Dishman makes it a fair
The third annual Drop-in Dishman Community Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Hundreds of young people and their families are expected to participate at the popular recreational and educational facility, 77 N.E. Knott St. The event will feature a barbecue, dunk tank and visits by community leaders.
'What we wanted was an end-of-the-summer event for the young people who use the center, so they can get together and also talk to some community people that they might not have met before,' said Portland Parks and Recreation employee Cherice Izuchukwu, who has taught preschool classes at the center.
Input sought on flooding
The city Bureau of Environmental Services seeks Lents residents' input on a project to reduce flooding on Southeast Foster Road when Johnson Creek runs high.
Called the East Lents Floodplain Restoration Project, it would add flood storage and habitat to city property south of Foster Road from about Southeast 106th Avenue to 110th Drive.
While the primary goal is to reduce flooding, the project also is intended improve water quality and habitat for threatened species in Johnson Creek. Funding consists of a $2.7 million federal grant matched by $900,000 in city funds.
The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a vacant lot about two blocks south of Foster Road, 6639 S.E. 108th Ave. Watermelon and lemonade will be served.
Party follows street fair
The fourth annual Upper Hawthorne Block Party will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The party - not to be confused with the Hawthorne Day Street Fair held last Saturday - is sponsored by businesses east of Southeast 39th Avenue on Hawthorne Boulevard.
'We've found that it's sometimes hard for people to cross 39th, so that's why we hold our own event on the last Saturday in August,' said organizer Peter Rossing, owner of the MuseArt+Design art supply store, 4224 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
According to Rossing, many businesses between 39th and 50th avenues will participate in the event, including the growing cluster of boutique clothing stores around 43rd Avenue and several new restaurants in the area.
Activities will include music, art activities and sidewalk sales.
Fulton scoops it up
The second annual Fulton Community Association outdoor ice cream social will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fulton Park Community Center, 68 S.W. Miles St.
The event is free and will feature build-your-own ice cream sundaes, face painting and the sale of fundraising T-shirts promoting the historic center.
Built in 1914, the center originally was an elementary school that Portland Parks and Recreation obtained through a leasing agreement with Portland Public Schools in 1958.
It includes a basketball court, gymnasium, kitchen, stage and numerous reservable rooms.
Swan song for music shop
Terry Currier, owner of Music Millennium on Northwest 23rd Avenue, has planned a weeklong celebration as the store nears the end of its 30-year-stay in Northwest Portland next week.
'We're celebrating our years of being in the neighborhood,' Currier said. 'It's a hard thing to celebrate, but we want it to be upbeat.'
On Aug. 29, six bands are lined up for free concerts. Two bands will play at the store, 801 N.W. 23rd Ave., at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 31, the last day of business, along with other not-yet-scheduled festivities, according to Currier.
Customers who make purchases the last two days will receive a commemorative poster titled 'The Last Days of Music Millennium Northwest Celebration,' with artwork depicting the store's marquee.
Currier said the store was a victim of high rents in Northwest Portland and a declining industry, but that a last-ditch effort to relocate the store to Northwest 21st Avenue, to the site of the long-vacant Northrup Grocery, was rejected by that store's owner.
New gym celebrated
After 14 months of construction, the University Park Community Center's new gym opens to the public this month.
The gym is an addition to the community center, 9009 N. Foss Ave., which was built in the 1940s with a much smaller gym that now will be seismically upgraded and kept for other community use.
'It's really, really exciting to us,' said Karen Birt, the community center director. 'We've just had a rather small court for years, which gets overused.'
The new double-court gym is 94 feet long. It will be used for classes, leagues, drop-in visits and activities by the Boys and Girls Club and Rosa Parks Elementary School, the community center's partners.
It was funded by the 2002 parks levy and a couple of federal grants and some city funding.
City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, parks Director Zari Santer and representatives from Nike Inc. will attend the grand opening, set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28.
It will include public tours, a choir performance, Nike giveaways to neighborhood kids, and food and refreshments.