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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Weekend Roundup: Susan Emmons Proclamation and Mr. Khizr Khan visits Oregon

On Saturday, Nick attended a retirement celebration for his dear friend and colleague Susan Emmons. The event was held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Susan has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Pilot Project since 1987. It is a mission-driven, local non-profit that helps older adults secure affordable homes and connect with critical services.

Nick read a proclamation honoring Susan’s 31 years of service, leadership and effective advocacy for affordable housing in our community.

On Sunday evening, Nick was honored to join Senator Ron Wyden, Wajdi Said and local faith and community leaders to welcome Mr. Khizr Khan to Oregon. The event was hosted by the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard.

Mr. Khan is a Gold Star father and Muslim- American. His son, Captain Humayun Khan, gave his life to defend this nation. Mr. Khan shared his thoughts on patriotism, dignity, and reconciliation.

Nick introduced Mr. Khan and Senator Wyden. He thanked Mr. Khan for giving America an important civics lesson—and told him he and his family would always be welcome in “our Oregon.”

Mr. Khan, joined by elected officials, later handed out pocket-sized Constitutions to youth leaders of MET.

Stay tuned for Nick’s next weekend roundup.

Susan Emmons Friends and family celebrate Susan 
 Wajdi Said, Mr. Khizr Khan, and Nick  Elected officials hand out U.S. Constitution
 Nick thanks Mr. Khan for giving America a civics lesson Nick with a future office-holder!
Q & A with Mr. Khan  Group photo


The Weekly Catch

An interview with Anna Preble on Portland’s All-User restrooms



Meet the latest celebrated Japanese ramen shop to open in Portland

Samantha Bakall in The Oregonian


A Large Explosion Leveled a Building in NW Portland This Morning—No Serious Injuries Reported

Dirk VanderHart and Doug Brown in the Portland Mercury


'I don't see myself as a hero': Portland firefighter recovering from NW Portland explosion

Samantha Matsumoto in The Oregonian


How to help Portland explosion victims

KGW News Staff


Johnson Creek has a PCB problem

Paul Koberstein in the Portland Tribune


ArtsWatch Weekly: 82nd Avenue frontier, Goosebumps & BloodyVox, Met Opera futures, black girls’ rhythm games, Israeli dance

Bob Hicks from Oregon Artswatch


Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: With Mr. Khizr Khan Attorney at Law and Muslim-American Gold Star Father

MET Community and Educational Center


Susan Emmons Day Proclamation

Nick attends AARP Livable Communities Conference in Chicago

This week, Nick traveled to Chicago to speak at the AARP Livable Communities National Conference.

This was Nick’s first visit to the Windy City. On Tuesday, he visited the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. And, he took an Architectural Boat Tour along the Chicago River, with conference attendees.

On Wednesday, Nick help lead two panels on key issues affecting older adults.

The first session was titled, “Candidate and Voter Engagement: A primer on how to raise the bar and issues”. Nick and Bandana Shrestha of AARP Oregon discussed how to engage the public and candidates on issues and concerns of older adults.

The second session was called “In The Beginning: Portland and New York…Past, Present and Future.” It focused on Portland’s Age-Friendly agenda. Nick was joined by Jerry Cohen, State Director of AARP Oregon, as well as colleagues from New York.

Thanks to AARP Oregon for the invitation to attend the conference. They are great community partners that are helping us make Portland a more livable community for people of all ages and abilities.

Check out photos below of Nick’s Chicago trip!

 Nick with friends from AARP Oregon and Springfield Oregon  Sunset view from the Drake Hotel
 The Art Institute of Chicago Random Fish Art 
 Millennium Park  Sunset
 Chicago at night Conference session 

Elders in Action: Fall "Pop-Up" Event

On October 21st, join Elders in Action (EIA) for a Fall Pop-Up event at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Northeast Portland.

EIA is a local nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant community of elders who are active in civic engagement.  

Attendees get to enjoy pizza, beer, raffle prizes and listen to guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to learn about current programs provided by EIA.

Check out EIA’s Facebook event page to learn about this and other great events.

Fall Pop-Up Event – Beer, Pizza, and Fun

Friday, October 21 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Lagunitas Community Room

(237 NW Broadway St.)

Free Event

Annexation & Assimilation: Exploring the Archive East of 82 Ave.

On October 21st, join the Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC) to explore 100 years of shifting demographics among communities living near SE 82nd Ave.

Sabina Zeba Haque, the master mind behind the multi-media art exhibit, collaborated with PARC staff to understand the evolution of the neighborhood’s identity, and ways Portland can preserve its past while fostering a more inclusive civic identity.

The exhibit will present archival documents, video animation, oral histories, and a live theater collaboration from Tamara Lynn and Harrison Park School. Food and wine will be provided.

The exhibit is the second in a series of public art residences funded by the City of Portland Percent for Art Program, which is administered by Regional Arts & Culture Council.

For more information, check out the event’s page of Facebook.

Annexation & Assimilation: Exploring the Archive East of 82 Ave.

Friday, October 21 at 6PM – 9PM

Jade/APANO Multicultural Space

(8114 SE Division St.)

Free Event