“Africa through African Lenses” 23rd Cascade Festival of African Films

From February 1 – March 2, 2013

The Cascade Festival of African Films is pleased to present a variety of feature and documentary films from the African continent. The majority of films were made by African directors. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose Africa’s failures, and reveal the possibilities for change and a more hopeful future. They show us pictures of Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa that is packaged primarily for western viewers. The films represent African concerns that are political, historical, and social. This year’s films cover a wide range of themes and topics, including: liberation, freedom and justice; elections and democracy; self-expression through the arts and music; education; sports; health and healing; the search for identity; family and community; and women’s independence.

The Cascade Festival of African Films view film as a medium for artistic expression and illumination. These films were chosen on the basis of their quality as film and their ability to captivate and move audiences. We also chose them because they represent different countries and cultures and a range of lifestyles from pre-colonial to modern times, including both rural and urban settings. Although it is impossible to represent a whole continent with only a few films, it is our hope that through this annual film series we will encourage American viewers to become interested in African cultures and to study them further.

The 23rd Festival is dedicated to the memory of Harold C. Williams, Sr. (March 18, 1943–July 1, 2012), a member of Portland Community College Board of Directors since 1990 and long-time beloved community leader. Harold was a dedicated champion of PCC’s Cascade Campus and believed strongly in the festival’s mission of connecting members of Portland’s African-American community with their African heritage. We will miss him deeply.

Construction on two new buildings and a new underground parking structure will limit parking availability during the festival, so please consider taking public transportation, carpooling, or using alternative transportation. For more information on parking, see the PCC Cascade Parking Guide.

Free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

See the schedule of films and more information at Africanfilmfestival.org

Youth Action Grants Now Available

A pool of $10,000 is available for community based projects initiated, designed and ran by youth 21 and under.

The Youth Action Grants program may offer grants of up to $1,000 to youth in Portland who want to take action that makes Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth a reality!

Youth Projects Must:

  • Include “Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth” – The Bill of Rights is the official vision for the youth rights, adopted by both the City Council and the County Board. Your Project needs to represent one or more of the articles in the bill.
  • Be Planned and Carried Out by Youth – Youth 21 and under should be the primary organizers of your project. Your project must also benefit other youth in the City of Portland beyond those who are organizing the project.
  • Create Strong Youth-Adult Partnerships. You must have a sponsoring adult partner from a non-profit organization, government agency or school in order for your project to be eligible. We are looking for adults who support youth success and development, not to take over, so that youth leadership can thrive. The sponsoring organization or agency would be the ones to hold onto funds and distribute them for the project.
  • Be Short Term – Grant funding must be spent within three months of receiving the money
  • Involve as Many People as Possible – Over 5,000 youth from all over Portland and Multnomah County were involved in creating the “Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth.” We want to ensure that youth are equally a part of taking action. You should engage as many youth and volunteers as possible. Create strong partnerships with youth and adults, collaborating with one another to reach your project goals.
  • Be Creative – We are seeking new, exciting and creative ideas. Be bold and use your imagination!

The Associated Students of Portland Community (ASPCC) will be giving workshops for information about Youth Action Grants.


Place: Portland Community College Southeast Campus

Room: Tabor 137

Date: Friday, January 25, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Place: Portland Community College Cascade Campus

Room: Terrell Hall 124

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Place: Portland Community College Sylvania Campus

Room: CC 204B

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00pm

For more information, please visit the PCC website, click here.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by Thursday, February 21, 2013, by 11:30 pm, via email to youthactiongrants.sy@pcc.edu.
If you need to mail, hand deliver, or fax your application, it needs to be in our office by 5:00 pm, on February 21, 2013:
Youth Action Grants Fax: 971-722-4959
Attn: Kim Smith
Portland Community College Sylvania SS 215
19000 SW 49th Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
Please contact the ASPCC at 971-722-4361 or youthactiongrants.sy@pcc.edu with any questions about the YOUTH ACTION GRANTS Program or to RSVP for a YOUTH grant workshop.
Sponsored by the City of Portland and Portland Community College.

Portland Playhouse presents The Huntsmen


Lyrics to Original Songs by Quincy Long
Music to Original Songs by Michael Chinworth

Previews January 17 & 18/ Performances January 19-Feb 17, 2013

Part of Fertile Ground: A City-Wide Festival of New Works

PORTLAND, OREGON –Portland Playhouse presents the World Premiere of a The Huntsmen, a play with music by Quincy Long (music by Michael Chinworth), as part of the Fertile Ground festival. Previews begin January 17 and performances will take place January 19-Feburary 17, 2013 at Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St.

A doo-wop infused meditation on fantasy and violence in American culture, The Huntsmen follows its machete-wielding teenage antihero on a delirious downward spiral of crimes and cover-ups. Caught between the real and the surreal, between action and imagination, Devon wades into trouble…and into song, punctuating his wrongdoings with catchy tunes that will stay in your head long after the performance concludes.

The Huntsmen was developed at Portland Center Stage’s JAW festival, and features favorite actors on Portland stages including Gavin Gregory (fresh from Broadway’s Porgy and Bess), Michael O’Connell (of Third Rail’s That Hopey Changey Thing), and Sharonlee McLean (also upcoming in Portland Center Stage’s Clybourne Park), as well as New Yorkbased newcomer Dean Linnard (NYU Tisch). Quincy Long’s longtime collaborator, the New York-based director Kathleen Dimmick, will direct, with Rick Lewis as Music Director. As part of its ongoing series of panel discussions connecting its productions with broader social concerns, Portland Playhouse and Boom Arts invite audiences to a special post-matinee Panel and Community Forum in the theatre on February 3, 2013, at 4pm.

