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Friday in Portland: Multnomah County's Preschool for All starts next month, Providence Bridge Pedal returns

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, Aug. 12 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Hundreds of children will start Multnomah County's new Preschool for All program next month

In September, nearly 700 children will be the first group to take part in Preschool for All, an initiative that voters approved in November 2020. The initiative aims to provide “free, culturally responsive, inclusive preschool” to all children ages 3 and 4 in Multnomah County by 2030.

The program will grow over time, adding to the number of children and families it serves each year. The application for the 2022-23 school year is closed, but the application for next year will open in the spring of 2023.

2. Several Portland bridges will close to vehicle traffic on Sunday for Providence Bridge Pedal

Several Portland bridges are closing to vehicle traffic at varying times on Sunday for the annual Providence Bridge Pedal, the one day a year when bicyclists and pedestrians can take in the spectacular views of Portland from the bridges, without cars. Traffic will be restricted on several routes, including I-5 and I-405 from around 6 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.

Organizers of the event may close travel lanes, bridges and streets along the route as early as 4 a.m. to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. The following is a list of Portland’s bridges and their availability to vehicle traffic on Sunday morning:

  • St. Johns: open in both directions
  • Fremont: upper deck closed until 12 p.m.
  • Broadway: open in both directions
  • Steel: closed eastbound until 12 p.m.
  • Burnside: open
  • Morrison: closed eastbound until 10 a.m.
  • Hawthorne: closed eastbound until 11:30 a.m.
  • Marquam: upper deck closed until 11 a.m.
  • Ross Island: westbound closed until 10:30 a.m.
  • Sellwood: travel lanes open, north sidewalk closed until 9:30 a.m.
  • Tilikum Crossing: open to bikes, pedestrians and TriMet vehicles

3. The Joy Store is open this weekend in downtown Portland

The Joy Store in downtown Portland is open this weekend and invites visitors to stop by and experience joy through a series of balloon installations. Created by installation artist Kameron Messmer, the exhibit features multiple themed galleries full of balloons.

The installation is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and tickets are available online.

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