OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7-25-14

 

1) Zoning Changes Released for Review

2) Overlook Village Street Fair Changes (8/2)

3) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)

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1) Zoning Changes Released for Review

The updated Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft can now be viewed in the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Map App. http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/

If you’ve taken a look at the Map App or read the Comprehensive Plan [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/497622], you may have some questions about how the Plan might affect your property, your neighborhood, or the City. You can always call the helpline at 503-823-0195, but if you’d prefer to talk to somebody in person, or take a look at a big paper map of the Comprehensive Plan changes in your area, here’s your chance! The District Liaisons (planners who work with community partners in five areas of the City [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/402395] ) will be holding drop-in Comprehensive Plan “office hours” at various locations in July and August. You can find them on the calendar of events. Please drop by to meet your District Liaison and talk about the Comprehensive Plan!

Drop in hours and locations for Leslie Lum, North Portland District Liaison:

8/22- Kenton Library 12-2

8/26- Kenton Firehouse 4:30-7:30

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2) Overlook Village Street Fair Changes (8/2)

If you haven’t heard, we’ve changed up our Street Fair this year. New day, new structure and a new Soccer theme! The 2014 MLS All-Star Game is being held in Portland. And with a city so obsessed with its Timbers, we’re excited to help the fans celebrate. We’re hoping these fans and thousands of other Portland residents will come out to Overlook Village in August and play with us!

The Street Fair will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. We hope you got our Facebook "save the date" a couple of months ago!

If you’re available and want to be a part of this amazing Celebration-please go to our website www.overlookvillagepdx.com to register. Unfortunately, we’re not looking for food vendors this year, please check back with us next time though!

If you have any questions, contact Jenna- overlookvillage@gmail.com.

overlookvillagepdx.com

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3) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)
Sunday, August 3rd 6:00PM at the Overlook House is our always fun annual Ice Cream Social.  This year Home Made Ice Cream is provided thanks to Lovely’s Fifty / Fifty. Bring your favorite summertime hat, meet your neighbors, and enjoy some great Home Made Ice Cream.  There will be activities for kids too.  As last year, we will have a raffle.

Annual Neighborhood Raffle benefiting the Overlook House

This year’s Raffle is better than ever ! !    Nine Great Prizes, worth a total of $1,778.00  Prizes include:

iPad – Full Size ($529.00) WiFi & 4G & Bluetooth Capable, 9.7” Retina Display, HD Camera

Treat Yourself to Massage, Facial, and Dinner ($185.00 Value) Blue Sky Spa, Into Eden Facial, North Light Restaurant

Romantic Outing ($138.00) Tesoaria – Local Vineyard & Winery, Portland Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, North Light Restaurant

Por Que Para Quatro ($100.00) Dinner, Drinks, and Dessert for four at Por Que No

Boise Beervana  ($140.00) Ecliptic, Lompoc 5th Quadrant, Hub: Bike Bar, Widmer

Local Food Choices – at home or out ($150.00) Lovely’s Fifty/Fifty, New Seasons Market, Pause Restaurant

Kids Like to Play  ($205.00) Coffee Kids Family Game Package, OMSI, Black Wagon, Mississippi Pizza

Beech St Cart Pod  ($60.00) Gabagool, Döner Haus, Tiffin Asha, Moberi

A Bit of Everything  ($131.00 Value) Fresh Pot, Ristretto Roasters, Happy House, Silver Moon Creperie, Pistils Nursery, Spoke & Vine

All proceeds will benefit the Overlook House as a valuable community asset.  You can buy a chance to WIN for only a dollar, or you can get a lucky 7 tickets for only five bucks.  Financiers will be fond of 20 tickets for ten dollars, and serious investors will prefer 50 chances to WIN for only twenty bucks.  Your odds of winning are a gazillion times better than the lottery, and you don’t need to be at the drawing to WIN.  You can buy tickets from your neighbors: Greg duFour & Marcella McGee, Mary Ellen Baldauff, Barbara Brooks, Carol Cushman, Jane Finch-Howell, Carl Brenden, Michelle Hylland, Jay Hunt, Dawn Barry-Griffin, Kathy Murphy, or Molly Brady.  Or call the Overlook House at (503) 208-7312.  Drawing will be at the Ice Cream Social in the backyard of the Overlook House, Sunday evening, August 3rd, from 6:00 to 8:00. Good Luck ! !

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7-18-14

1) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook Park (7/18)
2) 4th Annual Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (7/19-20)
3) Liquor License Application/Comments Due 8/11
4) Local Education Listener/Liaison?
5) Don’t Set Me on Fire, Please
6) Street Fair Vendors Wanted (for 8/2)
7) Business Neighbors – Share Your News (now)
8) ADA – What Does It Stand For? (7/26)
9) Fraud Alert; Please Share With Neighbors (now)
10) Be an Extra on Portlandia
11) OKNA Meeting Recap

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1) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook Park (tonight)
July 18 6:30 pm
Musical guests Stumbleweed featuring our own J.D. Kleinke will open our evening. Bring a picnic dinner and your friends. We will welcome Shabbat in prayer and song, and share some hallah afterwards. For more information, see our website at http://shirtikvahpdx.org/, send an email to info@shirtikvahpdx.org, or call us at 503.473.8227. No RSVP required!

Catch a Stumbleweed sample at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkzRcGrWCc

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2) 4th Annual Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (7/19-20)

Yard Sale:  Saturday July 19   /   Free Share:  Sunday July 20
Come on out to sell, share or buy! Over 50 households are signed up to participate this year.  On Saturday, households will lay out and sell their goods.  On Sunday, any items left remaining that must go will be set out on the curb to be shared for free with neighbors.  Printed maps showing all of the participating households in Overlook will be available at the Friends of Overlook Bluff Fundraising Yard Sale on Saturday at 3969 N Overlook Terrace.  Deal-hunters can also view the online version of the map at www.sustainableoverlook.org starting now.  Hope to see you there!

It’s not too late to participate! If you want to get in on the fun, just set some things out on Saturday morning.. there will be lots of traffic in the neighborhood; you don’t need to be on the map to sell!

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3) Liquor License Application/Comments Due 8/11

The following Liquor Licenses applications were received for consideration by the City of Portland the week of July 7 to July 11, 2014
Please follow this link to see the applications in their entirety:
http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=61884&
Neighborhood Association: OVERLOOK
Business Name: NEW AMERICAN
Business Address: 2103 N KILLINSWORTH
Type of License: CO/FOP
Neighborhood Coalition: NPNS
Business Association: INTERSTATE CORRIDOR
Comments Due: 8/11/2014
If you wish to comment please fill out the attached comment form and submit it to the City of Portland Liquor License Notification Program.
Attn: Theresa Marchetti
By mail to: 1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 110, Portland OR 97204
By fax to: 503-823-3050
By email to: theresa.marchetti@portlandoregon.gov
Email OKNA if you need the comment form. To save you looking it up, this location is currently home to Mextiza restaurant on Killingsworth at Detroit.

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4) Local Education Listener/Liaison?

A North Portland neighbor thinks our neighborhood associations have a role to play in education. He proposes to bring together an informal group representing the North Portland neighborhoods that can devote a modest amount of time to discussing their concerns and what a focused effort might productively do. 

You may have already heard or read about the controversy surrounding the new tests that come along with the Common Core State Standards. Or the latest shuffling of administrators. Or about possible changes in the transfer policy or cluster boundaries. What about the school board elections next year? Or the next bond issue in 2016 asking for yet more money?

David Crandall (Piedmont NA) asks to identify one or more folks in Overlook who believe that our kids and grandkids deserve the best education that’s available. These people should be available for an initial meeting some time in the next few weeks. If you’d like to represent Overlook, and report back to neighbors about these meetings, please contact us soonest: info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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5) Don’t Set Me on Fire, Please

Floating Lanterns are completely, totally and utterly ILLEGAL in Oregon.
If you’re more motivated by being a good neighbor, let that be your guide: Don’t burn down your neighbor’s house for your own fun. You can’t control where the lantern goes, so don’t set it off.
http://www.opb.org/news/article/not-a-bright-idea-sky-lanterns-illegal-dangerous/
Fire Marshall’s statement:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Codes/TA12_02.pdf

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6) Street Fair Vendors Wanted (for 8/2)

The Overlook Village Street Fair is on Saturday, Aug 2nd and we are accepting local art vendors. The event consists of a classic car show, live bands, doggy costume contest, 3 on 3 soccer tournament and of course local art vendors. Time and space are running out so sign up soon by visiting our online registration hosted by The Lucky Lab, http://luckylab.com/kick/ it’s only $50. You can also find out more information by visiting our website at www.OverlookVillagePDX.com
Thanks and we hope to see you soon. Jenna

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7) Business Neighbors – Share Your News (now)

It’s the return of our Business in Overlook column in the upcoming Overlook Views newsletter and time for you to toot your own horn. Write up your 50 word post letting Overlook know who you are, where you are and why they should come see you right away! Home-based and other small businesses are invited too; please make use of this free promotion to your immediate neighbors! Email your post to Michelle: Views@ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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8) ADA – What Does It Stand For? (7/26)

ADA: What Does It Stand For? is the theme for the 24th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Matt Dishman Community Center on Saturday, July 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. The free event is open to the public and being presented by the City of Portland and several community partners.

A full afternoon of activities for all the family is planned at the center, located at 77 NE Knott St. The event will include live entertainment, an open mic session, interactive activities, multi-ethnic snacks, speakers, including Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and a birthday cake for the ADA’s big 24th anniversary. Also, Kristi Jamison, a member of the Portland Commission will be an emcee and ASL interpretation will be provided.

For further information and updates, visit the Portland Commission on Disability’s website at www.portlanddisability.com.

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9) Fraud Alert; Please Share With Neighbors (now)

Don’t be vulnerable to these scams.. share with your friends, you’d be amazed who needs to see this.

Beware of callers asking to collect on your bill and watch out for fraudulent bills in emails
We want to alert you about two scams targeting customers of PGE and utilities nationwide, that we’re working with local authorities to investigate. The first is a telephone scam in which thieves posing as PGE employees ask for a pre-paid credit card to collect a past-due bill or payment for services like switching a meter. The second is an email scam, in which customers are sent an email with fraudulent account information and asked to click on a hyperlink to confirm or view information. That link can download viruses to your computer.

Stay alert! Read & save this factsheet about fraudulent calls & emails to utility customers nationwide. http://bit.ly/1iLO3aS

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10) Be an Extra on Portlandia

Want to be an extra on Portlandia? Send in your photo & cross fingers you’ll be in the (?) last season.
http://www.smhcasting.com/extras/PDXia-welcome.html

11) OKNA Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for a fast paced, informative meeting!
We had a presentation/introduction to our NETs-Neighborhood Emergency Team members. They reminded us that there’s not going to be any government services when the Big One comes; we need to be nimble and resilient ourselves.
Leader Alice Busch said they’ve learned important things in the past few years.. where they used to tell us all to ‘make a kit!’, the most important survival tool seems to be strong connections with your neighbors and friends. So today’s advice should be "Make friends!"
If you’d like to organize a Know Your Neighborhood meeting, a simple gathering of the people who live on your block to outline a basic plan, a skills & equipment inventory or even just a contact tree, get in touch with OKNA and we’ll connect you (info@OverlookNeighborhood.org). And store some water.
Our patrol officer from PPB stopped by; his only update is that they are doing the best they can at the Skidmore Bluffs but the situation is severe. Fire danger is extreme right now. Concerned neighbors should continue to call in illegal drinking, parking, traffic issues, IE any and everything that is bothering them.
If you have anything to be included in the next Overlook Views newsletter, now is the time to reach Michelle (me). Email Views @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7-11-14

1) Monthly OKNA Meeting is at Lucky Lab (7/15) 
2) PBOT Schedules More Street Fee Workgroups
3) Neighbors, what’s your news?
4) Last Chance to Sign Up for the Yard Sale / Free Share (Now!)
5) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook
6) Volunteer Call! Bridge Pedal Rest Area (8/10)
7) Portland Protected Sick Time Best Practices Forum (7/29)
8) Portland Food Project Seeks Green Bag Donors
9) From the OKNA Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

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1) Monthly OKNA Meeting is at Lucky Lab (7/15)

Join your neighbors and members of the Overlook Neighborhood Assn this Tuesday, July 15, for our monthly meeting, with a social spin. We’ll talk about what’s coming up this summer in Overlook and ways you can participate, and enjoy a drink and a slice (optional).

When: Tuesday, July 15
6:30pm to pick up food/drink, 7:00pm meeting start
Where: Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth @ Concord

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2) PBOT Schedules More Street Fee Workgroups

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has posted the rosters and schedules of upcoming meetings for the workgroups that will advise on the Our Streets PDX transportation funding community conversation. While the meetings are open to the public, public testimony will not be taken. Comments and questions can be submitted to TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov

Full schedules and rosters are available at www.OurStreetsPDX.com

Non-Residential, Business Stakeholder Workgroup
First meeting: Monday, July 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Portland Building, Room C

Non-residential, Non-profit and Low-income Stakeholder Workgroup
First meeting: Tuesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Portland Building Room C

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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3) Neighbors, what’s your news?

The Fall edition of Overlook Views is being prepared now, so if you have news to share in the newsletter, now is the time to let Michelle know: Views@ OverlookNeighborhood.org

Business Neighbors! It’s the return of our Business in Overlook column and time for you to toot your own horn. Write up your 50 word post letting Overlook know who you are, where you are and why they should come see you right away! Home-based and other small businesses are invited too; please make use of this free promotion to your immediate neighbors! Email your post to Michelle: Views@ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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4) Last Chance to Sign Up for the Yard Sale / Free Share (Now!)
Yard Sale:  Saturday July 19   /   Free Share:  Sunday July 20

Now is the time to sign up as a participating household and make it on the map for this year’s Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share. If you would like to sign up, e-mail Josh with your home’s address at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org by this Monday the 14th in order to be included on the event map.  Decluttering your home and getting unwanted items into the hands of neighbors who would happily reuse them is just one small way of making our neighborhood more environmentally and socially sustainable..    
If you simply want to join in the Yard Sale / Free Share as a deal-hunter, you will be able to view the map showing all of the participating households at www.sustainableoverlook.org starting July 16.  Hope to see you there!

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5) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook Park (7/18)
July 18 6:30 pm
Musical guests Stumbleweed featuring our own J.D. Kleinke will open our evening. Bring a picnic dinner and your friends. We will welcome Shabbat in prayer and song, and share some hallah afterwards. For more information, see our website at http://shirtikvahpdx.org/, send an email to info@shirtikvahpdx.org, or call us at 503.473.8227. No RSVP required!

Catch a Stumbleweed sample at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkzRcGrWCc

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6) Volunteer Call! Bridge Pedal Rest Area (8/10)
We’re looking for some early-rising Overlookers to volunteer at this year’s Providence Bridge Pedal. OKNA member Alan Cranna staffs the rest station in St Johns and he donates $25 for each volunteer to OKNA for the fun and useful activities we sponsor each year. This is a great way for you to make a contribution to OKNA that will be appreciate all year long.
The commitment’s short, just a few fun hours in the morning, cheering on the riders. Please message us and join in! info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org
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7) Portland Protected Sick Time Best Practices Forum (7/29)

Do you have questions about Portland’s Protected Sick Time Ordinance?

Join City of Portland employees for a public forum on July 29th at Portland Building, Conference Room C from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The Forum is intended to support businesses implementing Portland’s Protected Sick Time (PPST) Ordinance*. This will be an opportunity for employers, human resource personnel, business service providers, employees and consultants to share their challenges, solutions, and best practices for policies and procedures that address the new law. 

For more information and to register, click HERE.

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8) Portland Food Project Seeks Green Bag Donors

The Portland Food Project is an all Volunteer non profit that provides an ongoing supply of non perishable food to local pantries. We accomplish this by encouraging Green Bag donors (we have almost 1,000) to have their bag on their porch every 8 weeks. A Neighborhood Coordinator then picks up their bag and the food is distributed that day (next is Saturday, Aug 9th) to our 12 local food pantries. We are seeking  1) Green Bag donors 2) Neighborhood Coordinators  3) Another North Portland pantry    We would like to make mealtime a bit easier for North Portlanders who are dealing with issues of hunger. Contact Richard Nudelman, Project Coordinator at 503-775-2110 or info@portlandfoodproject.org

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9) From the OKNA Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

* Overlook Neighborhood PDX is featured in a new video series from Oregonian reporter Casey Parks! Click thru to see what neighbor Wayne Bund likes best about his neighborhood.
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/07/the_best_thing_about_my_neighb.html

* Save the Date! Overlook Village Street Fair & Soccer Celebration

KICK IT UP! On North Killingsworth Street
Overlook Village Soccer Celebration and Street Fair August 2
with Live Music, 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament, Dog Costume Contest,
Classic Car Show, and Discounts at Local Businesses

For more information: http://overlookvillagepdx.com/

* That power outage last Sunday? Squirrels are to blame:
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/226531-89227-adventurous-squirrels-give-regions-power-grid-a-shock

* It was a little sad, tidying up the OKNA business mailing list; a lot of folks have moved on. BUT, we have a lot of new businesses in Overlook! If you know of a neighborhood business that could use some FREE promotion, tell them to email Michelle to be included in the next Overlook Views newsletter.
Views @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

* A Walking Tour of The Boise Neighborhood and Mississippi Avenue

Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Members: $12    General Public: $20

The dramatic redevelopment occurring along Mississippi Avenue today is merely the latest chapter in the remarkable and unique history of this neighborhood. From an electric streetcar line to “real estate redlining”, this tour explores the cultural and economic changes that have shaped Boise’s built environment. Tour-goers will see some of the finest examples of late-19th century working-class homes in Portland, built primarily by Scandinavian, German, and Polish immigrants. You will also see some hidden architectural gems and a forgotten dance hall that once housed a temple of the Nation of Islam.

Pre-Registration is Required: http://www.visitahc.org/content/boise-neighborhood-mississippi-avenue

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 06/27/14

1) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour (Tomorrow, 6/27)
2) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (6/30)
3) National Night Out Info Fair/Kick Off Party (7/10)
4) Location Change: July OKNA Meeting (7/15)
5) PSU Traffic and Transportation Course (Fall, Register Now)
6) The “Big One” is coming. Are you ready? (Register for Training)
7) Movies in the Park Schedule Posted
8) Fireworks: Just Don’t Do It

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1) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour (Tomorrow, 6/28)
Saturday, June 28th from 10 am to 3 pm

The garden tour is tomorrow! Come out for the 3rd annual Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour, featuring 10 pesticide-free gardens in many styles. Highlights include a green home with a living roof, a winery in a converted garage (with tastings available!), tours of a restored Victorian home with pollinator garden and an aquaponics system that produces fresh vegetables and fish year-round. Plus five of the gardens this year are in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Get to know your neighbors and get resources from The Xerces Society, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Slow Food PDX and many more.

The tour is bike-friendly and there will be extra bike parking at several stops thanks to bike racks from Good Sport Promotion.

Start the tour at Garden No. 1 (5929 N. Curtis Ave). or at Garden No. 10 (3908 N. Concord) to sign-in, make a contribution ($5 suggested donation) and get a tour map.

Garden profiles and more info at www.sustainableoverlook.org

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2) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (6/30)

June 30, 2014 — 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cleveland High School Cafeteria (3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Co-hosted by: Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Foundation

Portland Parks has identified more than $365 million in needed replacement and major maintenance projects. We have a unique opportunity – if Portlanders continue to make the same rate of parks bond payments on property taxes over the next 20 years, it can generate an estimated $56-$68 million in bond revenue to pay for the most critical repairs to our parks system — and not increase tax rates. Please join us at the June 30 Parks Replacement Bond Town Hall to learn more, and give your feedback: https://www.facebook.com/events/321009148063243/

In North and Northeast Portland, a Replacement Parks Bond would fund major maintenance at St. Johns Community Center, pool renovations at Grant, Matt Dishman Community Center and Peninsula Park, urgent accessibility and restroom repairs at multiple parks, and more.

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3) National Night Out Info Fair/Kick Off Party (7/10)

As you are likely aware, National Night Out (NNO) is coming up in early August.

This year, we are planning a great kickoff party to celebrate the coming National Night Out festivities. The party will be held in Laurelhurst Park on the evening of Thursday, July 10th, from 5:30-7:30pm, and everyone is invited. The purpose of the kickoff event is to inspire people to participate in NNO and understand the meaning of the event. We want to show prospective hosts what is required to throw a great party, and to offer new party ideas to longtime NNO hosts.

During the kickoff party, we will also hold our annual Crime Prevention Awards to honor some amazing community members who make their neighborhoods safer and more fun.

Come join us for pizza and games. Chat with the mayor or the police or fire chief. Hear stories about community members inspired to improve their neighborhood. Learn how to close a street or reserve a park. Pick up some temporary tattoos to give out at your party. Everyone is welcome!

The attached flyer has details about the July 10th party. Please visit our NNO website for all the details about NNO. www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno.

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4) Location Change: July OKNA Meeting (7/15)

Hey, it’s a special location for the July OKNA General Meeting! Find us at the Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth on Tuesday, July 15th. We’ll have a chance to socialize as well as enjoy our regular meeting agenda items: public safety updates, reports on upcoming activities and ways to be involved in the neighborhood and an introduction from your Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team).

Mark your calendars now and we’ll see you at the Lucky Lab on July 15.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Arrive at 6:30 to order drinks and nosh
Meeting is 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lucky Lab Taproom
1700 N Killingsworth Street

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5) PSU Traffic and Transportation Course (Fall, Register Now)
A Portland State University course sponsored by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. Local traffic and transportation issues, transportation options, and how to get things done in your neighborhood are the focus of this well-respected, ten-week, university course.
Registration is now OPEN for fall 2014 class.
Lots more info; click through: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/index.cfm?&c=35727

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6) The “Big One” is coming. Are you ready? (Register for Training)
Learning how to prepare now will make you more resilient when a large earthquake or other emergency happens. It could even save your life.
Bureau of Emergency Management is offering some free classes in September, with ways to make your office and home safer.
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/494501

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7) Movies in the Park Schedule Posted

Well the rain postponed the start of Movies in the Park but check out the free entertainment being offered at Portland’s parks this summer. Be sure to save the date for Overlook Park’s extravaganza on August 31 featuring River City Band!
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/index.cfm?&a=489142

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8) Fireworks: Just Don’t Do It

Please share this fireworks message with your friends and networks.. not everyone appreciates fireworks. Fireworks are a major fire hazard in our green neighborhood and there is increasing pushback from veterans and animal activists, encouraging you to be a good neighbor and leave the fireworks to the pros.
Fact Sheet: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/493378

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 06/20/14

1) Pittman Addition Sculpture HydroPark Party this Sunday (6/22)
2) Transportation Meeting Moved to Convention Center (6/24)
Second Meeting at Kaiser Town Hall (6/25)
3) Host Japanese Students This Summer 2014!
4) Communications Help Needed!!
5) Sign up for 2014 Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (now)
6) Free Your Soil with Depave:  2014 Events & 2015 Call for Sites
7) 25th Sunday Parkways in North Portland (6/22)
8) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014 (6/28)
9) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (6/30)
10) JULY- Special OKNA Meeting Location (7/15)
11) From the OKNA Facebook Page


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1) Pittman Addition Sculpture HydroPark Party this Sunday (6/22)

Don’t forget to stop by to enjoy art, music by the New Iberians and light refreshments this Sunday from 4-7.  Meet the artists and neighbors who helped transform an empty open space into Portland’s first public sculpture park.  In case you haven’t been there before, just follow N Concord Ave south to the Going Street pedestrian bridge and soundwall.  Come and celebrate our new community space!

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2) Transportation Meeting Moved to Convention Center (6/24)
Second Meeting at Kaiser Town Hall (6/25)

With higher-than-expected interest in the transportation funding proposal, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has decided to relocate Tuesday’s town hall to the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255.

The event is free and open to the public. The Tuesday meeting is intended to focus on how the transportation fee would work for businesses, non-profits and other non-residential land uses. Participants are encouraged to discuss ways improve the proposal or suggest alternative ways of raising money for transportation safety and maintenance. A Wednesday night meeting will focus on the fee for households.

“Portlanders are passionate about participating in local government,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “We welcome ideas about how they want to improve the transportation fee, or alternative proposals on par with the $53 million it would raise. There’s no question we need to invest in basic transportation maintenance and safety.”

The Tuesday event is the first of two town halls coming up:

  • Town Hall on Business and Non-Residential Fee: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Directions and visitor info.
  • Town Hall on Residential Fee: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments to Mayor Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat.

The City Council delayed the proposal June 4, after five months of Our Streets PDX town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing May 29. Two upcoming town halls will kick off the next phase of outreach through October, designed to gather input to address the needs of businesses, non-profits and low-income households.

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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3) Host Japanese Students This Summer 2014!

BeGlobal Foundation is a nonprofit study abroad organization that focuses on accepting Japanese grade school students to learn English is Portland for a short-term program.  www.beglobalfnd.org

Why you should be a Host Family: Hosting a student opens opportunities of learning new concepts and building international relationship all from the comfort of your own home. It is a great opportunity to expose the youth community, such as your child, to develop global awareness and gaining personal development by communicating with people they do not encounter on a daily bases.

BeGlobal is looking for families who would be interested to experience the joy to build international relationships and the beauty of cultural exchange!

For this summer students from Tokyo, Japan from 12 to 17 years old will be coming to Portland.

DATES: August 4th til August 14th
Students schedule will be to go to ESL classes on weekdays from 9am to 12pm then go on a afternoon field trip till 4pm. Weekends will be where families will get to spend personal time with the students.

There are 3 responsibilities we ask host families:
1. to provide 3 meals per day 
2. to drop off and pick up students from their ESL classes at PSU
3. to treat students as if they are your own family member and have fun!

For every family that participates there will be a stipend covers meals, mileage, basic utilities, etc. 

For more information please contact Toa Suruki at toa@belglobalfnd.org Or visit our website at www.beglobalfnd.org

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4) Communications Help Needed!!

Do you enjoy your Friday e-blast newsletter with all the latest news in Overlook?

Are you a voracious reader of our print copy of the Overlook Views that comes to your home or business every three months, rain or shine? 

Do you enjoy our Facebook posts that keep you in the loop day in and day out? Do you know how to manage a WordPress website?

Sadly, our wonderful, hard-working, tireless Communications Chair will be stepping off the board of the Overlook Neighborhood Association at the next election cycle in September. This will leave us with a BIG silence if some new wonderful folks don’t step up to share the various pieces of keeping us all informed about what’s going on in Overlook. 

Please contact us personally or by emailing info@overlookneighborhood.org for more information or to volunteer for any part of the communications fun. See the communications tasks outlined at www.OverlookNeighborhood.org

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5) Sign up for 2014 Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (now)
Yard Sale:  Saturday July 19   /   Free Share:  Sunday July 20
Declutter your home and get unwanted items into the hands of folks who would happily reuse them. This is the fourth year running and we already have almost 20 households signed up to participate. If you would like to be a part of this fun event of sharing, purging and just plain socializing please e-mail Josh with your home’s address at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org before July 10th in order to be included on the event map.
If you simply want to join in the Yard Sale / Free Share as a deal-hunter, you will be able to view a map showing all of the participating households at www.sustainableoverlook.org starting July 16.  Hope to see you there!

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6) Free Your Soil with Depave:  2014 Events & 2015 Call for Sites

Depave would like you to know that there are a bunch of transformational events coming up this summer around town. In each case, volunteers from across the metro area come together to remove unnecessary asphalt in order to introduce more greenspace into the city while fostering more environmentally-sound stormwater management. We would love to see you at an event; it’s hard work but also fun and very inspiring. Check out http://depave.org/work/projects to learn more about the events that will be happening around Portland this summer and fall.

Also, do you know of any (non-residential) properties that could benefit from depaving? Depave is looking for a diverse group of sites for its 2015 season.  Examples include schools, places of worship, businesses, or even just plain parking lots! If you own, or know someone who owns such a property, please reach out to josh@depave.org or apply to be a 2015 Depave Site at
http://depave.org/work/submit-site

Do you have any Depave questions in general?  E-mail eric@depave.org   Thanks for your time!

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7) 25th Sunday Parkways in North Portland (6/22)

Kaiser Permanente Northwest original, continuing sponsor

Portland will celebrate the 25th Sunday Parkways on June 22nd in North Portland, on the same date and in the same neighborhood where the hugely popular summer event series began seven years ago.

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente rolls through the neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering a nine-mile loop of traffic-free streets where people can bicycle, walk, stroll, roll, and play while enjoying music, food and activities along the way.  The route connects five parks, including the beautiful Peninsula Park Rose Garden.

Sunday Parkways’ purpose is to open the city’s largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation, while connecting neighbors to each other and the community.

See maps of the routes and find more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

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8) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014 (6/28)

Next Weekend! Saturday, June 28, 10 am to 3 pm

Our 3rd annual garden tour will feature yards that express Sustainable Overlook’s mission of ‘Building Community and Resilience’ in 10 unique gardens. Explore neighbor’s creative, pesticide-free solutions for rain harvesting, play spaces, edible landscaping, bird and pollinator friendly gardens and more. Each garden will host a community partner info table. We need volunteers to help at each garden and with set-up/take-down. Contact Mulysa at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org.

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9) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (6/30)

June 30, 2014 — 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cleveland High School Cafeteria (3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Co-hosted by: Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Foundation

Portland Parks has identified more than $365 million in needed replacement and major maintenance projects. We have a unique opportunity – if Portlanders continue to make the same rate of parks bond payments on property taxes over the next 20 years, it can generate an estimated $56-$68 million in bond revenue to pay for the most critical repairs to our parks system — and not increase tax rates. Please join us at the June 30 Parks Replacement Bond Town Hall to learn more, and give your feedback: https://www.facebook.com/events/321009148063243/

In North and Northeast Portland, a Replacement Parks Bond would fund major maintenance at St. Johns Community Center, pool renovations at Grant, Matt Dishman Community Center and Peninsula Park, urgent accessibility and restroom repairs at multiple parks, and more.

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10) JULY- Special OKNA Meeting Location (7/15)

Hey, it’s a special location for the July OKNA General Meeting! Find us at the Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth on Tuesday, July 15th. We’ll have a chance to socialize as well as enjoy our regular meeting agenda items: public safety updates, reports on upcoming activities and ways to be involved in the neighborhood and an introduction from your Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team).

