Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 31, 2015)

1) Sustainable Overlook Summit  (Feb. 21)
2) Beach Elementary School auction (March 14)
3) Monthly bill-pay option now available for city utilities
4) Trimet survey results
5) Set up a waste collection system that works for you

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1) Sustainable Overlook Summit  (Feb. 21)

Mark your calendar for the inaugural Overlook Sustainability Summit organized by Sustainable Overlook. The event will bring neighbors together to talk about a range of efforts underway that are strengthening the resilience, livability and long term health of the Overlook Neighborhood.

There will be panel and group discussions on ecology, local economy and equity. The purpose of this summit is to bring together committed neighbors, supporters and curious folks to talk about a range of efforts underway that are strengthening the resilience, livability and long term health of the Overlook neighborhood.

RSVP for the event and learn more online. The site includes the full list of speakers and panels.

Overlook Sustainability Summit
Saturday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)
Suggested donation $10

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2) Beach Elementary School auction (March 14)

Beach Elementary School PTA invites neighbors to support the annual school auction, their largest fundraising event of the year. It will take place on March 14 at the Riverside Golf and Country Club.

Beach School SignBeach is a K-8 public school located in the Overlook Neighborhood. It offers two outstanding programs; a traditional Neighborhood school and a Spanish Immersion school. Beach is a proud and diverse school with incredible teachers, committed parent volunteers and, most importantly, an amazing student population. Though the majority of Beach students qualify for free or reduced lunch and a significant number of students qualify for transitional housing services, its students continue to exceed expectations.

Beach Elementary School auction
Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m.
Riverside Golf and Country Club (8105 NE 33rd Drive)

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3) Monthly bill-pay option now available for city utilities

The City of Portland’s two utility bureaus, Environmental Services and Water, value excellent customer service. In response to customer requests, they are excited to offer an option to pay monthly – rather than quarterly – to the 97% of customers who are eligible.

Monthly statements can help our customers manage their monthly budgets and better understand how city utility charges fit into their overall monthly expenses. Customers receiving monthly statements still have their meters read quarterly, but will receive a statement each month. Those customers continue to pay the same total over a three-month period as those who choose to continue with a quarterly bill, in three installments rather than one.

“This option will allow older adults who wish to pay on a monthly basis but don’t have access to electronic billing and payment the ability to do so,” said Barbara Bernstein, Interim Executive Director for Elders in Action. “Our clients have asked for this option for years.”

“Paying for sewer, stormwater, and water services monthly can help Portlanders manage their expenses right now,” said Janice Thompson, the Citizens’ Utility Board’s consumer advocate for Portland public utility customers. “This is an important option that CUB has been pushing for.”

Find out more about the new option online.

To discuss whether monthly statements are a good fit for you, call the Customer Service Center at 503-823-7770 or visit the Service Center in person at 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave.

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4) Trimet survey results

TrimetTrimet this week sent out a big thank you to the more than 3,400 people in North and Central Portland who took the Future of Transit survey last fall. Nearly everyone who participated rides transit. Ninety-eight percent ride occasionally and 89 percent ride the bus (the rest ride MAX, WES or LIFT).

Trimet heard riders’ needs loud and clear: more frequent service is the improvement that people ranked as most important. Therefore Trimet will implement 15-minute service on weekends on Frequent Service bus lines and on MAX fully restored in 2015 (weekday frequent service was restored in 2014).

Check out the full survey results online, including the four most common service improvement requests.

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5) Set up a waste collection system that works for you

Here’s a time-tested question: Who’s in charge of taking out the garbage in your household? Does this job also involve the recycling and composting containers inside your home?

Make recycling as easy as throwing away

Recycling in PortlandMuch of the activity related to recycling and composting doesn’t happen at the curb. It happens in our kitchens, family rooms, home offices, bedrooms and bathrooms. Strategies that create easy ways to separate waste right where it’s generated in the house will increase the chance that things get to the right container out at the curb.

Walk through your home and ask yourself if it is as easy to recycle in each room as it is to throw things away? Are there certain recyclable items that are getting thrown away in some rooms but not others?

One principal to good recycling is to provide a recycling container everywhere where there is a garbage can.

Even in the most motivated households, if you only have a garbage can in place, items that could be recycled may get tossed in the garbage. If you only have a recycling container in place, garbage might end up in your recycling.

It is also important to periodically check the two containers to ensure that waste materials are in the right one. People often make decisions about where to throw things away by looking into the container and seeing what is already there rather than reading signs or asking questions. One person’s mistake can quickly become a household norm.

