Surfrider Foundation September 12 2012

"Our mission is the projection and enjoyment of oceans, waves, and beaches through powerful activist work."

First Point was considered the "perfect wave" in Malibu, CA during the early 80's, but in 1984, Mother Nature's perfection was about to be destroyed.  However, three surfers were determined not to let this happen.  They worked restlessly working with local municples and organizing their efforts until they saw convincing results that their work was successful.

This was the start of the Surfrider Foundation.

To date, they are actively working in 18 other countries operating as a grass root organization with three chapters in Oregon.

Since 2006, the non-profit has been victorious in 215 of their campaigns.

Statewide, the chapters are currently working on several issues: Ban the Bag, Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), Wave Energy and Territorial Sea Planning, Marine Reserves and Special Places, and the Snowrider Project/Don't Be a Tosser.

The Portland chapter meets at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday every month at SE Lucky Lab (map).  Meetings are open to the public.  Under 21 welcome until 9pm.  

Join Surfrider here or for more information on the Portland chapter visit here.

Bike For a Cure August 11 2012

For more information on the event, visit

First Thursday | July 2012 July 12 2012

Oh, what a week! Between the 4th and First Thursday, July started off with more than a bang from the fire works.

Art by Jason Brown and Chris Haberman.

10% off all sales during the event went to our non-profit of the month, Right Brain Initiative.  They focus their efforts in bringing back the arts to Portland public schools.  We always loved doing creative projects growing up, so we were very excited to have them!  For more information on how to get involved click here!

This month we had Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger performing and damn did they kill it!
Want even more?? 
You can find them on Facebook or check them out live again for their first all-ages show at Backspace on July 25.

Since July 5th always seems to mark the begining of Portland's summer, we were very excited to see what everyone was wearing...

We can't get enough of the vintage Hawaiian prints!

 Looks like we weren't the only paparazzi that night.

Meet the two newest members to our Lizard Lounge family:  Har Rai and Matt!

See you in August!
(Photos courtesy of Sterling Blake)

First Thursday | May 2012 May 28 2012

Even though the Summer days last longer in Portland, time seems to go by faster. That proved true when we realized it was time for May's First Thursday (we swear we just finished April's!) But as the saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun"!

As always we'd like to thank our friends at Widmer Brewing. 

Personal confession: I volunteer to work First Thursdays specifically for the Koi Fusion cart connivence. 

Celilo did not disappoint with their self described "bootgazing Indiecana, psych-folk dream pop" sound.

For more info check about upcoming shows and performances, please visit their Facebook.

This month's we featured photography duo Jeremy Pelly and Randall Garcia's work. We love the juxtaposition of the photos with the simple, geometric shapes. 

| Street Style |
Rugged Tretorns against unexpected, polished layers makes for an effortlessly cool look.

By far the cutest duo of the night! 

Oh my, bow tie. How can you not smile with some patriotic flare?

10% of this month's event went to the non-profit p:ear.
p:ear helps the homeless ages 15-24 create healthier lives and self-worth through education, art, and recreation.
For more info please visit their Facebook.

(Photos courtesy of Boone Rodriguez)