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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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Taking Notice of Portland's Arts Scene

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal profiled Portland as an up-and-coming arts capital.

May 3, 2012

Portland may already be well-known for its parks, bicycles, soccer and donuts, but it is also gaining ground in the arts world.

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal profiled Portland as an up-and-coming arts capital. Peter Plagens describes Portland’s art vibe: "[the] residual roughness and collective spirit is reflected in Portland's ever-growing art scene, characterized by a plethora of ‘alternative spaces’."

Portland is home to many up-and-coming creatives, whose work is featured in those "alternative spaces," in art schools like the Pacific Northwest College of Art, world class galleries, and museums. The popular First Thursday event has been encouraging visitors to enjoy our many Northwest Portland galleries for 26 years.

We hope Mr. Plagens is right when he predicts that "for the foreseeable future … artists will keep heading to Portland." They will be welcome!

Pictured: Artifacts of Memory by Crystal Schenk - www.crystalschenk.com

Our Next Art Capital: Portland?

Peter Plagens in the Wall Street Journal

Community Warehouse opens Westside location

Community Warehouse have officially opened a Westside warehouse to serve Washington and Clackamas Counties' low income residents.

May 4, 2012

By David Nguyen

Community Warehouse has opened a Westside warehouse to serve Washington and Clackamas Counties' low income residents.

Founded in 2002, the Warehouse depends on in-kind donations from individuals and businesses for inventory, so that they can help low-income people improve the quality of their lives and become self-sufficient by providing them with basic household furnishings.

Thanks to donations from the community, in 2011,  the Warehouse partnered with over 115 social service and non-profit agencies to serve:

  • 5,164 individuals & families
  • Including 2,309 children
  • Filled 2,019 furniture requests
  • Averaging a "thrift store" value of $683 per family

For now, the Westside location is open for donations only - please consider donating your gently used furniture or household goods, and help Community Warehouse start serving more families! 

Friday Roundup

Commissioner Nick fish's Friday roundup

May 4, 2012

Mayor Sam Adams' final budget props up schools, protects public safety

Beth Slovic in The Oregonian

 

Market conditions, poor economy not conducive to affordable housing

Reed Jackson in the Daily Journal of Commerce

 

Study points to dangers facing county homeless people

Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune

 

South Waterfront Greenway Construction Update

 

PP&R, Sprite and Blazers Team Up to Revitalize King Basketball Court

Volunteers needed this summer for Portland's rose gardens

Portland Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help out at our community rose gardens this spring and summer.

May 7, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

Calling all rose connoisseurs! Portland Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help out at our community rose gardens this spring and summer.

The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park needs volunteers to help lead tours for visitors and work with PP&R’s rose curator to maintain the beauty of the garden.

New volunteers are encouraged to attend one of these training sessions which cover garden preparation, giving tours and deadheading (pruning spent blooms). Meet at the Information Kiosk next to the miniature roses at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park at 9 am on May 22, May 29, or June 5.

The Peninsula Park Rose Garden is also seeking volunteers to help deadhead roses; volunteers are encouraged to attend an upcoming training session. Orientations start at 9 am at the fountain on June 6, June 8, June 13, and June 15.

For more information, please contact:
Harry A. Landers, Curator
Washington Park International Rose Test Garden

(503) 823-3636
Harry.Landers@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Parks certified as Salmon-Safe

Portland Parks & Recreation has once again been recertified by Salmon-Safe

May 7, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation has once again been certified by Salmon-Safe!

First certified by Salmon-Safe in 2004, PP&R continues to be the only parks organization in the country designated as salmon-friendly.

Due to our region’s unique geography, fish spawning in the pristine creeks of the Cascades must first swim through downtown Portland.  Parks ensures its operations, especially near the Willamette and Columbia rivers, are salmon-friendly.  Parks plants water-filtering bioswales (natural landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water) in parking lots, uses the bare minimum of harmful chemicals, and works on the restoration of streams.  

Please support Parks’ Salmon-Safe efforts by being a salmon-friendly park visitor: 

  • Stay on the designated trails to reduce erosion, especially near streams

  • Keep your dog on a leash on park trails and always clean up after your dog

  • Volunteer for a stream restoration project in your neighborhood