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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

Everybody dance now!

Beginning January 4, Mt. Scott Community Center will be hosting a monthly dance – open to all!

December 20, 2012

Beginning January 4, Mt. Scott Community Center will be hosting a monthly dance – open to all!

The dance is sponsored by Portland Parks & Recreation’s Inclusive and Adaptive Program, and will welcome host DJ’s or bands the first Friday of every month.  Join us to dance, socialize with friends, and make new friends in an environment that welcomes everyone.

The dance is $5 for those ages 16 and up, and free for parents and facilitators (although a donation would be accepted with appreciation!).

For more information, please call (503) 823-4328.

Mt. Scott Community Center

5530 SE 72nd Ave. Portland, Or.97206

Friday January 4

Friday February 1

Friday March 1

7 pm- 9 pm

Portland's Winter Shelter Services

Portland provides winter shelter services, especially during times of severe weather

December 21, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

Do you or does someone you know need emergency shelter?

The Portland Housing Bureau is partnering with non-profits around the city to provide 677 beds in shelters throughout Portland.

During the winter months and during times of severe weather, the city adds additional emergency shelter beds and warming centers. 

If there is a temperature or wind chill of 25°F or less (or other life-threatening weather conditions), a Severe Weather Notice is declared, and up to 240 additional shelter beds are available.

Call 2-1-1 from any land line (or 503.222.5555 from a cell phone) to find available shelters near you.

211 Info has also announced a new service - text alerts when Severe Weather is announced. Text "ShelterPDX" to 898211 to receive text updates as soon as beds are made available. You can also call 2-1-1 toll free or visit for up to date shelter info.

Click here to view the 2012-2013 list of winter shelters and services. Many shelters are also accepting donations of food, blankets, and warm clothing.

Photo: Women's Winter Shelter, operated by Transition Projects

Photo Credit: The Oregonian

Friday Roundup

Happy Holidays!


Portland moves up fluoride vote to 2013

Steven Dubois in The Register-Gaurd


2012 Forum on Affordable Housing and Homelessness Report


Adams, Leonard end Portland City Hall careers

KGW News


Portland City Council votes to move fluoride vote 2013

Beth Slovic in The Oregonian


Portland commissioners may move for early vote on fluoridation



Hall Monitor: A Glimpse Inside the Machine

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury


Portland names fire station for retiring Commissioner Randy Leonard

Beth Slovic in The Oregonian


Rockwood Schools, Portland parks partnering to bring community gardens to east county

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian


Waud Bluff now has a bridge, Sweedeedee's honey pie is 'find of the year:' North Portland roundup

Casey Parks in The Oregonian


Portland fluoridation move no breach of trust

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Council may speed up fluoride vote

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Tie the knot in a Portland park

Weddings in Portland's Parks draw many couples each year

December 24, 2012

Ready to tie the knot? Portland's Parks are an ideal (and affordable!) location for many brides and grooms-to-be. 

Popular wedding venues include Mt. Tabor, the rose gardens in Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum, Peninsula Park, and Cathedral Park, as well as the Portland Memory Garden, Council Crest, Rocky Butte, and the South Waterfront Garden. In total, 180 different parks and gardens are available!

Celebrations in our parks feature bubbles and bird seed instead of rice to shower happy couples.

Popular dates and locations are often reserved quickly, about 90 weddings were booked on the first day of last year.  The first day to book space and secure permits for weddings during 2013 will be Wednesday, January 2.

While the office does not open until 8 am on January 2, many couples line up as early as 5 am! Reservations are also available by phone and begin after all walk-in couples are helped, usually around 10:30 or 11 am.

To book your wedding visit or call: 

Portland Parks & Recreation Customer Service Center

1120 SW 5th Ave, Ground Floor

(503) 823-2525

In-Office: Mon-Fri 8 am - 5:30 pm

Via Phone: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5:15 pm

For more information, please view Portland Parks & Recreation's Wedding Brochure

Hacienda CDC futsal field taking shape

Last June Nick was proud to join Adidas, the Portland Timbers, and Hacienda CDC at the ground breaking ceremony for a new sports field in the Cully Neighborhood in NE Portland.

December 26, 2012

Last June Nick was proud to join Adidas, the Portland Timbers, and Hacienda CDC at the ground breaking ceremony for a new sports field in the Cully Neighborhood in NE Portland.

The project beautifully represents Hacienda's commitment to providing a continuum of services for the community.The field will keep kids involved in productive, positive, and physical activities.

Futsal is a variation of soccer played on a smaller field and mainly played indoors. Hacienda's field is funded by grants that support developing safe places for children to play.

The field is 98% complete. All that’s left is installation of the upper fencing and security doors. The grand opening will be this spring, and after that it is time to play!