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Thursday in Portland: NFL player and Portland native hosting Juneteenth art auction & more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, June 16 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Brennan Scarlett hosting annual Juneteenth art auction on Friday

On Friday, NFL linebacker and Portland native Brennan Scarlett is hosting his annual art auction, a Juneteenth tradition focused on celebrating Black artists. The event also raises funds to support the Big Yard Foundation, which works to “support community empowerment, lessen neighborhood tensions and combat community deterioration through initiatives of education, creativity and wellness development.”

The nonprofit organization was started by Scarlett to improve literacy and access to literature in disadvantaged communities, provide access to the arts and encourage creativity, promote overall physical wellness and formulate strategies that contribute to the empowerment of communities. The art auction will take place on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Big Yard Studio.

2. Portland Pride Parade is back this weekend after nearly 3 years

After nearly three years off, the Portland Pride Parade returns to downtown Portland this Sunday. Debra Porta, the executive director of Pride Northwest, the organizers of the parade, said there’s been enhanced communication between the group, city officials and local law enforcement ahead of the weekend’s festivities.

This year’s parade will start at the Park Blocks and make its way to the waterfront. The group will pass by the first and only LGBTQ+ mural in Portland, titled “Never Look Away.”

3. Commercial building destroyed in early morning fire in SE Portland

An early morning fire in southeast Portland left a commercial building destroyed on Thursday. Portland Fire & Rescue and Clackamas Fire responded to a fire in the 7800 block of Southeast Luther Road around 4:12 a.m. When they arrived, crews found flames coming through the roof of a metal structure.

According to PF&R, due to the volume of fire and potential for spread, a two-alarm was declared to bring in additional resources. No surrounding buildings were affected, but the commercial structure is considered a complete loss.

PF&R determined that the origin of the fire was a dumpster outside the building. They’re still working to determine the cause.

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