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Bend, Corvallis, Albany, Eastern Oregon, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford-Ashland, Oregon Coast, Portland, Roseburg, Salem.
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Bend – Redmond
Prineville, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Warm Springs
Eugene – Springfield – Ashland – Medford – Klamath Falls
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Central - Eastern Washington
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Post Falls, Coeurd'Alene, Sandpoint, Lewiston, Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Twin Falls
A movie screening can be an event by itself, or watching a movie can be entertainment for an event such as a party or festival.
A movie theater is the ideal venue for a movie screening and most offer their facilities to rent for events. You can also arrange to play a movie at a park or an outdoor venue using portable equipment. For a smaller, more intimate event, quality home theater equipment can be used to play a movie from a DVD.
There are many things to consider when planning a film screening. Is this a private or public event? Are you selling tickets? What movie do you want to play? Are you debuting an independent film or playing a commercial release? What format is the movie you are playing: digital, 35 mm, or a DVD?
Many theaters can arrange the details of the film rental, but some movies may not be available or may only be released in limited formats. Make sure that the correct equipment is available at the theater you are renting for the movie you want to play. Film rental costs vary depending on many factors including how new and popular the film is and whether or not you are charging for tickets.
Once you have determined what film you are playing and arranged for the venue and film rental, there are other things to consider. If you are selling tickets, how are you going to promote your event? Newspaper advertising, event calendars, posters, and social media are a good start. Will there be any other attractions besides the movie? Perhaps actors from the movie can attend or you can give away prizes. If you make the film screening into more of an event then just watching a movie, you will probably bring in a larger audience.
If you are holding your film screening at a theater, the concessions equipment will already be provided. If, however, you are holding the event at a park or a private residence, consider renting a popcorn machine and serving fresh popped popcorn with your event.
Most people enjoy watching a movie, so with the right planning, a film screen can be a popular and successful event.
Need to get rid of some stuff? Whether you are cleaning out the garage or just getting rid of items that you no longer need, a yard or garage sale is a fun way to get rid of the clutter and make a little money in the process.
Most people hold yard and garage sales at their own house, but if you live in a quiet neighborhood, you may consider having your sale at another location. It is much easier to have a successful sale on a busy street because people driving and walking by see your wares from the street. If you have any friends whose yard would make a better locarion, see if you can hold the sale in their yard instead. Perhaps they might want to join you and sell some of their own stuff as well. Another good option is to hold your sale during a neighborhood block sale since shoppers will be in the area already.
Check with friends and see if any would be interested in sharing your sale with you. The more stuff you have to sell, the more attractive your sale will be to shoppers. If you are sharing your sale, you can also split the costs and work involved. Just make sure that items are tagged and sales are tracked so everyone selling stuff gets their share of the profit, or have an agreement for how the money will be split.
Advertise your sale as much as possible, using the local newspaper, social media, and online posting sites. Craig’s List is a wonderful resource (and it is free). List some of the items that you have in your sale so people looking for those things specifically will know to come. Along with placing an ad for your sale, pick some of the bigger items and make individual ads for them as well. Be sure to include photos with the ads. When people inquire about an item, arrange for them to come look at that item during your sale. Ads for free items tend to get a lot of responses, so if you have any items you want to give away, put ads up for them as well.
Early on the first day of your sale, place posters around the neighborhood with directions to your sale, being sure to place them on the closest busy streets. Make the posters large, colorful, and easy to see. You can use poster board or big pieces of cardboard.
Make sure your sale is easy to see from the street. If you are having your sale in a garage that sits in back of your house, put some items in the front yard to attract attention. The more people can see from the street, the more likely they will see something that will make them want to stop. If there is a chance of rain or if the day is really sunny, consider getting a tent. Not only will the tent help protect you and your merchandise from the weather, but it will also make your sale more visible. If you have stuff you want to give away, put a large clearly marked free box in front so people will stop to take a look at what you are getting rid of (and hopefully decide to shop too while they are there).
Make sure all of the items are clearly marked and be ready to bargain. Many garage sale shoppers are looking for a deal. Remember that at the end of the sale, you’ll be stuck with whatever is left, so if you don’t want to keep items or try to sell them after the sale, be negotiable and price them to move.
