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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

Traversing Portland, Meter Reader style

Ever wonder how the City records how much water you're using?

April 1, 2014

Ever wonder how the City records how much water you’re using?

Twelve Portland Water Bureau meter readers are out in the community each day, ensuring our public water system is running smoothly. Readers work Monday through Friday, through good weather and bad, to read meters across the city.  On an average day, a meter-reader reads 500 meters and walks seven miles!  In January alone, our 12 readers read 65,000 meters in Portland. 

By using small handheld computers, meter readers calculate the amount of water used in homes and businesses.  The handheld computers also compare your water usage from the same time last year.  If water usage has increased, our meters will leave a courtesy notice with common reasons for high water usage – such as additional people living in the home and using water, or possible underground leaks. Noticing changes in water use and catching leaks early can help save you money!

Next time you see a meter reader, say hi! They are an essential part the Water Bureau.  Visit the Water Bureau’s website to learn more about meter readers and other public services.

A Decade of Northwest Dance

This morning, Nick was pleased to read a Proclamation celebrating Northwest Dance Project’s 10 year anniversary.

April 2, 2014

This morning, Nick was pleased to read a Proclamation celebrating Northwest Dance Project’s 10 year anniversary.

Companies like Northwest Dance Project help raise Portland’s profile as a world-class arts destination. They also provide opportunities to grow our community’s next generation of dancers and arts lovers.

To keep the celebration going, Northwest Dance Project is presenting “Director’s Choice” this weekend. Watch these international award-winning dancers the Newmark Theatre this Thursday through Saturday.

Thursday’s opening night show will also be live-broadcast at sunset on the side of Portland’s Jive Building at SW 10th & Stark.

Congratulations to Artistic Director Sarah Slipper, Executive Director Scott Lewis, and the amazing dancers in the company for reaching this milestone!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Northwest Dance Project’s website.

Director’s Choice

April 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 pm

Newmark Theatre

111 SW Broadway

Northwest Dance Project Proclamation

Visit the Pearl District, for the love of art

Take a stroll in the heart of downtown Portland, and explore and appreciate our local art scene.

April 2, 2014

Take a stroll in the heart of downtown Portland, and explore and appreciate our local art scene.

The Pearl District Business District is hosting its monthly First Thursday event tomorrow! First Thursday is an evening of arts celebration across the Pearl.  Free and open to public, this month’s event showcases 18 art galleries with new exhibits.  Many galleries provide food, wine, and music, and the artists are often available to discuss their work. 

First Thursday initially started 20 years ago as a gathering among art dealers and collectors.  Today, over ten thousand people enjoy the event each month. The event serves as a great connection for two of Nick’s top priorities – supporting our neighborhood small businesses, and creating a vibrant arts and culture community in Portland.

Join Venture Portland and the Pearl District Business District tomorrow night from 6 - 9 pm.  Check out the Pearl's official website for First Thursday details.

Portland City Hall gets colorful with PHAME

Portland City Hall is pleased to kick off the PHAME @ 30 Art Show!

April 3, 2014

Portland City Hall is pleased to kick off the PHAME @ 30 Art Show!

PHAME is a local nonprofit which gives individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to lead full, creative lives through arts education and performance. PHAME offers an array of arts classes, from visual arts and creative writing to musical theory and acting.  

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, PHAME is presenting a full season of art shows and performances around our community.   PHAME begins its celebrations with two arts shows – and we are pleased to welcome one of their shows to Portland City Hall!  

The City Hall art show opens April 7, and will include abstract paintings, self-portraits, drawings, costume designs, and unique pieces from the art forms known as “fluffilism” and “smoosh mandala” – all created by PHAME’s talented artists.  

PHAME’s second show also opens April 7 at Studio 3 @ Zoomtopia. 

Learn more about PHAME, their arts programs, and their 30th anniversary shows on their website.     

PHAME@30

April 7 – 11, 9 am – 5 pm

City Hall Atrium

1221 S.W. 4th Ave.

Friday Roundup

Former City Commissioner Charles Jordan Dies At 77

Nick Fish on Think Out Loud, OPB

 

Charles Jordan, former Portland city commissioner and parks director, has died at 77

Anna Griffin in The Oregonian

 

Portland Parks will host community health fair, Charles Jordan biography release Saturday in North Portland

Susan Green in The Oregonian

 

Proclamation for Northwest Dance Project

Celebrating 10 years of dance in Portland

 

Elected mayor 30 years ago, Bud Clark changed the face of Portland

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal