Blog: This Week in Portland June 30 - July 7,
Portlanders. Welcome to
another edition of our all-local Portland
week we've got Portland Independence Day events including the usual
roundup of Portland
4th of July fireworks displays.
And, the start of summer
wouldn't be complete without the kickoff of the Safeway Waterfront
Blues Festival - July 4-8, 2012.
This festival is a huge
benefit for the Oregon Food Bank.
of the Waterfront
Blues Festival in Portland
The festival began in
1987 as the Rose City Blues Festival – a concert to support
the homeless, sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association. Performers
included John Lee Hooker, the Paul deLay Band, Curtis Salgado, Norman
Sylvester Blues Band and Lloyd Jones Struggle.
But the countdown of the annual blues festival begins in 1988 when
Oregon Food Share, predecessor of Oregon Food Bank, became producer and
beneficiary. That year, the festival raised $7,500 and 650 pounds of
In 1991, the festival was renamed the Waterfront Blues Festival.
Artist Gary Houston has been creating unique works of art for the
festival each year since 2001.
During the past 24 years, the festival has grown steadily in size and
reputation and is recognized as the nation’s premier blues
festival. Since 1988, the festival has raised more than $7 million to
benefit Oregon Food Bank. The 2011 festival raised 110,454 pounds of
food and a record $930,000 to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County,
Portland July 4th
Fireworks Displays - Happy Independence Day!
Fort Vancouver 4th of
July Fireworks Show in Vancouver, Washington
The 4th of July Fireworks Show is back again in 2012 with the newer
It's BIG, it’s beautiful, it's crowded, but for many it is
worth it to see and feel what at least used to be the biggest fireworks
display west of the Mississippi River. (more than 65,000 people
attended this show in the past.) This year is all new with the
fireworks being moved from the barge into the park. The fireworks show
starts after dusk, around 10:00 PM.
Hello Everyone in East
Join us for the whole day Wednesday the 4th of July from 7 am to 10 pm.
Select here for all details! Our parade starts in Springdale and
follows the historic highway to the very East end of downtown Corbett
Portland Arts Events and
This is also a great week
get out and see some art! First Thursday and First Fridays
art events are this week. Get out to the Portland Eastside
galleries, as well as the Downtown and Pearl District and enjoy the
galleries this week. Our great arts culture is one of many
reasons Portland is such a vibrant city. But did you know that
Art in Portland is also a big part of
our local economy? I came across this article:
Local nonprofit arts and
culture industry generates $253 million in annual economic activity (read
nonprofit arts and culture industry in Clackamas, Multnomah and
Washington Counties generates more than $253 million in annual economic
activity, according to Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a
national economic impact study. The study was conducted in 182
communities nationwide by Americans for the Arts, with local support
from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and Business
for Culture & the Arts (BCA).
According to the study,
the region’s nonprofit arts and
culture organizations spent $152 million during fiscal year 2010. This
spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase
supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their
community. The industry also leverages more than $101 million in
event-related spending by its audiences; as a result of attending a
cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay
for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. All
combined, these dollars support 8,529 full-time equivalent jobs,
generate $195 million in household income for local residents, and $21
million in local and state government revenues.
organizations add tremendous value to our community,
but it’s not always something we can quantify,”
said Eloise Damrosch, executive director of RACC. “We know
that the arts have the power to inspire us and provoke us, delight and
engage us. They foster creativity in the classroom and stimulate
innovation in our workplaces. But now we see exactly how much arts and
culture organizations contribute to the local economy – and
Self Storage Facility in South Waterfront – Now OPEN!
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facility located in Portland, Oregon. This modern day Self-Storage
Facility offers extravagant features including: A digital camera
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by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, maintained and operated by
Washington County, the Park features numerous picnic areas, two boat
launching facilities, a fully stocked lake for fishing, more than 15
miles of hiking trails, and observation decks for wildlife and bird
watching. Since the creation of Henry Hagg Lake in the mid-1970s,
Washington County, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Washington County
Elks Lodges have shared a commitment to make the Park user-friendly to
every visitor. Located just 25 miles southwest of Portland, resting at
the base of Oregon's beautiful coastal range, Hagg Lake offers visitors
the best of outdoor recreational activities.
Photo of the Week winner gets a
$20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This
week our winner is treated to
Powells Books, the largest indie
bookstore in the world!