Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Welcome back, weekend. We appreciate you bringing cooler weather, a couple fun events, live music, and an opportunity for some civic engagement. Feel free to leave the cooler weather when you go away.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– Before we jump into the fun stuff, let’s just make a quick mention of the terrible hit-and-run that occurred last week on Holgate (at SE 60th). A neighborhood resident was severely injured while crossing the street, as she was hit by a hit-and-run driver. As per KGW, the police believe the person driving was in a motorcycle (or three-wheeled bike) heading west around 10 p.m. Ugh! Something’s got to give. This is happening way too often on our streets. Positive thoughts to the victim, and hopefully the person responsible is found.

– Sorry to be a downer. On a decidedly brighter note, Hallowed Halls will be hosting their “Opening Party” this Saturday, starting at 7 pm. Here’s what the Willy Week had to say about the event:
     “It didn’t take long for Portland’s illustrious music scene to begin expanding its borders to a newly up-and-coming neighborhood. The Hallowed Halls, a once public library and now recording studio, opens its doors in Foster-Powell, offering a state-of-the-art recording experience. While the studio boasts an echo chamber, luxe ambiance and one of the largest live rooms in Portland, the opening party guarantees to be just as lavish. With complimentary libations, finger foods and psychic dance grooves by Gold Casio (members of Adventure Galley), this is a promising step for both Portland music and FoPo.”

– Back to traffic safety real quick. A legislative bill that will allow for unmanned photo-radar machines on high-crash corridors should net Foster (and Powell and 82nd) some level of automated speed enforcement in the near future (well, sometime next year, maybe). Check out Bike Portland’s brief summary of the bill’s passing: here.

– We’ll just keep plugging SMART Collective until you all check out a show and/or their skate and apparel store at 69th and Foster. They’re hosting another in-house concert tonight, with Heavy Sunsets, Rod, Ladywolf and Students. Show starts at 5pm to get your weekend going early; $5, with a discount for students.

– Speaking of live music…in addition to SMART Collective’s show, here’s the weekend (and beyond) lineup:
Starday Tavern- The BroadStrokes, Friday; PhiloPobia, Saturday
O’Malley’s- Dartgun & the Vignettes, Dr. Stahl and Hair Fire…Saturday, $4 cover
Bar Carlo- Hot Club of Hawthorne, July 15 (and every third Wednesday) at 7pm

– Remember when we were well on our way to having a completely filled commercial plaza between 64th and 65th on Foster? Well, we’ve essentially been only half-filled for some time now. Red Castle has a claim to one of the storefronts on that strip for its proposed Cafe Red, but it’s sat vacant for months (and presumably many more to come…bummer). And the former office space for Portland Ketchup Company (Portlandia Foods) has been vacated, too. In regards to the latter, we’ve seen the rent listed as low as $1,300 on Craigslist (posting since deleted), but recently bumped up as high as $2,100 (posting also since deleted). The landlord’s now come down to a cool $1,925 per month (surely this posting will be deleted soon, too). Something tells me that space won’t be filled anytime soon.

A couple opportunities for civic engagement coming up:
– First, this Saturday is one of Mt. Scott-Arleta’s Tree Inventory workdays. I know, sounds boring. But it isn’t. Really. It’s also really helpful for the neighborhood, it’s tree canopy, and the organizers who rely solely on kind-hearted, considerate, decent, environment-loving, thoughtful, earth-saving volunteers. Please tell me you don’t fit into one of the above descriptions? More information here.
– Secondly, the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association meets Monday. The second-Monday-monthly (except in August) meeting takes place at Foster Burger, from 6:30 – 8 pm. No agenda posted yet.

Finally, in addition to the live music posted above, here are more happenings for you to get into this weekend:
– Timbers viewing party at Portland Mercado, from 2 – 7: Fiesta Latina with Somos Timbers and La GranD Radio; viewing party in market hall and at Barrio, starting 4 pm
– Fifth installment of (Un)Made: Solo Relay Series at Performance Works NW: Jen Hackworth and Tahni Holt perform Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; $10
– Comedy Night at FoPo Tavern, Friday at 9 pm

Have a righteous weekend, y’all. Be cool, be safe.

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