Viewing by month: August 2012

Metro moves to block Lake Oswego's habitat rule changes

Lake Oswego's city council voted in July to change the way it protects certain tree groves; Metro says that's an illegal rollback of 14-year-old planning regulations. If the region and city can't reach an agreement, the issue is headed for the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

Get rolling with the September 2012 Bike Commute Challenge

Girl on bikeJoin thousands of cyclists across the region to log your trips to work this month during the Bike Commute Challenge. The Bike Commute Challenge is a friendly competition between work sites to encourage people to bike to work. It’s easy, fun and free.

Blue Lake closed to swimming Labor Day weekend

Blue Lake aerialAlthough Blue Lake will be closed to swimming through Labor Day weekend due to blue-green aglae bloom in the water, the surrounding Blue Lake Region Park will be open for a variety of outdoor activies from 8 a.m. to closing at sunset.

Oregon Convention Center wraps up Plaza Palooza with Quarterflash Aug. 30

The Oregon Convention Center’s free summer music series, Plaza Palooza, wraps up the season with Portland’s favorite rock/pop duo, Quarterflash at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30.

Meet the GLEAN Artists: Andrew Auble

Andrew AubleGLEAN artist Andrew Auble has held residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. A frequent exhibitor on the local and national scene, Auble’s work critiques mainstream and marginal issues, from income inequality and corporate greed to music and sexuality.

Metro events, August 28-September 4: Nature hikes and campfire tunes

Watch summer turn to fall across the region's parks this week. Go on a hike at Tyron Creek in Portland or vist Gresham's Oxbow park for a night of bluegrass or shadow puppets around the campfire. The best part is, most of the events are low-cost or free, and registration can be completed online. Follow the links below for more information.

Metro in the Media: Aug. 27, 2012

News and blogosphere mentions for the week of Aug. 21-27, 2012.

Blue Lake Regional Park Aug. 27, 2012 swim beach advisory

Blue Lake is experiencing a blue-green algae bloom and the swim beach is closed as a precaution. Oregon Department of Human Services advises people to stay out of the water and keep their pets away when a bloom is present.

A commuting cure to I-5 rush hour: Vanpool it!

Eric KeerbsEric Keerbs chooses to live outside of the Portland area, commuting more than 40 miles a day between his home and Swan Island where he works as an engineering manager at Daimler Trucks, North America. When traffic backs up on Interstate 5 – which it often does – Keerbs cruises by the others stuck in traffic. How? He is in the carpool lane at the wheel of a vanpool.

Meet the GLEAN Artists: Jennifer LaMastra

lamastraMeet Jennifer LaMastra, a wearable art sculptor who believes that the entire process of collecting, altering, sculpting and wearing non-traditional materials is a practice of paying attention