Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 3)

1) OKNA Board meeting (Dec. 6)
2) Adidas expanding Portland operations
3) Hazelnut Grove update
4) Overlook Neighborhood holiday parties


1) OKNA Board meeting (Dec. 6)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss Holiday Party planning, our quarterly newspaper and more. See the full agenda for details.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


2) Adidas expanding Portland operations

adidasThe Portland Business Journal reports that Adidas will move 150 jobs from Boston to Portland. The company’s North American headquarters is in Overlook. From the news report:

Adidas is moving 150 back-office jobs from Boston to Portland as it looks to streamline operations and build on its North American momentum. … In addition to the jobs moving to Portland, Adidas is on its biggest local hiring spree in history, with plans to add 10 percent to its Portland workforce this year. Last year it acquired an adjacent building to expand its campus and house new workers.


3) Hazelnut Grove update

Mayor Charlie Hales’ office pledged to help the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp relocate by the end of October. That has not happened. He has one month remaining in his term to make good. If not that, at a minimum OKNA asks that the mayor’s office reconvene negotiations between Hazelnut Grove, the Overlook Neighborhood and City Hall to develop a compromise, temporary permit for the camp.

KPTV aired a report about the current status:

KPTV – FOX 12


4) Overlook Neighborhood holiday parties

snowmanMark your calendar for three upcoming holiday parties in Overlook Neighborhood. Don’t miss these opportunities to meet your neighbors and celebrate the season.

Santa Visits Overlook House
Sunday, Dec. 4, 11-1:30
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Friends of Overlook House will host a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself. Santa Clause will arrive on a fire truck at 11 a.m., and the event will continue until 1:30 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa, get your face painted and enjoy the entertainment of Red Yarn, which will perform at 11:30, noon and 12:30.

OKNA Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Daybreak Cohousing (2525 N Killingsworth St.)

Come celebrate the Solstice, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza or whatever else fills your heart with cheer this time of year. Join your Overlook neighbors at our annual Holiday Potluck Party. Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

Overlook NET Holiday Party
Monday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m.
New American (2103 N. Killingsworth St.)

The Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team’s holiday party will take place on Dec. 12 at New American restaurant 6-8 p.m. NET works to ensure that our neighborhood is prepared for when disaster strikes. Their annual party is for all residents to unwind and take your minds off of earthquakes and floods for an evening. A few lucky attendees will win door prizes.

On a sadder note, New American will close its doors on Dec. 18, so join us for one of the final chances to say goodbye to the great folks who have been so wonderful to the neighborhood.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 26)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Holiday Party (Dec. 9)
2) Adopt a storm drain
3) Prevent package theft during the holidays and all year


1) Overlook Neighborhood Holiday Party (Dec. 9)

snowmanCome celebrate the Solstice, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza or whatever else fills your heart with cheer this time of year. Join your Overlook neighbors at our annual Holiday Potluck Party. Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

Overlook Neighborhood Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Daybreak Cohousing (2525 N Killingsworth St.)


2) Adopt a storm drain

Did water pool in the street outside your home? Did you have to jump over deep puddles to get to your car? Portland’s storm drains could use your help.

Storm drains help drain storm water quickly and efficiently and keep our streets safe.

But when drains get clogged with fallen leaves and other debris, it can lead to ponding water in our streets and at our intersections. That makes it harder to drive, walk, bike and roll around town.

Portland Bureau of Transportation crews work hard to keep the drains clear. But with over 58,000 drains in the city, they can’t get to all of them.

That’s why PBOT is asking Portlanders to adopt storm drains in their neighborhoods and help to keep them free and clear of leaves.

When clearing a storm drain, please keep these tips in mind:

  • If possible, clear the drain before it starts raining.
  • Clear about 10 feet on both sides of the drain.
  • Clear from the sidewalk, not the street. Wear reflective clothing so vehicles can see you.
  • Always wear gloves and be careful of sharp objects! 
  • Use a rake, shovel or broom – not your hands.
  • Watch out for traffic. Don’t clear drains that are in the middle of a street.
  • Be careful of standing water to avoid slipping or stepping on sharp objects.
  • If children are helping, make sure adults are supervising.
  • Don’t try to lift storm drain grates. They are very heavy.
  • Let city crews handle garbage or any hazards in the catch basin.
  • Clear surface debris only.

