OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-21-14

1) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)
2) City utility oversight listening session (Nov. 24)
3) Pancake breakfast to support Roosevelt High School softball (Nov. 22)
4) Grants available for community watershed stewardship

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1) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)

Santa Claus will visit Overlook House on Sunday, Dec. 7. Come tell Santa what you want  for the holidays and have your picture taken. There will be face painting and other fun activities as well.


Santa Claus
Sunday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Overlook House
3839 N Melrose Dr.

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2) City utility oversight listening session (Nov. 24)

A public meeting of the Portland Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission will be held on Monday, Nov. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room C, 2nd Floor, Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue.

The purpose of the meeting is for the commission to hear from members of the public on recommendations that have been presented to city council by the commission regarding oversight and accountability of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services. The Commission’s focus is on streamlining communications and transparency of the rate-making process. Members of the public and interested organizations are invited to come to share their views.

The draft recommendations and other commission resources can be found on Commissioner Fish’s website.

This location is ADA accessible. For more information, or if you have special needs and require special accommodation such as interpretation services, please contact Claudio Campuzano, City Budget Office, 503-823-6848. TDD: (503) 823-6868.

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3) Pancake breakfast to support Roosevelt High School softball (Nov. 22)

On Saturday, Roosevelt High School softball will host its inaugural Pancake Feed at Kenton Station Restaurant & Pub. In the spring, the varsity team softball team will travel to San Diego for the first time in school history.  All money raised will help support these outstanding student athletes to pay for that trip and cover other necessary items for this upcoming season.  The team relies on fundraising for 100 percent of its expenses, including travel expenses, gear and uniforms.

Pancake breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Kenton Station Restaurant & Pub
8303 N Denver Ave.

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4) Grants available for community watershed stewardship

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is accepting pre-applications for stewardship grants. The deadline to submit pre-applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. A grant review committee will then invite selected applicants to submit full applications in April.

CWSP provides stewardship grants of up to $10,000 for projects that help Portlanders make improvements in their neighborhoods and communities, while improving watershed health. Projects funded by CWSP grants include replacing pavement with native plants; adding plants and trees to neighborhoods; and cleaning up and restoring streams.

CWSP has scheduled three grant-writing workshops to answer questions and provide help writing applications:

Saturday, December 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue

Tuesday January 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Boulevard

Saturday January 17, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
St. Johns Library, 7510 N Charleston Ave

For help developing project ideas and putting together an application, contact CWSP Coordinator Rosa Lehman  at rosa.lehman@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7917 or go to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/43077.

CWSP encourages applications for projects that involve the leadership and meaningful participation of people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, those with disabilities, low-income residents and other under-represented groups.

CWSP is a partnership between Environmental Services and Portland State University. Since it began in 1995, CWSP has granted more than $1 million for watershed projects and helped organize more than 40,000 volunteers to work on community projects.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-14-14

1) Overlook House holiday craft bazaar (Nov. 15-16)
2) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Nov. 18)
3) Office of Neighborhood Involvement budgeting (Nov 17)
4) Portland’s Saturday Farmers Market now open year round
5) Support the North Portland Tool Library at Pause (Dec. 9)

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1) Overlook House holiday craft bazaar (Nov. 15-16)

Shop for local, handmade gifts at this year’s Overlook House holiday craft bazaar this weekend. It’s a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping in the neighborhood. More than 30 artisans and crafters will fill all three floors of the Overlook House. You will find it bursting with stocking stuffers as well as that perfect gift for someone special.

Several new vendors will join some old favorites. Items include scarves, quilts, tea towels, table covers, aprons, clothing, bath & body products, caramels, fruit spreads, jewelry (beaded, resin, button, upcycled), purses, reflective accessories, felt animals, cards, journals, photo prints, drawings & paintings, dolls, doll clothes, fairies, and more.

Stop by the dining room for delicious baked goods – both savory and sweet – prepared by your neighbors.

Do you have a favorite treat you would like to make and donate to the bake sale table? Bring them on Friday, Nov. 14, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., or on Saturday morning around 9 a.m. All proceeds go toward future programming at the Overlook House.

Overlook House holiday craft bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 15, 9-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16, 9-4 p.m.
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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2) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Nov. 18)

The monthly meeting of the Overlook Neighborhood Association will take place on Tuesday evening. Join your neighbors the hear about what’s going on in Overlook. This month’s meeting will include a CPR presentation by members of Station 8.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave., across from Overlook Park)

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3) Office of Neighborhood Involvement budgeting (Nov 17)

It is budgeting time again!  The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is starting its annual community process to review programs and to develop a budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16. In addition to budget deliberations ONI is into our fifth month of discussion about developing a funding equity strategy for our civic engagement programs.

ONI invites community partners and the general public to participate in this very important process at the next budget meeting.

ONI budget meeting
Monday, Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.
Portland Building (1120 SW 5th Ave.)
Second floor, Room C

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4) Portland’s Saturday Farmers Market now open year round

The flagship Saturday market at Portland State University, located on the south Park Blocks in the heart of the PSU campus, previously operating mid-March through mid-December, will now remain open year-round.

This season, the Winter Market at PSU will be open every Saturday from Jan. 3 to Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Winter Market footprint will be one block, from Montgomery to Harrison, expanding back to the full two-block footprint in March, when it resumes its regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Two other markets will be open for Thanksgiving shopping this year – King Market on Sunday, Nov. 23 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in NE Portland and Shemanski Park Market on Wednesday, Nov. 26 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in downtown’s south park blocks.

