Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 22)

1) Polish Festival this weekend
2) North Portland Transportation Partnership Kickoff
3) Make public records work for you
4) OKNA elects 2018-19 board


1) Polish Festival this weekend

The annual Polish Festival returns for its 25th year. Come out to polka, enjoy polish food and beer, and see your neighbors. The festival takes place at St. Stanislaus Church on N Interstate Avenue near the Failing Street pedestrian overpass.

Admission is free. Come eat some pierogi and enjoy the live music. The event runs Saturday until 10 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m.

2) North Portland Transportation Partnership Kickoff a huge success

OKNA Transportation Chair Alexandra Degher has been working with other North Portland neighborhoods to form a collaborate effort to address transportation issues that affect all of us. They’ve formed the North Portland Transportation Partnership and held a kickoff event on Wednesday.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who heads the Portland Bureau of Transportation, spoke. Watch their remarks online.

Read more about the event.

3) Make public records work for you

Have you ever wanted to do your own research into the decisions or activities of your local, state, or federal government?

Oregon’s Public Records Advocate, Ginger McCall, will be hosting two public trainings on Oct. 8 in Milwaukie and Oct. 15 in Portland. Both events are at 5:30 p.m.

These trainings will cover the basics of how to make a public records request under both the Oregon Public Records Law and the Federal Freedom of Information Act. They will cover:

  • How to decide which public records law is appropriate
  • How to draft a request, how to identify the correct agency
  • What kinds of fees requesters may face – and how to get them reduced
  • What exemptions allow the government to withhold information
  • How to challenge public records fees, exemptions, and delays.

Learn more, including the exact locations, online.

Attendance is limited to the first 50 attendees for each training session. To register, please email Ginger McCall at ginger.mccall@oregon.gov.

4) OKNA elects 2018-19 board

The Overlook Neighborhood Association held its annual meeting on Tuesday, and members elected the board for the coming year. The new OKNA board will be (* indicates returning board member):

  • Addie Humbert*
  • Alan Cranna*
  • Alexandra Degher*
  • Brad Halverson
  • Chelsea Snow
  • Chris Trejbal*
  • Cynthia Sulaski*
  • Daniel Drake
  • Derek Xava
  • George Spaulding*
  • Kristina Kern*
  • Lauren Alfrey
  • Mike Shea*
  • Shannon Sansoterra
  • Stefan Bester

If you run into any of the 2018-19 board members, please thank them for stepping up to serve. We’ll work hard to keep Overlook the best neighborhood in Portland.

Thanks also to outgoing board members Dannielle Herman, Kent Hoddick, Melissa Castor, Mike Murphy, Noelle Smith and Mitch Bixby.

New board members will formally take office at board meeting on Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Overlook House. At the meeting the board will choose the executive committee (chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer) and make committee chair assignments.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 16)

1) OKNA annual meeting
2) Candidates for OKNA Board
3) Public Campaign Finance Commission


1) OKNA annual meeting

The September Overlook Neighborhood Association’s September general meeting on Tuesday 6:30-8:20 p.m. is our annual meeting. At it, we will elect the board for 2018-19 (see below). Also on the agenda are presentations for and against a local gross receipts tax that appears on the November ballot and from the Oregon Department of Transportation about plans to close some lanes of the Interstate Bridge.

The meeting will be at Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.).

2) Candidates for OKNA Board

Seventeen Overlook residents are running for 15 seats on the Overlook Neighborhood Association Board. The election will take place at the annual meeting on Tuesday. Eligible people also may declare their candidacy at the meeting as a write-in candidate.

Each candidate will have a minute to introduce themselves followed by balloting. All adult residents of the Overlook Neighborhood as well as a business licensees, property owners and designated representatives of non-profit organizations may vote after signing in at the meeting.

The declared candidates (* indicates a current board member) are:

  • Addie Humbert *
  • Alan Cranna *
  • Alexandra Degher *
  • Brad Halverson
  • Chelsea Snow
  • Chris Trejbal *
  • Cynthia Sulaski *
  • Daniel Drake
  • Dannielle Herman *
  • George Spaulding *
  • Kent Hoddick *
  • Kristina Kern *
  • Lauren Alfrey
  • Mike Murphy *
  • Mike Shea *
  • Shannon Sansoterra
  • Stefan Bester

3) Public Campaign Finance Commission

The City of Portland seeks members for its new Public Campaign Finance Commission. The commission will help implement the city’s new open and accountable elections program that allows candidates for city office to limit the size of donations they accept in exchange for matching funds from the city.

