The Weekly OKNA Email 5/18/12

Your weekly helping of Overlook news and information.

1) Documentary Movie Night at the Historic Kenton Firehouse (5/20)
2) PSAC/Public Safety Action Committee (5/23)
3) Water Pollution Lab Open House

4) Intersection Repair on Overlook Blvd (6/2)
5) Harper’s Playground Groundbreaking (6/8)


1) Documentary Movie Night at the Historic Kenton Firehouse (5/20)

You’re invited to join our Arbor Lodge neighbors for a showing of "Food, Inc”.

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association (ALNA) presents the movie, and Arbor Lodge resident, Alex Santana (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Portland), will be facilitating a discussion following the documentary. Please join us for this important dialogue to share ways we can improve the food sources in our community.

Sunday, May 20th, 3:00 pm
Historic Kenton Firehouse
8105 N Brandon Ave


2) PSAC/Public Safety Action Committee (5/23)

Everyone is welcome to drop in and visit the monthly North Portland PSAC meetings. Come find out what trends are going around, how your neighbors are dealing with difficult situations, or bring your questions to city public safety leaders.

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Historic Kenton Firehouse
2209 N. Schofield – across from the Kenton Post Office

This month, ONI-Crime Prevention coordinators Mark Wells and Angela Wagnon offer training on Door to Door Soliciting Scams and Prevention.


3) Water Pollution Lab Open House (5/23)

Who could pass that up?! Find out what’s in your water, or better yet, what is not.
The City of Portland and the Bureau of Environmental Services invite you to help us celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Water Pollution Control Laboratory.

Open House and Tours

Wednesday May 23, 2012
3:30-6:30 p.m.
(Registration Starting at 3:00)
6543 N Burlington Avenue

Stop by and learn about the various activities performed at the lab, and see how we help protect the environment, our treatment and collection systems, and the health and safety of our workers and the public.

For more information contact:


4) Intersection Repair on Overlook Blvd (6/2)

Sign up now to join in this pioneering Intersection Repair, a part of City Repair’s Village Building Convergence! The massive stretch of pavement in the intersection of Overlook Blvd and N Concord’s Bike Boulevard is home to the largest street graphic yet in Portland and it’s going to be a heck of a street party.

Volunteers are needed for Painting Day, Saturday, June 2nd, starting at 9:00 am. If you sign up in advance, we’ll know how much delicious food to request from our caterers (thank you Kenny & Zuke’s Deli!). Let us know you’ll be participating by emailing organizer Leslee Lewis at onest@

Still need to borrow- can you help? A power washer, 3 easels, chairs, sidewalk chalk (lots!); and YOU to take on one small piece of the project – paint!, help Ken feed us, sign-in and direct volunteers, play music (I know there is a band in this neighborhood!), help with Clean-Up! Your financial donations are also appreciated; this is a neighbor-sponsored event – the city does NOT pay for it!

This is a family-fun event; bring the kids, bring a neighbor, come on over and see what all the fuss is about. You can see an image of the street graphic, featuring icons of Overlook history, on the OKNA website:

12th Annual VBC in brief: We will come together to create benches, community kiosks, gardens, street paintings, tile mosaics, and more! Come join your neighbors as they bring to life the natural building, permaculture, and public art projects that they’ve been planning. Learn valuable skills for urban sustainability and social regeneration while celebrating the creativity and diversity of our wonderful city!


5) Harper’s Playground Groundbreaking (6/8)

I’m posting this early so you have plenty of time to get involved. Harper’s Playground is the city’s only fully-accessible playground, and it’s right here in North Portland. Neighbors have created this renovation almost out of thin air and their own donations.

Pavers are for sale to support this project; OKNA has purchased one and we encourage you to consider doing so as well. Please visit and read the amazing story of this park re-creation.

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