March 2014 on the Cheap

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

Multiple Day Offers:
– Bicycle sales galore, check out the offers at River City Bicycles, Fat Tire Farm and Westend Bikes.
– Free: 24th annual Cascade Festival of African Films, running through March 8th on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at PCC Cascade. Please see web site for film descriptions and schedule.
– Free: Tax preparation assistance through Cash Oregon, now accepting walk-ins and appointments through the tax season. Please see web site for locations.
– $29: Downtown Portland Dining Month offers three courses for $29 through the month of March at over 90 participating close-in and downtown Portland restaurants.
– Free – various admission prices: 4th annual March Music Moderne festival runs until March 16th and features over ten free performances at various venues around the city. Please see web site for complete schedule and updates.
– $9 general admission (see web site for 2 for 1 discount coupon): Portland Metro Dealers 56th annual RV Show, Wednesday March 5th – Sunday, March 9th at the Portland Expo Center.
– $4 per show or $8 for season pass: Valley Cinema Spring 2014 Family Matinee Program runs March 1st – April 29th with a new movie every week. Please see web site for details; purchase the $8 season pass at the theater box office.
– St. Patrick’s Day events and happenings: full listings and ideas at PDX Pipeline!

– Submission from Katy:

“Well Arts’ The Unexpected Guest, a new theatre performance chronicles the surprises of a Multiple Sclerosis journey, written by people living with MS runs March 14th – 22nd, 2014, Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 2:00pm at Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery Street, 97201. $10 general admission, $5 students/seniors, www.wellarts.org or call 503-459-4500.”

– 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, 3/1:
– Free: REI Used Gear Garage Sale, begins 9:00am at their locations in Tualatin and Hillsboro only.
– Submission from Christine: $7 admission (good both days) for America’s Largest Antiques & Collectible Show, 9:00am – 6:00pm at the Expo Center.
– Free: The Portland Saturday Market returns for another season, 10:00am – 5:00pm.
– Free: 11th annual SE Area ARTWalk, 10:00am – 5:00pm, please see web site for printable map.
– 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: Share the Health Expo at Portland area Super Supplement stores, 11:00am – 2:00pm.
– Free: Slow Food Portland teams up with the Sustainability Leadership Center at Portland State University to present the informative TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat.” This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP and join us for part or all of the event.
– Free: New Seasons Markets celebrates 14 years in business with a free slice of banana cake, 11:00am – 5:00pm at all stores.
– $15 per couple: McMenamins Grand Lodge Wedding Expo, 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Sunday, 3/2:
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission for all for only $2.
– Free: 11th annual SE Area ARTWalk, 10:00am – 5:00pm, please see web site for printable map.
– 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.
– Submission from Christine: $7 admission (good both days) for America’s Largest Antiques & Collectible Show, 10:00am – 5:00pm at the Expo Center.
– Free: New Seasons Markets celebrates 14 years in business with a free slice of banana cake, 11:00am – 5:00pm at all stores.
– Free (suggested $10 donation): 4th annual Blues 4 MS, a benefit concert for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland, 3:00pm – 9:00pm at the Aladdin Theater.
– Free: Academy Awards Oscars, TV, 5:00pm. The Hollywood Theater will also open their doors up for a free viewing of the festivities ($25 VIP package also available).

Monday, 3/3:
– Free: Library program “Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning,” 6:30pm at the Capitol Hill Library.
– Free (suggested $5 donation): OMSI Science Pub “Humans and Clothing: How Comfortable Are We?,” 7:00pm at the Hollywood Theater.

Tuesday, 3/4:
– 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.
– Free: Program “International & Adventure Travel Basics,” 6:30pm at the Tualatin REI.
– Free: Mysti Krew of Nimbus Present Mardi Gras Parade on Mississippi Avenue, 6:30pm followed by an after party show at the Mississippi Pizza Pub.

Wednesday, 3/5:
– $3: Wondrous Wednesday Discount Day at the World Forestry Center — admission is just $3 for all.
– Free: Library program “Before the Show Began: Theaters of Oregon,” 7:00pm at the Tigard Public Library.

Thursday, 3/6:
– Free: Portland First Thursday.
– Free: Fit Right’s First Thursdays Urban Adventure Run, 6:00pm beginning at Fit Right. Please register online and receive three extra raffle tickets; this event is free for all walkers and racers of all abilities.

Friday, 3/7:
– Free: Target First Friday free admission at the Portland Children’s Museum, 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
– Free: Portland First Friday art galleries and openings.
– Free: ISing in Paris benefit concert, 7:30pm at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ in Beaverton.
– Free: 36th Celebration of Creativity annual fine art exhibit and sale, 10:00am – 5:00pm at Beaverton’s Southminster Presbyterian Church.

Saturday, 3/8:
– Free: Family Saturday at the Washington County Museum, 10:00am – 1:00pm.
– Free: 36th Celebration of Creativity annual fine art exhibit and sale, 10:00am – 5:00pm at Beaverton’s Southminster Presbyterian Church.
– Free: Library program “Cover Oregon Presentation,” 11:00am at the West Slope Community Library.
– Suggested $2 – $5 donation: 24th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell, 11:00am – 7:00pm with over 140 artists, children’s activities, music and more.
– Free: The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra performs a 2:00pm concert at Hillsboro’s Walters Cultural Arts Center.
– Free: Library program “Wisdom from the Inside: What Are Your Questions About Elder Care?,” 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Northwest Library.
– Free: ISing in Paris benefit concert, 7:30pm at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ in Beaverton.