Learn more about the program and the commission, including how to apply, online. The first round of review will be Oct. 1, but applications may be submitted later.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 8)

1) Wonder Woman in Overlook Park a huge success
2) OKNA board elections on Sept. 18
3) Public Campaign Finance Commission seeks members
4) North/Northeast Public Safety Action Committee
5) Register to vote


1) Wonder Woman in Overlook Park a huge success

More than 1,000 people turned out for the showing of the movie Wonder Woman in Overlook Park last weekend. The weather was great, and dozens of kids came in costume. Even Speaker of the Oregon House Tina Kotek came out for the fun.

Thanks to OKNA board member Cynthia Sulaski and Portland Parks and Recreation for organizing the event.

2) OKNA board elections on Sept. 18

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its annual business meeting on Sept. 18. At the meeting, residents will get to vote for up to 15 board members. Anyone interested in appearing on the prepared ballot should send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Eligible members also may declare a write-in candidacy at the meeting.

We’ll share the list of filed candidates in next week’s neighborhood update.

3) Public Campaign Finance Commission seeks members

Portland is seeking members for its new Public Campaign Finance Commission (a.k.a. Open and Accountable Elections Commission). The commission will help implement and oversee the city’s new Open and Accountable Elections program.

The Open and Accountable Elections program seeks to reduce the influence of money in politics, enable Portlanders without wealthy networks to run for and win elected office, and ensure that the city government is reflective of and accountable to all Portlanders.

To apply, please fill out the application form (pdf) and submit it to susan.mottet@portlandoregon.gov. The first round of review will be Oct. 1, but applications will continue to be accepted after that date.

4) North/Northeast Public Safety Action Committee

The Public Safety Action Committee (PSAC) maintains partnerships between police, neighborhoods and businesses in North and Northeast Portland. Members identify public safety issues in neighborhoods and support development and implementation of strategies to manage livability concerns.

If you’re interested in helping make neighborhoods safer, the next PSAC meeting takes place on Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. at the North Precinct Community Room (449 NE Emerson St.). The agenda will include time to talk one-on-one with police, park rangers, crime prevention coordinators and other stakeholders, a brief presentation from the PPB gang enforcement team, updates from bureau and community organization representatives, and setting goals for future meetings.

5) Register to vote

There’s an election coming up on Nov. 6 with a host of races on it from Congress down to city council and local ballot measures. Are you registered to vote? You can verify your voter registration information ore register for the first time online.

The deadline to register or update your information is Oct. 16. Make sure your vote counts.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 31)

1) Movie in Overlook Park Sunday evening
2) OKNA Board meeting
3) North Portland Transportation Summit location changed
4) Upcoming paving on N Williams Avenue
5) Tour de Lab on Sunday


1) Movie in Overlook Park Sunday evening

Don’t forget that Wonder Woman comes to Overlook Park Sunday evening. We’ll have face painters and music starting at 6 p.m., with the movie beginning at dusk. Anyone who comes dressed as a superhero will receive a raffle ticket for a bevy of prizes including gift certificates to local businesses and adidas gear.

Learn more on our website, and stop by the OKNA tent to say hi to Overlook board members.

2) OKNA Board meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday at the Historic Overlook House at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes an update on the Overlook Bluff heritage tree, information about the Portland Harbor cleanup and board reports. The meeting is open to the public.

3) North Portland Transportation Summit location changed

The North Portland Transportation Partnership (NPTP) will host a kickoff event featuring Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who heads the Portland Bureau of Transportation on Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m. at Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.). Oregon Department of Transportation officials also will be on hand to present information about proposed congestion pricing (tolling) on I-5 in North Portland. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

NPTP is taking a fresh look at the issues affecting North Portlanders who ride, bike, drive, roll and walk in and around our neighborhoods. The partnership seeks to take a collaborative approach to transportation issues and to create a shared venue for residents, businesses, government organizations and others to discuss and influence transportation projects that affect us all.

At the kickoff event, NPTP will connect community advocates, residents and transportation officials who share mobility concerns that affect North Portland.  Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and engage in informal interactive conversations about transportation issues.

