After several years as a smaller event, Friends of the Children’s Friend Raiser is returning to its pre-pandemic format.
Billed as “Portland’s biggest one-night fundraising event” this year’s Friend Raiser will, in a return to form, feature a silent auction, live auction, special appeal, food, drinks, and inspirational stories drawn from Friends of the Children’s uniquely important work.
In support of its annual event, Friends of the Children has been issued a 24-hour permit to close NE Stanton Street adjacent to their parking lot, between Williams and Rodney. The block-long closure will begin the morning of Thursday, May 11, and Stanton will re-open the morning of May 12.
Event attendees will park in the hospital lot two blocks south of Dawson Park, at 65 NE Graham Street. Eliot residents can expect the event to commence at 6pm on May 11, and end at 10pm.
Friends of the Children’s non-profit mission is “Impacting generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – 12+ years, no matter what.” It is celebrating 30 years of service in Portland, with locations across the US and in the UK.
It’s that time again and Black Parent Initiative (BPI) has teamed up with Portland Parks & Recreation to bring you another amazing fun filled event. On Friday, August 16, 2019, we will be hosting Movie in the Park in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free for All. Similar to last year’s concert series, but all tied into a one-day spectacular event. BPI will also be celebrating another successful year in services to the community by adding elements of our Family Fun Day.
We have the pleasure of bringing you a host of activities including:
♦ Portland Trail Blazers Basketball Clinics
♦ Nike “Made to Play” Activity Van
♦ Bouncin Bins Bounce House
♦ Mystique’s Fancy Faces Face Painting
♦ PACKY Academy Arts & Crafts
♦ SMART Book Give Away
♦ Eliot Neighborhood Association Domino Tournament
♦ Portland Children’s Museum
♦ And many more
The event will start at 4 pm with activities going until about 7 pm. As a part of the Movie in the Park there will be a concert at 6:30 pm featuring Mz. Etta’s World, followed by a showing of Captain Marvel when it gets dark!
Food trucks on site include Hana’s Authentic New Orleans Snowballs and Stoopid Burger.
There will be tons of giveaways, drawings, and resources! Make sure you join us as we celebrate community, music, and movies! This will be fun for the entire family.
Friday, August 16, 2019
(corner Stanton & N Williams)
For more information or to become a sponsor please contact leigh dot bohannon at thebpi dot org.
For the full schedule of Summer Free For All Concerts and Movies in the Park visit:
This column features businesses in Eliot and just beyond our neighborhood’s borders to help our residents learn what exciting businesses and opportunities are located in and around our amazing neighborhood.
This issue we focus on some summer activity ideas in and around Eliot.
It’s summertime and you’re probably looking for some activities for you and possibly for your kids. Opportunities are plentiful and we’ve gathered a few resources and specific events for you to check out.
Make sure you put the block parties listed below for VOA’s Men’s Residential center and Matt Dishman Community Center on your calendar. You can also organize your own block party. It’s easy to get a free permit from the city and then rent barricades for a small fee to block off your street for an afternoon of food, fun, activities and get to know your neighbors better as a bonus. See the links below for permits and block party ideas.
The community center is holding its annual block party on Saturday, August 24 from 12:00-4:00 pm at 77 NE Knott Street. Knott Street between Rodney and Williams will be closed off to traffic. The event will include a free barbeque, snow cones, cotton candy, kids and family activities, face painting, arts and crafts, and live music. The theme this year is “Celebrating our Neighborhood Heroes” focusing on the history of our community and people that have made a difference. Stop by and have some fun! Call Autumn at 503-823-3673 for more details.
Volunteer of America Men’s Residential Center Block Party
The center is holding its annual block party on Tuesday, August 20th, from 4:30-7:00 pm. As always, they will plan to have BBQ food (for free) some family-friendly live music, face painting, balloon twisting, and a children’s bounce house. Stop by Sacramento St. (between MLK and NE 7th Avenue) – they will have the street closed to through traffic from 2-7:30 pm that day. This is always a well-attended event.
