Happy Weekend, FoPo!

Time seems to be flying these days.  March flew by, and now we’re getting to the mid-point of April.  Aye aye aye.  Maybe that means summer will get here quicker.  Ha! Unfortunately, we won’t have the greatest weather this weekend.  But hey, it’s still the weekend, right?

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– These guys are rad:  Sang-Froid Riding Club.  Actually, not these guys, because I don’t know them.  But, they have a pretty rad event that creates chaos in Foster-Powell yearly. Check it out:  Portland Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro.  If you live on an alley, you may already be familiar.  Or if not, I’ll be the first to tell you that the sound of lawnmowers on speed that you heard buzzing in your backyard last year around this time…yeah, that was these guys racing through the alleys on motorcycles and dirt bikes.  And now they’re back this Sunday.  I’d keep your kids and dogs out of the alleys.

– In the world of food critiquing, Foster-Powell and its environs got some play on the Banh Mi tour.  How did we fare?  Well, the one true FoPo representative, An Xuyen, made the “Not Recommended” list.  However, @Pho.com and Banh Minh—both on the north side of Powell (82nd and 78th respectively)—made the list, too, and were recommended.  Best Baguette, just on the other side of 82nd made the favorable list, as well, which definitely puts our part of Southeast in good standing in the Banh Mi world.  Before you write off An Xuyen, though, it should be pointed out that at $2.99, their sandwiches were more affordable (sometimes by at least half) than most the others.

Bike Theft Map– In other Foster-related, weekly-alternative press:  it’s true, bikes do get stolen a lot in our neighborhood.  Glad to know I’m not crazy (though that may be better than not being able to leave my bike unattended).  As per the Willy Week article, U-Lock or You Walk, in this week’s Bike Guide, Foster Road makes a definitive mark on their heat map of frequent bicycle theft locations.  Now, the good thing is we’re not as bad as the inner-East side or Downtown.  However, our dear Foster is the lone hot spot east of 50th.  Bummer dude.  Make sure to lock your bikes.

– For those tired of looking at shoulder-high weeds and the world’s weirdest (er, sketchiest) floral shop presiding over a large, empty lot, you’ll now be able to look at six multi-story townhouses instead.  The long-vacant lot at 67th and Holgate found a developer, which means no more duck and bore hunting in the semi-wild, jungle maze of overgrown weeds, bushes, and broken glass.  Darn.

– As always, don’t forget to support your local businesses while you’re out this weekend.  Coffee and breakfasts are covered; shopping for plants and garden supplies; lunch; post-lunch workout; games to play at home…or even in-store on Foster; beer to go; and dinner.  You should already know the spots, but if not let us know.  Also, if you know of any happenings, please feel free to post.

Enjoy the weekend, y’all.  Be safe, be cool.

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6 Responses to Happy Weekend, FoPo!

  1. MizVerde says:

    I guess one positive one might extract from the theft map is the popularity of biking in this neck of the woods??? I tried.

  2. I love this. It’s so Portland! I think we should have a walking alley sweep for non-riders.

  3. Alex Reed says:

    Plant and seedling exchange at the newly-starting community garden site at 62nd Ave. and Powell (south side)! Sunday 12pm-4pm. http://62ndgarden.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/plant-and-seedling-exchange-on-april-14th/

  4. Stefanie says:

    Hi Everyone,

    This event is happening at the Mt. Scott Community Center tomorrow, Sunday April 14:

    Disability Art and Culture Project presents:
    Glitter. Groove. Grow!
    An Arts and Culture Auction to benefit Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company.

    Join us for live performances, an arts and crafts table for children and youth, and a silent auction representing the best of Portland and beyond! Click here to see our list of performers, artists and other auction donors! We’re excited to feature John Edmo to open the event with an honor song, a story by Joy Corcoran, music by Jana Losey, and more. Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company will also preview two pieces from their upcoming Home/Unrestrained performance!

    Location: Mt Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206

    Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Time: 2-5PM

    Cost: $8-12 sliding fee scale, KIDS 12 AND UNDER GET IN FREE!

    E-mail disabilityartculture@gmail.com to volunteer, or with access questions.

    Wheelchair accessible; gendered and gender neutral restrooms available. Armless chairs available. Parking and public transit access available (Directly on the #10 bus route, stops 2554 & 2555; within blocks of #s 14, 19, 72, & within 1/2 mile of the Green Line Lents stop).

    Please refrain from using scented products.

    Check out our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/356262697824224/

    ***This is a wheelchair-accessible and fragrance-free event, please.

    *** Questions? Email us at: disabilityartculture@gmail.com

    See you there!

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