Midway businesses host Powell Butte event

Find out more about ‘Midway Thriving’, held in outer East Portland by the Midway Business Association …

Folks coming by the Powell Butte Nature Park Visitor Center in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood for a hike check out the “Midway Thriving” event.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Throughout the morning of June 16, members of the Midway Business Association (MBA) hosted a showcase they called “Midway Thriving” on Powell Butte.

Family-friendly activities included a bird-watching hike, a pollinator walk, and a service project, as well as information about Midway-area businesses at booths set up at Powell Butte Nature Park Visitor Center.

Talking with visitors to “Midway Thriving” is Portland Parks & Recreation City Nature East’s Susan Hawes.

“This is becoming the MBA’s ‘signature event’ for our community,” said the organization’s immediate past president, Dr. David Day DC.

“In addition to letting visitors know about companies in our Neighborhood Business District, we’ve also hosted a scavenger hunt and a disc golf demonstration, and several businesses are giving talks of interest to their community,” Day told East Portland News.

Displays set up by business district members offer free samples, and information.

And, many guests enjoyed free water and snacks provided by the district’s Grocery Outlet Bargain Market store and door prizes provided by other participating businesses.

Outgoing MBA President Dr. David Day DC speaks spends a moment with the organization’s incoming President, Marcia Zimmerman of MLK Property Management.

At MBA meetings later this year, Portland City Commissioners are expected to come and speak, said incoming MBA President Marcia Zimmerman of MLK Property Management. “And, we’re designing a ‘Passport to Midway’ brochure to be placed in the many airbnb residences that are here, in our area.”

Being involved in the Midway Business Association is important to her, Zimmerman said, “Because our organization works to create a better sense of community by telling our neighbors – potential customers – about all of the business resources nearby.

“And, being organized gives us a stronger voice in City of Portland government, to help promote our interests and needs.”

Alina Blankenship from Perch Wildlife Education holds Inca, an Aplomdo falcon. Inca is a “working bird”, who will spend the afternoon guarding blueberries from starlings, the owner says.

You can find out more about the Midway Business Association by attending its monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at Bill Dayton’s Pizza Baron, located at 2604 SE 122nd Avenue. Or, see the official MBA website: CLICK HERE.

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