Mark your calendars now and we’ll see you at the Lucky Lab on July 15.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Arrive at 6:30 to order drinks and nosh
Meeting is 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lucky Lab Taproom
1700 N Killingsworth Street

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11) From the OKNA Facebook Page

Odds & Ends of use and amusement. Like our page at www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

- For those of us who couldn’t attend the panel on Demolition & Infill last week, a handy video of the event.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/NPCiH4DlG70

- Thank you, Overlook Neighborhood PDX neighbor Cynthia Sulaski, for making the case at City Council today!
Be sure to enjoy the fruits of Cynthia’s movie committee labors this summer and come out to Overlook Park for Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark extravaganza! If you thought last year was fun.. well just wait til you hear what they have in store for us!

These park heroes presented to City Council today after raising funds to make Summer Free for All concerts, movies, and recreation programs possible.
Special thanks for Bank of America‘s gift to help 118,000 lunches be served to hungry kids, as well as supporting the Foundation’s work to fund raise and increase parks awareness. Well done, Portland Parks & Recreation and everyone!

- PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION POOLS ARE READY FOR SUMMER! Outdoor Pools Open Tuesday, June 17
Another splendid summer of swimming, lessons, and other aquatic activities will kick off this month at Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s outdoor pools. Opening day for outdoor pools is Tuesday, June 17. Indoor pools are open year-round.
Parents who want to enroll their children in swimming lessons should act now. Lessons are available for all age groups and ability levels. More info at our web site, with a list of pools and swim lessons available.
PP&R pools also offer open play swims, water exercise classes, junior lifeguard training, junior swim instructor training, summer swim teams, and special events.
For more information on how to register for swimming lessons or participate in other summer activities, contact the pool in your area or the Aquatic Administration Office at 503-823-5130.
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?ShowResults=yes&AmenityTypeID=44

- And, for everyone wondering about last weekend’s Intersection Repair Ride (my first Pedalpalooza ride..) yes, we got washed out after a few stops. I did, anyway. I’ll use the map and go back for the tour on a dryer day!

- Our business neighbors at Carquest (N Interstate @ Skidmore) are having a problem with people leaving used dog waste bags on top of their dumpster, or just throwing it on the ground nearby. Please remember that not all neighbors are OK with you using their garbage bins for your dog’s waste (and a surprising number of others don’t care, but how will you know which is which?).

Be a good neighbor, and take your doggy bag home with you.

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Transportation FEE Meetings

Attend, or you might be told your opinion doesn’t count. You won’t get to vote on this, so turn out for this meeting JUNE 25 in Overlook!

NEWS RELEASE:

Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat to gather public input on Transportation User Fee at two town halls

Addressing the needs of businesses, low-income Portlanders;

Updated details at OurStreetsPDX.com

(June 16, 2014) – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat invite the public to provide input on how the city can improve the proposed Transportation User Fee at two upcoming town hall meetings.

The City Council delayed the proposal June 4, after five months of Our Streets PDX town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing May 29. Two upcoming town halls will kick off the next phase of outreach through October, designed to gather input to address the needs of businesses, non-profits and low-income households.

“There’s no question that we need to pay to maintain our streets,” Mayor Hales said. “If someone has a way to improve the Transportation User Fee and still raise $50 million a year, let’s hear it. Our community can no longer pretend that Congress or the state will save us from the need to invest in basic maintenance.”

“Too many children are forced to walk to school in a ditch for lack of sidewalks,” Commissioner Novick said. “I understand that some business owners want to adjust the transportation fee to better protect small businesses. If we can’t find a way to improve it, Mayor Hales and I are prepared to move forward this fall with the proposal on the table.”

“Even if you don’t own a car, you count on Portland’s freight routes for food and other essentials,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “Everyone benefits from our streets, so everyone needs to help pay for proper maintenance and safety improvements.”

Town Hall on Business and Non-Residential Fee: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Venture Portland, 1125 SE Madison St., Suite 112.
Town Hall on Residential Fee: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments to the Mayor, Commissioner and Director.

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

See updated information on the proposed fee the council amended May 29:

·         Updated online calculator: PBOT has updated an online calculator that estimates the monthly fee for residential and non-residential ratepayers. PBOT has updated the web calculator from the proposed $11.56 fee to the 3-year phase-in starting at $6 a month for single-family properties.

·         Transportation User Fee rate details: Details on the way the fee is calculated, to help business owners find the right information.

·         Frequently Asked Questions: This series of questions and answers will help the public learn more about why the fee was proposed and what it would pay for.

·         Email us for more information at TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov

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Dylan Rivera

Communications Manager | Portland Bureau of Transportation

t: (503) 823-3723 | c: (503) 577-7534

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 06/13/14

Don’t forget this Sunday’s Pedalpalooza event, starting at the Overlook Intersection Repair!
CITY REPAIR INTERSECTION REPAIR TOUR

N Overlook Blvd & N Concord
Sunday, June 15 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Ride map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zpOo_eflU-Ks.kl6JMsC7gtac

1) OKNA Meeting Reminder (6/18)
2) Pittman Addition Sculpture HydroPark Party (6/22)
3) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014
4) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (3/30)
5) Help Wanted: OKNA Communications

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1) OKNA Meeting Reminder (6/18)

Join your Overlook neighbors for the monthly OKNA General Membership meeting. Hear updates on current projects and find out how you can be involved, share your crime and safety concerns, bring your Overlook ideas.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Kaiser Town Hall Building
3704 N Interstate Avenue @Overlook Blvd

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2) Pittman Addition Sculpture HydroPark Party (6/22)

Treat yourself to art, music and light refreshments on Sunday, June 22, from 4-7 (same day as the North Portland Sunday Parkways).  We’re celebrating the first official art installations in our new hydropark at N Concord & N Going Court (just north of the Going Street soundwall).  Enjoy the sculptures by Ryan Beard, Ivan McLean, Jason Jones, Julian Voss-Andreae and Jim Schmidt.  Meet the people who helped to transform an empty forgotten dead-end lot into Portland’s first public sculpture park.  It’s easy to find, just follow Concord south to the Going Street pedestrian bridge. 

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.  (quote by John Updike)  Come and enjoy our new community space!

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3) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014

Saturday, June 28
All gardens open 10 am to 3 pm
Suggested donation $5

The 3rd annual neighborhood garden tour will feature yards that express Sustainable Overlook’s mission of ‘Building Community and Resilience’ in a wide variety of ways. Explore neighbors’ creative solutions for rain harvesting, edible gardens, outdoor play spaces, use of reclaimed materials, bird and pollinator-friendly gardens and much more.
Each garden will host an information table from organizations including East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Metro, Xerces Society, Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Bee Friendly Portland and Friends of Overlook Bluff. All the gardens featured are pesticide-free so it’s a great chance to visit organic yards, learn natural gardening tips and be inspired! Check www.sustainableoverlook.org for details and the garden locations the week of the tour.

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4) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (3/30)

June 30, 2014 — 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cleveland High School Cafeteria (3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Co-hosted by: Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Foundation
RSVP here (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/65170)

Please join us for a discussion about how the Parks Replacement Bond will help address urgent maintenance needs with no increased tax rates for Portlanders. Get your questions answered and give your input to Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

Over the last century, Portlanders created and have maintained our parks system through a series of capital investments (bonds and levies). However, our park structures and facilities have finite life spans, and require ongoing investment to remain safe and accessible. As Portland’s existing parks bond—approved in 1994—is paid off in 2015, we have the opportunity to address critical park needs without increasing tax rates, by referring a Parks Replacement Bond to voters now.

In North and Northeast Portland, a Replacement Parks Bond would fund major maintenance at St. Johns Community Center, pool renovations at Grant, Matt Dishman Community Center and Peninsula Park, urgent accessibility and restroom repairs at multiple parks, and more.

