Thursday, October 28, 2010

Love Nau? Shop, save and give back to p:ear!

p:ear fan and Portland creative force Jeremy Pelley sent us this note about an awesome promotion with Nau:
hi there-
i was recently asked to be a part of Nau clothing's portraits series:
as part of this series, i get to offer a promo code (OMFGCO) which means people are eligible for a friends and family rate of 10% off the total purchase AND and donation of 10% to an organization of my choice.... and i chose p:ear!
So shop away, get some fabulous clothes and know you're helping out p:ear. And thanks Jeremy and all the cool people over at Official Manufacturing Company!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The new face of homelessness

In a recently published article, Carol West discusses the growing percentage of homeless youth (ages 18-24). Alongside Seattle and other cities, Portland makes a troubling appearance. Check out these statistics:
In Portland, Ore., another magnet for the young and homeless, the young adult segment increased by 25 percent last year, more than double the overall increase (12 percent) in homelessness for all age groups, said Natasha Detweiler, research analyst for Oregon Housing and Community Services. Oregon counted 1,595 young people in this year's one-night snapshot of homelessness. "And that's certainly an underestimate," she said.
While p:ear serves as a day center, offering up a warm and safe location for kids to get a cup of coffee, use a phone and get a hot meal, we still have noticed that this population is growing. Over the past months, the number of kids we serve on a daily basis has nearly doubled. "You feed us really well here," one said while filling up a bowl with pozole (Mexican bean soup) and then grabbing a couple pieces of fresh-baked bread from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Read the full article here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Recovery Panes Healing Arts Project opens November 4th

Recovery Panes Healing Arts Project, founded by Kelly Williams, has exposed the impact of addiction through the process of encaustics. The RACC granted project has allowed Williams to use art as a cathartic rhythm to explore personal experiences, hope, & triumph. As lives are created by moments and interactions, the panels represent the change of stories when rearranged differently. Come alter the panels and add your own touch to the stories with live music featuring p:ear youth, this 1st Thursday, November 4th. Kelly Williams is a local Portland artist, who has transformed encaustic paintings into a flowing rhythm of life. Every line and gesture has been transcribed by emotion packed experiences and fleeting filled notions. Williams also holds encaustic workshops dedicated to exploring one’s own inner chaos through the layers wax. To learn and

Monday, October 18, 2010

Our day jobs

If you've ever meet p:ear's executive director Beth, you know that she's an enthusiastic cyclist. More than enthusiastic, in fact she's pretty darn fast. On most fall Saturdays, you'll find her either working at p:ear or racing cyclocross at the local Cross Crusade race series. The Cross Crusade, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) cyclocross series in North America hosts over 1200 racers at various venues around Portland. And Cross Crusade owners Brad and Melodie Ross are also p:ear supporters. If you've ever been curious to watch cyclists ride through mud, gravel, sand and snow, come out and cheer on Beth at the Cross Crusade at the Portland International Raceway next Sunday, October 24th. She'll love it!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Get Fabulous! Drag Queen Bingo to benefit p:ear, 10/28

Join Poison Waters and win fantastic prizes the monthly Drag Queen Bingo at at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in downtown Portland on October 28th. Things get started at 5 pm with an hour for socializing, schmoozing and boozing (cash bar), and the games start at 6 pm.
So get your cards in order! All proceeds will go to p:ear.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Come see p:ear at Pecha Kucha, Oct. 14

Pecha Kucha, Japanese for "chit chat," is a world-wide event featuring designers, photographers and artists following a simple format of showing 20 images in 20 seconds. This Thursday at the Plant (939 SE Alder) p:ear's Pippa Arend and photographer Charles Gullung will present at Portland's 8th Pecha Kucha stunning black and white images, intimate portraits of some of Portland's homeless and parent-less youth.  These images show the combined qualities of strength and vulnerability, and reveal both a deep sense of presence and protection.

The youth p:ear sees are some of Portland's most vulnerable; they survive of the outskirts of societal morality and culture.  At p:ear, we take the time to develop trust and relationships with these kids, and it is through these relationships that these kids can grow and transform into their best selves.  Our lives are written on our faces…


These kids impress me every day with their ability to create such beautiful, intricate and mighty art. Check out this delicate origami crane the size of a fingernail.
swift to shore white-crested waves return like cranes
a crane alights on its reflection close to an autumn day
Anna Holley from White Crow Haiku (1990)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Whisky Dinner at Pippa's

Whiskey Dinner
Saturday October 23rd, 2010

Whiskey Dinner at Pippa's fabulous NW apartment, featuring many rare Scotch Whiskeys and a talk by expert Paul Nelson, A-Z Pinot Noir, an intimate musical set by 3 Leg Torso Trio, catering by Divine Cafe and dessert by Alma Chocolate!  A night to remember! 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thank you p:ear seeds donors!

Thank you to everyone who donated to p:ear seeds! Your support will help p:ear's programs over the next few months. Both the staff and p:ear youth are very grateful for your gifts.
Roland Atkinson
K. Bergin
Kathleen Brock
Deborah Buchanan
Heather Coleman
Mary Constans
EcoTech LLC
Gwil Evans
Catherine Faricy
Caroline Fitchett
David Gilchrist
Diana Harris
William Hathaway
Paul Hovda
Jamie June
Carol Kadel
Janice Kalberer
Penny Kavan
Brian Kincaid
Ted Labbe
Lene Larsen
Scrantz Lersch
Kelly McKean
Neil Moore
Madeline Nelson
Au Nguyen
Nissen Design/Graphics
Emily Othus Allred
Elise Pellegrino
Betsy Rickles
Right Way Trader Inc.
Carol and John Rogers
Brad and Melodie Ross
Joan Salisbury
Michael Schmitt
Libby Shapiro
Joan Shipley
Dave Smith
Sara Treadway
Don Urquhart
Jennifer Vansuetendael
Greg and Pamela Vislocky
Kristin Wheary
Jeff Williams
Pamela Williams

Saturday, October 2, 2010

4th Annual Alter Egos Society Hero/Villain Ceasefire party, a benefit for p:ear!

 Music - DIY Costumes - Prizes

On October 9th it's time for heroes & villains to set their differences aside in the name of fun & charity. p:ear is a local organization that supports homeless & transitional youth through creative mentoring. All profits from the event will go to support their heroic cause! 

Come dressed up as a superhero or supervillain of your own creation, not one from a comic or movie. Any costume is good enough as long as it's original & super! 

+ Doors at 8pm, wrapping up at 1am. 
+ $7 cash w/ costume, $10 w/o costume
+ 21+, food & drinks for sale
+ Music by:

+Raffle and Costume Contest prizes from: