Posted By johntarantino1 on October 20, 2010
1210 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
City Bible Church will be having a HUGE party that everyone is invited to. There will be games, inflatables, lots of food for sale and of course…FREE candy. So dress up your kids or simply come as you are, and join us for a great evening of fun in a safe environment.
Visit www.citybiblechurch.org for more info
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. OMSI Auditorium 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland OR 97202 FREE Community Conference Presented by The City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program and Friendly Streets, a non-profit organization This is a free 2.5-hour conference limited to the first 200 who pre-register. (Please pre-register no later than May 10th). Free light meal and dessert will be provided. We are seeking sponsorship from businesses and municipalities who are invited to send individuals or groups of participants. Graffiti vandalism can be harmful to the public’s perception of affected areas, and is expensive to eradicate. Graffiti that is left unattended impacts neighborhood livability, influences the economy of businesses, and can affect the sense of security for the entire community. The focus of this community event is a comprehensive look at graffiti culture, including preventative measures that are being used in a number of communities, how law enforcement is working in collaboration with other agencies to arrest and prosecute vandals, and how to establish and sustain abatement efforts while being fiscally responsible to budget considerations. Keynote: Constable Valerie Spicer – Vancouver BC Police Dept., M.A. (Art History), M.A. (Criminology), Ph.D. Candidate (Criminology) Richard Toscan, Dean Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University (School of the Arts) Award Recognition Paul Watts, Graffiti Removal Services – Demonstration and free removal kits Other presentations throughout this event will support the information that Constable Spicer will be sharing. *Attendees who wish to become abatement volunteers can sign up at this event, and will be given a free kit of removal supplies to take home, courtesy of Friendly Streets and the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. To register, please call Portland Graffiti Abatement Coordinator, Dennis LoGiudice, 503-823-9666, Graffiti Abatement Program Assistant, Victor Salinas, 503-823-3093, or email your contact information to email@example.com.
David August has been a Pearl District resident since 1997. He had a dental practice in York, PA for 30 years until he and his wife retired here. They fell in love with Portland on a 1994 summer vacation to Oregon. Back in Pennsylvania they made an 18 month plan to retire to Portland. They returned to check it out in the January 1996 rains, which didn't faze them. "It was dumb luck that we landed in the Pearl," said August one recent lunchtime. He had been at a conference in Seattle and his son came up from San Francisco to meet him in Portland. From an apartment magazine they picked out the Honeyman Hardware Lofts (NW 9th Ave. and Hoyt, above Caffe Allora). "I liked the feel of the area, it was more industrial. There were autoshops, bearing shops, some art galleries - at night it was pretty quiet." At heart he and his wife were always city people: New York, Boston, Philadelphia. At the time there were only 400 people living in the Pearl (compared to circa 6,000 today.) Lovejoy Street was still a viaduct from 15th Avenue to the Broadway Bridge. They now live in the North Park Lofts at NW Everett and 8th Ave. August spends his time at the gym, playing golf and hanging out with Pearl District friends, as well as with his grown children and grandchildren. When they moved to Portland they knew noone here. "I liked that when you walked through the neighborhood you always met someone you knew. There were limited services, but the interaction among people was very good." We are seated inside Starbucks at NW 11th and Lovejoy. The sidewalks are lined with realtors, dentist and optometrist offices, banks and boutiques. They are busy with families and tourists buzzing to and fro. "My wife and I joke that there's the Pearl, where we live, and then Suburban Pearl, which is everything north of Lovejoy. That's not a value judgment," he says with an "It-is-what-it-is" shrug. The evolution of the Pearl was planned, and he had a front row seat. The Pearl District Neighborhood Association was recognized in 1992. There were around 16 people in it when August got involved, including developers such as Homer Williams, John Carroll and Al Solheim. "We could meet for free in a room on the west side of NW11th between Hoyt and Irving. There was no heat and there was a bulb you turned on with a pull chain. There was a great sense that everyone was willing to pitch in. We all knew the Pearl was going to turn out to be a great place." The three main committees were Livability, Communications and Planning, Transportation and Design Review. August eventually became President of the PDNA. The group accepted that, as blocks were in-filled with ten- and twenty-story buildings, some people would lose their views but it was part and parcel of preserving farmland outside the Urban Growth Boundary. "There was no Streetcar then. We had some good special projects: Wally and Judy Gibson ran the Pearl Party, which was our biggest fundraiser, and Dan Dehen helped with the tree planting program." They persuaded local business owners to pay for the planting of hundreds of new trees, especially from Hoyt to Couch and between 9th and 13th Avenues. "There are still big fights between the 'tree hawks' and property owners who decide to give a tree a haircut without a permit," he said with a laugh. Through the Pearl Development Plan they pushed for affordable housing. "And parks, like Tanner Springs and The Fields. People need green spaces." August considers the Pearl about 70 per cent developed. "The remaining 30 per cent will probably look more like what's around here," he says, looking north to the Fremont Bridge. "There's not much tearing down left. It'll be new building." When he tells friends from out of town about where he and his wife retired to, he tells them, "It exceeded expectations. We picked the right city and the right neighborhood. I'm always glad to come home." Look for an interview with another long-term Pearl resident in next month's newsletter. Joseph Gallivan Edited January 14, 2013 with David August's corrections
@ Ecotrust. 721 NW Ninth Ave. FREE. Thursdays in July from 5–9PM [map] Please join us for a weekly series of outdoor concerts and connect with the programs and projects of Ecotrust. Arrive by bike or public transportation, listen to local music, and enjoy the company of your neighbor. Check out the Eco Trust website for details. JULY 1 Featuring Ecotrust's Spencer Beebe on Reliable Prosperity Stolen Sweets with Pete Krebs Trio JULY 8 Featuring Ecotrust's Knowledge System Program Jackstraw with Garett Brennan and Jon Neufeld JULY 15 Featuring Ecotrust's Food & Farms Program The New Iberians with Loveness Wesa and the Bantus JULY 22 Featuring Ecotrust's Forestry & Fisheries Programs TapWater with The Pagan Jug Band JULY 29 Featuring Guest Host: Wild Salmon Center Climber with The Greater Midwest For more information, or sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact: Christine Caurant, Sales & Marketing Manager, Events ccaurant AT ecotrust DOT org To volunteer, please contact: Stacy Holtmann, sholtmann AT ecotrust DOT org