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!


Another Reminder: Mt Scott Community Center’s Fitness Fair is Tomorrow!

As Foster United’s terrific Health and Wellness Contributor Dr. Angela Cortal shared with us last month, winter is the time to make that extra effort to stay fit.

And our amazing local resource, the Mount Scott Community Center, offers a bewildering array of local and affordable fitness choices.

But what’s the right one for you? Aqua aerobics? Tai Chi? Something called “Zumba”? Or perhaps you’re the type who needs that “in-your-face” that only Fitness Boot Camp can provide?

You don’t have to decide right now because tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the center’s fitness staff will be showing off their facility and explaining all that they do. The Fair will also include prizes, health screenings, massages, fitness advice and everything else necessary to shake off the winter blahs.

The Mt. Scott Fitness Fair is Saturday, January 12, from 10am-1pm
at the Mount Scott Community Center

All abilities are welcome!

Belly Dancing and Tai Chi are just two of the winter fitness programs available at the Mount Scott Community Center. Find which one's right for you at Saturday's Fitness Fair.

Belly Dancing and Tai Chi are just two of the winter fitness programs available at the Mount Scott Community Center. Find which one’s right for you at Saturday’s Fitness Fair.

Prince, “The Boogie Cat” and no pants

2013 is off to a wonderful start in these here parts. New businesses are opening their doors, trees are being planted, and the Winter market is upon us. As we move into this fine new year, we happily anticipate more weekends like this one:

Kick it off Friday night at Space Monkey Coffee (5511 SE 72nd) for your art fix. The reception starts at 6:00 pm. All are welcome to appreciate the work of Joel Barber and Jonathan Luczycki.

Keep on keepin on with a night in dedication to the one and only, Prince at The New Copper Penny. Apparently there is a band and surely, there will be dancing. (more…)

Fitness at its local finest

Please join us in welcoming our newest contributor to Foster United, Angela Cortal, ND. She will be writing about healthy living in and around our fine Southeast.  If you didn’t catch the profile last week, click here. In the meantime, TADA…

Got Fitness? Mt. Scott Community Center Fitness Fair (more…)

Cider tasting, costume contests, and more…

Get an early start on your Halloween celebrations this Friday at Mt. Scott Community Center’s Halloween Carnival.  The evening promises a haunted house, crafts, facepainting, creative costume prizes, bounce houses, bingo, indoor park & family swim.  The carnival is from 6-8 p.m. and it’s $3 per person or 4 canned food goods per person. Or tap yourself into an IPA pint while listening to Crooked Toad over at N.W.I.P.A. or singing karaoke at Dusty’s Bar and Grill.



Willamette Week’s View of Foster Neighborhoods

I must have been busy when the Willamette Week released the 2012/13 edition of the Finder a couple months ago. If you’re not familiar with the Finder, it’s a glossy magazine “Guide to Portland.” The Willamette Week has been putting these together for years, and they serve as a good introduction to what’s hip in Portland. When friends move to Portland I usually throw a Finder at them to help them get up to speed. (more…)