Community Grooves


The Community Grooves program, produced and hosted by Natalie Butto, is about culture across diverse genres and communities.
Features include diverse cultural associations and events - such as Hispanic Heritage, Native American Heritage, Kwanzaa, Oregon Day of Culture, Siren Nation Arts Festival, and India Festival - along with related guests. 
The program airs live on 1st Fridays at 11:30am-12noon on KBOO Portland 90.7 FM, and at After airing, programs are also available as a podcast online.
You are invited to tune in, connect, and celebrate diverse dimensions of culture and community :)

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Episode Archive

Community Grooves on 07/01/11

Air date: 
Fri, 07/01/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Oregon Country Fair, Hip Hop Congress, Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication

Natalie Butto hosts Community Grooves, joined by guests (via phone): 
Charles Ruff, Operations Manager of the Oregon Country Fair
and Amer Ahmed, a college administrator and Board co-chair of the Hip Hop Congress, who will be speaking at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland.

Community Grooves on 06/03/11

Air date: 
Fri, 06/03/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Q Doc film fest, Pride NW, Buddhist Festival in the Park

Host Natalie Butto features guests from Q Doc film festival, Pride NW, and Buddhist Festival in the Park.

Community Grooves on 04/22/11

Air date: 
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Earth Day, Sustainable Northwest, Net Impact

Natalie Butto hosts Community Grooves on a special day this month. We honor Earth Day (2011 Billion Acts of Green theme), and discuss green/sustainable culture. Guests are leaders of Net Impact Portland chapter and Sustainable Northwest. 

Community Grooves on 03/04/11

Air date: 
Fri, 03/04/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Women's History month, International Women's Day

Host Natalie Butto features Women's History Month and International Women's Day, with guests previewing upcoming events.

Community Grooves on 02/08/11

Air date: 
Tue, 02/08/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Portland Jazz Festival

As we celebrate Black History month, Host Natalie Butto previews the Portland Jazz Festival, exploring this year's theme "Bridges and Boundaries, Jewish and African Americans playing Jazz" with Festival Artistic Director Bill Royston. Also joining the program is Shireen Farrahi to talk about the Cascade Festival of African Films.

Community Grooves generally airs on the 1st Friday of the month. Due to special programming last Friday, the show is airing live today Feb. 8th.

We invite you to tune in~

Community Grooves on 01/07/11

Air date: 
Fri, 01/07/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Cultural Year in Preview

Natalie Butto previews the 2011 year in culture, with guests Barbara Steinfeld, VP of Travel Portland, and Christine D'Arcy, Executive Director, Oregon Arts Commission.

Community Grooves is a monthly program, produced and hosted by Natalie Butto, featuring diverse dimensions of culture. The program airs live on the 1st Friday of the month 11:30am-12noon on KBOO Portland 90. 7 FM and on Podcasts are available online at Community Grooves.

Community Grooves on 12/03/10

Air date: 
Fri, 12/03/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Host Natalie Butto features the newly revamped Non Profit Association of Oregon, with guests Senior Consultant Guadalupe Guajardo and Executive Director Carrie Hoops. We will talk about the state of nonprofits; spirit and culture of giving; and upcoming event on "Building Multicultural Leadership".

Community Grooves on 11/05/10

Air date: 
Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Art of Reconciliation and Colored Pencils

On this month's "Community Grooves", Producer and Host Natalie Butto features the Art of Reconciliation. Guests are the event founder, as well as a representative from co-presenting organization Colored Pencils.

Community Grooves on 10/01/10

Air date: 
Fri, 10/01/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Latino leadership roundtable

Natalie Butto hosts a Latino leadership roundtable including:

Patricia Martinez - founding Chair of Latino Fund of Oregon; associate faculty at Marylhurst University; former Executive Director for Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement; and an educator with 25 years experience as a teacher, principal, and district administrator.

Steven Bender - University of Oregon Law school Professor; Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs appointee; co-president of SALT (Society of American Law Teachers); and author of several books encompassing legal, cultural, and historical issues involving Latino(a)s including "One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Caeser Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity".

Community Grooves on 08/06/10

Air date: 
Fri, 08/06/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Festa Italiana and the Beloved Arts and Music Festival

On the August "Community Grooves" program, Host Natalie Butto is joined live in studio by organizers of the Festa Italiana and the Beloved (Sacred Art and Music) Festival. They will preview these upcoming events, and share insights about the related community.


Time-Based Arts Festival and Hispanic Heritage Month Festival on Community Grooves

program date: 
Fri, 09/04/2009


On September's Community Grooves program, Host Natalie Butto features the Time Based Art Festival and start of Hispanic Heritage month. Guests are Erin Boberg Doughton from PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) and Antonio Sonera of the Miracle Theater (Centro Milagro).


India Festival, Our United Villages Intercultural Community Gathering

program date: 
Thu, 08/06/2009


The Community Grooves program features diverse community associations and upcoming cultural events, and airs on the 1st Friday of the month.

On this month's program (8-07-09), host/producer Natalie Butto was joined in-studio by:

Vanessa Patterson and Kate Erickson, Community outreach team from Our United Villages


Jaisen Mody - President, India Cultural Association, Portland.

We learned more about these associations and upcoming events - including the Intercultural Community Gathering on 8/15 and India Festival on 8/16.



Oregon Country Fair, Outdoor culture, National Parks and Recreation month

program date: 
Thu, 07/02/2009


The Community Grooves program features diverse community associations and cultural events.

On today's program, host Natalie Butto features:
outdoor cultural events, in honor of national National Parks and Recreation month.
Guests are:

Amanda Rich, Exec. Director of the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association

and pre-recorded interview excerpts with Marcus Hinz, Executive Director

Charlie Ruff, Operations Manager


Thank you for tuning in~


Beginning next month, Community Grooves will air on the 1st Friday of the month at 11:30.

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