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Harmony Yoga celebrates ten years in Hollywood

Harmony Yoga celebrates ten years in Hollywood

By Kathy Eaton
For the Hollywood Star News

Soft music plays and windows let in natural light while students practice Iyangar Yoga taught by Libby Ramirez at Harmony Yoga studio in the Hollywood neighborhood. Ramirez, who’s been teaching at Harmony for seven years, guides the class through meditation and stretching as students decompress to release tension as they prepare for asana or more active poses.

Although Hatha yoga became a … More

Businesses to open doors for ‘makers’ event this weekend

Businesses to open doors for ‘makers’ event this weekend

If you have ever wondered how pizza crust is made or what goes on behind the scenes at a dental office, find out at the 42nd Avenue Makers’ Fair.

From noon to 6 p.m. August 23, merchants and professionals on 42nd Avenue, in the vicinity of Northeast Alberta Street, will offer tours, classes, tastings, contests and giveaways. The local business organization also has organized a scavenger hunt that may qualify … More

Portland residents air street repair fee and demolition opinions

Portland residents air street repair fee and demolition opinions

By Phill Colombo
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A couple of late-May and mid-June meetings saw some of Portland’s elected officials apprised of citizen opinion on a proposed road maintenance fee, and city bureaucrats looped into public opinion on infill demolition and rebuilding. In one case, airing concerns resulted in a delayed City Council vote; in the other, neighbors asked for changes in City demolition and building permit regulations.

Residents and business owners packed … More

Shop Local: Pop into Popina this summer for a fit that won’t quit

Shop Local: Pop into Popina this summer for a fit that won’t quit

By Jamie Caulley
For the Hollywood Star News

Need some help overcoming the dreaded approach of swimsuit season?

Try Popina, 2030 N.E. 42nd Ave., a bathing suit boutique with the largest selection of women’s swimwear in the Northwest. Interesting, given our city is known more for its rain gear than swimwear, but Portland was the springboard for modern swimsuit styling.

In 1910, the present-day company known as Jantzen, started … More

Grants offered for neighborhood projects

Grants offered for neighborhood projects

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is offering $1,000 grants for projects that improve the quality of life in the 12 coalition neighborhoods.

Applications are due March 14 at the coalition office, 4815 N.E. Seventh Ave. Information is available from Fran Ayaribil, special projects coordinator: gro.n1411112782oitil1411112782aocen1411112782@libi1411112782raya.1411112782narf1411112782 or (503) 388-9188.

The coalition neighborhoods include Alameda, Boise, Concordia, Eliot, Grant Park, Humboldt, Irvington, King, Sabin, More

Community cooks share food, techniques

Community cooks share food, techniques

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

If you’re hankering for hummus or curious about sauerkraut, share your culinary questions and kitchen prowess with friends and neighbors.

The Community Cooking Group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6700 N.E. 29th Ave. The church, the Concordia Neighborhood Association and the community-based Kitchen Commons have formed the group to share food, … More

Volunteer’s of America’s Kay Toran honored with leadership award

Volunteer’s of America’s Kay Toran honored with leadership award

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star

Kay Toran, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon, has received the Gov. Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award from Concordia University.

Before joining Volunteers of America, Toran was director of Oregon’s Department of Services to Children and Families. She held the post longer than any other person in state history.

She also has served with the former Children’s Services Division,More

Out and About in Concordia: Neighborhood takes flight with assist from Kennedy School, New Seasons

Out and About in Concordia: Neighborhood takes flight with assist from Kennedy School, New Seasons

By Kathy Eaton
photos by Judy Nelson
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A decade ago, Concordia neighborhood residents viewed the area as a rough-and-tumble neighborhood, according to Daniel Greenstadt, current chair of the Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA). “Today we have a mix of manufacturing activities that now ranges from heavy machinery to handmade ice cream. And in the middle of it, a major private university (Concordia University). All of this brings a … More

Concordia to celebrate arrival of Hader art

Concordia to celebrate arrival of Hader art

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

The arrival of artwork and  children’s books created  by award-winning Berta and Elmer Hader will be celebrated in a public reception from 2-4 p.m. February 23 at Concordia University’s library, 2800 N.E. Liberty St.

