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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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PP&R Fall 2012 Activity Catalogs now available

The Fall 2012 activity guide is up on PP&R's website. Online registration is available.

September 17, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation's Fall 2012 catalogs offer over 5,000 different activities for Portlanders of all ages!

Classes are hosted in 13 community centers, 11 SUN community schools, 13 swimming pools, multiple tennis courts, the Community Music Center, the Multnomah Arts Center, and many other facilities dispersed throughout the city.

To find what's being offered in your neighborhood, browse the online schedule of classes or visit a facility near you.

Also online, find catalogs specific to each community center - for example, this one at the East Portland Community Center.

Classes range from yoga to basket weaving, soccer to ballet, golf to piano lessons. There is something for people of all ages and abilities.

Register for classes and activities online

Nuts about Nature

Portland Parks & Recreation’s 2012-2013 Nuts About Nature schedule is here!

September 17, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation’s 2012-2013 Nuts About Nature schedule is here!

Created in 2008 by a passionate local teacher named Chrissy Larson, the program helps children ages 3 to 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 outside, rain or shine, exploring in small groups with teachers who introduce ecology, read stories, sing songs, make projects, and engage in free play.

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

Click here for a complete list of classes offered this school year.

Portland Parks and Rec Presents “Nuts about Nature” for Kids!

Chrissy Larson in the Brooklyn Action Corps blog

 

Portland Parks & Recreation: Registration is open for the "Nuts About Nature!" preschool program

Adam Sawyer in the Examiner

10 Weeks in Ecuador - a Summer to Remember

Our Multnomah Youth Commission liaison Sophia Kecskes is entering her senior year at Cleveland High School. Sophia spent the summer in Ecuador with non-profit Amigos de las Americas. She shared her story with us.

September 18, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

Our Multnomah Youth Commission liaison Sophia Kecskes is entering her senior year at Cleveland High School.  Sophia spent the summer in Ecuador with non-profit Amigos de las Americas.  She shared her story with us:

Now back at work in City Hall, I feel a world away from Chalcay, Ecuador, the 150-person community I lived in this summer. One of 700 high school volunteers working with Amigos de las Americas, I had the summer of a lifetime growing with and learning from my small, Andean community. Amigos de las Americas is a non-profit organization that works to empower volunteers from all over the United States by developing leadership skills and increasing multi-cultural understanding.

My volunteer partner, Grace (a rising high school senior from Colorado), and I lived for eight weeks in Chalcay - a traditional Ecuadorian community with no electricity and only a very small, rudimentary elementary school. While there, we completed a Community Based Initiative with the people who call Chalcay home.

Over many meetings and discussions during meals of lots and lots of rice, we decided that a children’s playground would most benefit the community. Of course the kids were ecstatic about this project; before the playground was built, they had nowhere to play in the community. After several work days in which more than 25 community members all came out to work together, we succeeded in building a swing set, a teeter-totter, monkey bars, and a “casita,” or mini house/pavilion for shade. Seeing the completed playground, which was painted by the elementary school students, was an amazing feeling!

While in Chalcay, Grace and I also taught daily summer camps for local kids about community health. We talked about topics ranging from nature appreciation to basic nutrition. I had a great time working with the kids and learned that kids really are the best teachers!

Overall, I had an amazing time during my summer in Ecuador; I would return in a heartbeat if I could. I’ll never forget my home stay family there, or the other relationships I formed with the amazingly kind and caring community members. I would highly recommend the Amigos de las Americas program!

Nick welcomes new art piece honoring late artist Nobu

Nick was honored to host his friends Billy Cody and Marilyn Murdoch, owner of Katayama Framing and Art Gallery, in his office today.

September 18, 2012

Nick was honored to host his friends Billy Cody and Marilyn Murdoch, owner of Katayama Framing and Art Gallery, in his office today.

The three friends gathered for a viewing of the late artist Nobuyuki Nakamura's beautiful piece, Steel Bridge #1.

Nick is pleased to have Nobu's piece, generously loaned to him by Billy from Marilyn's gallery, displayed in the entry way of his office. 

Central City Concern celebrates 10,000 volunteer hours

Portland Parks & Recreation and Central City Concern's Community Volunteer Corps will celebrate the completion of 10,000 volunteer hours in Portland parks at 2 pm today at Lair Hill Park.

September 19, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation and Central City Concern's Community Volunteer Corps will celebrate the completion of 10,000 volunteer hours in Portland parks at 2 pm today at Lair Hill Park.

During a financially difficult time, our many volunteers and sponsors provide vital support - including volunteer time to maintain our gardens and green spaces, and clearing and maintaining trails in various Portland Parks all across the metro area.

The 10,000 volunteer hours equal 416 days of round-the-clock work, or 1,250 eight-hour days. 

500 Central City Concern CVC volunteers have spent a total of 193 days in the field since the program was established in 2009.

At today's event, Emily, a CCC volunteer, will speak about why she chose to volunteer in Portland’s parks, and how her experiences help enhance her skills and life.  Parks Director Mike Abbaté will also be there to present CCC with a golden shovel commemorating this successful partnership.

Celebration of Central City Concern’s 10,000 volunteer hours

Lair Hill Park

SW 2nd Ave & Woods

Today at 2 pm