The Weekly OKNA Email: 4/20/12

Happy Earth Day, Overlook! There’s lots to do on this beautiful weekend; plan on sunny skies for the OKNA Clean Up featuring the Overlook Livability Team Big Pole Painting and Beach School Clean Up.

1) OKNA Earth Day Clean Up (4/21)

2) Trillium Plant Sale Fundraiser (4/23)
3) Beach School Voting and Fundraiser (4/24)
4) Mayoral Candidate Debate (4/26)
5) PSAC Traffic Issues (4/25)
6) Safeguard Your Money Forum (4/25)
7) Raingarden Workshop (4/29 but register now)
8) City Repair in Overlook (coming soon, register now)
9) Public Safety Notice from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission

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1) OKNA Earth Day Clean Up (4/21)

Join your Overlook & Swan Island neighbors on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21 from 10:00- 1:00 to tidy up our little corner of the planet.
We’ll meet at the Pittman Addition HydroPark, north of the Going Street pedestrian overpass, to pick up litter and beautify the park and areas along Going. Contact Alan Cranna when you arrive. Please spread the word to your neighbors and volunteer for your local cleanup. Together we’ll help keep our neighborhood clean and safe!

The Overlook Livability Team will have a special session on Saturday, meeting at the Pittman Addition HydroPark to paint over the graffiti-laden power poles on the hard hit stretch of N Going St. west of Interstate Ave. We’ll have all the paint and equipment on hand for this mission. This is a great time to come meet the OLT and see if you’d like to join the team. The OLT is actively seeking a team of 4-6 volunteers to commit to a short, once per month session keeping a stretch of N Going graffiti-free.

Additionally, the graffiti budget for the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is at risk. Please consider contacting members of city council to voice your support for maintaining ONI’s graffiti budget. The full-time graffiti volunteer coordinator position will most likely be on the chopping block. This funding is critical for the formation and support of Livability Teams like ours throughout the city, so fire off a quick email to council if you want to support the good work ONI’s doing to help us all fight graffiti.

Find the email addresses for the City Council on the OKNA website, along with a copy of a letter from one of your neighbors:www.OverlookNeighborhood.org

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2) Trillium Plant Sale Fundraiser (4/23)

Trillium science staff and Together for Trillium (TFT) have partnered with New Leaf Greenhouse to offer a variety of vegetable and herb starts, annuals, perennials, planters and hanging baskets.

Orders are due Monday, April 23. Completed order forms *with payment* can be placed in the silver Scrip box in the front lobby; checks should be made out to TFT, with "plant sale" written on the memo line.
Plants will be available for pick-up Thursday, May 17 between 2:00 – 5:00 PM.
Thanks for your help in making science bloom at Trillium!

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3) Beach School Voting and Fundraiser (4/24)

Win Beach school $500.00 for a new Bobcat mural.
Go to: http://cleanup.maker.good.is/projects/Beachmural
Vote April 23-30th

Burgers & Fries= $$ for Beach School
Tuesday , April 24th, Little Big Burger (3747 N Mississippi Ave) will donate 10% of dinner sales to Beach School

The Beach School Clean Up Days continue this Saturday, April 21st. Come for the coffee, stay for the clean up.

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4) Mayoral Candidate Debate (4/26)

University of Portland is hosting a mayoral debate on Thursday, April 26 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Buckley Center Auditorium on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The top three candidates for mayor will take part – Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith. The debate is free to attend and open to the public. You are invited to attend, and please feel free to spread the word to any of your neighbors. Doors to the debate will open at 1 p.m.

The debate will be aired live by KOIN TV and will also be aired live on KPAM radio and the Portland Tribune website. The panelists will include Portland radio legend Bob Miller, longtime news personality Mike Donahue, and Portland Tribune president J. Mark Garber.

For more information, the UP student newspaper The Beacon had an article about the debate in today’s issue: http://www.upbeacon.net/up-to-host-portland-mayoral-debate-1.2854293#.T5Cn73I4LKk Please contact Joe Kuffner of the University’s marketing office with any questions at kuffnerj@up.edu or x8547.

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5) Public Safety Meeting – PSAC (4/25)

North Portland PUBLIC SAFETY ACTION COMMITTEE (PSAC)

Wednesday April 25th, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Historic Kenton Firehouse
2209 N. Schofield – across from the Kenton Post Office

Guest Presenter: Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Will Stevens on Traffic Safety and the 823-SAFE program. Bring your traffic safety concerns or your other public safety questions for our panel of representatives from  ONI-Crime Prevention, North Precinct Commander Mike Leloff, Mayor Adams’ Office and the District Attorney’s Office. Thank you for supporting Public Safety.

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6) Safeguard Your Money Forum (4/25)

“Spend Smart – Tips to Mange and Safeguard Your Money.”

Wednesday, April 25
6:30 – 7:30 pm
North Portland branch of the Multnomah County Library
512 N Killingsworth

Includes non-biased information and resources on reverse mortgages, insurance, Medicare and Medicare fraud, and the prevention of consumer fraud and ID theft. Sponsors include Oregon Insurance Division, AARP Oregon, SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) and the Oregon Department of Justice. www.dfcs.oregon.gov for more information and RSVPs.

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7) Raingarden Workshop (4/29 but register now)
There are still some spaces for the FREE Raingarden Workshop presented by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.

April 29 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Overlook House – 3839 N Melrose Drive

"Beautiful and functional, rain gardens make use of native plants and soil to manage storm water runoff.  Loose, absorbent soil in a shallow bowl shape will collect the rainwater running off your roof, driveway, and other hard surfaces.  Perennial native plants will help absorb the water, and the sand and soil will filter out pollutants."

Please go to Rain Gardens 101 for event description and to register for the workshop as soon as possible to ensure that a spot is reserved for you. Snacks will be provided. See you there!

ONeST Website

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8) City Repair in Overlook (coming soon, register now)

The City Repair Project invites you to be a villager once again at the Village Building Convergence of 2012! That’s right, the VBC is almost here, and there’s more going on than ever, with more permaculture projects, more site communities, and more happening than ever before!

Get ready to join us for the time of your life, creating, learning, meeting lots of wonderful people, dining, dancing, and sharing a living vision for a sustainable culture! Come see 40 community-built ecological gathering place projects being built all at once across the city of Portland!

Please let us know if you want to come and join us for the Village Building Convergence of 2012, May 25 to June 3! If you have not yet heard of the VBC, please go to www.cityrepair.org/vbc, where you will also find a registration form for the event, or call 503-235-8946 to learn more.

If you would like to participate in an Overlook VBC project, please contact Leslee Lewis, kgllport@aol.com or 503.703.3702 for a unique opportunity to paint one of the largest intersection repairs ever undertaken in Portland! There are opportunities at every skill level and all talents are needed. Come join in, get fed and enjoy some Overlook community building!

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9) Public Safety Notice from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission

In plain language, the OLCC is accepting your input regarding liquor licenses for food cart pods.
In their language "The Commission has received a petition for rulemaking requesting amendment of the following administrative rule: OAR 845-005-0331 Licensing Exterior Areas"
If you would like the complete information email, please message us at info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org and we’ll forward.
Your comments are due by May 11, 2012

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