Happy Weekend, FoPo!

April Showers.  Like clockwork.  It’s ok, though—I’m sure all the gardens out there appreciate it…especially with the sun coming on strong by Sunday.  And it only gets better, as the sun’s arrival on Sunday leads the way for a week of 70 degree weather.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

Foster Art Night is this Saturday.  You know the drill.  If you don’t make regular habit of it, this is your excuse to drink and dine on Foster, get to know your neighbors and, well, yes, check out some art.  Of particular interest is the Foster Road Salon, where you can take in the visual, audio, and the literary atop Bob and Alice’s, er, uh, Starday Tavern.  Beyond that, the regular spots are hosting art: Pieper Cafe (early), Slingshot, Torta, N.W.I.P.A., and of course live music at Gemini.  You don’t have to stop there, though.  Feel free to support our other fine dining and drinking establishments along the way.

May Faire Flyer 2013– Mark your calendar, May 11:  Wild Lilac, the early childhood education program moving into the neighborhood this Fall, is hosting its annual May Faire at their new site located at 74th and Foster.  The event is free and catered to families with children up to six.  There will be food, games, face painting, a puppet show, and more.

– Also in May:  Annual Neighborhood Cleanup, May 4.  Bring your trash, debris, rubbish, or any other discards to Arleta School to help raise money for the Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Associations.  Here’s how it works:  the local NA’s provide dumpsters for your dumping pleasure, you pay for each load you dump, the neighborhood benefits by raising money for local improvements.  Things to keep in mind: the cost per load is much cheaper than it would be to go to the dump, you’d be supporting a local cause, and…you know your house is cluttered and you have trash you need to get rid of.  Things to dump:  mattresses, scrap wood, bulky waste, tires, and other large discards.  What not to bring: computers and electronics, yard debris, concrete, or hazardous materials.

– You have a community garden.  Yes, you.  And if you want to contribute to its greatness, come down to the work party this Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and help shovel dirt, pull weeds, and make use of those rusty tools.  Serious, it’s yours, and you should help make it awesome.  For more info on the Foster Powell Community Garden, check out the site,  62ndGarden.

– In other news, Apex Body Works is offering free boot camps in the month of April as they introduce themselves to the neighborhood; Steakadelphia got the top cleanliness rating, as per Fox News and Multnomah County Environmental Health, which only a handful of Portland restaurants have accomplished; Jon Ransom performs his live folk music at Torta-landia tonight at 9 p.m.

– Finally, Foster Green will be holding its final workshop for the enhancement of Laurelwood Park this Thursday at Bar Carlo.  This will be your last chance to chime in on plans to potentially improve upon one of our neighborhood parks.  Remember, Laurelwood Park, especially with some enhancements, could be a crown jewel in the soon-to-be (sorta, and who knows to what extent) redesigned Foster Road.  Personally, when looking at design options, I think they’ve separated the park and its anticipated energy too much from Foster.  What do you all think?  Let Foster Green know on 4/25, from 6 – 7:15 p.m.

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

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