If the drain is still clogged after you’ve removed the surface debris, please call our Maintenance Dispatchers at 503-823-1700 or email pdxroads@portlandoregon.gov to report it.

Thank you for helping keep Overlook’s and Portland’s streets clear and safe!


3) Prevent package theft during the holidays and all year

Package theft typically increases during the holidays. To prevent it, choose a safer delivery option:

  • package-lockerArrange to pick up packages at the carrier or retail establishment.
  • Require a signature on deliveries.
  • Opt for deliveries to lockers or other secured locations where possible. In Overlook, Amazon has lockers available 24 hours at the N Killingsworth Street and N. Going Street Plaid Pantries.
  • Ship your package to a location where someone you trust will be available to receive it.
  • If it is offered, track the status of your delivery by email, text or other alert. If you are going on vacation, make sure that no shipments will be delivered while you are away.

Although camera surveillance is beneficial to your home’s overall security, it will not deter package thieves.

Please be alert and report crime and suspicious activity in your neighborhood such as someone stealing a package or trailing a delivery truck by bike or car. For immediate threats to life or property or crimes in progress, call 9-1-1. For non-immediate threats occurring in Portland, call the police non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

The city has additional package theft prevention tips online.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 20)

1) Sustainable Overlook movie night (Nov. 22)
2) Portland Aerial Tram closing for maintenance (Nov. 22-27)
3) Public hearing on tax break for affordable housing (Dec. 6)
4) Transportation advisory group seeks applicants


1) Sustainable Overlook movie night (Nov. 22)

Join Sustainable Overlook for a free showing of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lucky Lab Tap Room.

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.

Sustainable movie night
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
Lucky Lab Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


2) Portland Aerial Tram closing for maintenance (Nov. 22-27)

tramThe Portland Aerial Tram will close for scheduled maintenance from 7 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 22, reopening at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. The work is scheduled for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when the tram experiences lower than normal use and closes for the national holiday.

During the closure, shuttle buses will run between Oregon Health & Science University’s South Waterfront and Marquam Hill campuses. Passengers can catch a shuttle bus from the Center for Health & Healing in South Waterfront and the Kohler Pavilion roundabout on Marquam Hill.

The closure will allow crews to replace the tram’s haul rope. The haul rope, used to propel the tram cabins from one station to the other, must be replaced periodically. It was last replaced in 2010.

The Portland Aerial Tram is one of the busiest aerial tramways in the world, providing more than 12 million rides since opening in 2007. After more than 21,800 hours and 325,000 trips, the haul rope is near the end of its useful life.

Though shuttles will be available during the tram’s normal operating hours, with more running during peak times (7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.), please plan to add as much as 30 minutes to your time in transit. If possible, avoid scheduling meetings and appointments on the hill and at the waterfront on the same days.


3) Public hearing on tax break for affordable housing (Dec. 6)

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m., the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss an application being considered for approval for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program.

The application from Fairfield Residential is for a project in on N Interstate Avenue and N Willamette Boulevard with 140 new units, 28 of which would be affordable to households earning no more than 80% of Area Median Income if approved.

Tax exemption programs such as the MULTE encourage the inclusion of affordable housing and other public benefits in new residential developments. PHB can approve up to $3 million in new tax exemptions each year.

Affordable housing tax break hearing
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m.
Portland Housing Bureau (421 SW 6th Ave., Suite 500)


4) Transportation advisory group seeks applicants

Metro’s Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee, or TPAC, is seeking volunteers interested in transportation issues. Three community-member appointments are open for two-year terms starting in January. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 9. The Metro Council expects to make the appointments in January.

TPAC reviews regional plans and federally funded transportation projects across the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County metropolitan area. The committee advises local and regional leaders on transportation investment priorities and policies related to transportation, such as efforts to create communities with easy access to public transit, provide safe options to get to schools, work and errands, and help the economy by creating smooth freight movement through the region. It also helps identify needs and opportunities for involving the public in these transportation decisions.

Learn more and apply online.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 13)

1) Going Street cleanup canceled (Dec. 4)
2) Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting (Nov. 15)


1) Going Street cleanup canceled (Dec. 4)

The persistence of OKNA Board Member Cynthia Sulaski and other neighborhood residents led to the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s cleaning up the former homeless campsites on Going Street. The spots of digging remain to be filled, but that work is on PBOT’s to-do list.

