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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

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Help protect and preserve our natural areas

Portland Parks & Recreation will host two work parties July 10 - at Powell Butte Nature Park and at the Ross Island Natural Area

July 9, 2010

Last year Portland ranked #2 in volunteering nationwide - all together, we gave $1.6 billion worth of our time. 

This spirit of service is especially important to Portland Parks & Recreation - 25% of Parks labor is done by volunteers, and the bureau estimates that it benefits from $5 million worth of volunteer time and effort each year.

Tomorrow, Parks is hosting two work parties to restore important natural areas in South and Southeast Portland. At Ross Island beginning at 8:30, and at Powell Butte Nature Park beginning at 9:00, you're invited to pull ivy, remove invasive species, and help us protect these beautiful parks properties.

Registration is required for the Ross Island event - call (503) 823-7016 or email Marissa Dorais at marissa.dorais@portlandoregon.gov to sign up.

Pictured above: Powell Butte Nature Area

Parks announces agreement with Ethos, Inc., to manage IFCC

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center will be managed by Ethos, Inc., the Parks bureau announced today

 July 9, 2010

Earlier today, Portland Parks & Recreation announced an agreement with non-profit arts organization Ethos, Inc., to occupy and manage the historic Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) on North Interstate Avenue.

The contract formalizing the agreement will come to Council next Wednesday, July 14. Said Nick, "this is an excellent fit for the IFCC and for the residents of north and northeast Portland. Ethos has a long history of fostering multi-ethnic, multi-cultural programs, education, and performances, which is exactly what we hoped to be able to continue at IFCC."

Ethos will work with community partners to incorporate a broad variety of arts programming into IFCC's calendar and to establish community panels to help steer program selection.

Congratulations to award-winning Portland Parks Foundation

Portland Parks Foundation is the only recipient of the Innovation Award West of the Mississippi. Congratulations!

July 10, 2010 

Share Our Strength, a national organization bringing together a network of community groups, activists, and food programs to connect children facing hunger with healthy, nutritious food, announced Thursday that Portland Parks Foundation is a winner of its No Kid Hungry Innovation Award. The Foundation is also the only recipient West of the Mississippi.

The award comes with $12,500 to help support Portland Parks & Recreation summer playground sites, which feature free lunches and healthy activities for kids across Portland.

Almost one-quarter of American children face hunger, and often they don't access existing nutrition programs. The No Kid Hungry Innovation Awards recognize organizations creatively overcoming barriers and bringing healthy food to kids.

Says Foundation Executive Director Maura White, "Reaching out to children in neighborhoods where resources are scarce with healthy activity, healthy food and hope is what the summer playground program is all about. Being selected by Share Our Strength to receive this grant provides the tools for us to reach children who wouldn't normally find their way to a lunch site."

The summer playground program is one of many free summer activities, including movies, concerts, and recreation opportunities, offered by Parks as part of the Summer Free for All.

Congratulations to the Foundation! Visit portlandparksfoundation.org for more on the important contributions the Foundation makes to our parks system.

Local seniors connect to Hollywood Farmers Market

Elders in Action, AARP, the Hands on Boomer Initiative, the Hollywood Senior Center, and Commissioner Fish hosted an event to help local seniors experience the Hollywood Farmers Market

July 12, 2010

Oregon consistently ranks in the top five in hunger nationally, and more Oregonians than ever before are struggling to find enough to eat. From providing fresh, healthy food at our community centers and expanding our Community Garden program to supporting local farmers markets and spotlighting outstanding non-profits working to end hunger in our community, Nick is working hard to help bring healthy food to the Portlanders who need it most.

Seniors are among those hardest hit by hunger, and barriers like transportation and cost can make it difficult to access healthy food options like farmers markets. This past weekend, the Hollywood Senior Center, Elders in Action, the Hands on Boomer Initiative, and AARP helped some our local seniors connect to the Hollywood Farmers Market in a variety of ways. Nick was excited be a part of the exciting and important event, where volunteers helped seniors shop, shopped for folks who weren't able to be there, and helped pack free food boxes for some of our most vulnerable seniors.

"Uncertain Times" opens at the Pittock Mansion

Portland's Pittock Mansion will host "Uncertain Times: Contemporary Art Views on the Fate of the Newspaper" beginning this Saturday, July 17

July 13, 2010

Story by Sarah Wigginton and Sonia Schmanski

This Friday, July 16, Nick will attend the opening reception of an exciting new exhibit at Portland's historic Pittock Mansion. Uncertain Times: Contemporary Art Views on the Fate of the Newspaper captures the challenges today's newspapers face as other news sources erode print media's traditional consumer base.

Henry Pittock, the mansion's original resident, became the owner of The Oregonian in 1860 and molded it into a thriving publication that served as the Northwest region's primary news source. Henry was responsible for shaping The Oregonian into the newspaper we know today.

Friday's opening reception, featuring art, blues, light refreshments, and summer views from the mansion, begins at 6:00 pm and is free. The exhibit runs until November 14 and regular admission rates apply. For more information visit the Pittock Mansion website or call (503) 823-3623.

Thanks to flickr user edelmans for the photo of Pittock Mansion