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Regional H2O

The Regional Water Providers Consortium has launched a new website, www.regionalh2o.org, to act as a regional go-to site about water services, water conservation, and more!


The Consortium was formed in 1997, and includes 21 water providers throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. The City of Portland is proud to be a member of the Consortium, which focuses  on improving the management of municipal water supplies in the greater Portland area. 


With three pivotal programs - emergency preparedness, regional coordination, and water conservation -the Regional Water Providers Consortium is a great resource for Portlanders to learn more about our region’s drinking water, and the water providers who collaboratively manage our regional water system. 


Check out their website to learn more about the Consortium, ways to conserve water, prepare your family in an emergency, and more!

September 30, 2014

Calling artists and art teams

Every autumn, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites artists living in Oregon or Washington to submit proposals for the Installation Art Series in the City’s Portland Building.    


A great opportunity for people of all art backgrounds - from professionals to art students - the Installation Art Series invites artists to question common perspectives through art.


The expressive, creative installations reach broad, diverse audiences on a daily basis.  Over 160 installations have graced that space during the last 20 years.


The Series is sponsored by RACC, and each installation is selected through a juried process.


The next season runs from March 2015 – February 2016, and will include eight installations.  The submission deadline for artwork is Wednesday, November 5, 2014.


A general orientation and information help-session is scheduled for October 15, from 5:30 – 6:30 at RACC’s offices at 411 NW Park Ave, Suite 101.  Contact Keith Lachowicz (klachowicz@racc.org) to reserve your space. Learn more about the Series on RACC’s website


Photo courtesy of RACC.

September 29, 2014

Sunday vigil for Dr. Steven Fritz

September 29, 2014

Celebrating Portland's multiculturalism

Last night, Nick joined friends and colleagues for a great evening at the Center for Intercultural Organizing’s (CIO) Annual Event.


Held in Oak’s Park’s Historic Dance Pavilion, the event celebrated and supported the grassroots, community-based organization. 


CIO is dedicated to protecting and expanding immigrant and refugee rights in the greater Portland area.  With education programs, policy advocacy, leadership development programs, and more, CIO makes positive contributions to Portland’s multicultural community.


Visit CIO’s website for more information. 


Photo courtesy of Jules Garza.

September 26, 2014

Celebrating the life of Dr. Steven Fritz

Join Nick and the Portland community on Sunday to celebrate the life of Commissioner Amanda Fritz's husband, Dr. Steven Fritz.


Beginning Sunday at 5pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza, we will honor his life in quirky Portland style -- to match his wondeful life and his beloved Zebra car.


Commissioner Fritz shared more information about Sunday's event:


Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has announced plans for events to celebrate the life of her husband, Dr. Steven Fritz, who died suddenly in an automobile accident in Salem, OR on September 24, 2014, while on his way to work at Oregon State Hospital.  He was killed instantly by a pickup crossing the median on I-5 in wet weather, hitting his beloved zebra-painted car.  He had often loaned it to his wife for community parades.  Commissioner Fritz first heard about the crash because passers-by recognized the car and contacted her.


One of Steve’s friends wrote on hearing the news, “If you've ever thought your car was boring, and you'd like to paint it up, say, turn it into a zebra car? Well DO IT, people! And when you die, people will not sit around wondering, "Did she do the things she wanted? Did he express his inner self? Did she tragically ignore her inner weirdness?" They will be horrifically sad, but they will smile every time they think of you, your car, those stripes.” 


“That comment illustrates why people loved and were inspired by Steve,” said Commissioner Fritz.  “He made the most of every day, finding entertainment even in mundane chores like the daily commute.  Our children and I are greatly comforted by the outpouring of support we’ve received.  He touched so many lives, in great and small ways.  We appreciate seeing the recognition that he made a difference in our community – while at the same time having fun.”


Everyone is welcome to attend the public Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 28 at 5p.m. in Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Jefferson.  Participants are encouraged to bring a candle, and to have fun dressing in whatever you feel is appropriate to honor him and/or amuse yourself and others. 


