Freddy’s Does Less With More

Fred Meyer Gas StationJust when we thought Fred Meyer couldn’t get any worse.

The cluster fuck that is part bottle return chaos, customer drop-off, tweaker hangout, traffic jam, and general cesspool of grime, is now set to be a gas station, too. Or at least that’s how it appears.

Not sure how this will work.

Kudos, Freddy’s, you’ve managed to add one more thing to your failed attempt at neighborhood grocer.

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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

If you made it out to Kern Park Tuesday, you know why our neighborhood is on the come up. National Night Out is a good snapshot of the all the positive energy flowing through the western stretch of Foster. And if it isn’t National Night Out, it’s the neighborhood garden tour. Or how geeked people get at the mention of Foster’s coming streetscape improvements. Or the Mercado, or the possibility of movies at the Bobwhite, or fresh produce being sold locally, or….you get the point.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- The Foster-Powell Community Garden is in the midst of a two-day work party. And they need your help, even if just for an hour. Today and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Seriously, an hour goes a long way.

- Foster-Powell was ranked as the fourth “hottest neighborhood” in the Portland Metro region based on the number of home sales. I guess the secret is out.

- If you like beer, Foster is the place to be this weekend. O’Malley’s is currently in the middle of its Macro Brewfest, which pays homage to all the shitty beers you indulge in but aren’t necessarily proud of. They have 14 varieties of tall boys for your taste-testing-pleasure, culminating in a crowning of the “best of the worst” by weekend’s end. Live music tonight and tomorrow to accompany. And on the other end of the beer spectrum, N.W.I.P.A. is celebrating its second year of serving up hoppy goodness to you Foster denizens. Celebrate with them Saturday: live music, an initial offering of $2.00 pints of select beers, and the Kuza Burger cart slangin’ their, well, um, burgers.

- The Bobwhite Theatre is for sale. And Nick Haas, the theatre’s current manager, is determined to take it off of owner, Nick Storie’s, hands. It’s a steep price—$825,000—for a building that was bought for less than half of that just a couple years ago. But as we all know, the potential is limitless. And I know Haas wants to deliver that potential to the neighborhood.

- If you’re inclined to support the arts, don’t forget about Foster Row’s kickstarter campaign.

- Portland Burger week starts Monday. As expected, our own Foster Burger is participating. Get their Pepperjack Bacon Burger for $5.00 between 8/11 and 8/17. As a side note, even though they didn’t make the cut this year, Angry Unicorn is definitely good enough to participate. Feel free to support them (at Carts on Foster), too.

- Weekend happenings and live music:
O’Malley’s- Macro Brewfest: Funk Night, Friday; Rock Night, Saturday
Torta- Annie Vergnetti performs Friday; The Heartford Defiant play Saturday night
Starday- Folk, Country, Bluegrass by Bridge Creek, Friday; Country and Western Swing by Carolyn Martin, Saturday
N.W.I.P.A.- Second Anniversary Party, Saturday: live music starts at 7
Gemini- DJ’s Ashby Scaggs, Cee White, and Brian Todd play Saturday night
Devil’s Point- Dog and car (and bike and skateboard) wash, Sunday at 1 p.m. This is a benefit for the Family Dogs New Life Shelter

Be cool, folks.

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Kickball Makes a Comeback, Produce Returns, and Shitty Beer Rules the Day

That’s what our Thursday looks like. It could be what yours looks like, too.

- First the kickball. No, the FoPo Pirates haven’t returned just yet, but a group of kickballers are organizing regular games at Kern Park. There’s a game tonight, and anyone is welcome. A couple points: where were these guys when FoPo was getting ganged up on last week by Creston-Kenilworth and their comrades from Lents and Woodstock? Also, I really hope these guys coincidentally don pirate gear. Game’s at 6:30 tonight.

Brewfest- Cascade Organic will be back at N.W.I.P.A. tonight. From 5 – 8 p.m., the bottle shop will become part Organic Market, with local produce, fresh seafood and wild mushrooms for sale. Show them that Foster can support a local and organic market (while simultaneously avoiding the ickiness of Fred Meyer’s produce section).

- Finally, O’Malley’s Macro Brewfest commences today. This is to celebrate “the beers that everyone drinks but is afraid to admit.”  So own your shitty-beer-drinking ways and get down to O’Malley’s. The three-day event begins with live comedy tonight, continuing with Funk tomorrow and Rock night on Saturday. Meanwhile, 14 beers will be on hand for a taste test competition. You can get a $7.00 beer pass that gets you four tall boys of the beer of your choosing. One beer pass a day gets you damn near through all 14 beers. Not bad.

 

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Foster-Powell Stays Hot

I know, you don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows. Or that it’s bloody hot. Too hot.

Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 2.43.42 PMBut we’re not talking temperature here. The Portland Business Journal just released it’s list of Portland’s 25 hottest neighborhoods, and Foster-Powell ranked fourth. With 227 homes sold in the second quarter of 2014, we are just ahead of Oregon City/Happy Valley (222) and behind Beaverton/Aloha (294). Another tract in Beaverton/Aloha (316) ranked second, while Forest Heights (371) saw the most homes sold in the period.

Considering none of the top three neighborhoods are close-in, Foster-Powell’s showing is that much more indicative of its current appeal. Or maybe because it’s still somewhat affordable. (Or, maybe people are moving the hell out. But probably not that.)

So if it’s a mix of appeal and affordability, how do we maintain the latter?

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National Night Out is Tomorrow, Kern Park to Host Neighborhood Party

There’s only so much pimping of neighborhood events we can do. This one’s worth it, though.

Here are the basics: Kern Park, Tuesday (8/5), from 6:30 – 8:30. Live band, vendors, and lots of neighbors. For more information on this year’s party, check the Neighborhood Association’s Facebook(And ince we’re too lazy to go into details, check out our recap of last year’s event: here.)

Here’s a primer (from 2013):

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The Pirate Ship Has Sunk, The Bobwhite is For Sale, and More Vacancies. Welcome to Monday.

There’s nothing like starting your week with a thud, right?

- In the first blow to our collective souls, Creston-Kenilworth put a stop to our ever-growing conquest of Southeast kickballers. It was a crushing defeat, but the outnumbered Pirates almost eked out a comeback against a team that also consisted of players from Woodstock and Lents. But Salt and Straw. That happened after. And then the memory of loss faded.

Screen shot 2014-08-04 at 10.19.31 AM- In other news, the Bobwhite Theatre is for sale. We don’t know what else this means, other than it’s for sale. And by sale, we don’t mean discount. The asking price? $825,000. It’s an odd move after Nick Storie handed over control of the theatre’s operation to Nick Haas a few months ago. And the fact that the current operation is actually hosting regular events and **not pissing off ** neighbors is a good thing. So why sell? More to come, I’m sure.

- And finally, just as the commercial plaza between 64th and 65th on Foster filled up (thanks to the Red Castle expansion into food and beverage), Defense Arts NW has packed up and left. While it’s good news for the martial arts studio, as they’ve grown too big for their former space (6420 SE Foster Road), it leaves yet another vacancy in the heart of Foster. The good news is that commercial space appears to be in high demand on Foster, and this just leaves the door open for some neighborhood-serving retail, perhaps. And speaking of retail space…on a related note, Cascade Organic will be at N.W.I.P.A. again on Thursday. Show them how much you want them to set up shop permanently in the ‘hood. Maybe mention any vacant storefronts you know of. Mwahahaha….

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