Composting is easy, too

When it comes to composting, food scraps are mainly in the kitchen, so find and use a kitchen compost container that you like and place it where it works best for your household. When choosing a container, consider where you will keep it, whether you’ll use optional kitchen container liners, how often you fill your container, and how you will keep it fresh and clean.

It is important to also create a space in your kitchen or another agreed upon area where all materials can be collected before being taken to the curb and emptied into their individual containers outside. If you want to collect non-curbside materials, like miscellaneous plastics (bags, caps, lids, Styrofoam), determine a place to put these items aside to deliver to a recycling depot.

Whether you are new to Portland, a longtime resident or often host out-of-town guests, use the start of the new year to get the right materials in the right place.

Want a detailed list of what goes in – or must stay out – of your curbside containers?

Find information online or download a guide in 10 languages. And remember if an item is not on the “yes” recycling or composting list, the best place for it is in the garbage.

Need help remembering garbage day?

Sign up for free email reminders at www.garbagedayreminders.com.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 23, 2015)

1) Public hearing for auto race noise variance (Feb. 11)
2) North Portland Greenway bike ride (Jan. 24)
3) “Grimm” filming in Overlook will disrupt traffic (Jan. 26-28)

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1) Public hearing for auto race noise variance (Feb. 11)

The inaugural Portland Vintage Racing Festival will take place at Portland International Raceway July 10-12. This event will replace the Portland Historic Races.

Some of the participating cars in the race require a noise variance from the city. The race organizer (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) therefore will seek a three-year 115dB variance at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Portland Noise Review Board. Anyone who wishes to comment on the variance may do so at the meeting.

For more information or to provide public comment in writing, contact the Noise Control Office at 503-823-7350 or noise@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland Noise Review Board hearing
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.
Portland City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Ave.)
Room TBA

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2) North Portland Greenway bike ride (Jan. 24)

npgreenwayroutevisonThe sun is forecast to peek out on Saturday with highs near 60. Why not pull your bike out for some exercise and to explore Overlook and other parts of North Portland?

Take a ride along the current and future North Portland Greenway with Tom Howe. When completed, the greenway will be a bicycle connection between North Portland and downtown.

Highlights on the ride include the Swan Island Greenway, Shipyards Spur, the Swan industrial cruiser bikes, Waud Bluff Trail, the University of Portland campus, BNSF Railroad Bridge, Cathedral Park, and the new bikeway connecting Chimney and Pier parks. The full ride will be about 20 miles long.

Find out more on their facebook page.

North Portland Greenway bike ride
Saturday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m.
Meets at Metropolis Cycle Repair (2249 N Williams Ave.)

 

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3) “Grimm” filming in Overlook will disrupt traffic (Jan. 26-28)

grimmThe television show “Grimm” will film around Overlook Boulevard Monday to Wednesday next week. Expect heavier than usual truck and passenger van traffic as well as sound-baffled generators. Some streets will be posted no parking (details below). Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times, although there might be a few minutes delay.

Affected streets:

Posted “No Parking” Noon – Midnight on Tuesday:

  • East side of N Overlook Blvd between N Concord Ave and N Colonial Ave
  • Both sides of N Overlook Blvd between N Longview Ave and N Colonial Ave
  • North side of N Melrose Dr just south of N Overlook Blvd

Posted “No Parking” 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday

  • 50ft on west side of N Interstate Ave just south of N Shaver St

Posted “No Parking” 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday; 8 a.m. – Midnight on Tuesday; and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday:

  • Both sides of N Overlook Blvd between N Shaver and N Court St
  • Both sides of N Shaver between N Overlook Blvd and N Castle Ave
  • East side of N Overlook Blvd between N Shaver and N Castle Ave
  • 650ft of north Side of N Melrose Dr west of N Longview Ave
  • 50ft of roundabout on N Fremont St just west of N Interstate

Posted “No Parking” Noon – 6 p.m. on Tuesday

  • Both sides of N Massachusetts Ave between N Overlook Blvd and N Failing St

Road closed to thru traffic – Local access only: 3 p.m. – Midnight on Tuesday

  • West bound on N Melrose Dr at N Overlook Blvd

Additionally, flaggers will be present to assist with traffic impacts 3 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday

  • North and south bound traffic on N Massachusetts Ave between N Overlook Blvd and N Failing St
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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 16, 2015)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Jan. 20)
2) Fix-It Fair (Jan. 24)
3) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (Jan. 17)
4) North Portland Land Use Group meeting (Jan. 22)
5) Report air quality problems

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Jan. 20)

The monthly meeting of the Overlook Neighborhood Association will occur on Tuesday evening. Join your neighbors to talk about what’s going on in Overlook. This month’s meeting will feature a discussion about the proposed city comprehensive plan review as it affects the Overlook area.

