Around the Community–August Events
Rain Gardens 201
Thu. 8/5, 10am-3pm
345 NW Everett St.
Green Girl Land Development Solutions and Portland Bicycle Tours team up to take you on a bicycle tour of 10 vegetated stormwater facilities around Portland. In a fun and collaborative atmosphere, learn how the sum of the parts (inlets, outlets, check dams, etc) in a variety of vegetated stormwater facilities (rain gardens, bioswales, infiltration basins, green streets, planters) can be designed, constructed, and maintained to improve or impact watersheds. More info>>
Home Orchard Society’s Pruning Workshop & Potluck
Mon. 8/9, 9am-3pm
A full day of fun and learning at the HOS Arboretum at Clackamas Community College. Learn how to propagate stone fruit and other fruit trees using summer bud wood at the Budding workshop from 9 am to 11 pm. HOS experts will demonstrate summer fruit tree pruning and maintenance from 11 pm to 12 noon. Enjoy samples of summer fruit varieties such as blueberries, peaches and plums from noon to 1:00 pm. Bring a dish to share and enjoy good company and food at a potluck picnic in the shade of our arboretum’s trees from 1 to 3 pm. More info>>
“Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food” Reading
Mon. 8/9, 7:30pm
Powell’s City of Books
In his new book “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food,” Paul Greenberg, a journalist who writes for The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, uses the history of bass, cod, salmon, and tuna to show how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception. More info>>
Junk to Funk
Mon. 8/9 – Fri 8/13, 9am-4pm Daily
2915 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Junk to Funk is collaborating with SCRAP for the very first Trashion Camp! Camp participants will work to transform reused materials into real fashion accessories and couture fashion! Each day, campers will create take home usable fashion accessories created from materials found at SCRAP. Additionally, throughout the week we will be creating trashion garments that will culminate in a friends and family fashion show at the end of the week. Trashion camp is for kids aged 10-18 and costs $250. More info or to register>>
Your Backyard Farmer Fall Plantings Class
Tue. 8/10, 6:30-8:30pm
Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
Donna Smith and Robyn Streeter (Your Backyard Farmers) will help you plan your fall plantings and peak harvesting at this intensive backyard gardening class. Smith and Streeter are passionate about organic farming and have used their horticulture degrees to help hundreds of local residents grow vegetables. Their expertise is in small-scale urban farming and their intensive monthly classes are geared to seasonal tasks. More info and the annual class calendar>>
Zenger Farm’s 2nd Annual Picnic
Sat. 8/14, 6pm
11741 SE Foster Road
Celebrate farming in the city with Zenger Farms. Take a farm tour, enjoy a picnic prepared by Bon Appetit Chef Joe McGarry featuring Zenger Farm produce, dance to music from Dos Zapatos, and view the locally made film Ingredients projected on the side of the barn. Farm tours are at 6:10pm and 6:20pm, the picnic will be served at 7pm, and the movie begins around 8:15pm. No reservations necessary, sliding scale admission $15-$35 (includes the picnic). More info>>
Sun. 8/15, 10am-3pm
Enjoy a two-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump & skip – without having to watch out for cars! The 6-mile Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways route will have two loops, connecting Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers and Sunnyside Parks, plus the Hawthorne Street Fair. Food, music and activities are located in the parks and along the route. More info and map>>
Sun. 8/15, 11am-9pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Join the India Cultural Association in celebrating Indian Independence Day at Portland’s annual India Festival, an event filled with the tastes, sounds and sights of India. In honor of Indian Independence Day, downtown restaurant East India Co. Grill & Bar will serve a four-course tasting menu priced at $19.47 (the year of independence) during the week of Aug. 16-21. For more info on the festival, click here>>
Wild Food Adventures’ Wild Foods in Wilderness Survival
Sun. 8/29, 1-4pm
4125 N Colonial Ave.
This Wild Food Adventures workshop teaches participants how to determine if and when wild foods are desirable to use, which plants to seek, how to identify major poisonous plants, and what your priorities are in both recreational and unplanned survival situations. The workshop includes a lecture, slides, resources and a short walk outdoors. Cost is $20, click here to register>>