Thank you to all involved, especially Cynthia and PBOT. Our natural areas are returning to normal.


2) Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting (Nov. 15)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday to hear about what’s happening in Overlook. The agenda includes presentations from two developers of upcoming residential projects – Two buildings on the north side of N Skidmore Street with 12 units and a building across the street on the site of the Overlook Restaurant with 180 units and 92 underground parking stalls.

We also will discuss what streets in the neighborhood we should ask the city to pave or install sidewalks.

View the full agenda.

OKNA General Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 4)

1) OKNA partners with Arbor Lodge
2) Neighborhood cleanup (Nov. 6)
3) Sustainable Overlook movie nights (Nov. 6 & 22)
4) Beach School garden redesign (Nov. 11)
5) Leaf pickup (Dec. 2)
6) Neighborhood cleanup (Dec. 4)


1) OKNA partners with Arbor Lodge

At Tuesday’s Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to partner with the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association. The two neighborhood associations will apply jointly to the Portland State Masters of Urban Planning program for a study of N Greeley Avenue safety. If successful, the study will provide a template for improving safety around this important transportation corridor. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more details.


2) Neighborhood cleanup I (Nov. 6)

OKNA will partner with Love PDX as part of a citywide trash pickup. On Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., we’ll meet near the Portland Community College Campus and work our way west down N Killingsworth. Gloves, bags and other supplies will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, email livability@overlookneighborhood.org.

Neighborhood cleanup
Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet at PCC (N Killingsworth)


3) Sustainable Overlook movie nights (Nov. 6 & 22)

Join Sustainable Overlook for two more documentaries that will change the way you look at food, the economy and community. Free! All are welcome. Films start at 7 p.m. and run 50-90 min. Discussion afterwards. Food and drink available for purchase.

We had a good time in October watching “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective” and “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” at New American Restaurant (thanks for hosting!).

The next two films will be at Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth St.:
Sunday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. – The Economics of Happiness
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. – Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Clink the links to watch the trailers. Hope to see you there.


4) Beach School garden redesign (Nov. 11)

beachgardenJoin the Overlook community at the Beach School Garden redesign on Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Overlook resident and landscape designer Mulysa Melco is helping plan a sustainable, beautiful, educational and welcoming garden for the entire community. At this event, we will be digging up the old beds, moving a heavy tool box (need some muscle), pulling weeds, digging out thistle (bring gloves!), laying cardboard and mulch.

Bring any of the following:

  • Gloves
  • Hand-pruner
  • Rake, spade, trowels
  • Cardboard (no tape, staples or glossy coatings.)
  • Newspaper (without glossy color sections.)

Please contact President@Beachpta.org if you have any questions or can make a contribution.


5) Leaf pickup (Dec. 2)

Leaf pickup comes to Overlook (south of Going) on Dec. 2.

Portland’s urban forest is one of our smartest investments, paying economic, social and environmental dividends everyone enjoys, from cleaner air and water to lower cooling costs and increased property values. Of course, with trees come leaves – and when they fall in an urban environment, it’s necessary to clean them up.

From mid-November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical because letting them stay on the street can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. Our Leaf Day Pickup program is about getting the leaves cleaned up in a way that makes a better, healthier and safer Portland.

Learn more about the pickup online.


6) Neighborhood cleanup II (Dec. 4)

Join your Overlook neighbors on Sunday, Dec. 4, noon-2 p.m. for a quick site cleanup on the north side of Going Street west of the Concord pedestrian bridge. We will bag trash and move large debris to the side of the road for pickup. This will help restore the natural area for the winter season so that it can blossom come spring.

It takes all of us working together to keep Overlook beautiful. Going is an important bicycle and vehicle transportation corridor that serves as the gateway to the neighborhood for many people. Let’s not leave it looking trashed.

Bring heavy work gloves if you have them.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 30)

1) Watch out for trick-or-treaters (Oct. 31)
2) Little children’s Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)
3) City completes street tree survey and map
4) OKNA Board Meeting (Nov. 1)
5) Be sure to vote


1) Watch out for trick-or-treaters (Oct. 31)

Children all across Portland will take to the streets to trick-or-treat for Halloween on Monday evening. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, people driving and parents must be even more alert. Everyone should focus on being visible and watching out for other travelers. Add lights and reflectors to your child’s costume – it’s a fun and easy way to help keep children safe as they trick or treat.

