Happy Weekend, Foster!

The weekend’s back, and there’s plenty to keep you busy on and around Foster in the coming days.  We’ve got sun, live music, a community garden event and, among other things, your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association meeting.  Enjoy!

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- First off, how about the drama at the Bob White?  For those that don’t know, two people required medical assistance at consecutive weekend shows.  Both required ambulance transportation.  The cause?  One can only speculate, but it’s enough to concern the building’s owner, who is now re-negotiating the deal in place with current occupants.  One thing to consider: this could happen anywhere, and kids are still going to need a place to dance and catch live music.  With that being said, does there need to be more oversight?  Is the current venue a good fit for the neighborhood?  If not, is it better than an empty space?  Have you had good experiences?  Bad?  Feel free to chime in.

- Secondly, Saturday is a big day for the Foster-Powell Community Garden.  Plants and raffle tickets will be for sale; new signage will be painted (by you?) and installed; coffee and pastries; fellow FoPo’ians.  12-4…see you there.

- Thirdly….tweakers.  They were here before me, and they’ll be here after.  But, geez, how about ‘em?  I’ve heard some stories lately.  Had a few run-ins myself.  Is it just my street, or is Spring just marking a reawakening?

- Speaking of tweakers, you gotta love the cast of characters romping around our neighborhood.

- For fear of sounding too much like a cheer leader, let’s just say Performance Works NorthWest deserves more local hype.  They have yet another show this weekend, and continue to make the Foster-area relevant in the Portland arts scene.  This weekend: Craig Baker & Nóra Hajós perform “SoonGoSee & ComeNowGo,” and Karen Nelson offers “SoloSet.” Check the link above for more info.

- Have you been to MidPoint Food and Drink (formerly Lily Day Cafe) yet?  Let us know how it is.

- The Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association meets this Monday at Bar Carlo, from 6:30 – 8.  Check out the agenda here.

- Two of our own made the Willy Week’s 2014 Bar Guide.  This is not an all-encompassing list, so any mention is good mention…though we’re surprised others didn’t make the cut.  The two that did?  N.W.I.P.A. and Devil’s Point.  Word.  Also, congrats to nearby Lion’s Eye for making the cut, as well as their Lents counterpart, Eagle Eye, that was a runner-up for Bar of the Year.

- Weekend music:
Torta: Becky Bishop, Friday; Ann and the Automatic, Saturday
Gemini Lounge: Chuck Warda/Harry Marry and the Barrys, Friday; Ashby Scaggs/Cee White/Brian Todd, Saturday
Starday Tavern: Rock and Roll with Jim Koonce, Friday; Swingin’ Blues with the Groove Tramps, Saturday
Bar Maven: Steven Kray from KMHD will be spinning Funk on Saturday

Have a safe weekend, all.

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Big To-do Saturday at the Foster-Powell Community Garden

Ok, maybe you don’t like to shovel dirt.  Or maybe you don’t have a green thumb.  We forgive you, then, for not making it to any of the FoPo Community Garden work parties.

But if you could ever be convinced to make your way to the much-transformed lot at SE 62nd, just south of Powell, this Saturday would be the day.  There are three components to Saturday’s event, which is the garden’s only planned fundraiser for the year:

Plant Sale- plants for sale will raise money for the garden and the never-ending effort to keep it growing and meet the full, planned build-out.  To make this sale a success, the garden is also taking plant donations for the event.  If you have any plants to split, pot, and share, bring them to the garden on Friday, or Saturday between 10a – 12p.  Also for sale will be pastries and FoPo ceramic mushroom ornaments.

Raffle- the second portion of the fundraiser, raffle tickets will sell for $1.00 (buy several if you so please).  Grand prize gets dibs on the garden’s first raised bed for all your year’s veggie-growing needs.  This comes with access to all the garden’s tools, water, etc.  Second prize gets you beer…home-brewed locally by one of our own in FoPo.  Third prize is a decorated glass and window frame for garden art.  Check out the garden website for more info.

Mural- after you’ve bought some plants and raffle tickets, then you get to pretty up the place. Garden signage and decorations will come courtesy of (partially) you.  Help paint what will soon become the entryway signage to the garden.

Make it happen, folks.  The garden organizers have put a lot of time and energy into this project, as well as a lot of their own money and resources.  Help ‘em out; help the community out.  The plant, raffle and mural-painting will take place Saturday, April 12, from 12p – 4p.  If you have any plants you can donate for the sale, drop them off any time between 10a – 12p on Saturday, or on the day before (yes, that would be Friday).

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Take Your Pick

I know, the choices are overwhelming.
Take that, Portland Loo….


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Happy Weekend, FoPo!

It’s been a fairly uneventful week.  Sun came, sun went. Rain came, rain went.  Now we’re somewhere in between.  We have a few items of interest to share, but nothing too significant.  Feel free to let us know what’s going on in your part of the neighborhood.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- The Lily Day Cafe has reopened as “Midpoint Food and Drink.” Much will remain the same: good food, same rad owners, same location.  The big difference: they’ll now be open evenings and will have beer and cider on draft.

