Weekend on the Cheap:
– First Friday Galleries exhibit viewing, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, free. From web site: “Hosted by Portland’s Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist receptions and openings during extended hours on the First Friday of every month.”
– PCC Rock Creek Campus is hosting â€œAfrican Night, African Show 2011,” Friday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm in the Theater Room 114 of Building 3. There will be African food, dances, cultural clothing and so much more. Free.
– Portland Children’s Museum First Friday free admission from 4:00pm â€“ 8:00pm, come see the new Lego Castle Adventure exhibit!
– “Badgirls” from Willamette Week: “Leanne Grabel performs a â€œmultimedia spoken-wordâ€ show inspired by her years teaching writing to the teenagers in a lockdown treatment center in â€œdeep Southeast Portland.â€ Friday, Saturday & Sunday, free.
– Bank of Americaâ€™s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, Pittock Mansion and the Lan Su Chinese Garden this Saturday and Sunday. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.
– Last weekend for the Friends of the Hillsboro Library Fall Used Book Sale at the Hillsboro Main Library.
– World premiere of Hero’s Welcome, a puppet show for military families, performing at Curious Comedy Theater on Saturday and Sunday. $5 suggested donation.
– Coffee Fair at the World Forestry Center on Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm, admission is only $8 for adults and includes coffee tastings from over 10 roasters and tasty coffee themed treats.
– Mt Hood Model Engineers Annual Open House, every Saturday in November from 12:00pm – 5:00pm, free admission. This Saturday’s theme is modern era trains.
– Portland’s Largest Garage Sale at the Expo Center, Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm, general admission is $4.
– 5th Annual Lewis Elementary Holiday Bazaar, Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm, free. 50 + Artists & Crafts-People from all over the Northwest will sell the finest handmade goods.
– Autumn birds at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Saturday 9:30am – 12:00pm, free birdviewing event. From web site: “Walking is easy on the paved trail; suitable for ages 10 and up. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair onsite. Meet Metro naturalist James Davis in the parking lot at 5300 N. Marine Drive. Free. Advance registration required.”
– Native American Heritage Month free events include storytelling of “Raven Steals the Sun” Saturday 10:30am at the Central Library and Northstar Native American Dance Company Saturday 11:00am at the North Portland Library.
– Q&A conversation with acclaimed theater critic and author, Misha Berson, Saturday at 5:00pm on the mezzanine level of the Gerding Theater. Free.
– This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, which means that general admission into OMSI is just $2 per person! Note: Admission to Body World’s and the museum on these days is $23 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (63+) and Students w/ ID, and $15 for Youth (3-13).
– 2011 Portland National College Fair, Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center, 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
– Salmon Festival at Multnomah Falls, Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm, free. From web site: “Join Mt. Hood Community College and the U.S. Forest Service for this family-friendly event to watch salmon chasing and circling in Multnomah Creek. Visit interactive booths from local organizations and learn about the state of salmon and other endangered species.”
– Rhythm Traders Presents the 2nd Annual Oregon Big Beat 2011, Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm at the Ambridge Event Center on MLK. Suggested donation is $5 per spectator plus two cans of food, and/or $10 per participant plus two cans of food. Description from web site: “All ages, all skill levels, all sizes of people and drums are invited to attend this fun-filled day of percussion with clinics, performances, generous product give-aways, raffles, a silent auction, drumming contests, participation in a world record attempt, and the world premier performance of Bobby Torresâ€™ Convergence III featuring many of Portlandâ€™s professional drummers.”
– 2011 Siren Nation Womenâ€™s Music and Arts Festival Art and Craft Sale, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm at McMenaminâ€™s Kennedy School. This art and craft sale showcases women artisans from the Northwest as part of the 2011 Siren Nation Womenâ€™s Music and Arts Festival. There will also be free workshops all day; please see web site for more info!
– If you are missing Portland Trail Blazers basketball, head on down to the University of Portland for Sunday’s charity basketball game featuring NBA players. Tickets start at $25, all proceeds go to charity, plus if you buy tickets at the Chiles Center box office, UP also will include a free ticket to the Pilots’ menâ€™s basketball game against Concordia-Irvine on Nov. 4. Please click here for more details.
– Head over to On Deck Sports Bar & Grill in the Pearl before the game for the second stop of the Basketball Jones Tour, starting at 4:00pm to see a free live recording of The Jones’ audio podcast and meet the guys. Click here for the event page info (must log-in to Facebook).
– AMC’s Walking Dead continues its run of free screenings at the Hollywood Theater, Sunday beginning at 9:00pm.
– For more listings of happenings this first weekend of November, please check out Aroundthesunblog and PDXPipeline.