A retired school bus driver is now homeless in Portland, and her story might change how you think about our city’s housing crisis. Like thousands of elderly Americans, Naida Lavon can’t afford housing on her Social Security and pension checks alone, and she just got laid off from the part-time job that helped her make ends meet. Now she’s living in a mini-van in Northeast Portland, and if Governor Brown doesn’t figure out a long-term solution for the state’s looming eviction crisis, more Oregonians may be forced to join her. (NPR)
From Ben: Kudos to Governor Brown for extending the moratorium on evictions through September, but as John Oliver explains, that only postpones the crisis. To actually solve it, we’re going to need help from the federal government, which is another reason why November is so important.
If you’re still waiting on unemployment benefits, “keep calling.” That’s what a worker at the Oregon Employment Department says is your best chance of getting a response from the agency, which has a backlog of 70,000 unprocessed claims for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that Congress created in March. (Portland Mercury)
Portland is one step closer to getting a ferry service. The proposed route would connect Vancouver, Portland, and Oregon City with a commuter ferry, and the group leading the effort just scored a $300k grant to figure out the logistics. (Portland Business Journal)
Face masks are about to be mandatory statewide in Oregon. The expanded executive order (which goes into effect tomorrow) will require Oregonians to wear face coverings whenever they’re indoors in public spaces, with only a few exceptions. (KGW)
Anna Kendrick needs to give Portland another shot. In a recent Vanity Fair interview, the actress described our city as “cold and miserable” based on her experience filming the first “Twilight” movie here in the middle of winter. But now that summer has arrived and the sun is shining, we think Portland could make a strong perfect pitch for why first impressions aren’t to be trusted. (Teen Vogue)
If you were wondering what else 2020 would throw at us, the Columbia Gorge is burning again. But it’s not looking like a repeat of the Eagle Creek mega-fire. This fire has only spread across 14 acres near Rowena, Oregon, and state officials say it’s now mostly contained. The bad news is that wildfire season is off to a hot start in the PNW, and like so many things this year, it appears the coronavirus is to blame. (OregonLive)
We know that people learn in different ways, but most colleges and universities still take the same cookie-cutter approach to teaching.
That might be why one in three U.S. college students drop out before earning a degree — and why so many students who excel at project-based learning but struggle with exams are looking for an alternative.
The good news: You might be able to find that alternative right here in Portland.
Wayfinding Academy is a micro-college in the St. Johns neighborhood that’s shaking things up by combining hands-on learning with one-on-one support from leading professionals in their fields.
Wayfinding helps students connect their passions and skills while supporting them through internships and apprenticeships. So instead of sitting through English 101, you could be writing fundraising letters for a local non-profit or composing your own spoken-word poetry.
Ready to try something new? Wayfinding Academy still has a few spots left for their fall cohort, and it’s free to apply. But if you’d like to chat with someone first, you call fit out an interest form.
It’s also worth noting in these times that Wayfinding was founded to upend the status quo in higher education, weaving equity and racial justice throughout its core curriculum. They’ve recently taken more action to center anti-racism work throughout all levels of the school.
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🚸 Get tips for talking about social justice with your kid (Online)
🚀 Learn about Mars exploration from a NASA engineer (Online)
🌿 Take a workshop on growing berries and herbs (Online)
🎶 Test your music knowledge at a trivia night (Online)
💻 Join PDX Women in Tech for a talk about artificial intelligence (Online)
🐝 Hear advice for how to unlearn capitalist behaviors (Online)
🚴 Use your bike as a stage for Pedalpalooza (Multiple locations)
🐐 Pack a picnic and meet some animals (NW Portland)
🎸 Catch an outdoor concert in the Pearl (NW Portland)
🍖 Eat BBQ and drink beers at a patio party - through Sunday (SE Portland)
🍎 Pick up a fresh food box if you need one (Gresham)
🍺 Drink a new-release beer at an outdoor patio (North Portland)
🎺 Tune into a virtual Waterfront Blues Festival - through Sunday (Online)
💃 Go dancing at a distance with UV Collective (TBD)
🐶 Paint your pet over drinks (Downtown)
⚽ Watch the Thorns game at a bar (Beaverton)
If you lost a $100 bill in Southeast Portland last week, we’re glad to report that it’s been found… and donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
For tax filing purposes, you can find the receipt taped to a fence near St. Ignatius Church on Powell Blvd. 😊
That’s all for today. We’ll see you tomorrow.