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Memories of Vanport

Survivor recalls flood and the aftermath

Marge Moss, a retired nurse and former employee at the Urban League of Portland, has been involved with the Vanport Mosaic Festival since its inception last year.

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Explore the Vanport Mosaic

Festival brings history to life

The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a celebration to explore, educate and remember the history and impact of those who lived and died in a community that was destroyed by floodwaters 69 years ago this weekend while also illuminating stories of struggle and resilience that illuminate Portland’s African American history.

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Spring Recital

A Night with the Jefferson Dancers

You’re invited to a night of ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz and modern dance with the Jefferson Dancers, an elite, multi-ethnic troupe of 14-to-18-year-olds who attend Jefferson High School for dance training.

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In the Eye of the Storm

Vanport Mosiac plays take the stage

The Vanport Mosaic Festival this weekend presents two staged readings of one act plays performed by a talented cast of actors about displacement from the African American perspective.

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On Vanport's History:

Expert pens work about ‘The Miracle City’

Portland Community College Professor James Stanley Harrison is the official historian for the Vanport Mosaic Festival taking place this long Memorial Day weekend at multiple sites in north and northeast Portland.

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Bomb Explodes at Concert

A bombing struck an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night killing 22 people, including children at a venue packed with young fans of the American musician.

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In Loving Memory of Charles “Joyce” Clardy

Charles “Joyce” Clardy died May 6, 2017.

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In Loving Memory of B. J. Finleybranch

B.J. Finleybranch suffered a heart attack on April 27, 2017 and on May 3, 2017 slipped into the arms of the Lord Our Savior while surrounded by friends and family.

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End of Year Showcase

The Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe’s End of the Year Showcase will be held on Friday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School and the community is invited.

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Benefit Concert for Reo’s Ribs

The Legendary Beyons, a Portland gospel group, will be doing a benefit concert on Saturday, May 27 at New Song Community Church for Reo Ribs and its employees after a recent fire gutted and closed the popular restaurant.

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Touching and Heartbreaking

The NW Film Center at the Portland Arts Museum continues its ‘Constructing Identity’ black cinema series with a screening of ‘Tongues Untied!’ a 1990 documentary that is one of the most important films on black gay life in the U.S.

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Splash Pads Open for Season

Portland Parks and Recreation turns on the water for splash pad features this long Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday, May 26.

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Stand Up Comedy Showcase

An actor and comedian making a splash on the national stage will land in Portland this holiday weekend for Minority Retort, one of two Hollywood Theater stand-up comedy showcases planned for this year featuring comedians of color.

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Boosting Brain Power in Early Childhood

Simple and fun activities to share

What if boosting a toddler’s brainpower was as easy as turning on a light switch? In fact, “Flip the Switch” is one of the simple activities suggested by Vroom, an initiative that provides creative tools and materials to help families turn daily interactions with children into “brain building moments.”

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Pleasing Wealthy Donors and Wall Street Corporations

Why Congress wants to cut your health care

Members of the House GOP were in a hurry on May 4 to pass their bill to gut Obamacare. They rushed it through before anyone even had a chance to check its cost or calculate its impact on people’s access to insurance.

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A Sustained Attack against the Free Press

Journalists in Trump’s crosshairs

That’s right: In addition to asking Comey to stop investigating his friend Flynn, the president called on the FBI director to arrest journalists who published things Trump found unflattering. Perhaps including stories like this one.

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Schools modernization approved

Portland voters pass historic bond

Portland voters have delivered a decisive victory to a historic property tax levy to rebuild or remodel Benson, Madison and Lincoln high schools and make health and safety repairs to nearly every school building in the district.

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Home for Humanities

Alberta lodge renovated as cultural sanctuary

The big bulky building at 5131 N.E. 23rd Ave. just north of Alberta Street is a site familiar to many long time Portlanders. But for too long the structure had been left empty and a cold, dusty exterior gave off the feel of a ghost living on the block.

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State of Black America: Protect our Progress

With Trump there is reason to worry

As of this writing, for 102 days our nation has watched as the Trump administration has taken shape—and, for many of us, there is reason to worry.

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