Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 21)

1) Help clean up Beach School (Saturday, Aug. 22)
2) Odor investigation update
3) City to update rules for residential accessory structures

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1) Help clean up Beach School (Saturday, Aug. 22)

Beach School SignThe annual Beach School Community Care Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Help clean up our neighborhood school’s grounds by weeding, pruning, mowing and spreading bark chips. Please bring your garden tools and gloves, lawn mowers, and weed eaters. (There will also be some garden tools available for you to use).

This year there will also be some cleaning out of excess furniture from the school building, so bring a dolly if you have one, to help with this. Unneeded furniture will be given away.

There will be water, bark chips to spread, and snacks.

Beach School Community Care Day
Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to noon
Beach School (1710 N Humboldt St.)

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2) Odor investigation update

Last summer, Portland Environmental Services staff began investigating unusual odors reported around North Portland and near the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant.  After significant effort, the investigation discovered that the source of some odors was industrial solvents, particularly DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide). DMSO is odorless but degrades in the sewer system and can cause a sickly-sweet chemical odor.

In June, Environmental Services identified Portland companies that were discharging DMSO to the city sewer system and informed them that city code prohibits any discharge that creates noxious odors. The companies immediately ceased DMSO discharges. In turn odor reports diminished.

Odor reports from our neighbors were instrumental in Environmental Services efforts to identify and eliminate these discharges to our system.

To report sewer odors online or to subscribe to receive odor alerts by email, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/odors or call 503-823-1700.

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3) City to update rules for residential accessory structures

Thinking about building an additional dwelling unit (ADU), garage or even a deck? You might want to check out the new rules in the works for such buildings.

The Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update is revising the City’s Zoning Code regulations for accessory structures with a focus on detached accessory structures associated with residential development. These structures include garages, storage sheds, home offices, and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as well as decks, trellises, and mechanical equipment.

The project aims to streamline the regulations by emphasizing form (setbacks, height, and bulk) over function (how the accessory structure is used) while continuing to address impacts on neighboring properties. Specifically, the proposed amendments:

  • Expand the exemption that allows small one-story garages in side and rear setbacks to other detached accessory structures;
  • Set a uniform building height maximum of 20 feet for all detached accessory structures;
  • Require all detached covered accessory structures over 15-feet in height to meet revised compatibility standards that address exterior finish materials, roof pitch, trim, windows and eaves;
  • Provide additional flexibility for mechanical equipment installations related to single dwelling development; and
  • Reformat regulations to improve clarity.

Read a two-page summary of the changes or dive into the full text of the code amendments. The city will accept comments on the proposal by email at psc@portlandorgeon.gov and at a public hearing Sept. 22, at 5 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500A. Call ahead to confirm the time for this item on the agenda: 503-823-7700.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 14)

1) Overlook neighborhood picnic (Aug. 18)
2) Organic Brewers Festival in Overlook Park this weekend
3) Beach School farm-to-table harvest dinner (Sept. 12)

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1) Overlook neighborhood picnic (Aug. 18)

OKNA logoJoin your neighbors at New American Restaurant to socialize and talk about what’s going on in Overlook. New American will be closed to the general public during the event to ensure enough room for neighborhood residents. There will be a special menu for the event:

PLATES
*Essential Burger                             $9.00
Hawley Ranch Beef, pickles, onion, lettuce, tomato and mayo, with Fries, Sweet Potatoes, or Slaw. Add cheese $1.50, Bacon $2.50, Sub gluten free $1.50

House Veggie Burger                  $9.00
Quinoa and Bean Patty with pickles, onion, Lettuce,  Tomato, and mayo, with Fries, Sweet Potatoes, or Slaw. Add cheese $1.50, Sub gluten free bun $1.50

SNACKS
Mac & Cheese                            $5.00
Creamy Style, Fresh Pasta

*Juicy Lucy                            $5.00
¼ lb. Hawley Ranch Burger stuffed with Cheddar

House Salad                         $5.00
Lettuce, Buttermilk Dressing, Farm Vegetables, Avocado, Croutons

Beer and wine will be $3/glass.

