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Are there any festivals or events I can attend during November?

Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Take a journey through luscious scenery to the foothills of Mount Hood, as the Mount Hood Railroad offers a special Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Passengers will be entertained with a sumptuous dinner and a murderously funny evening with a whodunit performed by professional actors, as the train travels across the beautiful Hood River Valley. For times, dates, and prices, be sure to check out the official site of the Mount Hood Railroad.

Murder Mystery Dinner Train

   
Are there any festivals or events I can attend during December?

Circus Train

It's circus time! Take a journey through luscious scenery to the foothills of Mount Hood, including a stopover in the charming town of Parkdale, as the Mount Hood Railroad offers a special excursion circus train ride. As kids (and adults!) hop on board, they can imagine that they're running away to join the big top. Clowns will entertain passengers throughout the train's journey across the beautiful Hood River Valley. For more details, visit the Official Site. Rated: Kid-Friendly!

The Mount Hood Railroad Circus Train

   
Where are the best places to go on a rainy day?

Ground Kontrol

Don't let the rain get you down! There's plenty of fun for every age (yes, they're even open on Mondays!) once you step through the doors at Ground Kontrol. For thirty-somethings, it's a chance to reclaim your "pinball wizard" days, and for younger folks, see what a "real" record album looks like! Seriously, though, it's a great place to re-live the 1980's by testing your skills on over 50 vintage games including Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and more. Only twenty-five cents per play! They even carry records, tapes, CDs, and 8-tracks for sale!

610 SW 12th / Portland, OR 97205
503-796-9364

Ground Kontrol

   
Are there any spiritual or religious sanctuaries I can visit?

Grotto, The

The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother is a 62-acre Catholic Shrine and botanical garden located in Portland. The Grotto (as it is commonly called) is a non-profit Oregon corporation, supported solely by the proceeds of its gift shop and by donations. Guests often find peace and solace when visiting.

NE 85th and Sandy Boulevard
(503) 254-7371 / Fax (503) 254-7948

The Grotto

   
Are there any festivals or events I can attend during July?

Woodburn Berry Festival

Woodburn has added a new festival to their summer line-up for 2002 - The Woodburn Berry Festival, July 26-28! This event will feature fresh berries from the area and hot air balloon rides. City organizers are hoping this fruity happening will become an annual community festival. If you need more information, or if you'd like to volunteer, please call (503) 980-2478.

   
Are there any festivals or events I can attend during June?

Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival

Mounds of deliciously sweet strawberries from the Willamette Valley fields heaped over homemade shortcake and smothered with fresh whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Life doesn't get much better than this! For those of you who are looking for directions to this strawberry paradise, here they are: Silverton is about 15 miles east of downtown Salem; 12 miles east of Interstate 5. Distance from Portland is about 42 miles. Traveling south from Portland, take Exit 360B - marked Chemawa - from I-5 and drive east to Silverton. (Event is held each June on Father's Day)

   
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