A Lesson on Community from my Cat Tabor

taborpics-001Nothing reminds me of spring more than Cricket doing her best pogo stick impression as she hops up and down, paws grasping at the door handle she so desperately wishes she could open.  For a mostly indoor cat, little Cricket is fearless outdoors, ambushing her large and savvy feline foes.  Her brother Tabor, on the other hand, is a strong muscular boy who communicates in high pitched soft chirps and holds a permanently alarmed look in his big round eyes.  Tabor is a true innocent; a sweetheart of a cat that loves to hug. (more…)

Caught on Camera and your Weekend Events

March is upon us and with it warmer and longer days.  We gain over an hour and a half of daylight this month!  Great motivation to get out and enjoy the neighborhood…

But before diving into your weekend events, here’s some photos of the Foster Corridor Investment Strategy open house this week.  Beyond the pages of plans I’m sure we’ll tackle in greater detail in a future post, it was great to see the Wikman-Arleta Building full of friends and neighbors and to be treated to amazing food from the Portland Mercado, thank you!



tt-001Celebrate Space Monkey’s 2nd year anniversary with First Friday featured Artists Alexis and Leif Jenssen, live music, pastries and a keg of of locally crafted beer by Captured by Porches.

Your live music Friday also includes Bolt Upright at Cadigan’s, Junkyard Dogs & Sonic Temple at the New Copper Penny and Rule of the Bone at The Lodge.

Movies?  But of course, kungfufridaysit’s Kung Fu Fridays double feature at Bar Carlo!  The Eunuch at 7 and The Supreme Swordsman at 9.

Comedy?  Why yes!  Check out Lezberados at the Bobwhite Theatre.  “Lezberados is a fierce and funny, hot and spicy, side-splitting comedy show featuring two of the hottest dykes on the mic working the circuit”.


tt1-001Always a favorite, don’t miss Chess at the Holgate Library Saturdays 1-4:30 pm, a local tradition since 1971.  Also, it’s the monthly first Saturday guided tour at Leach Botanical Garden 11am-noon.

Dennis 7 Dees is getting us ready for spring and sharpening up our tools, testing soil, and teaching how to prune.  No wonder we all are rockstar gardeners around here…

Friends of Trees are visiting the Montavilla and Mt. Tabor neighborhoods this weekend, bringing with them 230 trees and an army of bike riding volunteers!

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is back with Puss ‘n Boots at Portland Metro Arts in Montavilla, just $2 for adults and $1 buck for kids.  Enjoy a “magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for chilidogkids and their parents.”

National Green Friends has a cure for the munchies with a chili dog feed for OMMP cardholders.  “Good people, good food, and good meds”.

Saturday Night

collage2The Lily Day Cafe is open at night!  (Friday/Saturday until 9pm) Snack on some Lipton Onion Dip and Chex Mix while sipping on creative cocktails like spirited coffees, red eye flights, salty chihuahua, or an orchard champagne cocktail.

If you haven’t been to Fujiyama yet, check out their revolving fresh sushi bar, teppanyaki shows, and deluxe rolls.  There is an upstairs lounge area featuring a full drink menu too!

Don’t forget, karaoke is alive and well around Foster Road hosted every Saturday night at the Eagle Eye and Cadigan’s Corner Bar.


Get ready for Farm Fit at Zenger Farm!  This 6 week series starts Monday March 4th-April 12th, 6-7am.  Described as “using mainly our own bodyweight and the geography of the site, we’ll strengthen the core, stabilize joints and improve posture. So come on out to the farm and let’s be great, together”.

You might have noticed we’re crazy about the Foster area: huge fans of all the great happenings and events that create community and keep the fun close to home.  If you don’t see it here, we just plain missed it!  So help us out, post comments with all your discoveries and events.  If life or work pulls us away at moments, jump on in with a shout out anytime, many thanks!  xoxo.


An “I am Afrika” Gallery and your Weekend Events

Before heading into your weekend events below, here’s the 1st Annual African Cultural Celebration “I am Afrika”, brought to you by the Madison SUN African Student Group.  Click on the slideshow for a look at an evening of food, a bazaar, poetry readings, music, and a fashion show!


Collages-001Pinball Wizards of Foster Road, the Rose City Showdown V tournament is going down at the Slingshot!  Qualifying will take place on Friday and Saturday, top 16 advance to the finals on Sunday.

It’s Colored Pencils Art and Cultural Night at Ron Russel Middle School (every last Friday, location varies).  Enjoy an international smorgasbord of food and entertainment including music and dance from Portugal, Somalia, West Africa, Himalayas, India and Bhutan, and India!