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

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2) Fix-It Fair (Jan. 24)

Fix-It Fair is a free City of Portland event where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy. Exhibits and workshops include:

A free lunch, on-site childcare and door prizes will be available. There’s no need to register in advance.

Fix-It Fair
Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rosa Parks Elementary School (8970 N Woolsey Ave.)
On Facebook

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3) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (Jan. 17)

Good, timely pruning can improve the shape, strength and fruit set of your trees while simultaneously helping to reduce pest and disease pressure. Certain fruit trees benefit from winter pruning (Jan-Feb), while others benefit greatly from summer pruning (June-Aug).

The workshop will cover the fruit trees that are best pruned in the winter, general pruning theory, as well as specific techniques to help you learn how to make the best cuts on your fruit trees with confidence and skill. Methods taught are organic and incorporate permaculture principles. Taught by local fruit tree expert Monica Maggio of Core Fruit Institute.

Please register by emailing sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org with your name and contact information.

The workshop is cosponsored by Daybreak Cohousing and Sustainable Overlook.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – Noon
Daybreak Cohousing Community Room (2525 N Killingsworth Ave.)
Suggested donation $10

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4) North Portland Land Use Group meeting (Jan. 22)

The North Portland Land Use Group (NPLUG) will meet on Thursday to discuss issues related to design guidelines and standards. If you attend, please try to bring at least one photo on a thumb drive of a building in your neighborhood that you have been unhappy with. You are also welcome to bring images of buildings (especially new buildings) that bring joy to your day. The group will use those images to talk through different concerns that people have and then arrive at next steps.

The meeting also will include discussion of the city tree code.

Looking ahead, the February meeting (Feb. 26) will feature a presentation and discussion of the city’s mixed use zones project.

North Portland Land Use Group meeting
Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 – 9 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.)

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5) Report air quality problems

A reminder to please “Smell it, and tell it.”

The State Department of Environmental Quality’s North Portland Air Monitoring project began intensive monitoring of Swan Island air quality and local meteorological conditions on Nov. 1. The testing will continue through Nov. 1, 2015, and after approximately 6 months of analysis, DEQ will reach out to group members (including the Overlook Neighborhood Association) to present the results.

As a reminder, DEQ is also undertaking parallel nuisance odor investigation of the same area for the same duration. Investigators are coming out weekly to check for odors. However, with the new meteorological data, it is helpful to DEQ to receive reports from you telling the time, location and nature of odor so if you smell it, tell it using DEQ’s online reporting tool.

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The Overlook Neighborhood Association, its board and its members do not endorse the events, programs, services or other items included in the Overlook E-Blast. This information is provided as a community service.

Submissions to the E-Blast should be received no later than Wednesday at 8 p.m. to be included in the following Friday’s E-Blast. They can be sent to info@overlookneighborhood.org. We reserve the right to edit and decide on all content printed in the E-Blast and other OKNA publications.

Thank you for your contributions and support.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 9, 2015)

1) Happy New Year!
2) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (Jan. 17)
3) Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 21)
4) Nature in Neighborhoods grant applications deadline (Jan. 13)
5) OLCC seeks input on marijuana regulation (Jan. 12)
6) Noise control meeting (Jan. 26)

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1) Happy New Year!

Your weekly Overlook Neighborhood Association update returns refreshed from the holidays. Every Friday we will let you know about news, events and other information interesting and important to our neighborhood. Things are already shaping up for another exciting year of fun and neighborly goodwill.

If you have an event or news you’d like to see in the update, send it to info@overlookneighborhood.org. Please try to send your submission by Wednesday evening for inclusion on Friday and be sure to include contact information in case we have any questions.

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2) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop (Jan. 17)

Good, timely pruning can improve the shape, strength and fruit set of your trees while simultaneously helping to reduce pest and disease pressure. Certain fruit trees benefit from winter pruning (Jan-Feb), while others benefit greatly from summer pruning (June-Aug).

