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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

Apple Jam brings the party to Washington Park

Commissioner Amanda Fritz joined Nick for Apple Jam night - a celebration of Beatles tracks - at the Washington Park Summer Festival.

August 12, 2010

Commissioner Fritz joined Nick last night for the Apple Jam concert at Washington Park," an "uproarious and tuneful trip down memory lane." The Seattle-based band showcases songs the Beatles composed in the early sixties but never recorded, offering a masterfully recreated Beatles sound with a contemporary feel. Apple Jam recently headlined Beatle Week 2009 in Liverpool, performing for close to 300,000 people.

The Washington Park Summer Festival runs through this Saturday. Tonight's show features Loveness Wesa, whose Afro-pop style bridges the past and the present of Southern African music, the Kgotso African Dance group, and the Bantus Band. Tomorrow, the Do Jump! acrobats offer a unique blend of physical theater, dance, acrobatics, and live music from Klezmocracy. The Festival closes Saturday night with Felicidades, a closing night tradition of rousing salsa and calypso.

Record crowds have turned out this season - we hope you'll be able to join us for one of these final shows!

Thanks to Parks' Kyle Moredock for the great action shot!

Sunday Parkways visits Southeast this weekend

Nick will take part in the August 15 Sunday Parkways, which traces a 6-mile route around Southeast Portland

August 13, 2010

This Sunday, the fourth of five Sunday Parkways events will take riders on a 6-mile route through Southeast Portland. The route has two loops, connecting Laurelhurst, Coloner Summers, and Sunnyside Parks, plus the Hawthorne Street Fair. Parks along the route will host music, food, and other fun activities.

But you needn't be a bike rider to take advantage of all the fun things going on as part of Sunday Parkways events! This Sunday, for example, at least a handful of food vendors will be stationed at each park along the route, close to 100 organizations will have games, informational booths, and giveaways, and there are a variety of music groups planned for each site.

If you are planning to ride, there will be a variety of groups stationed along the route to answer questions about your bike, provide water, and even teach you how to juggle!

In addition, this Sunday Parkways features a very special event - Mia Birk's Joyride Book Launch, which features live music, book signing, and a weenie roast on SE Lincoln between 35th and 37th. Stop by to say hello to Mia and Nick and pick up a copy of her great new book!

Above: Thanks to bikeportland.org for this great photo - posted on flickr - of a Sunday Parkways event

Beat the heat!

Portland Parks & Recreation is offering lots of fund ways to beat the heat this weekend!

August 13, 2010

Portlanders can find relief from the 90+ degree temperatures forecast through Monday by taking refuge in the city's parks and pools. From a shady walk in Forest Park to a picnic under the trees in your neighborhood park, from a dip in a community pool to a splash in a spray fountain, there are many free or inexpensive opportunities to escape from the heat.

The Summer Free for All is still going strong, with movies and concerts this weekend. The Washington Park Summer Festival wraps up Saturday night with Felicidades, and if you're more interested in a movie "The Music Man" is showing at Laurelhurst Park.

For cooler air, the Southwest Community Center, East Portland Community Center, and Multnomah Arts Center all offer air-conditioned lobbies that are open to the public. In addition, most swimming pools are open until at least 9:00 on weeknights.

Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/parks for a complete listing of free activities or click here for a list of pools and spray features around Portland.

Stay cool!

Join Nick for a Wellness Walk!

Join Commissioner Nick fish for the African American Health Coalition's 8th Annual Wellness Walk Saturday, August 21

August 15, 2010

Story by Sarah Wigginton

Come join Nick on Saturday, August 21, for the African American Health Coalition's 8th Annual Wellness Walk.

The African American Health Coalition (AAHC) is a local non-profit that works to promote and improve health in the African American community by strengthening and empowering community members. They recognize the importance of local participation in the implementation of health care programs. AAHC offers healthy cooking classes, low-cost access to Matt Dishman and University Park rec centers, information about health insurance, and much more to promote wellness for Portland-are African Americans.

The AAHC's walk is a part of Commissioner Amanda Fritz's Wellness Challenge. The Wellness Challenge encourages the City Council to participate in local runs and walks that support the community, encourage healthy recreation, and get the blood pumping.

The Wellness Walk begins at 8:00 am at Dawson Park, located next to the AAHC office at 2800 N Vancouver.) There are two routes available - a 5k and a 1.5k. After the walk, make sure to enjoy the food, dancing, massage, and music!

To register, visit AAHC's website. The registration fee is $20 per person or $150 for a team of 10. For more information, call (503) 413-1850.

We hope to see you there!

Join us to cut the ribbon on Elizabeth Caruthers Park!

Join Commissioner Nick Fish and Parks Director Zari Santner to officially open Elizabeth Caruthers Park in Portland's South Waterfront District

August 16, 2010

Help us celebrate the opening of Elizabeth Caruthers Park, the first of several parks planned for downtown's South Waterfront District, this Thursday! It features Urban Garden, Open Lawn, and Naturalized Landscape areas, a bocce court, water features, and plenty of bike parking for visitors.

The park's namesake is Elizabeth Caruthers, a pioneer woman who was among the first to settle in the southern part of young Portland. In 1847, she and her son, Finice, arrived in Oregon and claimed a 640-acre parcel that includes the current park site. The 2002 South Waterfront Plan envisions this park and others as a central feature of the neighborhood, stimulating development and providing beautiful community spaces for residents.

This Thursday's celebration begins at 5:30 and runs until 8:00. All evening music from the Pete Krebs Swing Jazz Group, a rock climbing wall and other kids activities, and free ice cream and italian sodas will be available!

Nick and Parks Director Zari Santner will cut the ribbon on this fantastic new park at 6:00. We hope to see you there!