Show Your Team Some Sweet Sweet Love

February 3rd, 2016 by Maria DeLorenzo
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Order mini cheesecakes from Rawdacious for pure raw, vegan, gluten free delight.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Spread some serious love around this February 14th with the best local yummies delivered direct. We’ve made it a priority to partner with a variety of vendors, considering all dietary needs and restrictions. So, if you’re planning a sweets party, start here:

Desserts
Rawdacious makes premium “cheesecakes” that are naturally gluten-free, cane-sugar free, and vegan. For gluten free baked goods try Gluten Free Gem, New Cascadia Traditional, or the paleo-friendly Home Grown Bakery. Order French pastries from Pearl Bakery, fresh baked pies from Pacific Pie, luxe handmade cookies from Sterling Catering, or old school pastries or cupcakes from Helen Bernhard Bakery.

Chocolate
Alma Chocolate  handcrafts gorgeous boxes of chocolates and candies made from quality ingredients — an excellent gift. We can also bring you delicious fair trade chocolate bars from Equal Exchange or craft drinking chocolate from Treehouse Chocolate.

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Alma Chocolate aims to delight. Order a gift box and we’ll deliver!

Donuts
Our favorite donut shop Delicious Donuts make classic donuts that won’t last long in any office. Donut Byte Labs makes cute lil’ gourmet mini donuts so you can pretend you didn’t just eat eight of them!

Flowers
For gorgeous locally sourced, eco-friendly bouquets, order flowers from Botanica Floral Design 
and we’ll deliver! Pre-order flowers before Feb 5th.

As always, if you need something picked up from one of your favorite spots not listed above, we can do that too.

Or you can simply give us your budget and headcount and we’ll do the rest. Make it easy and fill out our new and improved catering request.

Film Fest and Chill

February 2nd, 2016 by Maria DeLorenzo
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Klaus Härö’s “The Fencer,” the opening night film of the festival.

I get it, it’s cold and you don’t want to leave the cozy hibernation of home. Luckily you can cozy up with a lush assortment of international films starting February 11th, brought to you by the Northwest Film Center.

The Portland International Film Fest is the largest, most culturally diverse film event in Oregon, pulling together a multi-faceted experience with over 150 films (97 features and 62 shorts) and special events presenting a full spectrum of features, documentaries, and shorts – and featuring submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and works by both returning masters and emerging talents.

The Opening Night Party is sure to be a hit, with a screening of Klaus Härö’s “The Fencer” followed by a reception in the Hoffman Lobby and Schnitzer Sculpture Court. Opening Night tickets are on sale now at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff39/openingnight/. Co-hosts for this year’s party are Umpqua Bank, the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, the Finlandia Foundation, Voodoo Doughnuts, Montinore Estate, Elk Cove Vineyards, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Short Cuts

“Short Cuts V: Made in Oregon” a program of Oregon made short films. Feb. 20th.

Following Opening Night, PIFF retains a sizable presence downtown and throughout the city with screenings at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located inside the Portland Art Museum, Cinema 21, Regal Fox Tower , World Trade Center, OMSI, Moreland Theater, and Roseway Theater.

The Festival will host Tobias Lindholm’s A WAR (Denmark) and Ciro Guerra’s EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Columbia), both nominees for the 2016 Foreign Language Film Academy Award. As in past years, the Festival features an abundance of short films. This year’s lineup boasts eight discrete short film programs, including one devoted entirely to films made in Oregon, an animated shorts program curated by LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro, and others populated with shorts from around the world.

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Filmstill from Lucile Hadžihalilović’s “Evolution,” a dark, feminist fairytale peppered with stylistic nods to David Lynch and the body horror of David Cronenberg.

This year’s festival also includes the return of the popular PIFF After Dark program, showcasing adventurous movies for the nocturnally inclined like Lucile Hadžihalilović’s EVOLUTION, Karyn Kusama’s (GIRLFIGHT) THE INVITATION, Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy’s MAN VS. SNAKE, Can Evrenol’s BASKIN, and Károly Ujj Mészáros’ LIZA THE FOX-FAIRY. As in past years, PIFF After Dark presents films chosen with adventurous festival attendees in mind. All eight PIFF After Dark shows are scheduled to happen at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave.) and will, for the first time, include short films presented before the feature. The full PIFF 39 Program is available online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff39/.

Advance tickets available online now at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff39/

GenZe E-Scoots into Inner SE

January 21st, 2016 by Maria DeLorenzo
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The GenZe 2.0 Electric Scooter. Complete with groceries!

GenZe (Generation Zero Emissions) just opened the company’s only permanent brick-and-mortar retail store right near our PPP headquarters at 1235 S.E Grand. I attended the Grand Opening soirée this last Tuesday and cruised the showroom to check out the sleek GenZe 2.0.

