Swingin Sunday

If you're not worn out after your Saturday of fun at the street fair, boogie on down to the Bob White on Sunday for a little Ska/Swing/Mambo Big Band action. Put on your dancing shoes and don your best dress for what's sure to be a rocking good time.Bob White 90th  .

This is an awesome opportunity to catch a free show, have some cake, and take in the Bob White in a celebratory fashion.

All of the details are HERE

If you have yet to meet your neighborhood Big Band, you're in for a treat. A free and deliciously dance-tastic treat.

Foster, your Street Card is here

10354952_661364017282014_536251139831972226_n The Foster Street Card has arrived! This is the first in a series of fun simple ways we can come together to promote our favorite coffee shop, art shop, game shop, and whatnot. 

Pick up your handy dandy lovely card at any of the following locations and support your favorite local spots.

I’ve Been Framed : 4950 SE Foster Road

Pieper Cafe : 6504 SE Foster Road

Red Castle Games : 6406 SE Foster Road

Salon Mojo : 5820 SE Foster Road

Meticon Bikes : 5927 SE Foster Road

Torta-landia : 4144 SE 60th

Gemini Lounge : 6526 SE Foster Road

Bar Maven : 6219 SE Foster Road

FAN fun

Foster Art Night is back this Saturday. If you have the energy after a day of Garden Tour bliss, we urge you to take the FAN stroll and pick up your Foster Street Card.

CoverCard-01The discount card is free for neighbors and friends to frequent and discover shops, services, and restaurants along the Foster Strip. Salon Mojo is generously hosting our open house to kick off the FAN season. Stop in for refreshments, chit chat, and pick up your street card while you're at it. 

We are looking forward to another great Summer of neighborly fun, art, and inspiration.

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Portland’s Dirty Little Secret by Jacob Sherman

 portlands-air-is-toxicPhoto courtesy of Neighbors for Clean Air

Given how "environmentally-friendly" and "green" our city is reputed to be, you might find it hard to believe that Portland has a serious air quality problem -- but it's true. In August 2013, a national study named Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC) as the nation's #1 toxic polluter due to the quantity of the company's emissions, the toxicity of the pollutants, and the proximity of these emissions to the people in neighborhoods around them; neighborhoods like those in SE Portland. From cobalt to nickel and chromium to manganese, the company emits a toxic soup of carcinogens and neurotoxins. As a result of industrial pollution and that the fact that Oregon is becoming a dumping ground for dirty diesel engines that are now outlawed in California and Washington, many of our local schools have some of the most dangerous outdoor air quality in the entire nation.

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Meet your Neighbors: Foster Row

1486757_1438208816393362_662153319_aMeet the folks behind Foster Row, coming to our fine road in 2014.

Who are you?
Mark Pendergrass is a Woodworker from Kansas. He moved to Portland in 2006 to pursue a career in furniture design and manufacturing. Jennifer Erickson is a textile weaver. She moved to Portland in 2007 from Minneapolis, MN.

What do you do?
Foster Row is a place for creative entrepreneurs to work alongside each other and be a source of inspiration and collaboration. Based in the historic YMCA building, Foster Row includes a full woodshop, textile studio, and retail showroom. As the neighborhood moves through a period of redevelopment Foster Row aims to serve as a hub for community events.

What is your inspiration? (Why do you do what you do?)
Our goal is to create a communal working environment for our businesses and other small businesses to grow together. Rather than hiring employees, we will collaborate with other skilled entrepreneurs to create our unique line of home furnishings. We will also host events to draw attention to our businesses and establish Foster Row as a permanent fixture in the community.

What brought you and/or your business to this fine community?
We are excited about the direction we see this neighborhood moving in, and appreciate how down-to-earth everyone is here. There is a strong sense of pride that folks feel for the Foster neighborhood and the dedication to continue to build community.

3 Ways to unite the Fine Folks of Foster and it’s neighboring communities
1. We want to offer our 5,000 square foot space for hosting community events
2. We really like the idea of a Foster Card system to tie together local businesses.
3. Beautify the neighborhoods and encourage pedestrian traffic

How do you envision the future of your neighborhood?
We see our neighborhood drawing in more community and family-oriented businesses/organizations.

 

Join us

FUbadge03When Foster United started in the summer of 2012, we were mostly sure that our readership would consist of us four, so when the numbers started to increase, we were beyond pleasantly surprised and we adjusted accordingly. As we gear up for 2014, we find ourselves in a similar position, only this time there are far more stories to tell, events/meetings to attend, and neighborhood champions to applaud; hence, expansion.

If you are a community-minded writer, artist, or planner-extraordinaire seeking to share your stories in a medium such as this, we’d love to hear from you.

E: info@fosterunited.org