The Portland neighborhood beat
Streetcar service begins
Several events Friday and Saturday mark the start of streetcar service to the South Waterfront urban renewal area.
The extension connects the area just north of the Ross Island Bridge to Portland State University and Northwest Portland.
A grand opening ceremony will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the South Waterfront terminus at Southwest Moody Avenue and Gibbs Street.
Saturday activities begin at 10 a.m. at the same location with walking tours of the area. The Audubon Society of Portland presents a birds of prey demonstration at 11 a.m. at the Discovery Center, 0680 S.W. Bancroft St., which houses sales offices for area condominiums.
Sign should help walkers
A flexible sign warning drivers to stop for pedestrians will be placed in the middle of the road at Northwest 23rd Avenue at Marshall Street as part of an experimental solution aimed at that quadrant's hard-to-solve traffic problems.
In the continuing effort to make crossing 21st and 23rd avenues easier, curb extensions, painted crosswalks and speed boards also will be used to slow traffic.
A pedestrian was killed in a collision while trying to cross 23rd in January.
The new signs, which have springs to absorb impact, are smaller than ones formerly used elsewhere and feature a stronger mount.
Festival, meal help park
North Portland residents are invited to celebrate the season and their neighbors at a harvest festival and dinner Sunday.
The 14th annual event, sponsored by Friends of Columbia Park, is a fundraiser to help keep the park safe, sustainable and user-friendly for neighbors.
The meal will be cooked and served by group members and includes corn on the cob, sausage, sauerkraut, baked beans, salad or coleslaw, rolls, juice or coffee, and pie. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12.
The Friends group does park cleanups, runs Columbia Cottage at the park and installed plastic-bag dispensers for dog walkers at the park after a survey showed pet waste was a concern.
The harvest festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. at Columbia Cottage, 4339 N. Lombard St. For information, call Jones, 503-289-1496.
Mayor to talk to citizens
Mayor Tom Potter will bring his 'Ten minute meetings with Tom' to Northeast Portland on Saturday.
Potter will meet with residents of Northeast Portland's Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, Rose City Park and surrounding neighborhoods from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Moose Cafe, 4936 N.E. Fremont St.
Residents of the neighborhoods can sign up on-site up to 30 minutes before the meetings begin to get 10 minutes to talk to the mayor about issues important to them, according to Potter's office.
Market set to go weekly
Bouyed by a successful final draw of about 500 people, the Lents International Farmers Market is prepared to make the summer pilot project a regular weekly event next year.
'We're definitely going for it,' organizer Hilary DuBose said. 'I imagine we'll find a way to make it work.'
Intended for everyone, not just the affluent, the market went out of its way to reach out to immigrant farmers - even offering translators for visitors - in addition to chefs' demonstrations, live music and refreshments.
The historic Belmont Firehouse in Southeast Portland reopened last week with new exhibits and interactive safety-education tools.
The firehouse, just off Southeast Belmont Street at 900 S.E. 35th Ave., features historical exhibits such as one on the use of Dalmatian dogs and interactive ones such as a rebuilt fire dispatch center.
Artifacts at the museum date to the 1850s and the organization of the first coordinated firefighting efforts in Portland. The building itself was constructed in 1912.