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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 art.


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

Montavilla Jazz Festival

Interested in listening to jazz and supporting music education in East Portland?


Join your neighbors and music lovers alike at the Montavilla Neighborhood Association’s second annual Montavilla Jazz Festival this weekend.


The festival will feature some of Portland’s best originally composed jazz music by local artists. 2015 Headliner Darrell Grant will debut his unique new work, “All 4 Naught.”


Portland Mercado’s Mixteca Catering and The Wine Nomad will provide delicious on-site food and drinks, with performances by local student musicians.


A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to 4 Montavilla schools to help fund music education programs. 


Check out the Montavilla Jazz Festival’s website to learn more and to see a full schedule.


Montavilla Jazz Festival

August 15-16, 2015

Cost: sliding scale

Portland Metro Arts
9003 SE Stark Street


Photo courtesy of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association.

August 12, 2015

Kassamira's First Blog

I initially found it hard to believe that August is one of the slowest months of the year for the Commissioner’s office given that my first week was filled with office training, meetings, and handshakes. I think I met almost everyone in the building from Mayor Hales’ office to the Happy Cup Coffee staff. I learned to answer calls, sort mail, and get a sense of what actually goes on behind the large glass doors of City Hall.


One of the best parts of the job is getting to know the awesome staff. I learned very quickly that by unanimous vote, Aja Blair, the Commissioner’s scheduler and office manager, takes the crown for office favorite. Upon meeting him, I completely agree! His bubbly and unabashed personality keeps everyone in the office in high spirits.


Asena, the Constituent Services Specialist, has been awesome too! She has taught me everything I need to know about how to keep the office running smoothly and handling concerns from constituents. We also bond over our passion for social justice and being heavily involved in minority communities.


As far as work goes, I am beginning to scratch the surface of what it means to conduct policy research. Once I get the hang of things, I’ll be able to share my experiences. Overall, it has been a great first week! I’m thankful to be able to work in this office and excited to see what the rest of the month has in store for me!

August 12, 2015

Multnomah Days

The Multnomah Village Business Association invites you to join them this Saturday for the 2015 Multnomah Days Parade and street fair!


Multnomah Days are free and fun for the whole family. The parade showcases Portland’s diverse and eclectic culture. It’s followed by a wonderful fair, filled with tasty treats and lots of local vendors. 


Street fairs are a great way to enjoy the warm, sunny weather, meet your neighbors, and support local small businesses.


Portland has great parades, street fairs, and events during the summer months. Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, an organization dedicated to growing Portland’s unique neighborhood business districts. “Venture Out” this summer and check out upcoming summer street fairs and events.


Multnomah Days

SW 35th Ave and Capitol Hwy

Saturday, August 15, 10 am – 10 pm

August 11, 2015

The Weekly Catch

August 7, 2015

No Boundaries

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is hosting an incredible exhibition called No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting.


The exhibit is part of a national tour that includes over 75 paintings by 9 Indigenous Australian artists. Their stunning, expressive artwork was inspired by their ancient cultural traditions.


The artists created their art in a unique frontier where both Indigenous and Western cultures met. No Boundaries serves as is a great reminder that contemporary art comes from all over the world.  


PICA is partially funded by the Regional Art & Culture Council’s (RACC) General Operating Support program. RACC provides grants to artists, local non-profits, schools, and universities. It enriches our community by supporting innovative arts and wonderful expressions of culture. 


No Boundaries runs through August 16 in the Mason Erhman Building Annex in Chinatown. Check out RACC’s website for more information.


Mason Erhman Building Annex

467 NW Davis St.

Thursday – Friday, 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm


Photo courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

August 6, 2015

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