The really sweet thing about GenZe’s electric scooters are the easily removable batteries that can be charged up in any standard outlet. They are also equipped with a smart touchscreen display that integrates with a phone app, helping you to plan your trip and measure battery charge. 

The California-based company is owned by Mahindra — the worlds biggest manufacturer of tractors.  Vish Palekar, CEO of GenZe, spoke about how GenZe is working to help solve the problem of urban mobility with electric vehicles.

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Mayoral Candidate Jules Bailey welcomes GenZe to his district.

Multnomah County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Jules Bailey also stood up to say a few words. “Sustainability is a buzzword and I think it is important to be clear what we mean when we say it,” said Bailey. He emphasized that sustainability is measured by the three e’s: economics, environment, and equity. He said he was happy to support innovators like GenZe whose mission statement supports all three.  

As far as urban mobility goes, e-scooters and electric vehicles like these are certainly environmentally friendly, encouraging short emission-free trips in urban environments. They take up less curbspace, something we are keenly aware of as a bike-based business. Equity and economics come into play when you consider that the price-point for these vehicles is relatively low at $2,999.

I hope to see more of these kinds of vehicles on the road. At PPP, we are always happy to see alternates modes of transport and exciting new innovation on two wheels.

New Year’s Evolution!

December 30th, 2015 by Maria DeLorenzo

squarespace-employees-know-how-to-properly-enjoy-internationalbeerday-friday-wedeliver-ridereric_19759614724_o (1)This last year was an epic one for Portland Pedal Power, with more of everything: more cargo bikes loaded down with piping hot food, saucy new vendors, more parties and events, brand new staffers, and a growing list of sponsors who align with our mission — to fuel Portland with sustainable bike delivery.

This last year we painted the town with local sponsors like Bowery Bagels, Sundown Concerts (Ecotrust), Gluten Free Gem Bakery, Providence #FinishCancer, Willamette Week Give!Guide, Pacific Power, PointWest Credit Union, BTA Bike Commute Challenge, Treo Bike Tours, Cambia Portland Classic, the GoGreen Conference, the Portland Art Museum, USAgencies, GenZe, Whole Foods, and OPB.

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Looking forward, we plan on growing and further evolving in 2016. We will unveil some exciting new website changes in the coming days. We’ll continue to work to provide our hungry customers with the best service, superior food selection, and the best catering by bike this side of the Mississippi. We will continue to build community partnerships to boost our favorite local businesses and brands, providing unique visibility and friendly brand ambassadors on our bikes.

PPP is committed to supporting sustainable business and growth in the city we love. We hope you’ll join us in ushering in a better future.

Cheers to the coming year! Power to the Pedal!

Been a Little Bad? Give Back!

December 9th, 2015 by Maria DeLorenzo

Capture 2If you’re looking for that special someone — to donate your money to — the Willamette Week Give!Guide is a great place to start. They’ve handpicked 143 of Portland’s most impactful nonprofits and put them all in one place, making it easy to browse categories and donate.

Willamette Week makes it a point to include a range of organizations in the categories of Animals, Arts, Community, Education, Environment, Social Action, Health & Wellness, and Youth. They also work to include both large and small organizations.

CaptureGiving through the Give!Guide offers incentives too, you’ll receive free and discounted products from your favorite local brands via the Chinook Book mobile app (I use this and there are A LOT of really good deals available). Portland area residents who give will receive thank you bags as well, while supplies last.

The Schlesinger Family Foundation is also posing a challenge to donors: nonprofits with the most individual donors 35 and under in each category will be awarded $1000. Get an up-to-the-minute count of each organization’s donors 35 and under here. Willamette Week realizes that if young people begin supporting non-profit organizations at a young age, even at smaller levels, they are likely to continue to give as they get older, and the amount of their support is likely to grow with their incomes.

You’ve been working hard all year, time to put some of that money back to work in the community! Donations are accepted through December 31st.

Bike to the Green Festival Expo for Free Admission!

December 2nd, 2015 by admin

LA CrowdThe Green Festival Expo is just around the corner! It’s a great place to pick up some free goodies and maybe a holiday gift or two. Taking place Dec 11th -13th at the Oregon Convention Center, it’s the first time it’s been here in the festival’s 14 year history.

Green Festival Expo is the largest and longest-running sustainability event in the United States with a mission to bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative speakers, national and local innovative businesses, conscious consumers and pioneering thinkers to promote the best in sustainability and green living.

GF Logo stackedDuring the 3-day expo there will be free yoga classes, B2B mentoring sessions for green business owners, an interactive family fun area for kids to learn all about reducing their carbon footprint and over 50 inspirational speakers. Green Festival Expo is now featuring a Portland Local Market Place on the floor where attendees will be able to shop locally, taste vegan and vegetarian food and enjoy organic products close to home.

