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To the hardworking families in our community: thank you.


Enjoy your Labor Day!


'Wake of Vanport' Draws More Survivor Stories

The Skanner News


Portland Japanese Garden Expansion Groundbreaking

Janet Eastman in The Oregonian

Japanese Garden Breaks Ground on New Expansion

Aleck Z. Woogmaster, GOLocalPDX

Groundbreaking at Portland Japanese Garden

PORT: portlandart.net


Hempstalk approved but smoke still hangs in the air

Chris Woodard, KOIN 6 News

Hall Monitor: That First Commute is a Doozy

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

The City’s Going to Battle Its Second-Biggest Power Company Over Renewable Energy

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

City pays dearly for historic properties

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Artslandia spins off an arts-focused magazine for Portland-area kids

Amy Wang in The Oregonian

Forest for the Trees NW brings noted mural artists from around the world to Portland

Beth Nakamura in The Oregonian

September 3, 2015

The caboose is loose

The Johnson Creek Watershed is one of Portland’s most important ecological resources. About 170,000 people live within the 52 square mile watershed, including forests, farms, neighborhoods, and more.


Our new Watershed Health Report Cards show that the Johnson Creek Watershed averages about a C in overall health. The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is working hard to restore stream banks, water quality, and habitat to improve our grades.


BES purchased land along SE Tenino Street for one of those restoration projects. The land purchase came with a unique find – a vintage 1921 railroad caboose! The caboose had once been used as an apartment, but sat empty for several years.


Usually, BES crews will deconstruct buildings or other structures on purchased property. But the caboose is so unique, the owners of local company Lorentz Bruun Construction wanted to keep it!


Last month, crews loaded the caboose onto a flatbed truck, and hauled it to its new home next to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. The Bruun family hopes to restore the caboose and make it open to the public.


The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is home to the historic SP 4449, SP&S 700, and OR&N 197 locomotives. In 2012, Nick was proud to partner with the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation to secure a permanent home for our historic trains.


Learn more about the Rail Heritage Center on their website.

September 2, 2015

Shop & support Elders in Action

Did you know you can fill your fridge and support local non-profits at the same time?


Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program links your Fred Meyer Rewards Card with your favorite nonprofit. Fred Meyer is donating up to $2.6 million each year to local nonprofits, schools, and community organizations.


Link your Rewards Card to Elders in Action, and support Portland’s older adults!


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Elders in Action. The nonprofit advocates for older adults, provides meaningful volunteer opportunities, and works to build an age-friendly community for all.


Sign in to your Rewards Card, search for Elders in Action, and link your card! Then, every time you shop at Fred Meyer, just scan your card as usual – that’s it! You’ll still earn your regular Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and other rebates.


To learn more about Elders in Action, visit their website: www.eldersinaction.org.


Photo courtesy of Elders in Action

September 1, 2015

Portland's Public Art

As a passionate supporter of the arts – including jazz, modern dance, and sculpture – Nick is honored to serve as Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).


Here in Portland, we are fortunate to have a large, diverse collection of publicly-owned art.


The collection includes more than 1,900 works of art – paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more – displayed across Portland in neighborhoods, schools, libraries, and other public buildings.


In Nick’s office, we are proud to display our own gallery of public art from the collection, including carved wood pieces, abstract paintings, photographs, and watercolors.


2015 is a big year for the arts – we’re celebrating 10 years of Work for Art, 20 years of RACC, Portlandia’s 30th birthday, and 35 years of our Percent for Art program.


Portland is blessed with a strong arts community. Take a walk in your neighborhood, view our public collection on RACC’s website, or download the free PublicArtPDX app on your iPhone to find art near you!

August 31, 2015

Out & About with Nick


On Friday, Nick enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the office and into the community.


First, he visited his friends at Rossi Farms in the Parkrose neighborhood.


The farm dates back to the 19th century, and the Rossi family has been providing fresh, healthy produce to East Portland families since 1920. Rossi is famous for its 18 varieties of handpicked heirloom potatoes – you can buy them at the farm or local farmers markets across Portland.