The materials, which also include the original art for paper dolls and shadow boxes, will be installed in the university’s Jody Thurston NW Center for Children’s Literature. The … More

Mary Tapogna pop-up shop opens in Hollywood district’s Popina Swimwear for the holidays

Mary Tapogna pop-up shop opens in Hollywood district’s Popina Swimwear for the holidays

Portland mosaic artist Mary Tapogna recently was told her business, Hail Mary, would be evicted from her retail space at Northeast Killingsworth Street and 30th Avenue in the Concordia Neighborhood.

Many people in the community have reached out to Tapogna to lend a hand. Alberta Street’s Frock boutique and Guardino Gallery are carrying some of Tapogna’s smaller items for the holidays. Popina Swimwear in the Hollywood district has opened up … More

New holiday traditions in Beaumont Village include visit from Santa for Fremont Holiday Fest

New holiday traditions in Beaumont Village include visit from Santa for Fremont Holiday Fest

The always popular Children’s Visit with Santa returns to Beaumont Village December 6th, along with a new Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, a new Golden Tickets holiday shopping program as well as music, entertainment and family fun, all part of Fremont Holiday Fest.

Sponsored by the Beaumont Business Association and participating merchants, the new Fremont Holiday Fest will continue for the entire month of December. Highlights will include the traditional … More

Concordia Tree Team nurtures diversity and health for neighborhood street trees

Concordia Tree Team nurtures diversity and health for neighborhood street trees

By Ann Sihler
For the Hollywood Star News

Portland has a reputation for being green. In Northeast Portland, a half dozen residents are trying to help the city stay green — literally — by encouraging the growth of a healthy, diverse urban forest in the Concordia neighborhood.

Concordia already has many notable trees, including the century-old Oregon white oak that graces Concordia University’s lawn, towering Douglas-firs that dot the neighborhood … More

Sing Portland! community choir to start fall term in Concordia neighborhood

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Sing Portland! invites anyone who wishes to sing — regardless of experience — to join the non-traditional community choir whose director believes all people are musical.

“Nobody should ever be told they can’t sing,” said director Marion Van Namen, who also is a cello teacher, African drummer, jazz singer and music therapist.

The repertoire includes easily accessible, multi-cultural songs taught by ear, … More

Historic movie theaters thrive in local neighborhoods

Historic movie theaters thrive in local neighborhoods

By Kathy Eaton
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The Hollywood Theatre

The Hollywood Theatre is not competing with Regal Cinemas,” said executive director Doug Whyte. “We see ourselves competing with everything else that’s happening on a Saturday night.”

In the three years that Concordia resident Whyte has been executive director of the historic theater on Northeast Sandy Boulevard, ticket sales have risen 50 percent. The theater offers a variety of film genres … More

Needle sculpture installed at Fernhill

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010

Last month, volunteers installed a model of a giant acupuncture needle in the east side of Fernhill Park, near Northeast 57th Avenue. One of six such installations placed in various parts of the city, it is intended to symbolize the need for medicine, and especially alternative medicine, to be made available to Portland’s communities. In this case, it was also … More

Take back the night at National Night Out

By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010

National Night Out (this year August 3) is the time of year when people are encouraged to hold events and gatherings after dark in parks and other public places. The idea is that if enough of us Good Guys are there doing Good Things, the Bad Guys won’t use them to commit crimes, and people in general will feel safe … More

Hacienda strengthens Northeast neighborhoods, helps home buyers and families

Hacienda strengthens Northeast neighborhoods, helps home buyers and families

By James Bash
For The Hollywood Star

Hacienda, a non-profit community development corporation, provides affordable rental housing, primarily in the Cully neighborhood. Hacienda also offers several programs that help homeowners and improve the lives of families. In today’s uncertain economic climate, those programs can make a big difference.

Still, because of its name, some people might think that Hacienda, located at 5136 N.E. 42nd Ave., serves only Latino-Americans.

“Hacienda is … More