Please note that this is a change of location. The event had previously been announced in the Overlook Views newsletter to be held at University of Portland. It now is at Kaiser Town Hall.

4) Upcoming paving on N Williams Avenue

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced that street improvements on N Williams Avenue from N Beech Street to N Killingsworth Street will require lane closures starting Tuesday and continuing through approximately September 18. Lanes will be closed from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day and possibly on weekends.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 3 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours.  Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. For the safety of people biking on this popular bike route, bicyclists will be detoured onto NE Cleveland between N Beech and N Killingsworth.

Expect delays while repairs are being made.  Please travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.

5) Tour de Lab on Sunday

The Tour de Lab bike ride visits the Overlook Neighborhood on Sunday. Organizers anticipate about 600 riders. N Concord Street, east of the Lucky Lab on N Killingsworth Street, will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. All riders should clear the area by 2 and the Concord re-opened by 2:30.

Learn more.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 25)

1) Seven-story apartment building proposed for Interstate & Church
2) City approves adidas village expansion
3) Watch out for students while driving
4) Naturescaping workshop
5) Watch Wonder Woman in Overlook Park next weekend
6) 100 years of Portland Golf


1) Seven-story apartment building proposed for Interstate & Church

Developers of a proposed 7-story, 89,000-square-foot apartment building at 1431 N Church St. will have a design advice request review with the city’s Design Commission on Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. The public may comment on the project at that meeting.

The project, as proposed, will include 6 levels of apartments (130 residential units) above retail, residential amenity space, and parking (22 spaces) at the ground level. Building materials include metal panel and cementitious shingles.

The architects for the project have reached out to the Overlook Neighborhood Association for an opportunity to present. We’ll include them at either the September or October general meeting depending on how crowded the agendas are.

View the official announcement.

2) City approves adidas village expansion

The city’s Bureau of Development Services has issued its decision approving the adidas village expansion that will include two new buildings on the east side of the campus and a new loading dock west of N Greeley Avenue. The decision concludes in part:

The design review process exists to promote the conservation, enhancement, and continued vitality of areas of the City with special scenic, architectural, or cultural value. The original 1999 Land Use Design Review Approval Conclusion stated:

Adidas Village is a very ambitious multi-building development on a topographically challenging site. The solution is thoughtfully and skillfully designed to serve the needs of both the private and public users. When complete, the project will certainly be a positive asset to the neighborhood and the City.

The 2018 applicant team for the expansion of Adidas Village specifically referenced the 1999 decision throughout the process, not only meeting these goals, but expanding and enhancing several aspects of the original design. The proposed expansion of the Adidas Village establishes a renewed “sense of place” for Adidas Village, and for the Overlook Neighborhood.

Read the full decision.

3) Watch out for students while driving

If you’ve been lazily enjoying the dog days of summer when behind the wheel, well, perk up and pay attention: Kids are returning to school. Some children will zip around on bikes or skateboards. Others will arrive on foot or hop excitedly in and out of cars … and not necessarily paying attention. That means drivers need to pay extra attention and get back into the swing of safe driving near schools like Overlook’s Beach Elementary.

The rule of thumb when you are in an urban area near a school is slow down to a maximum speed of 20 mph.

Meanwhile, parents should make sure to spend a few minutes reviewing safety rules with their kids.

Review safety tips for drivers, students and parents online.

4) Naturescaping workshop

Fall is right around the corner, and it’s a great time to lay the groundwork for next year’s yard and garden. The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a class to help people bring their land back to a more natural state. Learn to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, minimizes pollution,  and creates habitat. Get natural gardening and design tips that mimic nature, and make your garden a healthy place for children, pets and wildlife.

The class is on Sept. 2, at the BES Water Pollution Control Lab in St. Johns (6543 N Burlington Ave.), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Space is limited, and seats are going fast. Register online.

5) Watch Wonder Woman in Overlook Park next weekend

Don’t want to wait until Halloween to express your inner superhero?  Have kids who love dressing up as Spider-Man or The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? Then, Overlook Park is the perfect place for you and the kids on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. OKNA is partnering with Portland Parks & Recreation to show Wonder Woman as one of the last Summer Free for All movies of the season.

