Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 20)

1) Spirit of Portland Awards: Call for nominees
2) Organic Beer Fest (Aug. 25-28)
3) Condo project destroyed in fire
4) Text to 911 launches (Aug. 23)
5) Willamette Superfund forum (Aug. 31)
6) N Concord blocks to close (Sept. 4)
7) Movie in the park (Sept. 4)


1) Spirit of Portland Awards: Call for nominees

Portland City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to our community. Nominate an individual, business, organization, neighborhood association or business association that has created a project, service or event that has helped Portland shine. Nominations will be accepted in an individual’s native language.

Categories include Neighborhood Association of the Year, Community Leader of the Year and Young Leader of the Year. See the complete list and get an entry form online. Deadline for entries is Sept. 26.


2) Organic Beer Fest (Aug. 25-28)

The Organic Beer Fest (formerly North American Organic Brewers Festival) returns to Overlook Park Thursday to Sunday. The event is an opportunity for our neighborhood to shine as people from throughout Portland visit our park. This year, OKNA will host a booth. Stop by and say hello.squirrel

The festival runs noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The name might have changed, but the motto remains the same: Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.

Although attendees are encouraged to use public transportation such as the nearby Max Yellow Line, residents near the park should anticipate increased traffic and parking during the fest.

Organic Beer Fest
Thursday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Aug. 28
Overlook Park


3) Condo project destroyed in fire

Overlook residents awoke to smoke and fire trucks on Wednesday morning when a condo project near N Killingsworth Street and Minnesota Avenue burned down. The cause of the fire remains unknown and is under investigation. Read more about the incident.


4) Text to 9-1-1 launches (Aug. 23)

The Bureau of Emergency Communications will launch Text to 9-1-1 in Portland at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, in front of Portland City Hall. Text to 9-1-1 is a new, important service in the City of Portland for those who cannot speak on the phone in an emergency. Text to 9-1-1 will help people who are deaf or hearing impaired, and anyone who finds themselves in a situation in which speaking on the phone would put them in danger.


5) Willamette Superfund forum (Aug. 31)

SuperFundForumThe deadline to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to clean the Willamette River Superfund site is Sept. 6. Learn more about the plan and how you can share your thoughts with the EPA on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m.. Speaker Peter deFur will review the proposed plan for cleanup of 11 miles of the river from the Broadway Bridge to the Columbia River.

Superfund Forum
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m.
Center for Intercultural Organizing (700 N Killingsworth St.)


6) N Concord blocks to close (Sept. 4)

The Tour de Lab Bicycle Ride will take place on Sunday, Sept. 4. The Lucky Labrador Tap Room on N Killingworth Street is one of the stops. Organizers anticipate about 700 participants and will close two blocks of N Concord Street between Kilingsworth and N Willamette Boulevard 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.


7) Movie in the park (Sept. 4)

Staying in town Labor Day weekend?  Join your neighbors at Overlook Park on Sunday, Sept. 4, to watch “The Wizard of Oz.”  The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with music by Echoes of Yasgurs, a climbing wall, face painting, food vendors and free popcorn. The film will start by 8, but come early to get a good seat.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold a fundraiser before the movie starts to support the homeless family shelters run by Portland Homeless Family Solutions and Community of Hope because there’s no place like home.

Ten prize packages each worth a minimum of $125 will be raffled off. They will include gift certificates from  local businesses. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. The drawing will begin at 7, and winners do not need to be present.

Every child dressed as a character from “The Wizard of Oz” at the event will receive a free raffle ticket and a small gift. Adults are encouraged to come in costume, too, but will not receive a free raffle ticket.

Purchase tickets at the Movie in the Park or at the upcoming OKNA booth at the Organic Beer Fest. You can also arrange to purchase tickets by emailing movie@overlookneighborhood.org.

Movie in the Park
Sunday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m. (move begins by 8)
Overlook Park

Thanks to the generous local businesses who provided prizes:

  • Blooming Moon Wellness Spa
  • Eddie’s Flat Iron Pizza
  • Eisenhower Bagelhouse
  • Firelight Yoga
  • Garagiste Wine Bar
  • Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
  • Lucky Labrador Brewing Co.
  • Miho Izakaya
  • Mississippi Pizza Pub
  • New American
  • New Seasons Market
  • Oregon Children’s Theatre
  • Pinky’s Pizzeria
  • Rhythm Bodyworks
  • Smartypants
  • Spoke & Vine
  • The Old Gold
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 12)

1) Overlook Neighborhood social and picnic (Tuesday)
2) Bridge Pedal (Sunday)
3) I5 exit at Going closure
4) Ice cream social was fun for all


1) Overlook Neighborhood social and picnic (Tuesday)

Join your neighbors at the annual OKNA social. We return this year to new American, which has generously offered to host the event again with the same food deals as last year. Get a “drive-through” burger or veggie burger with fries or sweet potatoes for $9, a farm salad for $6, and half off on wine and beer.

