OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9/20/13

1) Pee-eww, What’s That Smell?
2) 20th Annual Polish Festival! (9/21-22)
3) Rock n’ Roll or Hip Hop for Girls
4) Community Legacy Program Open House (10/5)
5) Liquor License Application (comments due 10/12)
6) Annual Neighborhood Raffle benefiting the Overlook House (Now!)
7) Sewer Work Continues
8) SCAM JAM Save the Date (10/22)

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1) Pee-eww, What’s That Smell?

We’ve heard from many Overlook neighbors over this past month asking “What stinks?” There are some industrial odors that have been making their way over the bluff, sometimes as far into the neighborhood as the freeway.

Please visit the site www.WhatsInOurAir.org for some background information and a reporting tool that will also reach Oregon DEQ.

There is also a North Portland Air Quality Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/pages/North-Portland-Air-Quality-Group-NPAQ/437593319648562

Like their page to stay updated on current actions.

There is also a listserve for this group athttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/north-portland-air-quality
You can file a complaint with the DEQ in a few ways:http://www.deq.state.or.us/complaints/rep.htm Call the DEQ complaint line at 888-997-7888 and here too http://www.whatsinourair.org/create-report/

Neighbors for Clean Air have made presentations to the OKNA membership previously but smell activity seems to have increased. Please take a few minutes to get familiar with the heavy lifting already done by these groups and if you feel moved to act, they are surely always looking for new energy and assistance.

NPAQ plans a public meeting on Monday, September 30 at 7pm. Location TBD, stay tuned.

Overlook neighbor Emily Ordas has offered to be a point person for some door to door canvassing or other actions to improve reporting. Contact her at emilyordas@gmail.com or 503-267-4946.

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2) 20th Annual Polish Festival! (9/21-22)
Two festive days of the best Polish food, dance and music. The best in the Northwest Polish Festival!
The Polish Festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone.
During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer.

Saturday: Sept 21, 2013 11am – 10pm
Sunday, Sept 22, 2013 noon – 6pm
3900 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, Oregon
ADMISSION FREE
www.PortlandPolonia.org/Welcome-PF
Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the festival. It is prepared and run by over 300 volunteers organized by the Polish Community.

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3) Rock n’ Roll or Hip Hop for Girls

Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls presents after school programs beginning on Tuesday October 1 and Thursday October 3, 2013.  After school programming allows girls to explore their musical skills in a more focused environment. The program runs for 10 weeks and meets at the IFCC/Ethos Cultural Center on N Interstate.  Offerings include Girls Rock Institute (GRI) and Hip Hop Elements. NO equipment or experience is necessary.

Learn more and apply at www.girlsrockcamp.org or call Molly Gray at 503-445-4991

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4) Community Legacy Program Open House (10/5)

You are invited to an Open House celebration sponsored by The Community Legacy Program of Our United Villages. Join us and Portland community on Saturday, October 5th from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm in The Commons area, located inside The ReBuilding Center, 3625 N. Mississippi Ave. Discover what we are doing to foster a welcoming, vibrant and creative community. Learn how you can get involved. Meet new people, share stories, and exchange ideas!  Bring family, friends, co-workers and neighbors! Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided. And it’s all free!

Please RSVP using our online form, Community Legacy Program Open House or call us at 503.546.7499 by Wednesday, October 2nd. Interpretation provided upon request, within 48 hours of event. 

Community Legacy Program of Our United Villages is a free resource for sharing community-building stories, strategies and ideas.

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5) Liquor License Application (comments due 10/12)

The following Liquor License application was received for consideration by the City of Portland.

If you wish to comment please message OKNA for the comment form and submit it to the City of Portland Liquor License Notification Program.

Attn: Theresa Marchetti
By mail to: 1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 110, Portland OR 97204
By fax to: 503-823-3050
By email to: theresa.marchetti@portlandoregon.gov

PINKY’S PIZZA  
3990 N INTERSTATE
Type of License: Change Owner/Greater Privilege – Off Premises
Comments Due: 10/12/2013

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6) Annual Neighborhood Raffle benefiting the Overlook House (Now!)

This year’s Raffle is better than ever ! !   Prizes include: the latest iPad Mini, an Overnight / Dinner / Breakfast package at Edgefield, a full Case of Wine (thanks to Ainsworth Wine & Gifts), a $200 Shopping Spree at Nordstrom, an Organic Facial with a MicroCurrent treatment (thanks to Into Eden Skincare), and a $50 Gift Certificate at the Overlook Restaurant.  All proceeds will cultivate the Overlook House as a valuable community asset. 

You can buy a chance to WIN for only a dollar, or you can get a lucky 7 tickets for only five bucks.  Financiers will be fond of 20 tickets for ten dollars, and serious investors will prefer 50 chances to WIN for only twenty bucks.  Your odds of winning are a gazillion times better than the lottery, and you don’t need to be at the drawing to WIN. 

You can buy tickets from your neighbors: Greg duFour & Marcella McGee, Jim Bennett, Mary Ellen Baldauff, Carol Cushman, Jane Finch-Howell, Carl Brenden, Michelle Hylland, Dawn Barry-Griffin, Kathy Murphy, or Molly Brady.  Come help us celebrate at the Overlook House Unveiling Party, Friday evening October 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 (drawing at 7:00).  Good Luck ! ! (email OKNA if you need help finding one of the ticket sellers; we’ll hook you up)

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7) Sewer Work Continues

If you are not on the sewer mailing list and want to know more about the current schedule, visit the Overlook project web page at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/394257. To receive email updates for this project, send an email to Cheryl Kuck at cheryl.kuck@portlandoregon.gov with “Overlook” in the subject line.

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8) SCAM JAM Save the Date (10/22)

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Oregon Convention Center, Portland

OKNA sez: Consider sharing this in print if you have a senior neighbor who doesn’t use email.
Scam Jam is an educational and entertaining program where you can learn about today’s scams and schemes, such as Medicare fraud, insurance and investment fraud, online and door-to-door scams, identity theft, and other scams targeting consumers.

Learn first-hand how to protect yourself and get your questions answered by consumer protection experts. Visit exhibits from a variety of consumer protection agencies working for you.

This is a free event that is open to the public, but seats are limited. Register at http://bit.ly/ScamJam or call 1-877-926-8300.

Door prizes. A free gift bag for every participant. Presented by AARP, the State of Oregon Dept of Justice, the Dept of Consumer Services and In cooperation with: Federal Trade Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department, Elders in Action, United States Postal Service and Consumers’ Union.

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