OKNA picnic
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6-8:30 p.m.
New American Restaurant (2103 N Killingsworth St.)

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2) Organic Brewers Festival in Overlook Park this weekend

Organic_BrewThe North American Organic Brewers Festival – the world’s only organic brewers festival – continues this weekend in Overlook Park. Saturday hours are noon to 9 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Overlook residents can pick up a free token worth a tasting by presenting their ID.

Learn more details about the event online at www.naobf.org.

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3) Beach School farm-to-table harvest dinner (Sept. 12)

Come join your neighbors for an evening of delicious food and great conversation. Let’s talk about how we can make the Beach School grounds a place for everyone in the community. From 5-6pm, meet at 1645 N Humboldt with your printed ticket for wine and/or beer. Jan-Marc Wine Cellars will be present and pouring some of their finest grapes.

At 6pm, we’ll walk over to the Beach School field for a beautiful sit-down dinner catered by New American with vegetarian and GF dishes. To accompany your meal, we will be stirring up mocktails, lemonade and kombucha. (***no alcohol allowed on school grounds.)

Tickets can be purchased online. Money goes to the Beach School Foundation, which funds teaching positions at Beach. For more info, visit their facebook page.

Farm-to-table dinner at Beach School
Saturday, Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 7)

1) Prepare for an emergency with NET (Monday, Aug. 10)
2) Organic Brewers Festival returns to Overlook (Aug. 13-16)
3) Help Portland write its marijuana rules (Thursday, Aug. 27)
4) Broadway Bridge closing to motor vehicles (Aug. 10-16)
5) Mark Shabbat in Overlook Park (Friday, Aug. 21)
6) Bridge Pedal closings (Sunday, Aug. 9)
7) Fun had by all at the neighborhood ice cream social

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1) Prepare for an emergency with NET (Monday, Aug. 10)

The local Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) wants to meet you! Join the folks who are getting read for the big one at Lucky Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St) on Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome!

NET also will hold a Skills ’n drills meeting on Sept. 13 at Beach School, 3-4 p.m.  Send questions to overlookprepares@gmail.com.

Overlook Neighborhood NET
Monday, Aug. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lucky Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St.)

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2) Organic Brewers Festival returns to Overlook (Aug. 13-16)

The North American Organic Brewers Festival – the world’s only organic brewers festival – will celebrate its 11th year this August 13 -16 at Overlook Park. Event hours are noon to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Organic_BrewDesigned to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the festival will serve 63 organic beers, ciders, meads and braggots from three-dozen breweries located in the United States, Canada, Germany and England. Styles run the gamut from Ambers to Belgians to Wild Ales, with a bit of everything in-between. (A complete list of participating breweries is available at www.naobf.org.) The event also offers live local music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits and a kid’s area in a beautiful park setting.

This year’s event will feature an exceedingly rare opportunity to sample draft beer from Pinkus Müller, the world’s first certified organic brewery, located in Münster, Germany. Pinkus Ur-Pils and Pinkus Münster Alt kegs will be tapped on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival at 4pm daily. Because of its limited supply, only tasters will be available, and it will cost two tokens for a taste.

The festival is pleased to introduce the Merchant du Vin Organic Bottle Garden, which will feature 11 bottled beers and cider from Pinkus and Samuel Smith’s of Yorkshire, England. The bottled products will be available all days of the festival in both taster and full cup options. These products will cost either double or triple tokens (triple for fruit beers).

Admission into the NAOBF is free. The purchase of a $7 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer costs four tokens and a taste costs one token; select beers, ciders and meads cost double tokens. Patrons receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket, a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral, or a valid ID with an Overlook neighborhood zip code (one extra token per person allowed).

The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. A kid’s area offers art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer and Orange Cream Soda for minors (and designated drivers).

The NAOBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. For more information about the NAOBF, visit naobf.org.

