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🌨️ And snow it goes

Plus, a spine-tingling I Spy reveal.

It’s Thursday.

A quick shoutout and thank you to reader Adrienne F. who shared their hopeful snow tradition:

“Our hopeful snow tradition is to wear our jammies inside out!!” Adrienne told us. And today folks, we’ll see if that tradition will yield any snow — but more about that down below.

For today’s news round up we have: Portland’s restaurants can reopen tomorrow (with limits), why PPD isn’t wearing body cameras, meet the Toon-i-piper, and last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas. 

Today our Bridgeliner Unabridged members get to see who guessed correctly in this week’s I Spy Challenge. Wanna join the fun? Become a member today.

Let’s dive in.

📸 Instagram of the Day

A sky full of warmth. | Tag #bridgeliner to be featured here. (📸: @jacobinportland

3 things to know today 

🌨️ Brace yourselves — a snow storm’s a-coming. Today, rain in the metro area will turn into snow as the day gets colder, according to KGW. The National Weather Service has also issued a winter storm watch, as temperatures will continue to dip and blustery winds pick up tonight. Get the snowfall projections here, from the Oregonian. Also, if you get any snow, hit reply to this email and send in some pics. 

🍲 Portland restaurants can reopen with limited capacity tomorrow. Gov. Kate Brown announced that 10 Oregon counties have moved out of the “extreme risk” category for COVID-19 case numbers. This will be the first time since implementing a “freeze” last November that limited restaurant capacity will be allowed for many Oregon counties. Learn the details here

📹 Portland’s one of the only large U.S. cities where police aren’t wearing body cameras. Federal judges have urged the department to use them for years. PPD said cost is one of the biggest reasons they haven’t adopted them already. However, the Dept. of Justice offers federal grants to help fund body camera purchases and trainings. According to an investigative report from KGW, the City of Portland has never applied. 

3 things to make you smile

💞 Scrambling for last minute Valentine’s Day plans? Here’s a handy list of local eateries offering Valentine’s Day takeout and cook-at-home meal-kits to make your Sunday sparkle. Taking the day to show yourself some love? Here’s where to snag takeout if you’re staying single this year

🎨 It’s time to pay the Toon-i-piper. Seriously though, Portland’s Unipiper and local artist Mike Bennett teamed up and now a wood cutout Unipiper exists. See the awesomeness here

🐶 Omg this Hillsboro dog playing with bubbles. Watch the cuteness here

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📅 Things to do

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🌏 Explore Japanese art, food, stories, & culture at Elisabeth Jones Art Center's virtual Global Art Festival (Online)


🖊️ Find your zen with this doodling and poetry workshop (Online)

🎥 A drive-in movie? For Valentine’s Day? Heck yeah (Washington Square)


💃 Fall in love with Flamenco dance (Online)

🎵 Get acoustic with Geoff Tate (Online)


😆 Laugh it up — it’s Quarantine Comedy (Online)

Thursday, February 18

🌳 Wanna learn about pruning in the Japanese Garden? (Online)

☝️One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

Today is National Peppermint Patty Day — and I’ve got a story for you. When I was about three or so, I was NOT A FAN of having my hair brushed (sorry Mom and Dad). 

To coax me, my mom would give me a Peppermint Patty — or as three-year-old Cassie liked to call them, “petriment patties” — to keep me still during the brushing. 

Fortunately, I grew out of the habit...sort of. 😅

Did you like our second Weird Wednesday this week? Want more? If so, contribute to next week’s and go here to let us know what weird, quirky things about Portland you love

That’s all for today folks — see you here tomorrow. 

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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