Green Gift Guide Ideas for and gifts Local, Experiential
How could something as basic as giving be improved? We give because we want to make someone happy, to give them something useful, but mostly we want to show how much we value the person in our lives. The holiday season is a time to be thoughtful about our gift-giving so that it is meaningful. When shopping, think “What is a great experience I can give them?”, “What gifts can be cherished for years to come?”, and “What might truly improve their eco-awareness?” This guide seeks to improve the quality of our giving at the very root — by offering experiences that don’t create waste, products that enrich lives, and by shopping local to support the economy. The holiday season gives us a chance to think differently about how we shop and change the way we give to others. For the gift giver, this guide provides unique discounts or refers to Chinook Book coupons for each gift to make giving a little easier. Happy waste free holidays!
The Portland Chinook Book Team Jenn Adams, Sally Bell, Dawn Youmans, Nik Blosser, Carissa Wodehouse Special thanks to the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Metro for their support of the Green Gift Guide. 2
Printed on New Leaf Reincarnation Matte, 100% recycled, process-chlorine free.
Reuse & Recycling Around the Holidays Contact Metro Recycling Information for reuse and recycling resources in the metro region. Packing peanuts, Styrofoam and batteries are just a few of the items that Metro can tell you where to drop off for reuse or recycling. 503-234-3000 oregonmetro.gov/findarecycler RIBBONS, BOWS: Save to reuse next year or donate to the SCRAP’s Creative Reuse Center
(503-294-0769, scrapaction.org). In addition to ribbons and bows, SCRAP accepts items that can be used for crafts, including corks, fabric pieces, carpet samples, and dozens of others. COMPUTERS, MONITORS, TV’S: Oregon E-Cycles (1-800-532-9253, oregonecycles.org) is a free
electronics recycling program for computers, monitors and televisions. PLASTIC BAGS AND PACKAGING, ELECTRONICS, RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES, AND EVEN ATHLETIC SHOES: Far West Fibers (503-643-9944, farwestfibers.com) has seven drop-off locations around the region.
SE Portland: 4629 SE 17th Ave NW Portland: 1520 NW Quimby St N Portland: 2005 N Rosa Parks Wy Hillsboro: 6440 SE Alexander St
NE Portland: 12820 NE Marx St Lake Oswego: 341 Foothills Rd Beaverton: 10750 SW Denney Rd
And remember, you can recycle many items at home! Cardboard, wrapping paper, cards, envelopes, catalogs.
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability • 503-823-7202 • portlandonline.com/bps/carts
Dance Classes and Performance BodyVox’s unique approach to theater assimilates all possibilities for movement endowing it with breathtaking physicality, humor, wit and whimsy to create refined dancing that knows no boundaries. Visit the new BodyVox Dance Center in Northwest Portland where dancers of all ages and abilities receive exceptional instruction in ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, acrobatics and break dance. See the world premiere of BodyVox’s original show Smoke Soup March 25–April 10, 2010, with a special Family Matinee on April 3.
PORTLAND CENTER STAGE
Daniel Kirk photographed by Steve Cherry, Polara Studios.
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, kids
BodyVox 503-229-0627 • 1201 NW 17th Ave • bodyvox.com 4
Give more than 42,000 Gifts
Year-round Screenings and NW Pride Winter in Portland, what could be a better time for film? Since 1972 the Northwest Film Center has brought international cinema to serve more than 100,000 media arts lovers annually. In January the Reel Music 26 showcase explores how sound and image relate, followed by the 27th Jewish Film Festival in April and three additional festivals annually. Film goers can meet independent filmmakers working in the Northwest, culminating in the Northwest Film & Video Festival, the oldest film fest in the region.
Experience foreign, classic, experimental, and independent ﬁlm.
The oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest is our own Portland Art Museum, also the seventh oldest museum in the US and home to over 42,000 objects. Memberships start at $55 and benefits include admission, free or reduced lectures, special previews and parties. Monthly artist talks are followed by a happy hour in the museum lobby, a good place to meet other patrons and use the special offer below. The spring exhibition DISQUIETED will feature contemporary artists interpreting modern issues.
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, classes & education
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, classes & education
Northwest Film Center
Portland Art Museum
503-221-1156 • 1219 SW Park Ave • nwﬁlm.org Bring in this page of the guide and receive 2 for 1 admission, good on all regular screenings (exp. 1/31/09).