North American Organic Brewers Festival
Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 13-16, noon to 9 p.m. (5 p.m. Sunday)
Overlook Park

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3) Help Portland write its marijuana rules (Thursday, Aug. 27)

Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement is holding a number of town halls about developing a regulatory framework for the marijuana industry in Portland. Share your thoughts in North Portland at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on Aug. 27.

Marijuana Policy Town Hall
Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center (501 N Graham Street)

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4) Broadway Bridge closing to motor vehicles (Aug. 10-16)

The Broadway Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles from 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10 to no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16 for repairs. Bridge sidewalks will remain open.

The bridge closure is needed for deck repairs to be completed along the Portland Streetcar tracks on the bridge lift span. A streetcar contractor will complete the repairs.

During the closure, a contractor working for Multnomah County will complete installation of scaffolding and containment for painting the westernmost bridge span this month.

Currently, the bridge is down to two traffic lanes due to the painting project. The streetcar repairs will require closing the two lanes that have been open this summer.

During the closure, the NW Lovejoy ramp at the west end of the bridge will remain open for traffic to access the NW Broadway ramp to Old Town and downtown. TriMet’s 17-Holgate/Broadway bus route will detour to the Steel Bridge during the closure. Central Loop (CL) Streetcar service will remain closed during this work. CL service will resume on both sides of the river on Monday, Aug. 17.

Alternate river crossings open to motor vehicles include the Burnside, Fremont and Steel bridges. The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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5) Mark Shabbat in Overlook Park (Friday, Aug. 21)

Join Congregation Shir Tikvah for Shabbat in Overlook Park on Friday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs and pack a picnic dinner to enjoy with while the band plays! Stumbleweed, our perennial favorite bluegrass band, will start our evening off with a selection of toe-tapping tunes.

Rabbi Ariel Stone and J.D. Kleinke will lead Shabbat prayers and songs starting around 6:45, and we’re bringing enough challah for everyone to have some. We’ll close out the night with more music from Stumbleweed.

Service animals welcome, but please leave other pets at home.

Parking will be available in the Kaiser WIN lots off of N Fremont Avenue. We’ll have someone there to point you in the right direction.

For more information, contact Shir Tikvah at office@shirtikvahpdx.org or call 503-473-8227

Shabbat
Friday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.
Overlook Park

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6) Bridge Pedal closings (Sunday, Aug. 9)

The 9- and 11-bridge routes pass through Overlook Neighborhood. (image source: Providence Bridge Pedal)

The 9- and 11-bridge routes pass through Overlook Neighborhood. (image source: Providence Bridge Pedal)

About 18,000 cyclists will take to the Portland’s streets on Sunday for the Providence Bridge Pedal. The event will close or limit traffic on 11 of the city’s bridges starting at 4 a.m. and ending about 12:30 p.m.

If you aren’t doing the ride, your best bet is to stay home Sunday morning to avoid headaches. Better yet, it’s not too late to volunteer at the Overlook Neighborhood Association booth. E-mail Board Member Alan Crana at ascran3@hotmail.com. if you’re free to help out and raise a few dollars for OKNA in the process.

If you must travel on Sunday, keep these tips in mind:

