Posted By Kate Washington on April 8, 2013
We have a location for our annual Meet the Board event! Many thanks to Riffle NW for graciously hosting us and all our neighbors.
This year’s Meet the Board event details are as follows:
Thursday, April 25th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
333 NW 13th Ave
Join us for an evening to hear what the committees are working on and to mingle with your friends and neighbors.
Please download the flyer to share with your building, your workplace and your neighbors.
Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.
ZCC is holding a Dance Party on Sunday, April 7, from 4-6 pm – and you are invited! This is a benefit for ZCC, and will include the best of 80s music spun by a DJ in the neighborhood and emceed by Patrick Clark, familiar to many of you. Tickets are $25 per family; contact email@example.com for more information. The Dance Party will include a silent auction, with all sorts of packages – cases of wine, gift cards to restaurants, a year of homemade pies baked just for you, even a pair of socks hand knit to feet your feet. We are still seeking donations, please let firstname.lastname@example.org know what you can contribute. Space is limited at the event, so buy your ticket soon The Bunny Hop, sponsored by Pearl District Business Association, is coming up on Saturday, March 30, from 12 noon until 3 pm. For details, check out the PDBA website at explorethepearl.com. ZCC will host afternoon crafts and play during that time – come down to say hello. A.S.A.P. -- our After School Program -- began on February 4 and participation has been strong. Our After School Program is affordable, and also benefits from the partners we have developed in the community, including Free Arts Northwest, Volunteer Grandparents, Northwest Children’s Theater, and Engineering with Kids. We are ensuring that this is accessible to all children, ages 4-7. Contact Melissa at email@example.com for more information. Our garden spaces beautify the Pearl District, and we are lucky to have two. The Northwest Community Garden is under the 405, at NW 15th and Johnson, and thanks to Hoyt Property, we are moving Isobel’s Garden to its new space at the corner of NW 14th and Raleigh (just across the street from the Ramona). Keen Footwear has been instrumental in moving raised beds from our former space at 10th and Overton. Look for announcements on Facebook about openings for the garden spaces. Write Around Portland began a free series for Ramona and Sitka residents on Feb. 12. Thanks to Mamie Stafford for organizing this. Look for their sharing stories on May 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Goose Hollow. We make our space available for private parties. It's especially good for birthdays for younger children. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to make this happen. ZCC continues to grow and strengthen, in no small part thanks to the generosity of local businesses. We are pleased to announce the election of three new Board members: Michele Hunt of Albina Community Bank, Emily Vedaa of Keen Footwear, and Jen Keesey of A Little Bird LLC. We invite you to be part of this exciting, evolving, and energizing organization, simply contact Kris Moore to learn more.
Joan Pendergast is a former chair of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association and is one of the forces keeping our community livable and vibrant. Joan grew up in Skokie IL, then lived in Indiana, then Longview WA, where she was a pharmacist. She retired and came to the Pearl, moving to the Irving Street Lofts in 1999 when it was one of the first two commercial buildings to be renovated for residential. She now lives with her sister Joyce in the Irving, their mother having died last year just nine days short of her 104th birthday. Joan calls herself a "professional volunteer." She has for many years worked with the Zimmerman Community Center and volunteers at the Pearl Rotary, and First Emanuel Church on NW 18th Ave and Irving. She and Joyce spend a lot of time knitting infant hats which are sold in local boutiques for charity. Right now she is hard at work helping plan the PDNA's only fundraiser, the 22nd annual Pearl Party on Sept 13th, 2013. "I moved here six months after my twin sister Joan moved here with our mother in 1999. I bought the loft next door and built an archway between them to connect them. One was 1,450 square feet the other was 860. We all lived together. The building has always had lots of businesses in it, lawyers, photographers, a recording studio, and I really like that. I've seen lots of restaurants come and go, but one of my favorites was Little Wing on 13th Ave. Some things have changed a lot - where REI is was just concrete walls and a parking lot - but the people are not too different. There were less of them, people and dogs. There was less retail and you didn't find tourists on the corner with maps. But I like them, I always ask if I can help. We called the building opposite us the Rag Factory, because their windows were packed with the rags they supplied, but it's really the Crane Building. If I have nothing to do you'll find me at home, knitting. We have a knitting group at Isobel's Clubhouse on Wednesdays, and a couple of gals bring watercolors, so we call it Creative Outlet. I'm especially glad they built a grocery store. The Safeway is just three blocks away, I use my little grocery cart. It used to be less convenient. Where Cucina Verde is, that used to be Holden's and they sold bread and milk. After my mother died we sold our car. All the services we need are in the Pearl, and if not there are taxis. I imagine I've met people of all ages, interests and economic strata, the Pearl is so diverse. I've met so many wonderful people through the neighborhood association. And I have discovered two women who went to same high school as me, Niles Township HS in Skokie, one through my book club and one through my bridge club. I just love the Pearl, it's like living in small village. My next move is going to be in clay jar or a pine box." Creative Outlet is at Isobel's Clubhouse in the Ramona, from noon to 2 pm on Wednesdays, free with donation to Zimmerman Community Center. 542 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, (503) 224 4636
The Luna Foundation will be hosting their Second Annual WhiskeyFest NorthWest May 9 and 10, 2014 at NW 11th Avenue and NW Overton Street in the Pearl. This event will once again bring together the community while raising funds and awareness for beneficiary, Oregon Active Foundation, a Portland nonprofit dedicated to providing 'Adventure Therapy' for people in the community with disabilities and other life challenging conditions. Expanding to two days, this highly anticipated event truly celebrates the cultures of whiskey and will include attractions such as renowned distillers sampling over 120 whiskeys and scotches, educational seminars with expert Stewart Ramsey, a wide array of vendors, cocktail competitions, craft beer, a mechanical bull, a VIP speakeasy, and a Prohibition cigar lounge. Live performances will be showcased on two stages, featuring Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Poor Old Shine, the Stone Foxes, Roberta Donnay, Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners, Vaudeville entertainment, and more to be announced! Whiskey-inspired provisions by Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok/Whiskey Soda Lounge, Vitali Paley’s Imperial/Penny Dinner, Pacific Seafood, Smokehouse 21, Solstice Pizza and Brix Tavern will also be available for purchase in addition to specialty craft cocktails created and served by the talented mixologists of Raven & Rose, Imperial and Swank & Swine. Festival hours will be Friday, May 9 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, May 10 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. general admission tickets go on sale Monday, March 10th. For more information, please visit www.whiskeyfestnw.com