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!

 

Friday

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”.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

 

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!

calendar8-001Friday

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!

calendar9-001Saturday

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.

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…)

A Busy Weekend Ahead on Foster Road

Saturday

It’s all about art in these parts as FAN packs it in again.  Start with coffee and breakfast at Carts on Foster and Pieper Cafe and then it’s a choose your own adventure between the Slingshot Lounge, Salon Mojo, The Crafty Underdog Shop, Torta-landia, Gemini Lounge, and the Foster Road Salon featuring art by Aaron R. Friedman.  While you’re in the heart of Foster, don’t miss the 10th and final grand finale of the Richard Foreman Festival at Performance Works NW.  Dancers, poets, theater and media artists promise to amuse and befuddle you with a marathon of short works created in just 10 days.  Advance purchase tickets are available for two seatings at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. (more…)

Your First November Weekend

 

The passing of Halloween marks the coming of the dark months and with them, a welcomed chest full of cozy comforts to wrap up in until the push of spring daffodils break the ground.  Bubbling crock pots, hot toddies and close friends warm the belly and soul while the rain falls and the nights are long.  Light summer reads are traded for old classics and poetry, mellow music, and firelight.  And so begins the season of deep thought and drinking to lull us through the holiday marathon ahead. (more…)

Upcycle Fair and Cartlandia Help Raise Over $300 for Green Lents Community Tool Library

Green Lents’ Upcycle Fair, hosted at Cartlandia on September 15, helped raise over $300 in an effort to benefit the community tool library in Lents.  Thanks to the artists that took part:  Midnight Pretty, Revolution Jewelry, Reconstructed Home, Staged by Page, and Island Inspired.