Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 17)

1) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 23-24)
2) Homeless camping update
3) OKNA general meeting (July 19)
4) New Belgium bike ride and beer (July 24)
5) Organic Beer Fest returns to Overlook (Aug. 25-28)
6) Overlook social and picnic (Aug. 16)


1) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 23-24)

Next weekend Sustainable Overlook will coordinate the annual neighborhood yard sale and free share. Dozens of homes will make their yards and garages available to sell treasures, oddities and more on Saturday, July 23, and anything left over can be set out to be given away for free to neighbors on Sunday, July 24.  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 by Monday, July 18. Deal hunters will find a map showing participating households starting July 20.

If you have questions, please e-mail Josh at sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org.


2) Homeless camping update

N Going Street camp
Last week we  reported that a homeless camp on N Going Street had been relocated after the Overlook Neighborhood Association had worked with Portland Fire and Rescue to respond. Unfortunately, the site did not remain clear for long. Campers returned last week. OKNA will continue to work with city officials to implement measures that promote health and safety for campers and the neighborhood.

Hazelnut Grove concert
HG GrooveHazelnut Grove plans to host a music, art and food festival on Saturday (July 23). Details remain scarce, but residents should be prepared for additional foot and vehicle traffic if the event goes forward.

OKNA board members will meet with representatives of the mayor’s office this week to discuss plans for moving Hazelnut Grove and the planned concerts. We will provide an update later this week and, if possible, at Tuesday’s OKNA general meeting (see below).

Watch a video of a Hazelnut Grove leader discussing the event on Facebook.

Lawsuit to be refiled
Finally, Multnomah County Judge Marilyn Litzenberger dismissed the lawsuit challenging Mayor Charlie Hales’ homeless camping policy. OKNA had joined with business owners and other groups as plaintiffs in the suit. Because the case was dismissed without prejudice, it can be refiled in an amended form to address the judge’s concerns. We and the other groups are consulting with our attorney, and we plan to proceed with new filings.


3) OKNA general meeting (July 19)

Come meet your neighbors at the July Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting on Tuesday evening. This month we’ll meet North Portland’s new crime prevention officer, learn about the city’s marijuana policy and hear from one of Overlook’s dispensaries, New Amsterdam.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, June 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


4) New Belgium bike ride and beer (July 24)

Join fellow beer lovers and bike riders on Sunday, July 24 for New Belgium Brewing’s July summer bike and beer crawl. This month it will start at Overlook Park. The event is free and for adults (21+) only.

New Belgium bike and beer crawl
Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m.
Overlook Park


5) Organic Beer Fest returns to Overlook (Aug. 25-28)

organicBeerThe Organic Beer Fest (formerly North American Organic Brewers Festival) returns to Overlook Park Aug. 25-28. The event is an opportunity for our neighborhood to shine as people from throughout Portland visit our park. This year, OKNA will host a booth. Stop by and say hello.

The festival runs noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The name might have changed, but the motto remains the same: Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.

Festival organizers are looking for local volunteers. Anyone interested can learn more and sign up online. For each shift worked, volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt, cup and 12 tokens.

Organic Beer Fest
Thursday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Aug. 28
Overlook Park


6) Overlook social and picnic (Aug. 16)

Mark your calendars now for the annual OKNA social and picnic on Aug. 16. Come out to meet your neighbors in a social environment. New American restaurant has generously offered to host the event again this year with the same food deals as last year. Get a “drive-through” burger or veggie burger with fries or sweet potatoes for $9, a farm salad for $6, and half off on wine and beer.

Overlook social and picnic
Tuesday, Aug. 16 (time to be announced)
New American (2103 N Killingsworth St.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 10)

1)  Neighborhood mural update
2) Homeless camps on N Going Street
3) Beach Elementary not ready for an earthquake
4) PBOT seeks citizen oversight


1)  Neighborhood mural update

The neighborhood mural continues to move forward. Since the last update, the project has received additional grant funds, including $1,000 from the Lester Viles of the North Portland Project Fund, $500 from the North Portland Neighborhood Services Spring Boost Grant and $75 from New Season’s towards food and beverages during the mural painting.

