Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 8.47.42 AM.pngUm, so, climate change. Kinda scary, yeah? The flip side is this: 60+ degrees in early February. I know we’ll regret the excitement when summer burns the hell out of us and Mt. Hood has no snow-melt to keep our rivers flowing. But in the meantime, enjoy the weekend to come; it starts out mostly dry and in the 50’s, but creeps up to the low-60s by Sunday and beyond. Yikes!

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– The Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association got a visit from PBOT at their meeting last week, and they provided an update on the Foster Streetscape Plan’s status. Nothing major at this point, but they expect to hit the 30% design-completion benchmark at the beginning of March; design work is anticipated to be 60% complete by July. When PBOT does hit the 60% mark, an open house will show off early design and plan work. Stay tuned.

– In slightly (I mean super) maddening news, there’s a cloud of arsenic and cadmium raining down on parts of SE Portland, causing concerns for increased risk of health issues. The Portland Mercury broke the story earlier in the week, and it appears like the culprit of the toxic, heavy-metal-laden air may be a glass manufacturer operating near SE 21st and Powell. Tests have identified poor air quality in the surrounding neighborhood, specifically at two area schools—Cleveland and Winterhaven—but the extent of the pollution’s reach is not yet known. Ugh!

– Ok, so if you want to drink away that depressing bit of news, NWIPA is probably your place over the next few weeks (though, we might point out that you can throw a stone in any direction on Foster to find a place to drink). At our bottle shop, though, we have the following:
Saturday, Feb 6Willamette Week’s Great Portland IPA Challenge
Burger Mondays with the following guest burger-makers- Xico (Feb 8), Woodsman Tavern (Feb 15), Southpark (Feb 22), and Kim Jong Grillin (Feb 29). Check with NWIPA to make sure there’s still availability, as the number of burgers served is limited.
Saturday, Feb 13- Stealth Pop-up #3 (we’re talking gourmet food on Foster here, folks)
Saturday, Feb 20- Block 15 Bourbon Month
Saturday Feb 27- Third Annual Triple IPA Fest (with guest appearances by Chicken & Guns and Bunk Sandwiches)

– First Friday at Darling Press—get your art, music, wine, and good vibes on tonight at Foster Row’s Darling Press Studio. Good for these guys promoting the art scene on Foster. It’s emerging, for sure, so support it when you can. More info here.

– Might we suggest you do some shopping at Backstory Books, Latchkey Gallery, Velvet Goldmine, Green Noise Records, SMART Collective and I Heart Retro this weekend? And there’s plenty more, too. Fortune cookies, taxidermy, pot, DIY beer-making supplies, magnets and bumper stickers, pottery, custom-made cards…and the list goes on.

Here’s your upcoming Foster entertainment:
Y Arts Little Theater- Ethyl’s Pies: a comedy of deceit in two acts, Fri – Sun at 7:30 pm
Starday Tavern- A Soul-filled Journey Through Time (r&b, neo-soul, hip-hop, trip-hop, and house music), tonight (Friday) at 9pm
Backstory Books-Story Time (for kids 5 and under), Saturday at 10:30 am
Portland Mercado– Music Mondays, Ariel Cook performs at Barrio starting at 7:30 pm
World Famous Cannabis Cafe- DJ Brain Food, Friday at 8pm; Todd Armstrong Comedy Hour, Saturday at 7pm; Kelsey and the Next Right Thing, Saturday at 8pm

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