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What is the Dog Days of Summer?

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Dog Days of Summer:  July 3 - August 11

The “dog days of summer” occur during the hottest and muggiest part of summer.

It's a dogs life, especially during summer. Learn the origin of dog days of summer here!
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The dictionary defines “dog days” as:

1:  the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere
2:  a period of stagnation or inactivity

But where does the term come from? Why do we call the hot, sultry days of summer “dog days?” Here's the answer!

In ancient times, when the night sky was free from artificial lights people in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by “connecting the dots” of stars. These star pictures are called constellations, and the constellations as we know them came from our European ancestors.

Ancient star gazer's saw images in the stars of bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor), twins (Gemini), a bull (Taurus), and others objects, including dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor). (more below...)

Free Music Mondays Concert, High school student "Rising Stars" performing Broadway hits: Jul 06, 2015 6:30-8PM

07/06/2015 - 6:30pm
07/06/2015 - 8:00pm
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Free Music Mondays Concert, Local high school student

Free Concerts on the Plaza

When: Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:30-8PM
Where: Arts Plaza
401 NE Second St
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Performing tonight: Local high school student "Rising Stars" performing Broadway hits

Gresham’s Center for the Arts Foundation is pleased to present the six annual Music Mondays concert series. The series is presented on Monday evenings during July and August, and is supported by the City of Gresham Arts & Culture Grants and the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Multnomah County Arts Coalition. All Music Mondays concerts are free.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and a picnic to enjoy a summer evening of live music.

Free! Ten Toe Express Walk - Gateway Plaze to Gateway Green: Thu Jul 09, 2015 6PM-8PM

07/09/2015 - 6:00pm
07/09/2015 - 8:00pm
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2015 Ten Toe Express. 16 Neighborhood Walks throughout inner-city Portland. FREE! Thursdays @ 6PM ~ Saturdays @ 9AM. Join the fun. Info Here!

Gateway Plaze to Gateway Green

When: Thu Jul 09, 2015 6PM-8PM
Meet: Gateway Transit Center
NE 99th Ave and Pacific St
across from concession booth
Get Map!
Cost: Free

Gateway Plaza to Gateway Green
Check out the Gateway Green open space area between I-84 and I-205 and hear about the history of the wonderful little City of Maywood Park as we loop through a few of its streets.

Thursday, July 9 - 6pm
Saturday, August 29 - 9am
Meet: Gateway Transit Center, NE 99th Ave and Pacific St, across from concession booth
2 hours
3.5 miles or 7,000 steps

Let's Go Walking!
Join us on another great Ten Toe Express walk throughout inner-city Portland sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The Ten Toe Express program is a series of guided walks held Thursdays @ 6PM and Saturdays @ 9AM from May 07th through September 19th 2015.

Each easy and informal Ten Toe Express walk explores the area neighborhood, architecture and unique history. Walk takes about 2 hours, cover 2-4 miles and are open to all ages and skill levels. Did we mention it's free!

Senior Healthy Hikers, Rood Bridge Loop Walk: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10AM-5PM

07/09/2015 - 10:00am
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Senior Healthy Hikers, Rood Bridge Loop Walk: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10AM-5PM. Info here!

Beautiful Views!

When: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10AM-5PM
Where: Rood Bridge Loop Walk
Meet at: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pwy
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

This three-mile walk begins at the River House in Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro. We will follow a mix of paved and natural trails to the Tualatin River, going through Douglas fir and maple woods with grand fir and cedar. We will then loop onto a trail with ash, big-leaf maple, and hazel woodlands to a lake full of water lilies and croaking frogs. From here we will follow wooded trails to an amphitheater and continue around Woodland Pond and the Lloyd Baron Rhododen-dron Garden. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an energy snack and water. After the walk we will have lunch nearby at Merriweather’s Grill.

  • Round-trip travel: 66 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation gain: 100 feet
  • Suggested donation per hiker: $7
  • More Info
    For more information about this hike please contact Ruth Cummings at 503-926-4840 or cummings0465@frontier.com.

Gresham Saturday Market: Sat Jul 11, 2015 9AM-3PM

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Gresham Saturday Market: Saturday's thru Sep 26th 9AM-3PM. A vibrant marketplace offering a rich mix of regional produce, handcrafts, art, unique gifts, fresh food and live music. Info here!

Rain or Shine Event

When: Sat thru Sep 26, 9AM-3PM
Where: 440 NW Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

The Gresham Saturday Market offers a rich mix of regional, farm-grown goods, handcrafted products, fine art, unique gifts, fresh food and live music.