Final drafts of the mural design will be presented by July 22. The mural youth teams’ next steps are to go to the Grand Rhonde reservation to meet with Kalapuya Tribe elders. The Kalapuya are one of the tribes that lived in the area that is now Overlook. The youth will ask permission to use iconography and legends of the tribe in the mural. While there they will also visit the cultural center and study historical archives on the reservation.

The mural project will be completed in late summer.  It will beautify the Overlook neighborhood, spotlighting our history and many beautiful green spaces.


2) Homeless camps on N Going Street

The Overlook Neighborhood Association continues to work with Portland Fire and Rescue on camping along N Going Street. One particular camp that was using open fires and cutting trees has been relocated as a result of that collaboration.


3) Beach Elementary not ready for an earthquake

Beach School SignCarmen Merlo, director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, recently spoke to a Portland Public Schools planning committee about which schools are at risk during a major earthquake. Beach Elementary in the Overlook Neighborhood was among the 20 most at risk. Learn more in this news report.


4) PBOT seeks citizen oversight

The Portland Bureau of Transportation seeks volunteers to serve on two important advisory committees:

Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee | Application due July 19

PBOT convenes a Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) to inform the annual transportation budget and think critically and strategically about Portland’s complete transportation system. The BAC will also review program priorities and infrastructure project lists and provide input on Bureau strategy and direction for incorporating equity and the inclusion of communities that are traditionally under-served by the Bureau. The BAC meets monthly and is year round. Learn more.

Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee | Application due July 19

On May 17, Portland voters approved Measure 26-173, creating Portland’s first local funding source for transportation maintenance and safety via a 10 cent per gallon fuel tax. The Fixing Our Streets Program will implement Measure 26-173. The Oversight Committee will monitor overall program implementation, with special attention on construction impacts on businesses and neighborhoods and the utilization of minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses. The Oversight Committee will meet quarterly. Learn more.

Both of these advisory groups will play an important role in shaping the future of our work at PBOT and the bureau will work to ensure that these spaces are both informative and meaningful for committee members. For each group PBOT seeks a diversity of perspectives and experience. Onboarding and supplemental information sessions will be offered to assist with facilitating full participation of committee members regardless of experience with PBOT or budget/policy process. Individuals may apply for both if interested.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 25)

1) Meals program at Patton Square Park
2) Illegal dumping
3) Boat launch on Swan Island
4) Six months of sun
5) Learn more about the new Comprehensive Plan (June 27)
6) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 23-24)
7) Help the Overlook Neighborhood
8) July OKNA Board meeting canceled (July 5)
9) June OKNA meeting and social a huge success


1) Meals program at Patton Square Park

Summer Fillable Flyer_5-11-15A new free summer meals site has launched at Patton Square City Park located at N Interstate Avenue and N Emerson Street. The meals program is open to all children and teens aged 1-18 and operated Monday to Friday, noon-12:30. Click on the flyer for more information.

Adult meals also are available for purchase for $4 each. Please keep in mind that meals must be eaten in the park.


2) Illegal dumping

dumpingHave you seen garbage and other refuse illegally dumped on public property? Metro (the regional government) operates a Regional Illegal Dumping Patrol. You can report illegal dumping by calling 503-234-3000 or by filing a report online.

Illegal dumps threaten human health and wildlife in the region. Trash, old appliances, torn mattresses, used tires, broken furniture, oil, antifreeze and pesticides are a few of the things illegal dumpers leave on public lands and sidewalks, in alleyways and waterways.

If you see illegal dumpers in the act, do not confront them; call local police. Note the vehicle’s license plate number, make and model, material dumped and location.

Since 1993, Metro has worked closely with other local government agencies and law enforcement to quickly and thoroughly investigate and remove illegal dumps. Metro’s investigating officers will try to locate the owner of the trash and its illegal hauler. Depending on the situation, the owner of the trash may be fined or cited, along with the hauler who dumped illegally. Fines cover the cost of cleaning up and properly managing waste from dump sites. Multnomah County inmate crews assigned to Metro from the Inverness jail cleans up sites throughout much of the region.


3) Boat launch on Swan Island

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Parks and Recreation have reached a deal for parks to take over the Swan Island boat launch and spend an estimated $600,000 fixing it up and improving security. Developers, however, are challenging use of the planned funds for the project.

