Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Well, our predictions for “dry and sunny” last weekend didn’t hold true. And this weekend’s supposed to be even crummier. Boooo. Stay safe out there, folks. And if you feel like venturing out to Foster, all the haunts are ready for you. There’s a lot happening, so make sure to check our list of upcoming entertainment (below).

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– The big news this week was the announcement by PBOT that the Foster Streetscape Plan is delayed again, and there are a couple changes to the way money will be split between components of the project that sit on either side of SE 82nd. With additional funding sources and a new re-paving project added to the overall improvements to Foster, the funding split looks like this: the six-ish blocks east of 82nd will get $4.7 million for sidewalk widening, street re-paving, and the general traffic re-configuration and streetscape improvements (street trees, lighting, etc) included in the 2014-adopted plan; the stretch from SE 50th to 82nd will get $4.175 million for its portion of the road diet, added bike lanes, signal reconfiguration and other similar streetscape improvements. The one positive, in addition to extra funding, that comes from the delay: the bike lanes included with the new road configuration will no longer end at SE 54th (going west) as originally planned—new designs will start the transition to three auto lanes further west, thus allowing for bike lanes to extend all the way to SE 52nd where they’ll meet the north/south  50’s bikeway.

– Speaking of the west end of Foster, it looks like another robbery happened at Pussycats. It does seem like our seedier establishments on Foster tend to get hit by the robber bug a lot.

– We finally got around to posting the results of our reader survey from a few weeks ago. The numbers were telling, and it was a fun exercise in learning more about our readership. In addition to the stats we shared, we’ll also be sharing some of the comments about what folks love/hate about Foster. Check for that in the coming days/weeks.

VICE recently published an article about Portland’s competitive pinball scene. And while the article mostly focused on the culture, specifically centered around Ground Kontrol in Old Town/Chinatown, we should point out that the pinball scene most definitely extends to the east side of the river and onto Foster. Slingshot Lounge hosts their own pinball competitions, and you can get in on the action this coming Tuesday, October 18. Peep it.

– Put it on your calendar: Fall Tasting event at Carts on Foster, October 22 from noon to 6 pm. Each of the carts will have $3.00 tasting plates, with the Pod Bar serving up free hard cider tastings. Sounds fun.

– Special plug for I Heart Retro….here’s a message from them:
         “We have a lot of fun at I Heart Retro. You might come in to the store and see us decorating a room, cleaning furniture, unloading (or loading) a truck or just sitting in one of our many vignettes just having an conversation. We are proud of our friendly, casual atmosphere. Most importantly, we are proud of our store!”
Keep doing your thing over there. We heart you. And for those in need of retro furniture and home stylings (or even old records), check ’em out.

– The Portland Mercado has a new cart occupying its lot, but it’s not more food. Check out the new Dear Fashion Mobile Boutique, which will be parked at the Mercado every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dear Fashion specializes in women’s clothing and accessories.

– Upcoming entertainment:
Starday Tavern- Texadrine w/Billy Kennedy (6pm) and Ska Queen Birthday Bash (9pm), Friday; La Rivera (6pm) and The Redeemed (9pm), Saturday
O’Malley’s- The Super Secret Hot Girls//Prison Dress//G*U*N, Saturday at 10pm
SMART Collective- Fire Nuns//The Toads//Husky Boys//Two Moons, Friday at 7pm
Hallowed Halls- Saint Frank’s Presents: An Acoustic Showcase with Red Steppers//John Miller//Taylor Kingman//Barret Johnson, Saturday at 6 pm (doors at 5). *Royale Brewing is sponsoring this event and will have one of their beers on hand
NWIPA- Killer IPA Fest, Sunday (day 1) and Monday (day 2), from 2 pm until close. *Day two’s event will be paired with Burger Mondays
Portland Mercado- Mercadito and Dia de Pinatas, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In conjunction with the season’s last Mercadito, there will be pinata making and smashing for all
Hammer and Jacks- Sarah Sparkle and Kimmy Crystal play music, tell stories, and play with puppets while the wee ones play and dance; Saturday, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

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