The family suggests donations to honor Dr. Fritz in lieu of flowers and cards be made to:


Doctors beyond Borders


Little Kids Rock


New Oregon Arts & Letters

Send check to New Oregon Arts & Letters, PO Box 2863, Portland, OR 97208

The Salvation Army, Portland Tabernacle Corps or West Women’s Shelter

September 26, 2014

Art party in St. Johns

This Saturday, enjoy the charm of downtown St. Johns while walking among talented woodworkers, sculptors, painters and more!


A great opportunity to snag beautiful, unique artwork, The Constitutional Art Party introduces many new and upcoming local artists to the Portland community. 


Watch live tutorials, and even try out a new art medium.  With live music, interactive art, and even a photo booth, there’s something fun for people of all ages. 


For more information, visit The Constitutional’s website


The Constitutional Art Party

Saturday, September 27

Downtown St. Johns, between N. Lombard St. and N. Kellogg St.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

September 25, 2014

A sad day in City Hall

We learned this morning that Dr. Steven Fritz, Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s husband, died this morning in a car accident on I-5.

This is a truly tragic day for Amanda and her family – as well for as her staff and the extended City Hall family.

We ask for privacy and respect for Commissioner Fritz and her family at this difficult time.


The Fritz family is in our hearts and our prayers.

Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz, day after husband's death, focused on 'great life we had'

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

September 24, 2014

Are you a muralist?

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications for the Public Art Murals Program!


A great opportunity for artists of all levels of experience, the program seeks murals that are both diverse in style and media. 


Funded by the City of Portland and administered by RACC, the Public Art Murals Program provides up to $15,000 in matching funds for murals.  Funding must be matched one-to-one, with cash, donations, and/or volunteering. Current students in degree-granting institutions are also encouraged to apply. Students are eligible for up to $2,500 in matching funds. 


Approved murals will become part of Portland’s public art collection!


Applications are due on the first Wednesday of the month through June 2015.  Visit RACC’s website for more information.

Capax Infiniti, 2014 


Photo courtesy of RACC.

September 23, 2014

Friday tours


Nick had an eventful Friday, filled with tours and meetings with some of Portland’s great businesses and institutions.



In the morning, Nick met with businesses in the Central Eastside, starting with Roundhouse, a premier creative agency in our community.


With clients including Adidas, Red Bull, and North Face, Roundhouse has established itself as a national force. Launched in 2002 as a two-person operation, Roundhouse now employs over 70 people, recruiting talented locals to create innovative marketing solutions for their clients. 


Go on Roundhouse's website for more information.

Italian Gardeners and Ranchers Building


Nick also toured the Italian Gardeners and Ranchers Building with the owner, Jim Morton.  Located on SE Main and MLK, the historic building is home to a staggering 42 small businesses!


From smartphone app testers to furniture makers, the company epitomizes an important aspect of Portland: our culture of innovation. 


For more information on the building's transformation, visit the Planning and Sustainability's website.

PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


In the afternoon, Nick and several of his colleagues took the MAX to Northwest Portland and toured the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s incredible Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design building with the school’s president, Tom Manley.


Also known as the 511 Federal Building, the Center for Art and Design is a former federal post office. It is identified as the geographic center of Portland by a U.S. Geological Survey marker.


Built from 1916-1918, the extraordinary building is being restored and redesigned into the university’s main building – fit to meet all modern needs while retaining its beautiful, historic charm. 


It will open in time for spring term on February 3, 2015.


Check out PNCA’s website for more details.

September 22, 2014

Fall planting

This Saturday, take your green thumbs over to PlantFest 2014.


In celebration of autumn’s arrival, Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is having a plant extravaganza! 


A well-known secret among gardening enthusiasts, autumn is a great time to plant water-efficient flowers and trees. Oregon’s rains help establish those new plants to blossom beautifully in the following year. 


PlantFest begins with a lecture entitled, “Weird & Wonderful Plants,” followed by a plant sale from 22 specialty nurseries.  


Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the love of gardening, with an array of educational programs and events throughout the year. 


