Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 24)

1) Development coming to Interstate and a new OKNA board member
2) Stretch of N Interstate Avenue to close (Sept. 26-Oct. 5)
3) Missing middle housing and multigenerational communities (Friday, Oct. 7)
4) New crime prevention coordinator for Overlook
5) Residential demolition data
6) Clean your stinky green compost bin


1) Development coming to Interstate and a new OKNA board member

At the Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting held on Tuesday, residents elected the 2016-17 board. All sitting members were re-elected and we welcome new board member Gabriele Hayden. The full roster is on our website.

Residents at the meeting also heard from representatives of three apartment projects coming to N Interstate Avenue. All three are on the West side of Interstate. Together, they will bring more than 200 units to the corridor. Specifically:

Webster and Interstate apartments (one lot off Interstate behind Pause)

  • One 50×100 lot.
  • Four-story building – 48 feet tall.
  • 29 units ranging from studios to three-bedroom.
  • Ground floor fully ADA accessible.
  • No commercial space.
  • No parking spaces.
  • Construction to begin early 2017.

Interstate between Willamette and Emerson (Taco Time site)

  • 127,000 square feet.
  • 75 feet tall with step-down on the west side.
  • Commercial space on the ground floor.
  • 140 units from studios to two-bedroom.
  • 57 parking spaces with two entrances
  • 154 bike storage spaces
  • Plan to include 20 percent of units affordable to households at 80 percent of median income.
  • Construction to begin summer 2017.

Interstate between Alberta and Webster (Café Naturalia site)

  • 48,000 square fee
  • Five-story building
  • No commercial space.
  • 82 units at market rate
  • 19 parking spaces.
  • Possible two permanent Zipcar parking
  • 126 bike parking spaces.
  • Construction to begin early 2017.

A fourth project is upcoming on Interstate between Alberta and Webster across the street from the third project above on the dry cleaner site. It will be a city affordable housing project. We will update you when we learn more.


2) N Interstate Avenue to close for work between Overlook and downtown (Sept. 26-Oct. 5)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require a full road closure for people driving and biking on N Interstate Avenue from N Larrabee Avenue to N Tillamook Street, on Monday, September 26, through Wednesday, October 5, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day. Work is expected only on weekdays and the road will be open on the weekend.

The road closure will allow crews to grind and pave 1.77 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. The road closure will only be in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto N Larrabee Avenue and southbound traffic will be detoured onto the ramp that reconnects with Interstate at N Thunderbird Way via N Larrabee Avenue.

This area is a popular route for people traveling by bicycle and public transit. During work hours, expect to see signs indicating detours for all travelers. Consider using alternate routes.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet service, check trimet.org/alerts.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. Travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.


3) Learn about missing middle housing and multigenerational communities (Friday, Oct. 7)

Join AARP, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland for Everyone and Urban Land Institute for an engaging morning of dialog about housing, land use and creating communities for all ages.  Learn about “Missing Middle Housing” from the man who coined the term — nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc.

Parolek will describe the full range of Missing Middle Housing options and trends in America’s residential landscape that often limit housing choice. Local experts will discuss housing trends, challenges and barriers to aging in community and meeting our region’s growing need for affordable, accessible, and age-friendly housing. Join us for this important conversation and be part of the solution.

Featured speakers, include Parolek; Alan DeLaTorre, Institute on Aging, Portland State University; Eli Spivak, Orange Splot, Inc.; Joe Zehnder, City of Portland; and Alma Flores, City of Milwaukie.

RSVP required. Register online at bit.ly/generations107.

Missing Middle Housing and Multigenerational Communities
Friday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. – noon (Check in and light breakfast starts at 8:30)
Crowne Plaza Portland – Downtown Convention Center (1441 NE 2nd Ave.)

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4) New crime prevention coordinator for Overlook

Please welcome Sofia Chavier, the new crime prevention coordinator. If you have any non-emergency issues, you can reach her at 503-823-4094 or sofia.chavier@portlandoregon.gov. She works Tuesday to Friday.

The next North Portland Public Safety Action Committee will be held on Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kenton Firehouse.


5) Residential demolition data

In an effort to improve access to public information that is of interest to the community, the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services recently launched a Residential Demolitions Map of demolition permit activity within the City of Portland. The map includes demolition permit activity for single-family dwelling and duplex demolitions by year back to 2005.

Find more information about residential demolitions on the Bureau of Development Services website: Residential Demolition and Major Alteration and Addition Delay and Notification Information


6) Clean your green compost bin

compostThe Portland Planning and Sustainability Department has advice for keeping your compost bin clean. As with every chore, it’s either do it yourself, recruit a teenager, or pay someone else to cross off the task from your list.