Overlook social and picnic
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
New American (2103 N Killingsworth St.)


2) Bridge Pedal (Sunday)

The Providence Bridge Pedal takes place on Sunday morning. Expect traffic delays on highways and local streets. Several of the routes pass through the Overlook Neighborhood along Willamette Boulevard and Greeley Avenue.


3) I5 exit at Going closure

Work at the south on-ramp from Going Street at I-5 Exit 303 has been extended. The contractor has notified the Oregon Department of Transportation that  it will be necessary for their worker’s safety to close the I-5 south on-ramp from Going Street to complete striping and signal loop work on the ramp. These closures are scheduled to take place Sunday, Aug. 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 16  from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.


4) Ice cream social was fun for all

Last week’s 2016 Overlook House Ice Cream Social was a huge hit with neighbors, as it is every year. Check out pictures from the event by clicking on the image below.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 6)

1) Mayor rescinds homeless camping policy
2) North Portland Tour Des Tanks bike ride (Sunday, Aug. 7)
3) Ice cream social (Sunday, Aug. 7)
4) Neighborhood Emergency Team meeting (Monday, Aug. 8)
5) I-5 ramp closures at Exit 303 (Tuesday to Wednesday, Aug. 9-10)
6) Bike Ride: The bridges of North Portland (Wednesday, Aug. 10)
7) New green stripes at intersections
8) Jewish Sabbath at Overlook Park (Aug. 19)
9) The Wake of Vanport – Free showing (Aug. 26)
10) Pollinator workshop (Sep. 18)
11) City of Portland election reform public forum (Monday, Aug. 15)
12) Portland’s earthquake plan


1) Mayor rescinds homeless camping policy

Mayor Charlie Hales this week announced that he was ending the “safe sleep” policy that allowed homeless residents to set up campsites on public right of way at night. Going forward, camping in public is again illegal. However, Hales said that enforcement would be the lowest priority for police, so expect very little to change for now.

Although the release mentions Hazelnut Grove in the Overlook Neighborhood, it offers no information about how the new rules apply to the camp or what will happen going forward. Unfortunately, City Hall continues to keep Overlook and Hazlenut Grove in the dark about its plans.

Because the mayor has canceled the camping policy, the lawsuit that Overlook Neighborhood was a part of will not be refiled.

Read Mayor Hales’ full announcement online.


2) North Portland Tour Des Tanks bike ride (Sunday, Aug. 7)

The North Portland 350 Group will offer a guided bike ride of North Portland’s energy hub, where 90 percent of all Oregon’s oil is brought, distributed and stored.

The ride will highlight the area’s natural geography and history. We plan on stops that offer information on air pollution, gas tanks, trains and pipe lines. We will look at public transportation and the many efforts people and groups are making for change.

The ride will start at the University of Portland with a brief overview of climate change and how Portland’s climate change resolution in light of North Portland’s current infrastructure and oil import/export systems. We will also connect the superfund sites to climate change.

The ride will be about 6 miles and take about 2.5 hours. All riders must wear helmets. Please bring water and a lunch.

Some Overlook neighbors will ride over the University of Portland together. Contact OKNA Board Member Mitch Bixby at overlookprepares@gmail.com if you’d like to join them.

Tour Des Tanks
Sunday, Aug. 7, 11-1:30
University of Portland, Pilot House Patio (5000 N Willamette Blvd.)


3) Ice cream social (Sunday, Aug. 7)

IcecreamSocialJoin your neighbors at the annual Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 7. Lovely’s Fifty Fifty generously will provide ice cream at the discount rate of $2 for adults and $1 for kids. There also will be bocce ball and games of skill  as well as a prize drawing. Don’t miss one of the sweetest, most friendly summer events in Overlook.

Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
Sunday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


4) Neighborhood Emergency Team meeting (Monday, Aug. 8)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) meets in even-numbered months. This month’s meeting will take place Monday at Luck Labrador Tap Room. If you’re interested in how you can better prepare for natural disaster, show up on Monday. New NET attendees should arrive around 6 p.m. The regular meeting will begin at 6:30.