The workshop will cover the fruit trees that are best pruned in the winter, general pruning theory, as well as specific techniques to help you learn how to make the best cuts on your fruit trees with confidence and skill. Methods taught are organic and incorporate permaculture principles. Taught by local fruit tree expert Monica Maggio of Core Fruit Institute.

Please register by emailing sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org with your name and contact information.

The workshop is cosponsored by Daybreak Cohousing and Sustainable Overlook.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – Noon
Daybreak Cohousing Community Room
2525 N Killingsworth Ave.
Suggested donation $10

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3) Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 21)

Mark your calendar for the inaugural Overlook Sustainability Summit organized by Sustainable Overlook. There will be panel and group discussions on ecology, local economy and equity. The purpose of this summit is to bring together committed neighbors, supporters and curious folks to talk about a range of efforts underway that are strengthening the resilience, livability and long term health of the Overlook neighborhood.

RSVP for the event and learn more online.
Overlook Sustainability Summit
Saturday, Feb. 21, Noon – 4 p.m.
Location TBA
Suggested donation $10

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4) Nature in Neighborhoods grant applications deadline (Jan. 13)

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

Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to $100,000 are available for projects that connect neighborhoods with nature. A wide variety of projects can fit the bill, such as nature education for school-aged children, job training or internships for nature-based careers, or building capacity for groups to connect their communities to nearby natural areas. Please fill out a simple pre-application by 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at www.oregonmetro.gov/grants.

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5) OLCC seeks input on marijuana regulation (Jan. 12)

It’s almost certain that North Portland will have one or more shops selling marijuana products when it becomes legal in Oregon. Streets such as Killingsworth and Interstate are attractive locales for development because of their accessibilty and high volume of traffic.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has launched an online community survey at marijuana.oregon.gov asking Oregonians to share their hopes and concerns about the coming legal market for recreational marijuana. The survey, which is open through Monday, January 12, will help the agency plan a statewide listening tour to be announced later this month.

“We need to hear from Oregonians across the state as we implement the law,” said OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge. “We need to hear from community members, parents, law enforcement, people who want to grow or sell recreational marijuana, and local governments. We want to know your priorities. What should marijuana regulation look like in your community?”

Patridge said the survey and listening tour are the first steps in a yearlong rulemaking process that will include monthly Commission meetings, rules advisory committee meetings and other opportunities to hear from the public.

 “OLCC is committed to a transparent and inclusive public process to help us implement the law in a way that protects children, keeps our communities safe, and brings the recreational marijuana industry into the regulated market,” he said.

Under the new law, possession of recreational marijuana becomes legal on July 1 of this year. The OLCC must begin accepting applications for commercial licenses next January, with retail stores to open by late 2016.

The survey will be live on the web through January 12 at marijuana.oregon.gov.

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6) Noise control meeting (Jan. 26)

The Northeast Coalition of Neighbohoods will host a public meeting with Portland Noise Control Officer Pal van Orden on Monday, Jan. 26. The event is open to all Portland residents.

This is a chance to learn about the Portland Noise Office, including noise variances and neighbot’s rights, construction noise and the citizen citation process, and the citizen-based Noise Review Board.

Public meeting with Portland’s noise control officer
Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
4815 NE 7th Ave.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email Update 12-12-14

1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Tonight! Dec. 12)
2) Overlook general meeting canceled (Dec. 16)
3) De-Gentrifying Portland movie to screen in North Portland (Dec. 13)
4) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)
5) Keep safe after dark
6) N Mississippi Avenue featured in New York Times
7) Santa’s visit to Overlook House

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1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Tonight! Dec. 12)

Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors at the annual holiday potluck party. There will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Door prizes given out.

Please bring an entrée, side salad or dessert to share and lets socialize.  Dress casually.

Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Cohousing Common Room
2525 N Killingsworth St.

 

2) Overlook general meeting canceled (Dec. 16)

This month’s Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting at Kaiser Town Hall is canceled. The Neighborhood Association wishes everyone Happy Holidays.

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3) De-Gentrifying Portland movie to screen in North Portland (Dec. 13)

Join Know Your City, Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and artist and Project Coordinator Sharita Towne for the public premiere of short films made by local youth of color that address the topic of gentrification and changing neighborhoods in Portland. In addition to the student films, there will be work screened by other artists from Portland addressing similar themes, as well as an art show of photographs by youth from Self Enhancement, Inc., clothes by local designers, and appearances by local musicians and guest speakers.

Learn more at the Know Your City website.