Bike to the expo, park at the Green Festival Bike Valet and receive FREE admission! Youth 16 and under are granted free admission as well. Booth space is available for local and national businesses. Book today by calling (828) 333-9403 x300 or e-mail exhibit@greenfestivals.org. Visit www.greenfestivals.org for more information. Hours open to the public are: Friday 12pm – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm & Sunday 10am – 5pm. Find your tickets here: http://bit.ly/195cS0D.

Hot Tips for Cold and Rainy Riding

November 19th, 2015 by Maria DeLorenzo

Portland is starting to act like Portland again and that means we’re riding in the dark and damp. Whether you’re a bike commuter in fancy work clothes or a spandexed speed demon, we’ve compiled some tips to keep you safe and dry in the rain.

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Georgia in Dublin Leggits, waterproof overshoes with reflective straps and rubber toe soles.

Get the right kicks:
Get a pair of nice rainboots or waterproof shoes for riding because nothing is worse than soggy feet. Hit up Next Adventure for new or used shoes, you’re bound to find more than enough gear there to survive the elements. Andy & Bax has a wide selection of boots and shoes; they even have waterproofing spray and waterproof socks!

Online you’ll find that Bogs makes some sweet waterproof boots and shoes and they’re sold in various locations around town: REI or Clogs-N-More. For the dapper dressed, Timberland, Keen, and Hunter make stylish rainboots. And don’t forget Leggits, waterproof overshoes!

Love some gloves:
Keep your handlebar hands from freezing up with a pair of warm and waterproof gloves. Cycling Portland covers the best winter riding gloves in this post. Also check out Bike Portland‘s review of gloves from Showers Pass.

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Rain capes from Clever Cycles!

Rainproof yo’self:
So you’ve been living in Portland for how long and you don’t have rain gear? Get on it! Chrome Industries makes upscale bags and gear for urban cyclists; their outerwear provides protection from the wind and rain, with reflective details, active and passive venting, a mobile fit, and bombproof fabrication.

Portland-based Showers Pass makes all sorts of raingear for the sporting rider, while Nau designs outdoorsy apparel for the more fashionably minded (their flagship store is located at 304 NW 11th).

Of course, Andy & Bax, Next Adventure, Columbia, and REI are all local spots to suit up. For the ladies, Gladys Bikes carries a variety of cycling apparel, favoring businesses and makers that are local, women-owned, and USA made. You can always try a bike poncho or rain cape! Local shop Clever Cycles wrote an awesome blog about rain capes.

Winter biking 101:

  1. Tune it up. We know you rode hard all summer, so now is the time to tune it up and hit the slippery roads in better shape. Our favorite shops for tune-up and gear are: Clever Cycles, A Better Cycle, River City, and Bike Gallery.
  2. Check your tires: Decreasing tire pressure can actually help improve traction on slippery streets.
  3. Slow your roll: Road grit and water can erode brake pads, so slow down and brake early. In Portland, our streets are currently covered with wet leaves which function as cycling sabotage. Slow down, brake early, and watch the road.
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    Light up your bike!

    Watch the corners: Cornering in the rain can problematic. Shift as much of your weight on the outside pedal as possible, keeping the bike more upright when cornering. You’ll be able to take the corner with a reasonable amount of speed, keeping balance as tires slide over slippy spots.

  5. Be seen: Obviously, visibility is a lot lower in winter. Many local riders even use lights during the daylight hours, due to the low light and gloom. Make sure you’ve got high and bright lights in the front and visible back light (carrying an extra set of batteries isn’t a bad idea either). Our favorite local spot for lights is Portland Design Works, featuring high-quality and simple gear with the urban cyclist in mind. Reflectors wherever possible is also recommended.
  6. Get some fenders: Nobody wants to arrive at their destination covered in a thin film of road grime. Portland Design Works’ also makes beautifully designed fenders, a must-have for rainy day riding.

Moral of the story is: suit up and ride safe. See you on the streets!

Filmmakers Gather for Showcase of Northwest Films

November 5th, 2015 by admin
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This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Nov. 12-18) presents 45+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Steve Anker. Anker is the former Dean of the California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video and formerly served as director of the San Francisco Cinematheque as well as artistic director of the Foundation for Art in Cinema.

_J4xIydnJMRULqhXpHmkdSJZdxxP1z48CHFUDVzYHJ4Festival film highlights include director Lewis Bennett’s THE SANDWICH NAZI, a feature-length expansion of his short film, which screened to much audience acclaim at the 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival; Zach Weintraub’s SLACKJAW makes its Portland debut after premiering earlier this year at the Locarno Film Festival; WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS, Courtney Coulson’s involving portrait of a mobile, cross-cultural circus for children in Palestine; Michael Turner’s THE WAY WE TALK investigates one of medical science’s most baffling and enduring disabilities — stuttering — through the personal experience of its director.