Thanks to Joe Rossi, his daughter Gabrielle, and Market Manager Aaron for hosting Nick. Visit Rossi's website to learn more about this great family-owned business.


Next, Nick stopped by Leach Botanical Garden in the Lents neighborhood.


The City-owned garden has been open to the public for more than 30 years. Led by Executive Director David Porter, the garden has grown to more than 17 acres – including native and exotic plants, and an extensive botanical library!


The garden is hard at work on its next phase: transforming 8 undeveloped acres into a new Upper Garden.


Nick also joined The Skanner publisher Bernie Foster and the Skanner Foundation at a screening of The Wake of Vanport, a documentary about the once second-largest city in Oregon.


Vanport, located in North Portland, was home to about 40,000 people. 40% were African American. Many Vanport residents worked in the Kaiser Shipyards during World War II.


In 1948, a section of the dike holding back the nearby Columbia River collapsed, and flooded the city – leaving all of its residents homeless.


The Wake of Vanport captures the stories of Vanport survivors, and reminds us about this important piece of Oregon history.


On Sunday, Nick was honored to join The Circus Project for their free Summer Community Showcase.


The Circus Project launched in 2008, connecting social justice and the arts. Its mission: to empower homeless and at-risk youth and young adults through circus performance.


Over the last seven years, they’ve expanded their programs to include classes for the general public, and even a Professional Performance Troupe!


The organization moved into their new home in Northwest Portland earlier this year – with even more opportunities for youth to access their innovative programs.


Finally, Nick joined a sell-out crowd of fellow Portland Thorns fans on Sunday evening for the women’s final home game of the season.


Soccer City, USA will proudly host the National Women’s Soccer League championship game on October 1 at Providence Park!


'Wake of Vanport' Draws More Survivor Stories

The Skanner News

August 31, 2015

The Weekly Catch

August 28, 2015

Johnson Creek Clean Up

Join fellow volunteers in Southeast Portland this Saturday for the 2015 Johnson Creek Clean Up!  


Johnson Creek flows from Boring, Oregon through Portland to the Willamette River. It passes through lush forests, farms, neighborhoods, and more. About 170,000 people live within its 52 square mile watershed, and it’s one of our most important environmental resources.


The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with many local environmentally conscious organizations for the clean-up, including the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. The Council is a local volunteer group dedicated to protecting and restoring the beautiful watershed.


Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs, eliminate invasive plants, and help keep our watershed healthy.


Visit the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s website for more information. 


2015 Johnson Creek Clean Up

Saturday, August 29th

9 am – 12 pm; registration at 8:30 am

6201 SE Overland St. in Milwaukie


Photo courtesy of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

August 27, 2015

Forest for the Trees 2015

Portland has a wonderful array of creative neighborhood murals – and we are getting even more!


Forest for the Trees is a nonprofit contemporary arts project. Since 2013, it has brought a group of local and international artists to create murals around Portland. This year, 29 artists will paint 19 murals around our neighborhoods.


The project is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The colorful array of unique murals helps build community pride and engagement. The main objective of the project is to make art an accessible and interactive part of our daily lives.


The project started on Monday, with most murals finishing up by the end of the week. Check out Forest for the Trees website to learn more.


Portland to get 19 new murals during weeklong Forest for the Trees event

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian

August 27, 2015


Volunteering is a big part of Nick and his family’s story.


From serving meals to homeless adults at Bud Clark Commons to removing asphalt with Depave, volunteering enriches lives and strengthens our community.


Recently, Nick was pleased to share his story with our friends at The Standard, who are holding their seventh annual Volunteer Expo on September 10.


The Expo, a free event in Pioneer Courthouse Square, brings nonprofits together in one place. From 11am to 2pm, you can learn more about local mission-driven nonprofits, which ones connect with your passions, and how you can help them thrive through volunteer service.


