Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Halloween’s only a few weeks away, yet we’re still pumping sun and 70+ degrees. One of the nicest autumns I can remember. Don’t count on it lasting, though–the rain’s coming, so enjoy it while you have it.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- There was a film crew set up off of Foster a couple days ago, just behind Diane’s and the ‘Smoke and Vape’ shop. I’ve also heard of filming in the neighborhoods. Portlandia? Grimm? Sons of Anarchy? All would be fitting, I suppose.

- Speaking of film….um, Big Trouble in Little China. Yeah, that happened. And at Foster’s own Bobwhite Theatre no less. Let’s be clear, this wasn’t top-flight cinema. But, damn, did Kurt Russel turn in a performance. Paired with Session, Pabst, and Olympia (yes, all three) and popcorn, it got even better. Along with audience commentary and a rad–and getting radder–local theater, this is not to be missed. Well, you may not get ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ again, but cheesy 80’s movies abound, and every Tuesday and Thursday provides a new opportunity for a good time. You wanted a movie theater, now go support it and watch it grow.

- Foster-Powell (and Mt. Scott-Arleta, too, for that matter) is an improving neighborhood. That much is for sure. Gone are the days of easy (well, easier) meth scores; many dilapidated houses have been renovated; Foster itself is burgeoning; and every year brings more fixed up properties, new businesses, and greater community energy. From time to time, though, we get the occasional wave of petty crimes. And the perception, it seems–whether backed by stats or not–is that this is the case now: stolen bikes, missing mail and UPS packages, and the odd-ball tweaker doing what they do, seems to be the biggest source of concern. We had a small piece earlier in the week discussing this to some extent. Feel free to add to the conversation. Also, the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association meets every second Monday at Bar Carlo (that would be this Monday), from 6:30 to 8 p.m.–this would be a good venue to discuss concerns and network with neighbors to address the issue.

- The Foster-Powell Community Garden will be open today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), as neighbors plant native species, work on a rain garden, and construct a community meeting area. Swing by if you’ve got time. And as always, keep up with what they’re doing over there at 62ndGarden.wordpress.com.

- Weekend events/live music:
Performance Works NW- Dance/Play/Move: A Kids’ Dance Class, Saturday from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m
Bar Carlo- The Session (spoken word and open mic), Saturday evening; Sweet Reggae Sundays, Sunday evening (duh)
Torta-landia- Big North Duo, Friday; Adam Fisher, Saturday
Gemini Lounge- DJs Ashby Scaggs, Brian Todd, Cee White, Saturday
Starday Tavern- Rockabilly by Shuggie B Goode, Friday; Country-Western/Rockabilly with The Bakersfield Rejects and Johnny Payola and The Hired Guns, Saturday

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool.

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Takin’ It Back

Throwback Thursday.
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Our first love: Guapo, oh how we miss thee.





And for those who share in the sentimentality…


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Thieves Got You Down?

Well, as it turns out, FoPoArleta isn’t the only place being scoured by petty thieves. While it seems like we’re some cesspool of grimey, miscreant, bike thieves and UPS package collectors—rest assured—we’re not.Bike Thief

Or at least we’re not alone in that summation. (I suppose there’s comfort in that, right?)

Apparently bikes and UPS packages are being stolen in nice neighborhoods, too. Or so says a recent Oregonian article. While my gut always said this was just a city problem—much like car prowls and hipsters—I couldn’t help but wonder if Foster had some magical, magnetic draw for those all-too-willing to relieve you of your bikes and other backyard-personal items while you slept or went to work. Alas, it’s not in the water; we’re preyed upon just the same as in other neighborhoods (though, that doesn’t lessen the impact this has on peoples’ lives).

All joking aside, the linked article above shows how neighbors are coming together to combat issues like this. Also, the article makes mention of the social media website, Next Door, and its use in addressing neighborhood livability issues. The site connects neighbors to various resources, event listings, and other news in the ‘hood…both good and bad. Check it out…Foster-Powell has its own page (as does Mt. Scott-Arleta and others): https://fosterpowell.nextdoor.com/login/

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Foster Chicken

So, uh, there’s this chicken…









And he/she plays the violin. On Foster and Holgate nonetheless.

