astoria and cannon beach
thursday 4 – sunday 7
Goonies 30th Anniversary Celebration
The "truffle shuffle" never gets old, and neither do the Goonies. It is simply hard to beat a group of kids trying to save their homes from an impending golf course with a pirate treasure adventure thrown in. This 1985 classic is now 30 years old and where better to celebrate than in the towns were the story actually unfolded. Check out "Mikey's House" or see where the epic car chase by the docks took place with fellow Goonies lovers. Ah, there is nothing like the '80s. Check out the full schedule at coastexplorermagazine.com.
saturday 6 – sunday 7
Mother Earth News Fair
If some of your life aspirations include raising livestock, repurposing everything, and going off the grid, then the mother Earth News Fair has the info to get you started. Workshops and demonstrations include: a self-pickling station, essential oil extraction, composting, spinning, making biodiesel, beekeeping, solar power, all-natural cleaning and body product making, mushrooming, homesteading medicine, and, of course, gardening. Even if you have no interest in any of these activities, it may be good to know some of these people in the event of a nuclear holocaust. Check out the full schedule at motherearthnews.com. 10 am-6:30 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday. Linn County Expo Center. $25.
Milk Carton Boat Race
Why recycle when you can build a watercraft out of your used milk cartons? Yes, an actual watercraft that can keep a person (or two) afloat. Don't worry, with multiple categories for different age groups, there is no way a 5-year-old girl can beat you. There are also separate competitions for artistry and speed, with a special category for boats that are propelled by human power, but are not using the traditional paddling method. Still need a demo? Check out instructional videos on YouTube.com. Register at dairyfarmersor.org. 11 am. Westmoreland Park Casting Pond. Free.
Women's World Cup – First U.S. Game
Sure, you can watch the Women's World Cup games taking place in Canada in the comfort of your own La-Z-Boy, but wouldn't it be more fun to watch the U.S. women take on Australia in "Soccer City USA"? Winnipeg is a bit of a drive, but a friendly Portland bar isn't all that far away. Fox has committed to showing 16 of the games, which is a record amount for the men's or women's world cup. Check out the full schedule at fifa.com, eh.