503-228-2811 • 1219 SW Park Ave • portlandartmuseum.org 5
Bring in this guide to redeem 2 for 1 admission to the Portland Art Museum (exp 1/31/10).
Patrons mix over art and happy hour.
Give a Classic Oregon Ballet Theatre was the smallest and youngest of nine American ballet companies asked to perform in “Ballet Across America” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The quickly rising company will perform no less than 20 shows of the The Nutcracker in December, followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February and March, their first Twyla Tharp work in April and the popular Bolero in June.
The Gift of Song Soloist Candace Bouchard in OBT’s 2008 production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.
Portland Opera makes opera accessible to a wide public through its use of projected English translations and productions that are riveting dramatically and musically. The only opera company in the U.S. to offer both Opera and Broadway series, the company’s 2010 opera season includes Cosi fan tutte, Trouble in Tahiti, and The Barber of Seville. Now in its 45th season, the Opera has improved native habitat at the Eastbank Esplanade, trained staff with a Master Recycler and is slated to install solar panels.
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, kids, under $50
Portland Opera is now in its 45th season.
KEYWORDS: arts & culture
Oregon Ballet Theatre
503.2.BALLET • 818 SE Sixth Ave • obt.org Use the code “GOGREEN” and receive 25% off any M-Th performance of The Nutcracker, Dec 17-24, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream on March 4 (exp. 03/4/10).
503-241-1802 • 211 SE Caruthers St • portlandopera.org 6
Mention the Green Gift Guide and save 10% off any Friday evening or Sunday matinee performance of Così fan tutte or The Barber of Seville (exp. 12/31/09).
Give Concerts through the Winter More than string instruments, Oregon Symphony kicks off 2010 with a special series from Garrison Keillor and Stories from Lake Wobegon on January 26th and 27th, followed by Storm Large on February 13th. Established more than 100 years ago, the Symphony is now one of the largest orchestras in the nation. Apply discount towards: Music from the Movies 11/28-29, Comfort and Joy 12/21, Schumann & Shostakovich 1/9-11, Dvorak 1/23-25, Ravel 1/30-31, Prokofiev & Sibelius 2/ 6-8. Student concert tickets $10 year-round.
Cozy up to Artists Rep Set recurring date nights for November through February.
Provide access to an intimate performance at Artists Rep, Portland’s oldest professional theater. Gift packages of three or four shows are available at a substantial discount. This season’s highlights include two writers’ influence on Holidazed — a sold out show in 2008 — and Gracie and the Atom, by a member of Dirty Martini. Shakespeare’s Othello and Noel Coward’s comedy Design for Living complete the season. Gift Certificates are also available in any denomination.
KEYWORDS: : arts & culture, under $25
KEYWORDS: under $50, arts & culture
The Oregon Symphony
Artists Repertory Theatre 503-241-1278 • 1515 SW Morrison St • artistsrep.org
503-228-1353 • 921 SW Washington St • OrSymphony.org Mention this guide and receive 2-for-1 tickets to the aforementioned shows (must book by 1/30/10).
Take a seat near the action at Artists Rep. Photo of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” by Owen Carey.
Mention this guide when you purchase a $100+ gift certificate and receive a free ticket to any performance of the 2009/10 season (exp 3/1/10).
Make a friend a Friend At 71 years, Friends of Chamber Music is the sixth longest continuously running chamber music series in the country and a recipient of the Portland Monthly ‘Best of the City’ award in 2006. The 2010 season includes a Classic Series, Vocal Arts Series, and the Not So Classic Series of contemporary and alternative chamber music. Purchase 2 for 1 tickets to the Classic Series concerts as a gift or take yourself and a friend! Friends is a non-profit. KEYWORDS: arts & culture
Friends brings a wide variety of chamber music to give.
Bodies in Flight, without Carbon Emissions. Now in its 12th season, White Bird brings contemporary dance to Portland from around the world. The Ultimate Staycation Dance Package includes 3 dynamic performances featuring hip hop from Brazil, martial arts & drumming from Taiwan, and dynamic dance from New York City. White Bird’s co-founders, Paul King and Walter Jaffe, received the Heart of the Community award from Hands on Greater Portland in 2009.
Come Fly with White Bird – No Jet Fuel Required!
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, her, under $25
Friends of Chamber Music
503-224-9842 • 222 NW Davis St, Suite 405 • FOCM.org Purchase 2 for 1 tickets for a pair of gifts or take yourself and a friend to enjoy one of the Classic Series concerts. Exp. March 10.
