You are cordially invited

  • Posted on: 27 December 2008
  • By: Amanda Fritz

Dear blog friends,

Please come to my City Commissioner Swearing-in Ceremony,

Saturday, January 3, 2009

6 p.m.
(Gathering starts at 5:45 p.m.)

Multnomah Center

7688 SW Capitol Highway

Easy access from I-5 South - take Multnomah exit, turn right at first traffic light, left into Multnomah Center parking lot. If that lot fills, turn left out of the parking lot, left onto Capitol, left past the building to more parking in lower lot.

TriMet # 44 bus stops outside.

Children welcome


If you're wondering why it's scheduled for a Saturday evening in SW Portland:

* I want to hold it on a day and time when working people will be more likely to be able to attend

* It's the alternate weekend when "my" evening team at OHSU is off, so my most beloved coworkers can come. And those who are working can zip down from the hill on their dinner break (if the pace on 1NW is such that they get one)

* I grew up at the Multnomah Center, from taking my babies to Indoor Playground, to serving on the SW Neighborhoods Inc. Board and numerous committees, learning from community leaders and our wonderful staff

* It's a Portland Parks & Recreation facility, and a historic building from being the old Multnomah School -- representing my love for both parks and schools. And like most parks and public school buildings, it's functional rather than fancy, and makes everyone feel at home and welcome

* We won't have to compete with youth basketball games for the parking, or ask basketball parents to choose between helping their team and coming to my event (once a basketball mom, always a basketball mom.... I still think of these things)

* It doesn't conflict with any college football bowl games

* The Multnomah Center partners with non-profits like Neighborhood House, Loaves and Fishes, and the SW Community Health Clinic. It houses arts and culture classes and exhibitions, music and dance lessons, weaving, pottery, offerings for everyone from infants to seniors. The karma in the old building with its multiple new uses is heartwarming.

I am planning a comfortable, casual, joyful event, with neighbors from all over Portland gathering to celebrate that together, with Public Campaign Financing, we elected a true grassroots community organizer to City Hall.

Please come!