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Free/cheap coffee at airports – & elsewhere – on National Coffee Day

Friday, September 29, 2017 is National Coffee Day (for some people, that’s everyday) and there are a lot of places celebrating by giving out free or really cheap coffee.

Here’s a round-up of venues offering free/cheap coffee that may have airport branches participating. Be sure to ask.

Cinnabon: Free 12 oz coffee

Dunkin’ Donuts: One free medium hot coffee w/purchase of a medium or large coffee.

Krispy Kreme: one hot or iced small coffee Sept. 29 through October 1

These Delaware North-opererated restaurants will be selling specialty brewed medium coffee for $1:

Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport: Austin Java

Boise Airport: River City Cafe and Einstein’s

Buffalo Niagara Int’l Airport: Coffee Beanery

Charleston Int’l Airport: Harvest Grounds

Dallas/Fort Worth Int’l Airport: Einstein’s

Detroit Metro Airport: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood Int’l Airport: Espresso Bar and Harvest & Grounds

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Einstein’s, Harvest & Grounds, Argo Tea

Los Angeles Int’l Airport: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Louis Armstrong New Orleand Int’ Airport: West Beignet, Le Petit Bistro, PJ’s Coffee

Ontario Int’l Airport: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Richmond Int’l Airport: Caribou Coffee

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Drink up!

 

Alaska Airlines offers early boarding for (some) football fans

It’s getting harder and harder to snag a spot in the group of passengers that boards the airplane early, but during the 2017 football season Alaska Airlines is once again offering that perk to passengers departing from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport who are wearing the number 3 football jersey worn by Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback who serves as the carrier’s “Chief Football Officer.”

The perk started earlier this month, with the Seahawk’s first pre-season game, and will continue through the end of the regular season.

So dress accordingly.

This is Russell Wilson’s fifth year as Alaska’s Chief Football Officer  and as part of his duties Wilson helps the airline support youth and education programs and various charities, including the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, Strong Against Cancer and Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation.

Wilson also appears in some commercials for Alaska Airlines. Here are a couple of the corny-but-cute latest, featuring Russell Wilson as a talk-show host.

 

Pop-up lounge at O’Hare Airport – for kids

At Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a pop-up lounge just for kids (and their parents) is moving through the terminals.

Called the “Fly with Butch O’Hare” lounge, it’s described as a place to relax, take selfies, re-charge cell phones and devices and to learn about the Fly with Butch O’Hare mobile game the airport developed in collaboration with DeVry University.

First, who was Butch O’Hare? He’s the airport’s namesake, Edward “Butch” O’Hare – and this year marks the 75th anniversary of Butch O’Hare’s heroic actions in World War II, saving the aircraft carrier Lexington.

He was honored with the Navy’s first Medal of Honor, and in 1949 Chicago’s airport, Orchard Field was renamed Chicago O’Hare in his honor.

The lounge is outfitted with chairs and foot stools, cell phone charging stations, the airport code  in 8 – f00t-tall letters,  orange flooring and a miniature plane flying overhead with – you guessed it – Butch O’Hare.

There’s also an almost life-size cut-out of O’Hare and a plane – for selfies.

ORD is also giving out flat photos of Butch O’Hare (on a stick) in the lounge and at bins in the domestic terminals and encouraging passengers to pose with the flat Butch O’Hare while in the airport or and around the world and post their photos  online with the hashtag #FlyWithButchOHare.

 Looking for the lounge?  It’s in Terminal 1, near Gate B12 through August 9 and then moving to Terminal 2, near Gate E1, from August 10 through 31.

And what about that Butch O’Hare game?
Updates on the progress of that project is on this Fly with Butch O’Hare    page along with some airport trivia  and a list of airport shops and restaurants offering discounts.

Fresh films at Portland Int’l Airport’s in-terminal movie theater

 

In February of 2017, Portland’s historic nonprofit Hollywood Theatre opened a​ free 17-seat movie theater post-security, on Concourse C, at Portland International Airport.

The theater is open to travelers around the clock, showing an hour-long program made up of short films from Oregon filmmakers, including documentaries, music videos, animations, and short fiction.

At the grand opening it was announced that the program would change quarterly. And so it has.

The new program of Oregon-made short films running through the summer includes shorts about beekeepers and slugs; power lifters and circus mice.

Here’s the line-up.

THE MOUSE THAT SOARED, Kyle T. Bell (5:45): A famous flying circus mouse reflects on his humble beginnings in this classic tale of hope and goodness. This six-minute animated short tackles adoption, blended families, and nature vs. nurture. It demonstrates that nothing is more powerful than unconditional love.

A STREET ROOTS STORY, Street Roots (3:07): Learn how Portland’s ​Street Roots​,a nonprofit street newspaper, provides opportunity, hope and community for Marlon and other people living in poverty. As Marlon shares, “Every single person who buys the paper helps humanity grow and grow.”

