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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

A New Chapter for our Public Utilities

This morning, we celebrated two important milestones for our public utilities.


First, the Portland Utility Review Board (PURB) issued its final annual report to City Council. The PURB served Portland ratepayers for more than 20 years, advising Council on water, sewer, and stormwater services. Nick would like to thank PURB members – past and present – for their service to our community.


Second, Nick was proud to join his Council colleagues in approving the inaugural nine members of our new Portland Utility Board (PUB), a year-round citizen committee replacing the PURB and our Budget Advisory Committees. The PUB follows a recommendation from our 2014 Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired by Dwight Holton. It's an impressive group, and fulfills a promise Nick made to ratepayers to strengthen accountability and oversight of our bureaus.


Nick has had the honor of serving as Commissioner in charge of the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau for the past two years. We are making great progress, including hiring new leaders for both bureaus, issuing our first-ever watershed health report cards, welcoming salmon back to Crystal Springs, adding a second full-time Ranger in the Bull Run Watershed, developing a new Surplus Property Disposal Policy, and much more.


In the year ahead, we look forward to working with the dedicated employees in our bureaus, the PUB, Council colleagues, the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon, and our community partners to continue delivering high quality water, sewer, stormwater, and watershed services to families across Portland.


Portland Utility Board Member Bios

Portland Utility Broad Press Release
August 2015


"Protecting Our Common Home"

Nick Fish in the Portland Tribune

August 19, 2015

Spomenik & Brakpan

Local photography gallery, Blue Sky, is hosting two alluring photographic exhibitions called Spomenik and Brakpan.  


Spomenik is by Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers. For three years, Kempenaers traversed the former Yugoslavia in search of World War II spomeniks (“monuments” in Serbo-Croatian). Many of the monuments were destroyed by the former government. Those that remain have fallen into despair, and Kempenaers captured them beautifully during his archaeological, photographic journey. 


Brakpan is a black and white exhibition by South African photographer Marc Shoul. He takes viewers to Brakpan, a small mining town just outside of the South African capital, Johannesburg. Shoul presents an intimate portrayal of town’s transition from prosperity to economic hardship. 


Blue Sky is partially funded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) General Operating Support program. RACC provides grants to local non-profits, artists, and schools.


Both exhibits run through August 30. Check out RACC’s website for more information. 


Blue Sky

122 N.W. Eighth Ave.

Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Photo courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

August 18, 2015

Kassamira's Blog #2

I have a new-found respect for bicyclists in the city of Portland. This past weekend, I experienced the city through a cyclist’s perspective for the first time. It was a great learning experience, not only as a frequent driver, but also as a potential cyclist myself. I learned the basic rules of the road as well as how difficult it is to bike uphill on Broadway Street when none of the traffic lights are in your favor.


I did not travel the 20 mile journey alone. In fact, I accompanied the Commissioner to the annual Cycle Oregon Policymakers Bike Ride. Around 100 other policymakers attended the event, including former mayor Bud Clark and current mayor Charlie Hales. I enjoyed the purposeful mission behind the bike ride. Policymakers often work on projects directly affecting different parts of the city, and don’t always get to see the finished product in person. This bike ride bridged that gap between the community and the office.


One of the most unexpected and most rewarding parts of the entire event was the one-on-one conversations that I had with different policymakers. I learned a lot about each person’s specific role in a project. It was cool to see all of the various moving parts come together for such a great event like this!

August 17, 2015

The Weekly Catch

August 14, 2015

Jade Night Market

Grab your friends and family and venture out to Southeast Portland for the 2nd annual Jade International Night Market!


The market is hosted by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and the Jade District. It celebrates the cultural diversity of the Jade District, and helps build community pride and engagement. 


The Jade District is centered around 82nd Avenue and Division Street. It’s a fusion of local business associations and neighborhood associations that encourage socio-economic growth in the neighborhood.


The market will feature over 80 vendors representing the diverse cultures of the neighborhood. Enjoy incredible multi-cultural performances and delicious ethnic cuisine. Check out the mini farmer’s market, and explore unique booths.


The Portland Water Bureau will also be at the market, providing pristine Bull Run water for thirsty market-goers. 


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


Jade International Night Market 2015

Saturday, August 15 and 22

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

2305 SE 82nd Ave.

August 13, 2015

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