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Dawson Park Summer Events 2015


Originally posted on Eliot Neighborhood:

It’s summertime and that means another great season of entertainment at Dawson Park is upon us.  Thanks to the support of our amazing sponsors and individual donators, we raised enough money to host 4 concerts and one movie night!  These events are Free To The Public and are a great way to spend an evening out in the neighborhood.  Concerts start at 6:30pm and there will be a few food vendors on site including My Mamma’s Gumbo, Island Daydream Shaved Ice, and Nia Water Beverage Catering.  During movie night, live performances by local musicians and free popcorn begin at 6:30pm and the movie starts at dusk.

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Want to grow your own marijuana? Here is how to get started in Oregon


Originally posted on NEPTANE:

Starting Wednesday, there’s nothing to keep Oregonians from adding a cannabis plant or two – or even four – to their backyard vegetable gardens.

A couple of caveats: You’ve got to be 21 or older to possess and grow cannabis in Oregon and your yard should be a private place where neighbors and passersby can’t easily see your plants.

Oregon’s new marijuana law allows people not only to possess marijuana, but also to grow it at home. Every household may have up to four marijuana plants.

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African American Family Records From Era of Slavery to be Available Free Online


Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

African American fugitive slaves provide support to the Union war effort, circa 1863. African American fugitive slaves provide support to the Union war effort, circa 1863. (Photograph: Andrew J Russell/Medford Historical Society Collection/CORBIS)

Millions of African Americans will soon be able to trace their families through the era of slavery, some to the countries from which their ancestors were snatched, thanks to a new and free online service that is digitizing a huge cache of federal records for the first time.

Handwritten records collecting information on newly freed slaves that were compiled just after the civil war will be available for easy searches through a new website, it was announced on Friday.

The records belong to the Freedmen’s Bureau, an administrative body created by Congress in 1865 to assist slaves in 15 states and the District of Columbia transition into free citizenship.

Before that time, slaves were legally regarded as property in the US and their names were not officially documented. They…

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NE Union Avenue, 1929


Originally posted on Vintage Portland:

A number man at NE Union Avenue (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) between E Burnside Street and NE Couch Street, looking northwest, 1929.

 NE Union Ave. [MLK Blvd] between E Burnside St. and NE Couch St. looking northwest, 1929: A2009-009.1766 NE Union Ave. [MLK Blvd] between E Burnside St. and NE Couch St. looking northwest, 1929: A2009-009.1766

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Improvements You Can Make To Your Home To Add Value


Originally posted on Home Improvement Partners:

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If you are planning to sell your house in the future, it might be a good idea to fix things up a bit so that potential buyers will view it more favorably. Better impressions translate to higher valuations. Here are the most effective ways to increase home value:

Kitchen Remodeling

Many real estate agents go straight to the kitchen when evaluating a house. They know that buyers will be very critical about this space so they need to see if it is any good. All the flaws found will cause the price of the house to plummet. Discolored walls, busted pipes, peeling paint, oil stains, broken faucets, and other issues should be fixed right away. Make the space look fresher by giving the walls a new coat. Replace the shelves and cabinets or even refinish them for a new glow.

Front Yard Enhancement

The front yard is the first thing…

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Quick Tips To Make Wallpaper Projects Easier


Originally posted on Nice Curtains & Home Products:

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Wallpapering can sometimes be scary, especially when you are a beginner. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t be if you keep a few tips in mind before you begin. Here is an overview of some of quick wallpaper tips that you can use to make your wallpaper project easier:

• Lining Paper: Consider putting a medium weight lining paper on your wall before hanging your wallpaper. A lining paper helps the paste (that you use in hanging the wallpaper) to dry fast and prevents your wallpaper from creasing or stretching.

• Concealing Misalignment: Apply an inch of white paint along the top of the wall before you wallpaper over dark paint or wallpaper.  This will ensure that any misalignment isn’t noticeable.

• Gather the All Tools before You Begin Wallpapering:  Before you begin hanging your wallpaper, ensure that you have all the needed tools. These include but not limited to: wallpaper brush, scissors…

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Gentrification & the Arts


Originally posted on gpmcleer.com:

mill house My neighborhood in Ft. Inn, an old mill village. A city that has been changed for the better because of the arts, and the same people still live here.

No one in the arts field wants gentrification.

[Correction, almost no one wants gentrification. I once was in a meeting where someone said, “This area will be great once it gets gentrified.” I was floored. That guy is the exception.]

Gentrification is an easy concept to understand, but it’s hard to admit when it’s happening. And it’s even harder to admit it when we’re a part of the process when we didn’t mean to be.

The belief that the arts can help lift a community start with one common belief – the arts are for everyone. Not just the privileged, not just the few, but literally every person. That’s why we all dedicate our lives to exposing as many people as possible…

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