Consider selling beverages and treats. If you have kids, this is the perfect occasion for them to set up a lemonade stand. You can also sell other edible goodies like popcorn, sno-cones, ice cream bars, or cotton candy.
Be careful when you are having your sale that items you don’t want to sell are not accidentally parted with. Don’t let strangers in your house to use the bathroom (or if you do decide to let people in your house, watch them closely and make sure valuables are not in plain site). Put the more valuable items that you are selling where you can keep an eye on them, especially if they are small, like jewelry. While most people won’t take stuff, it just takes one bad apple to ruin a pie. If you do need to leave your sale unattended, make sure that any small valuable items are not where people can grab them.
I have had sales that were slow, so I just worked inside and came out when I had a customer. When I was not nearby, I left a note to leave money in my locking mail box if they wanted anything, and amazingly enough people did. However, I was not worried about any items getting stolen in that particular sale because everything that did not sell was going to be donated to Goodwill anyway.
Have plenty of change for your sale, but don’t keep it in plain view. If you have a cash box, keep a limited amount of change in your cash box, and have another spot (perhaps in the house) for extra change in case you run out. Don’t leave cash unattended.
There will always be items left over after a sale. If you have enough items, you can plan another sale. You can sell some of the more valuable items on Craig’s List or eBay. Consignment shops are another option. If you just want rid of the stuff, you can donate it to a thrift store. In fact, some charities will even come pick up your left over items for you after a yard sale. Another benefit to donating items is you can write off donations on your taxes.
Good luck on your sale. Hope it is a huge success!
Mother’s Day is coming up in a couple weeks. If you are planning on celebrating with just yourself and mom, there are many Mother’s Day events that may be fun for the two of you or you can take mom out to her favorite restaurant for a meal. If, however, you are planning for a group, including perhaps your mom, yourself, your siblings, and your kids, you may decide to plan your own Mother’s Day event for your group.
First you need to determine who will be included in your event. Is everyone grown up or are there kids too? If you are having a Mother’s Day party with lots of little kids, plan something to keep the kids entertained so that the adults can enjoy themselves. Antsy, bored kids can make a party unpleasant pretty quick.
Where do you want to hold your event? Many restaurants have banquet space and will be happy to hold your event if you reserve the space in advance. Mother’s Day is a busy day for restaurants, however, so be sure to reserve the space early. The huge benefit of holding an event at a restaurant is that the restaurant provides the food, so there is not a lot of work left over for you to do. However, if you have a large group, it can get expensive.
If you like doing things yourself or are on a budget, consider having your party at a city park. Many Portland area parks have picnic shelter’s available to reserve in advance or if you want to try your luck you can show up and get a picnic table on a first come first served basis. If the weather is nice, there will probably be a lot of people having picnics on Mother’s Day, so if you have not reserved a space, be sure the park you choose has multiple picnic tables available, just in case.
One potential problem with having an outdoor party is that Portland has unpredictable, often wet, weather, so plan accordingly. If the picnic venue does not have a shelter, rent a tent to keep your guests dry. You can also rent tables and chairs if there are not enough at the venue where you are holding your party.
Parks are great for kids as many of them have playgrounds. If there are a lot of kids at your party, pick a picnic spot close to the playground so the kids can play while the adults visit. Another option is to rent an inflatable or hire an entertainer to keep the kids busy.
Don’t forget to get mom a gift for Mother’s Day. Most moms appreciate flowers, chocolate, and jewelry, but a more personal gift may win you more brownie points. Use your imagination and what you know about mom to make something really special. Consider using photos to make mom a personalized gift such as a photo album, a photo mug, a t-shirt, or a calendar. Kids can make cards and artwork for mom. If you are going for a traditional gift, you can personalize it by wrapping the gift with a child’s drawings, attaching a photo, or having a hand made card.
Mother’s Day is an opportunity for kids and adults to let mom know how much they appreciate her. Regardless of what kind of celebration you plan and gifts you give, a son or daughter’s love is perhaps the best gift anyone can give to their mom.