👏 The Portland clapback that’s going viral
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👏 The Portland clapback that’s going viral

It’s a day to reflect. Thanks for the tag, Jared.

What Portland is talking about

On a lighter note, the fanciest food festival of the year kicks off in Portland tomorrow — and Feast Portland isn’t the only way to eat well this week.

Another option for those looking to splurge is the Cooking in Color dinner at Han Oak Restaurant, where two of Portland’s top chefs are teaming up to prepare a colorful family-style meal on Friday.

On a tighter budget? Milwaukie’s Serbian Fest, the Viva Tualatin festival, and El Grito celebration are all free events with plenty of international flavor.

And don’t forget about Oktoberfest at Mount Angel. The four-day festival is expected to bring more than 300,000 people to town for German beer, food, and family-friendly pole dancing… which we promise is a thing. 😉

In other news…

Local news anchor Maggie Vespa clapped back last weekend at a social media troll who criticized her fashion, and now her response is going viral. “Our goal here is to send a message to women, to girls, to everyone,” she said in an on-air commentary. “Dress how you want, look how you want… There is no one way for a ‘normal woman’ to look or be.” (KGW)

A recycling pilot in Southeast Portland might help keep more plastic out of our landfills. This has been a huge headache in the U.S. ever since China stopped accepting recycling shipments last year, but now local governments seem to be adapting and finding new ways to sort and process tricky plastics. (Oregon Business)

The local sports radio hosts “Isaac and Suke” picked a fight with cyclists this week, and things escalated quickly. The radio hosts apparently objected to people cutting through their station’s parking lot on bikes, so they filmed a PSA of sorts that scolded cyclists for not respecting their “authority” and joked about tripping up bikes with clothesline wire. The cycling community didn’t take kindly to those remarks, and Suke eventually issued a semi-apology on Twitter. (BikePortland)

P.s. We promised an update on the grocery labor dispute that was featured in yesterday’s newsletterbut there isn’t much to share, except that the union released what seems like a mostly symbolic press release, and the Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial board decided to chime in from 3,000 miles away.

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The Portland New Leaders Council is taking applications this month for its leadership training program, and we need your help keeping a certain streak alive.

That’s because reader Joanie Wang says she learned about the training program from Bridgeliner last year, and now she’s both an alumni of the program and an NLC board member.

“I decided to apply because I wanted to learn more about how our local government works and how individuals can make an impact,” she told us. “What I ended up loving the most about the program was meeting the other fellows.”

If you’re a progressive-minded Portlander who’s interested in running for office or just getting more involved civically, you can apply for the NLC program here — or drop by one of their Q&A events this month.

And if you know about other fellowship opportunities or volunteer events, we’d love to hear about them.

Just hit reply and let us know what’s coming down the pipe for your favorite nonprofit, and we’ll share it with our readers next week.

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Things to do

Our events & partner events

🕵️ Friday: Find a friend (or five) and compete in a 24-hour team adventure challenge with the American Cancer Society – through Saturday (NE Portland)

😂 Saturday: Hear local comedians crack their best jokes at The Big One comedy show – every Saturday (SW Portland)

💡 Wednesday, September 18: Hear innovators in design explain how they’re changing the game at Design Museum Portland’s Summer Story Hour (SE Portland)

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Around town


🌲 Hike and meditate in Forest Park (NW Portland)

🗣 Hear from purpose-driven biz leaders (NW Portland)

⚽️ Cheer for the Thorns vs. North Carolina (SW Portland)


🙋 Play “Harry Potter” trivia (E Portland)

🎙️ Go to a live taping of “Live Wire” (NE Portland)

🗣️ Watch the Dems debate at Dig A Pony (Central Eastside)

📖 Hear science fiction writers read their work (SE Portland)

🇩🇪 Raise a glass to Oktoberfest season – through Sunday (Mt. Angel)


🍺 Drink up at a wizard’s beer festival (SE Portland)

✈️ Meet other women who love to travel (NW Portland)

🍽 Splurge on a colorful dinner with celebrity chefs (NE Portland)

🌹 Dress up for Rose City Comic Con – through Sunday (NE Portland)


🙏 Practice yoga in the park (St. Johns)

🎵 Catch a “School of Rock” showcase (NE Portland)

🚶 Join a Black Panther walking tour of Albina (N Portland)

💼 Get savvy at the Oregon Small Business Fair (NE Portland)

🎭 Witness a radio reboot of “The Maltese Falcon” (SW Portland)


☮️ Chill out in a bamboo garden (Kenton)

🎺 Groove to jazz for a cause (Oregon City)

🎨 Make your own felted slippers (SE Portland)

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One more thing...

ICYMI, our latest Portland-themed Jeopardy clue was about local flora: “‘Evergreen Medusa’ is the scientific name for this bizarre-looking tree species that first arrived to Portland during the Lewis & Clark Exposition.”

The correct answer question: “What is a monkey-puzzle tree?”

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