Happy Weekend, FoPo!

Halfway through November.  Oy!  I suppose it’s time to start thinking about what we’re thankful for.  Or at least prepping our bellies for a uniquely-American day of excess.  And football.  And watching news reports of shopping-crowds-gone-wild in the wee hours of the morning.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– We featured Eliseo Ruiz in this week’s “Meet Your Neighbor,” and it seemed like folks were pretty enthused about his Nayar Taqueria.  One thing that also came up:  some of you voiced an an interest in a regular Spanish conversation group.  Eliseo is willing to host, but not necessarily organize it.  If any of you are interested, shoot us an email at fosterpowellpdx@gmail.com.

– Don’t sleep on Foster’s live music scene.  For real.  Here’s a weekly sampling:  country, punk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, electronica, indie, garage/psych/surf rock.  There’s something there for everyone.  Now it’s up to you to support the venues hosting.  Hint: one sounds like Jemini; another rhymes with Scarday Tavern; there’s an Irish pizza place; and even a family-friendly torta joint.  And then there’s the occasional performance at N.W.I.P.A., Bar Carlo, and bass-bumping/sensory-overload/costumed-teen shows at the Bob White.  Make it happen, folks.  Not every neighborhood is this lucky.

– We learned how Trader Joe’s remains so profitable this week: cashing in on PDC land giveaways.  Why would TJ’s buy expensive land when they can get it on the cheap?  As for the PDC, I suppose they have the right idea—luring businesses, creating jobs and investment, and providing services is a good goal—just in the wrong neighborhood.  Now if they can take the same approach on land they own on Foster.

– Speaking of land on Foster, the PDC has opened up a “request for interest” for several sites they own in the Lents Town Center.  Cross your fingers the Lentils get some takers.  Ditto for vacant storefronts/lots a little closer to home…the word is something’s brewing at the Phoenix Pharmacy building; inquiries have been made on the Save-A-Lot space (just inquiries…don’t get too excited); and the Portland Mercado project is still very much in the works.

– If you want to help the future Mercado, as well as prospective vendors, consider making a financial contribution.  Here’s a creative way to help get an aspiring business owner off the proverbial ground:  make an interest-free loan.

– This happened: Hoop Jam.

Feast for Southeast is at it again.  After serving over 500 Thanksgiving dinners at Mt. Scott Community Center last year, organizers are hoping to build upon their growing success in 2013.  They’re still canvassing the neighborhoods to get the word out, build support, and get donations for this year’s event.  If you’re interested in participating in the next canvassing, meet at Pieper Cafe this Saturday at 10 a.m.

– Who ever thought Foster could be the site of a “fun-filled city just for kids?”  Weirder things have happened, I suppose, but Kidopolis has been taking a stab at it for a while now.  If you haven’t been (and for 80% of you, there’s no reason you have), check them out this weekend for their first annual Holiday Gift Bazaar.  Light snacks, holiday music, gift items, and child care.
11/17:  from 4 -7 p.m.
11/18: from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

– Live music for the weekend:
Torta:  Trae Pearson’s got it on Friday; the Rogue Blugegrass Band holds it down on Saturday
– Gemini Lounge (ready for this?): Amber Harlan Granmo on Friday; So To Speak on Saturday; Garden Goat on Sunday
– Starday: The Mirrors and Planet Crashers bring garage, psych, and surf rock on Saturday

Have a good weekend, all.  Let us know what we missed.

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