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Two-year-old Hadley Younger keeps cool at the Jamison Square fountain. "Jamison Square is the best-kept secret in the Pearl," notes Hadley’s mother Bianca Younger. And it’s safe to say that Hadley doesn’t mind jumping around in the water on a broiling day either.

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With the thermometer topping out at 95 degrees, it’s no wonder that Jamison Square was jammed to capacity with splashing moppets. Even the parents couldn’t resist a refreshing dip.

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Kim Cox and 6-year-old daughter Grace have been coming to Jamison Square for years. "This is a great example of the Pearl," she says. "The Farmer’s Market, the streetcar; it’s all very accessible."

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Sorry kid, no cannonballs.

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Two eager swimmers look for signs of the next fountain geyser at Jamison Square.

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In addition to a stylish assortment of frames, Visage Eyewear displays a photo exhibition of local tough gals, the Rose City Rollers.

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By day, Meghan O’Connell manages Visage Eyewear, but at night she becomes Mess O’Potamia, one of the skating warriors from the Rose City Rollers. And while this roller maiden loves to relax in Jamison Square, it’s a walk in Mt. Tabor that really calms her down after a night of derby damage.

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Patrons peruse the pictures at Visage.

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At the corner of NW Johnson and 11th Ave we found our very own ballerina, Julia Rowe. Her answers were on point as she pirouetted through the streets, telling us of her fondness for outings on SE Hawthorne and afternoons spent capering about in Portland parks.

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Anyone for eye-catching crafts? The streets of the Pearl were alive with artisans hawking their latest creations.

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Now that’s a walk-in closet!

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A local designer displays her colorful sidewalk frocks at First Thursday.

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Ah, the perfect addition to any cupboard.

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The audience was calm and relaxed as they sat, beers in hand, listening to Burn the Seed kick out the jams in the summer heat.

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Artist Brenda Dunn has been an advocate of First Thursdays from the beginning. "I think it’s great," she says. "The first time I ever sold my artwork was here six years ago. It’s well organized and hundreds of people get to see your work." Her favorite spot in the Pearl? "Right here. My booth."

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After a strenuous week at the office and a simmering afternoon in the sun, a couple of cocktails from Vault Martini provide much needed refreshment for busy professionals like John Herrera.

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