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Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Hey folks, might as well promote a couple things going on at my workplace that are Urban Adventure League flavored! First up, this weekend we're having a PORTLAND COFFEE TOUR. This WALKING tour will happen on Saturday, February 6, from 11:00am – 1:30pm. This walk explores our unique world of coffee in the Rose City. For this one we’ll hit up some of our local roasters such as Courier, Stumptown, Oblique, and Heart.

Meet up at the Hawthorne Hostel, 3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd at 11am, from there we'll walk to the coffee roasteries. Bring cash for drinks and possible bus fare if needed ($2.00). This tour is free, however we encourage those who attend to purchase something at a minimum of two cafes.

Up on Sunday February 7th is Matt Picio of Cycle Wild's WINTER BIKE CAMPING (Bike Camping 102) workshop at 1pm here at the Hawthorne Hostel. Come learn the basics of winter camping: dealing with the cold, the rain, and the unexpected. This FREE class expands on bike camping 101 and teaches the basics of how to safely and comfortably camp by bike during Portland's rainy season. Subjects include emergency gear, dealing with inclement weather, how to stay warm when soaked to the skin, camping opportunities in State Parks, National Forests, in winter, etc.

And though it's not totally an "Urban Adventure", Buffalo Dave will be bringing to the Hostel the inaugural edition of the FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP on Monday February 8th at 6:45pm. An informal gathering of Francophones and ‘philes getting together in South East Portland, exchanging ideas, and improving language skills. This forum is open to anyone with the desire to speak, understand, and listen in French. Nearly all topics can and will be discussed. Current events, trends, culture, food, art, musique! Bring anything to the conversation and leave being able to pronounce the difference between “un pouce” and “une puce!” This event occurs on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month.

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