503-245-1600 • P.O. Box 99 • whitebird.org/holiday 8
Mention this guide to receive the Ultimate Staycation 3-ticket dance package for $88 for adults and $72 for students & seniors. [$XXX off]
Brunch or Dine with Art A gift card of As one of the five largest performing arts centers in the U.S., many uses a gift card to the Portland Center for Performing Arts can be from PCPA. used for Broadway shows, theater, lectures, concerts, the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Oregon Children’s Theatre and Tears of Joy Theatre. PCPA purchases renewable energy from Blue Sky and recycles all plastics, paper, and leftover food. Visit the West Cafe for dinner before the show, for a complete night on the town. KEYWORDS: arts & culture
Give Twice, Get a Tax Credit The Oregon Cultural Trust benefits 1,200 cultural nonprofits across Oregon, including many featured in this guide. When you give “in honor of” to the Cultural Trust, you please the recipient and your gift becomes eligible for a 100% tax credit. To claim the tax credit, simply make equal or greater gifts to any number of Oregon’s cultural nonprofits by December 31. The tax credit is generous: up to $500 for individual, $1,000 for couples filing jointly.
Toy Soldiers from Oregon Ballet’s Theatre’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Photo Andy Batt (c) 2006.
KEYWORDS: give back, arts & culture
Oregon Cultural Trust 503-986-0088 • 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301 culturaltrust.org
Portland Center for the Performing Arts 503-248-4335 • 1111 SW Broadway at Main Street • pcpa.com 9
At West Cafe, located on 12th and Jefferson, present your PCPA gift card with purchase of a full-priced entree and receive a free appetizer, up to $10 value.
Take Home Tranquility
Shop for an entire family by giving a membership for a year’s worth of Give the gift of science discovery and fun, including access to five exhibit halls, eight wonder! science labs, the most technologically advanced planetarium in the Pacific NW, and OMSI After Dark for adults. For families with a child under 6, Science Playground, OMSI’s early childhood education hall, inspires young learners. From January 30th through May 31st OMSI presents Space: A Journey to Our Future. OMSI composts, purchases renewable energy, and was the first museum to receive Salmon Safe certification.
Most visitors are taken to the Portland Japanese Garden to experience the quiet expanse of manicured green. Now you can give a gift from the Portland Japanese Garden Online Store to anyone, anywhere. Whether you opt for a set of Woodstock Chimes to bring tranquility to your own garden or a simple bookmark made from recycled bamboo, you’ll find something beautiful and unique every time you shop. Jewelry, books, music, and ceramics imported from Japan are also available.
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, classes & education, kids, babies
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, gardening, under $25
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
Portland Japanese Garden Online Store
503-797-4000 • 1945 SE Water Ave • omsi.edu Mention this guide and receive $15 off any membership, including gift memberships (exp 12/31/09). May not be combined with other offers
Visit the garden, or the online store anytime.
503-223-5055 • 611 SW Kingston Ave • shop.japanesegarden.com 10
Use code GREEN10 to receive a 10% discount at the online store (exp. 12/31/10).
Give a Historic Present of Oregon’s Past
Contemporary Art Experiences and Resources For the working artist, recent grad, and contemporary art lover, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) offers year round performances and exhibitions by emerging and established artists. Each September PICA presents the Time-Based Art Festival, a celebration of performance, dance, music, new media, and visual arts. Membership also provides access to PICA’s resource room of rare recorded performances, books, and artist catalogs.
Audiences interact with Jesse Haywards’ FOREVER NOW AND THEN AGAIN, part of the ON SIGHT program at TBA:09. Photo: Kenneth Aaron
For an engaged Oregonian, the Oregon Historical Society is a window into the heritage of our state. Membership includes a subscription to the Oregon Historical Quarterly, published continuously since 1900, and connects your recipient with demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and monthly family days with tours just for kids. Exhibits are interactive and include theaters and a complete 1940s-era store. Visitors interested in the current choices facing Oregon will enjoy the Modern Oregon Issues segment of the award winning Oregon My Oregon exhibit.
KEYWORDS: Give back, arts & culture
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, under $50
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
Oregon Historical Society
503-242-1419 • 224 NW 13th Ave, #305 • pica.org Mention this guide and receive a 10% discount on Dual Membership or TBA:10 Immersion Pass (exp. 1/31/10).