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5) Support the North Portland Tool Library at Pause (Dec. 9)

Do you need a tool or two to complete a project around the house? The North Portland Tool Library, located in the historic Kenton Firehouse, probably has just what you’re looking for. This community resource survives thanks to the generous public support.

Pause Kitchen & Bar will dish up support for NPTL, a great community resource celebrating a decade of service to the community. The even t on Tuesday, Dec. 9 will feature delicious food and raffle drawings for items and gift cards from local businesses. Admission is free. Pause will donate 25 percent of all food and beverage sales from 5 to 10 p.m. to NPTL. Additional donation will be welcomed.

NPTL fundraiser at Pause
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5-10 p.m.
Pause Kitchen & Bar (5101 N Interstate Ave.)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-7-14

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting time changes
2) Overlook House holiday craft bazaar (Nov. 15-16)
3) Providence Bridge Pedal 2015 registration (Nov. 10)
4) Don’t worry if your water looks a little funny
5) New city tree code is coming
6) Get on your bike this winter

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting time changes

OKNA logoOur OKNA general meetings have a new time. Starting with the Tuesday, Nov. 18 meeting, the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. (Formerly meetings had begun at 7 p.m.) This time change occurs to meet requirements of our kind hosts at Kaiser Town Hall and will continue for future meetings. Don’t be late to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave., across from Overlook Park)

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2) Overlook House holiday craft bazaar (Nov. 15-16)

Shop for local, handmade gifts at this year’s Overlook House holiday craft bazaar next weekend. It’s a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping in the neighborhood. More than 30 artisans and crafters will fill all three floors of the Overlook House. You will find it bursting with stocking stuffers as well as that perfect gift for someone special.

Several new vendors will join some old favorites. Items include scarves, quilts, tea towels, table covers, aprons, clothing, bath & body products, caramels, fruit spreads, jewelry (beaded, resin, button, upcycled), purses, reflective accessories, felt animals, cards, journals, photo prints, drawings & paintings, dolls, doll clothes, fairies, and more.

Stop by the dining room for delicious baked goods – both savory and sweet – prepared by your neighbors.

Do you have a favorite treat you would like to make and donate to the bake sale table? Bring them on Friday, Nov. 14, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., or on Saturday morning around 9 a.m. All proceeds go toward future programming at the Overlook House.

Overlook House holiday craft bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 15, 9-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16, 9-4 p.m.
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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3) Providence Bridge Pedal 2015 registration (Nov. 10)

Anticipation is building for next year’s Providence Bridge Pedal.  As part of the event’s 20th anniversary, TriMet has invited Providence Bridge Pedal to be the inaugural public event on the Willamette River’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing. The ride will take place Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.

Riders on the 11-bridge, 9-bridge and 7-bridge routes will all bike across Tilikum crossing. The car-free upper decks of the Marquam and Fremont bridges will also be part of each ride.

Providence Bridge Striders will walk across the Marquam Bridge and Tilikum Crossing.

In response to anticipated high levels of interest, Providence Bridge Pedal 2015 registration begins on Monday, Nov. 3 at noon.  Find more details and register online.

To minimize congestion on Tilikum Crossing and to ensure all participants can finish their routes within the time limits required by event permits, registration will be limited.  Register early to make certain you, your family and friends will be part of the celebration.

Providence Bridge Pedal 2015
Registration begins Monday, Nov. 10 at noon.
Bridge Pedal ride occurs Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
ProvidenceBridgePedal.org

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4) Don’t worry if your water looks a little funny

Leaves aren’t the only thing that changes color in Portland with the coming of fall. Sometimes the drinking water changes, too. You may notice slight color changes in your drinking water. Don’t panic! It’s normal – and harmless.

Heavy fall rains cause tannins (natural organic materials) to wash into streams that feed the Bull Run Watershed. Tannins do not change the quality of water, just the color. The Bull Run provides some of the world’s best drinking water.  Because it’s so high in quality, we do not need to heavily filter and treat our water – so the fall colors may show up in your faucet.

The Portland Water Bureau closely monitors our water systems.  It ensures that it meets all state and federal quality and safety regulations – providing you with the best water possible.

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more information.

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5) New city tree code is coming

On Jan. 2, 2015, the Portland Bureau of Development Services and the Bureau of Parks and Recreation will implement elements of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project (“Tree Project”) through a new Tree Program. To help city residents better understand the new rules, the city is hosting a series of training dates on different aspects of it. View the complete schedule online.

The tree-related regulations that the City of Portland administered prior to the implementation of the new tree code were adopted in a piecemeal manner over many years. The result was a patchwork of complex, inconsistent regulations that were difficult to understand, administer, and enforce. Community members complained that the City’s tree regulations were confusing and did not adequately preserve and protect trees, particularly large trees and tree groves. Developers found the tree regulations frustrating and difficult to meet. City staff also found the current rules frustrating and challenging to administer.

To address these concerns, the Citywide Tree Project was created. The Citywide Tree Project was a multi-bureau effort to examine the city’s current policies and regulations relating to trees.

Read the new tree code online.
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6) Get on your bike this winter

Let Portland By Cycle keep you active and on your bike all winter long. Just in time for the rainy weather, PBC is offering a free All-season cycling class on Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. at the PCC Climb Center. Attendees will learn:

Simple bike maintenance tips for winter including strategies for staying warm and dry without breaking the bank, bike handling techniques for wet weather, and more.

For some additional motivation for trying out your new skills, join PBC for the Coffee and Donuts Ride on Saturday, Nov. 15, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting from Irving Park at NE Fremont and 7th Avenue.

