Light a Fire 2009

Jon Springer

The nonprofit organization, Elders in Action, works to provide seniors with a better quality of life. Sometimes that’s as simple as offering a sympathetic ear, and sometimes it means tackling complex issues like medical debt.


Light a Fire 2009

Kreeg Peeples

Kreeg Peeples is ashamed to admit that years ago, when his son was collecting canned food for needy families, he wondered why the recipients didn’t just go get a job. “I didn’t understand then that they were getting the bad breaks that you and I didn’t,”


Light a Fire 2009

Matt Morton

Only 34 percent of Native American students in Portland Public Schools graduate within four years. It’s a number that Matt Morton—board chair for the Native American Youth and Family Center, or NAYA, a 35-year-old advocacy and resource center for Portland


Light a Fire 2009

Monica Beemer

It was 2001, and the troubled organization—an advocacy group for the homeless that runs a café serving low-cost nutritional meals—was losing $100,000 each year. To save Sisters, Beemer spent hours in her office fundraising and by 2005 Beemer had helped do


Local Hero

Regular Joe

Itching to learn more about Joe Sacco after our Q&A? Here's our slideshow retrospective on the career of Portland's favorite comics journalist.

11/19/2009 By Robert Runyon

Bro Encore

Parlez-Vous "Bro"? Part Deux

More mountain lingo for the truly bro-tastic.

11/19/2009 With Brian Barker


Winged Wonders

Brighten your winter months by transforming your backyard into an avian paradise.

11/19/2009 By Kate Bryant

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Our Mt Hood

The best of our reader submitted photos


Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show

Pedal Power

Two-wheeled innovations abound


Sweet Rides

Handmade Bike Show

Two-wheeled innovations abound

11/04/2009 By Veronica Martin


Living Yoga Gala



Brain Train

Zombies invade Portland

10/29/2009 By Robert Runyon

Light A Fire 2009

Garden Partners

Regency Park residents create the sensational garden display with the assistance of Garden Partners, a 10-year-old nonprofit dedicated to engaging elders by helping them care for plants for an hour or two each week.


Light A Fire 2009

Quest Center

Founded 20 years ago in response to the AIDS crisis, Quest’s reach has extended beyond one disease. Last year alone, the center treated 2,000 people.


Arts & Events

Young Audiences

At a time when dwindling school-district budgets are eroding arts education, Young Audiences brings reputable artists to more than 200 K–8 schools, where they teach painting, storytelling, dance, music, and theater classes.


Gussy Up

Abby’s Closet

In 2004, the Eglands established Abby’s Closet, an organization that collects new and gently used prom dresses and then gives them to students who may not be able to afford their own. In April, 1,800 girls walked away from the Convention Center with their



Chess for Success

Chess is a sneaky game, says Phillip Margolin, the first president of Chess for Success (CFS), a nonprofit that introduces underprivileged children to the game.


Portland Fashion

Designs of the Times

Thursday show pulls out the stops

10/12/2009 By Meghan Hilliard

The Blazers

Sounds Like Team Spirit

Blazers chat with the media

09/30/2009 By Robert Runyon

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Hoop There It Is!

_Portland Monthly_ photographer Heather Zinger experiences the excitement of hula hooping in the city.