When: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 10AM-12PM Where: Historic Downtown Gresham (See route below)
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Participants and spectators are invited to bring a new or gently used children’s book (appropriate for ages 5 to 12), for schools in the area.
Teddy Bears Everwhere
The parade will feature floats from local merchants, service organizations, schools, neighborhood groups and individuals. As always, participants will be carrying teddy bears or will be dressed in bear costumes.
For over three decades, the Soroptimists have put on this annual Fall parade to celebrate the “child in all of us” and create a tradition that helped Gresham’s “quaint and special downtown area” to thrive. In addition to the parade, the Soroptimists organize fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for scholarships for deserving women and girls in our community.
This month's highly anticipated "supermoon eclipse" will be a magical treat for skywatchers!
On Sept. 27, skywatchers throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean region will witness a total eclipse that happens to occur when the moon looks abnormally large and bright in Earth's sky. It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033.
When the moon is farthest away, it's known as apogee, and when it’s closest, it's known as perigee. On Sept. 27, we're going to have a perigee full moon — the closest full moon of the year.
The moon is about 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) closer to Earth at perigee than it is at apogee. As a result, perigee full moons, also known as supermoons, appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter in the sky than do apogee full moons (which are also called minimoons)
Total lunar eclipses — which occur when the Earth, moon and sun align, and the moon passes completely into Earth's shadow — aren't terribly uncommon: On average, any given location on Earth can expect to see one of these events every 2.5 years or so.
But it is uncommon for a total lunar eclipse to coincide with a supermoon. There have been just five such events since 1900 (in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982), NASA officials have said.
Portland, Oregon Timeline The eclipse will be total in Portland on Sun, Sep 27. Moonrise begins at 6:58 p.m., almost due east. Sunset will be at 6:59 p.m., so the sky will be getting dark as the moon begins its full eclipse at 7:11 p.m. The moon will be just 8 degrees above the horizon at the peak of the eclipse making this a spectacular event. The total eclipse will be at 7:47 p.m. near the midpoint of a five-hour show. That's also during a rise of the supermoon, but you'll need to wait until Mon, Sep 28 to see the year's brightest moonrise.
So pull-up a lawn chair and enjoy the sight! You won't see it again until 2033.
When: Wednesday's 4PM-7:30PM (June thru September) Where: Billy Bob's Hot Rod Cafe
333 North Main Av
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Pharaohs Street Rodders presents Endless Summer Cruise-Ins, every Wednesday night (weather permitting) in downtown Gresham from June through September. The event features trophies, food specials and a 50/50 raffle.
Grab a lawn chair and a blanket -- and watch the show!
The annual August Perseid meteor shower probably ranks as the all-time favorite meteor shower of the year. This major shower takes place during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when many families are on vacation. And what could be more fun than watching this summertime classic? The 2015 Perseid meteor shower will happen from July 13 to August 26, with activity peaking around August 12 and 13.
This year should be an especially good year for Perseids since the new moon on August 14, 2015 will not come out until after sunrise.
No matter where you live, the 2015 Perseid meteor shower will probably be at its best on the nights of August 12-13 when the shower peaks. Try the nights before and after that, too. Before dawn viewing is best. You'll often see 50 to 100 meteors per hour. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, and are typically fast and bright meteors frequently leaving persistent trails. Each year, the Perseid's combine with the Delta Aquarid meteor shower to produce the year’s most dazzling display of shooting stars! (Tips for best viewing below.)
The City of Gresham presents the 2015 Gresham Arts Festival on Saturday, July 18, the biggest festival in 14 years. More than 150 talented artists plus a Guinness World Record Event. It's a day filled with "Look at that!" art, music, food and community, turning the city's historic downtown into a giant art gallery.
There's fun for all ages on the third Saturday in July
Gresham becomes a giant outdoor gallery and stage for the Gresham Arts Festival, a regional event celebrating art, culture and music.
More than 140 talented artisans will fill the streets of historic downtown Gresham 9AM to 5PM Saturday, July 18.
This family-friendly event is free and includes art for sale, live music all day, cultural performances, free children’s arts and crafts, and unique shops and restaurants in the downtown core.
At the heart of the Gresham Arts Festival is the showcase of fine artisans. Art for sale includes pottery, photography, beadwork, watercolors, textiles, glass, wood, oil paintings, garden art, recycled art, and much more. People meet the artists behind the work.
When: Every Friday 3PM-7PM Where: Plaza del Sol 18535 S.E. Stark St Gresham OR Get map!
The Rockwood Farmers Market is a community-focused market featuring fresh produce from local farms in a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere. WIC, SNAP and Farm Direct coupons are accepted. The Market is a collaboration of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership and the Rockwood Co-op.
When: Every Saturday, 8:30AM-2PM Where: NW Miller & Third St
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Fresh & Local
Shoppers will find all-natural meats and cheeses, fresh-picked produce, nursery stock and fresh-cut flowers, hand-crafted jewelry, soaps, artwork, and much more. Live music and food are always part of the market.
Located on Northwest Miller Avenue between Second and Third Street 8:30AM to 2PM each Saturday now through Oct. 25.
Wilkes East Neighborhood would like express our gratitude to the following for their generous contributions & continued support:
• Jazzy Bagels, Main St & Powell
• Parkrose Hardware, 106th & Sandy
• Growers Outlet, 162nd & Glisan
• SOLV, Bringing Oregon together
• Albertsons, 181st & Glisan
• And, all the many volunteers!