design week portland

WATSON CREATIVE is hosting an Open House

Wednesday, Oct. 8th
4:00 to 7:00pm.
Suite 116
[take main lobby stairs and head right all the way back]

We’ll be pouring beer donated by local breweries, Ex Novo and Upright Brewing. Swing by to say hello… and even hop on a trampoline for your very own boom photo! We will render up the top 20 ideas voted by you.

book launch party at the hive october 9!

You are invited …

Celebrate the publication of Bring Your Lunch!  by Califia Suntree

October 9, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at The Hive Suite 112

Featuring bites from the book, beer & wine, and an Introduction to Better Brown-Bagging!
All guests welcome. RSVP by October 5 to [email protected]

travel notice

Lloyd District MAX & Bus Service Disrupted August 11-15 Due to Construction

August 11th-15th, crews will replace a MAX track switch located in the intersection of NE 11th Avenue and Holladay Street. MAX will not run between Rose Quarter/Convention Center and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX stations. The switch replacement is part of ongoing investments that ensure our system remains safe and efficient for years to come.


Your travel options:

Bus service to and from Rose Quarter Transit Center is not affected.

However, in the Lloyd Center area, Line 70-12th/33rd Ave will be detoured. The stops on NE 11th and Holladay will be closed. Temporary stops will be located on NE 9th and Holladay. The stop at NE 11th and Multnomah will also be closed. Use caution crossing NE Holladay as there will be increased bus traffic.

TriMet shuttle buses will be available to take you between stations.

Shuttles will run frequently between Rose Quarter/Convention Center MAX stations and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station. Additionally, shuttles will run between Interstate Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX stations for Green Line riders going to or from Portland City Center. If you take a shuttle, plan ahead and allow an extra 15-30 minutes for your trip.

We encourage walking between stations, if you can.

On average, it will take you 10 minutes to walk between Rose Quarter/Convention Center MAX stations and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station. Follow the signs to the pedestrian route. Stay on the sidewalk on the south side of Holladay Street and obey crosswalk signals, as it is the safest and fastest route.

If you bring your bike on MAX, you should either walk or ride between stations.

It takes about 10 minutes to ride between Rose Quarter/Convention Center MAX stations and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX Station. Shuttle buses have limited space for bikes, which may cause an additional wait. Follow the signs to the cyclist route. Use NE 11th Avenue, Multnomah Street and NE Wheeler Avenue, as it is the safest and fastest route. Please walk your bike along NE 11th Avenue and through Rose Quarter Transit Center. Obey all traffic signals along the route and use extra caution around buses. If you choose to walk your bike to the Rose Quarter area, follow the signs to the pedestrian route.

For more information, please visit the TriMet website.

sample sale

Tanner Goods is having their annual sample sale this Friday and Saturday. Stop by Suite 012 at the Leftbank Project for previous season goods, factory seconds, and unreleased samples.

June 27th from 2PM-6PM and June 28th from 11AM-4PM.

Coffee and coldbrew provided by Stumptown.

trash mob – family style

You’re invited to our first Family Trash Mob. Join parents and kids from 12-1 PM to pick up litter in the Lloyd District, and for our pre- and post- events as well. If you have children who will be out of school for the summer, invite them to be Trash Mobsters with us on July 10!

Please register here and click here for more info.


search for the healthiest beer…?

Upstream Public Health, a nonprofit public health organization and located on the 2nd floor of Leftbank, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with the ‘Search for the Healthiest Beer’ event on June 4th.

Twelve Oregon brewers, including Upright Brewing also located in Leftbank building, are donating their version of the ‘healthiest’ beer for attendees to decide which one is best. A panel of local celebrities judges will also weigh in.

Tickets are $75 or 4 tickets for $250 and includes beer, wine, delicious appetizers and live auction. All proceeds will benefit Upstream. For more information about this fun event or to purchase tickets go to Healthiest Beer event or call 503-284-6390.

The event will be from 6-9pm on June 4th right across the street at the Leftbank Annex. Limited tickets available. Sign up today!’

Wahoo, It’s National Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month and we want you to know about two FREE events being held on Friday, May 16th (National Bike Commute Day).

17th Annual Go Lloyd’s Bike to Work Day Party
7:30AM-9:00AM at Oregon Square (directly south of the 7th Ave MAX Station)

Join the Go Lloyd Bike Committee for their annual celebration of the two-wheeled, pedal-powered commute at the Bike to Work Day Party! They’ll have breakfast smoothies (blended using bike-powered blenders), fruit, coffee and other snacks available, live music, free minor bike repair, bike registration and lots of great new and returning vendors tabling. Bike parking is available, so bike straight to the party!