This ride will be an easy paced loop with several stops along the way to refuel and is great for folks new to biking or new to the area. The approximately 14-mile route will follow mostly low-traffic streets and neighborhood greenways with some off-street paths. As always, the ride is free but helmets are required.

Be sure to bring your own cup for coffee and cash for snacks. As an added incentive, there will also be a free raffle at both the class and the ride.

All-season cycling class
Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
PCC Climb Center (1626 SE Water Ave.)

Coffee and donuts ride
Sat. Nov. 15, 9:45-1 p.m.
Begins at Irving Park (NE Fremont Street at 7th Avenue)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-31-14

1) Overlook Neighborhood Board Meeting (Nov. 4)
2) City leaf pickup service scheduled for some of Overlook (Dec. 5)
3) Daylight savings (Nov. 2) and a pedestrian sting (Nov. 5)
4) Madrona Hill Café applies for liquor license
5) Proposed city street tax and improvement projects (Nov. 5 & 20)
6) Willamette Speaks storytelling (Nov. 16)

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Board Meeting (Nov. 4)

OKNA logoThe Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Overlook House. All residents are welcome to attend and observe.

OKNA board meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m.
Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Dr.

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2) City leaf pickup service scheduled for some of Overlook (Dec. 5)

The City of Portland’s annual Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, Nov. 2, and extends through Dec. 17, offering a one- or two-day leaf collection and composting service in neighborhoods with mature trees. The Overlook Triangle (South of N Going Street) is scheduled for pickup Friday, Dec. 5

The Portland Bureau of Transportation urges all residents to keep streets and storm drains clear of leaves in the coming weeks to prevent slippery conditions and street flooding, which can occur when storm grates become clogged or when leaves are left in the street. PBOT asks residents to sweep up leaves as they fall and place them in yard debris roll carts for collection and composting.

Symphony 999 | Wikimedia Commons

Symphony 999 | Wikimedia Commons

The city’s leaf pickup service is provided to 30 designated leaf removal districts in neighborhoods whose high concentration of street trees need a higher level of service than residents’ and the city’s regular street cleaning operation can provide.

The Transportation Bureau composts all leaves that are picked up through the program at its Sunderland Recycling Facility. Last year, the Leaf Day service collected 12,681 cubic yards of leaves, turning them into 2,536 cubic yards of compost and zero waste.  One cubic yard is roughly the amount that can fill a small pickup truck.

Residents in leaf districts have received letters and brochures notifying them of the service, which costs $15 for the single-day pickup in Overlook. The letters also show how to opt out of the service for residents who wish to remove leaves themselves. The last day for opting out is Nov. 1.  People may verify their dates of service and find other information online. Residents with questions may call 503-865-LEAF (5323).

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3) Daylight savings (Nov. 2) and a pedestrian sting (Nov. 5)

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, which means the clock turns back one hour and darkness arrives earlier in the afternoon. Don’t forget to fall back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night!

The city urges all travelers to be visible and look out for each other, especially as people adjust to the time switch and low light conditions of late fall and winter.

Drivers can do their part by driving at safe speeds and continuously scanning the environment for pedestrians and people on bicycles and being ready to stop as needed.

Bicyclists, by state law, must have a white front light and rear red reflector or red light at a minimum during “limited visibility conditions.”

Pedestrians are encouraged to be more visible by wearing retro-reflective wear, carrying a flashlight or blinking strobe, and investing in bright and contrasting outerwear

The City police and transportation bureaus are holding this month’s crosswalk enforcement action during the evening rush hour to reinforce the need for drivers to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in the crossing at all times.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk enforcement action on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the intersection of N Lombard Street and N Leavitt Avenue to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Crosswalk enforcement actions involve a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people who are driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws.

Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

The N Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue crossing has a marked crosswalk (marked on one leg), curb extensions, and signage to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians in the crossing.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work and pedestrian rights and responsibilities online.

Crosswalk enforcement
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:30-6 p.m.
Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue

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4) Madrona Hill Café applies for liquor license

green-brown-logo-cropThe City of Portland received an application for a liquor license from Madrona Hill Café at 5937 N Greely Ave. View the complete application and comment on it online. Comments are due by Nov. 13.

For more information about the café, visit its website at madronahillcafe.com.

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5) Proposed city street tax and improvement projects (Nov. 5 & 20)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites the public to learn more about the Our Streets PDX transportation funding effort and provide comments at two upcoming public meetings.

Discussion of a transportation user fee was started earlier this year by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. One study group analyzed how to lessen the impact of a transportation fee (and other City utilities) on low-income residents as well as non-profits and public institutions. Another study group consisted of leaders in the business community who considered how to refine the business and non-residential component of the fee.

Instead of a transportation user fee based on average daily trips, the workgroups recommended a personal income tax and a business flat fee. The workgroups’ full recommendation report is available at OurStreetsPDX.com.

An open house about the personal income tax, business fee and potential transportation improvement projects will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Carvlin Hall at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave. Enter Carvlin Hall from the parking lot, which can be accessed from SE 16th Avenue or from SE Tamarack St. PBOT subject matter experts will be available to answer questions and the public is welcome to provide comments that will be forwarded to the City Council.

A City Council hearing and first reading on an ordinance for the funding effort will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, at City Council Chambers, 1221 SW Fourth Ave. A second reading and vote are expected in December.

Learn more at www.OurStreetsPDX.com. Ask questions or provide comments at ourstreetspdx@portlandoregon.gov. Talk about it on twitter using hashtag #ourstreetspdx or see @pbotinfo

Street fee information session
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Carvlin Hall at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave.

Portland City Council street fee hearing and first reading
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave.

