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Painting Portland

Portland’s collection of vibrant and eclectic art is part of what makes our city wonderful – and last week, we gained 16 great art murals!


Forest For The Trees NW is a public art mural project.  Last week, 20 talented local and international artists spent 5 days creating unique artworks all around Portland.   


Funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the array of stimulating, thematic expressions encourages collaboration and community engagement through art.  The main objective of the project is to make art an accessible and interactive part of daily life. 


Special thanks to all the artists, sponsors, and to Forest For The Trees NW for making our city even more colorful.


For a list of locations, visit Forest For The Trees NW’s website


Forest For The Trees NW brings mural arts from around the world to Portland

Beth Nakamura in The Oregonian

Photo courtesy of Beth Nakamura.

August 26, 2014

Critters at the Foster Floodplain Natural Area

Immerse yourself in Portland’s natural beauty and walk along the Foster Floodplain Natural Area trails.


Two years ago, the City completed restoration of the Foster Floodplain Natural Area in Southeast Portland.  The area used to suffer from frequent flooding, which affected dozens of homes and local businesses. The innovative restoration, which took more than 15 years to fully complete, has reduced flood risks, improved fish and wildlife habitat along Johnson Creek, and transformed a flood-prone neighborhood into a lovely natural area. 


The restoration was a resounding success, and is now a bustling home to some of Portland’s most beautiful, native wildlife.


Nestled among the grasses and shrubs are critters like blacktail deer, rabbits, and skunks.  Great for bird watching, check out the trees and skies for black-headed grosbeaks, hawks, and bald eagles! 


The Foster Floodplain Natural Area is open to the public.  Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.   


Photo courtesy of Greg Gillson.

August 25, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Today, Nick was proud to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - thanks to State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

In the process, he appeared to channel a little Howard Dean.  


Nick proceeded to challenge Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Metro Councilor Sam Chase, and Director of Environmental Services, Dean Marriott!

August 22, 2014

Jade Market

Street Markets are a great way to enjoy the warm, summer weather, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses.


This Saturday evening, bring your friends and family out to the Jade District Night Market!


Representing SE Portland’s cultural diversity, Jade Market offers an array of international and local food and craft vendors.  Free and fun for the whole family, enjoy an evening of global entertainment, including lion dancers, Chinese opera singers, Gypsy music, and much more!


The market is made possible through partnerships with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, the Portland Development Commission, along with community and local business partners. The night market is a pilot project for the Jade District with hopes to make it a staple in Portland’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood.


Portland has many interesting street markets and events during the warm 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 street markets and events throughout the city.


Jade District Night Market

August 23, 6 – 10 pm

Fubonn Shopping Center

2850 SE 82nd Ave.

August 22, 2014

Friday Roundup

Portland-based film "American Winter" gets Emmy nod

Joanne Zuhl in Street Roots News


Water Bureau wants to know how it handled Portland's boil water alert: Portland City Hall Roundup

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


New survey asks Portlanders about water boil notice

KOIN 6 News Staff


Our Opinion: Old Town/Chinatown needs bold action

The Portland Tribune Editorial Board


History's inside view

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Temporary art installation opens in Lents

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal

August 22, 2014

The Portland Water Bureau wants to hear from you!

We are fortunate to have some of the best drinking water in the world – minimally treated, straight from the Bull Run Watershed near Mt. Hood. The Portland Water Bureau works hard to keep that drinking water safe.


Bureau staff also want to improve how they communicate with our community, especially in the event of an emergency.  


In May, a citywide Drinking Water Advisory notified Portlanders to boil their drinking water because of possible contamination.  


How did you find out about a water advisory? Did you know how to make the water safe to drink? What could we do better next time? Please complete a short online survey and share your experience!


Thanks for taking the time to help us improve our services. Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more information.

August 21, 2014

Sunday Parkways

Enjoy a warm, sunny day with your friends and family at Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland.


While cruising along the route, stop by Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, and Ivon Parks.  Each park has an array of fun activities, food, music, exhibitions, and much more!


Sunday Parkways encourages healthy, active living through a series of free events that open the city’s largest public spaces – our streets – to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community.  Get active and meet your neighbors. 


Portlanders can enjoy Sunday Parkways one Sunday each month. The last one for this year is in September.  Learn more about the program, including a parkways schedule, on the Bureau of Transportation’s website.


Southeast Sunday Parkways

Sunday, August 24

11 am – 4 pm

August 20, 2014

Strengthening neighborhood connections through art

Yesterday, local non-profit ROSE CDC welcomed neighbors to SE 88th & Foster, to celebrate the grand opening of the Lents Grown Story Yard.


Designed by ROSE CDC and Propel Studio Architecture, the Story Yard is a beautiful, temporary art installation and community space that celebrates the vibrant diversity of outer SE Portland.


The corner lot on 88th & Foster, owned by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), had long been vacant. In an effort to breathe new life into the vacant lot and surrounding neighborhood, PDC issued grants to ROSE and Propel to create the Story Yard. The installation strengthens neighborhood connections through artwork that represents what makes Lents so great – its people.    


Portland photographer, Dawn DeAno, photographed local small business owners and farmers market vendors. The photos are showcased throughout the venue. 


A grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) allowed neighborhood youth to get involved in the process.  They interviewed people who were photographed, and made a video about the project. RACC’s grant was possible thanks to the Arts Education & Access Fund, which was passed by Portland voters in 2012.


Check out Lents Grown Story Yard!  The installation will stay up through 2015.


Interested in holding a community event in the Story Yard? Contact ROSE CDC for more information.


Lents Grown Story Yard

8801 SE Foster Rd.


Temporary art installation opens in Lents

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal

August 19, 2014

Business Spotlight: Bridgetown Natural Foods and ADX Portland

Last Friday, Nick met with some of Portland’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business owners.


He started his day at Bridgetown Natural Foods in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood. He enjoyed touring the facility with owner and CEO, Dan Klock.


Under Dan’s leadership, Bridgetown has grown to over 200 employees.  Most are locals, hired right in Bridgetown’s neighborhood.


Bridgetown earned a prestigious B-Corp Certification earlier this year from non-profit B Lab. B Lab recognizes companies that meet high standards of transparency, accountability, sustainability, and performance – all with an aim to be of value to the community.


Later in the afternoon, Nick headed to ADX Portland in the Central Eastside. He joined its founder, Kelley Roy, for lunch.


ADX focuses on one of Portland’s core values: collaboration. By providing a hub – a shared space of resources and knowledge – Kelley and her team have built a great community of small manufacturers and designers. Many have even gone on to develop their own businesses. 


Bridgetown and ADX are perfect examples of great Portland companies – they support our economy, create jobs, and help our community thrive.

August 18, 2014

Pittock Mansion Turns 100


Last night, Nick was pleased to join Executive Director Marta Bones, former Royal Rosarian Prime Minister Gayle Whitehurst, and community members to celebrate the 100th birthday of Pittock Mansion.


High on the west hills, the mansion was built in 1914 for Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his family. Henry’s wife Georgiana was a founding member of the Portland Rose Festival, which just celebrated its 107th year.


50 years ago, Portlanders rallied to save Pittock Mansion, which had fallen into disrepair. Pittock is now owned and enjoyed by the public. Portland Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Pittock Mansion Society, maintains the home and its grounds.

In 2012, the City committed more than $500,000 in System Development Charge funds to help renovate the historic structure. Thanks to Marta Bones’s leadership, and additional funding from the Pittock Mansion Society and private funders, the iconic terraces around the building are now in shape to welcome visitors for the next 100 years.

Nick was proud to sit on Pittock’s Centennial Council, working with other community leaders to ensure a celebration worthy of Portland’s best-known home.


Learn more about Pittock Mansion, and plan your next visit, by visiting their website.

August 15, 2014

Friday Roundup

August 15, 2014

Oregon's Painted History

Talented local artist Anna Magruder brings vivid, historic surrealist paintings to life in her series, Oregon’s Painted History.


Inspired by Oregon’s rich, diverse history, Magruder’s art emphasizes the courage and resilience of Oregonians long since passed. The exhibition also comes with an array of short essays, explaining the historical background and meaning behind each artwork. 


Magruder’s exhibition is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Project Grants, which provides financial support to non-profits and individual artists throughout the tri-county region.


Oregon’s Painted History will be up in the Architectural Heritage Center until September 20th.  Check out RACC’s website for more information.


Architectural Heritage Center

701 SE Grand Ave.

Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.

August 14, 2014

Portland welcomes new arts leaders


Last night, Nick enjoyed a magical evening at the Portland Japanese Garden with Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA), and Portland's newest arts leaders.


Our economy depends on a strong arts and culture community, and BCA has been connecting business with the arts for nearly 30 years. The arts build community, improve our quality of life, enrich education, and inspire and challenge us.


We continue to attract the best and brightest arts leaders from across the globe, including New York, Japan, Tennesee, and home-grown here in Portland. Nick was proud to welcome new leaders from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Young Audiences, Fear No Music, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and more!


Learn more about BCA online, and check out their arts calendars to find your next event.

August 13, 2014

Your Sustainable City

On Saturday, join Southwest Portland neighbors at Multnomah Village’s annual Multnomah Days.


This fun-filled occasion includes a parade, live music, delicious foods, and over 100 vendors of arts and crafts.

Stop by the Portland Water Bureau’s table to learn more about our “Your Sustainable City” efforts, including water conversation, stormwater management, recycling, green building, and much more! Your Sustainable City is a joint effort among City bureaus to provide you and your family with information about the City’s many sustainability-focused programs.  


Multnomah Days

August 16, 9 am – 5 pm

SW 35th Ave and Capitol Hwy

August 12, 2014

Grow green grass

The hot sun is here to stay for a while. Get creative and irrigate your lawn to save water – and money.


Water consumption is at the highest during the sunny, summer months. Avoid using too much water (and spending extra cash) on your lawn with these simple irrigation tips from the Portland Water Bureau:

  • Prep your lawn with organic compost.  Healthy soils require less water.
  • Group plants together that have similar irrigation needs.
  • Water in the late evening or early morning, when it isn’t as hot.
  • Use a water gauge, or even a tuna fish can, to ensure you don’t over-water your lawn - one inch per week is generally enough.   

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more helpful information about taking care of your lawn. 

August 11, 2014

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