I DON’T KNOW YOU ANYMORE, Alicia J. Rose (5:02):In this music video for Bob Mould’s “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy offers guidance to Mould on how to promote his new album in the age of iPhones and social media, which sends Mould and his band off on a stealth mission of “hype” at Portland’s own Music Millennium.

MOSSGROVE, Kurtis Hough (5:44):A close examination into the locomotion of Oregon’s banana slugs and mossy landscapes. Made with over 10,000 photographs taken in the Columbia River Gorge.

1850 LBS, Jin Ryu & Pete Gibson (7:04): Jesse Marvin is a 23-year-old powerlifter from Portland, OR, with a heart of gold. He is gunning to lift a total weight of 1850 lbs at an upcoming competition. This film shares his philosophy and determination as he reaches toward his goal.

SUPERHEROES, Mic Crenshaw (4:21): A collaboration between Mic Crenshaw and Dead Prez that highlights the fact that everyday people are heroic. The video features local professional dancers from Portland who are also parents. Each scene has emcees rapping poignant verses as dancers perform with their real-life children. Learn more at ​miccrenshaw.com

BOTTLE NECK, Joanna Priestley (2:56): A luminous crush of still-life silhouettes, abstract shapes, and complex, interlocking patterns, BOTTLE NECK renovates the commonplace objects of a classical painting in a modern setting.

PIANO PUSH PLAY, Alex Thornburg (3:01):Short docu-style piece about ​Piano Push Play​’s public pianos in Portland, OR.

CPR, Kimberly Warner (6:26): While watching lifeguards perform rescue drills at a neighborhood pool, a woman faces her own need to be saved.

LAY ME DOWN, Isaac King (4:24): The song “Lay Me Down,” by Portland neo-soul band ​Dirty Revival​,focuses on drug addiction and its effects on people and families, as well as how little help society offers to those who are struggling. The video illustrates a prologue to this; as rents skyrocket and wages stagnate, too many Portlanders are living on the brink of collapse.

THE BEE HUNTER, Jotham Porzio (7:36): Driving across Portland with approximately 10,000+ honey bees in her Toyota truck at sunset, Wisteria knows she has done it again. She has successfully captured a swarm of wild homeless honey bees. We ride shotgun in this short documentary as we follow Wisteria on a swarm call, showing us just how unique and personal the process is.

 

 

 

Deals for National Doughnut Day – and beyond

Friday, June 2, 2017 is National Doughnut Day and there are oodles of places around the country offering free or free-with-purchase doughnuts to those in know.

There’s also at least one free doughnut deal that lasts all summer long.

Delta Air Lines and American Express are kicking off a national #DeltaAmexPerks doughnut tour today (June 2) that will bring a truck filled with doughnuts inspired by Delta Air Lines snacks such as cookies, pretzels and roasted peanuts to 9 cities across the country.

At each stop, Delta SkyMiles American Express Cardholders can flash their card and pick up a complimentary doughnut, plus one for a guest.

The scheduled dates and local doughnut-maker partners are below. For hours and more details go here.

  • Atlanta, GA – Sublime Doughnuts: June 2-3
  • New York, NY – Underwest Donuts: June 8
  • Boston, MA – Union Square Donuts: June 23-24
  • Detroit, MI – Daily Dozen: July 6-7
  • Minneapolis, MN – Glam Doll Donuts: July 14-15
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC – Rise Biscuits Donuts : July 21-22
  • Los Angeles, CA –Kettle Glazed Doughnuts: July 29-30
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Banbury Cross Donuts: August 4-5
  • Seattle, WA – Top Pot Doughnuts: August 11-12

Here are some other deals for National Doughnut Day, June 2, 2017:

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  • Participating Krispy Kreme shops around the country are offering free doughnuts (while they last) to anyone who stops by:
  • Dunkin Donuts customers can get a free classic doughnut with the purchase of a beverage;
  • Duck Donuts is offering a free doughnut with any purchase;
  • And certain Cumberland Farms stores are offering a free doughnut with beverage purchase deal as well.

If you do get a free doughnut, be sure to eat it. Otherwise it may end up like this doughnut dating back to 1890, which is in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.

I know it looks like a bagel, but it is a doughnut. Here’s the story:

“A few days before her 12th child was born in January 1890, 43-year old farmwife Sarah Faught made a batch of doughnuts for her family. Sarah died five days after childbirth. Her mourning family saved some of Sarah’s doughnuts in her memory. Sarah’s descendants passed this one–a very personal symbol of a mother’s love and of her loss–from generation to generation for 122 years, along with its story.”

 

(Photo courtesy The Henry Ford)