February 2014 on the Cheap

Article of the Month:
The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February,” by Dealnews.com.

Multiple Day Offers:
– Free: Ten days of free admission at the Pittock Mansion, Saturday February 1st – Monday February 10th as part of their 100 year anniversary. Open daily 11:00am – 4:00pm.
– Free: 8th annual Lake Oswego Reads features discussion groups, poetry, film screenings, guest speakers, children’s programming and much more, now – March 7th.
– Free: Tax preparation assistance through Cash Oregon, many locations open their doors up on February 1st and will accept walk-ins and appointments through the tax season. Please see web site for locations.
– Free: 24th annual Cascade Festival of African Films, running all month long Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at PCC Cascade. Please see web site for film descriptions and schedule.
– Free: Second Edition Winter Clearance Sale at Cedar Mill Community Library, begins on February 21st with a 25% discount and continues the next several days with even greater discounts.
– Free: Portland Mercury Lovelab Personals – one week free, now until February 14th. Use promo code “Valentine.”
– Submission from Josh:

“We are an artist collective from Seattle that is setting up an awesome two-month long miniature golf warehouse party in the Pearl District. We are running Friday – Sunday 6:00pm – 2:00am starting January 31st until March 30th.” Details are on their web site SmashPutt. Tickets are $10 to participate, free to spectate.

Saturday, 2/1:
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, Japanese Garden and the Portland Children’s Museum. 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.
– $6 (save more with online coupon): Chinese New Year Cultural Fair at the Oregon Convention Center, 11:00am – 5:00pm, children under 6 are free.
– Free: Lunar New Year Celebration at Beaverton’s Uwajimaya features a lineup of entertainment including the Lee On Dong Benevolent Association Lion Dance, 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

Sunday, 2/2:
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission for all for only $2.
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum, Japanese Garden and the Portland Children’s Museum. 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.
– Free: Superbowl, Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks, 3:30pm kickoff, but you knew that already! Check it out on the big screen at various McMenamins locations, Portland’s Hollywood Theatre and Hillsboro’s Venetian Theater. The Hillsboro Main Library and the Tigard Library will also show it on the big screen.

Monday, 2/3:
– Free: “Trimet Bridge Talk,” two experts discuss details of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge, 7:00pm at the Oregon Historical Society.
– Free ($5 suggested cover charge): OMSI Science Pub presents “The Limited Scope of Conscious Awareness: Insights from Psychology and Neuroscience,” 7:00pm at the Hollywood Theater.
– Free: (submission from DVK) First Monday Authors in Pubs series, 7:30pm – 9:30pm (donations accepted).

Tuesday, 2/4:
– Free: Hillsboro First Tuesday opening exhibits, 6:00pm – 8:00pm in downtown Hillsboro. Check it out at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Sequoia Gallery + Studios.

Wednesday, 2/5:
– $3: Wondrous Wednesday Discount Day at the World Forestry Center — admission is just $3 for all.
– Free: Beaverton Wind Ensemble presents their Winter Concert, featuring the music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 7:00pm at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium.

Thursday, 2/6:
– Free: Portland First Thursday.
– Free: Book event with Domyo Sater Burk and his book “Zen Living,” 7:00pm at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton.

Friday, 2/7:
– Free: Target First Friday free admission at the Portland Children’s Museum, 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
– Free: Portland First Friday art galleries and openings.
– $5: 17th Annual Chocolate Fantasy at Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, 3:00pm – 9:00pm.
– Free: One Motorcycle Show 2014, 6:00pm – 1:00am features over 120 custom motorcycles and live music.

Saturday, 2/8:
– Free: REI Used Gear Garage Sale, 9:00am – 4:00pm at their Pearl store location.
– Free: Family Saturday at the Washington County Museum, 10:00am – 1:00pm.
– $8 (with coupon) per family: Northwest Family and Kids Festival, 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Washington County Fair Complex.
– Free: One Motorcycle Show 2014, 11:00am – midnight features over 120 custom motorcycles and live music.
– Free: Program “The Hula of Hawaii,” 3:00pm at the Tigard Library. Dancers from Hula Hālau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a will perform and share the history of the hula in Hawaiian culture.