We’d like to see the park filled with adults and kids dressed as their favorite superheroes. Everyone in costume will receive a raffle ticket for prizes contributed by local businesses. They include gift certificates good for meals, ice cream, spa services and groceries; toys for the kids; and much more. Stop by the OKNA booth in costume to get your ticket.

Two face painters will be on hand 6-7:30 to put the final touches on kids’ decorations, and there will be music by Soul Vibrator (Power Funk and Yacht Rock) starting at 6:30. We’ll draw the first winning raffle tickets at 7. The movie will start at dusk. Runtime is about 2:20.

If you can’t walk, bike or take the Max to the park, make sure you park in Kaiser Permanente’s surface parking lots on the east side of N Interstate Avenue. We want to minimize cars parking in the neighborhood.

To enjoy watching the movie, come prepared with sand chairs, blankets, jackets, food and flashlights. We also ask that you pack out everything that you bring in. Remember, dogs in the park must be leashed.

We need a few volunteers to help before the movie starts. If you’re interested, contact Cynthia at info@overlookneighborhood.org.

See you on Sept. 2.

6) 100 years of Portland Golf

A century ago, Portlanders set out to create golf opportunities and instruction for everyone – an experience quite different from the exclusive private clubs which were the primary venues for the game at the time. Today, Portland Parks & Recreation’s Portland Parks Golf continues to connect all Portlanders with the lifelong game, offering top-notch facilities, lessons and chances to engage with the sport for people of all ages and backgrounds in the Rose City.

Join your fellow Portlanders for the city’s Golf Centennial Celebration: The Next 100 on Sunday at Colwood Golf Center. Starting at 1 p.m. and lasting through the evening’s Summer Free For All Concert in the Park, enjoy an afternoon of free, family-friendly fun celebrating the next century of Portland Parks Golf.

The Next 100 is for golfers and non-golfers too. Activities include:

  • Family golf activities and prizes, and fun
  • Kids Golf Zone
  • Golf cart excursions
  • Learning about the first – and the next – 100 years of Portland Parks Golf
  • Live music! Concert in the Park with Speaker Minds (hip-hop and funk) at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fun, games, and more in a beautiful setting with family and friend.
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 18)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Summer Social
2) Filming in Overlook
3) North Police Precinct open house
4) Event at adidas
5) Tour de Lab returns to Overlook


1) Overlook Neighborhood Summer Social

Come hang out with your neighbors and meet members of the Overlook Neighborhood Association Board at our summer social on Tuesday at Atomic Pizza (1936 N Killingsworth St.), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Atomic will have food specials for residents.

If you have questions or ideas about what’s happening in the neighborhood, this is your chance to discuss them in an informal setting. It’s also an opportunity to get to know the people who live around you.

The summer social is held instead of the OKNA’s August general meeting.

2) Filming in Overlook

Two production crews will be in and near Overlook this week.

On Monday, Shrill (Season 1) will film at Broder Nord, which is at the intersection of N Interstate and N Albina avenues. Parking the area will be impacted, but the shoot is not expected to affect traffic. See this announcement for more details.

The Disney production Timmy Failure returns to Overlook Thursday to Saturday. They will be shooting near Patton Square Park. Parking on nearby streets will be limited, and North Montana Avenue will be closed to traffic (local access only) between N Killingsworth and N Emerson streets Friday, 7-4. See this announcement for more details.

3) North Police Precinct open house

The North Precinct, which serves Overlook, will host a family-friendly open house on Saturday, Aug. 25 10-2. There will be hot dogs, ice cream, beverages, giveaways and various units represented (including explosive devices, motorcycles and K9s). A re-dedication of the Peace Pole will occur at 10 a.m. Tours of the Precinct will be available from 10:30-noon.

The North Precinct is located at 449 NE Emerson St.

4) Event at adidas

Adidas wants neighbors to know that the company will hold a happy hour event for the Flag Football League Championship on Thursday, 4-8 p.m. They expect about 100 guests outdoors on the east plaza of the campus.

5) Tour de Lab returns to Overlook

The Tour de Lab bike ride, a fundraiser for Dove Lewis Animal Hospital, will take place on Sept. 2. Riders will use the Lucky Labrador Tab Room on North Killingsworth as a rest stop. Routes and more information can be found on the official website.

