TOUR: Puppets Around The World Tour
9:30 AM09:30

TOUR: Puppets Around The World Tour

Puppets Around The World Tour

March 24th 2018

We will split into 2 groups: 

>> The first group will meet at the Puppet Museum at 9:45am. (9:30am for those who are arriving late.) The door closes at 10:00am, as the showing is in a small room and the door will disrupt the show. The museum is in a neighborhood. Parking is on the street. You may have to park a block or two away so arrive early. The showing ends at 11:30am to allow for some questions. We will proceed to East Moreland Golf Course for lunch and meet up with second group. 

>> The second group will head straight to East Moreland Golf Course by noon for lunch. After lunch, they will proceed to the Puppet Museum for the showing at 1:30pm.


Portland Puppet Museum | 906 SE Umatilla St. Portland, 97202

We will meet over 100 puppets, from 2000 BC Egypt to the 1940’s and 1950’s TV and Movies. We will see these puppets come to life while learning their history. Each showing is limited to 30 people including children (or grandchildren). Each show is 90 minutes. More info: (Please select either the morning or afternoon showing below. The first showing is at 10:00AM. The second showing is at 1:30 PM.)

East Moreland Golf Course Buffet | 2425 SE Bybee Blvd. Portland, 97202

Lunch will be a sandwich buffet with deli trays of ham, turkey, swiss and cheddar cheese, condiments, rolls and breads. There will be green salad and either potato or pasta salad (again, we need to decide as a club), plus cookies and brownies. Lunch is at 12:15 (Banquet room opens at noon.)

>> REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 28th, 2018

Leaders: Rick & Kathy Chroninger

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NW Meet 2018 "Hooray for Hollywood"
to Jun 9

NW Meet 2018 "Hooray for Hollywood"

Hooray for Hollywood

June 7-9, 2018 in Chehalis, WA

“Hooray for Hollywood” is the theme for next summer’s NW Meeting in Chehalis, WA. The planning process has been somewhat fluid but we are finally beginning to pin down the major events. The Holiday Inn Express will be the "Meet Hotel" -- (360) 740-1800. Ask for VCCA rooms when booking -- 26 rooms have already been spoken for.

Previous announcements have put the judging at Thursday a.m. but that has changed to Thursday afternoon 1:00 pm). Some folks will be able to drive to Chehalis that morning, saving an overnight at the hotel.

There will be a selection of tours, the Barn Banquet is on Friday p.m. Saturday is the main event, “Hooray for Hollywood”. Our team is working to provide a registration packet by the first week in January. The dance orchestra, known as the Café Society, is practicing.

>> Please address questions to David Gowan.

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TOUR: For the Love of Cars
1:15 PM13:15

TOUR: For the Love of Cars

Even though February is early in the year, we will be having a drive before we enjoy our afternoon of activities. To encourage all of you to get out the vintage CARS, we will be having the “old CAR drawing”. Depending on how many vintage CARS attend we may even have more than one! The tour will be 30 miles long. We will be driving to the Grotto Convention Center passing through some interesting neighborhoods. It will be a city route, but we have done our best to avoid traffic lights so that we will be able to keep together.

Most of us have Columbia River Region shirts of some kind, but I would bet most of us have shirts, jackets or hats from other CAR events we have attended. I am asking that we wear those instead. They can be from another tour we attended, or better yet from a CAR event such as a race, a museum, a cruise in or even an In-N-Out Burger. It will be a blast seeing where some of you have been throughout the USA and even the world in the pursuit of having fun with your CARS! Don’t worry about it even you don’t have a different shirt, wear whatever you have. Just come and have some fun.

I know some of you have collections of vintage CARS, but even those of us with just one vintage CAR probably collect something else. So I am asking you to share your collection. We will have tables set up to display them so all can enjoy looking at them. They don’t even have to be CAR related, just bring them! Please limit the size of what you bring to a 2 foot by 2 foot area or about what will fit in a shopping bag. After time to look at the displays and visiting, we will have a game to test your knowledge of music about CARS.