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6) Willamette Speaks storytelling (Nov. 16)

The Willamette Speaks Oral History project seeks to gather community wisdom and reconnect residents with the Willamette River through storytelling.

Stories from a native American perspective as well as others who worked and played on the lower Willamette. Superfund advisors will be on hand give updates. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Willamette speaks

 

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-24-14

1) Little Children’s Halloween Party (Oct. 31)
2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)
3) North Portland is the most popular Sunday Parkway again
4) How dangerous is Overlook Neighborhood?
5) Adidas will sell Reebok
6) North Portland Tool Library Survey

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1) Little Children’s Halloween Party (Oct. 31)

Children aged 5 and younger can still have a spooky good time on Halloween. Join us with your little ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes at the Overlook House. We’ll have games, prizes, crafts, healthy snacks and disco-ball dancing!

The event is free, though donations will be gratefully accepted.

Helpers are still needed (and appreciated!) so email us (OverlookHouseEvents@gmail.com) if you can lend a hand decorating, helping during the event, bringing a snack, or cleaning up afterwards.

Friends of Overlook House is sponsoring the event for the children of Overlook Neighborhood.

Little Children’s Halloween Party
Halloween! Friday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Ave

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2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)

Enjoy some Halloween trick-or-treating with children from 5-7 p.m. and with the over 21 crowd from 7-9 p.m. Pick up a passport at a participating business and visit each location for candy or specials to get your passport stamped. Once your passport is full, turn it in to any participating location for a chance to win a gift certificate from an Overlook Village Business Association business. Come enjoy some safe trick-or-treating fun in Overlook and support your local small businesses in the process! Hosted by the Overlook Village Business Association.

Halloween Crawl
Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. (kids) and 7-9 p.m. (21+)
N Killingsworth Street & N Greeley Avenue

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3) North Portland is the most popular Sunday Parkway again

Sunday ParkwayAnother year of Sunday Parkways is in the books, and once again the North Portland route is the most popular among bike riders, walkers, skaters and everyone else. About 31,100 people came out this year. The North Portland route this year passed through the Overlook Neighborhood and several other North Portland neighborhoods.

The Portland Sunday Parkways occur in each of the city’s five quadrants each summer. About 109,000 participants turned out for the five events.

Read the full 2014 Sunday Parkways Report online.

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4) How dangerous is Overlook Neighborhood?

GoLocalPDX crunched the numbers to find Portland’s most dangerous neighborhoods, and Overlook Neighborhood made the list … the bottom of the list. Overlook ranked 32nd out of 35 neighborhoods in a measure of calls to police, fire incidents and dangerous intersections. To put that another way, Overlook is the third safest on the list!

Read the full story at GoLocalPDX.

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5) Adidas will sell Reebok

The Wall Street Journal reports that Adidas will sell Reebok to a group of investors. Adidas has managed its Reebok arm from its campus in the Overlook Neighborhood, but the Portland Business Journal says that the deal will not have much effect locally. As of last year, Adidas employed about 850 people in Portland.

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6) North Portland Tool Library

Do you use the North Portland Tool Library? Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about your experience using the North Portland Tool Library. On behalf of the City of Portland and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the library is participating in a research project to learn more about the impacts of tool-lending libraries. Your responses will be anonymous-and very helpful to this research.

Access the survey online by clicking here.

Please respond by October 28, if possible. We will have paper copies available at the Tool Library, this Saturday, if you prefer.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-17-14

1) OKNA meeting – Learn about this year’s ballot measures (Oct. 21)
2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)
3) Portland Parks & Recreation Takes Over Management of Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
4) Bike lane improvements sought on Interstate Avenue
5) Crosswalk enforcement action (Oct. 22)

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1) OKNA meeting – Learn about this year’s ballot measures (Oct. 21)

Join your neighbors for the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting.

At this month’s meeting, election experts will answer questions about this year’s crop of ballot measures. Driver’s cards for undocumented immigrants, a top-two primary election sytem, legalized recreational marijuana, and more. Be an informed voter.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building
3704 N Interstate Ave.

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2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)

Enjoy some Halloween trick-or-treating with children from 5-7 p.m. and with the over 21 crowd from 7-9 p.m. Pick up a passport at a participating business and visit each location for candy or specials to get your passport stamped. Once your passport is full, turn it in to any participating location for a chance to win a gift certificate from an Overlook Village Business Association business. Come enjoy some safe trick-or-treating fun in Overlook and support your local small businesses in the process! Hosted by the Overlook Village Business Association.

Halloween Crawl
Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. (kids) and 7-9 p.m. (21+)
N Killingsworth Street & N Greeley Avenue

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3) Portland Parks & Recreation Takes Over Management of Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

For the past four years, Portland Parks & Recreation and Ethos, Inc., a non-profit music-focused arts organization, have partnered with other local multi-cultural arts organizations to operate the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC), located at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. Effective Dec. 31, Ethos will return general management responsibilities of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center to the City of Portland. Per Ethos’ mission, Ethos’ board and staff have agreed to redirect resources to low-income kids living in underserved communities in Oregon. Portland Parks & Recreation will assume management responsibilities at IFCC moving forward.

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center is a former firehouse that has been renovated into an arts facility consisting of a dance studio, art galleries, and a theatre, all of which are ADA accessible. Since 1982, the IFCC facility has provided a venue for multicultural arts programming in Portland. Over the years, IFCC has served as an art and cultural center, a theatre, an event space, a summer camp location, a community center, an after-school program facility, a gallery space, a dance studio, a venue for performing artists, and an educational facility for the arts.

Find out more about the Interstate Cultural Center and these changes.

