It’s the weekend, people! It’s time to celebrate. Although, when you live in Portland, I guess it’s always time to party. Here is what is happening today.
First, today’s weather forecast:
It’s a cloudy day with highs of 45. Rain is coming tonight.
Here are the top five stories from today in Portland:
- Portland focuses on building Safe rest villagestransitional housing designed to help people leave the streets and settle in their homes. On Thursday, Portland City Council Member Commissioner Dan Ryan announced the location of four new villages. They will join the two already underway at Sears Armory and the Menlo Park Park & Ride. (Portland crest)
- Oregon Democrats unveiled a sweeping $400 million policy package on Thursday to ease the state’s housing and homelessness crises, less than two weeks before the close of the short legislative session. Lawmakers propose to split the $400 million by earmarking $165 million for homelessness assistance statewide, including “rapid relocation” and additional accommodation space. These funds would pay a second round for what is called Turnkey project 2.0 to convert hotels and other types of buildings into housing or shelters. (KGW)
- State health officials lift Oregon’s indoor mask mandate for public places and schools on March 19, 12 days before the original end date. According to Oregon Health Authorityhospitalizations continue to decline statewide and are expected to reach pre-Omicron levels — 400 or fewer people per day — by March 20. Also on Thursday, Governor Kate Brown announced she would lift the state’s COVID emergency declaration beginning April 1.although most of Brown’s executive orders were lifted in June 2021. (KPTV)
- A rally in support of Ukraine was held at the Salmon Springs Fountain in downtown Portland after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine.. the Demonstration “Support Ukraine, stop Russian aggression” is owned by the Ukrainian-American Cultural Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. For people with friends and family at Ukraine, watching the invasion unfold is heartbreaking and terrifying. (KOIN)
- The advisory council responsible for drawing up the rules of Oregon’s fledgling psilocybin industry voted unanimously on Wednesday to pass a motion that requires all board members to verbally disclose their personal and financial conflicts of interest. — potential, actual or anticipated — at its next monthly meeting. Rachel Knox, Oregon Advisory Board Member on Psilocybin, who chairs the equity subcommittee, presented the proposal at the February 23 monthly meeting. (Willamette Week)
Today in Portland:
- If you’re dreaming of the 80s, you might want to visit the Ponderosa Lounge & Grill to have Famous. This Tribute to Duran Duran struts around the stage, mimicking the global mega-hit band’s smooth, sexy synth pop with studio precision. They strut on a dime, it’s discord and rhyme. Get your tickets online. The fun starts at 9:00 p.m.
- Oregon’s Booming Distillery Industry is on fire. To visit The Red in South East Portland tonight to celebrate the best that Oregon has to offer in whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, aquavit and more! Oregon Distilled features over 30 distillers, over 120 different spirits, 5 impeccable chefs, fine food vendors and cocktails in the heart of Portland’s Distillery Row. Your ticket gets you a commemorative drink, event admission, small plates from the chefs, and flavors from the distillers. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Join Northwest Association for Blind Athletes for its 13th Annual Dinner and Auction, Mission: Possible. Surround yourself with business leaders, philanthropists and community leaders for an unforgettable evening to celebrate life-changing programs and the impact of North West Association for Blind Athletes. Tickets available online. 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Forthcoming OMSI after dark tonight for PROMESI for a fun evening! Dress up in your favorite best vintage ballgown, test your knowledge and explore the science of love and attraction at OMSI after dark. There will be science demonstrations, exhibits and a contest for the best pickup line. Not to mention the dance party. Get your tickets online. 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- The Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Japanese American Museum of Oregon will mark the 80th Memorial Day by exploring “the ongoing struggle to secure reparations for Black Americans and the critical role that intercommunity solidarity has in the fight against systemic racism.” Portland Taiko will perform, followed by a screening of the movie by Jon Osaki, Repairsand a round table with the director, State Senator Lew Frederickand traci kato-kiriyama, member of the progressive Nikkei. Everything happens at McMenamins Kennedy School in northeast Portland. Register online for this free event. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
From my notebook:
- I bring you more drone footage from Aerial Waypoint Imagery. This time they fly through Wedgehead Bar and Pinball Arcade. Music by Left at tenth. (Youtube)
- IIn the 1950s, Oregon’s Mount Hood housed a unique and ridiculous aerial tramway. Despite the mountain’s growing popularity with skiers at this time, the tram came to a halt almost as quickly as it was built. So what happened? (Youtube)
- Mardi Gras is Tuesdayand @everoutportland has a list of places to eat to celebrate, from kings cake to donuts—Ilet the good times roll! (Instagram)
- Sunday at 2 p.m., join the Portland Art Museum online for the virtual keynote lecture of “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection” with Alberto McKelligan Hernandez, Ph.D.., Assistant Professor of Art History, Portland State University. (Instagram)
- the Portland Home and Garden Show can help turn your inspiration into reality. Tammy Hernandez took a tour of the living room and discovered why it’s the perfect place to look for ideas, connect with a variety of vendors, find inspiration for a new kitchen, closet or amazing outdoor living space. The Portland Spring Home & Garden Show runs through Sunday, February 27 at the Portland Expo Center. (KATU)
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Thank you for reading and have a nice weekend everyone. Enjoy the day and come back next week and we’ll talk about Portland.
— Dominique Anaïa
About Me: Physician, educator, and now writer/artist, just chilling out in Portland, OR with my wife, our ferrets, chickens, and goats.