Read all about it in this Portland Mercury story by Overlook resident Dirk VanderHart.


4) Six months of sun

OKNA board member Chris Trejbal takes photos using a six-month exposure to capture the sun’s path across the sky each day. For the past six months, his pinhole camera hung on N Overlook Terrace and captured the heritage oak tree there. Enjoy this unique view of a neighborhood landmark.

Spring2016-OverlookOaks


5) Learn more about the new Comprehensive Plan (June 27)

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan will establish new rules that affect the size, shape and location of shops, apartments, houses and places of employment. Drop in to chat with your local District Planner about where we are in the Comprehensive Plan process, and how proposed changes may affect you and your neighborhood. There will be no formal presentation.

For more information, visit the project website or call the Comprehensive Plan Update Helpline at 503-823-0195.

North Portland Neighborhood Drop-in
Monday, June 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield St.)


6) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 23-24)

Sustainable Overlook has announced dates for the annual neighborhood yard sale and free share. Dozens of homes will make their yards and garages available to sell treasures, oddities and more on Saturday, July 23, and anything left over can be set out to be given away for free to neighbors on Sunday, July 24.  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 by July 18. Deal hunters will find a map showing participating households starting July 20.

If you have questions, please e-mail Josh at sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org.


7) Help the Overlook Neighborhood

The annual Providence Bridge Pedal will take place on August 14. As in recent years, Overlook Neighborhood residents will operate a rest stop in St. Johns at the U.S. Bank Plaza 7 a.m. to noon. Consider volunteering to help riders, promote Overlook and raise money for our neighborhood. Every volunteer earns $25 for the Overlook Neighborhood Association. If you’re interested in participating, email Alan Cranna at ascran3@hotmail.com

Overlook also is looking for volunteers to help deliver our quarterly newspaper, The Overlook Views. Deliverers are assigned a route that typically takes about an hour to complete solo. It’s a great way to get out and meets some neighbors. Anyone interested should email views@overlookneighborhood.org for more information.


8) July OKNA Board meeting canceled (July 5)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will not meet in July.

The July OKNA General Meeting will take place on July 19. The topic of this month’s meeting is “Marijuana legalization – One year later.” Join your neighbors to learn about how legalization is affecting Overlook and Portland.


9) June OKNA meeting and social a huge success

Overlook residents gathered at the Luck Labrador Tap Room this week to socialize and hear from housing experts. Groups attending included the Community Alliance of Tenants, Portland Tenants United and City Club of Portland. Learn more about their presentations on our website.

Click on the photo to see more images from the event.

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OKNA social and general meeting about housing

Overlook residents gathered at the Luck Labrador Tap Room this week to socialize and hear from housing experts. Groups attending included the Community Alliance of Tenants, Portland Tenants United and City Club of Portland.

Community Alliance of Tenants

Continue reading

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 18)

1) Hazelnut Grove homeless camp to move
2) OKNA social and general meeting (Tuesday)
3) Pride Parade (Sunday)
4) Portland bike share system launches next month (July 19)
5) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland (June 26)
6) Help plan the future of the ReBuilding Center
7) Happy Hour to discuss affordable housing (June 28)


1) Hazelnut Grove homeless camp to move

On Tuesday, the Overlook Neighborhood Association issued a press release announcing that negotiations between the neighborhood, Mayor Charlie Hales’ office and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp had broken down after the city and camp representatives went silent. (Read the release on our website.)

In response to that press release, Hales’ office announced that it plans to move the Hazelnut Grove camp by the end of October. The city has not yet identified a location for the camp nor is it sharing any potential sites, and in subsequent conversation with the neighborhood, city staff said they might need some “wiggle room” on that deadline.

Read more in coverage by The Oregonian, KATU, KGW and KPTV.

OKNA will continue to monitor the situation and urge the city to take preventive measures to ensure safety and health for campers and the neighborhood and to begin working toward an orderly move immediately. We also hope the city has learned from its experience with Hazelnut Grove and will engage from the beginning with whatever neighborhood might next house the homeless camp.


2) OKNA social and general meeting (Tuesday)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, June 21 for a social and the OKNA general meeting at Lucky Labrador Tap Room. This is a chance to get to know the people who live in Overlook and to discuss neighborhood issues with members of the OKNA board who will attend.