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4) Bike lane improvements sought on Interstate Avenue

larrabeeThe share of people who bike from North Portland is lower than many other places in Portland because one of the most direct routes to Southeast Portland and parts of downtown is Interstate Avenue which has a ‘pinch point’ between Tillamook and the Broadway Bridge.

Blake Goud and Ted Buehler sent a letter to Commissioner Novick, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat and Mayor Charlie Hales asking for simple changes to improve safety and for further study into longer-term solutions for this key connection for people who live in North Portland. OKNA has endorsed this request!

To see the changes proposed, please visit their website or email Blake at blake.goud@gmail.com. The best way to help is to request specific changes from the letter by calling 503-823-SAFE or emailing safe@portlandoregon.gov.

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5) Crosswalk enforcement action (Oct. 22)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people who are driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws.

Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

Crosswalk enforcement action
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30-9 a.m.
N Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-10-14

1) Help conserve Overlook green space (Oct. 19)
2) Daimler’s construction on Swan Island
3) Share your thoughts about the Portland Water Bureau (Oct. 16)
4) Grants available for neighborhood conservation
5) Portland City Council to review transportation funding options (Oct. 13)

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1) Help conserve Overlook green space (Oct. 19)

oakShow your support for the environment in Overlook by joining Friends of Overlook Bluff (FOOB) at its fall work party at the Overlook Bluff Oak Savanna (meadow) on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The oak savanna/meadow in the 3900 block of N. Overlook Terrace is home to a gigantic Heritage Oregon white oak tree that shelters deer, birds and other wildlife.  FOOB is commitment to conserving and restoring the native plants and environment of this special place, an environmental gem in our neighborhood.

FOOB has received a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant to help acquire this property from the private owner and thus save it from development.  We need the support of Overlook residents to make this a reality,  Our neighborhood’s stewardship of the property is an important part of demonstrating that we value this open space.

Participants on Oct. 18 will have an opportunity to learn about the oak savanna environment from Jim Schiller, Bureau of Environmental Services Revegetation Specialist, who will oversee the project and share his expertise and energy.

Please join FOOB in caring for native plant beds, planting more native shrubs and grasses, and getting to know this site, which will be a public natural area if FOOB can raise the necessary matching funds for the Metro grant.

This event is sponsored by SOLVE. Please register online in advance.

For more information, visit the Friends of Overlook Bluff Facebook page and the group’s website.

Meadowscaping on Overlook Terrace (map)
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Register online.

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2) Daimler’s construction on Swan Island

Have you heard the pounding coming from Swan Island every day? That’s the sound of pylons being set for Daimler Trucks North America’s new corporate headquarters. The folks there were kind enough to share this rendering of what the building will look like when it’s done.

Daimler

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3) Share your thoughts about the Portland Water Bureau (Oct. 16)

A public meeting of the City of Portland’s Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Portland Building, Room C, 2nd Floor.

The purpose of the meeting is for the Blue Ribbon Commission to hear from members of the public on draft recommendations by the commission regarding oversight and accountability of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services. The Commission’s focus is on streamlining communications and transparency of the rate-making process. Members of the public and interested organizations are invited to come to share their views.

Commission resources can be found on Commissioner Fish’s website.

Draft recommendations and agenda will be available on the website prior to the meeting.

This location is ADA accessible. For more information, or if you have special needs and require special accommodation such as interpretation services, please contact Claudio Campuzano, City Budget Office, 503-823-6848. TDD: (503) 823-6868.

Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission public listening session
Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m.
Portland Building
Room C
Second Floor
1120 SW Fifth Avenue

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4) Grants available for neighborhood conservation

Education grants

Do you have an idea to connect people with nature? Teach people about water quality, fish and wildlife habitat or to support healthier communities? A conservation education grant from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program could help your program grow.

Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to $100,000 are available for projects that connect neighborhoods with nature. A wide variety of projects can fit the bill, such as nature education for school-aged children, job training or internships for nature-based careers, or building capacity for groups to connect their communities to nearby natural areas.

How to apply

Click here to learn more about the conservation education grants and fill out a simple application by Jan. 13, 2015.

To learn more and ask questions, attend a grant workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Or contact the grants coordinator, Crista Gardner, at Crista.Gardner@oregonmetro.gov.

Capital Grants

Have ideas on how to make nature thrive in your neighborhood, park, school or city? Apply for a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant to help make your vision a reality. These grants are funded by the voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure and support efforts to preserve or enhance natural features and habitats that will benefit communities now and for generations to come. Grants fund only capital investments, but a wide variety of projects can fit the bill such as property acquisition, integrating habitat in urban redevelopment projects, restoring a degraded stream or helping your neighborhood become a place for people to interact with nature.  Grant requests can range from $50,000 up to $750,000 with $2.25 million available in the 2015 review cycle.

How to apply

Click here to learn more about the capital grants, get a copy of the handbook and see all the Nature in Neighborhood Capital Grants that have been funded to date.

Need help?

Contact Mary Rose Navarro at 503-797-1781 or maryrose.navarro@oregonmetro.gov to discuss your idea, get advice on project planning, connect with potential partners and hear lessons learned from successful projects.

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5) Portland City Council to review transportation funding
options (Oct. 13)

The Portland City Council will discuss the Our Streets PDX transportation funding approaches recommended by two workgroups at a work session at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13 in City Council Chambers.

The work session will be the first opportunity for council to review the workgroup recommendations. No decisions will be made at the work session. Public comments may be submitted in writing to TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov. A first reading of a transportation funding proposal is currently scheduled during the Nov. 12 regular Council meeting.

