Week on the Cheap: Monday, December 6th – Thursday, December 9th

Article of the Week:
– “The Best Christmas Shopping Deals,” from Forbes.com, highlighting products with the biggest discounts for this buying season.

Monday, December 6th:
– 2nd Annual Bike Gallery Bike the Light Night! Tonight from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, check out the Winter Wonderland holiday lights show at Portland International Raceway by bicycle. Hosted by the Bike Gallery, admission is just $6 per person (free for ages 13 and under) and is completely closed off to vehicular traffic.
Free piano Christmas concert at Classic Piano (3003 SE Milwaukie Avenue), 7:30pm and featuring Joanne Smith. Please RSVP via phone or email.

Tuesday, December 7th:

Portland Saturday Market and Pioneer Courthouse Square host the annual Holiday Artisan Market starting today and running until Friday, December 10th; open 11:30am – 6:30pm.
– First Tuesday Art Walk in downtown Hillsboro, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center will host the opening reception of “Elements: Multiple Parts/Singular Art” starting at 6:00pm with free refreshments and a house concert.

Wednesday, December 8th:
– Free solo acoustic performance by multi-Grammy award winner and legendary guitarist Bill Frisell, 7:00pm at EveryDay Music (1313 West Burnside Street).

Thursday, December 9th:
– Free parking downtown Portland if you enter any SmartPark parking garage between 4:00pm – 6:00pm for “Holidates with Downtown.” We took advantage of this promotion last Thursday and it was simple and straight forward — we entered the garage at 4:03pm and after some happy hour and a most excellent viewing of “Samurai Assassin” at the NW Film Center, we exited the garage at 8:46pm with zero dollars owed. Holidates continues every Thursday night in December.
– “Hawthorne Holiday Stroll,” 6:00pm – 9:00pm featuring festive holiday shopping, sales, carolers, live music, free hot cider and cocoa, free holiday movies, family activities and more. Main tent is at SE 36th and Hawthorne Street.
Happy Hour Guidebook 2011 release party with Voicebox PDX, 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Come for free karaoke, meet new friends, get the latest edition for $10 and meet the author. The public is invited, RSVP on their Facebook page.

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