De-Gentrifying Portland — North Portland screening
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m.
Sons of Haiti Lodge
3503 N. Mississippi Ave
Cost: Free and open to the public

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4) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)

The lovely Omaha Boulevard between Killingsworth and Rosa Parks is getting some new trees, courtesy of the diligent organizational efforts of Arbor Lodge tree steward Liz Stevenson and Karl Dawson of the city’s Urban Forestry section of Parks & Rec.

Please join the planters. No experience in tree-planting necessary, tools will be provided. Coffee and other refreshments will also be provided!

Tree planting
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9-11 a.m.
Gather at 6421 N Omaha Ave.

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5) Keep safe after dark

With the Winter Solstice arriving on Sunday, Dec. 21, Portland’s nights are at their longest. The Portland Bureau of Transportation reminds everyone that remaining visible when out walking or biking is the easy and the best way to make sure you’ll be around to see the Summer Solstice in June.

High visibility gear and clothing is made of fluorescent colors with added reflective tape or designs. To best be seen in all conditions – during the day, at dusk and at night – you should be wearing both fluorescent and reflective items.

Learn more online at PBOT’s website.

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6) N Mississippi Avenue featured in New York Times

The New York Time’s fascination with Portland continued this week with a feature about Mississippi Avenue.

North Mississippi Avenue in Portland delivers a hipster experience as reliably as the rain. The street’s commercial district, which runs five blocks from North Fremont Street up to North Skidmore Street, has coffee-roasting equipment, saltwater aquariums, chandeliers made with recycled wine bottles, jewelry cast from animal sex organs and possibly the best corned beef hash ever fried.

Read the rest of the story.

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7) Santa’s visit to Overlook House

Santa visited the Overlook House recently, bringing Holiday joy and merriment for children of all ages. Friends of the Overlook House wish to thank Fire Station 24 for delivering Santa by fire truck. Below are a few pictures of the fun. To see more, visit the flickr page.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email Update 12-5-14

1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Dec. 12)
2) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)
3) North Portland Land Use Group meeting cancelled
4) Ockley Green Middle School’s backpack program for kids
5) 10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library (Dec. 9)
6) New trees coming to North Portland

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1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Dec. 12)

Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors at the annual holiday potluck party. There will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Door prizes given out.

Please bring an entrée, side salad or dessert to share and lets socialize.  Dress casually.

Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cohousing Common Room
2525 N Killingsworth St.

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

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

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

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3) North Portland Land Use Group meeting cancelled

The December meeting of the North Portland Land Use Group has been canceled. The next meeting will be on Jan. 22. ‪The agenda is still being developed, but it will include tree code, design guidelines and more.

Happy Holidays! We’ll see you next year.

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4) Ockley Green Middle School’s backpack program for kids

Ockley Green Middle School is in need of food items for the backpack program for kids for weekends and holidays.  Right now we are sending home 300-350 pounds of food for the weekends weekly in 35 backpacks. At the holidays, we will attempt to send home closer to 1600 lbs.

Below are nine ways you can help the students. The most helpful (and often the most economical) way to buy for us is from Costco or from grocery stores in quantity (example: 10 boxes of crackers when they go on sale for a dollar or 8-packs of soup or Chili from Costco, etc).

For our holiday boxes we will be collecting food all the way up to Wednesday, Dec. 17. This will include fresh fruit, holiday treats, and bathroom tissue. Folks are welcome to drop them off at the Ockley Green office or send me an email if they would like to drop off larger quantities.

We will be packing 40 holiday boxes.

Here are 9 ways you can help support our local school the next time you go shopping.

  • Four jars of store brand peanut butter
  • Three boxes of granola bars
  • Five cans of tuna or chicken
  • Cans of chili or beef stew
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Bar soap
  • Dish soap
  • Deodorant

For more information and pickup please call or message Jill Hoddick at hoddick@up.edu or call 503-286-9803.

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5) 10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library (Dec. 9)

Come support the North Portland Tool Library, where all sorts of tools are available to residents of our neighborhood. PAUSE is generously donating 25% of all food and beverage sales from 5-10pm to the North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) – so please eat and drink up!

10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library
Tuesday, Dec. 9,  5-10 p.m.
PAUSE Kitchen & Bar
5101 N Interstate Ave, Portland

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6) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)

The lovely Omaha Boulevard between Killingsworth and Rosa Parks is getting some new trees, courtesy of the diligent organizational efforts of Arbor Lodge tree steward Liz Stevenson and Karl Dawson of the city’s Urban Forestry section of Parks & Rec.