The workgroups’ recommendations were published on Sept. 26 and are available at www.ourstreetspdx.com. The report summarizes areas of agreement and differences. Additional details of a funding proposal will be refined by Council in the coming weeks.

Areas of agreement by workgroup members include the following: our transportation system needs more resources, impacts on low-income residents should be minimized, and new transportation funds should be spent on prioritized maintenance and safety needs. The workgroups also recommend funding mechanisms that collect revenue from businesses through a fee correlated with transportation use and from residents through an income tax.

Consensus was not reached on the following four areas:

  • Safety and maintenance split: Some workgroup members support allocating 50 percent of funds to maintenance and 50 percent to safety (e.g. sidewalks, crossing improvements, etc.). Some support a higher percentage for maintenance.
  • Residential income tax rates: For the highest income residents, workgroup members considered three cap options at either $20 a month for taxpayers making over $250,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers), $100 a month for taxpayers making over $500,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers), or $200 a month for taxpayers making over $500,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers). Since all options are designed to raise the same amount of money, a higher cap for high-income people translates to lower taxes for some people with lower incomes, while a lower cap for high-income people translates to higher taxes for some people with lower incomes.
  • Sunset: Some support automatically ending the program after six years of implementation, unless it is approved by voters at that time. Some support referring it only if an oversight committee and the city council decide to refer it, after six years.
  • Reallocating current City resources: Many workgroup members supported a reallocation of additional City general fund resources. Some recommend increasing the share of Utility License Fee revenue to transportation.

Web Site Update

At the www.ourstreetspx.com web site, the public can learn more about transportation funding. The web site has been updated with three two-page summaries describing the planned investments in preventive maintenance, plus safety and maintenance on busy streets and residential streets.

Background

Public involvement in the Our Streets PDX funding effort began in January, when the Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee was formed to advise Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. In the months since, PBOT held nine town hall meetings, conducted two public opinion surveys, convened advisory committees and gave staff presentations at more than a dozen neighborhood coalition and business group meetings.

A Business Workgroup and a Nonprofit and Low-Income Workgroup were both formed in July to provide additional input from stakeholders. Throughout the summer, committee and workgroup members met to review the Transportation User Fee proposed in May and to provide feedback on alternative residential and business funding mechanisms. The members represent diverse interests from across Portland, including neighborhoods, businesses, low-income residents, community organizations and public institutions.

For more information, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-3-14

1) North Williams left lane closure begins on Monday, Oct. 6
2) Community process under way for Natural Grocers project
3) No Ivy Day (Oct. 25)
4) Nature classes for kids
5) Historic Kenton Firehouse cleanup (Oct. 26)
6) North Star Village hosts October talks (Oct. 4 and 18)
7) What’s that smell coming from Swan Island? (Oct. 7)

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1) North Williams left lane closure begins on Monday, Oct. 6

The contractor for this project will prepare to restripe the left lane of N Williams on Saturday, Oct. 4 and begin to close the left lane for restriping on Monday, Oct. 6. By Thursday, the entire left lane from NE Broadway to Killingsworth Street will close for restriping.

 Travelers should expect delays.  Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, such as NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  Bicyclists may continue to use the right bicycle lane on N Williams Avenue this week or may use NE Rodney Street as an alternate route.  Construction hours will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day but the lane closure will be in effect around the clock.

Additional details about the North Williams Safety Project may be found in the news release below and at www.northwilliamssafety.org. . View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” banner campaign. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure.

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2) Community process under way for Natural Grocers project

It was announced in late-August that property owned by the Portland Development Commission at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street will be the site of a Natural Grocers store. The community process to the project is getting under way.

Majestic Realty, with Colas Construction as the primary contractor and Natural Grocers as the anchor tenant, proposes to construct an urban retail shopping center of about 20,000 square feet of gross leasable area in two separate buildings to include commercial/retail space for four to 10 businesses in addition to Natural Grocers. The site also will have about 100 parking spaces.

A Project Working Group (PWG) has formed to provide input on building and site design, and to develop a Community Benefits Agreement. The PWG’s diverse membership represents expertise and experience in the community including North and Northeast Portland small business owners, long-time property owners, business assistance and workforce training providers, area residents, and community members.

PWG meetings are open to the public. Details can be found at www.pdc.us/mlkalberta.

The proposed development will serve North and Northeast Portland neighbors and businesses. It will increase foot traffic and profitability for nearby businesses, introduce Portlanders to a high-quality, affordable grocer and revitalize a parcel that has sat dormant for 15 years.

The PWG’s discussions about design and the Community Benefits Agreement begin on Oct. 13. More meetings will follow:

All meetings will be held at Friends of Children, 44 NE Morris Street

  • Monday, Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m. Design and Community Benefits Subgroups
  • Monday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m. Design and Community Benefits Subgroups
  • Monday, Nov. 10, 5-7 p.m. Design and Community Benefits Subgroups
  • Monday, Nov. 24, 5-7 p.m. Community Benefits Subgroup
  • Monday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. Project Working Group Wrap-Up Meeting
  • Monday, Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m.
Tentative – as needed

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3) No Ivy Day (Oct. 25)

The 11th annual No Ivy Day is coming up. English Ivy is an invasive species that has taken root in many of Portland’s open spaces, strangling out native vegetation.

Portland Parks and Recreation is organizing volunteer ivy removal events the morning of Oct. 25 throughout the city. In North Portland, residents can help out at Baltimore Woods near Cathedral Park. Other locations include Mount Tabor Park and Marquam Nature Park. For a complete list of locations and times visit the No Ivy Day 2014 webpage.

