Spotlight: 2010 Portland Entertainment Book

Weekend picks on the cheap:

– Friday, November 6th is PCC Rock Creek’s annual Career and Technical Opportunities Day from 9:30am – 1:00pm. Free admission and lunch provided.

– Last weekend to take advantage of bargain reads offered by the Friends of the Hillsboro Library during their fall book sale at the Hillsboro Main library.

– This weekend is also the last weekend EVER for the annual Catlin Gabel Rummage sale at the Portland Expo Center. If you can wait until Sunday, get an additional 50% off your purchases.

– If you are a Bank of America card holder (ATM, debit or credit card), this weekend just show your card and get free admission to the Portland Art Museum and/or the Pittock Mansion as part of the “Bank of America Museums on Us” monthly promotion

– Saturday, November 7th head over to Forest Grove for the 75th Annual Verboort Sausage & Kraut Dinner. Dinner tickets are not cheap, but it goes towards a great cause and it is all-you-can-eat!

– Get your java this Saturday and Sunday at the Coffee Fair at the World Forestry Center. Sample coffees from around the world and learn from demonstrations. Plus, the IKEA lounge giving away free travel mugs for the first 100 people each day entitling them to FREE refills in the IKEA restaurant for a year. This event is in conjunction with the special exhibit, Coffee: The World in Your Cup, which explores the journey of coffee from farm to cup. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children.

– For other weekend listings, please go to Aroundthesunblog

– Willamette Week’s new Cheap Skate deal box features a free wedding contest, half-off massages, a place to catch the Blazer games with cheap food and much more.

– The OSU Food Innovation Center is looking for qualified volunteers for a food taste test for Tuesday, November 17th:

The taste test is about 30 minutes and the compensation is $25. Test times run from 11am to 4:30pm. If you are interested, please click on the link below to submit a questionnaire. If you are selected to participate, we will contact you via email by Wednesday, November 11th, and then give you a confirmation email the day before the test.

For those who are new to the email list, please note that we cannot contact everyone who sent in a questionnaire. You will not hear back from us for each test as each consumer will not be selected every time. We only contact those who were selected to participate and will be sending out those confirmation emails by November 11th.

Photo ID will be required to participate in this test. Click here to take the survey.

POTC Spotlight: 2010 Portland Entertainment Book

Here’s our not-so-secret favorite way to save money in Portland: buying and using the coupons out of the Entertainment Book!

This year’s edition has been on sale for the last month and if you have never purchased one, it’s time to take advantage and save! Here are some of our favorite offers (BOGO means buy one, get one…):

– See a movie for FREE at Regal Cinemas on your birthday
– FREE medium fries at McDonald’s, no purchase necessary
– FREE piece of chicken at Church’s Chicken, no purchase necessary (local outpost is in Vancouver)
– FREE Cinna Stix at Domino’s Pizza, no purchase necessary
– FREE eggroll at Samuri Sam’s, no purchase necessary
– FREE Loco value menu item at El Pollo Loco, no purchase necessary
– FREE kids create-your-own (12 and under only) at Cold Stone Ice Creamery, no purchase necessary
– FREE original or cinnamon sugar pretzel at Auntie Anne’s, no purchase necessary
– Vinetopia: Buy one entree, get one free at the restaurant inside Vancouver’s innovative movieplex, Cinetopia
– Qdoba: BOGO entree free
– Village Inn: BOGO free
– TGI Fridays: BOGO lunch free (hopefully they’ll reopen their shuttered Portland locations in 2010)
– Daphne’s Greek Cafe: BOGO entree
– Blockbuster video or game rental BOGO free
– BOGO tickets free for Tears of Joy, Body Vox, Portland Center Stage and more
– Cinetopia Grand Auditorium tickets for $7.50 each
– Portland Timbers and Portland Beavers tickets for half-price
– FREE Eco car wash express at Eco Wash
– $10 off your $50 purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods (look for the Dick’s grand openings this Sunday, November 8th)

This is just a sampling of the many great offers inside the Entertainment Book; if you use all the coupons, you could save as much as $19,000 (or so the book claims). If we can save even just $40 for the year, it is well worth the cost.

The Portland Entertainment Book can be found at your local library, school fund raiser, banks and some retail shops and can be had for $20-$35 depending on where you buy it from (we purchased ours from the library). Walgreens has a $10 off coupon from the Sunday Oregonian ad insert (you’ll end up paying $25). You can also buy online; see the web site to view more coupons and offers, and if you are traveling, the Entertainment Book has out-of-town editions as well.

Most of the offers expire November 1st, 2010 so that gives you almost a full year of savings for restaurants, shopping, attractions, sporting events, performances, movies, travel and more. We hope we’ve sold you by now, so go forth and get your hands on one soon — they also make great holiday gifts!

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