Richard Basi – Cherry Blossom Orchestra and Jazz on Williams

Cherry Blossom Orchestra on stage

Richard Basi, a longtime Eliot resident who only recently moved a block beyond the neighborhood’s bounds, loves jazz. Hailing from England, Richard fell in love with swing dancing when he moved to the US. As Richard improved in his dancing, he became entranced by the jazz that allowed swing dancers to be so expressive in their movements. Soon, Richard progressed from being a casual listener of jazz to becoming an eager student of the genre.  Richard argues passionately that jazz provokes a broader range of emotional responses than any other genre of music—from sheer bliss, to utter disappointment and sorrow. He has dedicated much of his energies to learning about the history of jazz, and how it has evolved over time alongside shifts in society. Through this research, Richard learned a great deal about the history of jazz in Portland, and specifically, the jazz scene that once existed on Williams Avenue in Eliot. Now, Richard is one of the most prominent advocates in the city for “bringing jazz back to Williams”.

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Title Wave Used Bookstore

Entrance to Title Wave Bookstore
Title Wave Used Bookstore

A series of posts about places where you can buy, borrow or donate books in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

On Knott Street, in what used to be the Albina Library back in 1912, sits The Title Wave Used Bookstore.  In 1988 Title Wave opened its doors selling discard books from Multnomah County Library’s collection. With an ever-changing inventory, there are 20,000 used books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and magazines to browse through.  With bargain prices that start at $2 for hardback novels and some items only setting you back $.25, anyone can find something that they need to complement their home library or to satisfy that literary fix.  They have great selection of children’s book as well as large print items.  As an added bonus, all educators receive a 25 percent discount every day by just presenting a valid educator ID. If those prices aren’t enough of an enticement, there are special markdowns every Wednesday.  All proceeds go back to the Multnomah County Library.

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The Albina Library

A series of posts about places where you can buy, borrow or donate books in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

The Multnomah County Library has many branches but the closest one to our neighborhood is the Albina Library located on NE 15th Avenue  just north of Fremont next to Whole Foods.  Besides having a large assortment of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and even eBooks to loan, there are many events and classes for all ages. It also has an interesting past.

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A Children’s Place Bookstore

Holding up Oregon Reads Aloud book
“Oregon Reads Aloud” at A Children’s Place Bookstore. Photo courtesy of A Children’s Place Bookstore Facebook page.

A series of posts about places where you can buy, borrow or donate books in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

Portland’s oldest independent children’s book store has recently moved to just beyond our neighborhood border to Fremont and NE 14th Avenue behind Whole Foods.  More than 40 years ago Lynn Kelly and Jan Bruton opened A Children’s Place Bookstore and through various locations and iterations it has remained a popular  literary fixture passing along the joy of reading  and, as the new owner Pam Erlandson likes to say, “raising readers”.

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Oregon Burn Center Celebrates 1 Year

Janell after treatment
Janelle after several laser treatments. Courtesy Janelle Roha.

Using Laser Treatment to Erase Memories — Legacy Emanuel’s Oregon Burn Center Celebrates 1 Year of Laser Treatment Therapy.

Janelle Roha, blinded by the thick smoke from her burning home, frantically searched for a way out. She felt the coolness of the window and thought, “safety.”

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Black Hat Books

Books sign at Black Hat BooksA series of posts about places where you can buy, borrow or donate books in and around our amazing neighborhood.

Black Hat Books is an eclectic bookstore that opened only a year ago. Located between Stanton and Graham on MLK, it is home to unique collections of Latino and Native-American literature and history, as well of one of the largest collections of African-American literature, history, and poetry in the Pacific Northwest.

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