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Guide to Fall in Portland

For most people, the ideal times to visit Portland are late spring and throughout the summer.  However, for those of us that live here,  we’d argue that there’s something simply magical about fall in Portland.  It’s certainly worthy of making the time to explore your city this October and November.  As the weather cools and settles into it’s typical fall pattern, Portland’s calendar fills up with a wonderful variety of cultural, wine, and holiday events worthy of your time.  Whether your ideal fall outing means time spent outdoors amidst the beautiful hues of fall, or whether you’d rather focus on fall events and activities around the area, there’s something for everyone in Portland this fall.

Hiking

Enjoy a little solitude on the Maple-Wildwood  Loop Hike in Forest Park

Take in the stunning colors at Hoyt Arboretum, in Washington Park.

View wildlife and migrating birds along the Oaks to Wetlands Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Take in the incredible beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, on the Hamilton Mountain Trail.  It’s a bit farther outside of Portland, but worth every second.  You’ll enjoy 3 waterfalls along the way, along with a beautiful grove of bright yellow maples.

Meander the 21 mile stretch of former railroad-turned multi-use Banks-Vernonia Trail. Each path is lined with deciduous trees, all reaching their peak of fall foliage.

There’s never a bad season when it comes to visiting Oregon’s stunning Multnomah Falls.

Events

Now is the perfect time to experience Portland’s gastronomical delights.  Coming up on November 9, 2019, is the annual Northwest Food & Wine Festival at the Oregon Convention Center.

Also on November 9th, will be Portland’s annual Portland Book Festival at the Portland Art Museum.  It’s the largest book festival in the Pacific Northwest, and a great chance to hear from over 100 authors, 90+ vendors, 14 writing workshops and more.

Portland is a great home base for adventuring through Oregon’s premiere wine country.  November is a wonderful time to experience Willamette Valley, as wineries open their cellars and tasting rooms for special events throughout Thanksgiving Weekend.


Questions? We would love to hear from you. Connect with us at 503-275-0300 Option 4, or stop into our branch on the corner of 1st and Taylor in Downtown Portland!

Celebrate Fall with Pumpkin Patches

The Pacific Northwest is a wonderful place to be during the fall, especially if you enjoy traditional outings like pumpkin patches, hayrides, and apple picking. There are lots of pumpkin patches in Oregon that are worth a visit if you’re a local or just visiting for vacation. Here are some of the best pumpkin patches to enjoy with your family this season.

The Original Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island

This is the original pumpkin patch of Portland, Oregon and a great one to visit every year. Beyond the abundance of pumpkins, this farm also grows several  types of fruit and vegetables all year. Some of the most popular things to do here include picking your own pumpkins, eating and drinking at the patio café and Pumpkin Perk, browsing the Pumpkin Cottage Gift Shop, taking a hayride, and going through the maze. There is no entrance fee to come to the pumpkin patch, so it is easy on the wallet and your monthly budget. For a small cost, pumpkin picking and hayrides are offered, and you can climb the giant hay maze and hay pyramid.

Bauman’s Farm and Garden

Located in Gervais and operating since 1985, this is a great place with more than 25 activities for kids all ALL ages ( and adults too ) like their corn maze, apple cannon, an apple sling shot,  a jumping pad, cider samples, a dark maze and more. They also have fun pedal carts, barnyard bridge, rope maze and a hayride. Plan to spend your day on the farm, for some fun! Admission on weekends starts at $8 ( children under 3 are free ), or get an unlimited wristband for $20.

Fir Point Farms

Head to Aurora for this six acre pumpkin patch that also includes a kids zone with bouncy houses, cow roping, nature trails and giant slides. Don’t forget to grab their must have fresh apple cider donuts to top your day off! They are also stocked with local fresh produce, fresh assorted breads, fresh pies, jams, honey and more.  Parking and admission are free, and all day wristband for activities are available for $15.

Bella Organic Farm

Search for your favorite pumpkin across acres of pumpkins, and then take a free hay ride, ride the cow train, go through a hay maze, enter the duck races and so much more! With a goal to promote responsible, organic and sustainable farming practices, you have access to a large variety of local produce for purchase. If you are into spooky fun, they also have a haunted corn maze on Friday and Saturday nights! Admission to the farm is free, and bracelets for activities are available starting at $14.

Oregon Heritage Farms

Founded in the early 80’s by a father and son duo, Oregon Heritage is now run by four generations. Head to the farm to pick out your pumpkin, and enjoy the viewing farm animals, apple tastings, apple cider slushies and plenty more! Entrance to the farm and several individual activities are free!

We hope you enjoy your time on these local pumpkin patches for endless seasonal fun!


