Happy Weekend, Foster People!

We hear rumor of a possible flirting with 70-degree temperatures Sunday. We could probably end our Friday post with that and feel very positive about how we’re sending you off into the weekend. We do have a few bits of news and events, though, so we’re not cutting it short quite yet.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– Off The Griddle has finally announced an opening date, and it appears as if Foster will have a new place to dine and drink in just over a week. The new vegan restaurant will be  opening April 22, and they’ll prove to be more than just a veggie burger joint. As per Eater PDX, the menu will feature their signature veggie burgers, yes, but also a host of vegan mac & cheeses, a vegan fried chicken sandwich, 10 beers on tap, and an 80’s/90’s themed cocktail list. I suppose it won’t be long before everyone forgets about Double Treble (though, we’ll assume many of you already have).

– The Foster-Powell Community Garden is hosting its annual plant sale and raffle this Sunday. From 9 a.m to 3 p.m., there will be a selection of plants for sale; a raffle; easter egg hunt for the kids; and a painting project to help add more flare to the garden space. If you have plants you’d like to donate, drop-offs will be taken Saturday, 9-3. The plant sale and raffle helps cover expenses for the garden and keeps it available to the community. Check it out (more info here).

– Portland Mercado turns two! What a difference they’ve made to Foster, with the vibrancy, culinary treats, community gatherings and cultural events, and the amenities the market provides for the neighborhood. The Mercado’s mark on the community cannot be denied, and their presence is absolutely one of the best things about our neighborhood. Celebrate with them Saturday, from 12 – 7 p.m. There will be food, drink, music, faceprinting, and lots and lots of revelry. Details here.

– We wrote earlier in the week about PBOT’s dilemma of getting the Foster Streetscape Plan rolling. Delays have become commonplace, and we posted about the latest one here. On a related note, the city just decreased the speed limit on a dangerous stretch of Hawthorne…perhaps that would be a nice temporary fix for Foster?

Here’s your weekend entertainment:
Starday Tavern- Texadrine w/Billy Kennedy (6 pm) and Joshua James & The Runaway Trains (9 pm), Friday; Urban Shaman (Ben’s B-day Party), Saturday at 9 pm
SMART Collective- WEEP WAVE//The Macks//Beatrix Sky//Airport, Friday from 6 to 9 pm
Portland Mercado- El Pueblo Unido: Portland Mercado 2 Year Anniversary, Saturday from noon to 7 pm
Flat Blak- This|Thusness, art showing by Adam Friedman, Saturday from 6 to 9 pm
FoPo Community Garden- Plant sale and raffle, Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm

Enjoy the weekend, all….

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