Our June meeting will focus on tenants’ rights issues and will feature 30 minutes of presentations from Community Alliance of Tenants and Portland Tenants United. Representatives from City Club of Portland will talk about their recently released report on Housing Affordability. Neighborhood renters will have an opportunity to connect with resources, and they and homeowners can learn about issues affecting Overlook and all of Portland.

Stick around after the presentations to get to know your neighbors. OKNA will provide a $2 discount toward your first food or drink is purchase! Pick yours up when you sign in for the meeting.

OKNA Social & General Meeting
Tuesday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


3) Pride Parade (Sunday)

prideparadeThe annual Pride Parade, part of this summer’s Pride Northwest celebrations takes place on Sunday. The parade starts at 11 a.m.  This year’s event is particularly poignant after the shootings at a nightclub in Orlando a week ago.

During the parade, traffic will be disrupted downtown. If you must get around, consider public transit, a cab, lyft or uber.


4) Portland bike share system launches next month (July 19)

Biketown, Portland’s next generation bike share system, will launch on July 19. Membership sales are underway at biketownpdx.com, and the first 1,000 individuals to sign up for membership will be “Founding Members,” receiving a commemorative key to access the system and a special founding member t-shirt. The first 500 members to sign up (using access code PDX500) will get their first month of membership free thanks to a sponsorship from Metro.

biketownThe Portland Bureau of Transportation and its partners also unveiled a map of the first 100 Biketown station locations (map). The stations will house 1,000 “smart bikes” with the latest technology. Customers will be able to check out a bike using a smartphone, a computer, a member card, or by typing in their member number and PIN into the keypad on the bike. Bikes can also be parked at thousands of publicly-accessible bike racks in the service area. Users who park a bike outside of a station will be charged an additional fee, and users who return such bikes to the stations will receive a credit. Every bike’s exact location can be viewed in real-time from the system’s website or smartphone app. The app will be available shortly before the program launches.

Annual memberships will cost $12 per month, and include 90 minutes of riding time each day. Single-ride passes and 24-hour passes will also be available when the system launches for those who want to use the program more occasionally, including tourists.


5) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland (June 26)

SundayParkwaySunday Parkways rolls into North Portland next weekend on June 26th for another round of fun!  From its 31-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan located near Kenton Park to its beautiful parks, North Portland epitomizes both old and new Portland. Come and celebrate all that it is with friends and family on June 26th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This route will take you on a 9-mile tour of North Portland leading you to sweep along the scenic Willamette Bluff where you will catch a unforgettable view of Downtown Portland and the Willamette River. While you are at it, make sure to stop by the Kenton, McCoy, Arbor Lodge parks and the Peninsula Park & Rose Garden. Live music, food, fitness classes, bike shop repair stations and more are waiting for you at each of these stops.

The route passes through part of Overlook Neighborhood. Drivers should prepare for delays in North Portland during the event.


6) Help plan the future of the ReBuilding Center

The ReBuilding Center is conducting a feasibility study to explore opportunities to maximize use of its space on N Mississippi Avenue. Specifically, the center is looking at the possibility of redeveloping the northern end of its property to maximize its mission.

The center will host five focus groups over the summer to seek community advice and inspiration for the project. Food and refreshments will be provided, and participants will received $50 gift cards to the Rebuilding Center.

Contact Executive Director Stephen Reichard at stephen@rebuildingcenter.org for more information or to RSVP for a focus group session.

Focus group sessions (Location: Date, Time)

  • ReBuilding Center: June 21, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
  • ReBuilding Center: June 23, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Albina Youth Opportunity School: July 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Albina Youth Opportunity School: July 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • North Branch Library, Aug. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.

7) Happy Hour to discuss affordable housing (June 28)Magnolia

Innovative Housing, Inc. will host a Happy Hour in the rooftop garden at The Magnolia Apartments (3250 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) on June 28, 4-6 p.m.

Join other Portlanders interested for drinks, snacks and conversation about affordable housing. RSVP online.

