PORTLAND, Ore. – The Organic Craft BrewFest will debut June 23 through June 25 at Overlook Park, 1599 N Fremont St., in Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Friday and Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday. The event will present 60 organically brewed craft beverages, including beer, cider and mead, as well as food carts, sustainability-oriented vendors and nonprofits, a soda garden for minors and designated drivers, games for adults, and a children's area with face painting and activities – all in a beautiful park setting.

The Organic Beer Fest focuses on raising awareness about organically brewed beverages and sustainable living. The event serves up 60 organically brewed products, with styles ranging from ciders to cream ales, ambers to lagers, and fruit beers to IPAs. All the products have been brewed using a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, per USDA guidelines.

Advance packages cost $25 per individual and include the festival cup, 15 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & cup). Packages at the door cost $25 per individual and include the festival cup, 10 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & cup). Advance packages are on sale now through Bold Type Tickets at http://www.merctickets.com/events/43891630/organic-craft-brewfest.

Designated drivers may purchase a ticket for $5 at the door, which includes handcrafted Crater Lake Soda and a bottle of water; designated drivers are not allowed to consume any alcohol. Minors under the age of 21 receive free admission, but must be accompanied by a parent. Leashed dogs accompanied by responsible owners are welcome.

Most products cost one ticket for a taste and four tickets for a fill. Select products, including some beers and most meads and ciders, may cost extra tickets. Additional drink tickets are available at the festival for $1 apiece.

The festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Urban Brewery Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free. Patrons receive an extra ticket with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).

The goal of the Organic Craft BrewFest is to promote and celebrate the spirit of organic brewing. In the United States, an organic product is considered truly organic when the product bears the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s official USDA Certified Organic seal; has been certified organic by an accredited organic certifying agency; and contains 95% or more organic ingredients. Products can also be made with organic ingredients, meaning the product contains at least 70% organic ingredients, excluding added water and salt. Organizations that sell less than $5,000 worth of organic products annually are not required to get certification; many of the products at this festival fall into this category.

The Organic Craft BrewFest benefits the Timbers Army 107IST (Independent Supporters Trust), whose mission is to support soccer in and around Portland, from the grassroots to the highest professional level. The 107IST is a member-based non-profit organization open to anyone who loves soccer, the Timbers/Thorns, and Portland.

View the list of participants, buy tickets, volunteer, and learn more at OrganicBrewFest.com.  

Cycle Oregon Celebrates 30 Years Of Great Rides… With More Great Rides

Cycle Oregon is a non-profit organization and community of cyclists who love to ride and explore the vast and varied landscape of Oregon while helping to support rural Oregon communities.  

Cycle Oregon’s offerings consist of three events with something for everyone, no matter the rider’s age or ability.

Joyride kicks off the 2017 season on June 10th with a one day, women’s-only event taking place at Stoller Family Estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills near Dayton OR. Joyride features short, medium and long routes suitable for all riders.  Locally sourced food, tasty wine, great music, and fully stocked rest areas are all part of the experience.

Weekender (July 7-9) is a two day bike bash that’s great for groups of friends, families, or anyone who likes to ride!  Starting in McMinnville, OR on the campus of Linfield College, this ride explores the great roads, farms, forests and hills southwest of town on day one and the beautiful wine country southeast of town on day two. WEEKENDER riders choose between three different length routes each day and then camp under the stars or crash in the dorms after a night of good food and rockin’ live music at the beer garden.

And finally, The Classic (September 9-16th). This year marks the 30th anniversary of Cycle Oregon’s signature ride, The Classic, and it’s going to be epic. The stunning route will cover 430 miles of Central Oregon’s majesty, taking in parts of the Cascade range, sparkling alpine lakes, wild and scenic rivers and some of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways. The icing on the cake– Crater Lake, the Aufderheide and McKenzie pass get three iconic Oregon rides off the bucket list in one week.  Riders spend their days passing through unforgettable landscapes and their nights enjoying the many amenities in camp - hot meals, hotter showers, smoothies, beer, wine, live music, great company and more.

Registration and other details for these events can be found at www.cycleoregon.com 

Free Event on Saturday, May 20 Celebrates National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and to honor the rich diversity and contributions made, the Oregon State Capitol will be hosting Exploring Oregon’s Heritage: Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event honors the culture, traditions, heritage and history of Asian Pacific Americans.

Come see exciting performances from local cultural organizations, dance troupes and musical groups. Learn about cultural regalia, enjoy children’s activities, or join an all-level yoga class.

The Oregon State Capitol is located at 900 Court St NE, Salem. This event is free and open to the public. Meters surrounding the Capitol are not enforced on weekends.

