Another day, another dollar. And given the wages these days, maybe that’s not so much so bad. Well, I need to work on my 401K, which means, I guess I need to get a 401K. But before I do that, let’s talk about today.
First, today’s weather: Another normal Portland summer day with clouds and a high of 77. Ah, this is the reason I live here.
Here are the top stories today in Portland:
- If you’re planning on being downtown on Sunday, stay on your toes, because far-right extremists are expected to come to town. This Sunday, Aug. 22nd, is the one-year anniversary of a group of armed pro-Trump demonstrators doing battle with anti-fascist counterprotesters in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center. (OPB News)
- Portland has become more dangerous over the last few years, as measured in both homicides and pedestrian casualties from vehicles. Dr. Jonathan Jay, who studies urban health at the Boston University of Public Health, says that both of these metrics can be reduced through environmental Improvements. Last week, he toured deep Southeast and Northeast Portland with local experts assembled by Myers, who contracted Jay to tell the city where to invest American Rescue Plan dollars. (Willamette Week)
- If you’re hoping to see the Timbers or the Thorns live and in action, make sure to take your vaccination card with you. The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC will require fans above the age of 12 to provide proof of vaccination before they can enter Providence Park beginning on August 25. (KOIN)
- Finally, a bit of good news for Portland area restaurants! The city is extending its outdoor dining program to June 30th, 2022. Furthermore, Portland City Council has allocated money from the American Rescue Plan to cover the cost of permit fees, so that restaurants don’t have to pay. (KGW)
- The city of Portland is currently trying to upgrade several of it streets and freeways. With the I-5 expansion and improvements to 82nd Ave. currently in the works, one more piece of vital Portland infrastructure needs to be addressed; the Burnside Bridge. Since it will require a lift to let ships through and need to be able to survive an earthquake, Multnomah County officials are wondering how much it will cost. (KOIN)
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Today in Portland
- Have you ever wanted to learn the self-defense art of Krav Maga? The practice pioneered by the Israel Defense Forces from a combination of boxing, wrestling, aikido, judo, and karate. A free, introductory course is being offered tonight at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center in SW Portland. It will be taught by Elias Stahl, former Israel Defense Forces SFC from 2012-15. Online registration is required. 6:30 PM.
- All-female rock and Americana band Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters will be playing at the Alberta Street Pub in NE Portland. Since self-releasing on Flynn’s label, Home Perm Records, the Oregon-based band has barnstormed the Western US – steadily building their audience and live sound along the way. This show is indoors, so masks are required. Get your tickets online. 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
- Opera a la Cart is at it again, classing up the joint with their live, mobile opera! This time they’ll be doing a lunchtime show at Columbia Park in North Portland. Choose from their “menu” of operatic specials of the day to be sung by local artists. 12:30 PM.
- Akasha Lawrence Spence is running for the Oregon Senate and she wants you to know about it. That’s why she’s throwing a house party at The Joynt Juice Bar in NE Portland. Co-Hosted by the Cannabis Equity PAC, the Oregon Cannabis Association and the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association. Register online. 6:00 – 8:30 PM.
- If you’re in the mood of a free community event with games and prizes, look no further than the Annual North Portland Community Fair – “The Great Summer Get Together!” Sponsored by Blessed Temple and Peace Lutheran Church, they’ll have free school supplies and athletic wear. Masks are required. 5:30 – 8:00 PM.
Portland Patch Notebook
- Portland Audubon: “When the bulk of your diet consists mainly of conifer seeds, a specialized crossed beak comes in handy for prying con…” (Instagram)
- If you’re a bit adventurous with your coffee choices, you may be interested in learning more about Loma Coffee in SE Portland. A collaboration between local Portland coffee pro Brandon Smyth and two-time World Series champion Kevin Youkillis, they bravely opened their coffee shop during the quarantine. But that’s no surprise for this pair, who enjoy experimenting with weird coffees and usual techniques. (Sprudge)
- I just found a new brewery I want to check out in East Portland. They’re Leikam Brewing, a community-supported, community-minded Kosher Brewery. What got me interested was a quote from their Instagram. “A life without beer is like a year without summer”. I couldn’t agree more! (Leikam Brewing)
- Nong’s Khao Man Gai is now a classic Thai chicken dish here in Portland, but before they were a brick and mortar, they were a food cart. When they were, they made a video of discussing their process and attitude of creating food in Portland. (YouTube)
- And here, New York comedian Hari Kondabolu talks about his issues with Portland, Oregon. (YouTube)
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That’s your Thursday, people. There’s some sorrow to be had, but there’s also fun to be done. That’s not only life; that’s Portland. And we’re going to embrace it all. But we’re still going to meet back here tomorrow and talk about our favorite city. Yep, that’s Portland. If you’re into these newsletters, consider bringing some of your friends and neighbors on board. You can send them this link to subscribe.
— Dominic Anaya
About me: Doctor, educator and now a writer/artist, I’m just chillin’ in Portland, OR with my wife, our ferrets, our chickens and our goats.
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