The Essay Question

Here’s a look at what you need to know about writing the essay for your private school applications.

Top 5 Date Night Splurges

1. At the swanky Studio One Theatres cinema in SE Portland, you can settle in to a comfy reserved seat and enjoy a cooked-to-order dinner, or just share a bucket of gourmet popcorn.    2. Meet up at Portland Craft Bar for adults-only workshops, including making your own rope baskets and reusable gift wrap. 3. …

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New Nature Playgrounds

This spring check out one of these new playgrounds for nature lovers! ➊ Not one but two new nature playgrounds opened at the beloved Oxbow Regional Park this spring, featuring fort building, tree stump-hopping and plenty of sand and water play.  ➋ An all-new, fully inclusive Couch Park opened in May in NW Portland, featuring a centerpiece climbing structure designed to …

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Field Trip: Topgolf

The driving range goes high tech at Topgolf in Hillsboro. Ah, Spring. That time of year when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … golf? Okay, that may not be just as the poet Alfred Tennyson intended that line. But it’s true enough for my son, who on the first spring-like weekend …

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Top 5 Sources for Valentine's Day Inspo

➊ The kits at Paper Source feel handmade, but are easy for the crafts-challenged to put together.  ➋ Local art supply store chain-let Collage is bursting with Valentine-themed stickers, stamps and other goodies.  ➌ Many local libraries sponsor Valentine-making parties in the first half of this month — check websites for more info.  ➍ Spend an afternoon at SCRAP in downtown Portland, where donated and recycled art …

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How to Feed a Family

From shopping to meal prep to gathering to eat — how two PDX families nourish their bodies and their bond.

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