A recent survey shows that more than 65 percent of Portlanders are supportive of a Replacement Bond would not increase tax rates and would fund some of the most critical repairs to our parks system. Get your questions answered on this unique opportunity at the Parks Replacement Bond Town Hall.

RSVP here, and learn more at ParksReplacementBond.org

Childcare provided | Fully accessible | Light refreshments served

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5) Help Wanted: OKNA Communications

The Overlook Neighborhood Association (OKNA) is seeking a few good people to assist in an ever-expanding communications team.

Newsletter: Our quarterly print newsletter needs a new coordinator to maintain contact with the OKNA board and community members to share Overlook news. This job can be done by multiple people, if they’ll coordinate. See past issues here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

Weekly Email Newsette: OKNA has over 500 subscribers to our email list who rely on these timely updates. This obligation is about 2 hours per week and requires attention to detail and the ability to copy/paste. Weekly blasts are posted on our website as well; review past topics here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/

Mail Monitor: A good fit with the Weekly Email writing, OKNA needs someone to monitor our public email account ‘info@’ and filter emails that require action to the OKNA board. This can be as simple as checking for urgent issues a couple of times per week.

Website: The website content is up to date but the template could use some updating. This position should be held by someone familiar with WordPress, who is willing to keep the site updated and secured. Most work is done in the WordPress dashboard but the webmaster should be familiar with the back end works as well. OKNA maintains several email accounts (with forwards) that this person should also assist with. We recommend having multiple content managers.

Facebook: Topping 600+ members, the OKNA Facebook page would be well served by having several administrators who can post to the page. The page is well connected with information for ‘shares’. Of you 600, are there 3 or 4 who’d help out with sharing posts and updates?

NextDoor: Similar to Facebook, but private, this social media site has an active constituency. OKNA could benefit from one person posting OKNA information (meetings etc) to the group. This group is not run by OKNA, we should just contribute there. If you would like to just join the Overlook Nextdoor community, you can use this link: https://nextdoor.com/invite/hsyjagwprzvzxtumttnq

If you’ve seen room for improvement in OKNA’s communications, or you’ve been wanting to get more involved with the neighborhood association but were unsure how, these volunteer jobs are excellent ways to get an overview of the varied work OKNA does and be very helpful at the same time. If you’ve got the time and are ready to bring it, please contact us soon and/or come to a meeting (we hold 2 public meetings per month). We would like to fill these positions by September and if you act now, you can get some training too!

info@OverlookNeighborhood.org views@OverlookNeighborhood.org 1st Tuesday of the month: Board meeting at Overlook House 3rd Tuesday of the month: General Membership meeting (usually at Kaiser Town Hall but look for special locations this summer!)

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Help Wanted: OKNA Communications

The Overlook Neighborhood Association (OKNA) is seeking a few good people to assist in an ever-expanding communications team.

Newsletter: Our quarterly print newsletter needs a new coordinator to maintain contact with the OKNA board and community members to share Overlook news. This job can be done by multiple people, if they’ll coordinate. See past issues here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

Weekly Email Newsette: OKNA has over 500 subscribers to our email list who rely on these timely updates. This obligation is about 2 hours per week and requires attention to detail and the ability to copy/paste. Weekly blasts are posted on our website as well; review past topics here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/

Mail Monitor: A good fit with the Weekly Email writing, OKNA needs someone to monitor our public email account ‘info@’ and filter emails that require action to the OKNA board. This can be as simple as checking for urgent issues a couple of times per week.

Website: The website content is up to date but the template could use some updating. This position should be held by someone familiar with WordPress, who is willing to keep the site updated and secured. Most work is done in the WordPress dashboard but the webmaster should be familiar with the back end works as well. OKNA maintains several email accounts (with forwards) that this person should also assist with. We recommend having multiple content managers.

Facebook: Topping 600+ members, the OKNA Facebook page would be well served by having several administrators who can post to the page. The page is well connected with information for ‘shares’. Of you 600, are there 3 or 4 who’d help out with sharing posts and updates?

NextDoor: Similar to Facebook, but private, this social media site has an active constituency. OKNA could benefit from one person posting OKNA information (meetings etc) to the group. This group is not run by OKNA, we should just contribute there.

If you’ve seen room for improvement in OKNA’s communications, or you’ve been wanting to get more involved with the neighborhood association but were unsure how, these volunteer jobs are excellent ways to get an overview of the varied work OKNA does and be very helpful at the same time. If you’ve got the time and are ready to bring it, please contact us soon and/or come to a meeting (we hold 2 public meetings per month). We would like to fill these positions by September and if you act now, you can get some training too!
info@OverlookNeighborhood.org views@OverlookNeighborhood.org 1st Tuesday of the month: Board meeting at Overlook House 3rd Tuesday of the month: General Membership meeting (usually at Kaiser Town Hall but look for special locations this summer!)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 06/06/14

 

1) Free Rose Class: Pruning & Deadheading (6/7)

2) New Site Connects You to CSAs

3) Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting (6/14)

4) Intersection Repair is Refreshed!

5) Sustainable Overlook Events Schedule (June/July)

6) North Sunday Parkways (6/22)

7) OKNA on Facebook

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1) Free Rose Class: Pruning & Deadheading (6/7)

Have you inherited roses at your new house, or just never knew what to do with them? Learn how this weekend:

Free Rose Class: Pruning & Deadheading

Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way

Saturday, June 7 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Presented by the Friends of the Peninsula Park Rose Garden

Who: Free and open to the public

What: Rose Class by the Friends of the Peninsula Park Rose Garden

Where: Fireside Room, Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way

When: Saturday, June 7, 1:00-2:00 PM: In the Garden: Pruning & Deadheading
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2) New Site Connects You to CSAs

The City of Portland has a new resource to connect households with healthy food. This map shows all of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick-up sites in the City. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/csa

CSA is a great way to connect directly with a farm and receive farm fresh produce for a season. Every week, farmers bring fresh, local food to Portland pick-up sites, and many farms still have openings for new members. More farms are accepting SNAP benefits for CSA, too, and that information is included on the map.

Caylor Roling works for the Portland Area CSA Coalition, a small nonprofit that educates about CSA (http://www.portlandcsa.org), and shared this information with us. They collaborated with the City’s Sustainable Food Program to create the map, and are excited to share it with you.

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3) Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting (6/14)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6-8pm

6543 N. Burlington Avenue (Portland BES Water Pollution Control Lab)

Portland Harbor CAG meetings are intended to keep the community informed of developments at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and to provide a forum for discussion. CAG meetings are open to everyone. Contact the CAG Chair, Jim Robison, with questions jim@jimrobison.org

AGENDA

1. Welcome and CAG announcements: Jim Robison, Chair, Portland Harbor CAG

2. Stormwater and Source control discussion:

•City of Portland outfall project and municipal stormwater report. Linda Scheffler, City of Portland

•Source control overview and source control summary report. Alex Liverman, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

3. River geology: Kim Anderson, Geologist, OSU

4. Closing remarks: Jim Robison

See new updates on EPA’s Portland Harbor webpage: www.epa.gov/region10/portlandharbor

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4) Intersection Repair is Refreshed!

BIG THANKS to the nearly 100 friends and neighbors who came out for the Intersection Repair Repaint Party last Saturday! Our gratitude goes out to everyone who brought food and fruit to share, our business neighbors Eisenhower Bagelhouse (N Interstate & Shaver), Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen (3 locations) and Miller Paint for their donations and to the whole City Repair/Village Building Convergence community for their support.

The intersection graphic is glowing once again and the planter boxes have been reshaded; everything is sparkling and fresh right now, so come over for a visit. We’ve already seen a couple of recent photo shoots going on; come capture your own piece of Overlook history at N. Concord Ave. and N. Overlook Blvd.

