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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

Showcase Event for Arbor Month

Join us tomorrow, April 20, as we showcase Arbor Month at the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University.

April 19, 2013

Join us tomorrow, April 20, as we showcase Arbor Month at the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University.

This year we decided to make the move from Arbor Day to Arbor Month. Throughout the entire month of April, Portland Parks & Recreation is hosting events to honor and celebrate those who work tirelessly to enhance the city’s urban forest.

Tomorrow’s fun-filled celebration includes an award ceremony presented to our city’s fabulous tree advocates, a hands-on “Tree-magination” area, and other family-friendly activities from 8:30 am - 2 pm.

Portland also will be recognized for the 36th year in a row as a “Tree City USA!”

Celebrate our beautiful urban forest all month long. Visit the PP&R website to see a list of events to celebrate Arbor Month.

Arbor Month Showcase Event

PortlandFarmers Market at PSU

April 20, 8:30 am – 2 pm

Today is Earth Day!

To celebrate, the Friends of Portland Community Gardens and the Portland Parks Foundation invite you to a benefit screening of the award-winning documentary Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

April 22, 2013

To celebrate, the Friends of Portland Community Gardens and the Portland Parks Foundation invite you to a benefit screening of the award-winning documentary Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

This new documentary reveals how crucial honeybees are to the environment, and how bee populations are on a major decline. All over the world, mass quantities of bees fall victim to Colony Collapse Disorder, where worker bees in a colony abruptly disappear.

The screening starts at 7 pm at the Bagdad Theater. After the film there will be a Q & A with the director and producer, filmmaker Taggart Siegel.

Tickets are $9 at the door. All proceeds from the benefit will go to Friends of Portland Community Gardens.

We hope you can make this special event!

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling us?

Bagdad Theater

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 7 pm

21 & over

Lamplighter of the Year

On Saturday, Nick was honored to receive the 2013 Lamplighter of the Year award from Operation Nightwatch.

April 22, 2013

On Saturday, Nick was honored to receive the 2013 Lamplighter of the Year award from Operation Nightwatch.

For over 30 years, Operation Nightwatch has served our community with their motto, "keep the light on."  

They provide food, warm clothing, socks, and most importantly: a sense of community to those experiencing homelessness.

Operation Nightwatch presented Nick with the award to recognize his work to end homelessness in our community.  He was pleased to be joined by JOIN Executive Director Marc Jolin, Street Roots Director Israel Bayer, community advocate Steve Weiss, New City Initiative Coordinator (and prior Lamplighter Award recipient) Paul Schroeder, and Portland Housing Bureau staff member Ryan Deibert.

Special thanks to Operation Nightwatch, Executive Director Gary Davis, Board member David Groff, and all of our community partners who work tirelessly to ensure everyone in our community has a safe and decent place to call home.

How does your garden grow?

On Saturday, Nick was proud to attend the Grand Opening Celebration of the Mt.Tabor Community Garden.

April 22, 2013

On Saturday, Nick was proud to attend the Grand Opening Celebration of the Mt.Tabor Community Garden.

The garden was over ten years in the making and adds 85 new garden plots in Portland. It's so popular, it already has 250 people on the waiting list.

This garden was a true community effort. Community members served on the design steering committee and helped develop a “Good Neighbor Agreement” that serves as a model for future garden projects.

This was a momentous occasion because it celebrated the final Grand Opening of our 1,000 Gardens Initiative that we started in 2009. Not only did we meet our goal of adding 1,000 new community gardens, we surpassed it!

Although it’s the last official 1,000 Gardens garden, there are several more gardens already in the works for the coming year.

Our vision is that one day there will be a community garden in every neighborhood, and a learning garden at every school in Portland.

Special thanks to Friends of Portland Community Gardens, Board Chair Allen Field, Ames True Temper Tools, and all the community and neighborhood members that made this garden grow!

To learn more about Portland’s community garden program or to sign up for a garden plot, visit the Portland Parks & Recreation’s community garden website.

White Bird celebrates 15 years

Congratulations to White Bird Dance for 15 years of supporting the art of dance in our community!

 April 23, 2013

Congratulations to White Bird Dance for 15 years of supporting the art of dance in our community.

White Bird focuses their energy on bringing new, emerging dance companies and performances to the Portland community. Since 1997, over 350,000 people have enjoyed dance thanks to White Bird.

They have brought performances from around the world to Portland - from Los Angeles to Asia, Chicago to Australia.

Congratulations to White Bird co-founders Walter Jaffe and Paul King for 15 great years.  Here's to the next 15!

Video by Magaurn Video Media