Fun Times in The Pearl!

Pearl District businesses, generous volunteers, and a dose of sunshine made the Bunny Hop a huge success this year!

The weather was perfect for the annual Hippity Hop Bunny Hop Through the Pearl held on April 15th. Over 500 children and their parents enjoyed activities like face painting, bracelet making and hunting for eggs at the 35 participating businesses, collecting stamps at each stop along the way. Also hopping about the neighborhood was the Easter bunny who stopped in at local businesses to take photos with the kids and spread the holiday spirit!

This year the Pearl District also hosted the very first scavenger hunt through the Pearl using our new app, PEARL DISTRICT SWAG’R. The app took users to many fun destinations in the neighborhood, including some great bars and restaurants.

After exploring the neighborhood, families gathered in Jamison Square for a party that included live music from Micah & Me, cookies from Lovejoy Bakers, and coffee from Café Umbria.


A special thank you goes to the event sponsors, Hoyt Realty Group, KIN Living and The Brewery Blocks. And also to all of the Pearl District businesses that donated items for the raffle prizes. Raffle winners went home with some great prizes, including gift cards to Brix Tavern, a free treatment at Pearl MedSpa, and a box full of chocolates from World Foods.


Christmas Tree Lighting in Jamison Square Park 2014!

by Bettie DeWitt

Take a break from shopping local and at our Little Boxes to enjoy the ever-festive tree lighting ceremony at Jamison Square Park, this year at 4 pm on Saturday, November 29th. This year’s tree is a new 30-foot high (albeit faux) Oregon Cascade fir, one that plays Christmas carols (just for a few hours each evening) and dances with a little light show. Like last year, the digital snowflakes will be falling on the park, there will be carolling and the trees will be lit. See you there….it’s a tradition!!

Photo: Elliott Schofield
Photo: Elliott Schofield


Portland Fashion in the Pearl

by Bettie DeWitt


As if Pioneer Courthouse Square wasn’t close enough, Portland’s Fashionable events continue in our neighborhood. FashioNXT runs tomorrow October 8th through Saturday under the big tent at NW 9th between Northrup and Overton, on the empty lot between the Encore and Marriott’s Residence Inn.

FashioNXT is a world-class runway show showcasing “What’s Next in Fashion” and this year features a stellar designer-lineup: Project Runway winners and All-Stars, and designers from Portland, New York, LA and China.

Image: Yi Yin Designs by Michael Costello (left, center) and Gordana Gehlhausen (right) at FashioNXT.
Image: Yi Yin
Designs by Michael Costello (left, center) and Gordana Gehlhausen (right) at FashioNXT.

For all four days, exhibits, shopping and pre-event cocktails are available for ticket-holders from 6:00, with runway show seating at 8:00pm every evening. Following the show, all guests, press and buyers are invited to a Designer Meet’n’Greet and Market Hour in the VIP Lounge. After that, if you’re still game, an after-party will be held each night (the first night at the Benson Hotel and the other nights at the former P. F. Chang’s in the Brewery Blocks (corner of NW Couch and 12th). For more information or to purchase tickets please CLICK HERE.


Polish the Pearl 2014

by Bettie DeWitt 

Just a reminder….2014’s Polish the Pearl event is this Saturday, October 11th, the autumnal half of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’s semi-annual effort to gather like-minded friends to do some litter gathering around our Pearl District neighborhood.

PtP 2010 Spring

The day starts at Peet’s Coffee (1114 NW Couch) for a free cuppa and to pick up your cleaning supplies. Then it’s out and about the neighborhood picking up whatever’s out there that shouldn’t be. This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and make some new friends while helping to keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful. Bags, gloves and trash grabbers will be supplied so just bring your sunny disposition!

At 11:30 after the clean-up, we’ll meet up again at Chipotle Mexican Grill (1201 NW Lovejoy) to celebrate and return the cleaning supplies. And there’s a free burrito in it if you’re one of the first 75 people to register. To register for the event, go to and click the REGISTER NOW button. Let’s get together and polish our neighborhood!

PtP 2011 Spring
PtP 2011 Spring – Kick Cigarette Butts Brigade




Portland Fashion Week 2014 Fall

by Bettie DeWitt

via Portland Fashion Week
via Portland Fashion Week

Just a reminder….Portland Fashion Week 2014 Fall is in full swing, this year “Under the Tents” at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Doors open at 5:00, all events start at 7:00.

Tonight, Tuesday, September 30th –  Ready to Wear. Tomorrow night, Wednesday October 1st – Couture and Bridal and Thursday, October 2nd – The Art Institute of Portland. Tickets on sale now on the site or at several locations noted On their site.


Labor Day weekend – Free Movies and Art in the Pearl!!

by Bettie DeWitt

The Portland Film Festival will be hosting three free film screenings this weekend in The Fields Park. There will be live music (which starts at 5) and food will be available! All movies start at sunset. Start the popcorn!!!

Mon Ami One SheetOn Friday, the film is Mon Ami. Two friends try executing their ‘get rich quick’ plan by kidnapping their boss’ daughter but when the plan falls apart they must scramble to fix the situation and repair their friendship.*

Forev filmSaturday’s film is Forev. Sophie and Pete get engaged on their first date, which is a 6-hour drive through the desert. And then nothing goes wrong… nothing at all.*

On Sunday, it’s the world premiere of Growing Cities. This is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.* 

Art in the Pearl logoAnd don’t forget Art in the Pearl, our fine arts and crafts extravaganza, held each year on labor Day weekend in the North Park blocks on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country and the event fills the site with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages.

So get out and have fun! After Monday, no white…..remember!

*Story lines and photos courtesy of IMDB.

Fresh Perspective on Fields Park

By Bettie DeWitt

Photographer Elliott Schofield offers us a new perspective on our Fields Park….

Photo: Elliott Schofield
Photo: Elliott Schofield

…and what a fabulous shot of the awesome dog play areas! Thanks, Elliott!!

Photo: Elliott Schofield
Photo: Elliott Schofield

Remember….opening celebration is this Friday May 17th at noon. Don’t miss it!

We’ll see you there!!