OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7/19/13

Neighbors, this is the busy time of year, so much going on! Thanks for your patience with the long message and we certainly hope there is something here you’d like to get involved with.

Share your questions and concerns or enthusiasms at the next OKNA meeting.. a special one. We’ll meet Tuesday, August 20th at the Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth St. The Annual OKNA Picnic will be held just before our Movie in the Park event at Overlook Park on Sunday, September 1.

1) 2013 Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share (7/20-7/21)
2) Bike Helmet Deal – Legacy Bike Helmets – $6 (7/20)
3) Pesticide-Free Overlook: Bee Friendly! (all summer)
4) North Portland Public Safety Action Committee Meeting (7/24)
5) ADA anniversary celebration set (7/26)
6) Your Overlook Sewer Repair Schedule
7) Nominate a Garden for the Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour
8) Save Suzuki Violin at Beach School/Escuela Beach

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1) 2013 Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share (7/20-7/21)
It’s time for this year’s neighborhood-wide Yard Sale! Saturday, July 20th from 10-3 and the accompanying Free Share Sunday, July 21st. Folks looking for great deals should come out and see what their neighbors have to offer. A map showing the locations of all of these amazing sales is posted on Sustainable Overlook’s website:  https://sites.google.com/site/overlooksustainability/yard-sale-2013

If you’ll have your own yard sale that day but didn’t sign up, no worries, there will be lots of people around so put your table out!

Finally, don’t forget about the Free Share on Sunday the 21st as well. Even if you didn’t participate in the Yard Sale, but have unwanted items to give away, please place them in your yard or near the curb with a FREE sign on them. At the end of the day any unclaimed items should be brought back inside or given away to Community Warehouse, Salvation Army or any other charitable cause.
If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail josh.cabot@  gmail.com.  We’re looking forward to seeing you out there!

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2) Bike Helmet Deal – Legacy Bike Helmets – $6 (7/20)

Not just for kids! Did you know Legacy Health and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough offer bicycle and multi-sport helmets for just six dollars? They also fit and adjust helmets for toddler to adult sizes. Several Bicycle Helmet Sales events are coming up, including the Lloyd Center Summer Safety Fair at Lloyd Center Mall on Saturday, July 20 from 10am to 2pm. For details on more helmet sales events go to Legacyhealth.org

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3) Pesticide-Free Overlook: Bee Friendly! (all summer)

Sustainable Overlook would like to capitalize on the enthusiasm for the Pesticide Free Neighborhood initiative. If you have taken the Metro pesticide-free pledge and would like more of your neighbors to do so, please consider helping out by staffing an OKNA table at the Overlook Village Street Fair (7/27), North Portland Sunday Parkways (7/28), at the OKNA Neighborhood Picnic and Movie in the Park (9/1) or one of our other upcoming events. Please email us at sustainable@  OverlookNeighborhood.org and put your hand up!

Folks are also out door knocking if that’s your sort of thing; let’s get together.

You could help out in as little as an hour and the bees and your neighbors will appreciate it.

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4) North Portland Public Safety Action Committee Meeting (7/24)

Bring your public safety concerns to the North Portland PSAC and talk to the people who can make something happen!

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Historic Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield – across from the post office)

DRAFT AGENDA
Guest Speakers: Lt. Art Nakamura and PPB’s Gang Enforcement Team
Agency/Bureau Updates
Angela Wagnon/Sara Hussein – ONI Crime Prevention
Commander Mike Leloff – North Precinct Commander
Jim Hayden – District Attorney’s Office
Chad Stover – Mayor Charlie Hales’ Office
Community Updates/Announcements

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5) ADA anniversary celebration set (7/26)

The 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be celebrated at Portland’s City Hall on July 26 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. ADA Moving Forward is the event’s theme and it is being co-hosted by the Portland Commission on Disability and the Connecting Communities Coalition.

Live music will be provided by ILR Music Collective in the City Hall Courtyard, 1221 SW 4th Ave., along with invited speakers. Cake and refreshments are planned to be served inside City Hall in the first floor atrium area.

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6) Your Overlook Sewer Repair Schedule

The BES messages us: Here is where work is scheduled for the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption of your residence or commercial business, and open and honest communication with you throughout the project.

Project contact: Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898, Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov

Week of July 22 – Work continues on:
N Emerson Street – microtunneling
N Blandena Street (Campbell to Concord ) – main public sewer line
N Skidmore Court – preparation for street restoration
N Prescott Street – preparation for street restoration
N Overlook Terrace Alley – preparation for street restoration

Week of July 22 – Work scheduled to start on:
N Going Street and N Going Court – microtunneling
The contractor expects to resume work on Monday, July 22. An unanticipated ground condition necessitated a delay in the work until they could reassess and determine a safer construction alternative.
N Ainsworth Street ( Concord to Campbell ) – main public sewer line
N Jessup Street (Campbell to Concord ) – laterals to connect private properties to main public sewer
N Blandena Street (Campbell to Concord ) – laterals to connect private properties to main public sewer line
N Skidmore Court – street restoration
N Prescott Street – street restoration

Week of July 29 – Work continues on:
N Blandena Street (Campbell to Concord ) – laterals to connect private properties to main public sewer line

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7) Nominate a Garden for the Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour
The 2nd annual Sustainable Overlook garden tour will be held Saturday, August 24th. The theme this year is Healthy Gardens and nominations are being accepted for pesticide-free gardens of all styles from neatly groomed to wild, artistic to purely functional, habitat to hang-out space. If you know of a garden you’d love to tour (or want to recommend your own!) email sustainable@  OverlookNeighborhood.org by July 31st.

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8) Save Suzuki Violin at Beach School/Escuela Beach

We are trying to save an important music program in our North Portland K-8 public school. We are a proud and diverse school; over 58% of Beach students qualify for free or reduced lunch, an indicator of poverty. In addition, a significant number of students qualify for transitional housing services. The Portland Suzuki Project provides the students at Beach School critical access to music education and the joy of making music.

We hope you will support our violin program! The Beach Students are counting on us to make sure the Portland Suzuki Project remains at Beach next year and for years to come. Help us make this happen! The Portland Suzuki Project is a 501(c) 3 (non-profit) organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Three ways YOU can help:

GO TO http://www.incited.org/projects/save-portland-suzuki-violin-program-at-beach-school.  Learn more about the program and how it impacts our students and watch the VIDEO.  If you can donate, great, but if you can’t please forward this link to family, neighbors, music lovers, or anyone else you can think of.  This is where the power of crowdfunding comes in – every little bit helps!  You can also mail donations to Portland Suzuki Project 15286 SW Kenton Drive Tigard, OR 97224

LIKE “The Portland Suzuki Violin Program at Beach School” on Facebook. Please make comments so that we can let everyone know how special this program is and keep up the momentum. Please SHARE our posts, so that we can reach a wide audience and encourage others to do this as well.

SHARE ideas on who we can reach out to. So far we have received some great ideas and would love to hear more. You can reach us at savebeachpsp@gmail.com.

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