In Portland, we are proud of our tradition of volunteer service. We hope you’ll help spread the word about this unique event – and share your volunteer story: #myvolunteerstory


The Standard Volunteer Expo

September 10, 2015

11 am - 2 pm

Pioneer Courthouse Square

August 26, 2015

Kassamira's Blog #3

Though I did not staff the Commissioner on any events this past week, I had a rare and amazing opportunity to attend a Rising Women Leaders brunch with Asena on Sunday.


I got the chance to network and connect with all of the accomplished women in City Hall and other branches of government. Governor Kate Brown even stopped in to give us rising women a few words of wisdom. It is at events like this that I learn how important and effective networking is to one’s professional career. The saying “It’s not always what you know, sometimes it’s who you know” still holds true.


On another note, this week is my last week in the office before I embark on another adventure. This Saturday I will be beginning my study abroad journey in Morocco.


Until then, I will enjoy my last few days in the office by continuing with office work, attending my farewell luncheon, and accompanying the Commissioner on one final event this Friday. We are joining the Skanner Foundation for a showing of the documentary “The Wake of Vanport,” the story of Oregon’s once-second largest city, which was destroyed by a flood in 1948.

August 26, 2015

From there to here

Talented artist Andy Behrle explores Portland’s visionary water system in the Portland Building’s latest art installation, from there to here.


Behrle’s installation was inspired by a public tour of the Bull Run Watershed. From there to here examines the wild beauty and origins of our water at the Bull Run, and the urban setting of Portland where it ends.  


The Bull Run Watershed is Portland’s primary drinking water source. It includes the Bull Run Lake and two reservoirs, as well as the Bull Run River, tributaries, and other feeders. The two reservoirs hold about 10 billion gallons of usable water, and serve nearly a million Oregonians.


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through up.


From there to here is up now through September 18 in the Portland Building’s lobby. 


Check out RACC’s website for the more information.  


Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

August 24, 2015

Jade International Night Market

This Saturday, join Nick at the final evening of the 2nd annual Jade International Night Market!


The market celebrates the wonderful diversity of the Jade District, and builds community spirit and engagement. 


The Jade District is a fusion of local business associations and neighborhood associations centered around 82nd Avenue and Division Street. 


The market features over 80 vendors representing the diverse cultures of the neighborhood. Enjoy delicious foods, fun arts activities, and multi-cultural performances.


While there, don’t forget to check out the Portland Water Bureau’s booth. They’ll have pristine Bull Run water ready for thirsty attendees. 


The Jade Night Market is hosted by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and the Jade District.


Check out the Jade International Night Market’s website for more information.


Jade International Night Market 2015

Saturday, August 22

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

2305 SE 82nd Ave.


Photo courtesy of the Jade District.

August 21, 2015

The Weekly Catch

August 21, 2015

A St. Johns Art Party

This Saturday, join your friends and neighbors in North Portland at The Constitutional: A St. Johns Art Party.


The Constitutional is an interactive arts festival in historic downtown St. Johns. It introduces new and upcoming artists to the Portland community, through arts demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and wonderful performances.


While there, pick up unique artwork, visit the St. Johns Farmers Market, and don’t forget to check out the neighborhood’s vibrant and diverse small businesses.  


Visit The Constitutional’s website for more information.


The Constitutional Art Party

Saturday, August 22

N Leavitt Ave, between N Lombard and N Ivanhoe St.

9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Photo courtesy of The Constitutional Art Party.

August 20, 2015

Sunday Parkways

There is still time to spend a sunny day at Sunday Parkways before the summer comes to an end!


Along the route in Southeast Portland, take a moment to explore the neighborhood, with stops in Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, Sewallcrest and Ivon Parks. Whether you are walking or rolling, don’t forget to check out the delicious food, great music, and other fun activities.


Sunday Parkways is a great way to get healthy and active while connecting with neighbors. All afternoon you can walk, bike, or roll down Portland’s largest public space - the street - while participating in fun events and activities along the way. 


Can’t make it this weekend? The final Sunday Parkways of the year is Sunday, September 27 in Sellwood – including an opportunity to cross the new Tilikum Crossing!


For more information about Sunday Parkways, visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s website.

August 19, 2015

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