Better yet, is English Ivy infesting a park in Overlook? Organize an event for our neighborhood. Contact the parks online at the volunteer website and let us know here at the newsletter so we can get the word out to neighbors.

Volunteers should wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring plenty of water to drink. Most work sites will provide gloves and tools unless specified.

After volunteers work in the morning on Oct. 25, Parks and Rec. will host a celebration in Forest Park.

No Ivy Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 25, 12:30-2 p.m.
Forest Park: Lower Macleay
2960 NW Upshur St.

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4) Nature classes for kids

Portland Parks and Recreation Environmental Education is looking for ways to get young children out in local parks and natural areas so that they can become comfortable in the outdoors, play and learn about Pacific Northwest ecology. The Lil Nature Kids classes are for preschool children and have become a popular way for children to spend time in nature with a trusted, highly-trained teacher.

Parks and Rec. will host programs in North and Northeast Portland coming up at Irving Park (Monday mornings) and Peninsula Park (Wednesday mornings).

Programs run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and are for children ages 3-5. The fall session begins Oct. 13.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Lil Nature Kids website.

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5) Historic Kenton Firehouse cleanup (Oct. 26)

North Portland Neighborhood Services provides invaluable assistance to the Overlook Neighborhood Association and other North Portland neighborhoods. They are located in the Historic Kenton Firehouse at 2209 N. Schofield St.

Show your appreciation for NPNS or the historic firehouse on Sunday, Oct. 26 by helping them get ready for winter before the rain starts. Get some exercise, learn about the native wildlife habitat, rain gardens, bio swales and conifer trees on the firehouse grounds.

Coffee and lunch provided.

Historic Kenton Firehouse cleanup
Sunday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – Noon
2209 N. Schofield St.

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6) North Star Village hosts October talks (Oct. 4 and Oct. 18)

North Star Village will host an introduction to the local Village Movement on two upcoming Saturdays – Oct. 4 and Oct. 18. Reserve a space by calling 503.978.0540 or sending an email to northstarvillage@comcast.net.

The North Star Village boundary will include North, Inner Northeast, Outer Northwest Portland neighborhoods and Sauvie Island. Learn more about what North Star Village will offer and how you can join with others to create our own virtual village. They are in the planning phase and need more folks to step forward to make our Village a reality.

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7) What’s that smell coming from Swan Island? (Oct. 7)

Vigor Industrial, which operates a 60-acre shipyard on Swan Island, will hold a community meeting on Oct. 7. This will be a chance for you to meet your neighbors who are serving on the Good Neighbor Agreement team, and learn more about what Vigor is planning to do to analyze emission and odor sources and options to reduce both.

Vigor has reached out to Neighbors for Clean Air to attempt to address community concerns about their impact on neighborhood air quality. As part of this process, Vigor Industrial has engaged an engineering firm, ERM, to conduct an alternatives analysis to reduce emissions and odors. Resident volunteers will be representing neighborhood interests in negotiating a Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) with Vigor.

The meeting will:

  1. Introduce the advisory committee members,
  2. Provide a brief history of how we arrived at this negotiating process,
  3. Summarize the Odor and Hazardous Air Pollutants Emissions Assessment Plan currently underway at the Vigor facility on Swan Island,
  4. Explain the purposes and goals of a GNA,
  5. Gather desired outcomes to include in the Vigor GNA.

Vigor’s report, “Odor and Hazardous Air Pollutants Emissions Assessment Plan” is available online.

For more information about the engineering study and to RSVP for the event, visit their Facebook page.

Vigor Industrial GNA meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
University of Portland
Buckley Center 163

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9-26-2014

1) Free movie at Peninsula Park (Sept. 26)
2) National Prescription Drug Turn in Day is Saturday (Sept. 27)
3) TriMet seeks input from residents
4) Comment on Portland’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
5) Grants available for cultural programs

1) Free movie at Peninsula Park (Sept. 26)

On Friday, Sept. 26 at Peninsula Park Portland Parks & Recreation presents a special outdoor Movie in the Park screening of the youth-produced Peninsula Park documentary, “Through the Years, Through Our Eyes: A Teen View of Peninsula Park.” Admission is free.  The movie was rained out in June and rescheduled.

The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with music, the Portland Parks & Recreation rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, a wrestling demonstration from the renowned Peninsula Wrestling Club, food carts, and more.  The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Free popcorn provided!

Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden, the Piedmont Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks & Recreation will co-host the event.  Jackets and blankets are recommended. If it is raining, the documentary will be shown in the West Gym of the adjacent Peninsula Park Community Center.

Friday, Sept. 26: 5 p.m. (Family fun) and 7 p.m. (movie)
Peninsula Park

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2) National Prescription Drug Turn in Day is Saturday (Sept. 27)

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Police Bureau will hold a Prescription Drug Turn In event on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southeast Precinct located at 4735 E. Burnside Street. This event is a partnership with the DEA Nationwide Drug Turn In Day.

Portland Police Officers and Crime Prevention staff will be on site for the anonymous turn in of unused or expired prescription medications, to share information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to answer community and media questions regarding this issue.

View the city’s announcement for more details.

Saturday, Sept. 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Portland Police Bureau
4735 E. Burnside Street

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3) TriMet seeks input from residents

TriMet wants your input to help plan improvements to transit service in North Portland. Please weigh in by taking a brief, 5-minute survey about transit routes, stops and frequencies at http://www.trimet.org/future/survey.

The survey runs until Oct. 24. Participants can enter to win 10 TriMet Adult 1-Day Passes worth $50.

If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please call 503-962-2137.