Steven Vaugn Kray, host of the drop shop on 89.1, spins super heavy funk at the Gemini Lounge.

macbethmilepost5Portland Rock-n-Filmfest is back with tropical night and special guests,  Foster’s very own 18-piece jazz orchestra big band, “The Bobwhite Big Band” playing its **first-ever public performance** with a 30-minute set that promises to turn up the heat and get the entire crowd off their feet.

Post5 Theatre inaugurates their new black box performance space with a fast paced and visceral production of Macbeth, opens this Friday and runs Friday-Sundays, 7 pm, through March 17th.


Defense Arts Northwest invites you to join a freecalendar11 Muay Thai Kickboxing class (more info 503-779-9800).

The Ron Russel Middle School is hosting the City of Portland’s Fix-It Fair.  Learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources or Dennis 7 Dees will teach you how to prune like a pro.

Spend a relaxing afternoon at Bong Hit Bingo with National Green Friends, promising plenty of green for you OMMP cardholders.

Get an early start on your evening and take part in Mt. Scott Community Center’s 2nd annual Sock Hop.  Dress up in your 50′s finest for dancing and root beer floats.

Saturday Night

Take your hips on a journey to the sounds of Melao de Cuba, an eight person salsa band, who promises to fill the Bobwhite Theatre with traditional Cuban music.

Welcome back Cody Weather’s beautiful sound to Torta-landia or MJ12′s deep jazzy rock sound at the Gemini Lounge.

Celebrate with Lion’s Eye carnival style and wish them an amazing 4th anniversary!  Boozy root beer floats, carnival games, and a piñata, cotton candy and popcorn for your inner clown.


Lend a helping hand and start your day at an Our Happy Block with coffee and a donated beverage from the Lion’s Eye afterwards for your efforts!

Enter on the Red carpet, dress as styling or campy as you like, imbibe on special cocktails and mocktails.  It’s Oscars Night at the Bobwhite Theatre!  Watch the Academy Awards projected on the wall of the theatre and be ready to deliver an acceptance speech if your ballot is chosen.

Kick back and enjoy the Headhunter Jam at The Lodge Bar & Grill with a deluxe bloody mary and Sunday comfort food. Sweet tidings all ’til Monday, enjoy!


A Lunar New Year Gallery and your Weekend Events

Before we head into your weekend happenings below, we’d like to take a moment to offer up a special thanks to the Holgate Library for hosting their annual Lunar New Year celebration.  If you missed it, just click on the slideshow!


Welcome the The Second Annual 2 day “Winter Blues” Music Festival to Foster Road’s Bobwhite Theatre featuring 13  blues, rock, and zydeco bands.  Food, drinks, doors at 3:30.

If just one blues band will do you, Gemini has Patrick Dull & the Bridgetown Blues in the house.

Maybe behind the mic is more your style?  Join the friendly crowd down at Dusty’s Karaoke every Friday night with an early 8pm start.

Or meet up with Capoeira Angola Palmares of FoPo who host many classes in the area, including a Friday class at Foster Fitness 7-8:45pm.  Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art and dance in which two players dance together in a circle, alternating attack and defense, in a fluid movement to traditional instruments and singing Portuguese lyrics.  Wow, who knew?  Add it your regular Foster Road Friday!


Do you dream of pocket parks, urban orchards, or alley gardens? If yes, you’ll definitely want to register for Southeast Uplift’s Sustainability Workshop: Greenspace & Working with the city.  You will hear how unique projects were accomplished from the urban innovators themselves!

If you’d like to learn more about this year’s FoPo Garden Tour taking place Saturday June 15th, garden host veterans will be at the Lily Day Cafe from 9:30-11:30 to answer questions and sign up volunteers.

Pageturners returns to the Holgate Library with the annual Everybody Reads community wide book discussion.  This year features Sherman Alexie’s short story collection Ten Little Indians.

It’s Chick Day at Birds & Bees Nursery, as if baby chicks aren’t enough, there will be free crafts and snacks too.  Or register for Miniature Gardens at Dennis 7 Dees and delight your backyard faeries.

 Collages-001Saturday Night

lgabday Foster Art Night is back!  A brave group art loving enthusiasts engage in an epic journey down Foster every 3rd Saturday, taking in the creative inspirations and cocktails along the route.

This Saturday includes a Piano Bar Night at Torta-landia and Aaron McDonnell & The Gospel Plow at the Gemini Lounge.