503-222-1741 • 1200 SW Park Ave • ohs.org 11
Mention this guide and save half off gift memberships — save $30 on individual and $40 on family (exp. 12/31/09).
Members receive free admissions, exclusive events, and subscription to the Oregon Historical Quarterly.
Bring Back Baroque with Two Offers Now in its 26th season, Portland v Orchestra performers use 17th and 18th century instruments or reproductions to perform music from the 18th century in locations around Portland. PBO says its musicians “perform entirely acoustically to recreate the performance experience of over 200 years ago — a time when most everything was ‘green.’” See our special offer below for March, April and May 2010 performances.
Tango Influence to Offset Winter Monica Huggett, Artistic Director, Portland Baroque Orchestra. Photo by Basil Childers.
With a summer festival nearly at capacity and a successful 40year run, Chamber Music Northwest is one of the most respected not-for-profits in the country. On Saturday, February 20th, 2010 they host the Grammy nominated Imani Winds at Reed College. Bringing tango and Cuban influences that blur classical, jazz and Latin lines, the gift of tickets would cure winter blues. Sponsorship for this event comes from WillaKenzie Estate, the first winery to receive Low Input Viticulture and Enology certification.
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, classes & education, him, her
KEYWORDS: arts & culture
Portland Baroque Orchestra
Chamber Music Northwest
503-222-6000 • 1020 SW Taylor, Suite 200 • pbo.org Mention this guide and receive two tickets for $50 (save $14) or three for $75 (save $21) (exp. 5/12/10).
503-294-6400 • 522 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 920 • cmnw.org/green 12
Mention this guide to receive 50% off tickets to Imani Winds on Feb 20th. Must be purchased in advance online at cmnw.org/green.
Imani Winds hailed as ‘nothing less than the future of the wind’ by the Washington Post.
STUMPTOWN STAGES For the Dungeons and Dragons Crowd Take a date to one of the most unique shows of the season, Willow Jade by Hunt Holman, a self-described Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master (and playwright). Running January 22-31st, it may be just the thing for the hard to shop for, promising a spandex-clad bicyclist and claiming ‘Seattle’s for suckers.’ On April 2-25th Portland Playhouse presents Radio Golf by August Wilson, the final work in his 10 cycle play exploring the African-American experience in each decade.
Have a night out with “The Cheap Date” pricing.
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, under $25, under $50
Portland Playhouse 503-488-5822 • 4307 N Commercial Ave • portlandplayhouse.org Mention this guide and receive a pair of tickets to any main stage performance on Thu or Sun through 2010 for only $22 per pair.
For Tots with Enough Stuff, Give Theater! Kids of all ages will enjoy the grown-up experience of being in the Newmark and Winningstad theatres for a play. Instead of a short-lived gift, send them to Giggle, Giggle, Quack: A Musical or The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs: A Musical. As Portland’s flagship children’s theater, OCT has been creating life-long memories for more than 20 years. OCT even reuses many of their sets, as they say, “set designers were ‘green’ before ‘green’ was popular!” KEYWORDS: arts & culture, kids
Taiko is Performance with a Bang The 2010 season of Portland Taiko unites music, whirling choreography, storytelling, song, and rhythm. A collaboration with the creator of the consistently sold out Ten Tiny Dances results in Ten Tiny Taiko Dances, a work exploring drums in performance in March. The June 19 concert, The Way (Back) Home, will feature selections from the new CD, Rhythms of Change. The season culminates in an explosive finale concert, October 2-3. This popular local group also offers educational workshops and classes.
Taiko satisﬁes both music and dance lovers.
January 30 - February 21 February 27 - March 21
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, classes & education
Oregon Children’s Theatre
503-288-2456 • 3230 NE Columbia Blvd • portlandtaiko.org Purchase a season subscription to three concerts and avoid ticketing fees while receiving preferred seating.
Family packages start as low as $48 per person for 3 plays, or create an Entourage of 8 for big savings and 2 free tickets!
503-228-9571 • 600 SW 10th, Suite 313 • octc.org 14
Mention this guide and receive free child’s ticket with adult purchase (code: GREEN GIFT, restrictions apply, exp. 12/23/09).
