Happy Weekend, Foster!

Welcome to the weekend, folks.  And an early welcome to June.  Time to start getting into summer mode—we all know what Foster has to offer when the sun’s out.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– Speaking of summer, here’s a quick rundown of some neighborhood events in the coming months:
* Foster-Powell Garden Tour- June 21
* National Night Out / Neighborhood Party at Kern Park- August 5
* Movies in the Park (at Essex)- August 20
* Summer, inter-neighborhood kickball- TBD

– The above events are just those sponsored by the Neighborhood Association.  In addition, expect more live music at the bars; Fun on Foster (TBD); neighborhood barbeques.  There’s also rumor that Foster Art Night might return in full force.

As we pointed out earlier in the week, the PDC is looking to inject a little more financial umph into the Lents Urban Renewal Area.  That financial umph could be to the tune of $26 million, of which $5.3 mil could be coming to the western stretch of Foster.  As one of our readers pointed out, however, a good portion of that money may already be tied up in projects currently in the pipeline.  The PDC has already committed $2 mil to the streetscape plan, and the Mercado has received a lot of financial support from them, too.  How much will be leftover to support/explore development of the Phoenix Pharmacy and Mt. Scott Fuel site remains to be seen.

– Even without the extra dough, the western stretch of Foster stands to do well.  There’s already a natural draw to the area, and our collection of small businesses appear to be doing well.  And with the influx of creative- and active-use space like Foster Row and Fat Yoga, to the very solid night scene hovering around SE 65th, it won’t be long before some of the vacant storefronts start filling up at a quicker pace.  Any predictions on what moves into the neighborhood next?

– If you’re interested in writing a form letter to City Council expressing your support of the Foster Streetscape Plan, Foster United is making it easy.  Check it out: here.  Remember…the plan goes before city council for adoption on June 11.  Feel free to show up and offer support that way, too.  In anticipation of its adoption, an after party has been  planned at O’Malley’s.

– Oh, going back to creative-use space.  It looks like Foster Row has another artist/maker/crafter in the house: Peter Zangrillo Pottery.

– Happy 2nd Birthday to the Egg Carton.

– In anticipation of many, many patio and sidewalk happy hours, let’s hear where your favorite outdoor drinking/dining spot is on Foster.

– Here are your weekend events:
Torta- Dain Norman, Friday; Rogue Bluegrass Band, Saturday
Starday- BridgeCreek, Friday
Bobwhite- Suplexes pile drivers and Jake “the snake” Roberts, Saturday at 1pm
N.W.I.P.A.- Barley Brown takes over the taps for the weekend

Have a good weekend, folks.

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