Thai Palace

Thai Palace Food Cart
Thai Palace

A series of short posts about food carts in and around our amazing neighborhood. Portland is becoming known for its mobile food and we have a number of tasty options!

Thai Palace serves delicious, generous portions of classic, MSG-free Thai food.  The Massaman curry with chicken is rich and creamy and served beside fluffy jasmine rice.  And don’t skip the iced matcha green tea with tapioca bubbles.  Perfectly refreshing!

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Gathering Together: Bridges Café and Catering

Interior of Bridges Cafe
Bridges Cafe

Bridges Café and Catering is a restaurant in which the love of family and friends is palpable, both in the overall environment and in the taste of the food itself. The moment you walk into Bridges, you are enveloped by a sense of warmth and coziness. The café is intimate, and is filled with bright colors that lift the spirits even during the darkest days of winter. Coffee mugs are cheerfully mismatched, tabletops are covered in beautiful mosaics, and the scent of delicious food wafts through the air. After beginning many a weekend morning at Bridges, I sat down with Laura Lane-Ruckman, one of the owners of the restaurant, to learn more about the family-operated business and its connection to Eliot.

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Portland Open Studios – An Art Event Not to Miss  

Karen Spencer at work
Karen Sunday Spencer

Portland Open Studios is thrilled to announce the list of over a dozen artists in NE Portland who will be opening their doors this October as part of the Portland Open Studios Tour, the city’s largest annual art studio tour held in the second and third weekends of October. This group is part of a larger group of 106 artists in communities across the city who will participate in the event.

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Afrodaddy’s – New Jazz Club Coming to MLK Jr Boulevard

Northeast Portland used to be a hot bed of jazz clubs back in the 1960’s. Audiences enjoyed a plethora of musicians as they came through Portland including some really big names such as Coleman Hawkins and Thelonious Monk. Now, as we have all seen, the neighborhood has changed, the jazz clubs are gone, and there are varying opinions about the motivations and impact that gentrification has had. However, there is movement afoot to bring jazz back to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Fetch Doggie Day Care

Orange Dog Statue outside of Fetch
Fetch Orange Dog

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

According to their website, Fetch Doggie Daycare provides a fun, safe, and loving environment where dogs can socialize, frolic, and bask in the affection of their experienced staff.  They are equipped with approximately 3,200 sq. ft. of indoor play-space, plenty of toys, play-structures and comfy furniture.

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Poochie Mama

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

Jody Guth, aka Poochie Mama, started her dog walking and pet sitting business 17 years ago.  She loves her job and has excellent references from clients who she still works with now after their second and even third dogs!

Poochie Mama take dogs to different local parks Monday through Friday between noon and 4pm.  She picks up each dog from their home and then all head out to play for roughly an hour and a half.  She can also take out dogs individually.

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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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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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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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Dawson Park Summer Events 2017

Dawson Park Concert 2016 - Soul Vaccination
Dawson Park Concert 2016 – Soul Vaccination

It’s time for Summer Free For All!  Come out and enjoy an evening of live music or watching a fun movie in your neighborhood Dawson Park.  Portland Parks & Recreation and the Dawson Park Summer Events Committee are bringing you 3 concerts and one movie this summer.  These events are Free To The Public and are a great way to spend an evening out in the neighborhood.  Concerts start at 6:30 pm and the food vendors on site will be Po’Shines and Island Daydream Shaved Ice.  During movie night, live performances by local musicians and free popcorn begin at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at dusk.

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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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