free.”

PupGear, a must have for city living!

PupGear has some great ideas for busy downtown pet lovers!

“The Original Portable Indoor Dog Potty” is a three-part system that includes Authentic Pup-Grass™, a specially engineered artificial turf that contains antimicrobial properties and allows for instant drainage of liquids. A perforated drainage grate keeps liquids separate from the grass. Our specially designed sturdy, lightweight collection tray holds almost 1.5 gallons of liquid. In addition, our patent-pending scent attracts dogs automatically.

Pup-Head™ Portable Indoor Dog Potty is the #1 selling dog potty on the market today. We designed a great looking quality product that your dog will feel comfortable using. It is designed low to the ground so that dogs do not have to step up onto a raised platform and the Pup-Head™ Portable Indoor dog toilet is easy to clean. The Pup-Head™ can be emptied directly into the toilet or it can be used with Absorbent Pads, newspaper, paper towels, or micro-fine crystal kitty litter.

Pup-Head™ weighs less than 5 lbs. It is a perfect solution for apartments, high-rise buildings, boats and recreational vehicles, or during inclimate weather. Perfect for housebreaking puppies and pet owners with busy or unpredictable schedules. Especially useful for elderly or handicapped pet owners. Anyone who may be unable to take their dogs outdoors several times a day will love Pup-Head™. Dogs love it because it appeals to their natural instinct and Pup-Head™ is the only portable dog potty made with Authentic Pup-Grass™ Synthetic Grass designed especially for dogs. Our special antimicrobial blend helps fights bacterial causing odors which makes living with dogs safer and more pleasant. In addition to the care and training guide, Pup-Head™ Portable Dog Potty comes with a heavy duty box that is also a transportable carrying case with handle so it is easy to take with you when you travel with your dog. (We have heard that cats use Pup-Head™ too!)

The website sells these for $39.99.

I have found Pet Mountain that sells them for as low as $29.95.  Another website, PetSolutions, sells them for as low as $27.99!

The Ball-Stopper™ is a patent pending system that blocks balls and toys from rolling under sofas, chairs, and beds. It also protects furniture from a frustrated, scratching dog that can’t reach its toy.

The Ball-Stopper™ also saves the wits and backs of pet owners whose pets constantly lose their balls or toys beneath furniture. The Ball-Stopper™ is an adjustable system that works under chairs, sofas beds and other furniture where balls and toys tend to roll. It is simple to set up and blends with any room’s décor.

There are a few local companies that carry PupGear items, but it would be best to probably order it online.

Looking for Memorial Day Plans?

Skip the lines in Wine Country (or just go there on Sunday when it’s a little slower) and head to Portland’ s own Distillers Row!  Rent a petty cab, ride your own bike or simply walk to some of the best craft distillers in the world…all without leaving town! Portland is quickly becoming a destination for small artisan spirit producers and you do not want to miss this. Below are a few of our suggestions but check out Travel Portland for even more ideas and seize the weekend! 


New Deal Distillery
1311 S.E. Ninth Ave., Portland, Ore.
Deco Distilling, also located at 1311 SE 9th Avenue

Sub Rosa Spirits
2025 S.E. Seventh Ave., Portland, Ore.
Tours by appointment.

House Spirits Distillery
2025 S.E. Seventh Ave., Portland, Ore. 

Distillery tours and Spirit & Cocktail Boutique by appointment.

Clear Creek Distillery
2389 N.W. Wilson St., Portland, Ore.
Tasting room open Monday through Saturday, tours offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays.


How would you like to live in an underwater suite?

Spring Salad Recipe



Romaine Lettuce

Fresh Spinach

Candied Walnuts

Dried Cranberries

Chopped Scallions

Crumbled Goat Cheese


Toss all together and lightly drizzle a Raspberry Walnut Dressing…

Here’s a suggestion:


This is sure to be a hit with visitors or even when relaxing with a bottle of wine by yourself.

For a little extra protein, try adding baked, cubed chicken.

New Downtown Recycling Bins!


Today, the City of Portland unveiled Public Place Recycling, making recycling a simple and easy option for downtown commuters, residents, and visitors. In this first phase of a multi-year project, the City is installing 175 recycling containers on the downtown Portland transit mall. One recycling container will be installed next to each garbage can along Fifth and Sixth Avenues, between Northwest Irving and Southwest Jackson Streets. As part of the Portland Recycles! Plan adopted by City Council in 2007, Public Place Recycling aims to reduce the amount of waste in public garbage cans, while bringing sustainable options to public spaces.

“Public Place Recycling is an important step toward our goal of increasing our city-wide recycling rate to 75 percent by 2015,” said Mayor Sam Adams. “Installing these new recycling containers next to garbage cans along the transit mall will make it easy and convenient to recycle downtown.” 