Sunday, 2/9:
– Free: Garage Sale Clearance at REI Portland, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Items not sold on Saturday’s 2/08 sale will be offered at up to 50% off.
– $8 (with coupon) per family: Northwest Family and Kids Festival, 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Washington County Fair Complex.
– Free: One Motorcycle Show 2014, 11:00am – 3:00pm features over 120 custom motorcycles and live music.
– Free: Second Sunday Series presents a slide talk “Wild Beauty: Pho­tographs of the Columbia Gorge, 1867–1957,” 2:00pm at the Oregon Historical Society.
– Free: Program “Get Out! Backpacking,” 2:00pm at the Central Library in downtown Portland.
– Free: Book event with author Tanya Selvaratnam and her book “The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock,” 7:30pm at Powell’s Books on Burnside.

Monday, 2/10:
– Free: PCPA Noontime Showcase presents Portland Opera To Go, 12:00pm at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.

Tuesday, 2/11:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.




Friday, 2/14:
– Free: Happy Valentine’s Day! Look for special offers from restaurants such as Qdoba, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks and more. For other discounts, take a peek at this article from DealNews.com “What to Expect from Valentine’s Day Deals.”
– Free: Admission to the Oregon Historical Society is free all day as part of the Oregon Statehood Day, 10:00am – 7:00pm. Birthday Cake served at noon.

Saturday, 2/15:
– Free: 6th annual Zwickelmania, the free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample your favorite beers! 11:00am – 4:00pm.
– Free: Admission to the Oregon Historical Society is free all day as part of Community Day, 10:00am – 7:00pm.
– Free: 150 Years of Library Love features children’s activities and treats at area Multnomah County libraries all afternoon.
– Free: Art opening “Love of Portland,” featuring over 100 artists, 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the Peoples Art of Portland located on the 3rd floor of Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland.

Sunday, 2/16:
– Free: Library program “Dealing with Debt: Strategies and Facts You Should Know,” 2:00pm at the Kenton Library.

Monday, 2/17:
– Free: Admission to the Japanese Garden is free for all, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Tuesday, 2/18:
– Free: Library program “Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning,” 6:00pm at the Hillsdale Library.
– Free ($5 suggested donation): OMSI Science Pub presents “Easter Island: 15,000 years of New Discoveries,” 7:00pm at McMenamins Mission Theater.
– Free: Book event with author Avital Norman Nathman and her book “The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality,” 7:30pm at Powell’s Books on Burnside.

Wednesday, 2/19:
– Free: The Beaverton Wind Ensemble presents their Winter Concert, featuring “Saxophone Session,” 7:00pm at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium.
– Free: Book event with author Tom Zoellner and his new book “Train,” 7:30pm at Powell’s Books on Burnside.

Friday, 2/21:
– $10: 8th Annual “Works – An Art Happening,” 7:00pm – 11:00m at the Old Church in downtown Portland.

Saturday, 2/22:
– Free: 27th annual Fix-It-Fair, 9:30am – 3:00pm at David Douglas High School.

Sunday, 2/23:
– Free: Program “The Delicious Fair of the Heart,” 1:00pm at Adventist Medical Center. Sample delicious foods and learn how to prepare delectable, heart-healthy recipes. This event is free but space is limited. Call 503-256-4000 to secure your spot.
– Free: Program “Get Out! Backpacking,” 3:00pm at the Troutdale Library.

Monday, 2/24:
– Free: Program “International & Adventure Travel Basics,” 6:30pm at the Portland REI in the Pearl district.
– Free: History Pub presents “Leonards of the 1930s & ‘40s: The Great Characters & Legends of Portland’s Unofficial Jewish Community Center, Kitty-Corner from the Benson,” 7:00pm at McMenamins Kennedy School.
– Free ($5 suggested donation): OMSI Science Pub presents “Apes Apart: Chromosome Evolution in Gibbons,” 7:00pm at Hillsboro’s Venetian Theater.

Thursday, 2/27:
– Free: Book event with author Doug Stewart and his book “The Practical Fly Fisher: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Fly Fishing,” 7:00pm at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton.
– Free: Book event with author Kim Ghattas and her new book “The Secretary,” 7:30pm at Powell’s Books on Burnside.

Friday, 2/28:
– Free: Program “Get Out! Backpacking,” 4:00pm at the Midland Library.
– Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

For more ideas on what to do, please check out Willamette Week’s ‘Head Out‘ section, Portland Mercury’s ‘My, What A Busy Week!‘ and PDX Pipeline!

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