Drivers can do their part by driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling and being ready to stop as needed. People walking and bicycling are encouraged to be more visible by wearing retro-reflective wear, using a flashlight or blinking strobe, and investing in bright and contrasting outerwear.


2) Little children’s Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)

Gather your youngest robots, witches and princesses; call in the tiniest superheroes, ghosts and pumpkins! Overlook families with children ages 1-5 are invited to enjoy fun activities and snacks at the annual Overlook House Halloween Party on Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. Come in costume and check out spooktacular games, prizes, healthy snacks, fun crafts and dancing under the disco ball.

Overlook House Halloween Party
Monday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


3) City completes street tree survey and map

treeinventoryPortland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry staff and more than 1,300 volunteers surveyed and mapped nearly every planted street tree (planted in public rights-of-way, rather than on private property) in Portland – almost 220,000 in all, covering all 96 of the city’s neighborhoods. The effort is key to help inform how Parks & Rec manages Portland’s urban forest going forward. Trees were measured and identified, and each one’s health was rated as part of the City’s first comprehensive inventory of street trees.

Check out what trees are on your block.

Parks & Rec also has prepared am Overlook-specific Inventory Report and Tree Plan.


4) OKNA Board Meeting (Nov. 1)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday. The agenda includes hearing from Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association about a potential partnership, upcoming meetings and general updates.

OKNA Board Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


5) Be sure to vote

voteBallots are out. OKNA takes not position on the ballot measures and candidates that fill this year’s ballot, but we urge all Overlook residents to be sure to vote. Democracy works best when all voices are heard. Moreover, when Overlook votes, lawmakers take notice that we care about what our government does.

Completed ballots are due by Election Day, Nov. 8. Voters have a couple of days to mail them in. Otherwise, drop your ballot off at a convenient location.  The county maintains a map of all official drop boxes. The closest to Overlook is the North Portland Library on N Killingsworth Street.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 23)

1) City to consider residential infill policies
2) Youth filmmaking classes (Ages 8-18)
3) Reporting suspicious activity to police


1) City to consider residential infill policies

In response to community concerns related to new infill development, housing affordability and compatibility, demolitions, and the need for more housing choices in Portland’s single-dwelling neighborhoods, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to undertake the Residential Infill Project in August 2015.

The report recommendations are at a concept level and reflect hundreds of conversations with stakeholders and community members. The recommended concepts will:

  • Reduce the size of houses based on lot size and zone.
  • Apply a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone in areas with good access to services, jobs and transportation options and other amenities. Within this new overlay zone, allow more housing types (duplexes, triplexes on corners, additional ADUs) and rezone historically narrow lots to R2.5.
  • Increase flexibility for cottage clusters.
  • Provide incentives for retaining existing houses.
  • Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.

Download a four-page handout that summarizes the recommendations or read the Residential Infill Concept Report.

City Council will hold public hearings on the residential infill report Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. each day.


2) Youth filmmaking classes (Ages 8-18)

pcmPortland Community Media have expanded their offerings for youth. Budding animators ages 8 to 10 can take a Nov. 19 iPad Animation class. PCM’s iPad animation kits are sturdy enough for younger students but powerful enough to help them create high-quality animated shorts.

Young filmmakers ages 11-13 can take PCM’s Dec. 17 iPad Filmmaking class, which certifies them to borrow our iPad filmmaking kits for free.

And youth ages 16 and older can take all of PCM’s adult classes, including the upcoming Oct. 25 or Nov. 29 screenwriting class at the ReBuilding Center, From Story to Script: Narrative Screenwriting.


3) Reporting suspicious activity to police

Neighbors sometimes hesitate to report suspicious activity to the police when they are unsure that it warrants a call or that they will receive immediate response, among other concerns. Some examples include residents observing people:

  • Looking into the front windows of homes.
  • Knocking on a neighbor’s door then walking to the side yard when no one answers.
  • Walking on the street late at night, looking into vehicles.
  • Loitering near a business when it is closed.
  • Parking on the street, looking at houses and hanging out for an extended time.
  • Yelling at each other and the fighting appears to be escalating to physical violence.
  • Slumping over in their vehicle and there is concern for their welfare.

