Take a musical trip on the Polar Express with Big Horn Brass December 17 in Vancouver, WA

Featured image: Big Horn Brass on stage at Skyview Concert Hall in Vancouver, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Big Horn Brass, the Northwest’s premiere 15-piece brass and percussion ensemble, returns for a holiday musical journey on the Polar Express Saturday, December 17, at the Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th Street, in Vancouver, Washington. Hear … Continue reading Take a musical trip on the Polar Express with Big Horn Brass December 17 in Vancouver, WA

5Wits’ immersive games the ultimate challenge

Featured image: The 5Wits live-action game venue at Patriot Place in Foxboro, Massachusetts (photo by Cheryl Landes) Why simply play a game when you can experience it? Stop an evil corporation from taking over the world. Capture an escaped dragon for a beautiful Medieval princess. Answer a distress call from an abandoned starship in deep … Continue reading 5Wits’ immersive games the ultimate challenge

Commonwealth Ballet’s Nutcracker a fun Christmas tradition

Featured image: Ballerinas from The Nutcracker on the cover of the 2013-2014 Commonwealth Ballet's program (copyright Commonwealth Ballet Company) My introduction to The Nutcracker came during my first job after graduating college, when I offered to watch a co-worker’s eight-year-old son for an evening. He was interested in ballet, so we went to a performance … Continue reading Commonwealth Ballet’s Nutcracker a fun Christmas tradition

Los Angeles Zoo throws 50th birthday bash today with half-price admission, treats for humans and animals

It’s a party, and you’re invited! The Los Angeles Zoo celebrates its 50th birthday today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with half-price admission, live music, cake, and special mini exhibits. Also watch the animals celebrate when zookeepers serve them nutrient-rich cake. Here’s the feeding schedule: 11:00 a.m.—Black bears 11:30 a.m.—Asian elephants (in Elephant Circle yard) 12:30 … Continue reading Los Angeles Zoo throws 50th birthday bash today with half-price admission, treats for humans and animals

Find fantastic gifts, support small businesses at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar

Featured image: Oregon Expo Center in Portland (photo by Cheryl Landes) Looking for quality, handcrafted gifts? Want to support small businesses? Do both at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar at the Portland Expo Center for two weekends after Thanksgiving. The event features two halls filled with more than 900 booths of items sold by small businesses, … Continue reading Find fantastic gifts, support small businesses at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar

Traveling with Santa and the elves on Portland’s Holiday Express

Featured image: The Holiday Express awaits another journey on the Oregon Pacific Railroad in Portland (photo by Cheryl Landes) The chilly air on this Saturday morning after Thanksgiving isn’t stopping anyone from their morning walks and jogs along the paved trails in the Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Portland. Ducks enjoy an early swim in the pond on … Continue reading Traveling with Santa and the elves on Portland’s Holiday Express

Winter Wonderland a slow, festive ride on the raceway that pays forward

Featured image: Winter Wonderland's wreath arch flanked by poinsettias at the Portland International Raceway. (photo by Cheryl Landes) It’s that time of year again when speeding cars take a break at the Portland International Raceway and the track transforms into the Winter Wonderland, one of the largest drive-through Christmas light shows west of the Mississippi … Continue reading Winter Wonderland a slow, festive ride on the raceway that pays forward

Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live: A chilly experience that warms the heart

Featured image: NYPD officers march along Central Park West during the 2001 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (photo by Cheryl Landes) After hearing the reports on the national news today about the extra security in New York City for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I thought about the first time we attended a parade there … Continue reading Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live: A chilly experience that warms the heart