Want to ride to the event with a group? They’re organizing “bike trains” to the event. Registrants will meet up with other riders at Voodoo Too, N Williams New Seasons, or Arbor Lodge New Seasons and ride together, arriving at Oregon Square at about 7:45AM. Register for a bike train and get additional details about the meeting locations and departure times at [email protected]

Can you volunteer? They’re in need of a handful of volunteers to help with set-up, break-down, and to assist the BTA with bike registration during the event. Email [email protected] to volunteer.

3rd Annual Portland Employers Bike Summit
1:00PM-4:00PM with a 4:15PM Post-Event Group Ride & Happy Hour – Regence Downtown Portland Campus

This year’s theme is: Going Mainstream – Bike Commuting is for Everyone. Enjoy a keynote presentation Keynote Presentation by Commissioner Steve Novick and expert workshops on:

  • Workplace Bike Amenities: What’s inside the neighbor’s garage?
  • Don’t Sweat the Commute
  • Joining Forces with HR
  • More Bike Fun at Work

A post-Summit group ride and happy hour will follow the event at 4:15PM.
Register for free at (RSVP is recommended but not required)

love the annex?

Fellow Leftbankers! VOTE NOW if you agree with us that the Leftbank Annex is the Best Green Event Venue in Oregon.

Thanks! Your Neighbors Next Door


It’s time to vote for the 4th annual Northwest Meetings + Events readers’ choice Best of Awards!

Because your votes are the only ones that count, the winner is up to you. VOTING ENDS MAY 8, so VOTE TODAY and make it happen!


CELEBRATE marks the final performances for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Alison Roper who will retire after 18 seasons with the company. This show is not to be missed.
CELEBRATE features the company premieres of Helen Pickett’s lush and colorful Petal and Cor Perdut by Nacho Duato, apas de deux to showcase the incredible beauty and power Alison brings to the stage. The program also features the revival of audience favorite The Lost Dance by Matjash Mrozewski.
Petal Company Premiere
Pickett / Glass, Newman

Cor Perdut Company Premiere
Nacho Duato / M.J. Berberian

The Lost Dance
Matjash Mrozewski / Owen Belton
+ A Special Tribute to Alison Roper

Venture Portland Awards $37,000 in Neighborhood Business District Grants

This week Venture Portland awarded $37,000 to fund 19 Spring/Summer projects in Portland’s neighborhood business districts city wide. Projects range from retail-focused street fairs to dynamic marketing collateral and creative soccer-themed events planned during the MLS All Star Game in August – all with direct ties to the local economy. Venture Portland’s funding leverages an additional $179,591 in private investment, a 5-to-1 match.

“Venture Portland’s grants stimulate neighborhood economic development in real time,” said Alison Stoll, Venture Portland’s Grants Committee Chair and Parkrose Business Association Delegate. “It’s incredible to see the immediate positive impact the grants have on our local economy.”

Venture Portland’s Grants Committee, comprised of Venture Portland Board members and community stakeholders, evaluated competitive grant submissions to determine business district grant funding. This round of Spring/Summer Grants funds tactical projects that build strong, vibrant and financially stable business districts. Additional grant funds help neighborhood business districts take advantage of the energy and visitors coming to Portland for the Major League Soccer All Star Game on August 6.

“The MLS All Star Game in August gives us a unique opportunity to show the world the best of Portland. The Venture Portland soccer grants are the perfect way to have the international spot light shine on all of the city, including our neighborhood business districts” said Commissioner Nick Fish.

Many of the Spring/Summer grant projects focus on large-scale events that take advantage of Portlanders’ desire to Venture Out during warm weather. A complete list of grant-funded projects is below:

  • 42nd Avenue – Seasonal Event Series
  • Beaumont – New Website
  • Belmont – District Walking Map
  • Columbia Corridor – Membership Campaign
  • Division Midway – 2nd Annual Fall Festival (October 12)
  • Hawthorne – ‘Kick Kick Score’ Soccer Courses (August 3)
  • Historic Mississippi – ‘Meet the Street’ Campaign
  • Historic Parkrose – ‘A Taste of Parkrose’ (June 21); MLS Visitor Promotion
  • Hollywood – Neighborhood Walkabout (July 12)
  • Kenton – 5th Annual Street Fair (May 18)
  • Multnomah Village – Enhanced Website
  • NE Broadway – ‘Summer Super Sale’ (July 18 – July 20)
  • N/NE – ‘MLK Dream Run’ (August 3)
  • Overlook Village – Soccer Events (August 1 – August 10)
  • Parkrose – District Banners; Exhibition Soccer Game and Retail Promotion
  • Pearl District – 1st Thursday Map
  • University Park – MLS All Star Game Practice Session and Retail Promotion

In FY 13-14 Venture Portland awarded $82,950 in grants for 39 business district projects which leveraged $364,516 in additional private investment, a more than 4-to-1 match. Since 1995 Venture Portland has granted more than $1.1 million to fund 425 business district projects, leveraging more than $3.3 million in additional private investment in districts city wide.