Week on the Cheap: Monday, February 27th – Thursday, March 1st

Article of the Week:
10 Places You Can Always Get Freebies,” by Matt Brownell for Yahoo’s Financially Fit.

Monday, February 27th:
Fred Meyer deals: Foster Farms Whole Fryers for just $.79 a pound and asparagus for $.99 a pound, now through Saturday.
– Free spay/neuter surgeries are being offered through the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland’s Spay & Save program beginning today and running until March 2nd. Please see web site for restrictions and qualifications.
– Free concert performance all week long from pianist William O. Crane at various locations around the Portland area to celebrate a Portland artist’s turning 60. See web site for schedule and locations.
Elizabeth Taylor’s 80th birthday celebration, 7:00pm at the Hollywood Theater. Catch a special screening of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with Laela Wilding, granddaughter of Elizabeth Taylor. The party and screening is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Cascade AIDS Project and da Vinci Arts Middle School.
– “Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano,” a free performance by pianist Adam Tendler, 8:00pm at Portland State Unversity’s Lincoln Hall Room 21.

Tuesday, February 28th:
IHOP National Pancake Day: enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© and other designated local charities.
– World Spay Day: the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) will be holding free spay/neuter clinics today through March 17th. Call for details: 503-797-2606.
– Powell’s Friends and Family Night, enjoy 30% off everything in the store from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at all Powell’s locations with this coupon.
Oregon Encyclopedia History Night, 6:30pm at McMenamins Edgefield, free admission. Features “A Woman Alone: Mona Bell, Sam Hill, and the Mansion on Bonneville Rock,” with John Harrison.
Portland Opera Studio Artist Recital: Bass-Baritone Nicholas Nelson, 7:00pm at Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum. Free admission, but reservations for the free tickets are required here.

Wednesday, February 29th:
Free sack lunch concert at downtown Portland’s Old Church features Portland State Piano Studio students of Lisa Marsh, 12:00pm.
Ground Kontrol’s monthly free play party, 5:00pm until late, pay just a $5 cover to play all the classic video arcade and pinball games you want, ages 21 and over only.
OMSI After Dark: Bridgetown Baconfest, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, ages 21 and over only, $12 general admission. From web site: “Portland is obsessed with two things—bridges and bacon! Explore the engineering behind Portland’s newest bridge while enjoying the candy of meat. Treat yourself to childfree, brain-building science fun at OMSI After Dark! Adults only.”
Art from the Heart Leap Year Show, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at 3505 NE Broadway Street. View many new works by over 45 artists with developmental disabilities, including painting, printmaking, encaustics, ceramics, bookmaking, doll-making, and masks. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 1st:
Major League Soccer: USA vs. Italy, catch it on the big screen for free, 11:00am at McMenamins St. Johns Theater and Pub.
– First Thursday monthly art gallery event in downtown Portland, Old Town / Chinatown, Northwest and the Pearl. Click here for a printable walking map. Stop by the Ben & Jerry’s in the Pearl for free sampling of four flavors of their new Greek frozen yogurt line, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
– “Urinetown,” Portland State Unviersity’s department of theater and film presents a 7:30pm preview performance at Lincoln Performance Hall. $6 general admission.
Authors in Pubs, 8:00pm at Joe’s Cellar; give feedback to local authors’ work!

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