IMG_1161- Congrats to Darling Press, the new hand-crafted letter press studio moving into Foster Row.  They just met their Kickstarter fundraising goal and should soon soon be fully operational.

- Uh, this is happening (right).  Saturday at The Bob White.

- The Foster Streetscape Plan may become a reality after all.  The (hopefully) final Stakeholder Advisory Committee will meet April 16 to make final comments on the recently released draft plan.  Feel free to show up to that meeting and stay for the public comment period.  Also, Nick Falbo at Foster United is a committee member, so offer any thoughts you may have here:  Finally, the Plan is Here.

- International Tabletop Day is Saturday.  In the spirit of things, or to hone your skills, head on over to Red Castle Games in preparation.  You’ll thank me later.

- Weekend music:
Torta- Lisa Rono, Friday; Zac Allen’s Jazzy Night, Saturday
Gemini- Ryan David Orr, Birthday Boy, Saturday
Starday- JT Weise Band, Friday; Brad Creel and the Real Deal Saturday

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

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Happy Weekend, Foster!

Well, that was short-lived.  The sun, that is…the glorious sun.  Despite the rain’s return, we trust you’ll find something to get into this weekend.  Even if it is a warm blanket with a movie.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- Lots of real estate action these days…
* Major construction continues on Holgate—between SE 65th and 67th—with luxury homes on one end and a six-unit apartment complex on the other.  And that doesn’t include the recently disclosed plans for 6-8 vintage homes to be sandwiched between them on the vacant lot between 65th and 66th.
* In addition, two commercial properties are for sale on Foster (one at 67th, the other at 69th), with a fairly large church also up for sale just down the street.
* And then there’s the Portland Mercado to come.  Yikes!

- Speaking of real estate…according to the Portland Business Journal, Foster-Powell is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the metro region.  That claim is based solely on inventory and how quickly homes are selling, but it’s a decent indicator. Based on the article and inventory numbers, we’re the ninth hottest neighborhood with a 1.3-month supply of housing. For comparison, Rose City Park/Hollywood has the shortest turnaround in inventory with .6 months; West Hills/Goose Hollow was 20th with a four-month inventory.

- Ok, one more real estate tidbit.  Forget, the Portland Business Journal’s metric…we’re actually the second hottest-to-be neighborhood.  Or so says Portland Monthly poll-takers.  In that poll, readers said Foster-Powell was the next “hot” neighborhood—after St. John’s, which was voted as THE next hot neighborhood.  The same readers also overwhelmingly stated they’d never buy a house in the suburbs, and they perceived Lents to be one of the most unsafe neighborhoods in the city.

- More Portland Monthly Foster love: Foster Burger’s Kiwi Burger was listed as one of their “25 Sandwiches That Will Change Your Life.”  Kudos to them.  Though, I guess we already knew they made a proper burger.

- Any artists, musicians, or community groups interested in collaborating with or performing their work at the Portland Mercado?  They want you.  Click here for more info.

- And finally—before we get into the weekend’s events and live music—this wouldn’t be complete without some mention of antique stoves.

- Ok, here it is…lots of happenings this weekend:

* Lew Ford plays Torta tonight (Friday); Corey R-J gets the bill on Saturday
* Devlan James Band and Jawbone Flats plays Starday Friday night; Lenny Rancher, Church of Surf, and Steven Pearly & The Janglers make Saturday a big night.
* An end-of-residency celebration with Emily Stone + Dirt Stage at Performance Works NW, Friday through Sunday (check for times)
* The Lovesores, The Last 45s, and The Hot LZ’s will be playing at O’Malley’s tonight (Friday)
* Pulsar Productions will be hosting Space 3: The Neon Trilogy this Saturday at The BobWhite Theater. There’s word they may be partnering with Bar Carlo to act as a third, down-tempo stage (the first two stages will be set up in theater) due to fire code restrictions in the Wurlitzer Warehouse. Confirm with Bar Carlo and/or Pulsar for details.

Have safe weekend, all.  Stay dry, be cool.

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More Foster Property For Sale

Screen shot 2014-03-27 at 9.14.16 AMOh, and while we’re on the topic of property for sale…

Here’s this winner.

“Prime real estate just awaiting a cosmetic touch-up.  Move-in ready and perfect for your new business in up-and-coming Foster-Powell.”

The listing doesn’t really say that.

Because—by “prime real estate”— we really mean forlorn, shoddy, and questionable code compliance.  But for $250,000 in the “Heart of Foster,” that’s a steal.  Right?

Get in while you can.  And if you do, let us know about the second-story addition.  It’s quite intriguing.

* On a serious note, with the Phoenix Pharmacy finding potential suitors a block away, and the Portland Mercado setting up shop a few blocks in the other direction, this is good land to own.  Or so I’d think.  Maybe a simple cosmetic upgrade really is all it needs.  Any creative types out there with some extra cash? 

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