  • Sellwood Bridge: Closed to westbound traffic from 5:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Ross Island Bridge: Closed to westbound traffic from 5 to 11 a.m.
  • Morrison Bridge: Open in both directions. Two eastbound lanes and the eastbound ramp to Southeast Water Avenue will be closed from 6 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Burnside Bridge: Closed to westbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Fremont Bridge (Interstate 405): Closed to southbound traffic from 4 a.m. to noon, with access by bicyclists ending at 11:30 a.m.
  • St. Johns Bridge: Open in both directions during the day but closed from Saturday night at 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Sunday for maintenance.
  • Marquam Bridge (Interstate 5): Closed to northbound traffic from 4 to 11 a.m.
  • Hawthorne Bridge: Closed to eastbound traffic from 6 to 11 a.m.
  • Morrison Bridge: Open in both directions. Two eastbound lanes and the eastbound ramp to Southeast Water Avenue will be closed from 6 to 8:30 a.m.
    Steel Bridge: Closed to eastbound traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Broadway Bridge: Closed to eastbound traffic from 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • St. Johns Bridge: Open in both directions during the day but closed from Saturday night at 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Sunday for maintenance.
  • Interstates:
    • The Interstate 5 and Interstate 405 loop will essentially be open for traffic in a clockwise pattern.
    • Motorists traveling north on I-5 into Portland will be detoured to I-405, where they’ll cross the Fremont Bridge and rejoin I-5.
    • Motorists traveling south on I-5 will travel through the city as usual.
    • Interstate 84 will be accessible from I-5 southbound and the Morrison Bridge.
  • Transit:
    • MAX trains will continue to cross the Steel Bridge, but might be delayed in downtown Portland. The Portland Streetcar’s eastside Central Loop remains closed due to painting on the Broadway Bridge.
    • Bus line detours will start at 5 a.m., and TriMet will mark stops with directions to temporary stops nearby. Affected bus lines include: 4-Division/Fessenden, 6-Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th, 9-Powell Blvd, 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd., 14-Hawthorne, 15-Belmont/NW 23rd, 17-Holgate/Broadway, 19-Woodstock/Glisan, 20-Burnside/Stark, 33-McLoughlin, 35-Macadam/Greeley, 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest, 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, 56-Scholls Ferry Rd, 70-12th /NE 33rd Ave, 72-Killingsworth/82nd and 77-Broadway/Halsey.

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7) Fun had by all at the neighborhood ice cream social

The annual ice cream social at historic Overlook House was fun for all ages again this year. Special thanks to Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty for providing the ice cream. And congratulations to the door prize winners Donna Larsen ($50 gift certificate to Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty) and Del Hungerford (gift basket).

Donna Larsen won the $50 Lovely's Fifty-Fifty gift certificate door prize.

Donna Larsen (left) won  $50 Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty gift certificate door prize.

Del Hungerford won the gift basket door prize.

Del Hungerford (left) won a gift basket door prize full of many delicious local delights.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 31)

1) Neighborhood mural plans
2) Annual ice cream social (Sunday, Aug. 2)
3) Overlook’s role in the St. Johns Bridge standoff
4) Spirit of Portland Awards accepting nominations
5) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (Tuesday, Aug. 4)

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1) Neighborhood mural plans

Overlook Neighborhood Association is partnering with Viva La Free, a non-profit based in North Portland, to create a community mural. We are currently looking for interested youth or young aspiring artists (teens to young-adults). This group would be supervised by Layna Lewis of VLF, as they help to create timelines, budget, social media and strategic planning for the mural project.

“The VLF model seeks to elevate and educate our young community members,” the group explains.

Other interested community members may submit ideas and volunteer during production to assist with painting, event organization, etc.

Please email Laynalewis@yahoo.com for more information.

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2) Annual ice cream social (Sunday, Aug. 2)

Looking for a way to beat the heat? Come out on Sunday evening (6 to 8) for the neighborhood ice cream social at historic Overlook House. Meet some new neighborhood friends and cool off with a delicious with ice cream provided by Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty complete with all the trimmings. The event is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

Annual ice cream social
Sunday, Aug. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
Overlook House  (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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3) Overlook and in the St. Johns Bridge standoff

Overlook Neighborhood

Overlook Neighborhood

The nation’s eyes turned to Portland this week as protesters hung from the St. Johns Bridge to block passage of a Shell Oil icebreaker headed for the arctic. Overlook Neighborhood played its own small part in the story. The ship in question was in town to receive repairs at Swan Island.

Even OKNA residents sometimes forget that Swan Island is part our neighborhood, and that’s a shame. The island has been an important element of our neighborhood’s history and continues to be part of what makes Overlook special.

