Articles by Chris Young

Chris Young
Chris is the Managing Editor of Neighborhood Notes, a native Oregonian, and a resident of SE Portland. Also the Editor-In-Chief of Vortex Music Magazine and the Managing Editor of Oregon Music News, he's always finding ways to surround himself with beautiful, local noise and creativity. A reporter, storyteller, editor and designer in a digital world, his work has appeared on his blog PDX Noise, Spinner, About Face Magazine, The Iconist, and the Outdoor Project, among others.
Recharge Your Mind and Body at Portland's Indie Movement Studios

Fitness in the form of personal training or cardio and cycling classes is all well and good, but the intensity can be more than just physically exhausting. Sometimes you need to condition both your body and mind at the same time. From yoga to pilates to specialized classes that focus on the fluidity of your movements, the following five studios combine a variety mind-expanding and body-bending activities—and more...

Learn new skills and specific exercises that you can utilize for the rest of your life.

Get Fit: Portland Personal Trainers and Small Group Fitness

Get Fit: Portland Personal Trainers and Small Group Fitness

Do you require more personalized attention to reach your fitness goals in 2014? If the work-at-your-own-pace environment of the traditional gym isn’t motivating enough and cycling classes sound too intense, a personal trainer specializing in individual or small group fitness might be right for you. Your fitness coach will create a schedule that works for you and a workout routine that targets the areas you more...

Get Physically Fit While Keeping Portland Fiscally Fit at Local, Indie Gyms

It’s the new year and that means it’s time to get your butt in gear. Sometimes the only motivation you need is knowing where to go. In an effort to help you fulfill those resolutions you declared as the ball dropped, Neighborhood Notes has compiled a list of local, independent gyms, plus we’ve even listed which locations offer free trial passes. Find one in your neighborhood and make good on your more...

Arts in Portland: Music, Film, Theater, Dance, Literature and More in 2013-14

As summer fades into fall, it’s only natural that Portlanders head indoors for a little intellectual stimulation as well as some sensory entertainment. A lot of arts and entertainment programs kick off their yearly schedule in September and October as the calendar starts to fill up with festivals, performances, lectures, screenings and more. From theater and music to lectures and film, Neighborhood Notes has more...

Your Guide to Jumping Through the City's Bureaucratic Hoops

Throw a Neighborhood Block Party!

Throw a Neighborhood Block Party!

Summer’s here and a block party is a great excuse to get to know those neighbors who you only see traveling to and from work or taking out the trash. There are a few bureaucratic hoops to jump through with the city, but if you follow our advice, throwing your own block party should be a cinch. Think of a block party as a potluck or barbecue-style event intended to attract only local residents who live on your more...

Some Suggestions to Get You Started

Portland Summer Festivals and Outdoor Activities

Portland Summer Festivals and Outdoor Activities

It’s the time of year when the sun should be shining in the Rose City, and whether or not that’s a fact, Portlanders take to the streets and parks to enjoy live music, parades, street fairs and more. If you need ideas for where to find summer fun outside, Neighborhood Notes has some suggestions to get you started. Now, get out there and join your neighbors for an outdoor movie on the big screen or a bike more...

Classes, Co-ops and Maps to Guide You

Biking in Portland: Where to Learn and Ride

Biking in Portland: Where to Learn and Ride

Greenest city, best coffee, hottest indie music scene. In the eyes of others (read: national media outlets), Portland is constantly competing for top listicle honors. In 2012, Travel + Leisure liberally bestowed upon Portland "the best" titles for environmental friendliness, street food and food trucks, public transportation and pedestrian friendliness, pet-friendly vacation, and microbrewed beer (as well more...

In-Store Performances, DJ Sets by Local Musicians, and Record Signings

Celebrate Record Store Day in Portland

Celebrate Record Store Day in Portland

Record collectors rejoice! Your national (and fast-becoming international) holiday is upon us again: It’s Record Store Day—the day when thousands of independent music retailers across the U.S. offer an incredible selection—literally hundreds—of exclusive limited edition releases that are only available at indie record stores. The focus skews heavily towards vinyl including special more...

It's Tax Day! 10 Portland Happy Hours That Fit the Bill

Today's finally the day: Tax Day. And, you're either weeping because you just saw the amount you owe, or you have refund dough burning a hole in your wallet. Whichever camp you fall into, we're sure you could use a moment to decompress and de-stress—and during that moment, why not treat yourself to a happy hour snack and a drink, or two? Need some suggestions?We've got you covered. Here's more...

Completing These Tasks Doesn’t Have to Be Costly

7 Affordable Portland Resources for Spring Home and Garden Projects

7 Affordable Portland Resources for Spring Home and Garden Projects

Change is in the air and the signs are becoming noticeable around town—the days are longer, green grass is sprouting, colorful crocuses are beginning to poke through damp dirt, and a few blue skies and fluffy, white clouds are occasionally pushing gray, rainy days aside. This all means spring is beckoning—which also means it’s time for you to get outside, clean up what winter left behind, and start more...