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April 21st, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE | Cheapskate
 

The Best Cheap And Free Deals In Town

     
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FEELGOOD FEST: I admit I have a hard time figuring out what City Repair does—they build benches out of mud, I think, and paint mandalas at intersections. I do know the organization is somehow related to livability and sustainability and has a sorta hippie vibe, and that makes it the ideal host of an Earth Day fair. This Saturday’s event, titled “Re-Seeding Our World,” features a bike parade, the MarchFourth Marching Band, lotsa food and other vendors, and speakers including convicted felon Tre Arrow and Mayor Sam Adams. Washington High School Field, Southeast 12th Avenue and Stark Street, cityrepair.org/earthday. 10 am-7 pm Saturday, April 24. Free.

GO FOR HOME: Portland’s housing market is starting to turn around, and this year could be the last opportunity for us lower-middle-class young people to buy a home. With that in mind, I encourage would-be homeowners to attend ROSE Community Development’s East Portland Homeownership Fair, a free event where experts will be on hand to lay down some knowledge about the home-buying process (first question: How the hell do you start?). Need more incentive? The fair will end with a drawing for a $4,000 homebuyer’s assistance grant. Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave., rosecdc.org. 10 am-2 pm Saturday, April 24.

THAT’S MY BAG: Buy three or more used books at any Powell’s Books location on Wednesday or Thursday, April 21 or 22, and they’ll throw in a free reusable tote bag. Powellsbooks.com.

SHOP FOR THE CRITTERS: This Saturday is Buffalo Exchange’s dollar day sale—all the stores nationwide will offer a bunch of clothes for a buck apiece, and donate the proceeds to the Humane Society of the United States’ “Don’t Trash Wildlife” campaign. So stop dumping your trash in Tryon Creek Park and pick up some cheap duds to congratulate yourself for single-handedly saving the world. 1036 W Burnside St., 222-3418; 1420 SE 37th Ave., 234-1302; buffaloexchange.com. All day Saturday, April 24.

 
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