Organizers anticipate about 600 riders. Riders will start in waves over 2.5 hours to ensure they will be spread out on route. Route marshals will be in place at important intersections to ensure safety, there also will be motorcycle escorts on the course. The event will get to Overlook about 10 a.m. N Concord Street, east of the Lucky Lab, will be closed beginning at 9. All riders should clear the area by 2 and the Concord re-opened by 2:30.

All participants receive heavy messaging in the website, event flyers, emails, and at the ride start regarding respectful shared road/path usage, and they commit to abide by this. If you have any questions, contact Events By Axiom at events@EventsByAxiom.com

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 12)

1) Overlook Summer Social
2) Movie in the Park returns to Overlook Park
3) Water your trees
4) OKNA objects to proposed developer notification rules
5) Would you like to run for the OKNA board?
6) Adidas Employee Store pass


1) Overlook Summer Social

Mark your calendar for the Overlook Neighborhood Summer Social on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will gather at Atomic Pizza (1936 N Killingsworth St.). Atomic has generously agreed to offer residents pizza and salad special pricing. The social is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and to catch up with friends.

Members of the OKNA board will be present to discuss neighborhood issues with residents informally. We want to hear what’s on your mind.

The summer social will be held instead of an August OKNA general meeting.

2) Movie in the Park returns to Overlook Park

Don’t want to wait until Halloween to express your inner superhero?  Have kids who love dressing up as Batman or Stargirl? Then, Overlook Park is the perfect place for you and the kids on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. OKNA is partnering with Portland Parks & Recreation to show Wonder Woman as one of the last Summer Free for All movies of the season.

We’d like to see the park filled with adults and kids dressed as their favorite superheroes. Everyone in costume will receive a raffle ticket for prizes contributed by local businesses. They include gift certificates good for meals, ice cream, spa services and groceries; toys for the kids; and much more. Stop by the OKNA booth in costume to get your ticket.

Two face painters will be on hand 6-7:30 to put the final touches on kids’ decorations, and there will be music by Soul Vibrator (Power Funk and Yacht Rock) starting at 6:30. We’ll draw the first winning raffle tickets at 7. The movie will start at dusk. Runtime is about 2:20.

If you can’t walk, bike or take the Max to the park, make sure you park in Kaiser Permanente’s surface parking lots on the east side of N Interstate Avenue. We want to minimize cars parking in the neighborhood.

To enjoy watching the movie, come prepared with sand chairs, blankets, jackets, food and flashlights. We also ask that you pack out everything that you bring in. Remember, dogs in the park must be leashed.

We need a few volunteers to help before the movie starts. If you’re interested, contact Cynthia at info@overlookneighborhood.org.

See you on Sept. 2.

3) Water your trees

The meager sprinkles that passed over Portland on Saturday weren’t enough to quench the thirst of trees around Overlook. With forecast high temperatures in the 90s and even 100 over the next week, watering local trees is essential to their health. This is especially important for young trees planted in the past few years. They require a good soaking on a weekly basis throughout the summer to establish healthy root systems that will allow them to thrive for decades.

In addition, if you see a stressed tree on public land, call 503-823-TREE (8733) so they can send someone out to give it a drink.

4) OKNA objects to proposed development notification rules

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board last week unanimously agreed to submit testimony about proposed neighborhood notification rules for developers. The proposed rules would allow developers who want to avoid neighborhood engagement to hold meetings far from the neighborhood at inconvenient times and would allow some neighborhood residential projects to skip a public airing entirely.

Read OKNA’s written testimony. Residents can submit their own comments through Friday at 5 p.m. online.

5) Would you like to run for the OKNA board?

The Sept. 18 Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting will be our annual meeting at which we elect 15 board members. Anyone interested in running for the board should send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org by 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 to appear on the ballot. Residents may also declare a write-in candidacy at the meeting.

6) Adidas Employee Store pass

Adidas has invited all Overlook residents to visit the company’s employee store, where merchandise is discounted. The store no longer is on the adidas campus in Overlook but has moved to the Montgomery Park Building in Northwest. Click on the image below for details.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 2)

1) OKNA Board meeting on Tuesday
2) Filming in Overlook
3) Adidas update
4) Ice cream social on Sunday


1) OKNA Board meeting on Tuesday

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday at Atomic Pizza (1936 N Killingsworth St.), 6:30-8:30 p.m. On the agenda are revisions to the city’s neighborhood notification requirements for developers, upcoming board elections and more. Meetings are open to the public to observe.

