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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

REACH turns 30

REACH Community Development Celebrates its 30th anniversary

January 19, 2012

Story by Sophia Kecskes

We are proud to congratulate REACH Community Development Corporation on 30 excellent years serving our community. Since 1982, REACH has been revitalizing neighborhoods in southeast Portland. Today, REACH owns 1,400 units of affordable, safe housing and has changed thousands of lives.

To celebrate this milestone, REACH has set a goal of adding 1,000 new homes to our community (either through new construction or acquisition) by the end of 2015.

REACH would like to invite you to a free, one-hour informational tour called Life Within REACH. Learn about the need for affordable housing in our community and how REACH is working to provide high-quality, safe and stable homes for families and individuals. The next tour is on:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

8:00 - 9:00 am

Station Place Tower
1020 NW 9th Ave, Portland

More dates and times for the tour are available on REACH's website, as well as information about other ways the organization is celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Harper's Playground announces Southeast Portland benefit concerts

Harper's Playground announces two Southeast Portland benefit concerts to finance new playground

January 19, 2012

Story by Sophia Kecskes

Two benefit concerts have been scheduled to raise money for Harper's Playground, a nonprofit working to make a North Portland park accessible for kids and adults.

Donations will go toward a play structure at Arbor Lodge Park that will include wheelchair access, activities for the hearing and visually impaired, and other accessibility elements. The playground is expected to cost $350,000, about 75% of which has already been raised.

The first concert will be from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on January 25th at Vie de Boheme, 1530 S.E. Seventh Ave. A $10 donation is requested.

A second concert will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. March 14 at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Tickets for that show are $25.

Soup for the Soul 2012 set to be an amazing night

You're invited to Soup for the Soul 2012, an event benefitting Transition Projects

January 19, 2012

Story by Sophia Kecskes

Soup for the Soul is back! The event, which benefits the work of our community partner Transition Projects, is an opportunity to spend an intimate and entertaining evening with some of Portland's top chefs. Enjoy beer, wine, desserts, a silent auction, and live music, and meet Portland’s best chefs (and their soups!)

Nonprofit Transition Projects helps people move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Formerly located at 5th and Glisan, Transition Projects moved into Bud Clark Commons when it opened in June 2011 and operates the shelter space component of the center.

Soup for the Soul's line-up is still growing, but already includes:

-Christopher Israel. GQ named Christopher's Grüner one of the 10 best new restaurants in America. A 2011 James Beard nominee, Christopher has cooked at Zefiro and Saucebox.

Daniel Mondok. Daniel’s resume includes Genoa, Sel Grisand Foster Burger. In a highly anticipated move, he is opening a new restaurant at the Inn at Red Hills in Dundee, previously occupied by Farm to Fork.

-  Greg Samples. Greg is executive chef at Portland Prime, winner of Wine Spectator's 2011 Award of Excellence. He has cooked in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years.

-  Chris Thompson. Chris’ Iorio was named Best Restaurant 2010 by CitySearch. Chris has been the People's Choice award winner in Portland Iron Chef and was runner-up in Eater PDX's Hottest Chef competition. 

Soup for the Soul 2012 will take place on February 23 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Urban Studio, 935 NW Davis Street. Tickets are available exclusively online and are $75 per person.

We hope to see you there!

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for January 16, 2012

January 20, 2012

New center helps homeless wash away street stigma

Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune


Southeast Portland concert will raise money to build an accessible playground at Arbor Lodge Park

Steve Beaven in The Oregonian


Southeast Portland's Franklin High achieves a first with district constitution team win

Steve Duin in The Oregonian


Senior hikers in the Portland area hit their stride, at their own pace

Ken DuBois in The Oregonian


Flooding washes out part of Forest Park trail in Portland, forcing indefinite closure

Kate Mather in The Oregonian

Join our weekly work parties!

Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, hosts weekly work parties for community members interested in helping maintain the health and beauty of our system.

January 25, 2012

By David Nguyen

Interested in lending a hand to help improve our parks? Join Portland Parks & Recreation and our community partners in weekly events at various parks throughout the Portland area.

Portland is known for its volunteerism – something we at Parks know well. Each year, Portlanders donate almost 450,000 hours of their time to help us maintain the health and beautify of our system of parks, trails, and natural area.

This incredible community support is vital, especially in challenging economic times.

All tools, gloves, and training will be provided by staff. Check out Parks' volunteer section for more information.