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The City of Portland is currently crafting a FY 2013-14 budget for its bureaus, programs, and services.
Supporting our Veterans
Right now, the Oregon legislature is considering a bill that could make a great deal of difference in helping veterans who are experiencing homelessness access safe, permanent homes.
House Bill 2417 would ask Oregonians who sell a piece of property, like a house, to pay an extra $5 fee. The revenue raised by the increase would go into a fund to help Oregon’s veterans find a safe and affordable place to call home.
Today, 1 in 6 Americans who are homeless are veterans. Veterans aged 18 - 30 are twice as likely as their peers to end up homeless. That is unacceptable.
Our partners at Central City Concern are asking you to show your support for House Bill 2417 and add your name to the list of Oregonians supporting the bill.
Together, we can help ensure that our veterans get the homecoming they deserve.
Traci Manning, Director of the Portland Housing Bureau
May 23, 2013
The Portland Rose Festival is coming to town
This Friday officially kicks off the 2013 Portland Rose Festival!
Since its start in 1907, the Portland Rose Festival has promoted Portland as the “summer capital of the world.” The festival is organized each year by the Portland Rose Festival Association.
Enjoy events like the Dragon Boat Races, a carnival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and three spectacular parades – the Starlight parade, the Junior Rose Parade, and the Grand Floral Parade. The Grand Floral Parade is the centerpiece of the festival. It’s the second largest all-floral parade in the United States, and the largest single-day event in Portland.
This year, Nick and his son are proud to represent the City in the Starlight Parade on Saturday, June 1.
This year’s Grand Marshal of the Rose Festival is fourth-generation Oregonian Gerry Frank. Gerry is an author, veteran, statesman, businessman, and volunteer. Gerry also served as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield for 20 years. Congratulations Gerry!
Start your festivities off by attending the opening night firework show this Friday. If you can’t make it this Friday, there’s a second firework show on June 7.
To see a full list of this year’s festival events visit the Portland Rose Festival website.
In The Skanner News
photo courtesy of Portland Rose Festival
May 22, 2013
Portland Parks & Recreation Summer Camps
Summer vacation is right around the corner. Have fun and stay healthy at one of Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) many summer camps!
There’s a summer camp for every kid at the many parks and community centers around the city. Swimming, tennis, basketball, art, dance, and music are just a few of the options available to keep kids active during their time off from school. Tots (age 1) to teens can participate in PP&R camps.
Summer camp is a great way for kids to build social skills, confidence, make new friends, and have fun!
Registering is easy. You can mail, phone, fax or walk-in your registration form to any PP&R facility. You can also register online on the PP&R website.
To see the full list of summer camps, take a look at PP&R’s online catalog.
Get out in the summer sun and have some fun!
May 21, 2013
Volunteer Opportunity at Peninsula Park Rose Garden
The Wonder Weeders help reduce or eliminate herbicide use, and contribute to the overall beauty and health of the garden. They are essential to the success of the North Portland rose garden.
You don’t need to have the “greenest” thumb to be a Wonder Weeder. Just commit to at least an hour of weeding and bring your own weeding tool and gloves.
Being part of Wonder Weeders is a great way to connect with the community, be outdoors, and help maintain one of Portland’s oldest public gardens.
Wonder Weeders meet once a month to weed the garden.The next weeding party is June 3. Email email@example.com for more information.
Don’t forget to join us on June 27 for the Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration from 11 am - 11 pm!
Peninsula Park Rose Garden
June 3, 8 am - 12 pm
May 20, 2013
Grand Opening of The Fields Park
This afternoon, Nick was proud to attend the Grand Opening of The Fields Park in Northwest Portland!
The Fields was created through a partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Development Commission, and the Pearl District Neighborhood Association. The Fields is the third park outlined in the Portland River District Park System Urban Design Framework Study. The four parks included in the Framework were Jamison Square,Tanner Springs Park, The Fields Park, and a potential Riverfront Park.
The celebration featured a Native American blessing of the land, a poetry reading by Founding Co-chair of the Pacific Northwest College of Art Barry Sanders, and artwork done by local school children.
Along with being a fantastic outdoor space for people, The Fields is a great place for your dog. The Fields was created with our four-legged friends in mind. It features different amenities for dogs of all shapes and sizes.
The Fields Park is located at NW 10th and Overton. Come out and play!
May 17, 2013