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Gray Fund Fall 2016 Calendar

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Gray Fund events are free and open to students, faculty, and staff. For most on-campus events, you are welcome to invite a family member of partner. All events are free of alcohol, drugs, and smoke. The Gray Fund was founded by Betty Gray in 1992 to enrich students’ lives outside the classroom, bringing students, faculty, and staff together. Through the Gray Fund, we enjoy musicians, performers, and artists on campus; are provided with many opportunities to explore the outdoors; and can also enjoy other cultural, social and recreational activities both on and off campus. The principle behind every Gray Fund event is to have fun!

Semester Surprise

Thursday, December 8, 1–4 p.m., location TBD

What stress-relieving activities do we have in store for this semester? A musical guest? More corgis? You’ll have to wait before we’ll let you in on the secret!


Free soda, popcorn, and VooDoo donuts will be provided at each movie—vegan options available!


Troy poster

Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall

Based on Homer’s Iliad, this epic portrays the battle between Troy and Sparta. There will be trivia—with prizes—before the movie, so come prepared for an academic battle.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller poster

Saturday, October 8, 7 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall

You know the story. Certified cool kid decides to skip school for a day and head to Chicago with his pals; the principal has a really big problem with it. Nevertheless, this film’s a cult classic and not one to miss.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox poster

Saturday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall

This one’s for the cinephiles. Fantastic Mr. Fox is Wes Anderson’s first animated film, using classic handmade stop motion techniques and an all-star cast to tell the story of the best selling children’s book by Roald Dahl.

Cultural Trips

All Lottery sign-ups for cultural trips happen in the Student Center starting a week prior to the posted date and close on the Tuesday before the event. If you have questions, email

Ground Kontrol Arcade

Saturday, September 10, noon–3:30 p.m.

Ground Kontrol is the West Coast’s premier classic arcade. Go experience video gaming’s “golden age” at an arcade featuring over 60 classic video games and 27 pinball machines!

Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center

Saturday, September 18, 7:30–11:30 p.m.

This place literally has it all: go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, laser tag, arcade games, a ropes course, and more. Come enjoy a night of fun and frivolity at a place that will make you wish you were a kid all over again!

Portland Spirit Lunch Cruise

Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

Take a break from the usual Commons brunch fare and enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Experience toe-tapping live entertainment, delicious Northwest cuisine, and amazing views of the city while cruising down the Willamette River.

Trevor Noah Stand-up Show

Friday, September 30, 5–9 p.m.

You’ve probably already seen him hosting The Daily Show, but now’s your chance to see him live. Trevor Noah is a leading comedian whose acerbic wit has led him to stardom both on stage and television, where his biting critiques of pop culture, politics, and current events get big laughs.

FreakyButTrue Peculiarium & Museum

Saturday, October 9, noon–2:30 p.m.

At the Peculiarium, you’ll find Bigfoot, aliens, monsters of both land and sea, creepy toys, buggy things, zombies, and even an old safe from Al Capone. This place is definitely “Keeping Portland Weird.”

Fall Break at Mt. Hood Village

Saturday–Tuesday, October 15–18

Enjoy a quiet respite from the stresses of campus life with amenities like an indoor pool, hot tub, and nature trails. This trip includes a scenic brunch train ride to Odell, OR, boasting gorgeous views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.


Saturday, October 29, 5:30–9 p.m.

FrightTown is the Pacific Northwest’s biggest, scariest, and best-reviewed haunted event, featuring three amazing haunted houses with something to scare everyone.

Cheese Making at Portland Homestead Supply

Saturday, November 5, 12:30–4 p.m.

Get hands-on experience stretching curd and take home your own ball of fresh mozzarella! The demonstration includes a tasting of the classic and flavored mozzarella variations made in class along with other cheese platter treats. Beginners welcome.

Andy Warhol at the Portland Art Museum

Saturday, November 12, 12:30–4 p.m.

In addition to a guided Tour, see a selection of Andy Warhol prints from the private collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. The exhibition will be the largest display of the pop art master’s work ever seen in the Pacific Northwest, and it will include instantly recognizable images such as the iconic Campbell’s Soup Can (Tomato) and Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn).

Postmodern Jukebox Concert

Thursday, November 17, 6–10:30 p.m.

Postmodern Jukebox Concert is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early twentieth century forms such as swing and jazz. Jump on this chance to see this innovative group perform live!

Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo

Saturday, December 3, 4:30–8:30 p.m.

It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival ZooLights. As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of over a million lights and experience your zoo in a whole new light.

Outdoor Trips

All Lottery sign-ups for outdoor trips happen in the Sports Center starting a week prior to the poster Lottery deadline. After the Lottery deadline has passed, Gray Fund outdoor intern Sydney LaStella will send out an email outlining trip details and expectations.

Jet Boating on the Willamette

Sunday, JANUARY 31, 3:30–7 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, August 30, noon

Take advantage of the warm weather and join us on this 2-hour scenic trip before it gets too chilly. See the river from a new perspective! After the trip we will hit the food carts for some chow before coming back to campus.

Day Rafting on the Deschutes

Sunday, September 4, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, August 30, noon

Take the day off and hit the river. The Deschutes River is a central Oregon masterpiece with various whitewater classes to get your heart pumping and adrenaline flowing.

