Happy Weekend, FoPo!

Oh, glorious sun.  It’s been nice saving money on heating…even nicer to bask in the sun on Foster—with a pint in hand—after a long day at work.  Even the speeding, polluting cars and random meth heads biking the wide, sun-beaten sidewalks are enjoyable on days like this.  Keep ’em coming, sun god.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– Ok, does it matter what’s happening this weekend so long as it stays sunny and warm?  No. Especially if you have access to a park, a bike, a garden to tend to, an afternoon happy hour spot, or neighbors to visit with over iced tea or a cold IPA (hint, your neighborhood bottle shop is ripe for the to-go order).

– The BobWhite Theatre is the place to be tonight (Friday).  I’m just not sure they know it.  Or maybe they do and intentionally double-booked.  Performing live at 8 p.m. is Spawnbreezie, a mix of island music, roots reggae, and hip hop.  And….performing at 8 p.m. is DJ Tronic and others in the “For the Love of Warehouse Party v 1.”  Both shows should be good, but hopefully they don’t drown each other’s sound out.

Alley Pilot– The action continues at the BobWhite on Saturday, too, though the following event should be much more subdued.  As noted earlier in the week, the PSU student group known as Mill Street Planning will be holding an open house to discuss preliminary concept plans for local alley way uses.  The idea is to create a “how to” guide for residents of Mt. Scott-Arleta, Foster-Powell, and Lents, who want to better utilize their alleys.  In addition to this guide, Mill Street Planning will also be creating three pilot alleys to demonstrate what these reimagined alleys can look like.  The FoPo pilot is between Center/Boise and 63rd/64th.  On the other side of Foster, the MSA pilot will be between Harold/Reedway and 71st/72nd.

– Mark your calendars: Lily Day Cafe’s grand opening will be on May 17th.  Yes, they’ve already been open for a couple months, but now they want to introduce themselves to the neighborhood with live music from the Ukeladies and all-day food and drink specials.

– Once again, the neighborhood had decent representation in the Willamette Week’s 2013 Bar Guide.  When searching their “Best Bars by Neighborhood,” Foster-Powell had two listings (well, three, but they included the Lion’s Eye which is on 82nd at Woodstock): O’Malley’s and Devil’s Point.  Congrats to those two.  I figured it would be a good time to recognize some of our other fine, local drinking establishments, all of which are worth your visit (and could have just as easily made this list): Gemini Lounge, Slingshot, and N.W.I.P.A. (no, this isn’t a bar per se, but if a strip club can make the list, so too can a bottle shop).

– If you want to share any other happenings and goings-on in the hood, just leave a comment.

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3 Responses to Happy Weekend, FoPo!

  1. erika says:

    The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade is this weekend too. Starts at 10:00 a.m. at Eastport Plaza (82nd and Holgate). Name That Tree! Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood Class at Holgate Library at 2:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m. And, if you are up for helping with the Arleta Triangle (72nd and Woodstock) its a weed pulling party from 10 – 1:00 p.m. Swing on by & help for any amount of time. Busy weekend!

  2. erika says:

    Also, East Portland Transportation Town Hall Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Irco — 10301 NE Glisan.

    Senators Jackie Dingfelder, Rod Monroe, and Chuck Thomsen will be joined by Representatives Jeff Reardon, Michael Dembrow, Shemia Fagan, Chris Gorsek, Alissa Keny-Guyer and Jessica Vega Pederson in hosting a Transportation Town Hall in Portland focused on the issues in East Portland. Each legislator’s district includes East Portland. Legislators will be joined by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Matt Garrett, ODOT Region 1 (including Portland) Director Jason Tell, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane, and other transportation officials to speak to and answer questions about transportation issues in East Portland.

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