Happy Weekend, FoPo!

Well, it looks like there won’t be any gardening this weekend…unless the weathermen have it wrong, that is.  That’s ok, though; there’s enough going on to keep you busy.  In addition to the news and happenings listed below, as always, please feel free to share anything that we may have missed.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

Sidestreet Reny returns to Torta tonight (Friday).  They’re pretty rad, and paired with tacos, tortas, and margaritas, it’s a perfect way to start the weekend.  Catch them starting at 8 p.m.

– Just because you can’t garden this weekend (ok, I suppose I’m assuming everyone else has a rain aversion, too) doesn’t mean you can’t get all your garden tools sharp and ready for use.  The Green Lents Community Tool Library will be hosting expert and apprentice tool sharpeners this Saturday (4/6), from 9 a.m. to noon.  Bring in your shearers, shovels, lawnmowers, and other garden tools in for a good sharpening, and donate some money for a good cause.  Remember, the GLCTL serves Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta, too. This is indeed your neighborhood tool library, so make use of it and help them stay open. If you intend to go, RSVP at librarian@greenlents.org

– The Occupy Movement returns this Saturday.  At least in film it does.  GG Williams’ documentary, “Occupy: We The People,” will air at the BobWhite Theatre this Saturday (4/6), along with live music and presentations from people in the film.  7 – 10 p.m…tickets are going for $10.

– More live performances.  On Sunday (4/7), from 3 – 7:30 p.m, at Tango Berretin, treat yourself to the music, dance and culture of Turkish Roman (Gypsy) culture.  Here’s a description of the event, dubbed Live Roman:
       “All the way from Istanbul, Turkey, dancer Reyhan Tuzsus and her husband, violinist Husnu Tuzsus, bring to Portland a rare glimpse into the world of Turkish Roman culture. Workshops be given on Roman street and wedding dance and music by Reyhan and Husnu. They will be accompanied by clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Sonia Seeman with Turkish percussionist David Reihs. After the workshops enjoy performances, open dancing, Turkish appetizers, tea and socializing.”

– For the Mad Men lovers out there, especially those without cable…Bar Carlo will be airing the new season premiere this Sunday.  I’m assuming you’ll be able to catch it most Sundays if history repeats.

– More self defense on Foster?  If Defense Arts Northwest wasn’t enough, now we have Life Tactics at 69th and Foster.  From their website:  “We live in a country where, let’s Foster Road Zombiesface it, things are pretty good.  Even so, bad things still happen to good people.  All you have to do is turn on the evening news to hear about murders, robberies, natural disasters, and more.  We like to pretend that these things won’t happen to us, but the fact is, eventually, we are all likely to come face to face with our own crisis.”  A little fear-mongering, shall we?  Apparently, in addition to teaching butt-kicking, they offer courses in crisis management, verbal deescalation, and confidence-building for teenagers.  But will they protect Foster from Zombies?

– Finally, your monthly neighborhood association meeting is this coming Monday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bar Carlo.  We should be getting updates on the soon-to-be concluding update of the Foster Streetscape Plan.

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

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2 Responses to Happy Weekend, FoPo!

  1. Hi! David here from Life Tactics. Thank you for the mention on your blog. Fear mongering? It may seem so on the surface, but the fact is, we don’t want people to be afraid, just prepared. Anti-bullying and self-sufficiency are what we are all about. As for the zombies, I don’t know if we can protect the neighborhood from them, but we might attract a few. The last couple of years we ran a haunted house to raise money to take our (free) anti-bullying program to schools. We won’t be running the haunted house this year, but are planning a big open house/Halloween party in October, so the zombie count on Foster is likely to rise…. at least for a day or two. Cheers!

    • Hey David,

      Thanks for your comment. In regards to the “fear mongering” comment…we’re generally a positive bunch, though sometimes we can be a little snarky. No harm meant. As for the haunted house, let us know more about it as we near the fall so we can pass it along to the rest of the ‘hood.

      Welcome to the neighborhood!

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