A Pass for You, and Me Too Give your partner or friend a pass to Fertile Ground and you can both attend this festival of world premiere, Portland-based projects from January 22nd to February 2nd. Many of the theatre groups featured in our guide are participants, making over 20 groups part of this celebration of Portland creativity. Workshops, parties, and late night events are included. Spend ten days watching shows with your giftee and gain something to talk about for the rest of the year.
Fertile Ground Festival is a Portland generated event.
KEYWORDS: arts & culture, him, her
Fertile Ground 503-205-0715 • 1017 SW Morrison, Suite 315 • fertilegroundpdx.org 15
Receive 2 for 1 on Festival passes when you use the coupon code “GREEN.”
Drinkable and Imaginative Chocolates What sets Alma apart from other chocolatiers? In 2008 its owner won the biennial Rising Star award at the Next Generation Chocolatier show, a recognition of innovation. Surprise someone with handmade bonbons and caramels infused with exotic spices, lavender or habañero infused caramel sauces, and molded icons gilded in edible gold. Locally owned for 6 years, Alma uses organic cream, single origin chocolate, and local and Fair Trade ingredients when possible. The store buys renewable energy and uses biodegradable packaging. KEYWORDS: restaurants, him, her, under $25
Easy, Healthy Meal Assembly Both a cooking class and a cooking service, Thyme Management defies categorization but pleases busy people who want home cooked meals without the hassle of shopping, prepping, and cleaning. Fresh, local ingredients and hormone- and antibiotic- free meats are selected (dietary restrictions can be accommodated) and prepped for the session, then attendees follow instructions and prepare meals to take home and store. Thyme Management is a gift of both a cooking lesson and dinner planning.
Gilded chocolate appeals to many senses.
KEYWORDS: classes & education, wellness, him, her
Thyme Management Supper Club
503-517-0262 • 140 NE 28th Ave • almachocolate.com Remember to use your Chinook Book coupon to receive one bonbon free with the purchase of any drink.
503-283-0054 • 4246 SE Belmont #2 • thymemgmt.com 16
Remember your Chinook Book coupon to save $25 on a Metro Meal or Standard Meal plan.
Give a prepared dinner for multiple nights.
Commute Comfortably and Stylishly Commuting by bike can be a fashionable, easy affair on the right bike. Locally owned and run since 1971, bike n hike carries the retro Electra Ticino and a variety of functional clothing and accessories for every rider. The shops recycles everything from cardboard to tubes and chains. Owner Kevin Chudy won the 2007 Alice Toeclips award for service to the community. For someone who is new to commuting or needs to upgrade their ride, start with contemporary bikes modeled on classic designs. KEYWORDS: outdoor recreation, hobbies & gadgets, him, her
Vintage style with modern technology.
Gardening Books for Green Thumbs Tillandsias, or air plants, are an exciting gift for anyone who needs a little literal green in their space. The tiny plants live anywhere, pulling moisture from the air, and Garden Fever! offers a large selection to select from. Locally owned for 7 years, they carry Japanese inspired gardening tools, organic compost, and a large selection of gardening books for all levels. Garden Fever! customers have a special opportunity to grow produce for delivery to food banks three times a week.
Form follows function at Garden Fever!, which oﬀers free neighborhood delivery.
KEYWORDS: gardening, him, her
bike n hike
503-736-1074 • 4 area locations including 400 SE Grand Ave • bikenhike.com
503-287-3200 • 3433 NE 24th Ave • gardenfever.com Receive 20% off any gardening book with our coupon in Chinook Book.
Bring in this page to receive 10% off any regularly priced parts and accessories (exp. 12/31/09).
Cozy Gifts Save Energy A gift of classic Haflinger boiled wool slippers or thick Smartwool socks allows your recipient to set the thermostat lower, decreasing their carbon emissions while keeping them, not the house, warm. In anticipation of summer, give Birkenstocks or — for a friend with a beloved pair — give a certificate for sandal or clog repair. Fixing and reusing is both eco friendly and economical. Many of Signature Shoes other products are made from sustainable or recycled materials. KEYWORDS: eco fashion, him, her
Repair the old and and stay warm with the new.
Give Health in Many Forms With a gift certificate to Yoga Pearl, you let your recipient select from a plethora of wellness activities under one roof. Yoga, Pilates, workshops, massage, acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, naturopathy, and the vegan cafe Blossoming Lotus are all offered in this renewable energy-powered space. The boutique sells organic clothing and PVC-free yoga mats, as well as offers mat recycling. Classes and workshops range from intro to advanced levels. KEYWORDS: wellness, classes & education, eco fashion, under $25
503-626-8413 • 9645 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton Download our free printable coupon at ecometro.com to save $20 on your purchase of $100 or more (exp. 12/31/09).
