Its the last weekend to celebrate the Chinese New Year at Lan Su Garden with festival decorations, contact-free audio tours, mobile scavenger hunts, and educational displays.
It's the last weekend to celebrate the Chinese New Year at Lan Su Garden with festival decorations, contact-free audio tours, mobile scavenger hunts, and educational displays. Lan Su Chinese Garden via Facebook

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We're back with more suggestions for activities and IRL events to help you make the most of your weekend in a COVID-safe manner, from ways to celebrate International Women's Day early to tropical cocktails to try from places like Bit House Collective, and from the reopening of the Oaks Park roller rink to the return of the Oregon Garden Challenge. For even more options, read our guides to the best online events this week and the best things to do all month long.

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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Go all out for International Women's Day. A highlight of Women's History Month is International Women's Day (Mon March 8), which focuses on the present-day movers and shakers carrying the ongoing women's rights movement. If you have to work on Monday, celebrate the occasion this weekend instead with help from Portland artists and businesses, starting with some new tunes by locals whose music you can purchase and download online, like the neo-soul singer Blossom, the jazzy genre-bender Yawa (formerly known as Amenta Abioto), and folk-art-rockers Y La Bamba. Once your music library is looking fresh and you've fished out your headphones, head on a brief outing in pursuit of a reading-list upgrade. Powell's has compiled a list of their favorite books by and about women currently on their shelves, including picks from Oregon's women-run small presses, like Sallie Tisdale's essay collection Violation (Hawthorne Books). New tome(s) in hand, swing by a woman-owned sweets purveyor like Baker & Spice (Southwest), Kim Boyce's Bakeshop (Northeast), or Kristen Murray's French-Scandinavian gem Maurice (Southwest) to snack on at home. If noshing while reading proves too difficult, save your books for later and tuck into your treats over a movie that spotlights women's stories, like the French Oscar submission Two of Us, currently streaming on-demand via Hollywood Theatre and Cinema 21.

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