Sunday, 3/9:
– Free: 36th Celebration of Creativity annual fine art exhibit and sale, 11:30am – 2:00pm at Beaverton’s Southminster Presbyterian Church.
– Suggested $2 – $5 donation: 24th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell, 11:00am – 5:00pm with over 140 artists, children’s activities, music and more.
– Free: Celtic Music and Dance with the Stomptowners, 3:00pm at the Hillsboro Main Library.

Monday, 3/10:
– Free: PCPA Noontime Showcase presents The Sons of Malarkey, 12:00pm at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.

Tuesday, 3/11:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.
– Free: Program “Home Swapping Basics,” with Frugal-living expert Sara Tetreault. 7:00pm at the Lake Oswego Public Library.
– Free: Program “Lightweight Backpacking Clinic,” 7:00pm at Next Adventure Grand Avenue store location.

Wednesday, 3/12:
– Free: “An Irish Ceili: Concert and Dance,” 6:30pm at the Tigard Public Library.

Thursday, 3/13:
– Free: Program “Thru Hiking: Tales from the Trail,” 6:30pm at Clackamas REI.

Friday, 3/14:
– Free: adidas Shamrock Fitness Fair, 11:00am – 8:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Open to the public, with more than 60 exhibitors featuring fitness products, sampling, games and contests.

Saturday, 3/15:
– Free: adidas Shamrock Fitness Fair, 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Open to the public, with more than 60 exhibitors featuring fitness products, sampling, games and contests.
– $12 (please see web site for discount ticket options): 2014 Portland Women’s Expo, 10:00am – 6:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall D.
– Free: Regional Spelling Bee, 10:00am at the Hollywood Theater. Cheer on spellers from Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County schools.
– Free: Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins 11:00am at Hillsboro’s Hare Field and will feature music, food, children’s activities and more.
– Free: LESTA presents the bilingual performance “Hotel Buena Vista and the Dancing Cucarachas,” 2:00pm at Hillsboro’s Hart Theater. By and for kids of all ages and parents too!
– Free: Library program “Wisdom from the Inside: What Are Your Questions About Elder Care?,” 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Hillsdale Library.
– Free: Hillboro’s Shute Park Library grand reopening with refreshments, entertainment and children’s activities, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Sunday, 3/16:
– Free: LESTA presents the bilingual performance “Hotel Buena Vista and the Dancing Cucarachas,” 2:00pm at Hillsboro’s Methodist Church at 8th & Lincoln. By and for kids of all ages and parents too!
– Free: The Stomptowners performs traditional Irish music at the Beaverton City Library, 2:00pm – 3:00pm.
– Free (donations accepted): Portland Wind Symphony Spring Concert, 7:30pm at PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall (LH175).

Tuesday, 3/18:
– Free: 2014 NW Youth Careers Expo, 9:00am – 2:00pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Please register online.
– Free: The Beaverton City Library hosts a public screening of Pandora’s Promise, a film about nuclear energy, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
– Free: Program “Strategies for Maximizing Your Social Security,” 6:30pm at the Tualatin Public Library. Repeats on Thursday 3/20.
– Free (suggested $5 donation): Science Pub presents “When Mountains Rock ‘n Roll: The Inner Rhythms and Lethal Hazards of Debris Flows,” 7:00pm at McMenamins Mission Theater.
– Free: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will give a talk on “National Security, Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State,” 7:00pm at First Congregational Church in Portland. Seating is limited, please register here.

Wednesday, 3/19:
– Free: Library program “Fly Gals! Women Airforce Service Pilots in WWII,” 6:30pm at the Cedar Mill Community Library.

Thursday, 3/20:
– Free: March Madness college basketball tournament kicks off with early morning games — hopefully you submitted your picks for your local or national betting pool, good luck!
– Free: Program “Strategies for Maximizing Your Social Security,” 6:30pm at the Tualatin Public Library.
– Free: Submission from Noah –

“We are excited to be hosting our next Repair Cafe in Partnership with Bike Farm! Do your spring cleaning and find your broken stuff now because we will once again be fixing all your favorite items that have fallen in disrepair. Please join us from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Bike Farm and get your stuff fixed for free!”

Friday, 3/21:
– Free: Mazamas Annual Used Equipment Sale, open 6:00pm – 8:00pm to the general public.

Saturday, 3/22:
– Admission charge (not available at posting): PaganFaire2014 at the Washington County Fair Complex, please see web site for more information.

Tuesday, 3/25:
– Free: Program “Thru Hiking: Tales from the Trail,” 6:30pm at the Hillsboro REI.
– Free: Library program “Life After War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home,” 7:00pm at the Tualatin Public Library.

Friday, 3/28:
– Free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Saturday, 3/29:
– Free: Portland Better Living Show, 10:00am – 6:00pm at the Portland Expo Center.

Sunday, 3/30:
– Free: Library program “Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning,” 1:00pm at the Sellwood Library.
– Free: Portland Better Living Show, 10:00am – 6:00pm at the Portland Expo Center.

Monday, 3/31:
– Free: History Pub presents “‘Venereal Girls,’ The Cedars Detention Home, and the Portland Free Dispensary: Public Health, Gender, and Civil Liberties in WWI and its Aftermath,” 7:00pm at McMenamins Kennedy School.

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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