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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

Celebrate the first Latino Family Day

April 2, 2012

Story by Beatriz Adriana Manzo

Join Portland Parks and Recreation and our partners in the Latino Community for the first annual Latino Family Day!

Expect a fun afternoon filled with free recreational and cultural activities, raffle prizes, presentations, performances, and much more.

Parks Bureau recreation coordinator Alejandro Vidales says, “Para servir a la comunidad, se tiene que conocer a la comunidad” (to serve the community, you have to know the community).

Latino Family Day

Friday, April 13, 2012

2 – 6 pm

Mt. Scott Community Center

5530 S.E. 72nd Ave Portland OR 97206

Latino Family Day is sponsored by Catholic Charities, Hacienda Community Development Corporation, Latino Network, and Milagro (Miracle Theatre Group).

For more information about the event, contact:

Alejandro Vidales

(503) 823-1669

Portland Teen Idol auditioning this April

April 3, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation is proud to partner with Portland Teen Idol for Season 6 of the popular local student talent contest.

Portland Teen Idol finalists will receive cash prizes and spots on a summer performance tour. Several former Portland Teen Idol contestants have gone on to success on FOX television’s smash hit, American Idol

Open auditions will be held:

Friday, April 20, 6:30 – 9:00 pm 

University Park Community Center

9009 N Foss Avenue

(503) 823-3631

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am

Mt. Scott Community Center

5530 SE 72nd Avenue

(503) 823-3183

We’ll announce additional dates soon, along with audition dates for Spanish-language singers and stand-up comedians.

Contestants are encouraged to sign up online before the April 15 advance registration deadline.

Help shape our community's housing goals

April 3, 2012

The City of Portland, City of Gresham, and Multnomah County partner each year to develop a one-year Action Plan for spending federal funds that help address the housing needs in our community. 

The funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and support the 5-year spending priorities and housing strategies identified in the 2011-2016 Consolidated Plan

Funds help us provide affordable housing options, support our work to end homelessness, and provide housing options for community members with special needs.

Let your voice be heard!

Join us at an upcoming public hearing to share your priorities for spending these funds. 

County-Wide General Housing Needs Hearing

Thursday, April 12, 4 – 6pm

Portland Housing Bureau – 421 SW 6th Avenue, 5th Floor

City of Portland Hearing on 2012-2013 Action Plan

Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 – 6pm

Bud Clark Commons –650 NW Irving Street

For more information on the Consolidated Plan process, and to view additional opportunities to provide feedback, please visit

Photo: REACH CDC’s Admiral Apartments provide homes to low-income older adults and people with disabilities.

Portland Youth Budget Forum this Saturday

April 4, 2012

Story by Sophia Kecskes

Join the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC) at the Portland Youth Budget Forum this weekend! As the official youth policy body for the city and the county, the MYC is committed to promoting youth voice. This forum is a unique opportunity for young people from around the city to share their opinions about the city’s budget and become involved in local politics.

Partnering with OMF, the youth commission is offering free food and door prizes for those who attend. The Mayor will also be speaking to kick-off the event, which is mainly designed for 13-21 year olds.

Portland Youth Budget Forum

Saturday, April 7  12 – 2pm

Ecotrust – 721 NW 9th Avenue

Nuts About Nature

Portland Parks & Recreation

April 5, 2012

By David Nguyen

Have you heard about PP&R’s Nuts About Nature program?

Created in 2008, the program helps children ages 3-7 connect to nature through ecology, songs, stories, play & developmentally appropriate practice.

Each teacher at Nuts About Nature is a professional environmental educator who has experience working with very young children.

Children spend 2-3 hours exploring in small groups with teachers who introduce ecology, read stories, sing songs, make projects & engage in free play.

Classes are designed with a framework, but also remain flexible to accommodate the needs and interests of the group.

Class Schedule

City classes help pre-schoolers go “Nuts about Nature”

David F. Ashton in The Bee