Please join the planters. No experience in tree-planting necessary, tools will be provided. Coffee and other refreshments will also be provided!

 Tree planting
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9-11 a.m.
Gather at 6421 N Omaha

 

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-28-14

1) The Santas are coming! (Dec. 6)
2) Take a ride on the Holiday Express
3) Some local grocers to cease bottle redemption
4) Fourth annual adopt-a-neighbor program
5) Street fund, Residential income tax and business fee (Dec. 3 and 10)
6) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (Dec. 2)

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1) The Santas are coming! (Dec. 6)
The Santacon in North Portland, otherwise known as the NoPdx Anticon, takes place on Saturday, Dec. 6. As always, the starting point will be the Paul Bunyan statue at 12:30 p.m.

Hundreds of Santas will descend on our neighborhood. For more details, visit NoPdx Anticon website.

Santacon
Saturday, Dec. 6, 12:30 p.m.
Paul Bunyan Statue in Kenton

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2) Take a ride on the Holiday Express

Need to enjoy some family holiday fund? Maybe escape from rampaging Santas? Start off the holiday season with an adventure on board a holiday train!

The Holiday Express is a wonderful vintage steam engine.  It takes passengers on a holiday excursion, along the beautiful Oregon Pacific Railroad.

The family-friendly ride starts at Oaks Park Station, and is about 45 minutes long.  During the ride, Santa and his helpful elves make an appearance and visit passengers!

The Holiday Express is put on by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.  The foundation preserves Portland’s historic locomotives and railroad artifacts.  It provides education to the public about Oregon’s railroad history.

The Holiday Express train rides begin the day after Thanksgiving! Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s website for more information.

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3) Some local grocers to cease bottle redemption

A whole new system for redeeming bottles and cans is coming to the Overlook Neighborhood. The new BottleDrop Redemption Center, located at 1176 N Hayden Meadows Dr., will open in mid-December. Several of the grocery store bottle rooms in our area will close due to participation in this new project.

For more information, visit the BottleDrop website.

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4) Fourth annual adopt-a-neighbor program

Overlook neighbors have shown amazingly selfless spirits the past three years, and REACH Resident Services is anxious to get the ball rolling for 2014. Families like those living at Patton Park Apartments (5272 N Interstate) often are left out of gift-giving and receiving due to the hardships of primarily focusing on meeting basic needs.

Through your donations of a new toy, clothing item or basic necessity (food, diapers, bus tickets), a sense of community and hope is restored. REACH Community Development’s Patton Park Apartments is home to more than 90 residents living below median income. We seek Overlook interested in adopting a neighbor for the holidays should contact Patricia Haggerty, REACH Resident Services Coordinator, at (503)546-1662, phaggerty@reachcdc.org.

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5) Street fund, Residential income tax and business fee (Dec. 3 and 10)

Portland City Council will consider amendments to the proposed Portland Street Fund at 10 a.m. Dec. 3. Council is expected to vote on the amended proposal on Dec. 10.

Commissioner Steve Novick will offer an amendment that would have the fund expire or “sunset” after six years without council action. Under the amendment, the residential income tax and non-residential fee would be charged for tax years 2015 through 2020. It would not be continued after tax year 2020 without action by city council or a vote of the public to extend it.

Another amendment will be offered to ensure that city funding for pavement maintenance in future years from non-Street Fund sources shall be no less than the amount of such funding from non-Street Fund sources currently allocated for fiscal 2014-15 if the street fund is approved by council. It would add to the city’s annual pavement maintenance budget relative to current spending, more than doubling the total amount spent each year.

Council invites public testimony on the amendments on Dec. 3. Testimony will be limited to the proposed amendments, however testimony on the entirety of the income tax, business fee and overall street fund proposal is welcomed in writing. Comments and questions may be sent to mailto:ourstreetspdx@portlandoregon.gov.

Learn more about the street fund and find updates at OurStreetsPDX.com and on Twitter at @PBOTinfo, and #ourstreetspdx.

Portland City Council Meeting
Wednesday, Dec.3, 10 a.m.
City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Ave.)

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6) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (Dec. 2)

Overlook Neighborhood Association regular board meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Overlook House

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-21-14

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4) Grants available for community watershed stewardship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-14-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Nov. 18)

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

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

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3) Office of Neighborhood Involvement budgeting (Nov 17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-7-14

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

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting time changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5) New city tree code is coming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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