Julia Silverman

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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Portland-Area Nature Playgrounds

This spring check out one of these new playgrounds for nature lovers! Oxbow Regional Park  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.  Couch Park An all-new, fully inclusive Couch Park opened in May in NW Portland, featuring a

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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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