Month: February 2012

Trader Joe’s & Alberta Co-op to move to MLK Boulevard?

It’s possible, according to this Portland Tribune story released today…

“The Alberta Co-op Grocery has a site picked out on Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard owned by the Portland Housing Bureau. It would like to start with a farm stand and evolve into a 4,000-square-foot grocery store beneath an affordable housing project – if it can get the land and property-tax relief. Trader Joe’s is interested in a 12,000-square-foot store at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street. The company wrote PDC that it could move the project ahead sooner with “the right package” of subsidies.”


Update, November 2013: head to MLK in Motion: Trader Joe’s to MLK & Alberta for the latest news on whether Trader Joe’s will land at this site.

Above, planter boxes constructed by artist Joe Sneed on the wall of the Alberta Co-op Grocery, at 15th & Alberta.

Portland Community Media’s class on Recording Music for TV and Video.

Do you wonder about the best way to record music for video? In these three class we will: go over the basics of multitrack recording, learn how to “mix” a song and also record live music in the studio.

We will work with one or more musicians to create
our own song (or songs depending on the size of the class) and through
this process learn about capturing songs with microphones and using
digital programs to mix them. Ultimately we will bring our song into
Final Cut and play it back alongside footage and see how it all works
together.  Please join in! Everyone’s welcome. It’s going to be a lot
of fun.

February 21, 28 & March 06

Tuesdays from 6.30 to 8.30pm

Fee: $75 Capacity: 8 students

When: February 21th, through March 6th, 2012

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
United States

40 Days for Life to resume anti-abortion protests at Planned Parenthood on MLK, kicks off this Saturday.

Spring 2012, 40 Days for Life campaign – Portland, Oregon

Campaign Dates:
Wednesday, February 22nd to Sunday, April 1st, 2012.

Join us this Spring for an international 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful prayer vigil outside a local abortion facility. People of all  faiths are coming together to pray and fast for an end to  abortion.

The program consists of:
40 days of prayer and fasting
* 40 days of peaceful vigil
40 days of community outreach

We are praying that, with God’s help, this ground-breaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Portland, Oregon, and throughout America!

While all aspects of 40 DFL are important in our effort to end abortion, the most visible component is the peaceful prayer vigil outside the local abortion facility.
We need you!

You can help make a life-saving impact by joining our local vigil at:

Planned Parenthood
3727 NE MLK Jr. Blvd (Cross street is NE Beech St)
Portland, Oregon

We hope to have two or more people at this site, seven days a week, from 9 to 6. Call us. We want to FILL the vigil schedule.


Please come to our opening event on Saturday, February 18th, 2012 at the Planned Parenthood: 3727 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, from 2:00 to 3:00. There will be a speaker from ORTL, and the leaders of our local campaign, for inspiration and  encouragement.

Abortion is the leading cause of death in Oregon.
Let’s come together in unity through prayer, fasting, and peaceful presence at this abortion facility, and turn hearts and minds from apathy and misunderstanding to awareness and respect for the profound value of every human life!

Contact Us:
Therese Ruesink

Bill Diss

Northeast Portland Academy of Kung Fu is coming to MLK Boulevard, and needs your help!

Northeast Portland Academy of Kung Fu needs your help

Northeast Portland Academy of Kung Fu will be opening February 2012 on the southeast corner of MLK Blvd and Rosa Parks.  Many of you have asked “How can we help”.  We do need your help.  You can help by donating to the cause.  It’s expensive to start a school, very.  We need to pay for large mirrors, training mats, heavy bags, pads, sparring gear, building modification, lease deposits… you get the idea.   Please pass the message along to friends and family.  Every little bit helps, $20, $50, $100.  Don’t be shy.  You can be part of creating something unique and wonderful for the NE Portland Community.  It takes a village to raise a Kung Fu studio.

NPAKF is so much more than just a martial arts studio.  Imagine a quiet haven in the developing NE Portland community reaching out to with a variety of movement arts.

Fundraising campaign website here.

(not my photo; I peeled it off the website above!)

“Attack of the Flix”: Microflix’s small-budget film showcase, monthly @ Curious Comedy.

Get your small budget film project seen before a live audience at “Attack of the Flix,” MicroFlix’s monthly reoccurring event. It’s hosted every third Sunday at the Curious Comedy Theater in Portland Oregon. It’s a must-see! Note: MicroFlix supports a personal shared experience that may not be for the faint of heart or easily offended. Visit for more!

Dr. Cacky’s Improv Cleansing, at Portland’s Curious Comedy, 2/25

Is your scenework tired and sluggish? Are you falling back on the same tired choices and characters you always make? Do you need to get back to basics and be playful and strong again? If so, Dr. Cackyʼs improv cleansing is for you. Heʼll give you the improv equivalent of a high colonic, flushing the toxins of insecurity and indecision out of your system. Youʼll also receive some personalized feedback via email.

Craig Cackowski hails from the great state of Virgina, the Mother of Presidents, where he attended the venerable College of William and Mary. He first began improvising as a member of W. & M.’s troupe I.T., and moved to Chicago with a B.A. in Theatre, and an intent to become a serious actor. That quest was sidetracked after his first improv class with Charna Halpern at the Improv Olympic, and forever abandoned after studying for a year with the great Del Close, the guru of longform improv comedy. It was at iO Chicago that Craig first met and worked with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico, in various groups and teams, including Mr. Blonde, Faulty Wiring, Baby Wants Candy, Close Quarters and The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny. Craig coached many teams in Chicago, including the long-running Frank Booth, and directed such shows as JTS Brown. Craig has taught for iO Chicago and iO West since 1995, and is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Craig also worked as an actor for The Second City in Chicago, touring the country (and Austria) with the National Touring Company, and appearing in and co-writing five revues on their Equity stages, including History Repaints Itself, Slaughterhouse 5, Cattle 0, and the Jeff-nominated The Revelation Will Not Be Televised. Craig has also worked as a director and teacher for Second City (currently on the staff of Second City LA) and sailed the high seas as a SC cast member on the Norwegian Gem.

Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2002, Craig has appeared on television in Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiam, and three (so far!) episodes of Community. He has also been in numerous short films, commercials YouTube sketches, and Mike White’s critically acclaimed Year Of The Dog, starring Molly Shannon.

In addition to his work with Dasariski, Craig may be seen around town in such shows as The Armando Show, My First Time With Cacky (both at iO West), North Wells Chowder Society (Second City) and ASSSSCAT (UCB Theater).

Healthy Babies & Families event at ICTC, Feb 25th.

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing is celebrating NEW & EXPECTING FAMILIES at our Healthy Family and Baby Lead Awareness Event! This event is FREE! We welcome anyone wanting info for a healthy family. Bring the family for:



-lead learning, FOOD, crafts, facepainting, and RAFFLE PRIZES.

Lead testing on site and a presenter on lead thanks to Multnomah County Health Dept and lead learning materials thanks to Josiah Hill Clinic….

Raffle gifts thanks to  Eco Baby Gear, Grasshopper, Milagros, and In Other Words…..

Food from Panera Bread, Dovetail Bakery, and Peets Coffee!


Saturday, February 25th, from 2pm-4pm

At ICTC on 3821 NE MLK Blvd., Portland OR 97212 (btw. NE Failing and Beech St.)

Please call to RSVP at 503-460-9324.

Also find out more about ICTC and the services we offer. These include childbirth workshops, feeding support, couple counseling, parenting circles, celebrating your pregnancy day and doula/birth companion services.
Visit for more info about ICTC.

We hope to see you Saturday, February 25th 2pm-4pm!!