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4) Spirit of Portland Awards accepting nominations

The City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to our community. Please nominate an individual, business, organization, neighborhood or business association that has created a project, service or event that has helped Portland shine! Nominations will be accepted in an individual’s native language.

If you know a person or organization who deserves special recognition for making Portland a great place, you can find nomination forms online. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 11.

Award categories are:

Outstanding Leadership Awards

  • Outstanding Community Leader (2 awards)
  • Outstanding Young Leader (1 award)
  • Individual Making a Difference (1 award)
  • Innovative City Leader Award (1 award)

Outstanding Organization Awards

  • Business Community Partner of the Year (1 award)
  • Community Group/Organization of the Year (1 award)
  • Neighborhood Association of the Year (1 award)
  • Organization Making a Difference (1 award)

Awards for Outstanding Leadership or Organization

  • Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship (1 award)
  • Equity in Practice (1 award)

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5) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (Tuesday, Aug. 4)OKNA logo

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 24)

1) Support Overlook Neighborhood at the Bridge Pedal (Sunday, Aug. 9)
2) Neighborhood street cleanup (Sunday, July 26)
3) Fire danger
4) Broadway Bridge closed to vehicles (Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26)

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1) Support Overlook Neighborhood at the Bridge Pedal (Sunday, Aug. 9)

The 9- and 11-bridge routes pass through Overlook Neighborhood. (image source: Providence Bridge Pedal)

The 9- and 11-bridge routes pass through Overlook Neighborhood. (image source: Providence Bridge Pedal)

The 2015 Providence Bridge Pedal is only a few weeks away. Overlook Neighborhood will run a rest stop, handing out food, water, etc. We need volunteers to represent the neighborhood. Your support will provide a double benefit.

First, you’ll be putting a face to our neighborhood. The Bridge Pedal is an opportunity to showcase Overlook.

Second, the Overlook Neighborhood Association receives $25 per volunteer that attends. If we provide 20 volunteers, OKNA will receive $500, and $500 will go a long way towards helping OKNA continue to deliver programing to the neighborhood such as the upcoming Movie in the Park.

The Overlook Neighborhood’s rest stop is located in Saint Johns at the U.S. Bank Plaza, and volunteers are needed from 7 a.m. to noon on Aug. 9. If you’d like to help out, email Alan Cranna at ascran3@hotmail.com.

Bridge Pedal volunteers
Sunday, Aug. 9, 7 a.m. to noon

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2) Neighborhood street cleanup (Sunday, July 26)

Join your Overlook neighbors on Sunday for the next cleanup of Killingsworth Street.  The weather forecast predicts a lovely day, perfect for a little physical exertion.  Meet at Blend Coffee Lounge at 8:30 a.m.  Dress comfortably and bring work gloves; we’ll bring the rest.  If you have questions, contact the cleanup team at graffiti@overlookneighborhood.org.

Neighborhood cleanup
Meet at Blend Coffee Lounge (2710 N Killingsworth St.)
Sunday, July 26, 8:30 a.m.

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3) Fire danger

Between the heat and the dry weather, Portland is vulnerable to fires. Fire fighters warn that the bluffs in North Portland, including in Overlook, are an area of special concern. Be careful with open flames, and if you see smoke, call 911. Time is of the essence when a fire breaks out.

Watch the full story here.

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4) Broadway Bridge closed to vehicles (Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26)

Broadway_bridge

(image source: Multnomah County)

Heads up to anyone heading downtown this weekend. The Broadway Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles from 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 25 until no later than 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 26 to allow for installation of scaffolding over traffic lanes. The scaffolding will be used for this year’s painting project. Bridge sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists during the weekend.

Alternate river crossings open to motor vehicles include the Burnside, Fremont and Steel bridges.