Call 9-1-1 for immediate threats to life or property or a crime in progress. Contact the police non-emergency number at 503-823-3333 when what you observe is not an immediate threat. After you have connected with the police, let neighbors know what happened and that you called the police. Only report the facts of what happened without speculation.

When you see suspicious or criminal activity in your neighborhood, it is helpful to provide accurate and detailed descriptions of what you are seeing and who is involved. This will help the police assess what is occurring and plan their response. The information also helps the Police Patrol Officers triage calls and can make a difference in the investigation of a crime. Practice identifying the details of people and activities that you observe so that you can use those skills when you need them.

When you contact 9-1-1 or the police non-emergency number, you talk to a call taker who types up the information you provide for a dispatcher who relays that information to the patrol officer. If you can capture the following details, it will improve responses:

Suspicious Activity Details:

  • Focus on suspicious behavior, not suspicious appearance. What is the person doing that is suspicious?
  • When did it start? Is it still going on? If not, when did it stop?
  • Location
  • If the suspect is gone, what direction did she or he travel?

Suspect Description:

  • Sex: Male/ Female/ Unknown
  • Age range
  • Height/ Weight
  • Race/ Ethnicity
  • Facial features: Eye color/ Complexion/ Skin tone/ Other features
  • Hair: Length/ Color/ Facial hair
  • Clothing and shoes: Color/ Type
  • Anything unusual about their gait, body movements or speech
  • Unique features: Tattoos/ Scars/ Piercings/ Glasses/ Other
  • Vehicle Description: Vehicle Type/ Color/ Make/ Model /License Plate/ Distinctive Features

 

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 16)

1) OKNA General Meeting canceled (Oct. 18)
2) Compatible infill development lecture (Oct. 17)
3) Harvest and Halloween events (Oct. 21 & 31)
4) Ladybug Nature Walk in North Portland (Oct. 21)
5) Little children’s Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)
6) Groundwater – Portland’s other drinking water source (Nov. 19)


1) OKNA General Meeting canceled (Oct. 18)

A reminder that the October OKNA General Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18 has been canceled. We are working on an exciting agenda for the November meeting.


2) Compatible infill development lecture (Oct. 17)

Portland Together presents a talk by Noré Winter — Compatibility Matters: Lessons from Around the Country on Compatible Infill. Winter will discuss his experiences around the country helping fast growing cities plan for growth while protecting their resources of existing single-family housing.  His comments will suggest alternative approaches to the current recommendations by Portland’s Residential Infill Project (RIP) as they relate to moderating scale of new construction in our traditional neighborhoods.

After his presentation, a responder panel consisting of Bureau of Planning and Sustainability RIP staff and RIP advisory committee members will address questions to Winter to explore how his experience may shed light on Portland’s current challenges.  The last 30 minutes of the event will be devoted to Q&A from the audience.

The event is free, but a donation to the Architectural Heritage Center is encouraged. Learn more about the event and register online.


3) Harvest and Halloween events (Oct. 21 & 31)

halloweenPortland Parks and Recreation will host two seasonal events for families during the next couple of weeks.

On Friday, Oct. 21, join the fun at a Monster Mash at Peninsula Park Community Center (700 N Rosa Parks Way), 6-8 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy pizza, games, crafts music and more. The event is free to attend.

On Monday, Oct. 31, a Harvest Hoopla will take place at the Charles Jordan Community Center (9009 N Foss Ave.), 6-8 p.m. Celebrate the autumn season with an exciting harvest-themed night of fun with carnival games and crafts. Don’t forget to wear your costume. The event is free to attend.


4) Ladybug Nature Walk in North Portland (Oct. 21)

One of the last Ladybug Walks of the year will take place Friday, Oct. 21 at Columbia Park, 10 a.m. Walk through parks and natural areas with your 2- to 5-year-old while guided by a preschool naturalist. Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly leaves, hear the music of the birds and observe the changes each season. No pre-registration necessary — just meet at the playground along N Winchell Street. $4 per participating child, no charge for adults.

Questions? Can’t find the group? Call Chrissy at 503-823-1149.