Overlook NET
Monday, Aug. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. (new attendees should arrive early)
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


5) I-5 ramp closures at Exit 303 (Tuesday to Wednesday, Aug. 9-10)

The Oregon Department of Transportation will close the northbound I-5 Exit 303 ramp and southbound on-ramp from N. Going Street will be closed Tuesday to Wednesday (Aug. 9-10) for grinding and paving. Drivers should detour by using Exit 304 at N Alberta Street and following detour signs.

Nighttime lane closures are expected to take place Aug. 15-16.


6) Bike Ride: The bridges of North Portland (Wednesday, Aug. 10)

Ride the bikeways and bike-only bridges of North Portland. Meet at 5:45 at Dawson Park at the corner of N Morris Street and Vancouver Avenue. The ride starts promptly at 6 p.m.

bridgesNoPoThis ride is great for folks new to the bike or new to the area. The ride will be an easy-paced, 10-mile loop, with stops along the way and returning to the start location. The route will be mostly on low-traffic streets and neighborhood greenways, with some off-street paths. A few sections will be on streets with bike lanes.

The ride is free, but helmets are required. Kids under 16 welcome if accompanied by an adult.

This ride is part of the Portland By Cycle series of rides and classes. Click here to see the full schedule.

Bridges of North Portland bike ride
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 5:45 p.m.
Dawson Park


7) New green stripes at intersections

CrossBikePortland Bureau of Transportation has begun painting “Cross-bikes” in some intersections around the city. They are green bars that highlight the extension of a bikeway through the intersection. The cross-bikes, in conjunction with crosswalks, make it clear to drivers that the intersection is a location where there might be people walking and biking across the street. People are not legally required to stop for people biking through a cross-bike, but drivers should exercise extra caution.

Click on the image to learn more.


8) Jewish Sabbath at Overlook Park (Aug. 19)

For the fifth year in a row, Congregation Shir Tikvah will hold a celebration of the Jewish Sabbath at Overlook Park. Folks are encouraged to bring a picnic and relax out in the summer sun. Live music to be provided by Rabbi Ariel Stone and the bluegrass band Stumbleweed. The event starts at 6:00 pm. All are welcome – challah will be provided.

Jewish Sabbath
Friday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m.
Overlook Park


9) The Wake of Vanport – Free showing (Aug. 26)

“The Wake of Vanport” is so named to honor the death of a city and the viewing of its history through the collection of Vanport stories told by the voices of those who lived there. It is also a celebration of life after loss. Vanport is a lost city of Oregon with a rich history for all Oregonians.

Come out for this screening of multimedia works produced during the Vanport Multimedia Project – now updated with new stories – dedicated to collecting and preserving Vanport survivors’ stories. Community members, local historians, artists, media makers and educators collaborated to turn oral history interviews into short and powerful pieces of digital audio and visual narrative.

Portland author Zita Podany will sign copies of her book “Images of America: Vanport” at the event. The first 40 guests to arrive for the event will receive a free copy of the book. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

Immediately following the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion with survivors and producers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but space is limited and reservation is required.

If you can’t make it for the event, you can watch the movie online.

The Wake of Vanport
Friday, Aug. 26, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites Portland – Downtown (319 SW Pine St.)


10) Pollinator workshop (Sep. 18)

Pollinators_Overlook HouseMark your calendar now for the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District’s upcoming workshop at Overlook House “Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden.” Learn about the bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that provide vital pollination services in urban gardens, and discover which plants can help attract and support them. We will go beyond the bloom so you can find out how to provide water, shelter, nesting, and overwintering sites.

Advanced registration is required. Click here to register.

Pollinator workshop
Sunday, Sep. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


11) City of Portland election reform public forum (Monday, Aug. 15)

Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Mayor Charlie Hales will hold a public forum on election reform.  The Open and Accountable Elections package features a public campaign finance matching system, increased penalties for willful violations of election laws, improved contribution reporting requirements, and other reforms to increase transparency and accountability.  Details will be shared and feedback will be encouraged.

A second meeting will be held on Sept. 9 to present the final draft prior to filing the ordinance.

City of Portland election reform public forum
Monday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m.
Portland Building, Second Floor Auditorium (1120 SW 5th Ave.)


12) Portland’s earthquake plan

Portland is at risk from earthquakes, floods, landslides and other natural hazards, threatening hundreds of lives and potentially causing billions of dollars in property damage. With this in mind, a group of government and community stakeholders met over the past 15 months to review the latest data on these hazards and develop a list of actions to save lives, lessen property damage and reduce the impact on the city’s most vulnerable populations. The result is The Mitigation Action Plan (MAP): The City of Portland’s Path to Resilience.

