COURTESY OF CIRCA CYCLES - Bicycles are part of the plot in the April 3 episode of 'Grimm,' including Circa Cycles road bike. Company founder is Rich Fox.The popular NBC series “Grimm” has brought out the best in Portland in many ways, and we’re not talking about the grisly looking creatures — wesen — walking around disguised as people.

The production company that puts on “Grimm,” Hazy Mills, has tried to incorporate Portland businesses and products. In the 8 p.m. April 3 episode, “Heartbreaker,” some Portland bicycle companies will get air time, otherwise known as very beneficial product placement. A new Portland bicycle manufacturing company, Circa Cycles, gets some publicity, as does Breadwinner and Tonic.

Apparently nonlocal builders with bikes in the show have their logos blacked out.

The episode is very bike-focused with road-riding, mountain-biking and scenes taking place in a Portland bike shop.

The folks at Circa Cycles will put on a viewing party at The Station, 2703 N.E. Alberta St.

Kid filmmakers

C-SPAN plans to honor local winners of StudentCam, the annual student video documentary competition, when its 45-foot customized bus visits Beverly Cleary Middle School, 1915 N.E. 33rd Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31.

A C-SPAN representative will give a StudentCam certificate of merit to 12 students during a school ceremony. Students were asked to make a documentary with the topic “The Three Branches and You,” telling a story about how the executive, legislative and judicial branches have affected them.

Visit to watch the winning videos.

The local winners: Ally Lee, Haley Leavens, Claire Ben, second place, “Same Sex Marriage”; Ian Hernandez, Connor Kolze, Noah Anderson, honorable mention, “Genetically Modified Dinner”; Ella Hirata, Toli Tate, honorable mention, “Immigration in the United States”; Oliver Kline, honorable mention, “The Patent System”; Braedyn Weaver, Harrison Wells, Brayden Dunca, honorable mention, “Militarization of Police.”

Earth Day

The big local celebration, EarthDay PDX, moves back to Normandale Park at Northeast 57th Avenue and Halsey Street, April 25.

There’ll be nearly 100 businesses and organizations, a kid’s village with entertainment by Circus Cascadia, live music produced by Abstract Earth Project, a speakers’ series, placemaking through The City Repair Project, bicycle parking, and an attempt to recycle all materials from the event by Master Recycler Program. The event also offers volunteer opportunities throughout the day.

Earth Day is officially April 22.

For more, see the Portland Earth Day Coalition website,


Tickets for the popular summer music festival at Pendarvis Farm go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 ( The lineup announcements also will start April 7.

Van Halen coming

What a big addition to the concert lineup: Van Halen, with David Lee Roth as lead singer, will play the Amphitheater Northwest in Ridgefield, Wash., on July 7 (the tour’s second stop after Seattle). Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 4 (, Ticketmaster outlets, 1-800-745-3000). A special Van Halen concert will be broadcast on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on March 30 and 31.

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