Ladybug Nature Walk
Friday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.
Columbia Park


5) Little children’s Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)

Gather your youngest robots, witches and princesses; call in the tiniest superheroes, ghosts and pumpkins! Overlook families with children ages 1-5 are invited to enjoy fun activities and snacks at the annual Overlook House Halloween Party on Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. Come in costume and check out spooktacular games, prizes, healthy snacks, fun crafts and dancing under the disco ball.

Overlook House Halloween Party
Monday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


6) Groundwater – Portland’s other drinking water source (Nov. 19)

portlandwaterbureau-logoJoin the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Groundwater 101, a free workshop all about groundwater.

With a mix of hands-on and classroom-style teaching, this workshop will explain local geology and hydrology, the vital role groundwater plays in our drinking water system, and what we can all do to protect this important resource. After the workshop, you can take an optional half-hour guided tour of the Portland Water Bureau’s groundwater facility.

The workshop is appropriate for adults and high-school students. Light refreshments will be provided. Class size is limited and you must register before the event.

Register here, or start learning now about the Portland Water Bureau’s groundwater source.

Groundwater 101
Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NECA-IBEW Training Center (16021 NE Airport Way)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 8)

1) OKNA update – October general meeting canceled
2) Overlook NET meeting (Monday, Oct. 10)
3) Fall film series with Sustainable Overlook
4) Community foot patrol training
5) Neighborhood cleanup (Nov. 6)
6) WomenStrength – Self-defense training
7) Wonder what happens to your recycling?


1) OKNA update – October general meeting canceled

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board met on Tuesday for its first meeting after elections. Board members approved the following committee and leadership assignments:

Chris Trejbal – Chair, Digital Communications
Alan Cranna – Vice Chair
Tamara Maher, Treasurer
Dannielle Herman – Views Editor, Outreach
Kent Hoddick – Secretary
Cynthia Sulaski – Parks, Greenspaces & Trails
George Spaulding – Public Safety
Mike Shea – Land Use
Leslee Lewis – Sustainability
Mitch Bixby – NET
Gabriele Hayden – At large

The board also chose to cancel the October General meeting scheduled for Oct. 18. After our very productive meeting last month focused on development along Interstate, we taking a little extra time to line up an exciting November meeting as well as our holiday party in December. Stay tuned.

Speaking of development along Interstate, developers of the project between Webster and Emerson have kindly shared a rendering of what the building will look like.

taco_time_development


2) Overlook NET meeting (Monday, Oct. 10)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team will hold its bimonthly meeting on Monday at Lucky Lab on N Killingsworth at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in preparing the neighborhood and their family for a disaster is welcome to attend.

At this month’s meeting, the NET team will work through the Portland NET Knots Guidebook. Rope will be provided. Come learn the knots that could save your life … or just come in handy in general.

NET meeting
Monday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8 p.m. (new attendees should arrive early)
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


3) Fall film series with Sustainable Overlook

Join Sustainable Overlook for four great documentaries that will change the way you look at food, the economy and community. Free! All are welcome.

Films start at 7 p.m. Discussion afterwards. Food and drink available for purchase. Send your questions to sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org.

At New American Restaurant (2103 N. Killingsworth St.)

At Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N. Killingsworth St.)


4) Community foot patrol training

Interested in starting a community foot patrol? The City of Portland will hold two-hour training sessions on Oct. 13, Nov. 1 and Dec. 5. Each begins at noon. Click here to learn more.

A Foot Patrol is a trained group of volunteers organized to increase the safety and livability of their neighborhood. They walk their neighborhood streets, parks, or schools to deter crime and report incidents and problems, rather than sit back and hope that someone else will take care of any crime or livability problems. Foot Patrol members are actively and directly involved in solving those problems in a community-based, nonconfrontational manner. Foot Patrols collaborate with the City’s Crime Prevention Coordinators, police, neighborhood coalitions and associations, schools, parks personnel, and area businesses to help make sure that neighborhood problems receive a prompt and effective response. A Foot Patrol is a great way to meet like-minded people, contribute to your community, and get some exercise too!


5) Neighborhood cleanup (Nov. 6)

OKNA will partner with Love PDX as part of a citywide trash pickup. On Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., we’ll meet near the Portland Community College Campus and work our way west down N Killingsworth. Gloves, bags and other supplies will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, email livability@overlookneighborhood.org.