Amended 8/5/18: Consideration of funding for the North Portland Transportation Summit has been added to the agenda.

2) Filming in Overlook

Crews from the Disney production Timmy Failure will be in the Overlook Neighborhood on several days in August. The first shoot will be on Friday, Aug. 3, near the painted intersection at Melrose-Concord-Failing-Overlook. It will involve a drone, and flaggers will hold traffic for short periods of time. If possible, drivers and bicyclists should choose an alternate route. Filming will occur starting as early as 5 a.m. and continue to noon.

Another shoot will occur on Wednesday-Thursday (Aug. 8-9) around N Gay Street between Willamette and Sumner. Parking restrictions will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday and end at 11 p.m. Thursday. Gay will be closed to all traffic except local traffic on Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

3) Adidas update

Adidas recently shared an update on its interactions and plans with the Overlook Neighborhood. The letter addresses employee-neighbor interactions and communications opportunities. From the letter:

It’s incredibly important to us that we continue to be a valued member of the Overlook community. We understand there are concerns from neighbors, and we want you to know we’re listening and doing a number of things to make this better for the community.

We’ve established a dedicated team that works directly with the Overlook community to listen, learn and regularly attend Overlook Neighborhood Association meetings.

Read the entire letter here.

Please also note that the adidas village  will host a Gridiron Girls/Jen Welter event on Wednesday, Aug. 8. It will include amplified sound.

4) Ice cream social on Sunday

The forecast for Sunday is a high of 88 degrees. Why not cool off at the annual Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social?

Join your neighbors from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Overlook House back rose garden for games, music, a raffle with amazing prizes and delicious ice cream sundaes.

Raffle tickets and ice cream purchases help benefit the Overlook House and your favorite free events throughout the year.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 27)

1) Patton Square Park community party – Saturday
2) Ice cream social next Sunday
3) Reminder I-5 northbound closed this weekend
4) Spirit of Portland Awards – Call for nominations
5) Learn about Portland’s traffic and transportation


1) Patton Square Park community party – Saturday

Come party with your neighbors at Patton Square Park (5727 N Interstate Ave.) on Saturday, 11-2 p.m. Temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s during the event. That’s comfortable enough to collaborate on an art piece, enjoy group yoga, go on a scavenger hunt to win a raffle prize, listen to local musicians and learn about community plans for playground improvements at the park.

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center will be open, providing an opportunity to tour an valuable historical resource for North and Northeast Portland. Food from Gracie’s Pizza and snow cones from Hana’s PDX will be available for purchase, and there will be some free snacks and cool refreshments, too.

Stop by the Friends of Patton Square Park and Overlook Neighborhood Association booth for a free button and a chat to learn about what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Many thanks to event sponsors: Aprende con Amigos Preschool Academy, Firelight Yoga, Frank’s 76, the Overlook Neighborhood Association and Sensory Kids. Thanks also to our business raffle donors: adidas, Atomic Pizza, Blend, Firelight Yoga, Garagiste, New Seasons Market and Old Gold.

This event is free and open to the public with fun for all ages.

Program schedule:
11:15-11:45 – Yoga in the Park by Firelight Yoga
11:45-12:15 – Brody Gray (Contemporary Torchy/ Acoustic Pop)
12:45-1:15  – Forrest Myers-Power (Rock/Pop)
1:15-1:30 – Raffle
1:30-2:00 – Mel Zuch (Alt-country /Pop)

2) Ice cream social next Sunday

Beat the heat at the annual Overlook Neighborhood Ice Cream Social on Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. Join your neighbors at the Overlook House back rose garden for games, music, a raffle with amazing prizes and delicious ice cream sundaes.

Raffle tickets and ice cream purchases help benefit the Overlook House and your favorite free events throughout the year.

3) Reminder I-5 northbound closed this weekend

Don’t forget that Interstate 5 northbound will close between I-84 and the Fremont Bridge starting Friday night at 10 p.m. and re-opening Monday morning at 5 a.m. The Oregon Department of Transportation will be paving and repairing the highway during that time.

Expect some traffic detours into Overlook as people get back on the highway at N Going Street or N Alberta Street. Most travelers should use I-405 as a detour.

