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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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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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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Broadway Books

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

In 1992 two friends decided that Northeast Portland needed a neighborhood bookstore and, after working in the book business for many years, decided to go out on their own to open their own store.  Turning an old furniture store into a bookstore, buying what seemed like a million books for their bookshelves, hiring a few good people, the beginning of an almost quarter century business had begun.  There have been a couple changes in ownership but the spirit of the store  and the dedication to the customers and neighborhood remains the same. As their website states, “Our friends became our customers and our customers became our friends.”

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Children’s Book Bank

books
Photo courtesy http://www.childrensbookbank.org/

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

The Children’s Book Bank is a local nonprofit that engages the community in collecting, sorting, and distributing new and gently used books to children who might not otherwise have books in their homes. Children living in poverty often enter school lacking the foundational vocabulary needed to learn to read and early literacy skills are directly linked to a student’s success in school and beyond. That’s why The Children’s Book Bank collects and distributes books to children in need ranging from birth through eighth grade. We distribute books through Head Start programs, public schools, and more.

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