• Cathedral Park Jazz Festival July 19-21

    Cathedral Park Jazz Festival July 19-21

    Heart-stopping rhythms. Soulful voices. Pulsating beats. All can be enjoyed at the 44th-annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival returning to North Portland the weekend of July 19-21. The event is the longest-running free annual jazz festival west of the Mississippi River and Portland’s oldest music event. The Jazz Society of Oregon sponsors the yearly concert on…

  • Arrest in Portsmouth triple murder

    Arrest in Portsmouth triple murder

    The indictment of 18-year old Omar Mohammed Osman on multiple counts of murder was announced on June 20. Osman was 17 years old at the time of the mid-day murder of three youths in a Portsmouth residential neighborhood on March 25, 2023. Osman pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment at the Justice…

  • Climate change is affecting North Portland parks

    Climate change is affecting North Portland parks

    Climate change is endangering shrubs and trees at most major North Portland parks, including Arbor Lodge, Columbia, Kenton, Overlook, Peninsula and Pier parks. “Many shrubs and trees in our parks aren’t used to three-month summers with excessive heat, without rain, and they’re dying,” said Johnny Fain, who manages several North Portland parks for the Portland…

  • Grand opening celebration of the new dock at Cathedral Park

    Grand opening celebration of the new dock at Cathedral Park

    Human Access Project (HAP), a Portland nonprofit group that advocates for recreational access to the Willamette, hosted a grand opening party for the new Cathedral Park Dock and renovated beach on Saturday, June 29. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Portland Park’s Department Director, Adena Long. Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association co-sponsored the event.…

  • St. Johns Library closure is imminent

    St. Johns Library closure is imminent

    Annie Lewis, Multnomah County Library Interim Director, discussed the pending closure and remodel of the St. Johns Library at a recent St. Johns Neighborhood Association meeting (SJNA). The upgrade will be funded by a library bond, and will include an expanded meeting room and updated technology.  Lewis said there is no closure date yet but…

  • Community River School

    Community River School

    An invitation to summer evenings on the banks of the Willamette to learn about your river. Each evening will include a children’s art project and music. Please register at sarahsojourner@mac.com.  Relax, learn, and connect with the river that unites and sustains us at these free weekly river walks, community art projects, lessons of ecology, despair…

  • City rejects PGE’s Forest Park cutting plan

    City rejects PGE’s Forest Park cutting plan

    Portland General Electric (PGE) recently submitted a Land Use Application to the City of Portland proposing to clearcut at least 5 acres of Forest Park to make way for increased electrical lines extending to the crest of the park. The land use application was analyzed and rejected by the Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS)…

  • Painting to inspire appreciation of nature

    Painting to inspire appreciation of nature

    The grasses were almost eye level along the St. Johns Avenue entrance to the upper Baltimore Woods Meadow in St. Johns on s warm Saturday morning in June. Eleven students, with instructor, Ronna Fujisawa, gathered along a trail for a free plein-air watercolor painting class sponsored by the Friends of Baltimore Woods. The meadow is located a half-mile north of…

  • City Council candidates’ positions on BottleDrop relocation to St. Johns

    City Council candidates’ positions on BottleDrop relocation to St. Johns

    The North Peninsula Review posed a question about the possible relocation of the BottleDrop to St. Johns’ Dollar Tree to the candidates running for a District 2 City Council seat representing North and Northeast Portland. Thirteen of the 24 candidates responded. Below is a two-part question from Mike Vial followed by the candidates’ responses (Some…

  • What’s brewing with BottleDrop?

    What’s brewing with BottleDrop?

    The BottleDrop situation has been fairly quiet the last few weeks. Too quiet in my opinion. While I believe that we have convinced Oregon Beverage and Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) that moving forward with the Dollar Tree location is not feasible at this time, I won’t rest easy until OBRC formally confirms that they are abandoning…