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Weekend Event Guide: BikeCraft, Rudolph, the Outback, and more

Posted by on December 4th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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It’s BikeCraft weekend!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

As we get ever closer to the end of the year, a few traditions are among us. One of them is BikeCraft, an event near and dear to our hearts here at BikePortland. It’s an excellent place to find great gifts for bike lovers and re-connect with friends old and new.

There’s also a sing-along ride on the schedule. Tom Howe is leading a Rudolph-themed ride through downtown that is sure to be fun. And if you’re shy, don’t worry, there will be plenty of people on the ride and there’s safety in numbers!

Whatever you do, we hope you stay warm and dry out there.

Saturday, December 6th

Bike Tree Planting – 8:45 am in Buckman/Hosford-Aberthnethy/Richmond neighborhood
Join the non-profit Friends of Trees to haul and then plant trees by bike. This is a great way to put your bike to work while hanging out with great folks and doing something positive for your neighborhood. More info here.

Bike Grant & Donation Drive – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Centennial High School, West Gym (3505 SE 182nd Ave in Gresham)
Portland non-profit Bikes For Humanity will be granting bikes and accessories to selected students in four Gresham public schools: Centennial High, Centennial Middle, Lynch Meadows Elementary, and Lynch Wood Elementary schools. Bring your bikes and donations and help out the community. More info here.

Holiday Express Ride – 10:30 am at Woodstock Park (SE Steele and 47th)
Join the Portland Wheelmen for picturesque, 26-mile loop ride from southeast Portland, along the Willamette, then up and into the Rose Garden up in Washington Park. Expect a stop for coffee and/or a hot dog at the end back in Woodstock. More info here.

BikeCraft Holiday Gift Fair – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Bike Farm (1801 NE 1st Ave)
This is it! The 10th annual BikeCraft, where you can score fantasticly local, handmade, bike-inspired arts, crafts, and other cool things. More info here (FB).

50th Anniversary Red-nosed Singalong Ride – 5:00 pm at Portland Aerial Tram
The latest in Puddlecycle’s series of winter rides designed to help you “stamp out cabin fever.” This ride marks the 50th anniversary of Rudolph’s television debut in 1964. Plan to ride a loop downtown while making a few stops for singing. Accompaniment will come via a mobile sound system and song lyrics will be provided. Ride is free and you’re encouraged to bring hot cocoa, tea, and other goodies to share. More info here.

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‘Thereabouts’ Film Screening – 6:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave)
‘Thereabouts’ is a documentary (45 minutes long) about two brothers who rode their bikes over 1,500 miles in just 12 days across the Australian Outback in a quest to rekindle their love of cycling. Lachlan Morton is a young professional road racer and his older brother Gus joins him on the journey. Castelli is sponsoring the screening so expect some good raffle prizes. More info here.

Sunday, December 7th

Bike Grant & Donation Drive – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Centennial High School, West Gym (3505 SE 182nd Ave in Gresham)
Portland non-profit Bikes For Humanity will be granting bikes and accessories to selected students in four Gresham public schools: Centennial High, Centennial Middle, Lynch Meadows Elementary, and Lynch Wood Elementary schools. Bring your bikes and donations and help out the community. More info here.

Bike Loud PDX Monthly Meeting – 3:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave)
Come learn more about Portland’s newest bike activist group. This is the place where grassroots actions get dreamed up and these are the people that can help bring them to life! More info here.

BikeCraft Holiday Gift Fair – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Bike Farm (1801 NE 1st Ave)
This is it! The 10th annual BikeCraft, where you can score fantasticly local, handmade, bike-inspired arts, crafts, and other cool things. More info here (FB).

— If we missed anything, feel free to let us know and/or give it a shout-out in the comments.

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Just to clear up some of the “Toms” confusion around Puddlecycle:

Tom McTighe = Puddlecycle founder; organizer of most PuddleCycle events

Tom Howe = Christmas enthusiast; organizer of December PuddleCycle rides

They used to refer to us as TomM and TomH when we were working in the same OHSU department!

By the way, there are still ride organizer spots open on the Puddlecycle calendar for January and February. See the form on the main page if you’ve got some theme ideas:

http://puddlecycle.com/

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If you’re into some winter cabin camping, there are still a few spots available for Cycle Wild’s trip to Stub Stewart! It’s gonna be a rockin’ good time (and the best part is that even if the weather sucks, we’ll be warm and cozy in our cabins!:)

More info here: http://www.cyclewild.org/2014/11/winter-cabin-camping-at-stub-stewart-december-6-7/