Questions? Connect with us at 503-275-0300 option 4, or stop by our branch on the corner of 1st and Taylor in Downtown Portland. 

 

 

Letter from the CEO: We’re connected to you

At USAgencies, we are always looking for ways to stay connected to you no matter what. With over 35% of our members living outside of the Portland metro area, it’s important we make the credit union available to you, no matter where you are and what time zone you are in.

That is the reason why we are excited to introduce our new Member Contact Center where you can connect with us over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is one of the services our members expressed a great interest in having on last year’s member survey. Now you and USAgencies are only a phone call away at your convenience, day or night.

We understand you don’t always have the time to hop on a phone call, but we still have you covered with our Online and Mobile Banking access. You can check balances, transfer money, pay bills and even deposit that check you just received in less than a minute.

Did you know USAgencies is a part of the CO-OP Network? It’s a resource for credit union members to conduct transactions via an ATM or Shared Branch when you are not in town. With over 30,000 fee-free ATMs and 1,800 participating branches nationwide, you can complete your regular transactions pretty much anywhere. Plus, you can locate the closest CO-OP ATM or Shared Branch using the Locations link on our mobile app.

Over the years, we have been committed to finding ways to enhance your member experience at every encounter. The team and I strive to improve our products and service offerings every day and are committed to improving your financial health. Thank you for choosing USAgencies Credit Union to be your financial partner.

Jim Lumpkin, President/CEO, USACU
Jim Lumpkin
President/CEO
USAgencies Credit Union

Farmers Markets in the Portland Area

In Oregon, farmers markets are booming and a huge attraction for locals to visit to get everything from fresh produce, locally made crafts, food and more. According to the Oregon Farmers’ Market Association, there are more than 160 markets throughout the state. In the Portland and surrounding areas  berries, cherries, tomatoes and squash are among the bounty of fresh finds. To celebrate our local farmers and vendors, we put together a list of some of the local markets all over the Portland area for National Farmers Market Week.

Beaverton Farmers Market

Open Saturdays throughout the year with their Summer, Fall, and Winter Markets,  this Farmers Market is located just across the street from the Beaverton Library in the heart of downtown Beaverton. This market has everything from nursery growers, farmers and ranchers bringing you conventional and organic products. There are also artisan food producers to bring you jams, cheeses, pastries, chocolates and more. The market also offers live music, a playground, and places for families to picnic. This is the perfect place for families to spend their Saturdays together.

Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University

This Farmers Market is open year round, rain or shine and is located in Downtown Portland in the South Park Blocks between SW College and Montgomery Streets. With over 100 vendors selling freshly harvested and carefully prepared food, chef demonstrations, market music and more this market is bustling destination for family and friends to gather, shop, eat and play.

Hillsdale Farmers Market

This Hillsdale Market is a year round market that hosts over 50 local farmers and food artisans from Oregon and SW Washington. Located in the Rieke Elementary School parking lot,  you are greeted with a wide range of seasonal vegetables, fruits, meats, honey, baked good and so much more! Some of the vendors are very well known throughout Portland such as BakeShop, Olympia Provisions and Tastebud!

Hollywood Farmers Market

Located on NE Hancock between 44th and 45th Aves, this market celebrates the bounty of Oregon and Washingon agriculture through the operations of their community based Farmers Market and other ventures that support small farmers and healthy urban neighborhoods. This market is also home to the Neighborhood Gleaners – a volunteer run program through the Hollywood Senior Center. They collect food that would otherwise go to waste from the Hollywood Farmers Market and redistribute it to low-income seniors in the community.

Portland Farmers Market at Shemanski Park

This market is a popular lunch and shopping destination for downtown residents, office workers and local chefs. It is open on Wednesdays from May through October, and is located in the South Park Blocks. Since it stretches over lunchtime, it has an abundance of fresh food options that are perfect for enjoying on a park bench on a sunny day.

Montavilla Farmers Market

The mission of this market is to provide a vibrant marketplace where the diverse community of Montavilla can access high quality, local, healthy food. Open every Sunday from May through October, and select dates during the winter, the Montavilla Farmers Market is located on the 7700 block of Stark Street. They started as a grassroots collection of neighbors who were inspired by visions of a fresh, local food market in a shared community space. With nearly 60 vendors, including the likes of Liepold Farms, Lil’ Starts, and Deck Family Farm there is something for everyone!

Milwaukie Farmers Market

Over 80 different vendors come together each week to provide local meats, cheeses, plants and so much more at the Milwaukie Farmers Market. Located on Main St and Harrison, hopping on the MAX Orange Line makes this accessing this market easier than ever. Whether you are looking for a delicious local break, or just a snack and some live music this is the place to be!