The draft plan includes 160 specific actions and projects Portland city bureaus can take before disaster strikes. Examples include retrofitting Portland’s stock of unreinforced masonry buildings, ensuring emergency plans account for residents with access and functional needs, and providing ways to connect residents to power during a prolonged outage.

Public comment on the draft plan is being accepted from now until September 15th. View the plan online or stop by the Multnomah County Central (801 SW 10th Ave), Midland (805 SE 122nd Ave), or North Portland (512 N Killingsworth St) libraries to view a hard copy of the plan.

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management will hold a series of summer socials this month for residents to learn more and provide comment on the plan. View the complete list and learn more online. The social in North Portland will take place Aug. 17, 6-8:30 p.m. at Columbia Park.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 29)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social (Aug. 7)
2) Questions about Hazelnut Grove
3) Overlook mural update
4) New Columbia to the slough and Vanport site walk (July 30)
5) Willamette River Festival (July 31)
6) Help steer development in Portland
7) OKNA Board meeting (Aug. 2)


1) Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social (Aug. 7)

2015 Ice Cream Social

2015 Ice Cream Social

Elvira Raven was well known for her community-mindedness and opening her home, the future Historic Overlook House, to neighborhood children for ice cream … after all, the Ravens’ business was a creamery. That tradition continues today.

Join your neighbors at the annual Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 7. Lovely’s Fifty Fifty generously will provide ice cream at the discount rate of $2 for adults and $1 for kids. There also will be bocce ball and games of skill  as well as a prize drawing. Don’t miss one of the sweetest, most friendly summer events in Overlook.

Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
Sunday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


2) Questions about Hazelnut Grove

The Overlook Neighborhood Association has asked Mayor Charlie Hales’ office to clarify plans for relocating the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp. Hales’ office so far has declined to answer questions. Learn more and review the questions asked on our website.


3) Overlook mural update

Mural1Since the last update, Viva La Free’s innovative mural pilot project in partnership with the Overlook Neighborhood Association has received additional generous grants from  Lester Viles of the North Portland Project Fund ($1,000), North Portland Neighborhood Services Spring Boost Grant ($500), food and beverage donation from New Season’s ($75) and other local businesses.

The team determined that rather than create a linear, historical timeline, they will create an abstract painting that represents the indigenous cosmology of the Native American tribes.

This month the youth team visited the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde reservation to meet with Kalapuya Tribe elders. The Kalapuya are one of the tribes that lived in the area that is now Overlook. The youth asked permission to use iconography and legends of the tribe in the mural, visited the cultural center, studied historical archives on the reservation and were invited to the Grand Ronde Salmon Ceremony that commemorates restoration of net fishing for the first time in more than 100 years.

In keeping with the history and green spaces within Overlook, the mural will symbolically reflect the cyclical aspects of the natural world on the organic and sub atomic levels. Tentatively titled “Three Sisters” to pay homage to the tremendous Oaks in the heart of Overlook, as well as honoring past, present and future. The team hopes to complete the project in September.


4) New Columbia to the slough and Vanport site walk (July 30)

Stroll through a few great neighborhoods undergoing changes with Portland Parks and Recreation as we see and hear about new parks, developments and a recent transportation safety project.

Part of the Ten Toe Express walk series.  The health benefits of walking are numerous, including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.  Walking with others provides the added benefits of a valuable support network and new friendships.

The walk will be 3.8 miles. Meet at McCoy Park.

New Columbia to the slough and Vanport site walk
Saturday, July 30, 9-11 a.m.
Meet at McCoy Park (N Trenton Street & Newman Avenue)


5) Willamette River Festival (July 31)

WillametteFestivalJoin your North Portland neighbors at the Willamette River Festival on Sunday at Cathedral Park waterfront. The event will feature live bands: Loggers Daughter, Cascade Crescendo, New Iberians, DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid. There will be a beer garden, BBQ, food vendors, 50 Licks Ice Cream and more. View the flyer for additional information.

Willamette River Festival
Sunday, July 31, noon-7 p.m.
Cathedral Park waterfront


6) Help steer development in Portland

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested members of the public to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Design Commission.

Currently, one position is available and falls within the “Public at Large” category. Other positions may also come available in the future, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible.

Applications should be submitted by Aug. 31 to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume.

Learn more online.


7) OKNA Board meeting (Aug. 2)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday. Items on the agenda include pans for the upcoming Organic Brewfest in Overlook Park, the lawsuit against Mayor Charlie Hales’ homeless camping policies and more.

