It’s boogie time. Friday. Consider getting a drink and dinner on Foster. Catch some live music over the weekend, dance, and shop at any of our mom-and-pop businesses for records, furniture, art, books, clothes, stuffed animals, and more. Just find a way to get to Foster and support the District.
Here are your weekend tidbits…
– It was revealed earlier this week that Charlie Hales wants to create a new Urban Renewal Area to mirror the route of the proposed Powell-Division Bus Rapid Transit line. It’s unknown whether the idea will gain traction, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
– O’Malley’s made the Willy Week’s all-encompassing guide of bars where you can bring the kids. Pizza and beer while the little ones fascinate over foosball or pinball? Looks like you parents out there have your next date night.
– Don’t sleep on Tango Berretin. Unless you’re in the tango scene, it’s easy to forget we have a place in the neighborhood for your dancing pleasures. Tango Berretin offers lessons and evening dance parties (no partner needed) right here in the ‘hood. Good music, good vibes. Check ’em out. Next event is tomorrow (Saturday): Milonga 24—Milonga starts at 9pm (until 1 am), with an hour of lessons beforehand for the beginners. $10 ($8 if you RSVP on FB), $2 with student id, and discount if you take lesson first.
– With all the talk of changes on Foster and Powell, let us not forget about 82nd Avenue. If you’re interested in being part of the discussion about 82nd and how it may evolve in the future, check out the 82nd Avenue Design Open House this Monday, January 11; 5 – 8 pm at 8114 SE Division.
– Oh, and if you’re in to meetings, the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association has its monthly meeting Monday, too. 6:30 – 8 pm at Foster Burger.
– The City just announced a partnership with Nike to get its long-talked-about bikeshare program off the ground. Nike’s sponsorship will net the City some $10 million dollars over five years. How does the newly dubbed Biketown relate to Foster? Well, the City’s bikeshare program received federal funding during the same round of grant awards as the Foster Streetscape Plan. Fast forward a few years, and the two projects have little else in common. One is being championed by the City and being stamped with a big swoosh; the other is getting by with a shoe-string budget, no sense of urgency, and perhaps without some of the elements originally included in the plan (street trees, etc.). Oh, and the bikeshare program most certainly won’t find the outer reaches of SE Portland.
– Weekend entertainment
Starday Tavern- Lowlight performs tonight (Friday) at 9 pm
Tango Berretin- Milonga 24, Saturday 9pm – 1am (lessons start at 8pm)
O’Malley’s- Second Sunday Bluegrass with the Hazy Dickels, 7 pm (may want to confirm w/O’Malley’s that this event is still on)
Enjoy the weekend, y’all. Be cool, be safe.