1) December OKNA general meeting canceled (Dec. 20)
2) Santa visits Overlook House
3) Overlook House featured in The Hollywood Star News
4) Town hall meeting with local legislators (Jan. 28)
5) Disability Leadership Academy
6) Author’s talk changes date
The Overlook Neighborhood Association will not hold a general meeting this month. Our next general meeting will occur on Jan. 17.
OKNA wishes you and your family a happy holiday season and wonderful new year!
Santa Clause arrived at Overlook House this month by fire truck for his annual visit. Holiday cheer ensued among the dozens of children there to greet him and to share their holiday wishes. Check out all of the fun in the online photo album.
The December issue of The Hollywood Star News includes a story about historic properties in Portland, and it features the Overlook House. From the story:
In 1986, Overlook House board chair and retired engineer Greg Dufour bought Mrs. Raven’s “new house,” a mid-century modern home. Since 2003, the board has worked tirelessly to ensure an income stream to pay ongoing operations and maintenance costs for the Historic Overlook House. Neighborhood kids gather at the House for annual holiday events, and adults attend community-oriented events and classes without charge, a tribute to Mrs. Raven’s commitment to maintaining a strong neighborhood.
Alan Cranna, who’s lived in Overlook since 1950 and serves as vice-chair of the Overlook Neighborhood Association which meets at the historic home, discovered a box of records and photos in the Raven’s attic. He found meticulously hand-written meeting minutes of the Overlook Woman’s Club, along with other memorabilia.
Michelle Emert, event manager at Overlook House, grew up in the neighborhood, where she’s now raising her family. Emert, who describes Overlook House as a hidden gem in North Portland said, “We have a micro-budget running a non-profit, so we generally get bookings by word-of-mouth.” Capacity for events ranging from weddings to funerals, birthdays and graduations held inside the house is 125 and they can accommodate up to 300 guests outside. For more information: See historicoverlookhouse.org or call (503) 208-7312.
Three state legislators representing parts of Overlook will hold a town hall meeting next month. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, newly elected Rep. Tawna Sanchez and Sen. Lew Frederick invite the constituents to attend the session previewing the 2017 legislative session. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their priorities.
Speaker Kotek also is soliciting input on transportation issues in preparation for tackling one of the top priorities for the upcoming session. You can share your opinion about transportation by completing the online survey.
Legislative town hall
Saturday, Jan. 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
PCC Cascades Campus, Moriarty Auditorium (NE corner of N Albina and N Killingsworth)
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program is offering a Disability Leadership Academy, and applications are open now through Jan. 9.
This is an excellent opportunity for any Portlander with a disability to advance their skills in project planning, building community, navigating political systems, and more.
- The Academy includes both training sessions and practical experience.
- The group will have the opportunity to design and implement their own Community Engagement Project to affect public policy or create systems change.
- Individuals who successfully complete Disability Leadership Academy will receive a stipend.
Last week we shared upcoming talks by Dian Simmons, author of “The Courtship of Eva Eldridge.” Her talk at Another Read Through bookstore has been changed to Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.