Friday, August 01, 2008

Livin' in the Blurbs: Make Those Plans!

I know it's a horrifying thought, but November will eventually get here. Though hopefully not until we've had the good, long Indian summer we so richly deserve after that cold, wet spring. But Chrissie Zaerpoor of Kookoolan Farms wrote to let me know that they are taking reservations now for Thanksgiving turkeys and will likely sell out in September. These are pasture-raised, free-range turkeys started as chicks on Mar. 25, and this year you have the choice of a standard, broad-breasted turkey or a "Red Bourbon" heritage breed. Dave roasted one of the broad-breasted birds on the grill last year and it was so good he had to stand for several rounds of applause. Get yours now!

Details: Order by e-mail and include phone number and pick-up location, either at Hillsdale Farmers Market on Sun., Nov. 23, or at the farm Mon.-Wed., Nov. 24-26. $20 deposit required; take cash or check to the market or mail it to: Kookoolan Farms, 15713 Highway 47, Yamhill, OR 97148. Phone 503-662-4742.

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Watch movies on a rooftop this summer at the Hotel Deluxe, the perfect way to celebrate summer evenings in the city. The evening starts with live music and refreshments at 8 pm, with the movie commencing at dusk, around 9 pm. Feel free to bring your favorite portable chair or blanket for the first come, first serve seating. The schedule is:
  • July 24: Big Time, 1988
  • July 31: Hot Rods to Hell, 1967
  • August 7: Flight of the Navigator, 1986
  • August 14: Thunder Road, 1958
  • August 21: Willie Dynamite, 1974
  • August 28: Super Argo and the Faceless Giants, 1968
Details: Rooftop Movies at the Hotel Deluxe. Movie starts at dusk; $7. Hotel Deluxe, 729 SW 15th Ave. Phone 503-219-2094.

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Mark your calendar now to attend Farmington Gardens annual Tomato Festival on August 30. Linda Shively, ever-on-the-ball PR person at the nursery, says that some years they have more than 100 varieties to sample, and this year will be no exception. Chef Dan Brophy will be cooking up tomato dishes to try, plus they'll have an olive oil tasting of locally-made olive oils from Red Ridge Farms in Dayton. Even more, Ambruso's Italian Ice cart will be there selling their icy treats. All free, all day long!

Details: Farmington Gardens 6th Annual Tomato Festival. Aug. 30, 11 am-3 pm; free. Farmington Gardens, 21815 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton. Phone 503-649-4568.

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