OKNA board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

 

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Questions about Hazelnut Grove

Hazelnut Grove was the site of the Groove in the Grove recently. The city did not require permits or safety inspections for the event. Fortunately, it passed without incident.

Hazelnut Grove was the site of the Groove in the Grove recently. The city did not require permits or safety inspections for the event. Fortunately, it passed without incident.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association for more than a month has asked Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to answer some basic questions about plans to relocate Hazelnut Grove similar to the Frequently Asked Questions the mayor provided to Southwest neighbors of the Sears Shelter.

Despite repeated inquiries and a recent meeting with Hales’ staff, the office chooses not to address the neighborhood’s inquiry at this time. The most recent excuse is that the office is preoccupied with the Springwater Corridor. Given that the sweep planned for that site has been postponed for a month, maybe they have a few minutes to communicate with Overlook. We’ll let you know.

In the meantime, the city’s failure to communicate remains one of the greatest hurdles to addressing the city’s homeless challenges.

The questions presented to the mayor’s office follow. For many of them, the OKNA suggested answers based on public statements from the city. To be clear, no answer below is official or confirmed by the city.

What is the proposed  timeline for the move?

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 17)

1) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 23-24)
2) Homeless camping update
3) OKNA general meeting (July 19)
4) New Belgium bike ride and beer (July 24)
5) Organic Beer Fest returns to Overlook (Aug. 25-28)
6) Overlook social and picnic (Aug. 16)


1) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 23-24)

Next weekend Sustainable Overlook will coordinate the annual neighborhood yard sale and free share. Dozens of homes will make their yards and garages available to sell treasures, oddities and more on Saturday, July 23, and anything left over can be set out to be given away for free to neighbors on Sunday, July 24.  Mark your calendars and come on out.

If you would like to participate in the yard sale and have your house shown on the map that will be advertised to the broader public, sign up online by Monday, July 18. Deal hunters will find a map showing participating households starting July 20.

If you have questions, please e-mail Josh at sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org.


2) Homeless camping update

N Going Street camp
Last week we  reported that a homeless camp on N Going Street had been relocated after the Overlook Neighborhood Association had worked with Portland Fire and Rescue to respond. Unfortunately, the site did not remain clear for long. Campers returned last week. OKNA will continue to work with city officials to implement measures that promote health and safety for campers and the neighborhood.

Hazelnut Grove concert
HG GrooveHazelnut Grove plans to host a music, art and food festival on Saturday (July 23). Details remain scarce, but residents should be prepared for additional foot and vehicle traffic if the event goes forward.

OKNA board members will meet with representatives of the mayor’s office this week to discuss plans for moving Hazelnut Grove and the planned concerts. We will provide an update later this week and, if possible, at Tuesday’s OKNA general meeting (see below).

Watch a video of a Hazelnut Grove leader discussing the event on Facebook.

Lawsuit to be refiled
Finally, Multnomah County Judge Marilyn Litzenberger dismissed the lawsuit challenging Mayor Charlie Hales’ homeless camping policy. OKNA had joined with business owners and other groups as plaintiffs in the suit. Because the case was dismissed without prejudice, it can be refiled in an amended form to address the judge’s concerns. We and the other groups are consulting with our attorney, and we plan to proceed with new filings.


3) OKNA general meeting (July 19)

Come meet your neighbors at the July Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting on Tuesday evening. This month we’ll meet North Portland’s new crime prevention officer, learn about the city’s marijuana policy and hear from one of Overlook’s dispensaries, New Amsterdam.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, June 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


4) New Belgium bike ride and beer (July 24)

Join fellow beer lovers and bike riders on Sunday, July 24 for New Belgium Brewing’s July summer bike and beer crawl. This month it will start at Overlook Park. The event is free and for adults (21+) only.

New Belgium bike and beer crawl
Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m.
Overlook Park


5) Organic Beer Fest returns to Overlook (Aug. 25-28)

organicBeerThe Organic Beer Fest (formerly North American Organic Brewers Festival) returns to Overlook Park Aug. 25-28. The event is an opportunity for our neighborhood to shine as people from throughout Portland visit our park. This year, OKNA will host a booth. Stop by and say hello.

The festival runs noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The name might have changed, but the motto remains the same: Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.

Festival organizers are looking for local volunteers. Anyone interested can learn more and sign up online. For each shift worked, volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt, cup and 12 tokens.