There were several Intersection Repairs in the area during the VBC. See them all on the upcoming Pedalpalooza Ride starting right here in Overlook.

CITY REPAIR INTERSECTION REPAIR TOUR

N Overlook Blvd & N Concord

Sunday, June 15 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Join City Repair’s 2014 tour of new Intersection Repairs, Nat Bldg & Urban Ag projects…all ending in a Cob-Oven Pizza Party! At City Repair, we focus on building common gathering places so communities can find their strength to tackle today’s myriad of issues from Climate Change, to building local resilient systems. We’ll begin our journey in Overlook & meander through this great city visiting the newly constructed sites before ending at Site # 34 ManifestStation (2020 SE Bush) to try out their brand spankin’ new Cob Oven! Donations for a personal pie. Beer & Cider available.

City Repair , ted at cityrepair daht oh are gee , vbc.cityrepair.org

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5) Sustainable Overlook Events Schedule (June/July)

The Intersection Repair is a project of Sustainable Overlook, and OKNA committee that makes things happen! Here’s a recap of what they have coming up:
Sustainable Overlook invites YOU to join in the fun. We had a great Intersection Repair Party as part of the Village Building Convergence this weekend and there are lots of events and projects coming up. Here’s a big update of what’s happening.

Monthly Meeting – Thursday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join in the discussion about neighborhood resilience, sustainability events and meet your neighbors! This month we’ll discuss an idea to create a Portland Manifesto modeled after The Lancet’s Planetary Health Manifesto. Proposals for new sustainability initiatives are always welcome! Feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share, or grab a banh-mi from The Old Gold next door.

5523 N. Detroit Ave. near N. Killingsworth

Sunday Parkways – North Portland – Sunday, June 22

Stop by the ‘Green Spot’ at Arbor Lodge Park, one of Portland’s few pesticide-free parks. We need volunteers for shifts at the Sustainable Overlook booth to give out fruit samples and natural gardening info, sign folks up for the Healthy Lawn and Garden pledge, sell eco-lawn seed and invite people to the Garden Tour.

Reception and Orientation for Garden Tour– Thursday, June 26, 6:30-8:30 pm

All garden tour hosts and volunteers are invited to a get-together for a quick orientation for tour day and to meet the amazing neighbors involved.

Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014 – Saturday, June 28, 10 am to 3 pm

Our 3rd annual garden tour will feature yards that express Sustainable Overlook’s mission of ‘Building Community and Resilience’ in 10 unique gardens. Explore neighbor’s creative, pesticide-free solutions for rain harvesting, play spaces, edible landscaping, bird and pollinator friendly gardens and more. Each garden will host a community partner info table. We need volunteers to help at each garden and with set-up/take-down. Contact Mulysa at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org.

Yard Sale and Free Share 2014 – Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20

Join in the 3rd annual neighborhood-wide sale. Over 50 households have participated in past years. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and reduce, reuse and recycle! Contact Josh at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org to put your sale on the map.

Pesticide Free Overlook

This month marks the one-year mark of the project to become Portland’s first pesticide free-neighborhood! You can help us meet our goal of having 500 neighbors pledge their yards by June 30.

1)Take the Healthy Lawn and Garden Pledge at www.sustainableoverlook.org to get a free lady bug sign and be a ‘green’ property on the map.

2) Hang your lady bug sign where it can be seen!

3) Tell your neighbors about the effort to make our neighborhood healthier for everyone and invite them to take the pledge.

Or take the next step and get in touch with us to do some canvasing, staff the table at an event or deliver ladybug yard signs!

Get involved!

Everyone is welcome. Whether you have one hour a year or one hour a day, pick an event or project to help with, or come to our meeting and suggest your project idea. Together we can "turn our neighborhood into a community." (to quote ‘Food Not Lawns’ by Heather Jo Flores.)

Like us on Facebook to stay in the loop: www.facebook.com/SustainableOverlook

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6) North Sunday Parkways (6/22)

This year on June 22 we are celebrating our 25th Sunday Parkways event. We are so proud that Portland has embraced this popular active community event. And thankful to our presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente for being there from the beginning.

The June 22nd event will show off the neighborhood greenways, the Willamette Bluff and Peninsula, Kenton, Arbor Lodge, and McCoy Parks. The route is 9.5 miles of traffic-free streets with no start or end.

Dress comfortable. The parks are programmed with activities for young and old and in between. All people – walkers, runners, bicyclists, mobility device users, seniors, adults, and children – enjoy a day of healthy physical activities right here in North Portland. Don’t forget to bring some cash. The Sunday Parkways Marketplaces adjacent to the parks have enticing food and beverages. Merchandise vendors will offer a variety of goods, all easy to transport. And community organizations offer information to keep us in the know.

Also, Sunday Parkways needs volunteers; is always interested in having local vendors and community groups participating; and is greatly appreciative of any donations. To find out more about these opportunities, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.
Join us on June 22nd, 11 am – 4 pm!

Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is about opening streets and connecting neighborhoods.

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7) OKNA on Facebook

Find OKNA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

Unfortunately, FB filters keep you from seeing many of our important posts. Please like, share or comment on them so that you will see more posts. Or, just drop by our page on a regular basis.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/30/14

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1) Beach School Community Fundraiser (Tonight)
2) The Intersection Repair Party is Tomorrow! (5/31)
3) Village Building Convergence in Overlook (5/31)
4) Clean Up at Unthank Park/Sustainable Mississippi (5/31)
5) Gang Violence Task Force Meeting
6) Transportation Utility Fee (TUF)
7) Two Air Quality Items
8) Introduce an International Student to the Overlook Neighborhood!
9) Tidbits from our Facebook Page

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1) Beach School Community Fundraiser (Tonight)

The Beach School PTA Community Auction is tonight – May 30th starting at 5:30 pm. We have lots of awesome items procured from very generous neighborhood businesses! If you have preschool children and want to check out Beach, this is a great opportunity. There are some great items available and the ‘auction’ is in ‘buy it now’ format! http://tinyurl.com/qb2pge4

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2) The Intersection Repair Party is Tomorrow! (5/31)

It’s like a block party for the whole neighborhood, come close the streets with us and have some fun!

N. Concord Ave. and N. Overlook Blvd. 97227

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm

Bring your family, friends and neighbors, and sunscreen – the weather looks like it will be awesome! Join Sustainable Overlook for street graphic and planter box repainting and fun at the intersection as part of the Village Building Convergence. Come for morning bagels and coffee from the Eisenhower Bagel House at Pinky’s (our new cafe on Interstate Ave) and Kenny & Zuke’s famous pastrami at lunch time, and bring a veggie dish or family-friendly beverage to share. Our local Station 24 Firefighting crew will stop by with their truck. Kids can plant bee-friendly flower seeds to take home at the Sustainable Overlook booth. Bring a paintbrush or paint roller if you can. We’re going to have a good time…see you there!
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3) Village Building Convergence in Overlook (5/31)

The Attunement Center has several days of activities planned as a part of the VBC (Village Building Convergence, May 23 – June 1, www.cityrepair.org)

We will be starting every day at 11am and ending at 5pm. Specific workshop offerings are listed below with times! Lunch will be served at 1pm and is being generously sponsored by Cha Cha Cha Taqueria!
Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/772415972803107
Attunement Center
Address: 1732 N. Blandena St.
Contact: Joelle Budinich guesthaus@attunementcenter.com
503.548.8250 (text only!)
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4) Clean Up at Unthank Park/Sustainable Mississippi (5/31)

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 am to 2 pm

Clean Up at Unthank Park/SEI Parking Lot, 510 N. Shaver Street

Our neighbors to the east with Sustainable Mississippi will be having a cleanup this Saturday at Unthank Park. If you have clutter around your home or non-curbside disposables/recyclables, this might be the perfect chance to accomplish some spring cleaning. Here is what they’re accepting:

✔ Household Items/Appliances/Electronics/TVs​ – nice stuff will be taken to Community Warehouse (please no large TV’s or exercise equipment). Items in poor condition will be recycled or disposed of as necessary.