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OKNA press release on Hazelnut Grove discussions

Overlook Neighborhood Association on Tuesday issued the following press release regarding negotiations between the neighborhood, the city and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp:

For Immediate Release

Mayor Hales and Hazelnut Grove abandon permit negotiations;
Overlook Neighborhood renews call to end illegal camping

Mayor Charlie Hales and the Hazelnut Grove Homeless Camp have withdrawn from discussions with the Overlook Neighborhood Association (OKNA) about the future of Hazelnut Grove. What had been a productive process moving toward a temporary permit that would officially sanction the camp has halted. Until Hales and Hazelnut Grove leaders return to the table, OKNA renews its request that the City of Portland shut down this illegal, unsafe and unhealthy homeless camp. Continue reading

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 11)

1) Draft Portland Harbor cleanup (June 21)
2) Drinking Water Quality Report
3) Neighborhood Emergency Team meeting (June 13)
4) Comprehensive Plan update
5) Tickets on sale for Tour de Hives (June 25-26)
6) Free fitness programs in Portland Parks
7) North Portland air quality monitoring session (June 20)


1) Draft Portland Harbor cleanup (June 21)

The Environmental Protection Agency this week announced its draft plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, an industrial waterway covering approximately 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, from Broadway Bridge to the Columbia Slough. EPA proposes to dredge and cap the most contaminated sediment throughout the 10-mile stretch of the Lower Willamette, in areas where concentrations pose the highest risk to people, fish, and wildlife.

HarborForumOther, less contaminated areas will be monitored and allowed to recover naturally. At the end of construction, EPA estimates that cancer and other serious risks posed by contamination will be greatly reduced – in many places up to 100 times lower than it is now. Natural recovery will further reduce these risks to levels deemed acceptable under Superfund and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality cleanup programs, but will not eliminate all risks. Active cleanup work under the selected Alternative I is estimated to take seven years and cost approximately $750 million.

Release of the proposed cleanup plan starts a 60-day public comment period, which EPA extended from the required 30 days in response to public requests for a longer comment period. The public is encouraged to provide formal comments on the plan to EPA by August 8, either in person at public meetings, online or in writing.

Four public meetings will be held in and around Portland where EPA will explain the Proposed Plan and where public comments will be accepted and recorded. These public meetings are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • Friday, June 24, 11:30-8, City of Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave.
  • Wednesday, June 29, 11:30-8, EXPO Center, 2060 N Marine Dr.
  • Monday, July 11, 11:30-8, University Place Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 11:30-8, Ambridge Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

EPA will offer two presentations on the proposed plan during each public meeting at noon and 6 p.m.

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group also will host a public forum about the plan Tuesday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. at Harriet Tubman School, 2231 N Flint Ave.


2) Drinking Water Quality Report

This week, the Portland Water Bureau published its 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report. As the largest water provider in Oregon, the Water Bureau delivers drinking water to nearly 1 million people in the region.

This federally-required report explains our system in detail, including a system map, notes about water treatment, naturally-occurring elements in our water, water quality measurements like turbidity and lead, and more.


3) Neighborhood Emergency Team meeting (June 13)

Join the Overlook/Humboldt Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) at Lucky Lab on N Killingsworth for the bimonthly meeting. The agenda will focus primarily on three things:

  • National Night Out planning (for August 5th or thereabouts),
  • Scenario Village trainings; and,
  • The calendar for 2016-17

NET meeting
Monday, June 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lucky Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


4) Comprehensive Plan update

The City of Portland is updating its Comprehensive Plan, a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical development of the city. Portland originally developed its Comprehensive Plan in 1980, and periodic updates of the plan are mandated by the State of Oregon.

City Council’s final vote to adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2-3 p.m.

The North Portland Land Use Group (NPLUG), which is composed of the land use committees of the 11 neighborhood associations in North Portland and the North Portland Chairs Network suggested several amendments to the plan. Council approved most of them. Click here to see the complete list.


5) Tickets on sale for Tour de Hives (June 25-26)

tour_de_hives_2016_flatCurious about urban beekeeping? Take the Tour de Hives, a self-guided tour of backyard apiaries and bee trees (new this year) in and around Portland. The event expands to two days this year so that participants can see more. Saturday, June 25 will feature locations in North and Northeast Portland. Sunday will feature location in Southeast Portland. Tickets are on sale now ($10 general admission, $5 seniors and students).

If you would like to “Host” and have your apiary featured as a location on the tour, visit their website.

