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NORTH

Creativity meets ecology

North Portland artists are gearing up for the annual Art on the Peninsula, to take place just after the holidays.

Twelve artists will take part in an exhibition opening Jan. 4 at the Portland Art Center, 32 N.W. Fifth Ave. The art will be discussed at a symposium called 'The Other Portland: Art and Ecology in the 5th Quadrant,' to be held at the water pollution control lab in Cathedral Park on Feb. 9.

The artists will respond to various environmental issues, with particular interest in Smith and Bybee lakes, and the Willamette and Columbia rivers. They'll emphasize conservation and reclamation, focusing on the landscape of the North Portland peninsula.

Art on the Peninsula is a nonprofit grass-roots organization that is supported by grants from the North Portland Trust Fund, the Community Watershed Stewardship Program and Metro North Portland Enhancement Fund. For information, visit www.artonthepeninsula.org.

NORTHEAST

Charter school exhibits work, earns $500,000

The community is invited to visit the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School's student exhibition Dec. 14, the same day the school will receive a check for $500,000 from the Oregon Small Schools Initiative.

The college-prep charter school, which opened last year at 8111 N.E. Holman St. with 100 freshmen, was the newest addition to the 'small schools' in Portland besides Roosevelt, Marshall and Madison high schools.

Statewide, the small schools initiative supports 30 schools and plans to fund another 16 by next fall.

The money for LEP will go toward technology for students and professional development for teachers, said Reese Lord, the high school program director. At the exhibition, students will showcase the business plans they submitted in a schoolwide competition.

The year-round school plans to add 100 freshmen in August and grow to a full high school over three years. For information, see www.lephigh.org.

NORTHWEST

Theater, eatery to close

Bull Ring Northwest, 1900 N.W. 27th Ave., and its tenant, the Brody Theater, will close their doors Dec. 16.

Both are victims of the rising property values in the neighborhood, according to Michael Martinez, who has owned the Mexican restaurant for 19 years.

Bull Ring Northwest, Martinez said, was one of two neighborhood restaurants in Northwest Portland, along with Acapulco's Gold Northwest on Northwest Vaughn Street, when it opened. The Brody has hosted improvisational theater for 10 years.

Martinez said he would like to relocate the restaurant but has been unable to find a suitable space. He said Bull Ring salsa, marketed by his father, Jose Valentin, will continue to be sold in stores throughout the area.

EAST

Butte fire plan presented

Powell Butte fans, neighbors and others are invited to a Saturday open house regarding a long-term wildfire risk reduction plan for the area.

Hosted by Portland Parks and Recreation and funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the event will feature information about the butte's key ecosystems and provides an opportunity for the public to comment on the draft plan.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Central Northeast Neighbors office/Fire Station 12 building, 4415 N.E. 87th Ave., off Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

SOUTHEAST

Knitters get ready

The deadline to submit homemade hats and scarves to Southeast Portland-based Project Keep Warm is Dec. 13.

The all-volunteer project has made and distributed knitted hats and scarves to the city's homeless since 1998. The peak year for hat-scarf sets was 2003, when volunteers donated 1,387.

Patterns and tips are on the Web site www.hevanet.com/projectkeepwarm. For information, contact organizer and founder Tammy Carpenter, 503-232-5152 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOUTHWEST

Neighbors discuss future of Fred Meyer store

The future of the aging Burlingame Fred Meyer store will be discussed at the Wednesday meeting of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 2201 S.W. Vermont St.

Store officials have suggested they are considering extensively remodeling or even replacing the store, 7555 S.W. Barbur Blvd. It opened in 1950 and lacks many of the amenities of the company's newer stores, like large clothing and deli sections.

Recent construction projects in the area include Barbur Shops, a collection of restaurants and retail stores at Barbur and Terwilliger boulevards.

-Tribune staff