Looking for a Farmers Market near you? Check out the Oregon Farmers Market Association for more info!

 

What’s Happening at the Square

For over 30 years, Pioneer Courthouse Square has been a place for us to gather in Portland, and come together as a community. Each year, there are over 300 events made possible via generous sponsors throughout Portland, to help support the Squares mission, which is to activate and enrich the environment of the City of Portland’s central public park and gathering space for the benefit of Portland’s community members and visitors.

Since we still several summer days ahead of us, we wanted to put together a list of some fun, family and budget friendly events planned in the square.

Scooperfest –  07/20 -07/21  11 – 8 An ALL you can eat ice cream event! Ice cream will be on hand from dozens of the regions best creameries. Even better, children under 2 eat FREE! Let’s also not forget about the 30′ waterside!

Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series –  Each Tuesday through the end of August, from 12- 1 there are FREE concerts in the square! Enjoy the sun, relax and listen to some local musical talent!

Meditation Mondays  –  Each Monday through the end of August, from 12:30 – 1:00 pm, join Pause Meditation for a FREE 30 minute meditation session in the square. You are encouraged to bring your own yoga mat or pillow.

Flicks on the Bricks – Throughout July and August, the Square transforms itself into Portland’s LARGEST outdoor move theater! Admission is FREE!

Wellness Wednesdays – Every Wednesday there is a different free activity centered around wellness. From free painting sessions, to a fun zumba class there is something for everyone.

2019 Chinese Festival – 08/03 11:00 – 9:00 – Celebrate Chinese American culture and enjoy nonstop entertainment, delicious food, authentic arts and crafts and so much more!

2019 Pan African Festival 08/10 12:00 – 8:30  – This festival celebrates the presence, resilience, strength and influence of Pan Africans in Oregon. The day will be full of live music, dance, education, career awareness and more for people to get involved and take action to help solve problems in their community.

So grab your family and friends, and head down to the square to enjoy the rest of your summer! Don’t forget to stop in and say hi to your credit union on the way – we are just 5 blocks East of the square on the corner of 1st and Taylor.


Want to win free tickets to Scooperfest? ENTER OUR CONTEST TO WIN! Check out the all the details on our Facebook Post.

Questions? Connect with us 24/7 at 503-275-0300. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

The Portland Rose Festival

Summer is almost here, and in Portland tradition the Rose Festival is paving the way.

During the Rose Festival you and your family can enjoy countless activities. Enjoy old fashion fair food, ride all the rides, take in some shows, and of course catch world class parades!

Check out all the events happening over the course of three weeks, for an unforgettable summer!

May 24  Rose Festival/City Fair* Opening day

May 24 Rose Festival Fireworks Show

June 1 Starlight Run

June 1 PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade

June 1 American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walk

June 1 RoZone Concert : Disciple Takeover*

June 2 RoZone Concert: 98.7 The Bull Countryfest*

June 2 – 28 Rose Festival Art Show

June 5 Fred Meyer Junior Parade

June 5 – 9 Rose Festival Fleet Week

June 6 – 7 Lloyd Center/Portland Rose Society 130th Annual Spring Rose Show

June 8 Queen’s Coronation*

June 8 Grand FloralWalk

June 8 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade*

June 8 RoZone concert : Roots & Boots 90’s Electric Throwdown*

June 8 – 9 Grand Floral Float Showcase

June 8 – 9 Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race

June 21 – 23 Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival

June 23 Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race


Headed to City Fair? Stop by the USAgencies Branch just one block West of the entrance and say hi! We would love to see you. 

*Ticketed Items – Purchase tickets at RoseFestival.org

Letter from the CEO: We’re here to help!

At the beginning of 2019, the government shutdown added to a lot of members’ financial worries. As a credit union with a primary membership field of federal employees, we actively assisted our members who were affected by the government shutdown with our Furlough Assistance Program. Our goal is to provide members with some peace of mind, and we are always here and ready to help.

As a member-owned financial institution, we are here to serve our members by living up to our mission to provide solutions to improve each member’s financial life. We pride ourselves on things we do and won’t do, including how we won’t turn our backs to our members when they need us the most. Your financial wellbeing is and will always be our top priority.

Looking ahead, we will continue to provide our members free financial education and counseling to guide them in their financial success. It’s important to start building good financial saving and spending habits in our youth, and that is why we are excited to bring financial reality fairs to local high schools in 2019. The program will help students gain a good understanding of the benefits and importance of budgeting, and practice making sound financial decisions as an adult.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for the trust they place in us, and thank you for being a part of USAgencies’ family!

Jim Lumpkin, President/CEO, USACU
Jim Lumpkin
President/CEO
USAgencies Credit Union