The painting project is scheduled to be completed in March 2016. Multnomah County maintains the Broadway Bridge. Check online for project information.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 17)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Tuesday, July 21)
2) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 18-19)
3) Are your ready for the big one? (Wednesday, July 22)
4) Déjà vu Futur 2015 (Saturday, July 18)

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Tuesday, July 21)

OKNA logoJoin your Overlook neighbors on Tuesday to find out what going on in our neighborhood. We’ll hear about how the new Oregon marijuana law is being implemented, a community mural and more.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.)
Agenda

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2) Overlook yard sale and free share (Saturday-Sunday, July 18-19)

Come out for the fifth annual Overlook yard sale and free share this weekend organized by Sustainable Overlook. give new lifecycles to items in our homes by selling, sharing, and socializing in the process.  Typically 30-50 households participate by putting out used but still useful items for sale.

2015-Overlook-Yard-Sale-Map_web-791x1024Items that neighbors did not sell the day before or simply willingly wish to give away to others will be left out near the curb of their home.

Through reuse we are helping to minimize our neighborhood’s waste stream as well as reminding each other of the inherent value and embodied energy that all of these material “things” possess.

Every year lots of great deals abound as together we turn unwanted items into newfound treasures.

Click on the map to see which neighbors registered their sale, but also spend some time wandering Overlook to find all the best deals.

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3) Are your ready for the big one? (Wednesday, July 22)

If you read The New Yorker’s story about the possibility of a catastrophic earthquake in the Northwest, you’re probably ready to prepare for the worst. Let’s start preparing!

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) is a group of your neighbors gearing up for … who knows?  Disaster preparedness needs everyone.  Come find out more on Wednesday as we start our skills and drills series along the north edge of Overlook Park 7 to 8 p.m.  If you have a ‘go bag,’ great.  If you don’t have one (or have never heard of such a thing), come by, just the same.  We want to meet you.  Look for orange helmets.

Regular meetings of the NET occur at Lucky Lab every other 2nd Monday (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) starting Aug. 10. Send questions to overlookprepares@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Emergency Team disaster preparedness
Wednesday, July 22, 7 to 8 p.m.
Overlook Park

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4) Déjà vu Futur 2015 (Saturday, July 18)

On Saturday, the Déjà vu Futur 2015 event will be held in Overlook Park. It is an all day music and art festival. It is an all ages, family friendly event that is meant to showcase all local artists. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 10 p.m.

For more information, visit their website.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 10)

1) Mississippi Street Fair (Saturday, July 11)
2) Mural design ideas sought
3) Sign up for the Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share

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1) Mississippi Street Fair (Saturday)

Head over to Mississippi Avenue for the annual street fair featuring 200 vendors and crafts. More than 40 bands will perform on six stages. The family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit the website for a complete list of events.

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2) Mural design ideas sought

The Overlook Neighborhood Association has been working with a local artist and local business to install a large mural on a building near the intersection of N Interstate Avenue and N Shaver Street. Before they start painting, though, they want to hear your ideas for what should appear in the mural. What images define our neighborhood? Particular focus will be directed toward Overlook history, its environment and people.

Send your ideas to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

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3) Sign up for the Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share

For the fifth year in a row, Sustainable Overlook is organizing a weekend to come together as a neighborhood to give new lifecycles to items in our homes by selling, sharing and socializing in the process.  This year’s event will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. Items will be for sale on Saturday and anything left is free on Sunday.

Every year great deals abound as together we turn unwanted items into newfound treasures.  Mark your calendars and come on out.

If you would like to participate in the yard sale and have your house shown on the map that will be advertised to the broader public, sign up online. The deadline to sign up is Monday. You don’t have to appear on the map, but it will help everyone find your sale.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 3)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association board meeting (July 7)
2) Free street parking on July 4
3) Keep pets safe from fireworks and the heat
4) North Portland Tool Library closed Saturday

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association board meeting (July 7)

OKNA logoThe OKNA board holds its monthly meeting next week.

Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)
Agenda

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2) Free parking July 4

The Portland Bureau of Transportation reminds the public that parking meters will be operational on Friday and enforcement of meters will be in effect. Parking meters will be free on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4.

