Toys that Travel

It’s family vacay season, and when you hit the road with kids, you’re gonna need backup. These travel toys are compact, cleanish and (probably?) entertaining enough to engage kids for 20 minutes at a stretch. Happy adventuring!  Sweeten the prospect of a long trip for your 2-year-old with Peaceable Kingdom’s Topper Takes a Trip. In …

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Neighborhood We Love: King

Eclectic dining options, sky-high walking and biking scores, and a community of resident-advocates — there’s lots to love about King.

Neighborhood We ❤️: Congenial Cully

Beloved Cully eatery Beeswing might be long gone, but this Northeast Portland neighborhood remains a hive of culinary and cultural activity. Cully packs a surprising number of community-investment initiatives into its 2.75 square miles, including a thriving neighborhood association — the Cully Association of Neighbors — and Living Cully, a decade-old sustainable growth effort between Habitat …

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Family Supper: Grixsen Brewing Company

Brews, families and ’90s nostalgia mix at Division Street’s Grixsen Brewing Company.  What on earth is a Grixsen? It’s a made-up word, according to the Grixsen Brewing Company’s website, hybridizing the family names of three friends who founded this Division Street tap room in 2016, and it describes someone who is honest, righteous and celebrates …

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Top 5 Allergy-Friendly After-School Treat Stops

1. Shake off the day at Cully’s cozy whole-foods café Tiny Moreso and tuck into a Rawdacious mini-cake — GF, vegan, raw and available in a rainbow of flavors from pumpkin to blueberry coconut.     2.Over on Alberta Street, Back to Eden’s bakery-café serves up a mighty assortment of plant-based, vegan and gluten-free goodies …

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Oregon Coast Family-Friendly Spots to Play, Eat and Sleep

We’ve cast about high and low for the freshest, family-friendliest spots to play, eat and sleep on the Oregon coast. Oregon’s sublime 360-mile shoreline is sometimes called the People’s Coast, and the reputation’s well-earned: From its host of budget-friendly lodging options and its trove of carefully preserved marine wonders to the endless miles of pristine …

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How We Live: Common Grounds

Lonely in a modern neighborhood, one Portland family makes the leap to cohousing. When Jenny Bevacqua wants to check in on her boys — Al, 9, and Auggie, 11 — she needn’t reach for her shoes or even her phone. Instead, she simply leans her head out the front door and sounds the family call: …

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Sonic Youth

The fall’s a fine time to immerse your family in the magic of Portland’s vibrant musical arts scene, from Little Orphan Annie to rousing rock anthems to — say what? — squirrels singing doo-wop. Take your pick from a high-energy assortment of musical theater productions, plus some good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll gigs, all headlined …

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House and Home

What makes a house into a home? It’s all about community, says this Habitat for Humanity homeowner.

Home at Last

Paula-Noel Macfie dreamed of owning a home, despite her tight budget. The community land trust model showed her how.

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