4) Spirit of Portland Awards – Call for nominations

Spirit of Portland Awards are a recognition of local heroes and the impact of their work on creating a shared future in a city we all share.  Each year Portland City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards to individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to our community.

Nomination forms are available online or by contacting Marco Mejia at 503-823-3093 or email spiritofportland@portlandoregon.gov.

Nominate someone or some group that you think has made a difference in Portland or even just in one neighborhood.

5) Learn about Portland’s traffic and transportation

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland State University again this year will conduct a 2018 PSU Traffic and Transportation Class that offers Portland residents the opportunity to learn about the city’s transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect the community.

Participants will work with decision- and policy-makers, planners, scholars, and engineers to get their neighborhood transportation projects moving.

This interactive PSU class is open to Portland residents. Full scholarships are available for the 10-week course, which begins Sept. 27 meets Thursday nights 6:40-8:40.  The classes are live-streamed for participants who might otherwise not be able to attend in person on the PSU campus in downtown Portland.

Learn more and register here.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 22)

1) Patton Square Park community party on Saturday
2) Public hearing about development of Overlook heritage tree property
3) Keep cool during the heat wave


1) Patton Square Park community party on Saturday

Friends of Patton Square Park will host a free community party on July 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy music provided by the Friends of Noise Youth Showcase (Brody Gray – Contemporary Torchy/ Acoustic Pop, Forrest Myers-Power – Rock/Pop, and Mel Zuch – Alt-Country /Pop), collaborate on an art piece, enjoy group yoga in the park, go on a scavenger hunt to win a raffle prize, meet MAX Station artists and learn about community plans for playground improvements.  There will be fun for all ages.

Patton Square Community Park is located in Overlook at 5727 N Interstate Ave., next to the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC).

The IFCC will be open, providing an opportunity to tour a valuable historical resource for North and Northeast Portland. Food from Gracie’s Pizza and snow cones from Hana’s PDX will be available for purchase.

Many thanks to event sponsors, Aprende con Amigos Preschool Academy, Firelight Yoga, Frank’s 76, and the Overlook Neighborhood Association. Thanks also to adidas, Atomic Pizza, Blend, Garagiste, New Seasons Market, and Ruby Jewel Ice Cream for donating raffle items.

2) Public hearing about development of Overlook heritage tree property

The owners of property on N Overlook Terrace that includes a designated heritage tree (#259) have proposed subdividing the property. If approved, the property would be split into six buildable lots and two conservation tracts, one of which is intended to protect the oak. The Overlook Neighborhood Association submitted written testimony on the proposal asking for maximum protection of the iconic neighborhood tree as set out by the city Urban Forestry Department.

The staff report recommends allowing the subdivision with restrictions. It now goes before a hearings officer, and the public will have a chance to weigh in at a public hearing on Monday. Anyone who would like to testify for or against the proposal or who would just like to listen in should attend. A representative of OKNA will testify as will representatives of Friends of Overlook Bluff, which has raised concerns about the proposal.

The hearing will take place July 23 starting at 9 a.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 3000.

 3) Keep cool during the heat wave

Today is the start of a heat wave in Portland. Afternoon high temperatures are forecast to reach the 90s through next Sunday. Extreme heat can be dangerous. Follow these tips to stay healthy and cool.

  • Check on your Overlook neighbors who might be at risk of heat-related illnesses to make sure they are OK.
  • Find an interactive map of all public places to stay cool.
  • Visit public facilities with air conditioning such as libraries and community centers. The nearest to Overlook are North Portland Library (512 N Killingsworth St.) and Matt Dishman Community Center (77 N.E. Knott St.).
  • Multnomah County will open a cooling shelter at the East County building in Gresham (600 NE 8th St.) for seniors, people with disabilities and others at high risk for heat-related illnesses. The shelter will open Sunday (4-9 p.m.) and Monday (5-9 p.m.). If you need transportation, call Ride Connection at 503-226-0700.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy or heart or kidney disease should talk to a doctor before increasing their consumption.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Never wait in a parked vehicle or leave a child, elder or pet waiting in a parked car. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise dangerously high – even with the windows open.
  • Slow down. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.
  • Stay out of the sun. Sunburn interferes with the skin’s ability to cool.
  • Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.
  • Pay attention to older adults, people with disabilities or health conditions.
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