✔ Bikes

✔ Batteries of all shapes and sizes

✔ Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs will be taken by Total Reclaim

✔ Construction debris​ – Good reusable stuff will go to Rebuilding Center, the rest will be recycled or disposed of with Metro

✔ Furniture and Mattresses – good, bad or otherwise

✔ Scrap metals

✔ Styrofoam pieces​ – must be large pieces, not peanuts (to be handled by Total Reclaim)

✔ Tires ​- these will be sorted out of the waste stream at Metro

…and of course anything else you might want to have taken to Metro Central Station for disposal. (Please no household hazardous waste, such as paints, oils or medications, at this time)

Small car loads will be charged $10. Big vehicle loads will be charged $20, and anything brought on foot or by bike is free! In the spirit of neighborhood reuse (and much like Overlook’s annual Free Share) items can also be swapped here for free.
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5) Gang Violence Task Force Meeting

A Very Special Message needing your immediate attention. Please forward through your distribution lists. Why you should care? That airplane that circles our neighborhood all summer is monitoring gang activity; wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t need it droning overhead anymore?

The Portland Metro area is currently experiencing an increase in gang related violence as compared to last year to date. In 2014 to date 50 cases (Gang Violence Response Team or GVRT) have been assigned to PPB. In comparison, 2013 to date, 34 cases had been assigned.

In 2014 to date victims of violent crimes have been injured and traumatized, community members have been endangered, witnesses have been intimidated, and families have fallen victim to associated trauma.

As the weather improves in combination with pending seasonal events, school graduation and summer vacation for school age youth, we need to have an active VOICE in sponsorship of safe environments for our youth, families and all members of our community.

A COMMUNITY VOICE which calls out “Enough is Enough” must be heard, in testimony that the Citizens of our great community honor life.

OUR COMMUNITY, with ONE VOICE, Must Be Heard

Break the Life Damaging Cycle of Violence

Free YOUR COMMUNITY from Fear and Intimidation

Join us, for the next Gang Violence Task Force Meeting (public forum) on June 6th, Friday, 10 – 11:30, at 449 NE Emerson, in the Large Community Conference Room.
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6) Transportation Utility Fee (TUF)

The new fee, proposed by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novik, was passed yesterday by City Council, after 90 people showed up to testify. THANK YOU to all the Overlook neighbors who attended and stayed as long as you could. Who thought a meeting could go on that long (2-8pm)? Your presence was just as important as your testimony whether you gave it verbally or in writing and your neighbors appreciate it.

Backlash from the business community caused council to split the household fee from the business fee and only the household fee was passed. Details are changing literally by the hour. Please keep abreast of this issue, as it will affect all of us, some quite deeply.
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7) Two Air Quality Items

Air quality activism is getting louder in North Portland, way to go! State Senator Michael Dembrow is hosting a workshop geared toward legislating the issue, and Metro is conducting a transportation survey related to air quality. If this is your issue, here’s a great chance to be heard and connect with others.

Air Quality Workshop

Senator Michael Dembrow writes: As Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, I’ve partnered with my colleague Rep. Mitch Greenlick (Chair of the House Health Care Committee) to put on a workshop focusing on the link between air quality and risks to public health, with a specific focus on the Portland airshed.

It’s my hope that this workshop will begin a conversation about potential legislation for the 2015 session around air quality. We’ll have several Portland-area legislators in attendance. As you’ll see from the attached draft agenda, we have a lineup of topics as well as time for public comments. If there’s enough community interest, we’ll do a follow-up meeting in late summer or early fall.

If you can join us next Friday, please do — and feel free to reach out to others who you think may be interested.

PORTLAND METRO AREA AIR QUALITY WORKSHOP

Portland Community College/Cascade Campus

705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland OR

Moriarty Auditorium

June 6, 2014

9am to 3pm

Senator Michael Dembrow

SE & NE Portland, Maywood Park

District Phone: 503-281-0608

Email: sen.michaeldembrow@state.or.us

Website: senatordembrow.com

Air quality conformity analysis | civil rights assessment

What do you think? – Regional planning 30-day comment period

Learn and react to how planned transportation investments would affect our air quality and how the investments would be distributed across different populations: people of color, low income, limited English proficiency, senior and youth.

Visit www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/regional-transportation-decisions from May 16 through June 15 to give your thoughts.

Air quality conformity analysis: Federal and state regulations require that the region assess the air quality consequences of proposed transportation improvements. Current laws mean that the region must assess the carbon monoxide emissions from surface transportation sources to meet the Clean Air Act. Metro also has voluntarily agreed with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to assess changes in ozone and certain air toxics that would result from its transportation plans.

Civil rights assessment: Part of Metro’s responsibilities include an assessment of how these transportation investments could benefit or burden communities of concern like those of people of color, people with low income, older people, younger people and people who do not speak English well. The region plans provide for a higher rate of investment in these communities as compared to the region as a whole, but what are the potential benefits or burdens from investments in roads, transit and active transportation (walking and biking) for these communities?

For the air quality analysis and civil rights assessment, Metro has analyzed the next 20 years of priority projects (in the 2014 Regional Transportation Plan) and the next four years of projects with committed funding (in the 2015-18 Metropolitan Improvement Program).

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8) Introduce an International Student to the Overlook Neighborhood!

Invite a teen or college student from France, Spain, Germany, Japan, or China to discover why the Overlook Neighborhood is such a great place to live! Local host families are needed for 3 or 4 weeks for students arriving late-June through September. Hosting is a great way to learn about another culture, share your own, and make some fun summer memories with a new friend!

Families provide 3 meals per day, a comfortable bed (sharing a room with a host sibling of a similar age and the same gender is fine), and plenty of day-to-day interaction. Some students attended language classes and participate in cultural activities during the work week, while others are free to become immersed in their family’s summer routine. ANDEO welcomes busy host families and can help you choose the program that best fits your summer schedule.

Students bring their own spending money and are covered by comprehensive medical and accident insurance. A small hosting stipend will be provided.

Established in 1981, ANDEO is a Portland-based nonprofit that welcomes more than 1500 international students to the Northwest for short-term homestays each year. For more information or to apply to host, please visit www.andeo.org or contact ANDEO at info@andeo.org or 503.274.1776.
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9) Tidbits from our Facebook Page

-The NAOBF/North American Organic Brewers Festival is coming to Overlook Park at the end of June. They are still looking for volunteers, who can earn free beer for their labor. Details: http://www.naobf.org/volunteer-signup/

You’ll get a dollar off your tasting cup when you show your proof of Overlook residence! The festival selected OKNA as the beneficiary of their donations this year and tips at the bike corral benefit Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign to eradicate polio worldwide.

-Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will hold a free, public remembrance event for the late Charles Jordan this Saturday, beginning at 2pm. Live music and reception to follow comments.

WHAT: A celebration of the late former Portland Parks & Recreation Director and City Commissioner Charles Jordan.

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2pm-4pm

WHERE: Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave., Portland

-St Johns Farmers Market Opens its 6th Season

Sat., May 31st – 9am-2pm, Opening Day of the 2014 St. Johns Farmers Market Season @ St. Johns Plaza

Sat., May 31st – Music, The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band will kick of the season with their high energy set

Sat., May 31st – 11am, Gateway Greenspace Dedication @ Gateway Greenspace next to Burgerville

-Commissioner Amanda Fritz would like to put a new Parks bond on the ballot. She also wants to know what you think about that. Take the short survey here:

http://t.e2ma.net/webview/a1lvh/d10a9dbe58d28f74736a624e83241ade

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