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September Events 2021

We find ourselves in year two of a holiday season in the pandemic, but it can’t dampen the strong community spirit in St. Johns. We have some really fun things planned! Here is what is happening in September.

Mike Bennett Art Crypto-Zoo

Crypto-Zoo Museum of Mystery
Crypto-Zoo Museum of Mystery by Mike Bennett

You may have heard the buzz about artist Mike Bennett‘s latest (and biggest!) project, the Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery in St. Johns! Last year he created his Crypto-Zoo, releasing the name and lore of a different Cryptid each day. This year he will be releasing new Cryptids which you can along with the originals in a pop-up “museum” that Mike created in the currently unoccupied former bank building at 7410 N. Chicago Street (at Lombard). We are so thrilled that Mike chose St. Johns and that it’s in the heart of our downtown business district! Thank you to Debbie Thomas Real Estate for coordinating so seamlessly and generously with us and with Mike.

Hundreds of volunteers stepped up to help prepare the project, including a lot of students and staff at Wayfinding Academy (think of them when you see the crows!), and IQ Credit Union stepped in as a sponsor, so we are proud of how our community has showed up for this effort. On our part, we hired our landscaper Ernest Brown, and his team did a great job preparing the outdoor space for opening day.

Check out Mike and his neighbors at See See Coffee on the news!

Mike Bennett on KGW News

Details:

September 20 through November 5

Open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Family-Friendly and Free!

Walk through the immersive Museum of Mystery, filled with 26 life-size Cryptids, Monsters and Mythical Beasts! Play games, win prizes and lookout for surprise guests!

Masks required. Admittance limited for social distancing.

Stay tuned to a fun Halloween event that we are planning to tie in to the Crypto-Zoo. Details soon!

St Johns Bites

St. Johns Bites Poster

Get ready to get a bite of St. Johns, starting September 20! 🍽 Participate in St Johns Bites and be Entered to Win a Weekly $50 Gift Card! 


HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Visit any restaurant, cafe, bar, or food truck in St. Johns between Sept 20-Oct 20, 2021. Be sure to follow each business’s safety guidelines! 
📷 Take a picture of your order. It can be consumed there, or it can be takeout or delivery.
Post your photo to your Instagram account with the hashtag #stjohnsbites
Be sure it’s a public photo and remember to tag and/or name the business!
3 winners will be selected on Tuesdays starting Sept 28. Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to the business in their photo. Winners will be notified via Instagram messages.

Some winning photos from Spring 2021

We can’t wait to see your photos on Instagram!

Thank you to the generosity of Venture Portland for sponsoring this event through the Catalytic Investment Initiative grant.

By Liz Smith

Running a small business means wearing multiple hats. In the ever-evolving world of social media, keeping up can be overwhelming! After a 20-year career as a fashion merchandiser, branding and marketing was what I was most drawn to, and now I use these skills to help small businesses consistently deliver their brand message out to the world through various platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blogging and copywriting. With me running your social media, you can go back to running your business.

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