Neighborhood cleanup
Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet at PCC (N Killingsworth)


6) WomenStrength – Self-defense training

WomenStrength is a program of the Portland Police Bureau.  Since 1979, they have provided free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.  They have taught self-defense skills to approximately 30,000 women and teenage girls, and personal safety workshops to more than 100,000 women and men.

Introductory self-defense classes will occur in North Portland in November starting on Nov. 4 and meeting weekly for three weeks 5:30-8:45 p.m at the Charles Jordan Community Center (9009 N Foss Ave.) Learn more and register online.


7) Wonder what happens to your recycling?

Ever wonder what happens to your recycling? Placing recyclable into the blue bin and wheeling it to the curb is only the first step. Check out this video to see what happens next.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 30)

1) Cleaner air in Oregon (Oct. 5)
2) Development along the Interstate Corridor (Oct. 6)
3) North Portland Neighborhood Services small grant program
4) Attracting garden pollinators (Oct. 19)
5) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board Meeting (Oct. 4)
6) Beach Harvest dinner a success


1) Cleaner air in Oregon (Oct. 5)

With news this week that North Portland glass maker Uroboros will close after concerns were raised about air quality problems related to the business, Overlook residents and all Portlanders are again thinking about the air they breathe.

On Wednesday, Cleaner Air Oregon, a state initiative charged with proposing reforms to air toxics regulations, will hold a public forum in Portland. The forum is open to everyone—no technical expertise is required—and will help define priorities and interests that people in Oregon would like to see considered in the new regulations. Public input gathered at the forums will be shared with the Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Advisory Committee (this committee will meet from October through April 2017 and will provide input into the drafting of new air toxics rules).

If you need childcare or translation services, please RSVP online. If you can’t attend in person but want to provide input, visit CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

Cleaner Air Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)


2) Development along the Interstate Corridor (Oct. 6)

How should the Portland Development Commission spend the remaining $32 million for economic development in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area? Share your ideas at a forum on Thursday.

The PDC will host the community forum to discuss and offer input on the N/NE Community Development Initiative Draft Action Plan. This Plan will guide how we invest the remaining $32 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) resources for economic development in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (URA).The goal of the Initiative is to foster economic prosperity among African Americans and People of Color by participating in, benefiting from and contributing to the local, regional and global economies. Download the Draft Action Plan (PDF) and Summary (PDF).

Proposed investments include:

  • Objective 1: Foster Multi-Generational Wealth Creation ($19M)
  • Objective 2: Create Vibrant and Culturally-Relevant Spaces ($10.5M)
  • Objective 3: Increase Access to Jobs ($2.5M)

Optional RSVP for the forum online.

N/NE Community Development Initiative Forum
Thursday, Oct. 6, 5-9 p.m.
New Song Community Center (220 NE Russell St.)


3) North Portland Neighborhood Services small grant program

Is your organization looking for funding for community activities that engage people in the North Portland Neighborhood Services area? Submit a project proposal.

This year a total of $11,500 is available to neighborhood and community organizations.  Grant proposals generally range from $500-$3,000.

The goals of the Small Grant Program include building strong and diverse community participation, leadership and community connections.

View the application and learn more on the NPNS website.

A Grant writing assistance workshop is scheduled for Oct. 19, 7-8 p.m. at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon. You will learn about grant writing, the application and selection process, meet with committee members, hear about other projects seeking grant funding for possible collaboration, and ways to get individual help with your grant.

Project Proposals are due Nov, 14 by 2:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Mary at 503-823-4099, or mary@npnscommunity.org


4) Attracting garden pollinators (Oct. 19)

beeGardens are pollinated by a variety of insects that help flowers set seed and help fruit and vegetable plants produce an edible harvest. Most people are familiar with European honey bees, but few of us realize the numerous flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that might literally be at our doorsteps, providing critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites.

Register for the workshop online. Space is limited.

Attracting pollinators to the urban garden workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.)


5) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board Meeting (Oct. 4)

The OKNA Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss neighborhood issues. It will be the first meeting since the election, so among the business will be selection of a chair for the coming year.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


6) Beach Harvest dinner a success

Residents gathered at Beach School on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the second annual Beach Harvest Dinner. It was a cool evening that featured a spectacular sunset. Attendees enjoyed great food provided by local businesses. Proceeds will go to the school’s garden and field improvement projects. Special thanks to community members who showed up to support Beach without having family enrolled in the school.

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