Week on the Cheap: Monday, September 19th – Thursday, September 22nd

Article of the Week:
Budget-Friendly Alternatives to Cable TV,” by Lisa Gerstner and provided by Kiplinger.com. Read the article, then scroll down to check out the comments section for more ideas.

Monday, September 19th:
Portland Streetcar Mobile Music Fest, 6:00pm – 9:00pm features “local musicians playing an acoustic variety of indie, alt-country, classical, jazz, singer songwriter, and more, on every Portland streetcar between PSU and NW 23rd.” Just hop on the streetcar for these free performances!
Swift Watch 2011 at Chapman Elementary School, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, free. Join the Portland Audubon Society for this popular event; volunteers will be present with information about the swifts, binoculars and a spotting scope for viewing. Come any day until the end of September!
– City Club of Portland Citizens read “Portland’s Goose Hollow” by Tracy J. Prince and Bud Clark, beginning at 6:30pm at McMenamins Mission Theater. Free admission, description from web site: “Portland’s Goose Hollow explores the intersection of the natural and urban world, when Northwest Portland was creek and lake, and Old Town was largely a bog. The plentiful photos bring the past to life in this truly local read by Tracy J. Prince with former Portland Mayor Bud Clark. Take a journey into history – join the authors and City Club for a fun and interactive discussion and slide show of Portland’s Goose Hollow.”

Tuesday, September 20th:
Senior Safari Day at the Oregon Zoo, 9:00am – 3:00pm. Free admission for everyone 65 years of age and older. “Providence Health Plan sponsors a fun filled day for seniors with entertainment, live music, refreshments, animal chats and a petting zoo. Zoo admission and a train ride are free for seniors (65+) and a companion.

Wednesday, September 21st:
Old Church free weekly Sack Lunch Concerts beginning at 12:00pm. Today’s concert features voice students from the Studio of Nancy Olson-Chatalas.
New Urbanism lecture, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Metro Regional Center. This free event features Jeff Speck, “a city planner who promotes smarth growth and sustainable design. Author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, and The Smart Growth Manual, Jeff Speck is a supporter and leader of the movement called New Urbanism.”

Thursday, September 22nd:
– Book reading, 7:30pm at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside features “Hollywood Left and Right.” Description from web site: “In Hollywood Left and Right (Oxford Univ. Press), Steven J. Ross recounts how Hollywood emerged as a vital center of American political life. From Chaplin, whose movies almost always displayed his leftist convictions, to Schwarzenegger’s seamless transition from blockbuster action star to California governor, Ross traces the intersection of Hollywood and political activism from the early 20th century to the present.”

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