So the next time you listen to music on a CAR radio or at home and it has something to do with CARS give it a little more attention than usual. We also will have a 16-minute movie entitled “Inspiration for CARS”. I’m sure you will find it both funny and entertaining. There will be recorded music with what else but a CARS theme. Who knows what else I will come up with before then. Most of all, there will be time for chatting with friends, old and new.

Lastly, dinner will be a Greek inspired buffet style meal and will include a beverage and dessert. For those of you who attended our tour here a few years ago, you know the Chef comes up with some delicious food.

Schedule of Events

  • Meet at Lowe’s parking lot at 1160 N Hayden Meadows @ 1:15 PM.
  • Leave Lowes at 1:30 PM promptly. Don’t be late!
  • Arrive at the Grotto hopefully around 2:45 PM
  • Set up displays and visit. Coffee, tea and water available.
  • Games and movie around 3:45 PM
  • Buffet dinner around 4:30 PM
  • Dessert and more time to visit after dinner.

>> Reservation DEADLINE: Get it to Bonnie Clark no later than the FEBRUARY 6th Club Meeting.

Leaders: Rich Alfieri & Bonnie Clark

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TOUR: Alpenrose: WWII Saga Continues Tour
5:00 PM17:00

TOUR: Alpenrose: WWII Saga Continues Tour

Join us on Saturday, December 2, for Dinner and a Show. 

This Year’s December tour returns to the Alpenrose Dairy Opera House for the continuation of their Christmas at Home During WWII saga when families were apart with the men and women in the services overseas fighting and those at home manning the shipyards, rolling bandages, and scraping along as best they could under the rationing program devised to support the troops at war while maintaining equitable rations and supplies to families at home. Everyone was urged to tighten their belts and sacrifice here to help support those abroad. 

This radio play follows last year’s (1941), during another Christmas time while the men were away at war in 1942. The doors will open at 7 p.m. with the play beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

The tour will begin with a meet-up at Casa Colima at 6319 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland at 5 p.m. There you will enjoy a generous Mexican all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. Serving will begin at 5:30. Take time to visit and find a seat prior to that time. We will leave Casa Colima at 6:45 p.m. and drive the short distance to the Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, find parking, and get settled in our seats. If you were at last year’s December tour, you’ll realize this is much the same plan as last year.

Meet-up: 5 PM - Casa Colima Restaurant 6319 SW Capitol Hwy.

Leaders: Dave Starr, Dave Koetje, Lee Matthews

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Pizza Party & Planning Tour
12:15 PM12:15

Pizza Party & Planning Tour

Please come enjoy the pizza and sign up to lead a tour.

Coffee, tea and soft drinks included - No alcohol

Directions from North: Follow l-5  S to SW Multnomah Blvd exit 296-8. Continue on

Multnomah Blvd 2.5 miles. Destination is on right.

Directions lrom 217, Beaverton/Tigard area: Exit east  on Allen Blvd, turn right onto SW g2nd

Ave, Left onto SW Garden Home Rd. Go 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Multnomah  Blvd.

Destination is on  left.

Deadline for Registration: November 7

Cost. One coupon or $12.00 per person

Please give reservation forms to Sam Williamson by the November meeting

Or Mail to Sam before November 7th

13145 SWAragon St., Beaverton, OR 97005

lf you have any questions, call Sam: 503-577-1892

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TOUR | 2nd Annual Apple Core Tour
10:00 AM10:00

TOUR | 2nd Annual Apple Core Tour

Meet at the Columbia Gorge Outlet Mall @ 10am!

It’s here again! The Apple Tour for CRR to the beautiful Hood River area and the home of our gracious and generous friends, the Ings. This will be the third time we’ve traveled east for a pleasant and rewarding day in view of the scenic Hood River Valley and the picturesque Mt. Hood. The drive up is an added treat on a lovely fall day. 