Growing Upwards is your one-stop for all things summer camps and classes and daycare too. Visiting their website is an easy way to search for classes or camps to keep your kids busy this summer. Visit GrowingUpwards.com or call (503) 927-3136.
Matt Dishman Community Center
The center offers preschool camps and summer camps for ages 3 and up. They also offer classes for adults and of course, there’s the indoor pool to enjoy too!
77 NE Knott St, 503-823-3673
According to its website, Open Signal is “your local media arts space. Unlike any other media center in the Pacific Northwest, we offer production studios and equipment, filmmaking workshops, artist residencies, and a cable broadcast platform, all under one roof.” They are also offering summer camps for kids grades 6 through 12 and also classes for adults. For more information about Open Signal visit opensignalpdx.org/calendar, stop by 2755 NE MLK or call 503-288-1515.
PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts) TBA Festival
PICA has an annual arts festival in September at various locations around the city. TBA which stands for Time Based Art is an amazing collection of artists, performers screenings and talks and visual art installments. According to their website, “TBA is interdisciplinary, and champions those artists who are challenging forms and working across mediums.” This year the festival runs from September 5-15. Their primary location and offices are located in our neighborhood at 15 NE Hancock Street. Check their website, Pica.org, for more information or call 503-242-1419. You don’t want to miss this!
Portland’s Culinary Workshop
Have an inkling to learn something new or heighten your culinary skills? Portland’s Culinary Workshop located at 807 N Russell Street is the place with classes for kids and adults. The 2-3 hour classes are listed on their website and are fun, informative and inspiring. Call 503-512-0447 or visit Portlandsculinaryworkshop.com
Portland Parks & Recreation
Our neighborhood Matt Dishman center is part of Portland Parks & Recreation but there are lots of other locations to choose from for summer classes and camps. Check out this article on their website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/38277 There is also a lot more on their general website at portlandoregon.gov/parks. Check it out and have some fun this summer!
Coalition of Black Men- Annual Community Bike Ride
Saturday, August 3 from 9am-2pm starting at 5257 NE MLK at Vanport building. All are welcome to join this annual, fun event. For more information visit cobmpdx.org or call(503) 919-6804.
Soo Bahk Do/Tai Chi/Qigong/Therapeutic Martial Arts
Ever consider taking up martial arts? According to their website, “Portland Soo Bahk Do is the first Moo Duk Kwan® School in Portland Oregon- opening on January 20th, 2015- during the 70th anniversary of the birth of Founder Hwang Kee’s Moo Duk Kwan® school in Korea (1945).” Portland Soo Bahk Do offers classes in Soo Bahk Do which is a Korean classical martial art as well as Tai Chi, Qigong and Therapeutic Martial Arts. There are classes for all ages Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and evenings. For more information visit www.PortlandSooBahkDo.com or call 503-502-2965 or 503-303-4783.
Once again, February 1-3, the city will be lit up with art along the banks of the Willamette River near OMSI and in other various locations throughout the city. Artists and performers will showcase their talent for residents who have bundled up to embrace winter weather and the season of darkness, connecting with their city when most of us choose to stay indoors.
Please join the Eliot Livability Team in honoring the great civil rights leader by helping to beautify Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd on MLK Day. Volunteers from near and far are invited to attend this litter pick-up event, which is sponsored by SOLVE. Eliot residents, come out to meet your neighbors and show some neighborhood pride! All supplies will be provided.
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.
When the summer sun shines in Portland, it’s time to get outside. What better way to spend an evening during our beautiful Portland summers than enjoying a live concert or watching a great movie in your neighborhood Dawson Park! We are hosting 4 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 6:30pm and the food vendors on site will be My Mamma’s Gumbo and Island Daydream Shaved Ice. During movie night, live performances by local musicians and free popcorn begin at 6:30pm and the movie starts at dusk.
Celebrate as we bring the Eliot Community Crossing intersection crossing back to life! Join the fun as Eliot neighbors potluck and paint, block party style. This is a family friendly event with live music, free food & drink from local businesses, kid activities and more!