Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.
Every year the Pearl District Neighborhood Association hosts its annual fundraiser and block party. This year on September 13th, we will be celebrating our 22nd Annual Block Party. This is our neighborhood association’s sole opportunity to raise funds to help keep our neighborhood looking great. The PDNA sponsors several programs such as dog waste stations, graffiti abatement and trash pick up and we continue to create more initiatives each year. In return we ask the residential buildings and businesses to support us by sponsoring our fundraiser. This is our only fundraiser of the year. It's a great chance for Pearlies to descend from their lofts and meet their neighbors over some wine and great food. It's also the local businesses’ opportunity to get in front of their local customers. For the price of a few food platters, restaurants can market in the way that works best - by taste. The PDNA is usually all about community and leaves promoting local businesses to the PDBA, but this is when we reach out for help, so we can fund all our other programs for the year. We will be closing down NW 13th between NW Irving and NW Hoyt from 5pm – 9pm on Friday September 13th. This truly is a fantastic event in which many restaurants around the neighborhood contribute by offering great eats at no charge and turn the street into a mini taste of the Pearl. We hope you can join us and learn more about the PDNA and all our initiatives as well as take an opportunity to enjoy live music, great food and drink while mingling with your neighbors. For more information please contact Yasmine Foroud, PDNA Fundraising Chair at Yasmine@realtytrust.com
The Portland Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, Portland Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event. PDX Jazz is dedicated to year around programming at various Portland venues including the monthly PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series and the popular PDX Jazz @ Jimmy Mak’s performances of nationally acclaimed artists. CLICK HERE for more information
Portland State University’s Geography Department is having a gathering on Monday, Feb. 10th , 4:30-6:30 p.m. to honor Dr. Tom Harvey. It will be at Smith Center on campus, Room 238/Browsing Lounge. (Smith Center faces the South Park Blocks and is about 1 block south from the Streetcar line’s Park Blocks stop). The celebration is open to all. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served and Caitlin’s preparing a backdrop Power Point with lots of Tom’s photos that will cycle through. One of the speakers is Tony Goddard, with whom Tom attended grad school at the U. of Minnesota. Tom and Tony then worked together at St. Paul (MN) City Planning. Tom was born to Martha (White) Harvey Chinnery and the late Andrew Frank Harvey Jr., on Sept. 13, 1951, in Tupelo, Miss. Tom graduated from Tupelo High School in 1969. He received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Antioch College in 1974, an M.S. in Geography from The Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He married Jean Ellen Spraker of Wilmington, Del., on July 27, 1974, in Cooperstown, N.Y. Tom was a professor of geography at Portland State University until his passing. His academic interests were in urban geography, urban planning, cultural landscape studies and the geography of North America.Previously, he worked as a city planner for the City of St. Paul, Minn., and for the Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society. In Portland, Tom was an active member of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association from 1995 and, most recently, served as a board member on the association's Design Review Committee. Tom is survived by his wife, Jean Spraker of Portland; daughter, Caitlin Harvey of Glen Allen, Va.; mother, Martha Chinnery of Sun City Center, Fla.; and brother, Andrew "Drew" Harvey of Portland. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in his honor to the Mississippi Main Street Association, 308 E. Pearl St., Suite 101, Jackson, MS 39201 or the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., Portland, OR 97210. Smith Memorial Student Union Browsing Lounge (Room 238) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland Feb 10, 4:30 p.m.