Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Well then. The arrival of steady rain has not been brief. Let’s hope we get a break tonight for the kiddies. By the way…November. Yeah, it’s here. Crazy. Happy Halloween, folks.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- We’ve tried to keep a running tab on all the Foster-related Halloween happenings. Check it out, here. You’ll find something at Bar Maven, O’Malley’s, N.W.I.P.A., Torta-landia, The BobWhite, and more.

- In addition to the bars and BobWhite Theatre, Red Castle gets into the spirit, too, with their Locally Made Game Fair. Tonight, from 6 – 10 pm. Check out locally-made games, sport your costumes, and get in on some raffle action.

- For the civic-minded of you, or those just interested in city planning and/or how our commercial corridors will/should evolve in the future, there are a couple of meetings next week of interest. First, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is hosting a concepts workshop for the Mixed Use Zones Project. This is an opportunity to provide feedback on how our commercial centers get re-zoned to allow for more sustainable development. You have two chances to attend (click the above link for more info). Similarly, if you want to discuss the future improvement of 82nd Avenue, there’s a town hall meeting on November 6, at 6:30 pm, which is designed to raise awareness on the needs of 82nd, as well as the current and future efforts to address them. It’ll also be a good way to check out the new SE PCC campus (more info linked above).

- In response to the news about Smokey’s making way for a medical marijuana dispensary, there’s a good conversation going on about the merits of Foster’s “Red Light District.” Feel free to chime in.

- Don’t forget to check out the November calendar of events at the BobWhite. There are some fun movies being played. Yeah, November…what the hell.

- Weekend live entertainment:
Foster-wide (this captures most it)- Halloween happenings
Gemini Lounge- DJ Encrypted, Saturday night
Devil’s Point- Halloween Costume Contest, Friday at 11:30 pm
Starday Tavern- TBD

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool, be safe.

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Your Foster Halloween (Updated)

*Updated, 10/27

IMG_0563Halloween is just over a week a few days away. That means we get to watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ a few more times, and maybe suffer (tolerably) through some old school Jamie Lee Curtis a little longer. While I invariably revert back to childhood and relive that charm, some have other ideas of how to enjoy the day (and the days leading up to it): turn the porch lights off and humbug it, bob for apples, carve pumpkins, take the little ones trick-or-treating, or have some adult fun.

Screen shot 2014-10-22 at 7.20.01 AMHere’s our attempt to keep you in the neighborhood, whatever it is you end up doing. This will be a running list of Halloween activities in the ‘hood. Add any events or local traditions you wish to share.

* Trick-or-Treat: if you want to skip the chance of getting party-pooper homes on your candy route, check out this map by NextDoor.com. It maps out which homes will be handing out candy, though it only includes those who shared that information online; by no means is it all encompassing. Feel free to sign up and add your home if you haven’t already.

NWIPA* Halloween eve scary movie: The BobWhite Theatre gets into the spirit with a showing of ‘Friday the 13th.’ This will be on Thursday, October 30, with multiple show times.

* More BobWhite: Rusted Root and World’s Finest Halloween Bash. Yes, that Rusted Root. This show brings together multiple bands, starting at 8:30 and going into the late night / early morning. Costumes are encouraged.

* N.W.I.P.A., “Bands, beer and fear:” Dan’s Death Metal B-Day and Evil Twin Tap Takeover. It’s what it sounds like. Kim Jong Grillin will be setting up shop outside with food starting at 7:30; bands start at 10 pm.

* Torta-landia: Lew Jones’ Monster Mash. Many bands, family friendly, and good food and drink. Starts at 7 pm.Bar Maven

* FoPo Fall Fest at the Foster-Powell Community Garden. All sorts of family/halloweeny/fall fun. More info here. (This happened already.)

* Bar Maven: Halloween Costume Party. Food and drink specials, DJ, jello shots, and costume party. Fun starts at 9 pm.

* O’Malley’s: The Bio-Exorcist Show, Halloween night. Rock N Roll Monster Show with Advisory and Breaker! Breaker!

Again, this is a running list. So add what you will and share what you’re doing.

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Free Money For Neighborhood Improvements

Network with your neighbors or neighborhood organizations; improve the community; collect up to $4,000 to do it. (You probably won’t get that much, but you get the point.)

Welcome to Southeast Uplift’s Neighborhood Small Grant Program.

For those interested in securing money for a cool neighborhood project that will 1) engage a variety of community partners, 2) build community capacity and 3) improve the neighborhood, this is for you.

Screen shot 2014-10-01 at 8.43.36 PMMoney is not guaranteed, but good proposals have a way of finding some funding. Last year, the Foster Window Project secured $1,200 through the small grant program. And as an example of how it met the criteria, the project aims to improve the aesthetic of Foster Road; add vibrancy to the commercial district and engage those who use it; partner with community members who want to participate; bridge multiple neighborhoods along the corridor (Mt. Scott-Arleta, Foster-Powell, and Creston-Kenilworth).

Other examples of projects from past years: neighborhood banners on street poles, neighborhood kickball tournament, community gardens, and murals.

If you have a project in mind, there is an informational workshop you must attend. Workshops are offered on November 15 (10 – noon) and 19 (7 – 9 pm).


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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Welcome back to the weekend, folks. The wet, wet weekend. Oh, how a Doug Fir-esque bar—with fireplace and comfy seating—would be nice within walking distance. No sweat, though; we have plenty of local hangs to warm up and dry off in. Find one.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- The FoPo Fall Fest is happening this weekend, rain and mud and all. Make your way to the Foster-Powell Community Garden for some pumpkin carving, a costume contest, face-painting, cake and other treats, and (hopefully) random guests that will liven the place up. More info here.

- And for other Halloween-related events over the next week, check out our running list of happenings in the ‘hood. Feel free to add to the list.

- Foster-Powell, the ninth most dangerous neighborhood in Portland? That’s what the folks over at Go Local PDX say, in a very non-scientific ranking. I know we have a lot of scrappers and meth heads trolling around, but ninth? Come on. Well, to put some of your concerns to rest, the rankings are based on crime stats—sure—but also the amount of fire emergencies and unsafe traffic intersections. Now it makes sense, I guess, as we are bound by a couple high-crash corridors. Still, the rankings seem a bit misleading. For reference, though, Lents was ranked second most dangerous, while Mt. Scott-Arleta was 20th.

- Another plug for the BobWhite Theatre: movies, movies, movies, and concerts too. (Here’s the November events calendar.) There’s something for everyone, so get in and support it.

- Weekend music and performance
Torta- Ian Uponen, Friday; The Heartford Defiant, Saturday
Gemini- Finn Doxie, Friday
O’Malley’s- The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, Saturday
Starday- The Vermadons, Friday; Bridgecreek, Saturday
Performance Works NW- The Word Hand:: Austin, Boas, & Hutchins, Friday and Saturday-8pm

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool.

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November Movies and Events at The BobWhite

Here it is, folks. Movies. Music. Theater. Wrestling.

Peep it…
November Screen Shot

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Fosterdam Takes Shape

IMG_1329Oh, joy. Another dispensary on Foster. We need this just like we need another auto shop or vacant storefront.

After hearing rumors for a couple months, it now appears certain that Smokey’s will indeed become a pot shop. As if Foster hasn’t made enough attempts at fully over-saturating itself with dispensaries (they’ve been opening and closing, seemingly, en masse for the last year and a half), we’ll make another go at it. This time, one of west Foster’s remaining dive bars will serve as collateral damage.

RIP Smokey’s.

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