Kickstart the Neighborhood and Your Farmers Market

Over the years, neighbors in the Foster area have come together to show what can get accomplished if we all chip in. Social fundraising and organizing platforms such as Kickstarter or Fundly provide a platform for people with more ideas than money to make a pitch to get “investors” on board.

So far, the Foster hoods have made an admirable try at these opportunities. Check out some great examples of neighbors coming together, pitching in a few bucks, and making great things happen. (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.


Home brew, Parks and Parties

Whoa, that was a long week. With the kids entering winter break, jobs to be worked, and Santa on his way in, the holiday season tends to put folks on the stressed end of the spectrum. Lucky for us, this weekend offers a sweet little break from the chaos. The following events are cause for celebration: (more…)

Reindeer: it’s not a unicorn but it will do

The holiday is upon us. Folks are hanging up lights, cutting down trees, and spending money they probably don’t have all in dedication to the spirit of Christmas. While we wish our Portland business neighbors great success with the season ahead, we hope you will consider shopping locally on your holiday quest.  Gift cards from your favorite coffee shops, restaurants, bike and bottle shops are ready for your taking. In the meantime, we urge you to foster in the season with the following:

On Saturday check out Dennis’ 7 Dees for a chance to meet Santa, drink some coco, and meet a real live Rudolf. Hip Chicks do Wine will be onsite to hand out the vino alongside the folks at Pony Espresso . Santa is due to arrive at 12:00. Don’t be late.

On Sunday, join your neighbors on the mission to raise funds for the Wikman-Arleta Building Project and get some holiday shopping in while you’re at it.

Free event, Live Music, 30+ Portland Artists, Family Friendly Fun 11:00 – 5:00
McMenamins Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan
(Warning: You have to cross a bridge to attend this one. It will be worth it.) (more…)

3 ways to give up, down, all around

It’s a beautiful thing to see a community come together, give a little, and get a lot. The folks up, down, and all around Foster are working together to raise funds and show support for the following projects and causes in 2012:


The Wikman-Arleta Building project

In attempts to raise the necessary funding ($3000.00) for PDC’s DOS (Development Opportunity Services) Program, which awards an additional $12,000 to the Wikman-Arleta Building Project donation jars have been placed in local businesses. Drop your change and weigh in on this historic landmark’s future.

For more information visit the project online at




Feast for Southeast

Feast for Southeast has placed donation boxes at Pieper Cafe, Torta-landia, and Bar Carlo, for their “Project Warmth.”  Not only are they feeding the hungry for Thanksgiving, but they’re keeping people warm, too.  Drop off any extra hats, gloves, socks, or scarves at any of the above locations.


For more details on how you can help out this holiday season visit:

Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association

Purchase a 2013 Chinook Book and 50% of the proceeds will go directly to the neighborhood association.
$20 for book or $15 for Mobile App
Buy your book at the following locations:
Mojo Salon, Meticon Bikes, Apex Welllness Center, and Crafty Underdog Shop