With recyclable materials making up approximately 30 percent of the waste collected from downtown public garbage cans, the recycling containers have the potential to divert nearly a third of the downtown public waste from the landfill. The recycling containers will be paired with and match existing garbage cans and each will have separate areas for newspapers and magazines, plastic bottles, metal cans and glass bottles. Non-recyclable items include coffee cups, cold beverage cups, food wrappers and food packaging.  

 ”Bringing the City’s recycling efforts to the Portland transit mall will be a great way to blend the City’s sustainable priorities into this important public area,” said Bob Hastings, Agency Architect, Tri-Met. “Designed for function and aesthetics, these recycling containers will encourage the public to recycle, while enhancing the usability of the transit mall.” 

 The City of Portland selected the downtown transit mall for the launch of Public Place Recycling because it is a thriving center of activity and a nationally recognized successful transit center. Partners in the project include the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet and Portland Mall Management, Inc. Once installation of the recycling containers is completed this spring, data will be collected to help ensure that the project is as successful as possible when it eventually expands to other parts of the city.

The Secret to Brazil’s Energy Success

The Obama administration’s energy policy is in the midst of transition from being stubbornly ideological to being wholly incoherent. That much was clear when President Obama unveiled his Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future this week.

With gasoline prices climbing above $4 a gallon, the administration is talking about tapping our Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a desperate attempt to hold down pump prices. It’s also expanding subsidies and incentives for energy supplies that cost a lot more than oil, and it’s aiming to reduce our dependency on foreign oil by one-third over the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, in a bizarre turn, Mr. Obama recently expressed enthusiasm for aggressive offshore drilling—in Brazil.

At least the president is practicing the green virtue of recycling. His energy address featured all the greatest hits of past presidential declarations of energy independence, including even George W. Bush’s paean to switchgrass ethanol. Yet Mr. Obama’s energy “blueprint” will get no further than all previous presidential schemes for the same reason: It is unserious at its core.

There are only two ways to reduce our foreign oil imports: a large oil tax to suppress consumption, or expanded production of domestic oil resources. All of the other bells and whistles—hybrid and flex-fuel cars, biofuels, etc.—will have only a marginal effect on overall oil demand. Higher energy taxes are not in the cards. What about expanded domestic oil production? Mr. Obama tried to thread the needle by claiming to be pro-domestic production, while at the same time embracing the tired talking point that because the U.S. has only 2% of the world’s proven oil reserves—about 20 billion barrels—we can’t hope to achieve independence from foreign oil from our own resources.

Yet a recent report from the Congressional Research Service that has received surprisingly little attention concludes that the U.S. probably has as much as 155 billion barrels of oil recoverable with existing technology that we simply haven’t looked for or have closed off from exploration for political reasons. That’s five times the outdated and misleading figure Mr. Obama cites. And there are an additional 700 billion barrels of oil shale and other unconventional hydrocarbons that could be developed here at home. That’s more than the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Obama ought to tell the whole story about Brazil, instead of just half of it. He touts the measures Brazil took to improve its energy independence, such as flex-fuel vehicles and biofuels. And yes, Brazil has gone from importing 77% of its oil from foreign sources in 1980 to importing no oil by 2009. A great success story in conservation and alternative energy? Not really. Total Brazilian oil consumption still more than doubled.

The biggest factor is that Brazil increased its domestic oil production over the last two decades by 876% (not a typo). Most of that production has come from offshore exploration.

Brazilians achieved independence from foreign oil the old-fashioned way—they drilled. Instead of tapping our Strategic Petroleum Reserve, how about tapping into our still-in-the-ground oil reserves?

* Taken from * *Written by Stephen Haward*

Portland and the Cyan ahead of the trends again….

While enjoying a cup of the Cyan’s complementary coffee and reading the WSJ that was delivered in the morning, I noticed a fairly familiar picture on the front page of the Personal Journal section. An integrated appliance kitchen was getting rave reviews as the next stage in high end design, a full year after the Cyan finished construction with these same appliances!

Cyan Kitchen


The article is quotes Mr. De Giulio, author of “Kitchen Centric” and principle of the Chicago firm de Giulio Kitchen Design, as saying “Hidden or integrated appliances are becoming a hallmark of the luxury kitchen”.

Does your kitchen work with your lifestyle?

If not, take a second and see how much our kitchens will love to live with you!

Newsletter Notes…

Dog Owners - Please note, dogs must be on a leash at all times while on the property.  Also, please make sure that you pick up after your pooches.  Pet waste should be bagged and disposed of properly.  Anyone that has complaints about pets please let the office know so that we may post the appropriate notices.  Please do not take these situations into your own hands.


Smoking – Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere on the property!  This includes inside your apartment, hallways, common areas, the Plaza and the parking garage.  Please do not smoke outside any exit door.  As a reminder, doorways, windows, vents and air intakes must be smoke-free within 10 feet of a building in Oregon.  Smoking within 10 feet of our building is a violation of our LEED Gold status.


New Office Hours – Effective immediately, the Leasing office will be open the following hours:


Monday through Friday: 10am-7pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 1pm-5pm


Have a great week everyone!