Tower tours to the Oregon Pioneer will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. weather permitting. There will be two food carts for event attendees to buy lunch from if they desire.

The detailed schedule is available on the event page at www.oregoncapitol.com or call Visitor Services at 503-986- 1388 for additional information.

Eugene, Oregon – When the whistles blow on May 5th, the Lane Events Center will transform as the Big O Roller Derby Tournament kicks off its 6th year. The three-day tournament takes place May 5-7 and will host 35 women’s, men’s, and junior roller derby teams. Teams representing four different continents and nine countries will be hitting the tracks, competing for ranking points to attend playoffs to fight for the title of world champion. More than 4,000 skaters, fans, officials, and volunteers from all over the country and beyond are expected to attend.
While hundreds of skaters will be rolling around Eugene, the Big O Tournament will also highlight many local non-profits
and community partners on Friday night. Non-profits and other alternative sports teams from around Lane County have
been invited to attend the tournament to network and promote their local organizations and to spread the community love to other amateur sports leagues in the area.

To close out the weekend, Sunday night will feature a showdown between the tournament's most valuable players (MVPs)and USA Men’s Roller Derby and USA Roller Derby, respectively. Tickets are available for just $15 on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night after 5pm!

Competing teams include the repeat 2015 & 2016 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) World Champions,
Portland's Rose City Rollers, along with six more of the top 10 women's teams including Victorian Roller Derby League,
Angel City (Los Angeles), Arch Rival Roller Derby, Denver Roller Derby, and the Texas Rollergirls. Local Lane County
Concussion and Emerald City Reservoir Dolls will be playing in the men’s and junior divisions, respectively.
The 2016 Men's Roller Derby Association (MRDA) World Champions-the St. Louis Gatekeepers-will also be competing,
along with several other top-ranked men's teams including Portland's Bridgetown Menace and Puget Sound Outcast Roller Derby. The full line-up of teams is available on our website at http://bigotournament.com/.
Evening, daily, and weekend tickets are available for $15-$60 at Brown Paper Tickets:
http://bigo2017.brownpapertickets.com/. On Friday and Saturday nights, $15 gets you in the door after 5pm. Day
passes are $25 or come for the whole weekend for $60.

The event will have a full house of local and national vendors, as well as local food and beer for the attendees. The 2016
Big O was awarded the Sustainable Event of the Year by the City of Eugene in part for its entirely volunteer-run
organization, but volunteers are still desperately needed. No experience is necessary and volunteers receive one-day entry for each 3-hour shift worked. If you would like to lend a hand and see some of the best roller derby in the world, visit http://bigotournament.com or contact bigovolunteers@ecrg.com.


Chinese Immigrants Helped launch Oregon's Hop Industry

Oregon Humanities This Land essay explores the hidden history of Chinese farmers who helped establish Oregon’s reputation as an international beer capital

While Oregon is known for its craft beer, few people know the history of Chinese immigrants who farmed and harvested hops in the Willamette Valley in the early 1900s.

“White farmers desperate for field hands took to secretly contracting with Chinese hop pickers, even though the threat of Chinese workers being rounded up and run off the land became a relentless risk,” writes award-winning journalist Putsata Reang in a new online essay for Oregon Humanities. “The Chinese laborers, resolved to earn a living, took their chances.” Chinese farmers who didn’t face violence or outward discrimination were still prevented by state and federal laws, like Oregon’s Alien Land Act, from owning the land they worked.

Reang’s essay, “Bitter Harvest” is part of Oregon Humanities’ This Land project and is accompanied by a series of three short videos by filmmaker Ivy Lin about the history of hop farming and two Chinese farmers, Ming Kee and Ah Coe. Reang and Lin will be talking about this project on May 3, 2017, at a screening and panel discussion from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at McMenamins Kennedy School at 5736 NE 33rd Ave., in Portland.

This Land, an online multimedia project (oregonhumanities.org/this-land) produced by Oregon Humanities, collects and connects stories about land, home, belonging, and identity by Oregon’s communities of color. The project, which is made possible by the Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation, uses film, words, maps, photos, sounds, and graphics by artists and writers of color to build a broader understanding of how policies and laws shape systems of power and land ownership in Oregon’s past and present.

More about the featured artists below:

Putsata Reang is an award-winning Cambodian American journalist and author, and a graduate of University of Oregon's School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, and Mother Jones. She is currently at work on a memoir about her family's experience fleeing the genocide in Cambodia.

Ivy C. Lin is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She became a Portlander in 2002 and has been telling Portland’s lesser-known stories through video since 2007. Ivy’s films have been screened at festivals throughout the Northwest, including “Beauty & the Sea,” which won Best Documentary Short at the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival in 2015.