Well, I suppose it easily could have been the Fourth yesterday. Or the day before that. Or even sometime last week. But that’s mostly because I’ve found myself questioning whether someone nearby has found some C4 or bought a new gun to shoot off. But then I remember it’s just July in outer SE Portland, and our fortunate proximity to Washington makes it oh so easy to get legal explosives. Enjoy the long weekend, folks…make sure to keep an eye on that dry grass and watch for smoldering roofs.
Here are your weekend tidbits…
– Remember that the summer months go by quickly, and a lot gets crammed into a short period of time. That’s true for Portland, especially, but also applies to the Foster area, too. Here’s a quick (well, maybe not so quick) primer of upcoming happenings, big and small:
July 11: Hopworks Tap Takeover at Bar Maven- $3 pints all night, free food and beer samples, swag)
July 12: Depave Wild Lilac- Help create a new community garden in what’s now a concrete parking lot, 10 am – 2:30 pm
July 15: BobWhite Theatre- Spongecake and The Fluff Ramblers, The Real, and Mugspoon, 8 pm
July 19: Foster Art Night at Performance Works NW- This will be a bigger, badder, and decidedly more artsy Foster Art Night. PWNW gets in the mix with food, drink, and music/video/dance performances. Stop in anytime after 6pm while visiting all the other stops along Foster.
July 20: SE Neighborhood Kickball Tournament, FoPo -vs- Lents- Get down with the get down. Foster-Powell kickballers take on Lents at Kern Park, 2 – 4 pm.
July 26: Depaving at Portland Mercado- You get to personally make Foster look sexy. Help tear up the parking lot at 72nd and Foster, then witness its transformation into green space and an open plaza. Depaving takes place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
July 26: More kickball- Mt. Scott-Arleta takes on the winner of the FoPo -vs- Lents showdown. 2 – 4 pm at Lents Park
August 5: National Night Out at Kern Park- The yearly party in the park usually brings out a couple hundred FoPo’ians. Expect live music, food, vendors, and lots of kids.
August 9: Second Anniversary Party at N.W.I.P.A.- Our neighborhood bottle shop is all grown up. Celebrate their entry into year three with good beer, an appearance by Kuza Burger food cart, and other fun fun. The fun fun starts at noon.
August 20: “Movies in the Park” at Essex Park- How could you pass up Goonies? You can’t, so see you there. Pre-movie fun starts at 6:30, movie starts at dusk.
– In addition to the above, expect all your regularly occurring events: live music, trivia, Foster Art Night every third Saturday, work parties at the FoPo Community Garden, random beer tastings, etc. Also, maybe we’ll get a return of Fun on Foster this year. And as always, let us know what else to expect over the coming months.
– Quick local business note: For all you Speedboat fans, make sure to welcome its new owner, Dowry. And for those that knew Don Neimeyer, the previous owner, wish him luck as he and his family hit the road and take on new ventures.
– Now, on to more immediate action. Here’s your weekend music lineup:
Starday- Willow House, Friday at 9pm; 100% and The Earth People, Saturday
Torta- Zach Allen’s Jazzy Night, Friday; Eric Vanderwall, Saturday
Gemini- DJ Encrypted, Saturday at 9 pm
Be cool, folks. Have a safe weekend.