Get some supplies ready to wash your roll cart: With a little dish soap, a handled brush or old rags and the garden hose, you can make the cart sparkle with some elbow grease.

Please pour the dirty water onto grass or gravel, not down the storm drain.

Watch a video with more tips online.

You can also contact your garbage and recycling company to arrange for them to deliver a clean cart for a $12 fee.

Here are some other tips for maintaining a cleaner roll cart:

  • Line the bottom of your green cart with newspaper, a paper bag or a pizza delivery box to help absorb moisture.
  • Layer food scraps in between yard debris to reduce odors and to contain messier foods.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your compost cart to reduce odors and deter insects.
  • Store your cart in the shade in warm weather.
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 17)

1) Neighborhood meeting (Sept. 20)
2) Oregon Archives Crawl (Oct. 8)


1) Neighborhood meeting (Sept. 20)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday for the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting. Residents won’t want to miss presentations from the developers of three upcoming large residential projects on Interstate Avenue. We’ll also hear from ReachNow, a new car sharing service operating in the Portland, and will hold OKNA Board elections.

OKNA General meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


2) Oregon Archives Crawl (Oct. 8)

archives-crawl_poster_thalhoferThe Oregon Archives Crawl is back, and Portlanders can “crawl” between the City of Portland Archives & Records Center, the Oregon Historical Society and the Multnomah County Library, where they can explore the region’s history with 28 local archives, special collections and heritage organizations. Celebrate National Archives Month while discovering the wealth of information that can be found in local archives. Whether your interests include the history of Japanese internment, the impacts of urban renewal on Portland or resources for finding your family’s history, the Oregon Archives Crawl has something for everyone.

Archives are for everyone. Show your support by attending the 2016 Oregon Archives Crawl. The crawl is free and open to the public. Start at any of the three sites.

Learn more online.

Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 9)

1) Patton Square Park walkaround (Saturday)
2) Development coming to Interstate Avenue
3) Is your pet ready for disaster? (Sept. 12)
4) Beach Harvest Dinner (Sept. 24)
5) Movie in the park a success


1) Patton Square Park walkaround (Saturday)

Join the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team Saturday (tomorrow) 10 to 11 a.m. for a walk around Patton Square Park. The team will discuss plans for staging services in case of a catastrophic emergency like a major earthquake. Radio channel 5 will be open for those wishing to check-in ahead of time and test their radio’s range.


2) Development coming to Interstate Avenue

Mark your calendar now for the Sept. 20 Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting. At the meeting, developers of several upcoming large residential projects on Interstate Avenue, including at Alberta and Webster Street, will present their projects and answer questions from residents. This is your chance to weigh in on the apartment buildings coming to our neighborhood.

Also at the meeting, we will hold our annual elections for the OKNA board. If you’d like to get more involved, you can declare your candidacy at the meeting. Board members are expected to attend two meetings most months on the first and third Tuesdays.

Next week’s neighborhood update will include an agenda for the meeting.

OKNA General meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

Correction: The original post included incorrect monthly meeting days.


3) Is your pet ready for disaster? (Sept. 12)

earthquake-catWe all know how pet friendly Portland is, but what happens to our pets if there is a major disaster? How do we get them ready? What do we do when the disaster strikes? Are there places to take them while we put our own lives back together?

On Sept. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at Peninsula Park Community Center West Gym, hear veterinarian Ross Weinstein of the Lombard Animal Hospital and resident of the Piedmont Neighborhood tell us what resources are available, and what preparations we can make ahead of disaster.

Pet Preparedness
Monday, Sept. 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Peninsula Park Community Center (700 N Rosa Parks Way)


4) Beach Harvest Dinner (Sept. 24)

The second annual Beach School Harvest Dinner takes place on Sept. 24, 5-8 p.m. on the school’s field. Tickets include happy hour (beer and wine) and a sit-down, family-style, farm-to-table dinner. The meal will be catered by local restaurants and will have vegetarian and gluten-free options. Seating is limited, so don’t delay.

Beach School SignFunds raised go to the school garden and field improvement projects. The dinner is open to anyone in the community – no need to have a student enrolled.

Purchase tickets online by clicking here or send a check made out to “Beach PTA” at the school office. Tickets are $50, $75 or $100 with gifts from Pistils Nursery for the more expensive tickets.

Beach Harvest Dinner
Saturday, Sept. 24, 5-8 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)


5) Movie in the park a success

Thank you to everyone who attended Sunday’s movie in Overlook Park. The turnout was great and good time was had by all. Please give a shout-out to all of the volunteers who helped make it happen including Overlook Neighborhood Association board members (especially Cynthia Sulaski who put it all together), Autum Webring and Teresa Perrin who helped secure donations to the raffle, and Pat DiPrima-LeConche and Barb Brooks for helping man the booth.