The journey continues down Foster to the Eagle Eye Tavern to celebrate LGA Creative’s 7th birthday with Hello Lobster and dancing.

Wishing you all an amazing weekend!  Hope to see you out and about.

The Lily Day Cafe is Open!

foster small biz-001Our hearts and bellies didn’t have to go empty for long after Sweetness closed it’s doors because The Lily Day Cafe has arrived!  Welcome sisters Monica and Jennifer who have brought with them an entire lifetime of love for the neighborhood and an impressive 20 years of experience in community restauranteering from their beloved Dot’s Cafe on SE Clinton.  We can thank Kay’s brownies that these two found their way to the old Sweetness location!  Monica and Jennifer were charmed by the space during the regular stops by Sweetness for the brownies they offered up at Dot’s.  After selling Dot’s, they were excited to start a new cafe close to home and to where their kids go to school; a place with a strong community vibe where they could create a special spot for the neighborhood. (more…)

Cheers to New Traditions and Your Weekend!

I’d like to start some new traditions.  Nothing against the holidays I’ve spent my life celebrating, but I think it’s time to start adopting some new ones.  Take our New Year’s Eve; there’s nothing wrong with a champagne toast at midnight, but the New Year Day’s hangover, and return to work just leaves me feeling a little dissatisfied.  This year I will be observing the Chinese New Year with the fine 10% of my neighbors (according to the 2010 census data for 97206) that will be celebrating with me.  Sunday will be the start of 15 days of taking part in China’s longest and most important festival of the year!

There is much to do in the days before, including getting ready with a traditional house cleaning, sweeping away any bad luck of the proceeding year and making ready for good luck!  What else?  Symbolize a fresh start by buying something or getting a haircut, decorate with paper cutouts, pay off all debts (! these include debts of gratitude, I’ll focus on those), burn all decorations off home altars and redecorate (It’s about time I get a home altar), host a reunion dinner feast, light the first incense of the year and offer a prayer for a prosperous year, forgive all grudges, reconcile, and wish peace and happiness to everyone.  Day 1 starts promptly at midnight with hearty noise making to scare away any evil spirits, a karaoke party at the house should take care of that.  Sunday is dedicating to honoring and visiting with family elders, I’ll make sure to call my grandma!

If you all aren’t busy getting ready to usher in the year of the black water snake, here’s your weekend roundup!


Try out some adventuresome home cooking with live Geoduck clams from OM Seafood.  Native to the Pacific Northwest, these alien looking beauties can live over 100 years and weigh 3 lbs on average. Cooking tips  Or, grab the burger of the week at The Lodge with live music by Kenny Lavitz or a creative cocktail at Gemini Lounge to the sounds of Brown Erbe.


Somaphile is always ready to expand your mind and will this week with Your Moon Sign: Healing the Feminine Within, $45.00  Register here.  Defense Arts Northwest kindly welcomes you to a free kids class Saturday at 10:00 AM.  For the early taskmasters, get some Tax Help at the Woodstock Library 12-5. Sign-up for same-day appointments starts at 10 a.m.  Learn how to reproduce plants in your own garden, saving money and sharing gifts through plant propagation with Easy Fruit Propagation Workshop at Zenger Farm.  $10-25 sliding scale  1-3pm.  Come Socialize with your neighbors and learn the results of the Neighborhood Survey at the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Party  Food, Drinks and Music. 3:30-5:30 pm.

taborthresholdSaturday Night

Don’t miss the Open House for Dr. Angela who so kindly shares her insights on healthy living right here on Foster United!  Come for the hors d’oeuvres, stay for the company and the chair massage and small gifts for all who attend, 7-9pm.  The Gemini Lounge welcomes back Welfare and the The Vermen‘s blues, roots rock, swing and surf band music will get you on the dance floor at The Lodge.  Bring in the Chinese New Year with a Portland twist at the Mt. Tabor Theater’s Chinese New Year Celebration with the Garcia Birthday Band and Cats Under the Stars.  This next one goes to 4:00 am folks and is a Benefit for the Oregon Acupuncture and Naturopathic Associations:  Threshold: Black Water Snake 新年快樂  From their invitation: “The theme encourages discovery of balance in the feminine and masculine energies; within ourselves, our relationships, our communities and the world at large. The Black Water Snake is intuitive, a socially adventurous spirit that loves taking risks. Explore the balance and charm your way into the new year.  Asian-inspired dress highly encouraged”…