503-525-9642 • 925 NW Davis St • yogapearl.com 18
Remember to use your Chinook Book coupon to receive 15% off class package or membership.
The welcoming space named ‘Best Of’ by WW.
PVC-free Bags, Portland Style Queen Bee’s iconic Truckette and Trucker bags are now made with PVCfree faux leather, a compliment to their growing line of eco friendly fabrics including recycled wool felt. Popular with parents, the shoulder bags are good gifts for people who live elsewhere and want to remember the Pacific NW. For cyclists, see their unique panniers embellished with wings and flowers. Made by hand in Portland (founded in Olympia in 1996), shoppers can visit the studio to see where all items are made and to purchase products. KEYWORDS: eco fashion, her, under $50
Purses and panniers for your queen
Gifts for Pregnant Women and Parents A thoughtful gesture for a pregnant mom or new parents is a gift card to Zenana Spa and Wellness Center, which offers spa services for all but specializes in massage and care for new and soon to be families. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, childcare can be booked for a small fee during appointments. New mothers can also benefit from Beyond Birth Lactation Services. Zenana Spa uses organic skincare products, purchases renewable energy and uses recycled products.
Enjoy Our Beautiful Moroccan Pedicure Room
KEYWORDS: classes & education, wellness, babies, her
Zenana Spa and Wellness Center
Queen Bee Creations
503-238-6262 • 2040 SE Clinton St • zenana-spa.com Remember you can save $5 on any product purchase of $25 or more with your Chinook Book coupon
503-232-1755 • 1847 E Burnside St #103 • queenbee-creations.com 19
A Gift that Gives throughout the Year Chinook Book makes both a great holiday gift as well as a smart purchase to save money on your gift purchases. Now in its tenth year, Chinook Book contains over 400 coupons for green and healthy living in the Portland metro region. Save on organic food and dining, 2-for-1 discounts from area theaters, bikes and bike accessories, outdoor recreation gear, eco-fashion and green building products. Think green and local this holiday season.
KEYWORDS: ecomaniac, under $25
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Chinook Book 503-222-7400 â€˘ available at area retailers â€˘ ecometro.com Get $5 off your purchase of the new Chinook Book at all New Seasons (12/2-12/29), Whole Foods (11/18-12/29) or Bales locations (11/18-12/29).
Give the gift of arts and culture From Forest Grove to Estacada to Stumptown’s city center, we cherish and celebrate our beautiful natural surroundings and our vibrant arts and culture community. Here, we wander among words and old growth forests, immerse in lakes and symphonies. Children learn to crawl on art museum floors and stomp through puddles in handmade shoes. We find design shops next to community co-ops, and public art next to restaurants serving locally grown foods. Backbeats echo out of basement doors, and lead singers bring potato salad to block parties.
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What better way to support Portland’s unique culture than to share it with loved ones? Tickets to local arts events are affordable, memorable and sustainable. And donations to a cultural organization, perhaps in a loved one’s name, also make wonderful gifts.
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Throughout these pages you will find dozens of fun ways to give the gift of an experience, and to be part of a more waste-free holiday season. Enjoy!
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Services for the arts community
Funding the arts is everyone’s business
Remember the right brain. It’s not an education without it. www.therightbraininitiative.org
Connecting business and the arts
The arts are not a luxury
Do your gifts require wrapping? Here are tips to decorate gifts with materials you may already have that can be creatively reused. Make or buy a gift bag that can be reused for the next gift. Bags can be as simple or elaborate as you like, and they have an old fashioned charm. Create your own wrapping paper with old books. Take art books, childrenâ€™s books, or any book on heavier stock and cut out the pages. et your kids involved by using their art projects. Have kids decorate boxes or G cards with glitter, paint, markers or other creative items. Stamps make covering large areas easy. Use decorative bags and wrapping paper made from recycled paper.
Give the gift of experience this holiday season! An arts performance – dance, music, theatre – makes a wonderful gift. Check out the listings inside for special discounts this holiday season.
www.greengiftspdx.com THANK YOU FOR THE EXTRA SUPPORT OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS IN CREATING THE GREEN GIFT GUIDE: BodyVox, photographed by Blaine Truitt Covert.