Special thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets. You helped raise $1,200 for Community of Hope and Portland Homeless Families Solutions. Ten lucky winners took home prize packages filled with gifts donated by these generous local businesses:

  • 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
  • Patton Maryland
  • Pinky’s Pizzeria
  • Rhythm Bodyworks
  • Smartypants
  • Spoke & Vine
  • The Old Gold
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 2)

1) Movie in Overlook Park (Sunday)
2) OKNA Board meeting (Sept. 6)
3) Community meetings about housing (Sept. 8 & 10)
4) Catio Tour (Sept. 10)
5) Beer fest booth a success
6) City to renew housing state of emergency
7) Learn about local plants (Saturdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 1)


1) Movie in Overlook Park (Sunday)movie_in_park1

The Overlook Neighborhood Association in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation Department will host an outdoor showing of “The Wizard of Oz” on Sunday. Bring out the kids for an evening of fun. A face painter will begin at 6 p.m. There also will be a climbing wall, food vendors and free popcorn. The movie start at 8, but come early to get a good seat.

movie_in_park2Kids who come dressed as a character from the movie will receive a small gift, including a ticket for the raffle drawing. Adults will need to buy tickets for $5 or five for $20. Ten prize packages featuring gift certificates from generous local businesses will be awarded. Winners do not need to be present to win.

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


2) OKNA Board meeting (Sept. 6)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday. The agenda features a presentation about an upcoming development project and a discussion about the neighborhood mural.

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


3) Community meetings about housing (Sept. 8 & 10)

The Community Oversight Committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Oversight Committee is a community-based body formed to oversee the Portland Housing Bureau’s ongoing work to address displacement in North and Northeast Portland. The committee meets every other month for progress updates and discussion on the N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy. These meetings are open to the public.

Meeting agendas and materials are posted online here in advance of each meeting. Click here to watch video of past 2016 Oversight Committee meetings.

Community Oversight Committee meeting
Thursday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m.
New Song Community Center (220 NE Russell St.)

Then, on Saturday, Sept. 10, Join the Portland Housing Bureau for an update on the work we’ve done in N/NE Portland since 2015 with the $20 million dedicated to affordable housing initiatives — and share your priorities for $32 million in additional funds approved by City Council for the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area this past fall.

At this forum, community members will learn about programs available through the Portland Housing Bureau, vote on their priorities for new funding, and propose ideas for other types of programming not currently offered. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Anyone needing child care or translation services at this event will need to register by Sept. 7 by clicking here or by calling 503-823-2375.

Community Forum
Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
St. Johns Community Center (8247 N Central St.)


4) Catio Tour (Sept. 10)

catio2016The Audubon Society of Portland and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon will co-host the fourth annual Catio Tour on Saturday, Sept. 10. Through the Catio Tour, this unprecedented partnership is working to keep cats and birds safe in our community. By showcasing a variety of catios from DIY to designer our goal is to inspire people to build a catio to fit their needs.

There will be eight catios on the tour, with half in SE Portland and half in the SW Portland/Lake Oswego area.

After signing up, get your friends organized for a carpool/ bikepool. Vist the Facebook page to learn more.

About a week before the event watch your email for the Catio Tour Guidebook. In it you’ll find descriptions of the catios as well as maps to plan your outing. This is a self-guided tour so you get to choose your route. The catios are open from 10am – 2pm.

Register for the Catio Tour online.


5) Beer fest booth a success

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the OKNA booth at the Organic Beer Fest last week. We enjoyed meeting so many of our neighbors.

More than 170 people put pins into our citywide neighborhood map. The most came from the Overlook neighborhood, but people from every quadrant of the city and beyond visited. Guests from outside of Portland came from as far away as Massachusetts and Alabama.


6) City to renew housing state of emergency

Portland City Council on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a one-year extension of the housing emergency that allows the city to waive some rules regarding housing and homeless. OKNA board member Chris Trejbal provided testimony prior to the vote urging council not to renew the emergency. Watch the full session and Trejbal’s testimony.



7) Learn about local plants (Saturdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 1)

Have you ever walked around your neighborhood, or gone on a hike, and wished you knew the names of the plants you saw? Have you ever wondered how they fit into the ecosystem and what uses they have? Deepen your connection with the place we live by tuning in to the world of plants and learning how the flora of our bio-region is in flux. Understanding the species we share our home with positions us to be advocates for conservation and offers tools for reimagining our personal and collective relationships to nature.

The class will meet in at the shelter in Overlook Park and is being taught by Overlook’s Mulysa Melco as part of the Portland Underground Graduate School. Learn more, register, and review class costs on their website.

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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?

Continue reading

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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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