The Montavilla’s Farmers Market is back! 11:00am-1:00pm farm and producer-direct meet-up.  You will have 2 full weeks to Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Lan Su Chinese Garden with all day, every day activities: music, martial arts, calligraphy, dragon dance, an amazing calendar full of events through Sunday Feb. 24.  “The Walking Dead,” returns to the Eagle Eye on Sunday nights! As always, there will be an early viewing at 6:00pm and again at 9:00pm, both on the projector & speakers!  It’s Kittyoke at the Bobwhite Theatre with KJ Lauren maximizing frivolity on the big stage.  Costumes, props, performance art encouraged. It is on the big stage so you can give it your all. 6pm

In closing, and in keeping with my new holiday, I would like to wish you all peace and happiness and a beautiful weekend until next year!  May the black water snake be kind to you and yours…

We love the weekend, just saying…

To quote Becca from the movie Bridesmaids, “You are more beautiful than Cinderella! You smell like pine needles, and have a face like sunshine!”. Yep, that pretty much sums up the sentiment for all the awesomeness this weekend is bringing.  Welcome back the sunshine and another busy event calendar!



Torta-landia hosts Sidestreet Reny, “blues/hip hop/ragamuffin” and offers up their late night happy hour 9pm-close.  Stop by Space Monkey’s First Friday Art Opening featuring works by Joan Amber McGinnis, 6-9pm.  Cartlandia is your Portlandia hook up, put in an order for your Super Bowl platter while you’re there!



calendar2Ladies, start your day with rhythm at Women’s Drumming Circle at TaborSpace 9:30-12:30 pm.  The community is invited to the season’s first Leach Botanical Free Garden Tours, 11:00 am-12 pm and the grand opening celebration at The Dougy Center, 2-5pm.  Get crafty at the Holgate Library’s Valentine candle making class or learn how to grow your own wild bird food and register for Gardening for the Birds at Dennis’ 7 Dees.  N.W.I.P.A. with Ft. George Brewery are treating you to yet another beer tasting, keep ‘em coming!


calendar1The Super Bowl will be done up right here in the hood!  Coasters is offering up a potluck, deep fried turkey and door prizes.  Torta-landia promises to bring out the big screen and tempt you with finger foods.  Carts on Foster and The Lodge will be showing the game too, as well as many more, so please add away in the comments!  Last, but definitely not least, you can join the The Portland Fighting Fillies, the all women Division 14 champion semiprofessional football team and Comedian Belinda Carroll at Super Bowl 2013: Men in Tights at the Bobwhite Theater!

That’s all folks!  As always, wishing you all a glorious weekend out and about!

The Beginning of Something Delicious!

powellseafoodrestaurantThis week marks the start of a monthly traveling Supper Club celebrating local restaurants, meeting new friends and family style dining.  The adventure begins this Thursday night at Powell Seafood Restaurant.

Gracious hosts, Owner Manna Chan and husband chef Huang Chan have been proudly serving Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine to the community for the past 20 years.  Manna has called the neighborhood home since she arrived here from China in her early twenties and opened her restaurant just down the street.

Manna’s enthusiasm and smile are worth the trip every time, especially as she talks about the Supper Club dishes: sizzling seafood clay pots, salt and pepper skinny fish, hot and spicy tomato sauce shrimp, along with the classic sweet and sour combos, general Tsao’s chicken and more!  It will be a chef’s selection and dishes will be shared at a table for up to 25.

For more details, please visit and RSVP here.  Everyone is welcome and there are still seats open!

If you are a restaurant owner and would like to host a future Foster United Supper Club, we’d love to hear from you!  Drop us a line a fosterunited@gmail.com.  For the neighborhood dining enthusiasts, where should we go next?  Nominate your favorite in the comments!

Theater, Film Fests, and Big Band: The Bobwhite is Back!

The Bobwhite Theater and WarehouseIf there is one building that has the potential to connect the generations of our neighborhoods, the Bobwhite theater has that special place in the heart, history and memories of the communities spanning Foster Road.  The unassuming entry and marquee hide a vast theater and performance space, known as the Bobwhite Warehouse, and it’s bustling these days.   (more…)

Happy New Year from Foster United!

As we bid a fond farewell to 2012, we wish to celebrate all the amazing events, people, and gathering places that create this community we all call home.  There is no shortage of passion in these parts, and to everyone that shares in the adventure, click on the slideshow, sit back and enjoy.  Happy New Year, let’s raise a rowdy cheer to 2013 and the Heart of Southeast!