Visit Hard Plant Society of Oregon’s website for more information and registration.


PlantFest 2014

9:00 am – Lecture

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Plant sale 

PCC Rock Creek Campus

17705 NW Springville Road

September 19, 2014

Friday Roundup

September 19, 2014

Noche Bella

Last Friday, Nick was honored to join colleagues, community leaders, and friends at Noche Bella, Latino Network’s annual dinner and auction.


Latino Network provides transformative opportunities and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of Latino youth and families in our community. The evening celebrated the hard work that Executive Director Carmen Rubio and her team at Latino Network do for our community.


Noche Bella brought together people who share the vision of Latino Network, along with spectacular music, delicious food, and a night filled with culture and festivity!


To learn more about Latino Network check out their website.


Congratulations to Carmen and her team for hosting a wonderful event!

September 17, 2014

Engaging local youth

Every summer for the past six years, youth and mentors from Straightway Services have volunteered with Portland Water Bureau staff at Powell Butte and local HydroParks.   


The volunteer program offers youth an opportunity to positively contribute to our community.  And Portland Water Bureau really appreciates all of their hard work!  In turn, the youth gain work ethic and experience, as well as a sense of accomplishment and community pride. 


Since 2007, Pastor Dwight Minnieweather has directed Straightway Services, and helped develop the partnership with the Portland Water Bureau. 

Straightway Services provides pivotal life and employment skills, resources, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities to youth in our community. 


Check out Straightway Services’ website for more information about their great organization. 

September 16, 2014


The Portland Building’s art installation space has turned into an archaeological excavation site - for modern art.


Talented artist and Portland resident Yoonhee Choi peels back the layers of art installations long since passed.


Like an archaeologist equipped with carving tools, Choi’s art installation, STRATAscape, involved excavating the walls of the art installation space. 


Intrigued by the hundreds of layers of paint and art under the surface of the walls, she cut into them to reveal the colorful, historical art strata concealed within.


Choi’s wordless, science-inspired homage to former installations may be inspired from her diverse academic background.  She received her Bachelor of Engineering in City Planning in Seoul, Korea, a Master of Architecture from Yale, and most recently studied at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. 


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


STRATAscape begins today!  Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series. 


Portland Building Installation Space

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC.

September 15, 2014

Arts Season in “Fall” Swing


Portland’s arts scene is in full swing as we head into Fall! 


This week, Nick attended some great arts events that highlight Portland’s thriving arts and culture community. 

T:BA Festival


Last night, Nick was pleased to join in the kick-off dinner for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s (PICA) Time-Based Arts (T:BA) Festival


Celebrating its twelfth year, the 10-day festival draws artists of all mediums from around the United States and the world.  Through September 21, enjoy eclectic, artistic energy throughout the city – in galleries, live performances, and more!


Check out PICA’s website for a schedule of events. 

Literary Arts


On Monday, Nick attended the 30th Anniversary of Literary Arts Celebration, with authors Calvin Trillin and Elizabeth Gilbert.


Formed in 1984, Literary Arts is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to those who love literature and the arts.  Offering the largest literary lecture series in the United States, as well as workshops, seminars and high school programs, Literary Arts provides literary inspiration to thousands in our community.


Visit Literary Arts’ website for more information. 

The Right Brain Initiative


Also on Monday, Nick celebrated with The Right Brain Initiative, as they kicked off a new school year and shared  great news linking the arts and student achievement.  


A program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Right Brain engages youth by integrating arts in school curriculums. 


New data demonstrates that students greatly benefit from Right Brain.  Their math and reading scores increase by at least 2.5 times more than the average annual rate of increase!  And, English Language Learners’ scores increase 10 times more than before learning with Right Brain

Right Brain reaches 20,000 students this year, at 59 K-8 schools in the greater Portland area.


Go on The Right Brain Initiative’s website to learn more.

A Matter of Time, The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie

Rebecca Jacobson in the Willamette Week

Art Invasion, The Time-Based Art Festival Achieves Liftoff

Alison Hallett in the Portland Mercury

September 12, 2014

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