Tour de Hives
June 25-26, 1-4 p.m. both days


6) Free fitness programs in Portland Parks

Portland Parks & Recreation is launching a free, 12-week outdoor Fitness in the Parks program running from June 13 through Sept. 4. There will be 45 free classes each week in 30 parks throughout the city.

The full schedule can be found on Portland Parks & Recreation’s website.

Registration is free, and is available online in advance or in-person at any of the classes. Participants will only need to register once, and will be given a bracelet that will allow them to drop in to any class all summer long. The program includes family fitness and youth-focused classes in addition to more typical adult fitness classes.  A number of PP&R instructors speak Spanish, and upon request will incorporate bilingual instruction into their classes.

Fitness in the Parks is a pilot program, funded through a City of Portland Innovation Fund Grant. PP&R created the endeavor to reduce barriers, build community, and improve the health and well-being of Portlanders.


7) North Portland air quality monitoring session (June 20)

Beginning in 2014, the Legislature funded the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to conduct air quality monitoring in North Portland. The monitoring resources included:  meteorology stations to provide information regarding temperature, wind direction and speed; a full spectrum air toxics monitor capable of detecting a wide range of toxic pollutants; and a particulate monitor to detect levels of metals at concentrations above health benchmarks. Data was collected from late 2014 through early 2016, with the goal of providing a year’s worth of air samples and weather information to provide a comprehensive look at air quality in the Swan Island area.

State Rep. Tina Kotek will host a community meeting to discuss the results of the air quality monitoring. A summary of the project results is available online.

North Portland air quality meeting
Monday, June 20, 7 p.m.
Buckley Auditorium, University of Portland

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 4)

1. Learn your carbon footprint (June 18)
2. OKNA board meeting (June 7)
3. Take your kitty on a spaycation (June 6-10)
4. Show off your catio
5. Peninsula Pool to open June 14


1. Learn your carbon footprint (June 18)

How much carbon are you personally putting into the air? Figure out what your carbon footprint is (individual or household) at the upcoming free workshop presented by Sustainable Overlook: My Basic Carbon Footprint.

Gather and bring five pieces of information to the workshop. All of the electricity, natural gas and heating oil consumption figures can be gotten from your utility.

  1. 12 months total of electricity used
    • PGE Customer Service: 800-542-8818
    • Pacific Power Customer Service: 888-221-707
  2. 12 months total of natural gas consumed (if gas heat) or 12 months total of heating oil consumed (if oil heat)
    • Northwest Natural Customer Service: 800-422-401
  3. 12 months total auto miles traveled (each car)
  4. Automobile gas mileage (each car)
  5. 12 months total air miles travelled

To register, email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org


2. OKNA board meeting (June 7)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday at the Historic Overlook House. The board will discuss topics for upcoming general meetings, how to handle candidates who want to present and more.

OKNA board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, June 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


3. Take your kitty on a spaycation (June 6-10)

SpaycationThe Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland will offer free cat spay/neuter services next week for families who qualify. Low-cost vaccine packages will also be available at the time of surgery.

Help keep the Portland’s cat population under control. When there are too many kittens, too many of them wind up as feral cats or worse. Call 800-345-7729 for more details and to find out if your family qualifies for free services.


4. Show off your catio

Does your cat frolic in a catio? Maybe they (or you) are envious of your neighbor’s setup, complete with a tunnel or live trees? The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon seeks the purrfect catios to feature in its fourth annual Catio Tour on September 10.

From functional to fancy, all submissions in the Portland metro area are encouraged, so please consider being a catio host or share this post with a friend who has a great catio. It’s a lot of fun, and this one-day effort will directly result in a safer environment for many animals for years to come.

Register online.


5. Peninsula Pool to open June 14

Another summer of swimming and other aquatic activities will kick off this month at the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) pools.  Opening day for PP&R’s outdoor pools, including Peninsula Pool, is Tuesday, June 14.  Parents who want to enroll their children in swimming lessons should act now.

Swim lessons are available for all age groups and ability levels.  Most sessions include 10 lessons for $52.50.  There is also a free Learn to Swim session June 14-17.  Free lesson registration is walk-in-only on Saturday, June 11 from 8-11:30 a.m. at your neighborhood pool.