Organic Beer Fest
Thursday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Aug. 28
Overlook Park


6) Overlook social and picnic (Aug. 16)

Mark your calendars now for the annual OKNA social and picnic on Aug. 16. Come out to meet your neighbors in a social environment. New American restaurant has generously offered to host the event again this year with the same food deals as last year. Get a “drive-through” burger or veggie burger with fries or sweet potatoes for $9, a farm salad for $6, and half off on wine and beer.

Overlook social and picnic
Tuesday, Aug. 16 (time to be announced)
New American (2103 N Killingsworth St.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 10)

1)  Neighborhood mural update
2) Homeless camps on N Going Street
3) Beach Elementary not ready for an earthquake
4) PBOT seeks citizen oversight


1)  Neighborhood mural update

The neighborhood mural continues to move forward. Since the last update, the project has received additional grant funds, including $1,000 from the Lester Viles of the North Portland Project Fund, $500 from the North Portland Neighborhood Services Spring Boost Grant and $75 from New Season’s towards food and beverages during the mural painting.

Final drafts of the mural design will be presented by July 22. The mural youth teams’ next steps are to go to the Grand Rhonde reservation to meet with Kalapuya Tribe elders. The Kalapuya are one of the tribes that lived in the area that is now Overlook. The youth will ask permission to use iconography and legends of the tribe in the mural. While there they will also visit the cultural center and study historical archives on the reservation.

The mural project will be completed in late summer.  It will beautify the Overlook neighborhood, spotlighting our history and many beautiful green spaces.


2) Homeless camps on N Going Street

The Overlook Neighborhood Association continues to work with Portland Fire and Rescue on camping along N Going Street. One particular camp that was using open fires and cutting trees has been relocated as a result of that collaboration.


3) Beach Elementary not ready for an earthquake

Beach School SignCarmen Merlo, director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, recently spoke to a Portland Public Schools planning committee about which schools are at risk during a major earthquake. Beach Elementary in the Overlook Neighborhood was among the 20 most at risk. Learn more in this news report.


4) PBOT seeks citizen oversight

The Portland Bureau of Transportation seeks volunteers to serve on two important advisory committees:

Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee | Application due July 19

PBOT convenes a Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) to inform the annual transportation budget and think critically and strategically about Portland’s complete transportation system. The BAC will also review program priorities and infrastructure project lists and provide input on Bureau strategy and direction for incorporating equity and the inclusion of communities that are traditionally under-served by the Bureau. The BAC meets monthly and is year round. Learn more.

Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee | Application due July 19

On May 17, Portland voters approved Measure 26-173, creating Portland’s first local funding source for transportation maintenance and safety via a 10 cent per gallon fuel tax. The Fixing Our Streets Program will implement Measure 26-173. The Oversight Committee will monitor overall program implementation, with special attention on construction impacts on businesses and neighborhoods and the utilization of minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses. The Oversight Committee will meet quarterly. Learn more.

Both of these advisory groups will play an important role in shaping the future of our work at PBOT and the bureau will work to ensure that these spaces are both informative and meaningful for committee members. For each group PBOT seeks a diversity of perspectives and experience. Onboarding and supplemental information sessions will be offered to assist with facilitating full participation of committee members regardless of experience with PBOT or budget/policy process. Individuals may apply for both if interested.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 25)

1) Meals program at Patton Square Park
2) Illegal dumping
3) Boat launch on Swan Island
4) Six months of sun
5) Learn more about the new Comprehensive Plan (June 27)
6) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 23-24)
7) Help the Overlook Neighborhood
8) July OKNA Board meeting canceled (July 5)
9) June OKNA meeting and social a huge success


1) Meals program at Patton Square Park

Summer Fillable Flyer_5-11-15A new free summer meals site has launched at Patton Square City Park located at N Interstate Avenue and N Emerson Street. The meals program is open to all children and teens aged 1-18 and operated Monday to Friday, noon-12:30. Click on the flyer for more information.

Adult meals also are available for purchase for $4 each. Please keep in mind that meals must be eaten in the park.


2) Illegal dumping

dumpingHave you seen garbage and other refuse illegally dumped on public property? Metro (the regional government) operates a Regional Illegal Dumping Patrol. You can report illegal dumping by calling 503-234-3000 or by filing a report online.

Illegal dumps threaten human health and wildlife in the region. Trash, old appliances, torn mattresses, used tires, broken furniture, oil, antifreeze and pesticides are a few of the things illegal dumpers leave on public lands and sidewalks, in alleyways and waterways.

If you see illegal dumpers in the act, do not confront them; call local police. Note the vehicle’s license plate number, make and model, material dumped and location.

