Irving Park

A series of posts about places to take your furry friends in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

A sure sign of summer is the increased numbers of people and their dogs lazing about in local parks. Irving Park has a wonderful off-leash area that is sure to delight playful or rambunctious dogs. The off-leash area, bordering the edge of the park on Northeast 7th  Avenue, sits at the crest of the hill and offers several benches and picnic tables where humans can rest as their canine companions get all of their exercise for the day.

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Hot Diggity!

Hot Diggity dog walker walking a dog
Hot Diggity! Dog Walking. Photo by Marico Fayre.

A series of posts about places to take your furry friends in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

Hot Diggity! Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services is a locally and independently owned and operated service based in NE Portland. All of the dog walkers are bonded and insured, and are highly trained in Pet First-Aid, so you can have peace of mind when you’re leaving your pooch with a walker for the afternoon.

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Pounce Play and Stay

Pounce Play Stay suites and interior
Pounce Play and Stay suites

A series of posts about places to take your furry friends in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

Opening Pounce Play and Stay, a local cat hotel, has been a labor of love for Lisa Hernandez, owner, and Jennifer Krause, manager. They both have backgrounds caring and advocating for animals. Lisa used to work as an Animal Control Officer and Cruelty Investigator for the Louisiana SPCA and Jennifer worked for nearly a decade for Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles.

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Pick it up, Portland! picks ELIOT

Litter
Litter just waiting to be picked up.

Hello Neighbors! Good news: The Oregon environmental non-profit organization SOLVE has chosen Eliot to be part of a new citywide volunteer neighborhood litter clean-up event. If you happen to be free on Thursday morning August 31st, I hope you will join us to help clean up our neighborhood.

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Advanced Technology Charts More Precise Paths Through the Brain

Surgery being performed
Neurosurgeon performing surgery at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Photo by: Vicki Guinn.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is the first hospital in Oregon to acquire an advanced robotic imaging and navigation system for more precise brain tumor removal and spinal surgeries.

The Synaptive BrightMatter technology integrates pre-operative imaging, surgical planning and robotic visualization to give neurosurgeons the ability to see relevant details in the brain not visible to the human eye, which may allow for much safer surgical intervention.

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City Council Approves Grant to Fund Clean Start PDX

A few months ago Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and members of Eliot neighborhood met to discuss trash and livability issues in our inner northeast neighborhoods. Eliot has seen an increase in litter and debris related to the Moda Center and homelessness. We agreed to talk to Central City Concern about their Clean Start Program.

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Microcosm Publishing

Microcosm Publishing Store
Microcosm Publishing Williams and Graham

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

The​ ​east​ ​side​ ​of​ ​Portland​ ​has​ ​an​ ​affinity​ ​for​ ​buildings​ ​that​ ​are​ ​painted​ ​outlandishly​ ​bright​ ​colors.​ ​It is​ ​necessary​ ​in​ ​a​ ​city​ ​that​ ​has​ ​more​ ​overcast​ ​days​ ​in​ ​a​ ​year​ ​than​ ​sunnier​ ​ones.​ ​Another​ ​essential aid​ ​for​ ​surviving​ ​the​ ​melancholy​ ​Portland​ ​winter​ ​is​ ​books.​ ​Add​ ​a​ ​lime​ ​green​ ​coat​ ​of​ ​paint​ ​and books​ ​together​ ​and​ ​you​ ​get​ ​Microcosm​ ​Publishing​ ​on​ ​Williams​ ​and​ ​Graham.​ ​Microcosm Publishing​ ​is​ ​an​ ​independent​ ​publishing​ ​house​ ​that​ ​highlights​ ​skill-building,​ ​telling​ ​hidden​ ​histories, and​ ​fostering​ ​creative​ ​pursuits​ ​by​ ​publishing​ ​books​ ​about​ ​DIY​ ​skills,​ ​food,​ ​bicycling,​ ​gender, self-care,​ ​and​ ​social​ ​justice.

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Cornerstones African American History Project Continues—Combatting Demolition

Vancouver Baptist Church
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Vancouver Ave Baptist Church in 1961, meeting with the clergy from the church and its neighbors. Photo courtesy Portland Observer.

On​ ​May​ ​18th,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​basement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Vancouver​ ​Avenue​ ​Baptist​ ​Church,​ ​city representatives​ ​met​ ​with​ ​neighborhood​ ​homeowners,​ ​community​ ​leaders,​ ​city​ ​planners,​ ​and​ ​local historians​ ​to​  discuss​ ​the​ ​precarious​ ​future​ ​of​ ​the​ ​neighborhood’s​ ​homes.​ ​​ ​Finding​ ​the​ ​city’s properties​ ​with​ ​historic​ ​significance​ ​and​ ​protecting​ ​them​ ​from​ ​development​ ​is​ ​the​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​a​ ​new grant-funded​ ​partnership​ ​between​ ​the​ ​city’s​ ​Historic​ ​Preservation​ ​Program​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Architectural Heritage​ ​Center.

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Walking Program Promotes Community Memory Building

Raina Croff
Raina Croff, Ph.D. , SHARP pro-
gram Principal Investigator, OHSU

The Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-imagery (SHARP) walking program is a research study for African Americans aged 55 or older (Oregon Health & Science University IRB#16980). Raina Croff, PhD is the Principal Investigator. SHARP participants will engage in community memory building while walking through historically Black neighborhoods in North and Northeast Portland. Participants will view images of African American community in Portland from 1940 to 2010, and engage in small-group conversation about what it was like to live and work in those communities as they walk through those communities.

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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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