Parking is free on nine holidays in 2015. To view the dates, please visit this site.

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3) Keep pets safe from fireworks and the heat

Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous.

On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday.

Check out these tips from the Humane Society of the United States to keep pets safe and cool during the holiday weekend and beyond.

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4) North Portland Tool Library closed Saturday

The North Portland Tool Library will be closed on July 4th. All tools that normally would be due on Saturday will be due Tuesday.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood update (June 26)

1) Cooling centers open during heat wave
2) TriMet future of transit survey

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1) Cooling centers open during heat wave

SunWith a heat wave hitting the Rose City, Portlanders are looking for ways to stay cool. Multnomah County will open three cooling centers for seniors and adults with disabilities starting Friday and operating at least through Monday.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check in on your Overlook neighbors to make sure they are doing alright. Watching out for our neighbors is part of what make Overlook a special neighborhood.

Also, all Multnomah County libraries are air-conditioned and open seven days a week. They are great places to beat the heat and relax with a good book at the same time. Libraries are open seven days a week. Click here to find the one closest to you and its hours. (It’s probably on Killingsworth Street)

The cooling centers and their hours are:

Downtown Portland, Meals on Wheels, Elm Court, 1032 SW Main Street, Portland, 97205, 503-953-8204.  

  • Friday, 6/26/15, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 6/27/15, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 6/28/15 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/29/15, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Northeast Portland, Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland, OR 97212, 503-288-8303.

  • Friday, 6/26/15, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 6/27/15, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 6/28/15, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/29/15, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

East County, Ambleside Meals on Wheels People, Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. 8th St, Gresham, OR, 97030, 503-953-8201 (the parking lot will be repaved on Saturday and Sunday, please use street parking or transit)

  • Friday, 6/26/15 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 6/27/15, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 6/28/15 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, 6/29/15, 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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2) TriMet future of transit survey

How should TriMet improve bus service in North Portland? Weigh in on the Draft Vision for the North and Central part of our region by taking a brief survey. Complete the survey by July 31, 2015 and enter to win 10 TriMet Adult 1-Day Passes worth $50!

The survey will be active through July 31 and respondents can enter to win free transit passes.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood update (June 19)

1) Sunday Parkways in North Portland (Sunday, June 21)
2) Sign up for the Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share

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1) Sunday Parkways in North Portland (Sunday, June 21)

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s also the day that thousands of bike riders will cruise around North Portland Streets. Be sure to stop by the Overlook Neighborhood Association table to say hello.

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with international “Make Music Day” to bring more moving, music, and fun the event. North Portland Sunday Parkways offers a 9.5 mile route for people to bike, stroll, roll, skate and play on traffic-free streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

N_Parkways_2015_map_layout_w_legend.inddWhile all Sunday Parkways events feature activities in the Portland parks along the route, this Sunday’s event also features two full stages of live, local music that play throughout the day. Event participants may catch a variety of styles from Samba to Celtic at the Make Music Day Stage at McCoy Park and the stage at Arbor Lodge Park.

“North Portland will be filled with fun ways for families to get out and get active during this Father’s Day event,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “What could be healthier and more fun than combining great music, biking, walking and a family photo?” Kaiser Permanente will have a free photo station along the Willamette Bluff.

A map, schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways North Portland brochure.

The Sunday Parkways route will connect some of the beautiful natural areas and gardens that are located in North Portland, such as Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, McCoy, and Kenton Parks plus the Willamette Blvd bluff overlooking the river and Forest Park.

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2) Sign up for the Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share

For the fifth year in a row, Sustainable Overlook is organizing a weekend to come together as a neighborhood to give new lifecycles to items in our homes by selling, sharing and socializing in the process.  This year’s event will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19.

Every year great deals abound as together we turn unwanted items into newfound treasures.  Mark your calendars and come on out.

If you would like to participate in the yard sale and have your house shown on the map that will be advertised to the broader public, sign up online. The deadline to sign up is Monday, July 13.

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