It’s mid-October already and the rains have returned…take in these weekend activities on the cheap and enjoy the fall!
– First up is the Pass It On Children’s Consignment Sale, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Washington County Fair Complex. Free admission and free parking!
– Saturday morning check out the Lewis and Clark College Multicultural Fair, running from 10:00am – 1:00pm.
– Saturday is also Family Day at the Oregon Historical Society. Two children are admitted free with one paid adult admission. Visitors will have a chance to visit their newest exhibit “The Art of Ceremony” and speak with Native American artists while they work on their craft. Activities will be held including an opportunity for children to create their own work of art! Thanks to Rachel for the contribution.
– Saturday afternoon and all evening get your groove on at the Scion Garage Fest, running from 2:30pm – midnight—register at their web site and get free admission.
– And just because we are geeks, Powell’s Cedar Hills welcomes horror writer Joe Schreiber at 7:00pm for the first ever Star Wars horror novel, “Star Wars: Death Troopers.” Bonus…the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers will be on hand. Take that Jar Jar!
– Aroundthesunblog will have the rest of the weekend’s highlights posted Thursday evening, so be sure to visit the web site!
– Willamette Week’s new Cheap Skate Deal Box features Saraveza’s first anniversary celebration; a free concert for Old Town Computers fourth anniversary; free food at H50 Bistro and Hotel Fifty; free movies; and cheap massages.
– 7-Eleven is giving away free hot beverages with this pdf coupon; choose from a 12-ounce coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino or tea. Limit one coupon per customer per day—expires on October 31st.
– Finally, today (Thursday 10/15) is the final release of tickets for the Free Night of Theater. Extra shows and tickets have been added so that more people can have the opportunity to try out a new theater group or performance. Just go to the web site, search for Portland and see what is left!
A short spotlight this week because this is a relative newcomer to the Portland market: Groupon. Perhaps you’ve seen the Google Ad and clicked on it to sign up…we recommend that you do it!
A brief history: Groupon started up about a year ago in Chicago and in that span it has expanded to 19 cities. The whole concept is simple: every day Groupon will have a new deal available to purchase by midnight. Oftentimes the savings are around 50% or more and the merchants include restaurants, services, attractions and more. It’s all about group buying power—if enough people purchase that deal of the day, then everyone reaps the reward.
Groupon Portland officially launched this past Monday, October 12th. They’ve already featured The Original: A Dinerant restaurant in downtown Portland where you get $20 worth of dining for just $10. Tuesday’s deal offered up $50 for a 30-minute massage, facial, and foot bath at the Dragontree Holistic Day Spa (retail value of $118, a 68% savings). And Wednesday’s deal was $7 for 3 Games of bowling & shoe rental at Sunset Lanes (retail value of $17, a 59% savings). And for Thursday? It’s up to you to take a look (this where you take some action and check it out!). For a complete FAQ on how Groupon works, click here. Be careful though—these deals pack a value-punch and saving this much money might get addictive (but it’s great for the economy, right?!). Thanks for reading and enjoy the weekend.