Category: Portland

Portland Brings Home the Cup!

Major League Soccer is the professional soccer league in the United States. With 20 teams across the U.S. the MLS franchise has become increasingly popular in the past few years, expanding to cities such as Portland, Oregon. Portland has had a soccer team for many years, but in 2011 the MLS expanded to include both […]

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MLK Day Activities

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is January 15th, but is officially observed on the 3rd Monday of January. Not everyone has this day off, but for those that do, there are many things in your city that you can do to celebrate the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday and […]

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Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving to and Living in Portland, Updated for 2015!

The third edition of the Newcomer’s Handbook® for Moving to and Living in Portland: Including Vancouver, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, and Wilsonville, about 560 pages long, contains detailed information on neighborhoods, getting settled, helpful services, child care and education, cultural life, green living, and much more. Written by Bryan Geon, who has spent over a decade exploring […]

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Bookstores to Visit

On July 24, 2014 CNN released their list of World’s Coolest Bookstores, and we can confirm the coolness of five that are located in cities we know well from our handbooks. To start, The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles started as an online store but is now located in an old bank, vaults included. On […]

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The Coffee of Portland

Coffee has become the source of life for some of us here at First Books and according to Buzzfeed’s new article 25 Coffee Shops Around the World You Have to See Before You Die, it’s a good thing we’re located in Portland, OR, where the list’s number one and three shops are located. Portland’s Heart […]

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Portland

We publish Newcomer’s Handbooks for many different cities– one of them being Portland, Oregon, our hometown. We love it here! This is our home for many reasons, and there are tons of lists out there that tell you why Portland is one of the greatest cities in the U.S. Uncage the Soul Productions put together an […]

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Portland – A Newcomer’s Perspective

Being a newcomer to a place is both exciting and frightening. I was born and raised in the Midwest, and didn’t even step foot on an airplane until my first year of college. After graduating, however, I knew that the comfortable stability of the Midwest would never be for me, and so I embarked on […]

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