Located in the NE corner of the Gresham KMart parking lot bordered by Eastman Pky and NW Burnside Rd

Gresham Farmers' Market brings fresh produce, crafts and more: Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:30AM-2PM

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Gresham Farmers' Market brings fresh produce, crafts and more: Saturdays, May-October 8:30AM-2PM. Info Here!

Saturdays May thru October!

When: Every Saturday, 8:30AM-2PM
Where: NW Miller & Third St
Historic Downtown
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Fresh & Local
Shoppers will find all-natural meats and cheeses, fresh-picked produce, nursery stock and fresh-cut flowers, hand-crafted jewelry, soaps, artwork, and much more. Live music and food are always part of the market.

Located on Northwest Miller Avenue between Second and Third Street 8:30AM to 2PM each Saturday now through Oct. 25.

Movies in the Park 2015, Presented by Clean Energy Works Oregon: Jul 11-Aug 22, 2015

Movies in the Park 2015, sponsored by Clean Energy Works Oregon. Enjoy a free movies on us! Jul 11-Aug 22, 2015. Info here!

As temperatures climb, Portlanders head outside – typically sporting a big grin -because the best season of the year is here. It’s finally summer in Portland!

This year, Clean Energy Works is sponsoring Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free For All: Movies in the Park, a beloved Portland tradition, bringing fun, free movies to the whole family. (Bring jackets and extra blankets - it can get chilly when the sun goes down!)

Snag a good spot at Portland parks all summer long for performances by local musicians, free popcorn, and great movies. Stop by the Clean Energy Works table to say hi. And learn how our nonprofit can help keep your home cool and your utility bills down this summer.

We’ll see you at the park!

2015 Movie Schedule
Presented by Clean Energy Works

Date Park Site Screening
July 11th Kenilworth Park The Lego Movie
July 17th Irving Park The Imitation Game
July 22nd Reed College (sports field) Big Hero 6
July 24th Woodstock Park The Never Ending Story
July 31st Laurelhurst Park Toy Story 2
August 2nd Sellwood Park Frozen *Sing-along!*
August 7th Alberta Park 101 Dalmations (1996)
August 14th    Irving Park Captain America: The Winter Soldier
August 21st Laurelhurst Park Cinderella
August 22nd Sewallcrest Park Napoleon Dynamite

*Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30PM, and movie begins at dusk.

2015 Portland Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park schedule here!

Free Music Mondays Concert, Julie McCarl and Bodacious: Jul 13, 2015 6:30-8PM

07/13/2015 - 6:30pm
07/13/2015 - 8:00pm
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Free Music Mondays Concert, Local high school student

Free Concerts on the Plaza

When: Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:30-8PM
Where: Arts Plaza
401 NE Second St
Gresham, OR
Get Map!

Performing tonight: Julie McCarl and Bodacious bring their Americana sounds for your enjoyment

Gresham’s Center for the Arts Foundation is pleased to present the six annual Music Mondays concert series. The series is presented on Monday evenings during July and August, and is supported by the City of Gresham Arts & Culture Grants and the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Multnomah County Arts Coalition. All Music Mondays concerts are free.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and a picnic to enjoy a summer evening of live music.

Gresham Neighborhood Coalition Meeting: Tue Jul 14, 2015 7PM

07/14/2015 - 7:00pm
07/14/2015 - 8:30pm
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City of Gresham Coalition of Neighborhood Associations - A unified voice for Gresham's neighborhood associations. Info here!

Coalition of Gresham
Neighborhoods

When: Tue Jul 14, 2015 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Room
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Get Map!

Public welcome
The Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations was formed to provide structure and support for the leadership of Gresham's neighborhood associations, enabling more effective cooperation among neighborhood associations in order to achieve desired outcomes. Goals of the Coalition include providing a public forum for the review and evaluation of issues and problems, providing education and information on specific areas such as land use, and providing a unified voice for the neighborhood associations.

The Coalition meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7:00PM

Third Thursdays, Downtown Gresham: Jul 16, 2015 5:30PM-8PM

07/16/2015 - 5:30pm
07/16/2015 - 8:00pm
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Third Thursdays Downtown Gresham. Free, family-friendly celebration of music, food, drink and art, every third Thursday May through August. Info here!

Join in the fun in Historic
Downtown Gresham

Free, family-friendly celebration of music, food, drink and art, every Third Thursday May through August from 5:30-8:00PM.

Wine tasting, local artisans, live music, and extended shopping hours.

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