The tour will be filled with apple gathering (straight from the trees, or from boxes of apples they’ve already picked for us). There are several varieties to choose from, so try them all! You’ll come home with some delicious sweet and juicy apples for eating fresh, baking, or making applesauce. 

We’ll again be treated to one of the tastiest lunches you can have….all made fresh by our hostess Melissa with the help of some friends and family. Good home-cooking that can’t be beat. And then there is his collection of cars and trucks for our enjoyment

Leaders: Ray & Mary Holland

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9:30 AM09:30

TOUR | Wood & Stone Tour

Meet at 9:30 am at Albertson's West Union parking lot, 18425 West Union Road, Portland 97229. Directions to meeting site: Hwy 26 (Sunset Hwy) west of Portland to Exit 64 185th Ave. Turn right (north) onto 185th Ave for just over 1 mile. Cross West Union Road at traffic light, then turn right into Albertson's parking lot. No goodies planned due to early lunch schedule.

We will leave at 10:00 am for a drive of about 20 miles on “back roads” north of the Sunset Highway on our way to take care of the important part of the tour: lunch at the Helvetia Tavern. (Helvetia is the national personification of Switzerland.) After lunch we will drive about 3 miles to the Rice North West Museum of Rocks and Minerals. The museum displays a world class collection and is housed in what was built in 1952 as the family home for the Rice family. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. The facility is accessible including an elevator. Pets are not allowed in the restaurant or the museum buildings, and must be on leash on the grounds.

Cost is $10 or 1 volunteer card for members, and $25 for guests. Make checks payable to Columbia River Region – VCCA.

Bring registration forms to July 11 or August 1 meeting, or mail to Mark Bjerke, 507 NE Geraldine Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Deadline for registration is August 7.

Lunch options include non-alcoholic beverages. Indicate your choices for lunch on the registration form. Please indicate number of people under age 60 for museum admission.


Leaders: Mark & Sally Bjerke

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TOUR | Beaches Cruise-in Tour
3:30 PM15:30

TOUR | Beaches Cruise-in Tour

Join us at PIR, the largest weekly car show on the West Coast, July 19th at 3:30 PM!

We will have an area designated for our club with banner displayed. 

The entrance fee for your classic car is $5.00 for two people and $9.00 for each additional person. 

If you are not planning on driving your classic, make arrangements to share a ride or take the shuttle into the raceway. If you take the shuttle, the admission is $9.00. 

Don’t forget your lawn chairs. 

Return reservations by July 17th to: Dave Whiteley 

22417 NE 100th Circle 

Vancouver, WA 98682

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TOUR | The Two-Parter Tour
1:00 PM13:00

TOUR | The Two-Parter Tour

MEET-UP for Part I: 1:00pm at the OMSI (1945 SE Water Ave.)

The first part of the Two-Parter Tour will be a guided tour of the Submarine at OMSI. WARNING: There is a steep ramp getting to and from the submarine and within the submarine are steep stairs to climb and descend as well as small (20x38 ) bulkhead openings to step through. If you feel you cannot maneuver these, then you may skip Part One of the tour and meet the group for the second part. For the submarine tour, we will be released in groups of 15 from the waiting area located inside the building. When not on the tour, you may visit in the OMSI building and gift shop. Everyone is on their own to get to Part II Meet up area. 

MEET-UP for Part II: 2:45pm at Lowe’s Parking Lot (1160 N. Hayden Meadows Dr.)

We will be leaving Lowe’s promptly at 3:00 p.m. The drive will cover 55 miles. Be sure to use an available restroom prior to departure. There are NO potty stops on the driving tour. The final destination will be back at Hayden Meadows where we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at Elmer’s. 

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS TUESDAY, APRIL 4, AT THE MONTHLY MEETING as OMSI submarine tickets must be bought ahead for the group rate.
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