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4) Comment on Portland’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

The city Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) is holding hearings about the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Before the Comp plan goes to city council for adoption, the PSC is seeking input. As the official advisory body to City Council, the PSC wants to know what people all over the city think about the proposed goals, policies and land use map.

The Comp Plan will shape land use and development in Portland for the next 20 years. See what changes are being considered for Overlook and all of the city online at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/57352. The site includes an interactive map that allows you to burrow down to your street.

Public hearings will take place over the next several weeks:

Oct. 14: 5 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School, Student Center
12003 NE Shaver Street (near NE 122nd Avenue and Shaver)

Oct. 28: 5 – 9 p.m.
Portland Community College – SE Campus, Community Hall
2305 SE 82nd Avenue (near SE Division and 82nd Avenue)

Nov. 4: 4 – 8 p.m.
Portland Bureau of Development Services, Room 2500A
1900 SW 4th Avenue (Downtown)

If you’d rather submit your testimony in writing, you can do that several ways:

1. Send written comments to:
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Comprehensive Plan Update
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

2. Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov (be sure to include the words PSC Comprehensive Plan Testimony in the subject line)

3. Comment directly in the Comp Plan Map App at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mapapp.

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5) Grants available for cultural programs

The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition announces its 2015 Community Cultural Participation Grant Program deadline. This year, MCCC will award up to $60,000 to community-based cultural events, programs, organizations and neighborhood associations that foster a community that is opportunity-rich in cultural offerings, make culture more accessible and affordable to Multnomah County residents or encourage new cultural activities and organizations.

The 2015 grant cycle application is now available online at racc.org/grants/countyapps/ Deadline for applications is Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.

Any not-for-profit organization is eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to be used for a specific event, program or activity, as long as it is open to the public. This includes registered neighborhood associations, groups of citizens with a declared common purpose consistent with the goals of this grant program, and organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status. However, IRS 501(c)(3) status is not a prerequisite.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9-19-2014

1) Portland Polish Festival (Sept. 20-21)
2) Citywide Land Use Group (Sept. 22)
3) North Williams Avenue street design installation begins, left lane to close soon
4) Daimler Trucks North America informational session: Greenway expansion project and construction update (Sept. 23)
5) Ten Days Until SW Sunday Parkways! (Sept. 28)

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1) Portland Polish Festival (Sept. 20-21)

The 21st Annual Portland Polish Festival is an event for families and singles, for adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, and dance enthusiasts … It’s for everyone.

The Festival features Polish food, vendors, imported beer, polka dancing and more.

It is being held at 3900 N Interstate Ave. between the two historic buildings of the Polish Library (incorporated in 1911) and St. Stanislaus Church (built in 1907). It runs all weekend and admission is free.

Saturday, Sept. 21: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22: Noon to 6 p.m.

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2) Citywide Land Use Group (Sept. 22)

This month’s Citywide Land Use Group meeting will launch a series of meetings focused on how we can live with infill development. Portland is accepting more residents on the same amount of land. That creates funding pressures due to tax limitations and pressure on infrastructure like streets, parks, and sewer and water lines because they lack dedicated funding streams to maintain them.

At the meeting, the group will discuss another way development projects are designed and planned, but one that involves those directly impacted right from the beginning. We will look for accepted ways to build early Neighborhood Association involvement in development proposals so that final decisions don’t appear to have ignored many of those who will be living with the final result.

Monday, Sept. 22: 7 to 9 p.m.
1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500 B

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3) North Williams Avenue street design installation begins, left lane to close soon

Construction began this week on the N Williams Avenue Traffic Safety Project. N Williams serves several growing neighborhoods and is a popular commuter route between downtown and North Portland.

The new street design will extend from NE Broadway to NE Killingsworth Street and will require up to three months to complete. Early in the project, the left lane of Williams will close to all traffic. No detours will be in effect, but alternate routes are available during construction.

The alternate route for people traveling by bicycle is NE Rodney Street, a neighborhood greenway that is a designated bikeway and has been upgraded with speed bumps to discourage cut-through motor vehicle traffic. The alternate routes for drivers are NE Martin Luther King Boulevard and N Interstate Avenue.

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4) Daimler Trucks North America informational session: Greenway expansion project and construction update (Sept. 23)

Daimler Trucks North America invites members of the Overlook community to attend an informational session about the company’s headquarters construction project. Space is limited, so please RSVP online at http://tinyurl.com/dtnafirehouse.

The project will include a 9-story office tower, parking garage to support the new building, and an overall enhancement of the Swan Island campus.

Construction recently began and is expected to run through the first quarter of 2016. Daimler Trucks wants the community to be aware that the project will require the installation of steel piles for a 10-week period starting in early to mid-September, the sound of which may be heard throughout the North Portland neighborhoods.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the project, please e-mail nova@daimler.com.

Daimler trucks informational session
Kenton Firehouse
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Tuesday, Sept. 23: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
http://tinyurl.com/dtnafirehouse

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5) Ten Days Until SW Sunday Parkways! (Sept. 28)

The final Sunday Parkways of 2014 is nearly upon us. On Sept. 28, Portlanders will walk, run, bike and roll on Portland’s Southwest streets. One of the unique highlights of this route is the 4.5 mile walking route. Enjoy the beautiful Southwest Trails network, making your way through neighborhoods via stairs, paths and very quiet roads.

While making your way around the route make sure you stop off and take in all of the fun at Gabriel Park, Multnomah Village, Troy Street Marketplace and the Hillsdale Shopping Center. Check out Sunday Parkways brochure to see the list of live music and fitness classes, bike shop repair stations, activities, food and more.

Sunday, Sept. 28: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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