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Annie Greerhalgh headshotAnnie Greerhalgh (email)

1. I enjoy game nights of various kinds around town.  For a fun night with an assortment of new and vintage arcade games in an impressively decorated venue, I like to go to barcades such as Ground Kontrol in Old Town-Chinatown.  Just make sure you bring cash or use the ATM there!  For an exciting game night, I love to put myself and my fellow graduate students to the test with one of our many escape rooms in which you do scavenger hunts and do a series of puzzles before time runs out!  There are many escape room companies around Portland if this interests you!

2. Since you’ll be coming during winter, movie night might be ideal!  My favorite theater is the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland.  The Hollywood Theatre is this charming 1920s building that the community reclaimed and restored to its original splendor.  This nonprofit theater shows indie films, cult films, documentaries, select new films.  Further it has events that are so much fun such as those in which the audience texts in jokes about the movies to be shown on the lower ¼ of the screen so that the audience can collectively riff on B movies.  Bonus: It serves pizza and select local ice cream flavors as well as beer!  You can’t go wrong here.

Emily Denning headshotEmily Denning (email)
If the weather is a bit nicer, check out Hoyt Arboretum, in SW near the Zoo and Rose Garden, for nice hikes and on clear days, views on Mt. Hood! It is also worth checking out the nearby Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden

Emma O'Connor headshotEmma O'Connor (email)
I like to go for walks with my partner and our dogs in Mt. Tabor Park, as well as around the International Rose Test Garden! The grounds are beautifully landscaped and offer amazing walking paths. Also, the Japanese Gardens are another amazing spot to walk and take in the gorgeous, pristine landscaping. 

Cynthia Mohr headshotCynthia Mohr (email)

Explore one of our beautiful gardens -- Lan Su Chinese Garden 239 Northwest Everett Street,  503.228.8131, while there enjoy tea in the teahouse. Portland Japanese Garden is also a great option--it is stunning year-round.  Monday: Noon-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4pm.  The Garden is located in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, directly above the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park,611 SW Kingston Ave., (503) 223-1321. There is a shuttle that runs from the MAX station to the garden. For more information, click here. On a side note, for those with children, also located at Washington Park and accessible by the MAX train is the Oregon Zoo and the Portland Children's Museum, both of which I highly recommend! 
Also consider a visit to the Saturday Farmers Market at Portland State University -- it's open all year (9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays, Nov-Mar) and accessible via street car, MAX train, bus or a short walk from many of the conference hotels. It is located at SW College & SW Montgomery.  In addition to produce, they also have a variety of yummy food gifts, food trucks and tasty treats from the local area and frequently have live music. 
Consider adding a day-trip to your schedule and tour the Columbia Gorge, including Multnomah Falls. The views are breathtaking and offers great sightseeing and hiking for those interested. Or, as an alternative, you could enjoy wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, or head to the coast (my favorite spot is Cannon Beach). 

Tessa Dover headshotTessa Dover (email)

1. There are a bunch of great movie theaters in Portland - most of them serve beer, wine, and food, and some of them specialize in second-run films so admission is super cheap. You can find them scattered throughout the city, but here are a few to consider: 
a. Living Room Theaters (downtown and specializing in indie  & foreign films) 
b. Laurelhurst Theater (Northeast Portland, showing both first and second-run movies. Showtimes after 8pm are 21+)
c. The Hollywood Theater (a non-profit theater in a funky old building. In the Hollywood district, which is in Northeast Portland)
2. It may be overplayed, but I really do enjoy going to Powell’s bookstore. Bookstores seem to be so rare these days, and it’s wonderful to experience all the good things about traditional bookstores -- curated staff recommendations, the smell and feel of new and old books, cute book-related doodads, the feeling of getting lost in the stacks. It’s downtown, just a MAX or streetcar ride away, and it’s just wonderful.

Emma Money headshotEmma Money (email)
One thing I like to do is grab a coffee downtown (I recommend trying Coava) and just walk around. There is a lot of Art Deco era architecture to look at but also shops to wander in and out of and snacks to munch on. If you do enjoy looking at houses and architecture, the Alphabet District is a 10-20-minute trek into the Northwest area and also has a lot of great examples of Victorian and Art Deco structures. Another fun thing to do is to visit the Pittock Mansion, not far west of the downtown area. The inside is very pretty if you like to look at old furniture and homes but you don’t have to go inside to have a good time. Hanging out on the lawn is free and has a view of Mount Hood and there is also a nice hiking trail that goes down the hill below it. 


2019 Annual Convention
February 7 - 9, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232, USA