Helpful Resources for Beginners
Nightwatch, by Terence Dickinson: the best astronomy book for beginners, hands down. Also see The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer, which supplements Nightwatch.
Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas, by Roger W. Sinnott: detailed star charts in a conveniently sized format.
The Evening Sky Map: sky chart published monthly and available as a free download.
This Week's Sky At a Glance: summary of things to see in the night sky for the current week.
Rose City Astronomers: Portland's amateur astronomy club.
Best Telescopes for Beginners: great advice from Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer on purchasing your first telescope.