Since 1993, Metro has worked closely with other local government agencies and law enforcement to quickly and thoroughly investigate and remove illegal dumps. Metro’s investigating officers will try to locate the owner of the trash and its illegal hauler. Depending on the situation, the owner of the trash may be fined or cited, along with the hauler who dumped illegally. Fines cover the cost of cleaning up and properly managing waste from dump sites. Multnomah County inmate crews assigned to Metro from the Inverness jail cleans up sites throughout much of the region.


3) Boat launch on Swan Island

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Parks and Recreation have reached a deal for parks to take over the Swan Island boat launch and spend an estimated $600,000 fixing it up and improving security. Developers, however, are challenging use of the planned funds for the project.

Read all about it in this Portland Mercury story by Overlook resident Dirk VanderHart.


4) Six months of sun

OKNA board member Chris Trejbal takes photos using a six-month exposure to capture the sun’s path across the sky each day. For the past six months, his pinhole camera hung on N Overlook Terrace and captured the heritage oak tree there. Enjoy this unique view of a neighborhood landmark.

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5) Learn more about the new Comprehensive Plan (June 27)

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan will establish new rules that affect the size, shape and location of shops, apartments, houses and places of employment. Drop in to chat with your local District Planner about where we are in the Comprehensive Plan process, and how proposed changes may affect you and your neighborhood. There will be no formal presentation.

For more information, visit the project website or call the Comprehensive Plan Update Helpline at 503-823-0195.

North Portland Neighborhood Drop-in
Monday, June 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield St.)


6) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 23-24)

Sustainable Overlook has announced dates for the annual neighborhood yard sale and free share. Dozens of homes will make their yards and garages available to sell treasures, oddities and more on Saturday, July 23, and anything left over can be set out to be given away for free to neighbors on Sunday, July 24.  Mark your calendars and come on out.

If you would like to participate in the yard sale and have your house shown on the map that will be advertised to the broader public, sign up online by July 18. Deal hunters will find a map showing participating households starting July 20.

If you have questions, please e-mail Josh at sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org.


7) Help the Overlook Neighborhood

The annual Providence Bridge Pedal will take place on August 14. As in recent years, Overlook Neighborhood residents will operate a rest stop in St. Johns at the U.S. Bank Plaza 7 a.m. to noon. Consider volunteering to help riders, promote Overlook and raise money for our neighborhood. Every volunteer earns $25 for the Overlook Neighborhood Association. If you’re interested in participating, email Alan Cranna at ascran3@hotmail.com

Overlook also is looking for volunteers to help deliver our quarterly newspaper, The Overlook Views. Deliverers are assigned a route that typically takes about an hour to complete solo. It’s a great way to get out and meets some neighbors. Anyone interested should email views@overlookneighborhood.org for more information.


8) July OKNA Board meeting canceled (July 5)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will not meet in July.

The July OKNA General Meeting will take place on July 19. The topic of this month’s meeting is “Marijuana legalization – One year later.” Join your neighbors to learn about how legalization is affecting Overlook and Portland.


9) June OKNA meeting and social a huge success

Overlook residents gathered at the Luck Labrador Tap Room this week to socialize and hear from housing experts. Groups attending included the Community Alliance of Tenants, Portland Tenants United and City Club of Portland. Learn more about their presentations on our website.

Click on the photo to see more images from the event.

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OKNA social and general meeting about housing

Overlook residents gathered at the Luck Labrador Tap Room this week to socialize and hear from housing experts. Groups attending included the Community Alliance of Tenants, Portland Tenants United and City Club of Portland.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 18)

1) Hazelnut Grove homeless camp to move
2) OKNA social and general meeting (Tuesday)
3) Pride Parade (Sunday)
4) Portland bike share system launches next month (July 19)
5) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland (June 26)
6) Help plan the future of the ReBuilding Center
7) Happy Hour to discuss affordable housing (June 28)


1) Hazelnut Grove homeless camp to move

On Tuesday, the Overlook Neighborhood Association issued a press release announcing that negotiations between the neighborhood, Mayor Charlie Hales’ office and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp had broken down after the city and camp representatives went silent. (Read the release on our website.)

In response to that press release, Hales’ office announced that it plans to move the Hazelnut Grove camp by the end of October. The city has not yet identified a location for the camp nor is it sharing any potential sites, and in subsequent conversation with the neighborhood, city staff said they might need some “wiggle room” on that deadline.

Read more in coverage by The Oregonian, KATU, KGW and KPTV.

