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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

Weekend roundup

Nick attended a number of fun events over the past few days, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, joining the African American Health Coalition walk, and visiting a benefit for the Linnton community

August 24, 2010

Nick attended a number of fun events over the past few days, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, joining the African American Health Coalition walk, and visiting a benefit for the Linnton community. The slideshow below has photos from the Habitat for Humanity event - visit our Photo Gallery for pictures from the rest of the weekend.

"The arts belong to everyone"

Guest columnist Greg Ness praises RACC's Work for Art program in the August 26 Oregonian

August 26, 2010

Work for Art

Work for Art, a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), raises money for more than 80 arts and culture organizations each year. These organizations - all based in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County - have gone through a competitive application process with RACC to be included in the pool.

The Work for Art 2010-11 Campaign officially kicks off this week with the goal of raising $680,000 for our regional arts and culture community. Writes Campaign Chair Greg Ness in today's Oregonian, "we know there are many people anxious to pitch in, and there's no better time than now, when your generosity will be doubled."

The City of Portland and Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties have pooled their resources in a Matching Challenge Fund, which means that every dollar donated is doubled!

"Art has a near limitless potential to change the way we look at the world and to strengthen our communities," Ness writes. As a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust Board, Nick is proud to support our arts and culture community, both locally and at the state level. We encourage you to help make this a record year for Work for Art! 

Many workplaces have charitable campaigns that benefit Work for Art, and you can also give directly through their website. For more information, visit workforart.org, check out this fact sheet, or call Work for Art Manager Kathryn Jackson at (503) 823-5424.

Portland Farmers Market Executive Director announces departure

Portland Farmers Market Executive Director Ann Forsthoefel is moving to Montana - she will be missed!

August 26, 2010

We're sad to say that Ann Forsthoefel, who has helped Portland Farmers Market grow to national recognition during her two years as Executive Director, will be departing Portland at the end of this year.

Writes Leslie Cole in this morning's Oregonian, Ann has worked hard to expand the presence of farmers markets around Portland - she helped the PSU market double its footprint this year, opened new markets in the King neighborhood and downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and relocated the Ecotrust building market to Northwest 23rd.

At a time when we're working harder than ever to help Portlanders access fresh, healthy, local food, Ann's leadership will be missed! We wish her all the best in Missoula and look forward to hearing about her future successes.

Thanks to flickr user cafemama for the photo of one of Portland's many farmers markets!