POL Government Elected Officials Nick Fish

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Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.  He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.




BodyVox and the Amphion String Quartet are reuniting for the world premiere of their latest performance, Cosmosis


Cosmosis is a beautiful and riveting blend of dance, theater, and live chamber music. 


BodyVox is a local arts organization that combines dance, theater and film into incredible productions. It’s funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s General Operating Support grant program. 


The Amphion String Quartet is an award-winning string quartet internationally known for its intense and gripping music.


Together, the two groups create a stunning performance full of passion and wonder.  


Cosmosis begins tonight and goes through June 6. 


Check out BodyVox’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.  



BodyVox Dance Center

1201 NW 17th Ave.

Portland, OR 97209


Photo courtesy of BodyVox.

May 21, 2015

Grant Magazine wins Gold

This morning, Nick was proud to present a Proclamation for Grant High School’s award-winning Grant Magazine team. 


Grant Magazine tells authentic stories of their high school community, including students, faculty, parents, and more.


In March, Grant journalists were awarded a prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown Award at a ceremony in New York City!


The Gold Crown Award is the Association’s highest award. It recognizes the best student publications across the country, based on writing, design, photography, and online coverage. Grant Magazine is the only Oregon publication to ever receive a Gold Crown Award – and this is the second year in a row that they won!


Congratulations, Grant Magazine!


Check out Grant Magazine’s impressive website, and consider supporting them with a subscription to the magazine.

May 20, 2015

Sipping from the Benson Bubblers


The Benson Bubbler drinking fountains are legendary in the City of Roses. 


The Benson Bubblers were named after businessman and philanthropist Simon Benson, who donated $10,000 for the purchase and installation of 20 fountains in 1912. 


Folklore suggests that Benson was concerned that local loggers were visiting saloons too much during the work day. He wanted to provide them with the alternative of fresh, clean water. 


Over a century later, the Bubblers are still flowing. They are so famous, there’s even one in our sister city of Sapporo, Japan!


There are 51 “true” four-bowl Benson Bubblers in Portland. Forty-eight are installed in downtown Portland while three on the Eastside. They provide drinking water from the Bull Run reservoirs.


An additional 79 bubblers replicating the original style have been cast and installed over the years, but are not to be confused with the “true” 51. 


KOIN 6 News has a great article about the history of the Benson Bubblers. 


Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for even more information.  


Where We Live: Benson Bubblers

Ken Boddie in KOIN 6 News

May 19, 2015

Summer arts camps

School’s almost out and summer is just around the corner. Kids know what that means – it’s almost camp time!


There are many arts organizations throughout our city that offer a variety of great summer arts camps and workshops for youth. 


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has a huge list of camps in Portland. Dance, music, visual arts, and more – there’s something for everyone.


Check out RACC’s website for the full list.


Photo courtesy of RACC.

May 18, 2015

Irvington students visit City Hall

This afternoon, we were pleased to welcome a surprise visit from some third graders from Irvington School in Northeast Portland.


After seeing the Oregon Children's Theatre's performance of Ramona Quimby at the Newmark Theatre, the students walked down from Portland'5 for a tour of City Hall!


They enjoyed a quick rest in Commissioner Fish's office before heading to their next destination.


Ramona Quimby, a play based on one of Beverly Cleary's beloved characters, runs through May 31. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.octc.org/onstage/ramona.

May 15, 2015

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