What’s the story here?

#WhyDidTheChickenCrossTheRoad #FoPo


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Alley Shmalley

Alleyways present an interesting dilemma in Foster-Powell.  On one hand, they’re usable, public spaces. On the other, they’re feral plots of land overtaken by weeds and blackberry bushes. While they offer access to your backyard, they also offer access to your backyard (if you know what I mean…and unfortunately many of you do). They provide parking alternatives for those with rear garages, and they present more gardening options, too. But they also attract discarded couches, broken tvs, and whoever that girl was screaming in a IMG_1250meth-fueled rage last night. Yeah, you know the one.

Still, there’s more potential there than is currently being utilized.

A while back, a group of PSU students and city planners-to-be tackled this dilemma and created a how-to guide for those wanting to take over their alleyways. And while dirt-bike escapades still give the alleys their most use, they also provide dog-walking routes, scenic romps through semi-vegetative urban decay and, now, an opportunity to get creative.

Here’s a look at one such project, located in the alley between SE 71st/72nd and SE Center/Rhone. Hopefully it provides some inspiration….









This makeshift garden improvises with old gutters framed behind an outbuilding bordering the alleyway.








The chalkboard offers a canvas for neighbors to draw on, an alternative to would-be taggers, and some art to the oft-neglected alleyway.








A rain barrel completes the alleyway garden and makes it that much more sustainable. Plus a bench for sitting, potted plants for more flare, and a raised bed.

And just like that…voila!

Has anybody else transformed their alley space? If so, how/what did you do? If not, who’s interested? The PSU group who surveyed the neighborhood put together a planning guide and toolkit for interested residents. Check it out.

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Happy Weekend, Foster Folks!

Hopefully you’re easing into Fall well. I imagine we’ll start seeing Christmas stuff at the stores soon, as well as Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey serenading us into a shopping mood. (I swear it begins earlier and earlier every year.) Have a good weekend, all.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- Whether you believe the hype or not, the Bobwhite continues to have positive momentum. After celebrating 90 years standing last weekend, the theatre began hosting its twice-weekly run of movies this Thursday. Also, Melissa Binder from the Oregonian wrote a nice piece about the struggles of previous owner, Nick Storie, as he sought to bring the theatre back to life a few years ago, only to find it much harder than he envisioned, and ultimately handing the reins over to current manager and soon-to-be owner, Nick Haas. Check it out: here.

- Bar Carlo continues with its enhanced nighttime offerings. Craft Night SE has been around for seven years; Big Gay Mondays happens on occasion; Sweet Reggae Sundays kicked off in August; Wednesday night jazz sessions is a few weeks in; now, Saturday night spoken word and open mic will be working on week two. We all know about the brunch—time to check ‘em out in the evening if you’re not already. Oh, they also have a wine list that (for the last few weeks) includes half-off bottles Monday-Thursday.

- Speaking of wine, N.W.I.P.A. will be hosting a wine tasting this Sunday to get you geared up for the holidays. From 5 – 6:30 pm, local resident, Jeff Whelton, will be pouring a selection of six different wines that may go well with the cold weather and holiday parties/meals. You’ll have to RSVP in advance; $25 per person.

- Quick reminder: Bar Maven now serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

- We’ve seen the gradual facelifting of Foster—from Nayar to O’Malley’s, and Red Castle Plaza to the future Green Noise Records—but there’s more to come. Local artists, John and Vicki Wilson, are hoping to liven up some of Foster’s vacant or less-than-appealing windowfronts with a series of art installations. Learn more here: fosterwindowproject.wordpress.com.

- Here’s your music/happenings for the weekend:
Torta- Nathan Ganz, Friday; Zac Allen’s Jazzy Night, Saturday
Gemini- DJ Encrypted, Saturday
Starday- BorderTown, Friday; Navigate North, Saturday
Performance Works NW- Dance/Play/Move, Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm
NWIPA- Holiday Wine Tasting, Sunday
Bar Carlo- Spoken Word and Open Mic, Saturday; Sweet Reggae Sundays, Sunday evening; Jazz Sessions, Wednesday

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool.

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