If you made it out to Kern Park Tuesday, you know why our neighborhood is on the come up. National Night Out is a good snapshot of the all the positive energy flowing through the western stretch of Foster. And if it isn’t National Night Out, it’s the neighborhood garden tour. Or how geeked people get at the mention of Foster’s coming streetscape improvements. Or the Mercado, or the possibility of movies at the Bobwhite, or fresh produce being sold locally, or….you get the point.
Here are your weekend tidbits…
– The Foster-Powell Community Garden is in the midst of a two-day work party. And they need your help, even if just for an hour. Today and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Seriously, an hour goes a long way.
– Foster-Powell was ranked as the fourth “hottest neighborhood” in the Portland Metro region based on the number of home sales. I guess the secret is out.
– If you like beer, Foster is the place to be this weekend. O’Malley’s is currently in the middle of its Macro Brewfest, which pays homage to all the shitty beers you indulge in but aren’t necessarily proud of. They have 14 varieties of tall boys for your taste-testing-pleasure, culminating in a crowning of the “best of the worst” by weekend’s end. Live music tonight and tomorrow to accompany. And on the other end of the beer spectrum, N.W.I.P.A. is celebrating its second year of serving up hoppy goodness to you Foster denizens. Celebrate with them Saturday: live music, an initial offering of $2.00 pints of select beers, and the Kuza Burger cart slangin’ their, well, um, burgers.
– The Bobwhite Theatre is for sale. And Nick Haas, the theatre’s current manager, is determined to take it off of owner, Nick Storie’s, hands. It’s a steep price—$825,000—for a building that was bought for less than half of that just a couple years ago. But as we all know, the potential is limitless. And I know Haas wants to deliver that potential to the neighborhood.
– If you’re inclined to support the arts, don’t forget about Foster Row’s kickstarter campaign.
– Portland Burger week starts Monday. As expected, our own Foster Burger is participating. Get their Pepperjack Bacon Burger for $5.00 between 8/11 and 8/17. As a side note, even though they didn’t make the cut this year, Angry Unicorn is definitely good enough to participate. Feel free to support them (at Carts on Foster), too.
– Weekend happenings and live music:
O’Malley’s- Macro Brewfest: Funk Night, Friday; Rock Night, Saturday
Torta- Annie Vergnetti performs Friday; The Heartford Defiant play Saturday night
Starday- Folk, Country, Bluegrass by Bridge Creek, Friday; Country and Western Swing by Carolyn Martin, Saturday
N.W.I.P.A.- Second Anniversary Party, Saturday: live music starts at 7
Gemini- DJ’s Ashby Scaggs, Cee White, and Brian Todd play Saturday night
Devil’s Point- Dog and car (and bike and skateboard) wash, Sunday at 1 p.m. This is a benefit for the Family Dogs New Life Shelter
Be cool, folks.