Surfing the Oregon Coast Overnight

Saturday–Sunday, September 10–11, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, September 6, noon

Cowabunga, dude! Get totally stoked for this radical surfing trip to Pacific City. Kick it with some serious Reed chillers in between hitting the waves, getting some groovy grub, and loosening up a little.

Chapman Swift Evening Sunday

Sunday, September 11, 5:30–8 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, September 6, noon

Vaux’s Swifts have incredible flocking habits during migration season when they settle down for the night. Because they roost in the chimney of Chapman Elementary School only twenty minutes from Reed, you can watch what looks quite literally like a tornado of birds slowly circle into their tower to sleep.

Lunar Eclipse Kayak Expedition

Friday, September 16, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, September 13, noon

This lunar eclipse expedition is a great way to treat yourself after the first few weeks of classes. Shake off your stress or continue to take Portland by the horns with your Gray Fund family on this exciting trip.

Sup Yoga on the Willamette

Sunday, September 18, 8:30 a.m.–noon
Lottery: Tuesday, September 13, noon

Jump on paddleboard, do some yoga, and find your inner peace. The yoga will begin on land and no prior experience is needed, so don’t let the boards intimidate you! Go on this Gray Fund trip that takes place in the morning, and make it back by lunchtime to enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Hot Air Balloon

Saturday, September 24, 6 a.m.–1 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, September 20, noon

Up, up, and away! Get your feet off the ground and your head in the clouds on a balloon trip over Portland. Wake up early and be treated to a fantastic voyage about mother earth.

Scappoose Bay Kayaking Tour

Sunday, September 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, September 20, noon

If you missed our first lunar eclipse kayaking trip, sign up for its sunlit counterpart. Like the rest of our trips, no experience is needed, and Scappoose Bay is absolutely gorgeous, so sign up for the Lottery and paddle away with us!

Smith Rock Climbing

Friday–Saturday, September 30–October 1, 5–7 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, September 27, noon

Come with us to visit an all time favorite Reedie climbing spot. Smith Rock state park is named after its huge rocky cliff that has faces to climb, and views that will take your breath away. Don’t miss this free opportunity to visit a classic Oregon must-see.

Knife Forging, Blacksmithing Series

Sunday, October 2, Saturday–Sunday, October 29–30, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, September 27, noon

Sign up for a 3-day course spread over various weekends beginning October 2. First, learn the basics of blacksmithing. Then, forge your own knife during a two-day weekend course. This trip will take place on October 2, October 29, and October 30. Participants who sign up must be able to commit all three days!

Overnight Dory Boat Fishing in Pacific City

Saturday–Sunday, October 9–10, 2–4 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, September 27, noon

Oregon’s waters provide a great place for some heavy fishing. This trip welcomes both experienced fishers and those who want to learn how to get out there and successfully make a catch. Go back to campus and tell your friends how you caught a fish this big!

Timbers Soccer Sunday

Saturday, October 16, 3–8 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, October 11, noon

Get out your green scarves, all you soccer fans! Roll on over to Providence Park to show your team and your city some love. If the game doesn’t excite you, maybe the rowdy crowd will get you pumped for a Timbers victory.

Fall Break Oregon Desert Trail

Monday–Friday, October 17–21, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, October 4, noon

Hot springs, fishing, canoeing, and hiking, oh my! Join us on a five-day trip relax in Desert Trail for a jam-packed Fall Break. Don’t forget your camera! The views from Oregon’s desert trails are awe-inspiring in ways that the climate you’ve grown accustomed to at Reed just can’t offer.

St. Helens Mushroom Hunt

Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, October 11, noon

Come explore the magical kingdom of fungi! Not only will you this trip give you a chance to learn how to find numerous kinds of edible mushrooms in Oregon, you will also be able to put your knowledge to action in this hands-on hunting experience. Be prepared to get down and dirty!

Columbia Gorge Waterfall Hike

Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, October 25, noon

Hey, freshman! Odds are you have barely popped the Reed bubble since getting to Portland. Well, now’s your chance! This hike will bring you face to face with waterfalls. Don’t forget that Oregon is full of incredible sights and experience just waiting to be seen by new Reedies.

Ape Caves Tour

Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, November 1, noon

Visit these caves made by molten lava underneath Mount St. Helens on a hike that’s completely underground. It will make you feel like Indiana Jones—but we promise the caves are booby trap free.

Paintball Wars

Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, November 8, noon

Blow off some steam through some friendly paintballing. Pretend a target or a comrade is your Hum 110 paper or your next big test, and show it who’s boss. Come back to campus clearer mind and maybe some newfound self-confidence!

Thanksgiving Ski Cabin Overnight

Thursday, November 24, 2–4 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, November 15, noon

Spend some time cooking up good grub at Reed’s cabin then head out for a night hike. Meet some new friends, and get to know our beloved Reed ski cabin and the area around it. What do you have to lose really?

Go Kart Racing

Sunday, December 4, 2–6 p.m.
Lottery: Tuesday, November 29, noon

Live out your NASCAR dreams and head to the indoor tracks for some high-speed racing. After numerous races—and the chance to go for gold and improve your time—we’ll go out together for dinner.

Contact Office for Student Engagement


Phone: 503/788-6692
Fax: 503/788-6657
Office: Student Center

Kristin Holmberg

Claudia Ramirez Islas
Assistant Director

Derrick Del Pilar
Administrative Coordinator