Eqw0UPZcb3chZOY8JJ2JsmfLxFLKx0S9K2AzF2KvKQUIn addition to features, the Festival offers three programs of short films. Shorts I: Fantasies and Diversions — a collection of films from makers based in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, and Vancouver, BC — will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II: Tracing Space and Shorts III: Intimate Portraits are collections of films by makers throughout the NW region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction.

Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference, previously BarCamp, an opportunity for the regional filmmaking community to gather together and explore the issues and challenges facing today’s independent filmmaker.

pak67Dl9SQxvcfk-IzD7dvynuAhG5XRBLuQTqa7zSgETo compliment the festival, the very first Northwest Filmmakers’ Expo (Thursday, Nov. 12, 10am-5pm) will bring together buyers and users of filmmaking equipment and services with top regional and international vendors offering a hands-on look at their latest technology and the multitude of filmmaking resources available. Already confirmed vendors include Canon, Zeiss, JVC, Panasonic, and Sony among many others.

While drawing heavily from film and video industry professionals, the Expo — held in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom — will also be a different breed of Expo with many of the top creative agencies in the Northwest also contributing their time and ideas to make this a trade show like no other, one uniquely suited to Portland’s creative film community.

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For more information, visit The 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.

 

Hit the Heights at Alpine Fest

November 2nd, 2015 by Maria DeLorenzo

2201398775_bb12063c24_z (1)Winter has struck and it’s time to hit the slopes or hike the peaks of some epic mountain. Alpine Fest is coming this Nov. 17-22, presented by Grivel & hosted by the Mazamas, it promises to be a info-packed weekend celebrating all forms of Alpine recreation.

Activities scheduled are as follows:

The Summit: An Evening with Alex Honnold & Jim Whittaker. The BIGGEST night of the festival! Nov. 21 at the Oregon Convention Center. You’ll enjoy great food, a huge silent auction with amazing gear from the sponsors, vendor fair, awards, and more. (food is included in the ticket price; beer & wine available for purchase).

Portland Ice Comp: 10th Annual dry-tooling competition at the newly-renovated Portland Rock Gym.

Clinics: 3-hour, hands-on sessions with a pro-athlete. Clinics are limited to 8, 10, or 12 people (depending on location, subject) to maximize your instructional time with the athlete.

Seminars: 1, 2 or 3-hour classroom style learning with a pro-athlete.

Speaker Series: An evening event, slideshow style presentation from a pro-athlete.

Celebration of Trails: A morning of trail running fun in Forest Park for all ability levels.

The Mazamas is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization in Portland, Oregon. Offering over 1000 climbs and hikes annually, classes and activities are open to both members and nonmembers.

Seeking: Friends of Trees

October 22nd, 2015 by admin
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Photo from Matt Pizzuti and FriendsofTree.org

Portland Pedal Power was happy to partner recently with the awesome organization Friends of Trees, currently seeking crew leaders for their fall plantings. More information is included below:

The Northwest is covered with outdoor spaces where, although they are open space, the impact of human encroachment is still all too apparent. They are corners of parks and greenbelts where vegetation is trampled or disturbed, or riparian zones where invasive species have choked out native plants. As more and more local land is taken up by development, these protected green areas in and around the city are extremely important habitat for wildlife as well as flood and pollution control.

With an ever-improving understanding of these urban-boundary ecosystems, Friends of Trees is one organization restoring local watersheds by planting native shrubs and trees. As a Crew Leader, you’ll get special training in plant identification, planting techniques and troubleshooting. You’ll lead crews that plant hundreds of baby trees, beautifying these spaces and offering them back to the wilderness.

Friends of Trees’ most visible work in urban areas is promoting and planting the yard and streetside trees that you’ve probably noticed in your area with Friends of Trees tags on them. Urban trees bring numerous benefits you can enjoy directly when they’re growing in your home or neighborhood, and this, too, is done through the leadership and support of Crew Leaders who can provide volunteers with direction and teach planting techniques. You’ll learn a lot about identifying and caring for trees and interact directly with communities.

Being Crew Leader is an easy way to quickly get some knowledge and experience with trees and plants, as well as some basic leadership experience with a lot of support from Friends of Trees staff. After a one-day training you’re ready to show up on planting days to greet your fellow crew leaders, enjoy free food, get your assigned plot and lead your volunteers as they arrive. Crew leading is also a great way to get some regular light exercise and take some photos to spread awareness of trees. For your first season (November-April), you’ll co-lead your crews with an experienced mentor while you learn the ropes.

Register today to save your spot! If you have any questions or need more information about this role, please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny & Randi in the Volunteer & Outreach Program at 503-595-0213 or by emailing Volunteer@FriendsofTrees.org.

[Post submitted by Friends of Trees: friendsoftrees.org. Material from Matt Pizzuti]