As part of the PP&R Summer Free For All, free open play swim sessions are offered throughout the summer at pools across the city. Click here for schedules.

Peninsula Pool for more details at (503)823-3677.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 27)

1) Air toxics in Overlook
2) Community engagement grants available
3) A play about Vanport
4) Spring dance performance (June 5)
5) Adult bike riding skills class (June 4)


1) Air toxics in Overlook

At the Overlook Neighborhood Associations general meeting, residents heard about the air quality issues confronting Overlook and all of Portland. Presenters included Eastside Portland Air Coalition, Neighbors for Clean Air and Sustainable Overlook’s Mulysa Melco.

Read a full report about the meeting on the OKNA website. It includes information about testing services for soil and other resources.


2) Community engagement grants available

The Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) Program with the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is providing one-time small grants for community engagement and capacity building projects for community-based organizations led by or serving people of color, immigrants and refugees.

This grant project expands upon the existing DCL program which currently serves six larger community-based organizations providing a broader range of community engagement and leadership development services. ONI has identified a gap in services meeting the needs of smaller, emerging and/or mostly volunteer-led community-based organizations and/or Mutual Assistance Associations (MAAs).

Project requests may be for up to $5,000 and the total available is $63,000.

Learn more online including application requirements. The application deadline is Monday, June 13 at 5 p.m.


3) A play about Vanport

CottonwoodPlayA part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival, local artists are putting on fully staged production of “Cottonwood in the Flood” by Rich Rubin at Overlook’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate Ave.). The play portrays the African American experience in 1940s  Oregon focusing on the rapid rise – and even more rapid fall – of the city of Vanport. The Vanport flood was one of the defining moments of Portland history, and it still has repercussions today, especially in North Portland.

The play premiered on Thursday and will run through June 12. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. A talk-back panel follows the Sunday shows.

Purchase tickets online or at the IFCC box one hour before curtain. 


4) Spring dance performance (June 5)

Portland’s The Aspire Project will put on its spring dance performance “There’s no business like show business” in North Portland at Jefferson High School on Sunday, June 5. Admission is free.

aspireThe Aspire Project is a non-profit, outreach dance organization providing year-round quality ballet, tap and jazz dance classes to financially disadvantaged students who are genuinely interested in the arts and whose families and schools cannot provide such opportunities. They accomplish this through non-tuition based after-school program in partnership with Multnomah County’s SUN Community Schools and classes offered with sliding scale tuition rates and scholarship opportunities in their dance studio in North Portland.

By making the arts accessible, Aspire strives to serve our community and under-served youth, promote their physical health and motivate them to believe they can accomplish whatever they aspire to become. Aspire strives to create early positive experiences that are equally accessible for all North Portland children. Through weekly structured classes, their programs help reduce obesity risk among low-income youth and increase developmental accomplishments.

There’s no business like show business
Sunday, June 5, 3 p.m.
Jefferson High School (5210 N Kerby Ave.)


5) Adult bike riding skills class (June 4)

Summ07OaksTrailIs the road beckoning but you’re not sure you’re ready? This adult-oriented course will get you up to speed. The first part of the workshop focuses on the rules of the road and on-the-bike technique like signaling, shifting and braking. The second half will have you venturing out to practice these skills, and take a short and easy ride around town so you can flex your new skills and we can explore the wonderful world of two-wheeled Portland.

Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench will lead the class. Tori is a certified cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, frequent contributor to Bicycling Magazine, experienced bike mechanic, and a dynamic and engaging skills trainer.

Please bring your bike, helmet, water, a snack, and wear weather-appropriate clothing. If it’s been a while since you’ve pushed the pedals, please bring your bike to a local bike shop for a safety check before the class/ride.

Pre-registration is required to jeff.smith@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland by Cycle skills class
Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
PCC Climb Center (SE Water Avenue and Clay Street)

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Air toxics in Overlook

At the Overlook Neighborhood Association May general meeting, residents heard presentations from two of the community-based nonprofits currently leading the way on Portland’s air quality issues.

Eastside Portland Air Coalition supports adequately funded, health-based air toxics regulation and enforcement based on the precautionary principle. Moving forward, their priories are that health must come first, that polluters must bear the burden of proof and that transparency is mandatory. Continue reading

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