OKNA will continue to monitor the situation and urge the city to take preventive measures to ensure safety and health for campers and the neighborhood and to begin working toward an orderly move immediately. We also hope the city has learned from its experience with Hazelnut Grove and will engage from the beginning with whatever neighborhood might next house the homeless camp.


2) OKNA social and general meeting (Tuesday)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, June 21 for a social and the OKNA general meeting at Lucky Labrador Tap Room. This is a chance to get to know the people who live in Overlook and to discuss neighborhood issues with members of the OKNA board who will attend.

Our June meeting will focus on tenants’ rights issues and will feature 30 minutes of presentations from Community Alliance of Tenants and Portland Tenants United. Representatives from City Club of Portland will talk about their recently released report on Housing Affordability. Neighborhood renters will have an opportunity to connect with resources, and they and homeowners can learn about issues affecting Overlook and all of Portland.

Stick around after the presentations to get to know your neighbors. OKNA will provide a $2 discount toward your first food or drink is purchase! Pick yours up when you sign in for the meeting.

OKNA Social & General Meeting
Tuesday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


3) Pride Parade (Sunday)

prideparadeThe annual Pride Parade, part of this summer’s Pride Northwest celebrations takes place on Sunday. The parade starts at 11 a.m.  This year’s event is particularly poignant after the shootings at a nightclub in Orlando a week ago.

During the parade, traffic will be disrupted downtown. If you must get around, consider public transit, a cab, lyft or uber.


4) Portland bike share system launches next month (July 19)

Biketown, Portland’s next generation bike share system, will launch on July 19. Membership sales are underway at biketownpdx.com, and the first 1,000 individuals to sign up for membership will be “Founding Members,” receiving a commemorative key to access the system and a special founding member t-shirt. The first 500 members to sign up (using access code PDX500) will get their first month of membership free thanks to a sponsorship from Metro.

biketownThe Portland Bureau of Transportation and its partners also unveiled a map of the first 100 Biketown station locations (map). The stations will house 1,000 “smart bikes” with the latest technology. Customers will be able to check out a bike using a smartphone, a computer, a member card, or by typing in their member number and PIN into the keypad on the bike. Bikes can also be parked at thousands of publicly-accessible bike racks in the service area. Users who park a bike outside of a station will be charged an additional fee, and users who return such bikes to the stations will receive a credit. Every bike’s exact location can be viewed in real-time from the system’s website or smartphone app. The app will be available shortly before the program launches.

Annual memberships will cost $12 per month, and include 90 minutes of riding time each day. Single-ride passes and 24-hour passes will also be available when the system launches for those who want to use the program more occasionally, including tourists.


5) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland (June 26)

SundayParkwaySunday Parkways rolls into North Portland next weekend on June 26th for another round of fun!  From its 31-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan located near Kenton Park to its beautiful parks, North Portland epitomizes both old and new Portland. Come and celebrate all that it is with friends and family on June 26th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This route will take you on a 9-mile tour of North Portland leading you to sweep along the scenic Willamette Bluff where you will catch a unforgettable view of Downtown Portland and the Willamette River. While you are at it, make sure to stop by the Kenton, McCoy, Arbor Lodge parks and the Peninsula Park & Rose Garden. Live music, food, fitness classes, bike shop repair stations and more are waiting for you at each of these stops.

The route passes through part of Overlook Neighborhood. Drivers should prepare for delays in North Portland during the event.


6) Help plan the future of the ReBuilding Center

The ReBuilding Center is conducting a feasibility study to explore opportunities to maximize use of its space on N Mississippi Avenue. Specifically, the center is looking at the possibility of redeveloping the northern end of its property to maximize its mission.

The center will host five focus groups over the summer to seek community advice and inspiration for the project. Food and refreshments will be provided, and participants will received $50 gift cards to the Rebuilding Center.

Contact Executive Director Stephen Reichard at stephen@rebuildingcenter.org for more information or to RSVP for a focus group session.

Focus group sessions (Location: Date, Time)

  • ReBuilding Center: June 21, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
  • ReBuilding Center: June 23, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Albina Youth Opportunity School: July 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Albina Youth Opportunity School: July 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • North Branch Library, Aug. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.

7) Happy Hour to discuss affordable housing (June 28)Magnolia

Innovative Housing, Inc. will host a Happy Hour in the rooftop garden at The Magnolia Apartments (3250 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) on June 28, 4-6 p.m.

Join other Portlanders interested for drinks, snacks and conversation about affordable housing. RSVP online.

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