Especially after Newtown, our collective discussion persists: how can we as a community provide better support for deeply troubled teens and their families? Mark McKechnie (Executive Director, Youth, Rights, and Justice), Margaret Puckette (author, Raising Troubled Kids), and Dennis Lundberg (Associate Director, Janus Youth Programs) will discuss resources available in Portland, from treatment for behavioral disorders to support for navigating the juvenile justice system.

For more information and tickets go to PortlandPlayhouse.org

RACC 2013 Artists Workshop Series

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From January to June in 2013, the Regional Arts and Cultural Council (RACC) will present eleven professional development workshops for local artists. These workshops are led by experts in their field, focusing on areas of grant writing, marketing, copyrights/contracts, and building audiences that can enhance and advance an artist’s career. Each workshop is offered at an affordable price as part of RACC’s commitment to providing learning opportunities that help artists achieve their career goals.

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For more information including how to register for the workshops, please visit the RACC website at RACC.org.

Smart and Connected: The next big idea in Cities. A lecture by Herman D’Hooge

‘Smart Cities’ and The Portland Plan explored in lecture
Intel innovation strategist and University of Oregon instructor Herman D’Hooge talks about making cities smarter

6:00 p.m. | January 31, 2013

Location: the Event Room at the University of Oregon in Portland School of Architecture and Allied Arts, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street | Portland Oregon  97209

PORTLAND, Ore. – (January 3, 2013) – Keeping cities economically prosperous, livable, healthy, and environmentally sustainable will require new approaches and innovations in all city systems.

A lecture by Intel innovation strategist and UO in Portland instructor Herman D’Hooge on January 31 in Portland will discuss how urbanization affects a city’s infrastructure, resources, and services, and how “smart city” design can help.

D’Hooge’s lecture, “Smart and Connected: The Next Big Idea in Cities,” will also address some of the common arguments made against making cities smart. His presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 31, in the Event Room of UO’s White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch St. in Portland. The lecture is open to the public, with seating on a first come, first served basis.

The senior principal engineer at Intel, D’Hooge will show how city systems function as a single integrated “system of systems,” and why it is important to consider the city as the unit of study. He will provide a sampling of existing and future design innovations enabled by the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in the urban environment.

His presentation, in collaboration with the UO in Portland School of Architecture and Allied Arts and Intel, reflects the findings from a fall 2012 seminar he taught at UO in Portland that explored how information and information technology can enable design innovations to make smarter cities.

D’Hooge and his students studied the “The Portland Plan,” a 25-year strategic plan guiding the city of Portland, to develop ideas on how to implement the plan more efficiently and with smart city design innovations.

The lecture is no cost and open to the public. Members of the public may RSVP to Victoria Hiller at aaapdx@uoregon.edu or (503) 412-3718.

D’Hooge will also give the presentation in Eugene on Tuesday, January 29, at 6 p.m. in 177 Lawrence Hall, 1190 Franklin Boulevard. That event will be live streamed at aaa.uoregon.edu.

Spay & Save: A resource for low income families and their cats

Spay & Save is a Portland Metro Area program that assists low income families and their cats by offering affordable spay & neuter surgeries for as low as $10 per cat at five different surgery locations across the Portland area. Spay & Save serves low income families who are not able to afford a spay or neuter surgery for their cat through other resources. For more information or to make an appointment please call the appointment hotline at 1-800-345-SPAY or visit the program’s website at www.spaysave.org

spay_logoSpay & Save is organized and managed by the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), a partnership of local animal shelters, county animal services agencies, and professional veterinary associations. Spay & Save aims to keep struggling families and their pets together and reduce the number of cats and kittens that are coming into our community’s shelters every year – over 20,000 in 2011 alone. Since February 2010, the program has altered more than 27,700 cats.

Legislative Advocacy 101

Legislative Advocacy 101

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, from 6:00 to 8: 00 p.m.

Location: Portland Building, 2nd floor Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland

Get ready for the 2013 State of Oregon Legislative session!

Please join the City of Portland for a “Legislative Advocacy 101” training that is designed to give you the tools to be an effective advocate for your neighborhood and community during this upcoming legislative session. A panel of State legislators, community and neighborhood leaders will share their tips for how the community can make an impact on public policy during the 2013 state legislative session.

Panelists include:

  • Senator Ginny Burdick, District 18
  • State Representative Lew Frederick, District 43
  • Joseph Santos-Lyons, Interim Associate Director, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
  • Don Baack, SW Trails PDX and former chair Hillsdale Neighborhood Association
  • Angela Martin, Director, Economic Fairness Oregon

Information you will gain from the panel:

  • The process for how a bill becomes a law
  • How to build relationships with legislators and their staff
  • Strategies for mobilizing your base of membership or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
  • Do’s and don’ts for lobbying on all fronts

To register or for more information:

Accessibility: The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify us no less than five business days prior to the event.

PHONE: (503) 823-5827

TTY: (503) 823-6868

Oregon Relay Service at (800) 735-2900

Transportation: The event is located on the downtown transit mall next to Yellow and Green MAX lines. www.trimet.org

Co-Sponsored by: City of Portland, Office of Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Government Relations